Jasmine Brand: Okay. I was on your Twitter timeline today and I know that you did a webinar recently on branding.
Jasmine Brand: So looking back on your career thus far, are there any mistakes or lessons learned that you have – that you can share with people that are trying to build their brand?
u know, I think that every single thing that you do in your life offers an opportunity for a lesson. On ‘The Apprentice’, I most famously said, “No man is your friend. No man is your foe. Every man is your teacher.” so everything that I’ve been through in my life has prepared me for my next chapter. I am now an assistant pastor at Baptist Church. When I tell you that everything I’ve been through in my life have prepared me for this role, I know that every one of my storms, every one of my valley moments – God has put that there so I could be girded up for my role as pastor right now. And in terms of branding by the way, I teach it so well because I took a brand that was very difficult. This idea of making the African-American woman the villain and I turned it around. I made it profitable and it’s something that most folks can’t do – they use the ‘fail under beneath the pressure’. But I teach it because I love it and my students do really well – A2 you know?
Jasmine Brand: Now, speaking of ministry, I have to ask you. You have been on scripted television, reality television – everyone’s talking about ‘Preachers of L.A.’ and you are in ministry, what are your thoughts so on? And did you get a chance to catch the first episode?
Well, I have watched a preview and I watched the other episode because I work at the magazine, I’ve got to see some of the others. I think people should give it a chance – they’re trying to pull it before you see the whole story. The fact that people are talking about church – I’m talking about folks who ain’t never come to church – my good friends who never been in my sanctuary are talking about pastors, and talking about religion. It’s good. Any time that you can get people thinking about ministry, thinking about their relationship with God and thinking about salvation, it’s good. Now whether it’s controversy – that’s for people to decide themselves. It’s entertainment but we are talking about religion, and that trust me – I’ve been in ministry for six years and it’s very difficult to get people to do that.
Jasmine Brand: Okay, now before I let you go – we were all excited when we heard that you have a new attractive man in your life. He’s a professional athlete, right? He’s in WWE?
Jasmine Brand: So I have to ask a shallow question – are there any groupies? Do you have to fight them off, because this is a different kind of world, right?
ney, when they know I’m in the room, I have no problems. I really don’t have the same kind of problems that most people have because I don’t put up with a whole lot of foolishness. But it’s been really interesting dating again and we’re taking it very, very slow. Trust me, he works 24/7 and I’m on the west coast, he’s on the east coast. So it’s just nice, it’s nice to have a friend.
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