Could you handle leading the fate of a million lives? What about the future of an entire nation?
Millennials are a promising yet fledgling generation full of potential, driven by the possibility of improving the world around them. It goes without saying that because of this, a lot of mass media is being created to provide messages for the leader in everyone. For instance, while watching Frank Underwood, the Machiavellian anti-hero on the House of Cards series, I couldn’t help but think about the indirect warnings the show sends to be careful of how you handle your reigns of influence. It’s easy to feel oppressed and like the people above you have far too much power for their own good. This could be coming from your first demanding employer, your professor, or any other person that can strong-arm you. The important and sobering fact is that you could very well be in a position of power and influence at some point. Then, how will you handle it?
“If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table.” (Season 2, Episode 2).
This is one of Frank’s less aggressive quotes that sparks a hopeful moment of empowerment. Plenty of people around you seem to have a running list of aspirations, but when challenges confront you in your journey toward your goals, will you roll over? For all of the routes that he took to fulfill his revenge, Frank Underwood started out from very humble beginnings, similar in stature to those who are not born in the world of the 1%-ers. Understand, it is always a tough road towards accomplishing mass influence. However, if that’s what you want, don’t be intimidated.
Keep pushing forward.
Find your voice.
Make a difference and make yourself notorious for not backing down because you decided to bravely protect your dreams. Overall, just remain humble and don’t let the powers above you sour you towards hate and revenge. Whether it’s the fate of one life or millions, we all have it in us to be a leader. It is up to you to decide whether you’ll be a leader of positive influence or not.
Allen Iverson’s Roundball Classic Continues to Impact the Nation’s Top Recruits Through Mentorship & Training
We wrapped up #IversonWeek at the 3rd Annual Allen Iverson Roundball Classic. This roundball classic is well on it’s way to becoming a legendary annual event showcasing the best high school talent from around the country. The talent on each team get trained and mentored by Allen Iverson and other NBA legends right before the big playoff where they give it their all and leave it all on the court.
Check out our recap video below:
We Talked with T.I.’s son, King, about His New Single “Drip,” His Work Ethic, and Upcoming Releases
Rising artist and son of T.I. and Tiny, King Harris, is making music that is upbeat and is aiming to touch a new generation. Although he’s new to the music scene, he’s not shying away from making his name known. He’s already on tour and traveling from city to city, taking over stages for the Members Only V.S. The World Tour.
While on set for the “Drip” music video, 14-year-old Harris talked with me about his new music.
What was the inspiration behind putting out your new single?
I really just wanted to get started on my music. But that was the first song that I really liked and really felt could go places.
Can you give us a little background behind some of the lyrics to the song?
I know for my hook it’s, “My whole family stay ready to go, drip from my head to my toe, I have the money to show. If its a problem then we want the woe.” So I’m basically saying I’m with my family and I drip from my head to my toe. I’m running up the money and my family with all the woe.
What advice would you give anybody who is balancing school and work but also trying to perfect their craft and trying to make their side hustles a reality?
You got to find a way to do it. If it’s something that you love then you’ve got to find a way to maintain and take time to do it. I do my homework in the studio. Like, get it done and then work and go home and do it again. I just keep working.
If you could collaborate with any three people, who would they be?
What else do you want to tell people about your upcoming music?
Get ready. I’m about to drop new and different type of music coming out. So just be prepared.
The new single “Drip” is available for download on all digital sites.
The Importance of Nipsey Hussle’s Legacy and How it Can Live On
As a platform, we aim to focus on current news that is inspiring and motivating. For this, we typically stay away from celebrity death topics. But Nipsey Hussle was more than a celebrity and his passing is something we need to highlight. He embodied our goal of creating mindsets where people of color can thrive.
The Grammy-nominated artist created a journey that others from similar backgrounds could use to build a new cycle of wealth. His upbringing mirrored many people who never made it out of poverty, yet he found a way to prosper.
Hussle invested with purpose and didn’t make meaningless partnerships. He stressed the importance of accumulating continuous wealth through ownership instead of endorsements.
He advanced his community in many ways, for instance he created a co-working space and business incubator for inner-city entrepreneurs in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles. His vision was to bring representation to the science, technology and mathematics industries by creating a pipeline between his neighborhood and Silicon Valley. He hired felons who couldn’t get work, invested in influential local businesses that were declining and worked toward ending gang violence.
He approached his community’s issues as if he was a parent working to break generational curses. He built infrastructure that his community could inherit and benefit from. He provided resources to catalyze growth.
He was not only working to change dreamers into doers, but aimed to build dreamers.
This type of loss can leave us angry and hopeless for change. We’ve been robbed at a time when we need every single one of our resources. He wasn’t just a beacon of hope. He was a caretaker for the disenfranchised, putting people in places to thrive and building places for people to thrive.
So for those of you who are understandably feeling sad and lost, bring his vision to life. Invest in his businesses. Build your own businesses. Be rebellious against a system that wasn’t made for us and pursue your dream. Accumulate lasting wealth to build cycles and make strategic investments. Support reverse gentrification and support businesses of color. Give back to your community and help those who need it.
Nipsey Hussle was a loved father, husband, friend, idol and more. But importantly, he was a teacher.
Water the seed he planted by moving in his vision and adding to his momentum.
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