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    Natasha Eubanks, founder and CEO
    of the popular black celebrity blog Young
    Black and Fabulous — more commonly
    known as TheYBF.com — joins three other
    young entrepreneurs on the cover of the
    January 2010 issue of Black Enterprise
    magazine.



    The monthly black business periodical
    chose to profile its “BE Nexters” — young
    professionals all under 35 — making moves
    in their respective fields.
    Eubanks, who launched her blog in 2005
    after noticing a lack of African Americans
    featured on gossip sites, had aspirations of
    being a lawyer.
    “I didn’t even really know what a blog
    was when I started YBF. I was just playing
    around the ‘net, filling my boredom of my
    hostess job at the Olive Garden and waiting
    on [law] school to start,” she shared with
    BV Newswire today
    In her feature story for BE, the former aspiring
    lobbyist revealed how her parents
    discouraged her from abandoning her Loyola
    Law School endeavors.
    “My mom was like, ‘Oh, no, no, no,
    there’s no money in that. ...My parents
    thought it was a really bad move.”
    But against her parent’s urgings, she decided
    to try it anyway.
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    “I taught myself everything tech-wise
    and business-wise since there wasn’t much
    out there at the time to even learn from,”
    she added.
    The Texas A&M University grad joked,
    “Well, it’s grown from just my three college
    roommates and mom and grandmother
    reading YBF to millions of people reading a
    month.”
    That is an understatement.
    According to Black Enterprise, the blog
    averages 15 million page views per month,
    and 2009 revenues for YBF were $1 million
    – 90 percent of which was generated from
    advertisers.

    “It’s when I overhear random people on
    the street taking about YBF that I get
    freaked out actually, or when I hear celebs
    in passing talking about what they’ve read
    on it,” she said.
    YBF’s status has definitely grown within
    the traditional media world, as well. Eubanks
    covered the Academy Awards, the
    Grammys, the MTV Video Music Awards
    and countless A-list celebrity events. “I love
    that people recognize the importance of
    YBF and black celebrity entertainment
    sites, in general,” she said. “Most times, I
    don’t even have to ask for credentials. People
    voluntarily give them. That’s amazing,
    especially when I have never paid for marketing
    or advertising YBF to the public.
    Everything has been word of mouth.”
    Eubanks, who calls New Orleans home,
    said she isn’t “the least bit” worried about
    blogs fizzling. “There will always be a place
    for a blog,” says the 27-year-old. But the
    medium, she says, will “need to evolve into
    being more than just a hub for pictures and
    regurgitated info.”
    Everything hasn’t been so peachy keen
    for Eubanks. Celebrities have threatened to
    sue her, and user comments have been negatively
    directed at her. She goes without
    sleep many nights, because ultimately she
    approves, checks and writes all of her content.
    Still, the experience has been eye-opening.
    Eubanks noted that she’s learned how
    to place ads and how to do custom campaigns
    with luxury companies actively trying
    to reach her niche audience. Now, she’s
    just psyched that Black Enterprise wanted
    to honor her.
    “I didn’t even tell anyone I shot the cover
    and feature for an entire month,” she confided.
    She initially thought the piece was a
    mini-story, but when she finally shot the
    cover with photographer Lonnie Major,
    Eubanks thought it was too good to be true.
    “I thought BE would change their minds or
    something because they’d think I was boring
    once they got to know me.”
    A lot shier than you’d think for a celebrity
    gossip blogger, Eubanks — who can also be
    heard on the nationally syndicated radio
    show ‘Big Boy in the Morning’ — offers simple
    advice to future executives.
    “I can’t preach ownership enough,” she
    said. “Everybody should have a side hustle,
    even if you’re making six figures at your
    job.”
    “I made my hobby a career and a business,”
    she continued. “You can never lose
    when you’re doing something you love.”
    That’s entrepreneurial advice worth taking.
    Look up in the sky and tell me what you see
    The clouds, naw nigga, not me
    I see opportunity, I'm a opportunist
    Nigga, you heard what I said, "I'm a opportunist"

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