Former model and video vixen, Nerissa Reaves, known as Professor Honey or Honey Loaf, switched careers during a time in her life where chaos ensued. In the wake of the madness and losing practically everything after a flood in New Orleans, she noted she knew something had to change. Determined to get herself out of the mud, Reaves transformed herself into a savvy financial diva. Her journey to financial independence is the driving force behind her credit and lending business, Professor Honey’s Credit and Lending.
As a professor of finance, Reaves explained she is able to share aspects of herself people may not see beyond her famous curves. Since rebuilding her finances Reaves continues to receive recognition for her modeling, but also has experience in the restaurant industry, a Japanese linguist, a bed-and-breakfast owner and these days an educator, she told TODAY Style.
I own a financial franchise in Atlanta, GA. I am the top personal credit, business credit and lending specialist in America.
We help clients who need financial services in the area of personal credit and business credit. Our company has helped over 50,000 Americans improve their personal credit, purchase their first homes, grow real estate portfolios, gain funding for entrepreneurial ventures and grow and scale small businesses.
Actually, my success story is unique and pioneering. I started off my journey as a model and video vixen. In fact, that’s what most of the world knew me as for many years. One day I lost my house, my business, and my car in a city-wide flood that hit New Orleans. I had a rude awakening when I learned, the hard way, that all of the objectification I was allowing didn’t save me from the traumatic events I faced.
Sure, I had hundreds of thousands of followers and fans but that didn’t translate to dollars or respect. I decided to evolve and modify my brand so that I could teach others how to level up after facing traumatizing life events, like I had. Next, I bought a franchise with Novae Money and together we created a brand called, “Professor Honey’s Credit and Lending.” Our company helps people all over the nation transform their lives. Our success comes from all of the people we serve.
Educating people about the power of credit is daunting, sometimes. Most of the people impacted most by societal oppression are also those who typically lack the financial literacy needed to change their lives and the lives of their children or families. As a result, many don’t take advantage of the opportunities that are right before them. This can get very frustrating sometimes-especially because we know we can help them.
My first time using CBD products was about five years ago when I tried a CBD oil that helped me focus and relax. Initially, I didn’t believe in its power, but after I started using it, it was a staple for my daily regimen.
I feel relaxed and excited to start my day after I drink my daily cup of CBD Chamomile tea. I’m like, “Yesssss girl, it’s time to conquer the world!”
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Ladies, I want you to recognize your power. It’s wonderful to have a man who can be a king to your castle. However, I want you to attract a partner who is going to respect your mind and your grind. This means-you can’t rely on a man to fund your entire life and you can’t present as a damsel in distress. Get out there and make it happen for yourself. You can do it! Watch how the quality of men who approach you improves significantly because you’re not presenting as needy. Men love a beautiful woman who is a source of empowerment for herself and others around her. I want us to level up and show men that we are capable of collective feminine power and that we are forces to contend with.
I’ve lost an uncle to Covid19. This makes me leery to go around my grandparents, who are in their late 80s. I miss them, terribly. This sometimes makes me sad because I want to spend as much time as possible with them, as they are getting up in age.
My business has been booming since Covid hit our nation and I’ll tell you why. With so many people needing financial help during this hard time, we have really been able to take thousands of people under our wing. We’ve help prepare them for entrepreneurship, home ownership and more. On the personal side, I’ve been able to spend more time with some family members and friends. I’ve also created routines for myself that allow me to grow and personally develop.
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To be prepared for the impending recession-possibly even an economic depression. Are you ready? Have you started putting money towards recession proof investments such as land ownership?
I can’t speak for all women, but I know I spend my day thinking about how I can help others and create my own legacy. When my physical body dies, I hope the impact I made lives on for generations to come. More pragmatically on a day-to-day basis, I also think about fitness, food, taking care of my man, what new dress I may want to buy, what new book I’ll download or what to cook for dinner.
Be a good listener. When we talk, put your phone down, stop scrolling and put your listening ears on. Don’t interrupt us or rush us to our “point.” Just be patient and listen. Women love a man who can show that he cares through his patient listening skills. This will help us connect with you and create a strong relationship. The power of communication, especially healthy communication, is magical. You’ll get way more from us if you just —listen.
Having a woman VP is right on time. We are in the midst of a national and cultural purge. To rebuild our nation in the light of love that the universal plan has designed for us, this feminine energy is just what we need to elevate to the next level of our national and worldly collective evolution. There is no doubt in my mind that these strong feminine forces will continue to occupy the powerful seats of our nation’s future VPs or even presidents. It’s absolutely inevitable.
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Angela Styles sheds light on finding success, juggling more than one project and finding private time to dabble in cannabis. A hairstylist to the stars, S
What is your profession? I am a hairstylist by trade and a hair extensions retailer.
What services does your job offer? I presently work on film and television projects with clients like Eve, Elaine Welteroth and Venus Williams. My extensions company, Conscious Curls, focuses on offering luxury textured hair and convenient ways to wear it.
How did you become successful in your field?
Success came from being passionate about hair. It came from consistency to show up every day for clients, problem-solving their hair issues, and building the confidence to work with anyone. Success also came from being in the right place at the right time, ready to take on new opportunities, saying less and doing more. I learned how to the room and build relationships. I became teachable while trusting my instincts.
What stresses or obstacles do you have to deal with in your profession?
The hair industry can be very stressful as it relates to time management. You have to know how long tasks will take and be efficient with punctuality and scheduling; all while tapping into creativity and experience. Marketing yourself can also cause stress. The hair industry is an extremely competitive business, so finding ways to set yourself apart can be stressful to some. My best advice is to follow what you truly love and talk about it all the time. Narrow your focus and master one thing and fly with it.
At what age, or when, did you first start using cannabis and CBD products?
Honestly, I’ve been using cannabis products since I was 14 years-old. Flower was first, this was back when smoking weed was, obviously, illegal. I did it with friends and always liked the way I felt, calm, relaxed and happy. Years later, after moving to Los Angeles, I learned about different strains and learned about CBD products versus those that have THC in them.
How often do you integrate cannabis and or CBD into your routine?
I typically incorporate cannabis into my weekly routine maybe three to four days a week. I use it to unwind or socially.
What effects does cannabis/CBD have on you?
The positive effects I get from cannabis are relaxation, creativity, happiness and a sense of calm. I enjoy merging weed with alcohol for the perfect balance and if I have trouble sleeping its my go to.
What is your favorite strain of cannabis and why?
I really love Gelato, Lamb’s Bread and Sour Diesel. Different reasons but Gelato gives me a creative high. Lamb’s Bread is Bob Marley weed, so it's historic and very trippy. Sour Diesel is a great long lasting high that I’ve always enjoyed.
What is your favorite CBD product and why?
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What advice could you give to women that want to follow in your footsteps?
My best advice is to take care of yourself and your body while chasing your dreams while caring for loved ones. Women are natural caregivers and tend to think about everyone else before ourselves. You have to put yourself first and everything else will fall into place. Self-care is big for me but it didn’t become a practice until I was in my thirties.
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How has Covid affected your business and personal life?
Covid has effected me positively mostly. It gave me the space and freedom to think about what I want versus what I have to do. It allowed me to clear some things off my plate and financially it has been very profitable for my E-commerce business. Despite the health and financial challenges the country has been facing, I have found ways to pivot and remove stress from my life. I’m looking forward to what 2021 has for me.
What has 2020 taught you?
It taught me how to be still. In the past, it was always about being busy, but busy doesn’t always translate into productivity. This year was really about self reflection, planning and pivoting with the times. I closed my salon, ended a three-year relationship and my job working on set came to a c ###MISSING STATEMENT###coy all the new time I had. It has truly been a blessing.
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In so many words explain what goes through a woman’s mind throughout a day?
I’ll just throw out some words:
I feel like we cycle through these topics throughout the day. We are multifaceted, so we can do multiple things while still thinking about other things. I love being a woman.
What advice can you give a man from a woman’s point of view on romance and life? My best advice would be to always lead. Show your woman that you have a plan. If you don’t have one take sometime to process what you want and how to go about getting it. I also think men should tap into their spirituality, sensuality and sense of purpose before entering into a serious relationship. This awareness will help bring more balance to your life with a good woman.
What are your thoughts on a woman being elected Vice President of the United States?
I’m so thankful to be living in a time to witness Kamala Harris become Vice President. Every time I see her, I’m in awe at what she has accomplished. Like, “Wow a sista is really about to run the Senate and second in command at the White House.”
I believe a female president is coming soon, hopefully in my lifetime. I’m happy for all the barriers women are breaking in politics. I know there is more to come.
What five songs are in your playlist in the current moment?
This is a tough one. But …Tiana Major9. The whole acoustic project is fire. I keep it on rotation. In the morning, I love Ari Lennox “Grounded” and “Believe It” by Chris -n-Teeb. Tink’s EP “A Gift and A Curse” — also a fave at the moment. Teyonna Taylor’s album is epic and always in rotation, too. Also the Snoah Aalegra Pandora station is a viiiibe, thank me later.
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