• Mind of a Man Monday: My Experience at The Economic Empowerment Discussion Panel

    By Gerard McClure Jr

    “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”

    -Proverbs 13:22

    First off let me start off by saying shout out to all the November babies around the world because it’s our time so let’s celebrate. It’s been an interesting few weeks for me from finishing an $550,000 project at the 9-5, to seeing Ava Duvernay’s 13th and being mad all over again at the system.

    It’s just been all about figuring out how to evolve in a world as a man with the possibility of the devil (I mean Donald Trump) becoming president. Though, I still keep hope alive about everything in my world as a black man. Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend The Economic Empowerment event in St. Louis with David Banner and Dr. Boyce Watkins as guest speakers.

    Economic Empowerment

    Photo By: Winnie Caldwell

    It was a packed out room at The Lux in St. Louis, over 500 people were in attendance as the panel of national and local professionals touched on topics that will help the communities thrive over the years to come and create generational wealth.

    Dr. Lance McCarthy of Black Silicon Valley and 100 Black Men made a great point that we have to start branching out in industries that will bring us long term revenue such as the tech industry which is creating a lot of young millionaires and billionaires every year. A lot of times as black people, we limit ourselves to just one industry depending on our degrees.

    David Banner made a point that we have to value ourselves and what we are really worth. I liked this especially dealing with the African American culture and how the dollar only stays in our community for only 6 hours before it is passed out to everyone else. It takes trust and consistent effort by everyone to create growth in this factor.

    David Banner and I

    David Banner and I as I supported his #TheGodBox brand/movement

    Dr. Boyce Watkins chimed in that you can’t wait on anyone to give you wealth, but you have to create it. This is a capitalistic society and the only way to survive out here is to create things that will service the people. If you have the idea, put the plan together and sacrifice what you need over the next few years to get it done.

    Dr. Boyce Watkins and I

    Dr. Boyce Watkins and I

    Moving forward I want everyone to figure out what your idea will be that will feed your grandchildren’s kids. Dr. Boyce Watkins even got the attention and agreement of the crowd as he stated, every black family should have its own business. With that being said, I’m dropping the mic and I’m out. Stay tuned for a recap by the Editor In Chief, Winnie Elizabeth as she has her perspective as well.

    Did you attend the event? What was your takeaway from it?

    I thank you for checking me out for Mind of a Man Mondays. If you have questions email me at amansmind88@gmail.com. Add me on Instagram/ Twitter @BelieveNYOself and Facebook Gerard C McClure Jr. Peace and Love.

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