4 Business Lessons/ Office Romance Tips from Eddie Murphy’s Boomerang

I have always admired Eddie Murphy’s original content. From ‘Harlem Nights’ to ‘Coming to America’ he has always thought outside of the box when it came to cinema. His romantic comedy ‘Boomerang’ left no stone unturned. From the script to the wardrobe and directing Murphy again showed that he knew what audiences wanted to see. In the midst of a recent movie night unbeknownst to me I uncovered some business lessons and office romance tips I just had to share.

1. Office Romances Can Get Messy – Set Clear Boundaries! The longer you put off having a real conversation about what exactly your situation is i.e dating, hook – up, monogamous – the harder its going to be. Put your cards on the table and set it free. I always find re-visiting a situation after 3-6 months is enough time to gauge trends, patterns and to determine if continuing makes sense.

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2. When You Look Good, You Feel GoodHair done, nails done, everything BIG. -MJB, Drake’s ‘Fancy’

And when you feel good, you can do anything!

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3. The Bottom Line is the Bottom Line – Never forget that you were hired to do a job! If you happen to fall in love during the process, fine. However, that’s not why you were hired. Put 1st things 1st, don’t let your numbers slip and make sure you are still adding value to the company. Or else have the guts to fire yourself!

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4. You need a tribe. These folks might be discovered inside or outside of your company. These are people you can confide in and gain insights and fresh perspective to issues that might be bothering you.





Mentor In My Head – Mara Brock Akil

Girlfriends, The Game, Being Mary Jane, her credits are endless. Whether she’s listed as creator, executive producer, or writer Mara Brock Akil does it all. And she slayyys when she does! I knew we were kindred spirits when I noticed her company logo was eerily similar to my Andinkra tattoo of The Wisdom Knot on my wrist.

“wisdom knot” symbol of wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence and patience

I believe we’re destined to work together. MARA, CALL ME SIS!!

In any event, I wanted to start highlighting people who I truly admire, and Mrs. Akil is one of those people. Scouring some interviews she’s done I decided to make a list of wisdom, did you catch that, that I’ve gleaned from her. She’s truly a mentor in my head~

On femininity “For me, being from a family of strong women with the strong Black woman image and “I’m not bowing down” thinking – I had to learn that the power of femininity is far greater than any masculine power. I’ve embraced my femininity, and I have let go of a lot of some of those fighter habits.”

On Media – “Any form of media is an opportunity to be a mirror and reflection of what we are experiencing more in the details of our life,”

On Death – “Death can be so many different things.  Death doesn’t have to be in the coffin.  A lot of us are alive, but we’re not living.”
Below are some pictures of Mara at various events, isn’t she stunning? Her smile just radiates warmth. She says that her husband is her stylist and I must say he does right by her!

Image from – FashionBombDaily

Image From – ClutchMagOnline

Image From – ClutchMagOnline

Mara with husband Salim; Image From – BeautifulBrownGirls

It’s always nice to see women of color, and women period in powerful positions in Hollywood. Its also refreshing to see more and more husband and wife duos fruitfully working together and inspiring others to do the same.

Mara is beautiful, talented and comes across as being very down to Earth. I hope one day I’ll have a opportunity to work with her. I’m hoping, I mean that tattoo and logo situation got to mean SOMETHING, right? lol


Get Yourself Situated

I don’t know about you, but I am preparing myself for a Luke 6:38 blessing. For those that DONT know, lemme show you…

…”A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

In the words of Diddy, “Lets Work”!

My friend Janelle, founder and owner of Suite PR NYC recently invited me to attend a 2 hour workshop put on by the Daymond John Academy. Daymond is one of the original founders of FUBU, and aside from being a serial entrepreneur he is also one of the sharks on Shark Tank. The seminar was great, I left with a lot of business tips and insights and am going to make it my business to join his academy by the end of this year. So without further ado I present MY NOTES! I hope that it will give you insights and ideas, and possibly confirm some things about your own product/services.

Branding – separates your business/product from everyone else’s

  • your product has got to sell a lifestyle
  • you’ve got to get to a point where your business not your product is investible

5 Types of Business Stages 

  1. Dream/Seed stage
  2. Start Up/Chaos – this stage separates the entrepreneur from the wannabees
  3. Stability/Survival – this stage is the most dangerous because its the widest
  4. Growth/Wealth
  5. Exit Strategy

TIP 1 – Build Your Business FAST

  • get your idea/product/service out there be it 6, 9, or 12 months – by out there we mean getting it exchanged for money

TIP 2  – Make Sure a Patent is Worth It

  •  in the case of clothing its usually not. design changes can be so small that you waste money by paying for a patent


Every Business Needs 4 Things 

  1. Market Demand
  2. Marketing – in some cases marketing can create Market Demand
  3. Operations – can your infrastructure handle a regional order?
  4. Finance = sustainable profitable revenue growth

Taking Your Business to the Next Level 

  1. Follow a solid business plan with a Executive Summary, Marketing Plan, Operations/Management Plan and Financial Plan – *you dont need a business plan if crowd-funding or friends and family are your financial resources
  2. Marketing Plan should answer 2 questions : What Need Will I Fill? & What Is My Target Market?

Whats in a PROVEN marketing plan?

  • Value proposition – whats makes you different
  • Simple sales process
  • Marketing strategies that work
  • Branding your product/service
  • Fundamentals in place

Types of Marketing 

automated, social media, ex. FaceBook ads, lifestyle marketing, content marketing, online selling, direct mail

Types of Capital 

operational, marketing, prototype, angel investor or VC

* You need to know what type you need and whats right for your business. Do you need cash, contacts or both?

  • remember your business can survive without profit, it cannot survive without cash flow

About Celeb Endorsements 

*The RIGHT celeb endorsement can build your company 10x faster than marketing alone

When choosing celeb endorsements

  • Find the BEST fit for your company
  • Figure out how much to pay – some celebs might be undergoing their own re-branding so the affiliation with your product and demographic might be payment enough!
  • Choose the correct product to place with the celeb


Questions to consider:

  1. Why do you start a service oriented business? Answer – to sell it
  2. Why do you start a product oriented business? Answer – to license it
  3. What is the scalability of your product/service?

Other Ways to Build Wealth 

  1. Solid tax strategies/asset protection – why pay uncle Sam a penny more than you have to?
  2. Buy > Build > Sell other businesses
  3. Do business with the government
  4. Leverage commercial real estate within your business i.e.: Build > Own Real Estate > Sell Biz > Lease Real Estate back
  5. Flip Businesses


I hope this post assist you as you make better business decisions for yourself in 2014. If you have tips to share and/or found this post useful please comment and share!