Black Business

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Trigger Warnings with Killer Mike is a Must watch original series by Netflix. If you haven’t already seen the groundbreaking unapologetically pro-black show then you are sleep. Killer Mike brings a sense of reality to the very real struggles of the african american community. In the first episode Killer Mike attempts to only patron black owned businesses for 3 days before his concert as one half of rap duo “Run The Jewels” in Athens, GA. In this episode you realize how many business african americans don’t have a stake in but use every single day, as well as how much we need to be supporting black businesses as consumers. Triggering to say the least, as a black business owner, I employ you all to check out Trigger Warnings with Killer Mike, they even have an episode where they teach gangbangers to start a business alongside their rival gang in a harmonious Open Market. The show is genius in itself by even shedding light on the plight of african americans and how they play a role in todays society whether people like it or not. Ive already seen every episode and awaiting the next season.

wE wEAR tHE mASK

The Kipp DC Valor Academy Public Charter School is a predominantly african american school not too far from my Capitol Heights neighborhood I grew up in. So when my good old friend from Morgan State, Whitney McArthur asked me to come back this year for her class' Black History Month Presentation, I jumped at the opportunity. Also this year I wanted to do something more hands-on. Teaching the students how to use a Heat press machine and make their own T-shirts to keep and perform in. Reciting a famous black poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, "We Wear The Mask" which also seemed very fitting for a G.O.O.N.S. collaboration lol. Thank you to Kipp DC Schools for allowing me to come in and impact these kids lives. And Thank you again to Whitney for inviting me and providing the shirts. 

We Wear the Mask

BY PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

 

Why should the world be over-wise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

       We wear the mask.

 

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise,

       We wear the mask!

sMARTEN uP oPEN tHE mARKET uP

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Nip Hussle The Great

The homie Nipsey Hussle has been in the news as of lately for recently signing a $5 Million dollar Partnership deal with Atlantic Records, forthcoming Album Victory Lap dropping early 2018, as well as his public announcement of splitting with Actress and long time Girlfriend/BabyMother Lauryn London. But more importantly, Nip has recently invested in a cryptocurrency App called Follow Coin, an amsterdam Based Tech company that, in a nutshell, guides you thru cryptocurrency tradeing with industry experts whom you can follow and even mirror stock trading all at the convenience of a free App. While the app is still in development stages it is available now in your App Store.

Cryptocurrency is the future of Finance and economic freedom. You may be familiar with the first ever cryptocurrency, Bitcoin which was first developed in 2006 and went public in 2010. Bitcoin being the first of its kind many people were skeptical of its market capabilities but in recent news the bitcoin which could be bought at $1 in 2010 Are now seeing daily increases above $11,800.00 per coin and climbing. Now they’re are over 2000 plus Altcoins and more developed every day. Cryptocurrency exchange is a very lucrative business and with apps like Follow Coin, the ease of learning how to trade is becoming not only in reach but in the palm of your hand literally. This is something our community and culture need to create economic change and feeedom by teaching people to make your money work for you, instead of slaving after a dollar.

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Saturday December 2nd, 2017.

Day 2 of no social media was not as bad as I thought it would be, having a pop up and not being able to post on social media about it. Instead I sent out texts to endless people and doubled up on Email blasts. Getting back to actually reaching out to people instead of relying on others to see an IG post or Tweet. 

The Pop Up was dope, a lot of creative minds and entrepreneurs trying to get their brands off the ground. I used to get excited for pop ups but now it’s strictly business and trying to be as professional as possible. Engaging with the potential customers and handing out endless business cards and stickers.  

Got some great footage and Jordan came by and got some shots of me in Entrepreneur mode. Made a few sales and networked with a few other brands, so it was definitely a success. Shoutout to the Carryout for having me and my brand. And a huge thank you to those who came out and gave their time or money towards the brand. Support is always appreciated. 

Recap video will drop soon! 

tHE mARATHON cONTINUES

I've gained a whole new level of respect for Nipsey Hussle and his brother after watching this documentary on how they started their Marathon Clothing Store in their own neighborhood. Giving an inside look at the ups and downs of owning your own business and becoming an entrepreneur. Jumping thru hoops, ducking and dodging the feds, grinding to get your goals, its all a hustle that you have to be built for. You either run it up or get ran over but the marathon continues...