New Blog Alert: Spread Luv

Fellow entrepreneur and Tennessee State alum Brian Sexton is giving the world more of what it needs – love. He has launched Spread Luv, a blog dedicated to every passionate entrepreneur that has managed to create a unique niche within their industry. Brian and his wife Frances own Brances Sweets, a gourmet food company that spreads luv with it’s sweet treats. The blog’s mission is to simply spread luv to each dreamer, pioneer, and visionary by promoting and providing awareness of their business to the world.

Read more about the young entrepreneurs featured on Spread Luv including me.

Personal Brands I Like: Melissa Dawn Johnson

This leading lady of personal branding practices what she preaches. From her Sunday morning motivational segment on CNN to her weekly vlog, “Brand Me Minute,” featured on, Melissa Dawn Johnson works to empower individuals by reinforcing the idea that change is a catalyst to unleash potential. As CEO and president of Velvet Suite Marketing Consulting Group, Inc. and Brand Me International, she has developed powerful branding models for celebs, athletes and corporations. What is most intriguing about Melissa is her ability to transcend her own personal brand into a national movement of personal discovery for millions of others to find their true passion and live in it! Learn more below by joining the “brandtastic” movement on Facebook.

Melissa Dawn Johnson, author of Brand Me. Make Your Mark: Turn Passion into Profit

Personal Brands I Like: Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg may not have a personal brand known in households near and far but she works for one – Facebook. As chief operating officer of the $23 billion social network company, she’s has been at the forefront of helping Facebook grow up by addressing major public scrutiny over revised privacy terms. Recently, she’s topped Forbes Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women” and Fortune Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” lists along with any other women-to-watch roll call you can name. Read more about why this power broker is the MVP at one of the world’s most innovative companies.

Personal Brands I Like: Queen Latifah

Here’s a woman who has mastered many facets of entertainment – music, television, film, theatre, books, beauty and business. Her recent CNN appearance on Larry King Live reveals the honest way in which she approaches her personal brand and how she doesn’t allow prying into her private space. Who needs the dish on the Queen when the success of her career is enough to keep us talking for decades to come! Hear her philosophy on how she manages a personal brand while protecting her personal life.

Queen Latifah on CNN's Larry King Live

Personal Brands I Like: Victoria Beckham

Okay, okay – I know what you’re saying, “You like her because she’s a Spice Girl.” Actually no. I respect this former girl group singer because she has seamlessly transformed her posh personal brand into fashion icon status. She took her stage presence to the runway and finally landed in the designer’s chair to launch her own collection of dresses that celebs and even PR strutters like me are going crazy for. Check out a recent rundown of which celebs, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lopez who both wore a piece from the collection to the White House, are making Victoria’s collection a staple in their red carpet wardrobe.

Vogue UK

Personal Brands I Like: Ice Cube

He’s come a long way since NWA. His career proves that none of us are one-dimensional. Read how the former gangsta rapper used his hip-hop legacy and L.A. roots to direct a documentary for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.

Ice Cube and Robert De Niro at the Tribeca Film Festival. (Getty Images)

Personal Brands I Like: Marshawn Evans

This former pageant queen is a multi-faceted entrepreneur who offers women tips for success in business and life. She’s another example of women with marketing/branding savvy who capitalize on opportunities to build, grow and give. Hear more about her philosophy of women in business from her interview with

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