Hello, September

Hey there lovely readers, I know. I know. Shame on me . . . I’ve been away for some time, so let me explain. My last year of graduate school is here, I have a demanding internship during the week, I work weekends, and I am the Vice President of my Graduate Association – cut me some…

#Bringbackourgirls

Dear readers, Hello! It’s me Astu. I am writing you today to bring about attention to a topic that has not only confirmed that women are still second class citizens but that Africa has a long way to go. Over three weeks ago, 234 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram….

Happy President’s Day!

Happy Monday! Happy President’s Day! Take away some inspiration from the messages below! Astu Mengesha – Stay Down Blaze Up

A Message from Chris Terry

I follow an amazingly motivational Instagram account and I recently linked with the owner and he has agreed to send over some positive messages once a week. Enjoy and stay motivated my friends. “There’s no reason for a plan B! If you have a plan B, C, D & soon then that sends a message…

Note from Astu

Lately, with the growth of my blog, I have been so focused on interviewing, interviewing, and more interviewing. I have, effectively, stepped away from what my original goal was with the creation of the blog. With that said, I want, you, the reader to know that SDBUP will continue to give you “life” with amazing interactions with…

Group by Group

[Late post] I am sitting at my favorite chain coffee shop, Starbucks, and like always I am unintentionally observing the different groups of people. I have been here for about 3 hours, do not judge me, but I was cranking some work out for school and work was rough today. Anyway, I am not sure…

Interest vs. Commitment

There is a difference and it separates those who do and those who do not. Make sure you are aware of where you stand with your grind, it won’t be easy but it will be worth it. Some motivation for all my entrepreneurs and hustlers a like. Happy Monday!

Kickin’ It with Mr. C.O.O.L

“Don’t conform” was the continued message echoed throughout my interview with Ian Shaw, owner and CEO of The C.O.O.L. I connected with him, like with many of those I have interviewed, via Twitter. I shot him an email and over about a two-week span we went back and forth until we were both able to…

iamOTHER.

“Brought to you by Pharrell Williams, i am OTHER is dedicated to Thinkers, Innovators, and Outcasts. By celebrating creative people and pursuits of all kinds, we showcase architects of global culture, music, fashion, and the arts. Be OTHER.” So, if someone were to ask me who inspires me, who do I admire, and if I…

#thedavioneffect

Growing up with both of my parents – I am more than lucky to be blessed with all the essential elements that make me the, strong and confident, woman I like to think I am.  So, when I hear stories about children who are just looking to be genuinely loved, my mind can not thoroughly…

Do Something Nominee & Winner

Congratulations to our DOSOMETHING2013 nominee: Daniel Maree . . . An entrepreneur and activist all in one . . . Growing up as a black male in a predominantly white neighborhood in Florida, Daniel frequently felt profiled because of his race.. He did not decide to do anything about this until February 2012 when Trayvon…

My people . . .

A quote that resonates every time I see media coverage of minorities “black culture is popular not black people” #ZimmermanTrial #PaulaDean #VotingRightsAct . . . Are you informed? Astu Mengesha – Stay Down Blaze Up