Get It Done (with Karleen Roy) – Episode 24 of Rants & Randomness

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On this episode, I’m feeling good about the love I got from the last episode I did with Yvette Noel-Schure. I am ranting about men who don’t know that they take up too much space and spotlighting the Luvvletter and Jesus and Jollof, which is back. I’m showing y’all some love with some spotlights and interviewing the incredible Karleen Roy of The Vanity Group.

Feel Good

I’m feeling good about all the love that the last episode that I did has been getting on social media. LuvvNation has been giving all the props to Yvette Noel-Schure, who is a publicist extraordinaire, mom, media mover, who’s worked with icons from Prince, Mariah Carey and Beyonce for the last two decades. And it’s awesome because I knew the interview was one of my favorite interviews yet and to get your affirmation about it has been dope. And you guys also took on my call to action by making sure that you showed her love on social and she’s felt it. She’s like, “Oh my God, I’m obsessed.” I love to bring you all interviews with people who I really admire. And I think that interview was kind of the perfect merge of both story and lessons and Yvette is such a dope woman and you all got to actually see and feel her heart through the mic.

My Rant

This week’s rant is about men who take up too much space, aren’t told that they take up too much space and basically try to still shine. Let’s talk about the Grammys. Cardi B won the best rap album of the year and she’s the first woman to ever win it. She’s worked very hard to establish a name, a career, community, awards, money and clout. And Cardi’s actually become somebody who people have started to respect more for her thoughts on politics, on culture. Because beyond the high pitch voice and the bright hair, she’s actually really intelligent. So when she wins this award, Offset, her husband, comes on stage with her, which is not bad. I don’t have a problem with her husband accompanying her on stage. My problem was that he was in her shot the whole time. As in he was never more than a foot away from her. So as she’s speaking, as they’re taking pictures, there’s probably no pictures of her on that stage accepting her award without Offset in it.

My Randomness

I’m spotlighting my Luvvletter this week. So the Luvvletter is a newsletter that I have where I talk about what I’m doing in the world, where I’mma show up, where spotlight Live Nation, which is y’all, those who read my work, who listen to my podcasts, who just consume my content. And the Luvvletter, I had been a delinquent about it in the last six months and I hadn’t really done a lot of them because I’d been too busy. But I’m relaunching the Luvvletter, okay? I really did a giveaway in there at the end of the year to kick it off to kind of get me back in the groove of sending it out. And it’s essentially my way of staying connected with my audience outside of social media. Because here’s the thing is we cannot build our businesses and our work just in these walled gardens.

My Guest: Karleen Roy

Karleen Roy is as extraordinary as the events that she creates. She produces bespoke events and luxury experiences of unsurpassed excellence for luminaries, trendsetters, and today’s brightest stars. After graduating from Howard University, the Memphis native came to New York in 2004 armed with nothing but ambition and a dream.

She quickly landed a job in the publicity department at Island Def Jam Recordings. She was recruited first by R&B artists Neo to oversee the day-to-day operations of his management company and later by Sean Diddy Combs who brought Karleen on as a senior executive assistant at Bad Boy Entertainment.

The confidence, expertise and international connections Karleen developed over the course of her career inspired her in 2011 to strike out on her own to form The Vanity Group. It quickly became the firm of choice of a variety of corporate clients and A list celebrities. Karleen and her staff of luxury lifestyle curators understand the needs of high profile individuals and the no excuses work ethic they expect. She’s been featured in Forbes, Vogue, InStyle and other national publications. Her and her stellar team at The Vanity Group specialize in clients who demand the very best. Karleen brings the magic when nothing else will do.

In this episode, we are talking about developing a mindset that fights the status quo, Puff Daddy, and being a boss.

You can follow Karleen on Instagram at @karleenroy. As always, much love to the Chicago Recording Company, where I record each episode!

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