Black is Beautiful- Money is Power: Picking up Where the Black Power Movement Left Off

Before I begin, let me give a shout out to Lewis H. Michaux whose famous quote sparked a sense of eureka on the topic of economic empowerment and income equality.

Michaux famously said, “Black is beautiful. Black isn’t power. Knowledge is power. You can be black as a crow or white as snow but, if you don’t know and you ain’t got no dough, you can’t go and that’s for sho’.”


The self-awareness of Black people evident during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements was extraordinary. Black people were aware that their experiences with systematic oppression was something that they endured together and would have to overcome together. This unity was central in the success of the Civil Rights Movement and the spirit of the Black Power Movement.

This sense of unity is still burning like the embers of a poorly extinguished fire. It is time to rekindle that energy to a level never seen before.

However, a sense of racial pride is only the beginning. Sure, it’s essential in advancing the culture of the Black community. Sure, it’s a reason young Black men should think twice about senseless acts of violence, but without intensive economic empowerment efforts, racial pride alone won’t fight the hellish circumstances that poverty creates.

Clearly, racism and hiring practices are relevant in terms of earning statistics regarding African-Americans. The incarceration rate is also a factor; however, we can no longer look to excuses to explain away a lack of productivity. African Americans can and must do better.

African Americans, particularly Black men, must make a point to learn marketable skills, start businesses that don’t require large capital investments, and enculturate working hard every day whether it’s in the traditional workforce or in some entrepreneurial endeavor.

First, there must be an increase in work effort/ productivity, particularly among African American men. By any, and all means, work and make money every day.

Secondly, the African American community must do a better job of saving. This may mean a savings account, investing in the stock market, creating a college fund, or saving for retirement.

Thirdly, spending habits must change. We need to become more frugal and build our spending power through saving. We spend too much money on recreational and luxury items- this includes drug addiction.

Fourthly, African American youth must learn the value of their credit score, and parents should work to help them protect it. Often youth from poor families ruin their credit before they are old enough to learn its value in buying a home or getting a business loan.

Lastly, every African American should spend every dime possible in the Black community to help support Black business and businesses that support the Black community.

The African-American community must love one another and appreciate its heritage. That fact cannot be taken lightly. However, this pride necessarily needs to be linked to economic prowess.

Poverty is acting as a cancer in the Black community. Crime, drugs, and poor academic performance are all correlated to poverty. These ills eat away at the essence of the Black community. Without economic power, poor fathers are left powerless to provide for their families.

The future of the African American community starts with self-love, but it hinges upon the community’s ability to empower its people to fight poverty through economic self-sufficiency.

It is through the fight for economic self-sufficiency that the light comes on. It is this light that will elucidate and energize the masses who represent the untapped potential of the African American community. In earning more, men are better able to provide for their children, children perform better in school, individuals become more involved in their communities, and the wealth gap closes.

We can preach Black love all day, but until we stamp out poverty, we’ll only be plugging holes in a sinking boat.


We Still Real Cool: But After 58 years Black Men Have Made Not One Iota of Progress

In 1959 Gwendolyn Brooks coined a poem “We Real Cool” in which she cast a light on a growing culture amongst Black men that included being hip, uneducated, lethargic, violent, and drug influenced. 

After 58 years, Black men are still killing themselves and their families trying to be the coolest beings on the planet, but have not made one step of progress economically or socially.

While Black women struggle to feed and house their families, Black men have left them to bear the burden alone.

While our culture applauds “being about that life”, we have yet to stop and think about how “that life” leads to us being the lowest income earners, the most unemployed, the most incarcerated, the most uneducated, the most unskilled, and our children being the most impoverished.

This is a wakeup call. If anything is to change in the Black community, it’s going to have to include Black men taking responsibility for bettering their lives and the future of their communities.

A mass wakening among Black men will require leadership and collective effort amongst all those who set the cultural tone and control the resources in the community. Every church, nonprofit organization, scholar, professional, athlete, student, and gang member must be aware of the movement and ready to take action to save the Black community by saving Black men.

Black men need to trash their entire concept of being “about that life”. “That life” is killing the Black community and tricking Black men men into a false sense of manhood. It’s time to be real men. Forget being cool.

As Black men we have to take responsibility for what we are doing to our communities and decide if we want to continue to be the problem or start to be a part of the solution.

The time is now!

Message to the Black Man in the New Millennium

Message to the Black Man is an article series designed to bring consciousness to the Black community and inspire change in African American people, particularly Black men. Though many people will likely find the articles interesting and enlightening they are targeted to Black people to inspire Black people to bring about cultural change in their own communities.

These articles are also designed to address the Black community in a specific time period. The obstacles that we face as Black people, though not new, present unique challenges and opportunities in a new age. The changes that we need must be met with new millennium solutions with new millennium generations in mind.

Inspiring personal change is a difficult task alone, in respect, inspiring real cultural change is a mountainous feat. Achieving mass cultural change requires divine-level intervention, however, accomplishing that goal is exactly what God put on my heart to do. My life purpose is to help change the course of history for Black people in America and around the world.

There is nothing more important to me than seeing Black people be the best that they can be as a collection of individuals and communities. We are at a critical point in our history. I don’t want Black people to aim to return to a particular status quo. I want Black people to create a degree of unity and prosperity that has never been seen before in our history- to be a new example to the world.

I will provide insight on historical facts. I will expose weaknesses in our culture that work as obstacles to our advancement. I will provide solutions to common problems. I will call on every member and leader of the Black community to stand up and be accountable for the advancement of our race.

The information shared in these articles are my opinions based on personal experience and research. Some of them may not be politically correct. When they are not as sensible as you would like them to be, I ask that you consider that they are designed to activate thought, challenge the status quo, and create a mass awakening. I won’t use kid gloves often because I think the need for honesty outweighs the need for euphemism. Instead of holding me accountable to appealing to sensibilities, I beg, hold me accountable to the truth. Honesty is my ultimate measuring stick- being pure at heart in the information I provide and to the mission that I have been charged with.

With that being said, I hope you enjoy the Message to the Black Man Article Series. I hope you are able to use my words to bring about deep circumspect and positive change in the Black community.

The Meteoric Rise of the Black Community: A Mass Awakening

The Meteoric Rise of the Black Community: A Mass Awakening

Since the crack epidemic of the 1980’s and 90’s the Black community has seen a decline like none other in history.

A culture of criminality dominates most urban Black communities. Blacks make up 40% of the prison population, though only comprise 13% of the total U.S. population. One out of every three Black men are likely to spend time in jail. Fifty-two percent of all homicides committed in the United States are committed by Blacks.

The wealth accumulation disparity of Whites to Blacks is equally alarming.  The median wealth accumulation of white households is $111,146 compared to $7,113 of black households.

And since wealth is an indicator for academic performance, educational attainment, political participation and criminality, there is no need to highlight the problems any further- the Black community is inarguably in a state of emergency.

However, unlike the days of the Civil Rights Movement, when communities united and leaders stepped up to fight for civil rights, no movement or leader has surfaced to effectively save the Black community from drugs and crime.

Though many people and organizations make valiant efforts to fight for the Black community and save lives, these efforts are often reactionary with minimal effect.

To actually reverse the direction the Black community is headed, I believe we have to change the Black community from within.  This will require a work of unfathomable proportions, but it has been done before.

It’s time for a new order within the Black community. It’s been 36 years since the advent of the crack epidemic and we are still allowing our Black men to poison our communities and themselves with this despicable drug. We have sat idly by while community after community faded into absolute disrepair until it is now socially acceptable for Black men to deal crack, murder, rob, and spend substantial parts of their lives behind bars.

This is the new slavery and the longer we allow it to go on, the closer we get to a fate that I don’t believe any of us imagine coming.

So how do we change our culture? First of all, it won’t be easy. It will take some time, however, 5 basic points of action will set this transformation into motion:

  1. Establish policy, principles, goals and objectives that every individual living and working in the Black community will have access to and understand. This includes street gangs, churches, businesses, nonprofits, educational organizations, Greek and fraternal organizations.
  2. Hold our brothers and sisters accountable. We have to communicate with our brothers and sisters who are tearing down our communities that it will no longer be tolerated. We have to be patient and supportive with them to help guide them to a better way because the criminal culture has become engrained in their surroundings. For many people crime is all they know, and therefore changing them will require knowledge, support, skills, and the opportunity for change.  It will be of the utmost priority to make sure that the street organizations that establish the culture in many communities are involved. These organizations have such a hold on the hearts and minds of our youth that they will need to play an integral part in the transformation, and thus be transformed as well. They must understand that without conformity, the Black community will soon perish.
  3. We must promote competitive academic performance, political participation, professional skill development, and the building of wealth. Our children should be pushed to perform at the academic levels that there are naturally endowed. We must be aware and active politically to shape the policies that shape our lives. We must encourage people to set career and entrepreneurial goals, and acquire the skills that will be necessary for them to be successful. We must also promote the acquisition of wealth which is closely tied to every indicator of a quality and successful life.
  4. We must be united across the nation to accomplish the transformation that we seek. Though it is not a march, it is a step by step walk that will require participation from the ground floor to the upper echelons of leadership.
  5. Lastly, this movement will require your undying commitment. It’s time we stop accepting less, and take the destiny of the Black community in our own hands.

The Meteoric Rise of the Black Community is a movement of mass awakening. It is spoken of in the positive, and so named because we will accept nothing less. It has already happened.

It will not be easy and will not happen overnight, but by your reading this article and sharing it with others, the movement has already begun.

The movement has already begun.

The Reagan Administration is Directly Responsible for the Crack Epidemic! Where is the Outrage???

The Reagan Administration is Directly Responsible for the Crack Epidemic! Where is the Outrage???

In the memorial of Nancy Reagan, a dark and twisted plot has resurfaced. Although Mrs. Reagan is heralded for her “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign, the truth of the matter is that her husband’s administration is single-handedly responsible for the drug epidemic that created the need for her famous slogan. Crack cocaine ravaged the 1980’s and is still destroying lives, families, and whole communities across the nation thanks to the Reagan Administration and the CIA.

The backstory to why crack is destroying American lives to this day is astounding. To give you a short history, it all started with the Reagan administration’s determination to overthrow the communist led government of Nicaragua. The administration, including Vice President and former CIA Director George H.W. Bush, did not want communism to spread to other Latin countries, so they began to provide support to Contra rebel groups to overthrow the Nicaraguan government.

The Contras were notorious for using murder, rape, and terrorism to disrupt the Sandinista government. They attacked schools, health centers, and civilians who supported the regime. Let’s be clear. They were terrorists of the worst kind.

Congress outlawed the military support of the Contra rebels in 1983. Without Congressional funds, the Reagan administration was forced to find another way to fund the Contras. They turned to aiding and abetting the world’s biggest drug dealers in exchange for their financial support of the Contras. It is through this protection that people like Pablo Escobar, who supplied the Contras with cocaine, and Manuel Noriega became global leaders in the distribution of cocaine. Their success would have never been possible without the backing of the U.S. government.

As cocaine distribution flourished around the globe, crack cocaine, a new and cheaper form of the drug, took root in poor minority communities throughout the United States. With the cheap price afforded to him by the Contras, Rick Ross, a street level cocaine dealer from Los Angeles, began to distribute crack cocaine through gang members on the West Coast, in the Midwest, in the Deep South, and along the East Coast. The drug spread like wildfire. By 1985, every major city in the U.S. witnessed what would be known as the crack epidemic.

The crack epidemic ushered in new levels of street violence, drug addiction, and children born with behavior problems stemming from drug addicted mothers. Thriving inner city communities were reduced to rubble.

Riddled with crime, poverty, and drug addiction, many major cities across the nation still have not found a way back from the devastation. Crack cocaine is still one of the biggest problems facing the nation.

What the Reagan Administration and the CIA did was unfathomably heinous and criminal. The drug problem they created is still eating away at the nation like a cancer, and the problem is not going away because, since the Reagan administration, the government has done nothing to stop the importation of drugs into this country. It is likely that the relationship between the CIA and drug trafficking that was established during the Reagan administration continues to today.

Where is the outrage???

Introducing The Capstone

Introducing The Capstone

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you The Capstone. In a time where most media sources present one side of the story, I will simply present to you the truth- the hard unadulterated truth about the most pressing topics facing our communities, the nation, and the world.

I call my blog The Capstone in respect to the unfinished work of creating a society that honors freedom, justice, equality, and most importantly humanity. While humans often fall short of these ideals, our society is a long way from coming close to what is possible. And therefore, I bring to you my perspective, your perspective, and the measured truth in an attempt to provoke dialogue, introspect, and a higher degree of understanding in order to help create a better world and more light.

So fasten your seatbelts and stay tuned. My blog will certainly blow your mind!!!