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Karen Civil Honored at Fonkoze 2nd Annual “Hot Night In Haiti” Fundraiser

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Over the weekend, Karen Civil, was honored at the Fonkoze 2nd annual “Hot Night in Haiti” Fundraiser which was hosted by Sanaa Lathan. Fonkoze is an organization that was created over 22 years ago to bring financial inclusion and development services to Haiti’s poor – providing them a viable way to lift themselves out of poverty.

Offering both financial and development services, Fonkoze’s Staircase Out of Poverty provides a comprehensive approach to poverty alleviation in Haiti. Each of its four Steps is uniquely designed to provide a woman with the resources and support that she needs to ascend from poverty, wherever she is in her climb. Along with the four main Steps, Fonkoze’s Staircase includes “Handrails”—programs that provide our members and clients with business skills training, education, and health services to support them as they progress. Our accompaniment is designed to help women succeed as they do the hard work required to climb the Staircase, creating a better future for themselves and their families.

If you would like to contribute to this cause you can find out more information here


Karen Civil Hosts First Ever ‘Live Civil Day’ Basketball Tournament In Her Hometown

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Karen Civil teamed with Adidas to bring the first ever Live Civil Basketball Camp to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The basketball camp was a part of Live Civil Day 2017. The inaugural experience was hosted by Mouse Jones and aligned with the goals of #LiveCivilDay to encourage youth to stay fit, active and motivated through the duration of the summer.

Three local basketball organizations, which compiled 100 kids, were gifted customized Adidas basketball uniforms, t-shirts, sneakers, book bags, Beats by Dre Power Beats and months’ supply of Gatorade. Attendees were gifted with Adidas sack packs, sneakers and t-shirts at the Mickey Walker Recreational Center.

Joining Karen Civil at the event was fellow Jersey native and forward for the San Antonio Spurs, Kyle Anderson, who assisted in coaching, sharing the importance of staying healthy and the pursuit of your passions.

“Growing up my dad took me to a lot of events and I always enjoyed them, so giving back and supporting events now is only right,” Anderson shared. “It’s extra special when it’s the home state too.”

Five lucky children were given the opportunity to compete in a half-court shot contest and were joined by another Jersey native, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, who gave the winner a signed game jersey.

Civil, along with assistance from her team, was able to bridge the separation gap in the youth of her hometown by uniting a variety of organizations that represent the city’s diverse culture. Guests of the event came together to watch the Khaseem Greene Dream Team, S.O.A.R. Program and Rich Tabor’s New Life Basketball Team go head-to-head and hear an empowering speech from Civil highlighting non-traditional career options and expand the knowledge of the city’s youth.

“Live Civil Day represents community, positivity, encouragement, health, and wellness. As an Elizabeth Native, I believe it is my duty to give back to my community. Our youth is our future and it truly takes a village to raise a child. I want children to know that they can create the life they dream of despite the odds that are against them,” stated Karen Civil who was surprised with the key to the city on behalf of the city of Elizabeth for all of her accomplishments.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Adidas, Beats By Dre, Gatorade, Python Luxury, DJ DNellz, MDV Custom Cakes, Pineapple Express BK, Kenneth Wynn, Mouse Jones, and The Pat Perkins-Auguste Civic Association.

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Karen Civil Shares Her Secrets On Getting Paid To Be Yourself With #ComplexHustle

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LiveCivil.com’s CEO Karen Civil is known for making her own lane in the industry, and it’s been that way for years. Through her endless work in the music industry, her philanthropy work in Haiti and elsewhere, and her overall presence is not only inspiring to so many people, but motivating for those chasing similar dreams.

Civil recently spent the day with #ComplexHustle and shared some of her secrets on getting paid to be yourself. In this episode of Her Own, Karen talks about the importance of maintaining a healthy work and personal life balance, being on time and on schedule with your work, having a solid core team that you can depend on and so much more.

Looking for some tips on being a boss from an established, successful entrepreneur? Check out the gems that Karen Civil drops above!

Throwback Thursday: Karen Civil Talks #LiveCivil & Why Women Should Accept Being Different

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Happy Throwback Thursday!

Back in December of 2015, our very own Karen Civil sat down with Brandon Robinson of Scoop B Radio for an in-depth interview. Karen spoke on her powerful Live Civil brand, which we’re proud to say has grown tremendously over the last couple of years. She weighed in on her time at Beats by Dre and how she was able to elevate the brand the way she did.

Later in the interview, Karen discussed a topic she knows best — women empowerment. She explains it’s important for women to accept being different and to never shy away from chasing their dreams. Civil then gave us some insight on what she had planned in the future, which as we saw, came to fruition.

In light of #TBT, we wanted to repurpose this interview for those who may have missed it. Enjoy the full thing below, and remember to #LiveCivil.

Karen Civil Talks Career Path, Inspiration & More With ‘Parle Magazine’

Our very own Karen Civil recently sat down with Parle Magazine as she discussed her career path, and how she got to where she is at now.

KC explains how she decided to embark on a journey that has allowed her to do exactly what she loves. She continued by sharing her confidence in her work ethic and how it has molded her into the powerhouse she is today.

The millennial maven goes on to share some invaluable advice around building a brand and following your individual passion.

There’s no doubt that Karen is all about positivity and that’s what makes her so successful and special to us. So, get your pen and notepad out and get ready to be inspired!

You can read Karen Civil’s full article on Parle Magazine by clicking here.


Karen Civil Shines During The 6th Annual Live Civil Brunch

This past weekend was one to remember for Live Civil!

Our very own Karen Civil hosted her 6th annual Live Civil Brunch over the weekend at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The annual brunch which celebrates unity among women was attended by singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter, Keke Palmer, Justine Skye, Tami Roman, Elise Neal, India Love and more. Sponsored by Myx Moscato, Villa and Beats By Dre, guests enjoyed music by DJ Killa Kels & DJ Charmisa while enjoying a catered gourmet breakfast, bottomless mimosas and desserts.

During the brunch, Karen surprised entertainment reporter Nina Parker with special limited edition Beats By Dre headphones curated by singer Justine Skye. The gift was a token of Karen’s gratitude. Here’s what she said about Nina:

“I started this brunch six years ago when I moved to Los Angeles,” said Karen. “I didn’t really know Nina Parker that well, but she came to the brunch and she’s been coming every single year since then. Nina is a great friend, someone that I look up to and admire.”

After the heartfelt moment between Karen and Nina, all the ladies in attendance lifted one another up while partaking in an intimate champagne toast. And of course, our trendy group of girls couldn’t let the festivities end without an epic all-female mannequin challenge inspired by Nicki Minaj’s new “Black Barbie” record, the remix to “Black Beatles.”

If you missed out on this year’s event, don’t worry, we got recap photos and footage to help you re-live the moment. Enjoy it all below and thank you to everyone involved.

Karen Civil Talks With ‘The New Yorker’ About Her Work With Hillary Clinton

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The New Yorker attributes Karen Civil for being the woman who is making Hillary Clinton cool, and rightfully so.

Civil has been with the Democratic nominee throughout the entire campaign in efforts to reach the millennials of The United States Of America. Chatting with The New Yorker, Civil expresses her way of marketing and says that she likes to take people out of their element. With Hillary, she says, “We’ve got to do something funny. We’ve got to do something different, even when we take pictures.”

Whether it’s her and Hillary borrowing Dj Khaled’s “How’s Business?” joke on her Snapchat, or them brushing their shoulders off together like Jay-Z in the early 2000’s, to putting together concerts with artists like Pusha T to get millennials more involved and registered to vote, there isn’t much Civil hasn’t done to help push the Clinton campaign forward.

Civil wears many hats and one of them is creating innovative marketing campaigns for hip-hop artists and companies she has worked with such as Beats By Dre, Nipsey Hussle, Jeezy, and YG just to name a few. Growing up as a shy Haitian girl in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she took a liking for the internet and built fan Web sites for the Backstreet Boys and J. D. Williams, an actor on “The Wire.” After dropping out of college, she interned for the legendary Hot 97 radio station in  New York City. She then went on to work at Asylum Records and this is where she decided that she wanted to build her own brand.

“I wanted it to be a girl’s point of view of hip-hop, not about personal lives or gossip but about the music: who produced it, when they recorded it.” – Karen Civil

In 2008 she launched her website which featured flip-camera and Macbook interviews with up-and-coming rap stars like Drake and Nicki Minaj. Two years after the launch of her website, Beats by Dre asked her to move to L.A. and help its marketing department. Beats is now a client of her marketing agency, Always Civil Enterprises. A couple of years later in 2014, the television host Terrence Jenkins invited Civil to a holiday party at the White House.

“I wanted to take home a plate, but when Barack started his talk he said, ‘Make sure you don’t take the china or silverware. So I took a napkin and a macaroon.” – Karen Civil

Last year, Civil spoke at a White House event for young women activists and got on the radar of De’Ara Balenger, the Clinton campaign’s director of engagement. Balenger invited Civil to critique the campaign’s social-media presence. Civil’s social media analysis reported that Clintons old Instagram tagline, “Pantsuit Aficionado” was cool but Clinton’s overall swag had some work to do to become hipper and up to date and in September 2015, Balenger hired Civil to help make Clinton cooler and it worked.

Hip-hop and R&B stars have shown up and showed out to support Clinton. Usher attended the October 2015 rally that Civil organized in Atlanta, Georgia. The rapper Freeway who had been diagnosed with kidney failure spoke about affordable health care, telling the crowd “We gonna get it poppin’ for Hillary. Civil even helped put Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, on stage with the rapper Pusha T, which was pretty cool.

“It’s really about continuing the legacy that Obama started. I know we still deal with racism and being divided, but he makes you feel like this is one nation, with his demeanor, his swag. It’s like there’s never going to be another them. But I want somebody to keep that momentum going.” – Karen Civil

Read her full story with the NewYorker.com

Karen Civil Talks Supporting Hillary Clinton, Mental Health & Achieving Success

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Our very own Karen Civil recently sat down with the good folks at Rec Philly for an in-depth interview about a slew of topics.

With the election right around the corner, and in full swing, Civil spent time discussing her support for Hillary Clinton and why she feels she’s the right choice for this presidency. Karen spoke on why she feels it’s important for the millennials to get involved with this process as well, for the betterment of the future.

After that, Karen touched on mental health and how much it’s impacted not only herself, but the people around her. It’s essential for folks to have the conversation about mental health and Karen says we’re not currently doing enough. “Mental health is something I don’t think we engage and discuss enough, and with this digital era, so many kids are having identity issues and losing themselves quickly.”

Later in the interview, Karen discussed her own career and the immense amount of success she’s seen thus far. Acknowledging the amount of hard work and careful planning it took, Karen made sure to advise anyone listening to never limit yourself and put in the necessary work to achieve your dreams.

Enjoy the full interview below and tell us what you think.

The Queen of Influence: Karen Civil Covers ‘Bombshell By Bleu’, Talks Success & Finding Inspiration

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Our very own Karen Civil is a mogul in every sense of the word. From working with the music industry’s biggest stars, to the entertainment world’s biggest brands, there isn’t much Civil hasn’t accomplished in her illustrious career.

Today, Karen covers the front of Bombshell By Bleu and provides an intriguing cover story about her career and her accomplishments. Deemed “the queen of influence” by the publication, Karen speaks on what it took to achieve success and being inspired by others. “It’s just the generation of great women around us. Were continuing to excel and push through,” Civil says.

For the cover story, we also saw quotes from the likes of Lil Wayne, Omar Johnson (Beats by Dre) and more, speaking on Civil’s drive.

Lil Wayne on working with Karen:

“I’m grateful to work with Karen throughout the years in my career. Whether we are helping each other build empires or initiatives, such as the Live Civil Christmas campaign, which allowed me to help give back to the Haitian community.”

Omar Johnson on Civil’s social presence:

“She possesses incredible savvy and can single-handedly help make any brand relevant,” says Omar Johnson, CMO of Beats by Dre. “Time and time again, I’ve watched her move mountains to create social media moments in culture and there’s no sign of her slowing down.”

We encourage everyone to take a moment out to read the entire cover story over at Bombshell By Bleu. We’re sure you’ll find some inspiration.

The Haitian Roundtable Recognizes Karen Civil Among 2016 Change-Making Haitian Americans

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For those who don’t know, this month is Haitian Heritage Month, and today, May 18th, is Haitian Flag Day. This day and month respectively mean a great ordeal to the Haitian community and as a result, Haitian pride is being celebrated worldwide.

In commemoration of Haitian Flag Day, the Haitian Roundtable has announced today the 2016 inductees to the 1804 List of Haitian-American Changemakers and Ones To Watch.

Named in honor of Haiti’s year of independence, the 1804 List recognizes 30 Haitian-Americans who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success in their profession, have been proven forces for change, and have helped to create a better understanding of Haiti and the Haitian community.

This year’s inductees include our very own Karen Civil, Natasha Archer, Eddy Bayardelle, and much more. The full list can be found below.

Established in 2012, the 1804 List by the Haitian Roundtable, has recognized over 120 Haitian-Americans in the United States.

For the first time in the history of the 1804 List, the Haitian Roundtable will present the Catherine Flon Award in honor of the heroic woman who sewed the Haitian flag and is regarded as one of the most important symbols of the Haitian Revolution. The inaugural recipient of the Catherine Flon Award is the legendary performing artist Emeline Michel.

A ceremony and reception well be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 6:00PM-11:00PM at My Image Studios in New York City. See the full list of this year’s inductees below and once again, Happy Haitian Flag Day!

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  • Karen Andre, White House Liaison, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Natasha Archer, Pediatric Hematologist, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Eddy Bayardelle, President, Bronx Community College Foundation
  • Carmelle Bellefleur, Founder and Vice President, Promoting Health in Haiti
  • Patricia Brintle, CEO, From Here To Haiti
  • Alix Cantave, Program Officer for Haiti, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Karen Civil, CEO, Always Civil Enterprises
  • Cliff Decatrel, Head of Multi-Cultural Advertising Sales, Cablevision Media Sales
  • Reginald DesRoches, Chair and Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, George
  • Institute of Technology
  • Astrid Desrosiers, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (more)
  • Hans P. Domercant, President, Motion Picture Association of Haiti
  • Vladimir Duthiers, Correspondent, CBS News
  • Fritz Francois, Chief Medical Officer, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Sydney Guillaume, Composer and Conductor
  • Vicky Jeudy, Actress, Orange Is The New Black
  • Carl-Philippe Juste, Photojournalist, The Miami Herald
  • Charlot Lucien, Senior Contract Manager, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Jean Monestime, Chairman, Miami-Dade County Commission
  • Henry R. Paul, Founder, National Association For the Advancement of Haitians-NY
  • Saurel Quettan, President, Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Mona Rigaud, Chief of Pediatrics, NYU Lutheran Medical Center
  • Fred Seraphin, County Judge, Miami-Dade, 11th Judicial Circuit
  • Christine Souffrant, Entrepreneur and Founder, Vendedy
  • Sandra St. Fleur, Director of Strategic Talent, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • C. Reynold Verrett, President, Xavier University of Louisiana

Ones To Watch

  • Michael Brun, DJ, Producer and Founder, Kid Coconut Records
  • Lionel Moise, Co-Anchor, CBS 2 Chicago
  • Nancy Morisseau, Founding Member, Haitian-American Lawyers Association-NY
  • Rachelle Salnave, Filmmaker, Producer and Director, La Belle Vie: The Good Life
  • Doreen St. Felix, Journalist and Writer, MTV News

Lil Wayne & Karen Civil Give Back To Haiti For The Holiday Season!

Lil Wayne and our very own Karen Civil are making a major impact for 500 kids in Haiti this holiday season.

On Friday, December 18th, Karen and Wayne put together the Live Civil Christmas Giveaway where each of the 500 children were given an outfit from Wayne’s Trukfit clothing line, and an exclusive Live Civil Thinking Cap from Karen’s partnership with New Era. To add to the festivities, Haitian-American professional boxer Andre Berto surprised the kids by dressing up as Santa Clause and passing out toy! It was an amazing day.

“A lot of people tend to forget about those who are less fortunate during the holiday season, not many understand how receiving just one item could bring so much joy to a child’s life, especially if they don’t have the same everyday luxuries that the more fortunate tend to overlook. I’m just grateful to be able to give back to Haiti in any way possible,” said Lil Wayne.

Although the Christmas Giveaway excited the young children with new toys and clothes, the original message of the Live Civil playground and school remodeling — the importance of literacy, education and fun — did not deter. So much so, that Scholastic Corporation donated a book to each of the 500 children, while Karen did a live reading of her new book, Be You & Live Civil.

Karen’s dedication to giving back to Haiti is inspirational. As a first generation American, Karen has always felt obligated to go back to her parents’ home to give back. “The Live Civil initiative in Haiti is something that brings me joy! Being able to put a smile on the kids faces during the holidays is a gift within itself,” says Karen.

With 2016 vastly approaching, Karen will continue to help expand the Live Civil brand through the United States and abroad. In addition, Karen Civil recently released her first book, Be You & Live Civil available now!

Check out some photos from the amazing day below.

Photos by: Dezobri & Frederick Alexis

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Karen Civil Delivers Heartfelt Speech During The White House’s ‘Champions Of Change’ Event

UPDATE: In case you missed the live stream, we have Karen’s full speech now available! Tune in below.

The White House Champions of Change event is about to kick off in D.C., where 11 young women who empower their communities will be honored. These ‘Champions of Change’ are courageous individuals who are on an upward path to success.

Our very own Karen Civil will be in attendance and will be delivering a powerful speech to the 11 young women momentarily. Since most of us can’t attend the event, the White House has provided a live stream for us to tune in.

The event starts at 9:30 AM EST and you won’t want to miss this! Enjoy the live stream below.