COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY ACTIVISM: HOW TO HELP
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It’s okay to check up on each other and ask how we can help during these tough times. My partners at @mvp.vc & non-Black friends have been checking on me. At the end of this email I’ll outline ways non-Black...
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PRISON ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING
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We organized a Prison Entrepreneurship Training with #DefyVentures, Black tech founders, investors, social workers and entrepreneurs in Cali. They lined us up across from the inmates and told us to step forward if any of these applied to us: 1) Have...
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POLICE BRUTALITY: MY STORY
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I was arrested when I was 12 years old while arguing with a kid on the playground of Ryder Elementary School on 87th and Wallace in Chicago. The cops pulled up, put me in cuffs with my bookbag and put...
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GIVING THE GAME AWAY
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Very Smart Brothas  and Panama Jackson really dove in here. Most people don’t ask the “why.” For those of you from similar backgrounds as mine, I hope you can relate and share some of these thoughts on how people can channel the bad...
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PAY IT FORWARD
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"Life is the classroom, God is the teacher, You are the student and love is the homework." Once you understand that then you realize that NOTHING  is a waste of your time. You will stop focusing solely on the issues,...
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INSPIRE
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The most value an investor can provide is to educate people on two things: how to raise money and how to accelerate their business. That way you teach them how to fish so they can continue to eat. It seems...
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
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Happy Black History Month; We have so much to celebrate! I want to share these books that I read  in elementary school, high school, and college that you should buy for your kids. They have helped me develop confidence, self-esteem,...
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GIVING BACK
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What return are you giving God on his investment in you? This may sound odd from a person who has worked with money for the past 19 years, but money isn't stopping you; what you lack is a plan! If...
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VALUATIONS AND DEAL TERMS
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Back by popular demand! Gotten a lot of messages from founders and tech-heads asking me how the startup market has changed since a year ago with the downturn in the stocks. I’m hosting a FREE workshop for founders only sponsored...
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DECISION MAKING
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Took me 30 years to learn this and it’s one of the first things I tell my mentees about how to “manage their decision-making process.” WHO’S DRIVING THE CAR? When I was a boy, I made a lot of mistakes,...
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