• Mind of a Man Monday: Black Women Rise in Corporate America but Also Are Missing

    By Gerard M.

    We Love our Women, Bring them Back.

     

    I Love Black Women


    I LOVE Black women because they are the mothers of our
    Black future.

    I love Black women because of their
    enduring strength, a strength that at times has risen
    above the failures of Black fathers.

    I love their
    curly hair, their braided hair, their straightened and
    even kinky hair.

    I love their full lips and, of
    course, their brown sugar skin.

    But most of all, I
    love Black women because I am the product of a Black
    woman. Black men are born of Black women and
    influenced by the Black women in their lives.

    I have
    to love Black women in order for me to love myself.”

    ~ D’ Angelo, singer ~

     

    I just want to start off by saying peace and love to all my wonderful women out in the world. It’s been an interesting time for the women in society and it just makes me reflect on the women in my life. I’m still grateful for my grandma making it to 73 years old last week and continuing to be such a great example.

    You can never take for granted that wisdom given by your grandma as a man.  It’s been a journey with my mom though as she is still in the process of fully recovering from a recent surgery.

    I always thank God for being good because the pain I watched my mom go through before and after surgery I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I’m proud of her for holding strong these last two months because as a son you never want to see your mama hurt at any time in life.

    Now I need to speak on what’s going on with our women being killed and kidnapped at rapid pace. Where are all these young ladies and women disappearing to? The game just didn’t use to be this way and it’s our responsibility as men to change the culture and bring back that protect our women mentality. It’s very alarming and frightening because I have little sisters and I would tear the world down if something was to happen to them. Crazy thing is black women are rising to the top but also coming up missing.

    The number of businesses owned by African American women grew 322% since 1997, making black females the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S.

    Overall, the number of women-owned businesses grew by 74% between 1997 and 2015—a rate that’s 1.5 times the national average, according to the recently published “2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report” commissioned by American Express Open. Women now own 30% of all businesses in the U.S., accounting for some 9.4 million firms. And African American women control 14% of these companies, or an estimated 1.3 million businesses. That figure is larger than the total number of firms owned by all minority women in 1997, the report found.

    BUT

    It’s so much going on in this world that puts us in competition and separation from our women and we can’t continue to let this happen. My heart goes out to all the families who have a daughter missing and pray that justice is served for you.

    My message to women:

    Be aware of your surroundings, keep your cell phone charged and close, share your GPS/phone location with someone, always let someone know where you are going; especially if it is a long distance and consider obtaining a weapon of some sort (with training/certification) because it’s just not wise to think the intentions of people are all good.

    Lord knows I can’t take hearing another 60 thousand women being missing in this country. For some odd reason there’s been no traces to them at all. Stand up for your mom, granny, aunties, sisters, nieces, and all female cousins because our future families are at risk.

    I thank you for checking me out for Mind of a Man Monday.

    If you have questions or comments email me at amansmind88@gmail.com

    Peace and Love.

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