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Question: “Why do we willingly mention to each other upcoming concerts, the latest car, a sale at a store, a superstar college athlete, or a hot song but find it a task to promote empowering activities?”

Possible Answer: “We don’t truly believe we can rise to become more than consumers and a powerhouse race.”

Question: “Why do Black churches post hundreds of millions in annual revenue only being 10% of the Black communities’ earnings, meanwhile Black businesses repeatedly fail?”

Possible Answer: “Pastors specifically speak to the congregation on where to place 10% of their earnings, meanwhile their is very little emphasis placed on where the Black community must invest the other 90%.

Question: “How can we be witnessing record numbers of college graduates, yet not moving into positions of growing wealth?

Possible Answer: “Blacks today have bought into the microwave society attitude where instant gratification is the only form of payment. What we are seeing is a large number of graduates running to Corporate America to deposit their knowledge for the instant dollar, instead of building a generational “Corporate America” in their own neighborhoods from scratch, which may take more time before one can reap the rewards.

Question: “How can their be 3x’s as many black millionaires today than 40 years ago, yet our economic positions are no better off?”

Possible Answer: “At the end of the day, it’s where we live and spend our dollars. Many of the Black millionaires generate tax dollars in communities and with businesses outside of their own.”

Question: “How can 89% of the signed hip-hop artists be black but less than 3% of the executive positions at the parent labels they are signed to be ran by Blacks.”

Possible Answer: “The same reason why over 96% of the consumers of beauty products are black and less than 5% of the retail outlets are owned by Blacks. We are not stepping up to the plate to fill the ownership positions that are not glorified and sensationalized even though those are the positions with the real respect, real control, and real wealth!

Question: “Why do Blacks find it easy to create ideas and businesses but often find it difficult to retain the position as the pioneers of our concepts?”

Possible Answer: Contrary to popular belief, writing a book is the easy part, marketing and selling it is what requires real work. Three of the top taboo discussions in the Black community are legal, finances, and innovative techniques. Ironically, these are the three things that lead to power retention and production. Producing an idea is only a fraction of the work. Implementing, retaining and repeatedly reinventing it are what requires the real thinking. Because the marketing of Blacks taking on the easier career paths that gain all the fanfare, popularity, fun and fame, is so widespread, we find our culture shaping our minds and desires to affirm those messages; leaving our ideas for the taking and raping.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2010 4:49 am

    I am inspired to rise. Thank you.

  2. Sheree Gatling-Alston permalink
    September 17, 2010 6:07 pm


  3. Melissa Horton permalink
    October 13, 2010 4:16 pm

    All true. Alarmingly, too much informatiom for the Black Community to handle. Too many mindsets are still held in between four walls never having he courage to go outside of the box.

  4. March 5, 2012 12:21 pm

    I take it you have read MARCUS GARVEY.. All of what you are saying was said.. and actually activated by him in the 1919s… So now what are you planning to do to answer your own question, What are you building or making to sell in the Black community? Do you have a specific plan? If so where is it articulated….Have you convened e.g. the Black Churches with the Black Banks? I cant find that information anywhere on your website/blog.
    This is not a trick question.. I am really beyond the chat at present… I want to know what you are doing… We know of the BEs Earl Graves; and George Fraser; and NBA….
    Do you have them connected? In any way? Please advise/// either online or offline.. You have my email…
    Dr. C

  5. Truknophobia permalink
    May 22, 2012 12:08 pm

    What is the national identity of the children of slavery?

  6. Dr. Steve Thomas permalink
    March 26, 2013 11:06 am

    it is easier to let slavery and the descendants of slaves stay cloaked in obscurity. Most Americans who have a voice in government, and who proclaim to be honorable, would rather be politically correct than be fair or honorable. They would rather not take a chance on disturbing their individual power bases.
    Those who have wealth, power and the wherewithal to bring this horrible injustice out into the open have gotten used to America being a prejudiced country; could it be they simply would rather not complicate their luxurious lifestyles by helping those who are being abused? The truth is: Far from a benign neglect, America has developed a malignant indifference toward the inherited injustices that stem from slavery, even though the aftereffects of slavery still plague our homeland. Enduring the intolerable has become a way of life for too many of us.
    Don’t be afraid because you are the descendants of American Slaves – this is not a free country for you. You came here to work – NOW do that!

  7. Gilliam permalink
    July 28, 2013 11:09 am

    True story: I owned a boutique in a predominantly white area. Most whites ( not all) wouldn’t shop there. I did my homework and sold high end products that were of good quality. My boutique was extremely nice, and clean. May I add I was very professionally dress and spoke with the utmost intelligence and product knowledge. I barely made it.I didn’t want to think negative although it was in the back of my mind. Why are they shopping here. The slow sells resulted in going out and getting a side walk sign. I was fined for having one, yet my neighboring businesses had one. On Saturday I got a white women to operate the store and I left. When I returned near closing time, it was crowded. People were shopping like madness. It look so crowded I decided not to go inside, out of fear the people would leave.

    Moreover, If I placed my boutique in a predominately black area, I would get robbed, there would have been more smash and grabs. Not to mention i would have changed what I was selling because it wouldn’t have been marketable. I ended up closing down. Three years later I read an article in the town paper that two ladies opened the same type of boutique in the same area. They boasted about how lucky they were to have been doing so well in such a short period of time. It hurt because I put all of my savings into the place and in failed. I felt I didn’t get a fair chance. Is this a poor excuse?

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