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This 24-Year-Old Serial Entrepreneur Spends $2,500 On Monthly Self-Care

Jazmine Cheaves spilled the tea on the benefits of saving and flipping money to sustain revenue.

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Money Talks is an xoNecole series where we talk candidly to real women about how they spend money, their relationship with money, and how they spend it.

Name another 24-year-old who is the owner of multiple businesses, sells products including a 24k gold silverware set, and is preparing to release a new book and apparel line? Don't worry, I'll wait. Though she originally got her start in entrepreneurship during her time at Georgia State University, the Georgia peach wasted zero time getting acquainted with the idea of being her own boss by hosting her own eyelash seminars shortly after graduation in 2016. With the success of her first course racking up $50,000 in a single day, BiggJazz took her class on the road around the country, garnering tons of fans in the process––currently amassing nearly 400K Instagram followers in the process.

Jazmine Ameerah Cheaves, more popularly known as "Lookin Ameerah" or "BiggJazz" by her social followers, is a viral social media influencer, serial entrepreneur, and young visionary millennial who has successfully generated millions in just a few short years. Her businesses include her cosmetics products, touring lash classes, cookware, and The Glam Trap, her full-service beauty studio located in Atlanta, Georgia. Her book, Entrepreneurship Talk With A Real Ass Boss by BiggJazz gives readers the inside scoop into her hustle mentality and inability to patiently wait for opportunities to come her way.

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Though her studio took a bit of a hit in the spring due to COVID-19, she successfully bounced back by launching her own line of cookware called Lookin Ameerah Cookware, which consists of colorful and uniquely styled cooking products and accessories. As someone who loves to cook, BiggJazz also took it upon herself to write a book titled Lookin A Cookbook with some of her favorite recipes and is releasing her own line of seasonings and sauces. "Investing is extremely important to me. Financially, mentally, spiritually, and physically. Right now, I am exploring investment opportunities that can help me to build wealth," Cheaves shared.

In this installment of "Money Talks", xoNecole spoke with the Atlanta-based millennial beauty mogul and business owner about taking questionable financial risks in college, her love for cooking and benefits of saving and flipping money to sustain revenue.

On her definitions of wealth and success:

"For me, I define wealth as being able to live comfortably, knowing that I don't have to worry about where my next meal is coming from or if I can pay my bills. It is about freedom to do what I want to do and to have others around me happy. In my eyes, I won't be fully wealthy until I am a multi-millionaire. Success equals knowing that nobody can take credit for, or destroy what I've built. Success is being happy, free, financially secure, and healthy in mind, body, and spirit."

On the lowest she’s ever felt when it came to her finances and how she overcame it:

"The lowest I've ever felt financially was during my time in college. I couldn't pay my rent and I didn't know where I was getting my next meal from. I decided I never wanted to live like that again. I got off my ass and hustled. I knew nothing would come to me––I had to go out and get it for myself. I've always been creative, so I put that creativity and vision to use."

"I got off my ass and hustled. I knew nothing would come to me––I had to go out and get it for myself. I've always been creative, so I put that creativity and vision to use."

On whether she’s a spender or a saver:

"I consider myself a saver, even though I do spend a good amount of money. I experienced having to go without, so when I started making money it felt good to watch that bank account fill up. I learned to save money by doing my research about how successful people save."

On her savings goals and what retirement looks like to her:

"My goal is to be a multi-millionaire. Most millionaires have seven revenue streams and I am already halfway there. When I retire, I want to be making money in my sleep so I can just enjoy life and do what I want."

On her budgeting must-haves:

"I like to eat, so we definitely have to put dining out on the budget, and buy quality food because I like to cook... I like to invest in my wardrobe, going to the spa to relax and unwind, and I love to travel. Anything that has to do with beauty and self-care is my priority. I don't cut corners there."

On her intentions behind multiple streams of revenue:

"My streams of revenue are my businesses–The Glam Trap, Lookin' (by Lookin Ameerah), Lookin Ameerah Cookware, and of course my books. My intention behind multiple ways to make money is that I never want to go without ever again. I've grown accustomed to a luxury lifestyle and it takes work to maintain it. In the beginning, I used all of my money from lash seminars, flipped it, and invested in other product lines to create more revenue."

"My intention behind multiple ways to make money is that I never want to go without ever again. I've grown accustomed to a luxury lifestyle and it takes work to maintain it. In the beginning, I used all of my money from lash seminars, flipped it, and invested in other product lines to create more revenue."

On unhealthy money habits and mindsets:

"I make fast money, so the mindset: 'I'll make it back tomorrow,' set me back for some years. I was young and immature about money. Now, I have learned to be more responsible and plan for the future. The change I saw was that my money started to add up and everything made more sense. Before, I would make $10,000 and have only shoes and clothes to show for it. I started to invest more in my business and my brand so that I could get a return on my investment."

On her money mantra:

"My mantra is 'make it make sense,' and, 'no one is going to give you anything, you have to get up and get it yourself.'"

On the craziest thing she’s ever done for money:

"The craziest thing I did was sell my Adderall prescription in college instead of taking them."

On the worst money-related decision she’s ever made:

"The worst decisions were carrying cash and not keeping money in the bank. Also, trusting others with my money. I learned that you have to be involved in every aspect of your business to know what is going on."

On her budget breakdown:

How much do you spend on rent?

"I stay in a luxury condo in Atlanta, so it costs a couple thousand. $2,850."

Eating out/ordering in?

"I like to cook a lot, so if I am not making a meal myself, I eat out and it has to be great food. I spend at least $60."

Gas/car note?

"I drive a 2020 Mercedes AMG and my car note is $860. It uses premium gas, so it costs me about $50 to fill up, so I spend between $100-$150 a week on gas depending on what I have to do and where I need to go during the week."

Personal expenses?

"My personal expenses include daily self-care, such as makeup, hair, shopping and going to the spa. I definitely invest a great deal in myself. That is where most of the money is spent so it can run me at least $2,500."

For more Jazmine, follow her on Instagram!

Featured image courtesy of Jazmine Cheaves.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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