Industry: Journalism

Hats: Entertainment Editor of XoNecole, Creator / Creator of

School: Florida International University

Major: Journalism & Mass Communications

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 2.38.03 PMCharles Swindell once mentioned “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90%  how you react to it.” When Soraya laid in a hospital bed suffering from Crohn’s disease, she vowed to herself  that when she gets  healed she would pursue her career in journalism wholeheartedly. In fact, it was during those painful times that she found writing in her journal therapeutic. Fast forward to today , it is quite obvious that she didn’t let her setback become her reality.She’s been recognized as one of the top 19 “Women in Media” by iHeart Media & Power 105.1 (along with xoCEO Necole Kane), and was the youngest on the list. In her own words, her hustle can be summed up as: “Writing, hosting, and doing the most-ing!” Lets find out more about Soraya.

Where were you six months after college?

Life after college was a bit dry. I moved to NYC the next day after graduating with no jobs prospect. However, I ended up contributing to a lifestyle blog called “Friends With Benefits” and was working in the retail and restaurants industry. However, my friends from BrklynStickup  noticed my writing and asked me to be their publicist. While I was pitching them to a popular Hip Hop website, that same website ended up offering me a salaried position. I was excited, I thought this was my big break until they had to let me go 4 months later because of budget cuts. Here I was again, back to square one applying for jobs.

What are three things you’ve told yourself that kept you going during your darkest hour?

  1. This is just temporary.
  2. There’s no testimony without a test
  3. No matter how lonely you may feel, you’re never alone. God is protecting you at all times.

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Ten Inspiring Quotes from Karen Civil’s ” Be You” College Tour


A couple of weeks agoDigital Renaissance Woman, & Builder of Great Things’Karen Civil shared her tools for success at New York University to a crowd of students, entrepreneurs and media mavens. She was awarded for her contributions in the entertainment industry by the New York non-profit organization, Women on The Move.

Karen Civil has had quite an interesting path to success. At a very young age, the New Jersey native saw an opportunity that the internet offered when no one was gravitating towards it.  She found refuge behind a computer screen, creating fan sites for some of her favorite artists like The Backstreet Boys, which led her to a backstage meet up with the group. As she mentioned ” the internet got me what I wanted and I was curious to see how far it would take me.” That same persistence and dedication landed her an internship with Hot 97 DJ, FunkMaster Flex.  Years later, the young entrepreneur found herself  representing some of the most renown names in the music industry with a resume that includes Young Money, Mary J Blige, Beats By Dre , Nipsey Hussle and much more.

Since launching her blog in 2008, has become a trusted source for all news relating to music, entertainment and the hip-hop culture. Nowadays,the 30-year-old entrepreneur  is using her platform to give back and inspire others to follow their career goals. From self-awareness to jealousy, she shared experiences that the crowd could easily relate to.  Below are my top 10 favorites, enjoy!

  1. Instead of making an impression, leave your mark.
  2. You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.
  3. Don’t speak in a place of hate, jealousy and insecurity. That’s a sure way to burn bridges.
  4. Be selective on what you allow your ears to hear, the words you choose to speak and the energy you let near you
  5. Dream it, believe it, achieve it.
  6. Create a vision board. Make a blessing jar.
  7. Build others and support them.
  8. Strangers will support you more than your close friends because it’s harder for friends to accept that you all came from the same place.
  9. Be motivated but not envious, be inspired and not jealous.
  10.  Have patience and understanding to know when it’s your turn, and your light will shine.