The Victoria Washington Experience Weekly News Update


It’s the Victoria Washington Experience and here are some news events that happened across the country.

According to the Huffington Post, travelers on a United Airlines flight to Denver subdued an unidentified man who approached the cockpit stating he had a bomb. Flight 1074 immediately landed and the unidentified man was covered in bruises after the incident but none of the other 32 passengers were injured.

Former notorious hip-hop icon Marion “Suge” Knight fainted in court when he heard his bail is set at $25 million according to the LA Times. After the incident, he received medical treatment at a jail hospital.

R&B Singer Chris Brown is officially off his probation after more than six years stated the Huffington Post.On Friday, Brown tweeted “IM OFF PROBATION!!!!!!!! Thank the Lord!!!!!!”

Little League player Mo’ne Davis can add shoe designer among her many accomplishments. According to Elle magazine, Davis collaborated with M4D3 (Make a Difference Everyday) to create a limited edition line of sneakers. The money accumulated is sent to the Because I Am a Girl charity foundation, which helps underprivileged girls worldwide.

If you having trouble with getting job interviews, consider looking at your e-mail address. According to Daily Mail, researchers performed a study that shows people who use formal e-mail addresses are more likely to advance in the job application process than those who use informal e-mail addresses.

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Behind The Success Of House of Cards


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House of Cards fans spent the weekend bingeing the Netflicks series in response to the release of Season 3 according to the show’s casting director, Kimberly Skyrme. “Don’t give any spoiler alerts!” are some of the posts that Skyrme saw on various forms of social media.

Lamont Easter plays as Frank Underwood’s Secret Service and admits to binge watching the show himself. “The acting is absolutely superb,” Easter said. Skyrme stated that House of Cards is a political show that is sophisticated and gives an insider perspective in the world of politics. “I think people wonder is this based on reality or is it totally factitious,” she said. “Or,is it somewhere in between.”

House of Cards has thirteen Emmy nominations for 2014 and Easter attributes the show’s success is due to its ability to break into new media; streaming online. “I believe its one of the first shows of this magnitude to simultaneously be available in multiple western countries around the world,” he said.

Follow Kimberly Skyrme on Twitter @KimberlySkyrme for possible updates on House of Cards and to know more about the man who plays Frank Underwood’s Secret Service, go to Lamont Easter website and follow him on Twitter @LamontEaster. Go follow Victoria on Twitter @TheVickiii to learn more about her guests and interviews.


Erase Your Student Loan Debt



According to The Atlantic, there is $1.16 trillion in student loan debt across the country. “On average, graduates from 4-year universities face almost $30,000 in debt” stated student loan expert Heather Jarvis. Jarvis is an alumna from Duke University and she faced $125,000 in student debt herself. Realizing that this is an issue for many students coming out of college, she makes the effort to provide different ways to overcome the challenges that comes with student loan debt.

Jarvis said that one of the misconceptions about loan repayment is that the lender is going to work with you. Most lenders are not flexible with the monthly payments that are owed but there options to help students that are having trouble paying their loans. Jarvis advises that taking federal student loans is a smart choice because there are many repayment plans provided that are based on income. This means if the individual’s current job does not give them a high salary or they are between jobs, Income Based Repayment Plan and Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan are two effective plans to help ease the stress that comes with paying loans.

The Income Based Repayment Plan requires the loaner to pay roughly 15 percent of the individual’s discretionary income per month, but never more that the 10-year amount provided by the Standard Repayment Plan amount. Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan is based on discretionary income as well but only needs 10 percent per month. Jarvis recommends using the repayment estimator on to determine the lowest amount of money that can be paid per month and will help determine which plan is the best option.

For more information about student loans, please visit to learn more from Heather Jarvis and ask her your personal questions as well. For news on student loans, follow Jarvis on Twitter @Heather_Jarvis and learn more about the guests that appear on the Victoria Washington Experience by following Victoria on Twitter @TheVickiii.


Serayah McNeil Begins Her Journey to Fame as Tiana in Fox Show Empire


Prior to playing the role of Tiana on Empire, Serayah McNeil describes herself as a new artist who was always a singer and performer.

McNeil was a college student working at H&M when a longtime friend from high school contacted her. He believed that she would be a perfect fit for Tiana. Her friend’s mom is a casting director for the show and was able to give her an opportunity to audition. McNeil met with Empire’s producer, Lee Daniels, and her performance impressed him enough to cast her on the show.

Even though the 19-year-old’s fame is still growing, McNeil states that she will remain the same person she has always been. McNeil doesn’t want to change who she is and her hobbies are movies, cooking, and watching television with her friends. She advices that young women should be natural with themselves and develop perseverance to push forward from mistakes in the past.

Empire starts at 9 p.m every Wednesday and for more on Serayah Mcneil, go to for her interview. The segment is titled Feat. Tiana from the TV show Empire. Get to know more about Serayah Mcneil through her Twitter @SerayahLove and follow Victoria Washington on Twitter @theVickiii.


The Key to Relationships; Communication


Whether you are in a relationship, started dating, or maintaining friendships to make these bonds last a lifetime can be a difficult challenge. According to love expert and motivational speaker June Archer, the element that helps strengthen these bonds is Communication. When communicating with someone, it doesn’t matter what you say but how you say it stated Archer.

Learning how people wish to be spoken to is essential for preserving relationships. It is natural for people to be defensive when they get into an argument with their significant other or friend. Archer believes that people should play offense instead of defense. Taking the initiative to solve the problem instead of blaming the other person helps diffuse the situation instead of increasing tension. People saying statements such as “I love you,” and “I’m proud of you,” more often will uplift people and lead to better relationships.

For more information on June Archer himself, visit his website,, and follow him on Twitter @JuneArcher.


Stay ahead of the Curve and Embrace Technology



CEO of Tech Savvy Global Scott Steinberg explains that people should not fear the increasing developments of technology. In fact, they should embrace them. Steinburg is the author of Make Change Work For You and the book provides 10 new habits on how to be more familiar and open to technology.

The core habits discuss having the willingness to learn and be able to push yourself out of your comfort zone in order to broaden your experience with technology. Steinberg advices people to not get frustrated with failures. Instead, he wants people to develop resiliency in order to overcome any adversities they may face. He practices this philosophy at his company, Tech Savvy Global, where they perform product testing and experiment with new gadgets before they hit the market.

To learn more about Scott Steinberg’s views on technology, check out for his segment on the show. The segment is titled Tech talk with expert Scott Steinberg. For more information on Scott Steinberg himself, visit his website,, and follow him on Twitter @AKeynoteSpeaker.


Jay-Z Biographer Zack Greenburg Talks Empire


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With a net worth of an estimated $560 million according to, Jay-Z has acquired much of his financial success through his albums, Rocawear clothing line, and even as a part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets for a time. In his book Empire State of Mind, Forbes Senior Editor Zack Greenburg provides an in-depth look into how the Brooklyn native went from a former drug dealer to a businessman.

An Alumni from Yale University, Greenburg began his career at Forbes as an intern and was offered a full-time position after graduating from college. During his first year at Forbes, an editor approached him and asked him “Do you like hip-hop?” Greenburg answered “Yes.” and helped the editor put together the first-ever list of top-earning rappers in 2007 for that year. A few weeks after the list was produced, 50 cent, Jay-Z, Diddy worked together to release the “I get Money “Forbes 1,2,3 Remix” to memorialize their honorable mentions on the same Hip-Hop Cash Kings list that Greenburg produced.

He was surprised that these rappers expressed their appreciation for Forbes through a song and knew that he wanted to make music his beat from that point on. The son of Zack Greenburg, a children’s book writer, and Suzanne O’Mally, former writer of Law and Order, Greenburg has a successful career as a reporter writing over 800 articles for Forbes, ForbesAsia, and One day, he was sick from work and was checking his e-mails at home when he noticed an editor from Penguin contacted him. The e-mail discussed about the editor asking him to write a biography about the business of Jay-Z. Greenburg agreed to a deal with Penguin in 2009 to write the book.

He attempted to get in contact with Jay-Z to interview him for the biography, but Jay-Z declined. However, Greenburg was not discouraged as he admitted that this gave him the opportunity to “dig deeper” into areas he may not have explored. Empire State of Mind chronicles deals that did not work out such as the Jay-z flying to Detroit, Michigan in 2005 to team up with MC Serch to create the Jay-Z jeep that ended up not going through do to Chrysler not wanting to sponsor a former drug dealer (in reference to Jay-Z) and power moves Jay-Z made through the course of his career. One of these power moves included selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to work on representing several professional athletes including Kevin Durant and Robinson Cano.

For more on Zack Greenburg and his book Empire State Of Mind, check out for his interview on the show. The interview is titled Jay-Z Biographer Zack Greenburg Talks Empire. Also you can follow Zack Greenburg on his Twitter @Zoblog