Connect with us

Entrepreneurship

“Boss: The Black Experience in Business” Explores the History of African American Entrepreneurship

Avatar

Published

on

Spread the love

The history of business and entrepreneurship lies at the heart of the American story, but often absent from that narrative are the experiences of African Americans. From the country’s earliest days, African Americans have embodied the qualities of innovation, risk-taking and determination to forge a path toward a better life. The new two-hour documentary traces the lives of African American entrepreneurs over 150 years, from those bound by bondage to moguls at the top of million-dollar empires. Boss: The Black Experience in Business” is now airing on local PBS affiliates and can be viewed online.

Directed by Peabody– and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black CollegesThe Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and Freedom Summer), “Boss: The Black Experience in Business” shines a light on the story of resilience and resistance within the black American experience in the face of racial hostility and violence, economic exclusion, segregation and discrimination.

Tying together the past and the present, “Boss: The Black Experience in Business” explores the inspiring stories of trailblazing African American entrepreneurs and the significant contributions of contemporary business leaders. Stories featured in the film include those of entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker, publisher John H. Johnson, Motown CEO Berry Gordy, and business pioneer and philanthropist Reginald F. Lewis, among others. The film features new interviews with Vernon Jordan, senior managing director of Lazard, Freres & Co. LLC.; Cathy Hughes, CEO and founder of Urban One; Ursula Burns, former CEO of Xerox and chairman of VEON; Ken Frazier, chairman, president and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc.; Richelieu Dennis, founder, CEO and executive chairman of Sundial Brands; Robert F. Smith, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Managing Partners, LLC; Earl “Butch” Graves, Jr.,  CEO of Black Enterprise; and John Rogers, CEO and founder of Ariel Investments.

As a capitalist system emerged in the United States, African Americans found ways to establish profitable businesses in numerous industries, including financial services, retail, beauty, music and media. “Boss: The Black Experience in Business” brings viewers on a journey from the end of Reconstruction through the present, tracing the emergence of a stable black business community alongside the greater struggle for civil rights.

Notable historians and scholars help tell the story, including Mehrsa Baradaran, author, The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap; A’Lelia Bundles, journalist, historian and author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. WalkerMarcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown UniversityMark Anthony Neal, Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke UniversityJane Rhodes, Professor of African American History, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Juliet EK Walker, Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin.

“African Americans have played a central role in the history of American business, but their stories are often left untold,” said Nelson.

Read full story 

Leave your vote

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

DC Urban Events

Whole Woman Expo | Saturday, September 14th

Avatar

Published

on

Spread the love

WHOLE WOMAN EXPO

Celebrating Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation Day

September 14, 2019

11am- 6pm

Radisson Inner-Harbor Downtown Baltimore, MD

The Whole Woman Expo is a day for women. A LifestyleBeauty and Wellness day designed to serve you through workshops, resources, and fun!

We have limited complimentary tickets. Secure your seat by clicking >>> I WANT MINE NOW!

RSVP HERE

For More Information: www.wholewomanexpo.com  or email info@hwhn.org 443-927-7805

———————————————————-

Continue Reading

Entrepreneurship

5 SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS

Avatar

Published

on

Spread the love

If you have the goal of becoming a successful entrepreneur, it is crucial you work on improving yourself personally as well as professionally. You can’t hope to achieve long-term business success as an entrepreneur if you aren’t constantly trying to hone the skills necessary to build a viable company. Successful entrepreneurs invest time in becoming better versions of themselves—that tends to build stronger businesses as well as an extensive business network. If this is the year you go all in on entrepreneurial growth, following are five life lessons you ought to learn sooner rather than later.

5 SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS

 

MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS

An essential skill you need to hone as an entrepreneur is the ability to manage your emotions. Entrepreneurs who overreact or let their emotions get the better of them tend to make rash decisions not based on hard evidence. Learn to control your emotions and you’re likelier to make smart business decisions.

YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL STORY IS WITHIN YOUR CONTROL

Your story as an entrepreneur is within your control. How you react to challenges, the effort you put into personal and business growth, and your inner motivation all contribute to your entrepreneurial story. If you don’t like how your journey is progressing, it’s up to you to make the necessary changes.

ANALYZE YOUR DOUBTS

Becoming a successful entrepreneur is not without its challenges. There will be many days where you question your own sanity and ask yourself why you chose to be an entrepreneur. If you focus your efforts on analyzing why you feel like quitting or why you are finding a particular situation stressful, you’ll get at the underlying problem. Once you understand what’s really bothering you, chances are good you’ll be able to address the issue and develop a solution.

MANAGE YOUR MENTAL ENERGY

How you focus your mental energy has a huge impact on your success (or failure) as an entrepreneur. Business builders who focus their thoughts on positive endeavors tend to have greater success rates than those constantly immersed in negativity. Learn how to train your thought patterns to focus on positive, uplifting endeavors and you’ll have a much more enjoyable entrepreneurial journey.

INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE IN YOUR NETWORK

Read full article by Jeff Shuford at Black Enterprise

Continue Reading

Entrepreneurship

10 BLACK BUSINESS LEADERS YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

Avatar

Published

on

Spread the love

Entrepreneurs assemble! In 10 days, BLACK ENTERPRISE will unveil what promises to be our most powerful, impactful business conference yet – FWD (for ‘FORWARD’). And at the event will be 10 black business leaders who represent some of the most successful, influential business leaders on the planet. Following their guidance and connecting with them at FWD may result in multi-fold growth in customers, market share and revenues

FWDOur team has developed this event, which will be held at the Charlotte, North Carolina Convention Center from June 19 – 22, as a forum for instruction, inspiration and connection for businesses at every life cycle, from side hustles to second-generation enterprises. You will access the roadmap – including financing and certification – to successfully LAUNCH your venture. You will discover how to design strategic partnerships and scale-up strategies to GROW your business. You will learn the value of applying AI, VR and 5G and other tech tools to INNOVATE your company NOW!

Read more at Black Enterprise 

Continue Reading
Save $50 On Apple Watch Series 4.
Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC

Trending

Hey there!

Forgot password?

Don't have an account? Register

Forgot your password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Close
of

    Processing files…