What Is Dianna Williams’ Net Worth?

dianna williams' net worth

For those of you who are fans of reality shows, dancing, and the Lifetime network, the name Dianna Williams likely rings a bell. Starring on the hit dance competition series ‘Bring It’ since 2014, Williams has made a name for herself not only in the dancing world but now on national television. But, when headlines announced her past involvement in the adult film industry, Williams was admittedly concerned about its impact on her present career. Did it actually hurt her brand though? What is Dianna Williams’ net worth today?

Dianna Williams’ Career

Williams, also known as “Miss D,” was born on November 29, 1978, in Jacksonville, Mississippi. At the age of four, she discovered dancing at the Angie Luke School of Dance and fell in love. She learned a variety of styles from ballet to belly dancing to modern styles.

“I graduated from high school when I was 16, and I realized then [teaching dance] is something I can do,” she said in a 2014 interview with Veronica Wells of Madamenoire.com.

Despite her talent and ambitions in dance, she began working in the adult film industry during college while living in California at the age of 19 in order to support herself to pursue her dreams. This part of her life did not last long, though, and she quickly left the industry before she got in too far. In fact, she has been very open about this time in her life, which has actually helped to make her a better coach.

After she pulled herself out of the adult film industry, she decided to finally go for it and open her own dance group. In 2001, before she even graduated from college at Jackson State University, where she was studying for a degree in Criminal Justice, Dancing Dolls Dance Team out of a small space at the Pied Piper Playhouse was born with Miss D leading the way, her IMDB page lists.

In addition to Dancing Dolls, she also was the founder and choreographer for the Grove Park Dancerettes from 2002 to 2004; was a choreographer for the Callaway High School Chargettes from 2006 to 2008; founder and choreographer of the Prancing Diamonds in 2007; vice president and choreographer of the Jackson Association For Majorettes; member of the JSU Modeling Squad; and the sponsor and costume designer for the Jackson State University Twirlers from 2004 to 2009 and the Jackson State University Banner Girls from 2007 to present.

She graduated college in 2005 but never ended up using her bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice. However, she was previously employed for the City of Jackson as the Recreation Aide and Dance Instructor for the north side of the city.

In 2010, the 38-year-old formed her very own dance studio called the Dollhouse Dance Factory, When she first opened its doors, it began with 23 students that semester. Under their new home, the Dancing Dolls went on to compete and win more than 100 trophies and 15 grand champion titles of varying age groups.

She has also participated in several dance competitions over the course of her career.

Current Sources of Income

Due to the success of the Dancing Dolls, Lifetime television network decided to start a reality series based on the studio and the group. On March 5, 2014, ‘Bring It!’ aired for the first time. The show continues to be a hit and has been on for four seasons thus far.

Along with the show, she does continue to enroll students each semester to her studio. She started an additional income stream through selling merchandise on her website as well.

Her dance group is also currently touring the nation, where tickets can be purchased at various venues.

Dianna Williams’ Net Worth

With three years into the spotlight already, the above reportedly brings Dianna Williams’ net worth to roughly $1.5 million. This number is anticipated to rise with the continuing success of her show and increasing endorsement opportunities. Not to mention, it does not look like her studio will be closing up shop anytime soon.

 

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What Is the Difference Between Rich and Wealthy?

the difference between rich and wealthy

I remember writing in my diary once at the age of 12 that I wished my family were rich so we could afford certain indulgences like a swimming pool. The 12-year-old version of me wanted so badly to have a chlorine-treated hole of water in our backyard and thought this would bring my middle-school-pre-adolescent-self happiness. I was wrong. I was also immature with little life experience. At the time, I saw rich and wealthy as the same concept, understandably so. People can see the clear difference between rich and poor but not between the two words that both seem to mean having an excessive amount of money. There are many varying opinions on these two terms, so what is the difference between rich and wealthy?

The Difference Between Rich and Wealthy

Although Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists rich and wealthy as synonymous, both have conceptually different meanings. You might be rich with a large sum of money in the bank, but it does not mean you are wealthy. However, if you are wealthy, you could also be rich. Why is this?

What It Actually Means to Be Wealthy

When you close your eyes and imagine someone who is rich, what comes to mind? Likely, you’re seeing something similar to what I see, which is a large beautiful home, a luxury vehicle (or two), a spa-like backyard, and an overall extravagant lifestyle. While this may be accurate, there is one thing we don’t know about this mystery person: their financial plan to maintain said lifestyle.

Being wealthy is more than just having a lot of money. In fact, the difference between rich and wealthy is fairly simple; it all comes down to mindset, knowledge, and resources.

Dandan Zhu, Headhunter, Career Coach, Investor, and Podcaster Daily DANDAN, explains in this May 23, 2017, Quora post that being wealthy is not about how much you make but rather the strategies you take to make more than what you spend. She states that wealthy people will fare well in the following categories:

  • Saving. It’s hard to build wealth if you spend every dime you make. Zhu uses Warren Buffet as an example, who still lives in the Omaha home he bought in 1958 for $31,500.
  • Income Generation. Never stay in place in your career if you want to be wealthy, even if you’re already making six figures. The wealthy are always looking for ways to advance and to add various sources of income to keep their finances healthy.
  • Learning. Knowledge is power, and Zhu adds that part of this is learning how to deal and handle life’s setbacks. The response to such is also part of what separates the rich from the wealthy.
  • Investing. Zhu suggests that due to inflation and taxes, making your money work for you (instead of the other way around) contributes to wealth. This does not have to be the stock market; it can be assets, real estate, retirement funds, and so on.

New York Times columnist Paul Sullivan wrote in his book, “The Thin Green Line: Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy,” that people are wealthy because they have created financial security for themselves. In other words, according to Sullivan, they are in complete control of their money.

In an interview with Jessica Khorsandi of DujourNews.com, he says, “Rich to me is a number. It’s a bank statement, a broker’s account, perhaps it’s a number associated with the value of your house or the price of your car, but it doesn’t give you any security. It doesn’t tell anymore about your level of comfort in life. As we saw in 2008-2009, those numbers weren’t always enough.”

If that’s not an eye-opener, I don’t know what is.

Conclusion

When you only focus on what you have rather than how to build stability, you’ll find you’ll lose yourself fast. Many celebrities and professional athletes, such as Allen Iverson, have made this mistake, getting caught up in the lifestyle and materialism rather than creating financial freedom for themselves. Now, instead of living the dream, these individuals are finding ways to pay for their once lavish lifestyles and debts.

Instead of trying to earn your first million, put your attention toward improving your net worth, creating multiple streams of revenue, and building strong savings for cases of emergency, other investments, and the like.

What are your thoughts? How do you define the difference between rich and wealthy? 

Do Food Stamps Roll Over?

DO FOOD STAMPS ROLL OVER

It’s nice to know that in the United States of America, assistance is available if you need it. Whether it is for medical purposes or groceries, the government provides help through their welfare program for those who have a hard time making ends meet, depending on their income of course. Those who utilize food stamps, otherwise known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), receive a certain amount to use each month. But, what happens if you do not use all of your benefits? Do food stamps roll over? And how did food stamps begin?

The History of Food Stamps

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), President John F. Kennedy initiated food stamps pilot programs after years of attempts by others to start a food assistance plan of action, with the first one being used in 1939.

“By 1964, the pilot programs had expanded from eight areas to 43 in 22 states with 380,000 participants,” the organization states in their article, which was last updated November 20, 2014.

Once the program was made permanent in 1964, changes would occur throughout the years, both positive and negative, causing the enacting of cutbacks, recognizing the domestic hunger problem, and so on. But, during 1988-2004, the USDA mentioned that Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) was implemented, which is an electronic system hosting an account with the participant’s name where funds are deposited automatically each month. A debit-type card is provided to the recipient, which helped to reduce fraud as well as costs in printing and distributing paper stamps. We now simply refer to this as an EBT card.

Do Food Stamps Roll Over?

After doing extensive research, finding a straight answer proved to be difficult. However, here is what we found:

Each state has their own application for applying for food stamps, many being similar in following guidelines for maintaining a job (unless medically or mentally unfit to work) or losing all or some benefits should your household income increase. You are also responsible for reporting honestly to the government these changes to your income and proof of employment. Should you fail to do so, you will be subject to be banned from the program, a fine or jail time, particularly if you lie or withhold information multiple times.

Despite what many people may think or deduce, food stamps roll over will be carried over into the next month, AskTheExpert.com, a USDA online service, claims. In fact, FoodStamps.org states that even if you do not need food stamps anymore and do not use your EBT card, your SNAP benefits will remain on that card for up to one year. With no activity for a year, the state will remove the benefits from your card, AskTheExpert.com adds.

When benefits start does vary, though. States will typically go by case number, when you signed up, or the last digit of your social security number as Louisana does. You can review the full list of states on the USDA website here. How much you receive also varies and is dependent on net income of your house and household size.

In addition, FoodStamps.org also notes that in order to qualify your gross monthly household income must not exceed 130% of Federal poverty guidelines and your net monthly household income cannot exceed 100% of Federal poverty guidelines.


Going through tough times can be discouraging and defeating. The good news is that there is always hope. There are ways you can improve your credit and overall net worth. It does take time and dedication, but a supplementary income may help as well.

Have you ever had to use SNAP benefits? Did you ever have any left in a month? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or how you were able to stop using the program.