Cakes By Danie

On 28 February 2016, I had the opportunity to interview Danielle Badgett. Danielle is from Little Rock, Arkansas. She attended Hall High School where she graduated in 2013. She continued on with her education at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR. After just one year at Arkansas Tech, she knew that this was not where she needed to be. Danielle knew what she wanted while starting her college career. When she decided to end her schooling at Tech after completing her freshman year, she continued on with education at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas; which is also where she is currently attending.

While in school, Danielle is taking her dreams by storm. She has started a business of her owned which she calls Cakes By Danie. 
For a quick side note, I would definitely recommend her if you are needing any catering done. Even when Danielle was a little girl she knew that this business was the business that she will have in the future. Most children that say what they want to do or be when they grow up, changes their mind by the end of the day. This was not the case for Danielle:

“My journey literally started from being in my GG’s kitchen! From the basic pound cake, to bread pudding! she instilled the dream and it is time for me to make it a reality.” 

 

Where It All Started

By setting a drimage1 (1) (2)eam for herself at such a young age, she worked toward that goal, rather than finding something different to do day by day.  As long as someone was in the kitchen baking, she was always the helper to the cook. As she got older, she no longer made sure it was someone in the kitchen before she would go in and bake. She did it all on her own and by herself. She was in culinary arts for three years during her high school days. Danielle actually won two out of three Skills USA Competitions that she attended. One thing that Skills USA does is give an opportunity for students to work on different projects for fields they may want to see themselves at in the future. Skills USA was a learning experience for Danielle. She learned that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. However, if you don’t try, you will never know your capabilities or want you need to work on.

The Big Risk

Just recently in December 2015, Danielle took on what she thought was an opportunity of a lifetime. She was offered an internship in Atlanta, Georgia at the well-known Italian Gourmet Bakery. She does not regret going but she did add that this was a very disappointing experience. Although disappointing, she learned from this as well. See, Danielle traveled down to Atlanta with only $45 to her name. She moved out of her apartment, took off from school, and left her job. She accepted this internship in hopes of gaining a business investment and not a monetary investment.

“The journey ended just as fast as it begun. When I arrived and prepared to begin my internship, I was turned around.”

Like I said before, Danielle dropped everything back home for this opportunity. All she was able to do was find a temporary job that had no relations to her career path and earn just enough money to get her back home. From this experience, she was able to learn that you always have to have a plan for everything even if it is not how you painted the picture.

 

Where is Danielle Now?

Danielle is now back in Arkansas and re-enrolled at the University of Central Arkansas. She is now focusing not only on her education but also the paths that will lead her to the stability she was lacking. She plans to continue working toward her dream which is owning a legit business in an urban day community, offering good quality, elegant deserts, and deliver an inexpensive experience. She does not have an actual shop just yet. All orders are either done by phone, in person, email, or through social media. She will be investing in business cards which that will also be her next mission. Through this entire journey, her GG has been by her side, along with other support from friends, family, and those that believe in her. Danielle see’s her future self which inspires her to never give up and push through it all. At the end of this interview, she left me with her favorite quote:

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

 

 

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Stacey Dash Say Whaaaaaaaaa….??

“There shouldn’t be a Black History Month nor BET” said Stacey Dash

stacey-dash-wants-to-cancel-bet-black-history-month-leadStacey Dash felt the need to speak against thoughts and feelings on boycotting this years Oscars.  She makes a comment how there should be no BET or Black History Month. Now I do not pay attention to the Oscars so I am not keeping track of what has been going on. But, hearing the statement about how there should be no Black History Month made her sound silly.  Sure, take away the ONE time of year that us African Americans are able to learn about our history other than the fact we were slaves or how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks are our only important leaders. Because in reality, according to our school system, this is all that happened in black history. Blacks didn’t have any achievement or no more than two people caring for progress. So Black History Month is an issue? Really? @StaceyDash I’m sure if it were a Black History Week, it would be a huge problem too huh? And this is where I sip my tea. Then the purpose of getting rid of BET, why? Is it because it is called Black Entertainment Television? Don’t forget Stacey, BET is owned by a white company. If that causes an issue, we should get rid of the OWN network too since that is only black shows being televised too huh? I’m pretty sure you don’t want it with Oprah though. BET responds

 

 

Why Black History Month?

  • Shows respect to a great number of leaders
  • Highlights highs and lows of this culture
  • Awareness

Who Started the Foolery? 

So there has been a big fuss about the Oscars being “racists” since no African Americans were nominated and actors did not seem to understand how recent movies that came out had large numbers such as Straight Outta Compton, Creed (Michael B. Jordan), and Concussion (Will Smith) but didn’t get nominated at the least for the second year in a row. Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee’s frustration and their move to boycott this years Oscars.

 

 

The Major Mediums

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/bill-cosby-scandal/bill-cosby-escapes-criminal-charges-two-rape-cases-n491581http://hollywoodlife.com/2015/10/08/miley-cyrus-nicki-minaj-pathetic-diss-feud/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/13/fact-check-obama-state-of-the-union/78713514/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/14/us/chicago-police-shooting-cedrick-chatman-video/index.html

http://abcnews.go.com/US/powerball-win-prompts-raucous-celebration-california-11/story?id=36285703

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/14/world/ice-age-postponed/index.html