Our Community. Our Responsibility.
Imagine yourself being born and raised into a culture that essentially creates everything from music, to art, to dance, to fashion, to trends and delegation. Now imagine yourself born into the same culture that has everything that it needs to function but isn’t controlling the overall spending power and creation. Our community circulates over 1 trillion dollars into the economy every single year. How much of that money power do you think is put back into the African American community? Your answer today just for your records, is less than 10%. Seems like a horror story right, yes we know but I think after so many brutal years of suffering we are starting to figure it out and taking back our power!
What if I told you there were black owned businesses that sells detergent, paper products, oils, deodorant, soaps, lotions, books, magazines, fashion, technology and art? What if I told you that they were black owned businesses that teach about Mental Health, growing your business, teaching aerospace, teaching architecture, teaching technology and computers, teaching law, and teaching dance…..Would you be interested? Would you want to know more? What would you do to obtain this information? Would you research, would you ask friends, would you search social media, or would you have enough gumption to join the movement…..
We are standing in the new era that kind of looks like Crossroads, when you picture it in your mind. It’s either you’re with us or you’re not. It may not be a definite decision or even an instant one, but once you understand the reasons and the WHY behind what we do there will be no more need for persuasion to be given to your conscious mind.
Blackpreneur would like introduce not only an Everyday Hero but also a Community Crusader who started his young stance at the age of 17. He’s not the type that you will look over in the crowd. He’s not the type to be walked all over on. Therefore, he’s definitely not the type to take NO for an answer! The CEO and Founder of “We Buy Black” is here for our community, one small black business at a time. He has single-handedly set up a system where black businesses can sell their products in one source or space to make a solid profit and turn that buying power back into the hands of its original creator. Nothing is more fascinating then a man with vision. He is setting up a legacy that will benefits 5 + Generations and his royal family.
Is this your first entrepreneur endeavor? If not, what other ventures have you pursued? Well, I’ll go in order: At the age of 12 I promised my parents they wouldn’t have to buy me clothes anymore. So, my father helped me get set up selling oils and incense on the street in SE Washington, D.C. I kept my promise to them. Later, at 15, I became a drop shipper on Amazon making over $5k a month. I then became an artist and sold my first painting for $1,400. Being emotionally attached to my paintings, I used prints of my paintings and created a greeting card company. This kept the money rolling in while I continued to share my talents with the world. I remember one event I attended, I sold over $1,000 worth in greeting cards. I later became interested in banking and insurance, so I became a licensed insurance agent by 19. By 21, I created a painting and home renovation company in DC and branched it to NYC. By 22 I started WeBuyBlack.com.Tell us about “We Buy Black” and the products/services you offer. WeBuyBlack.com is an online marketplace where Black Owned businesses may create an online shop and sell their products to the world.What has been your biggest challenge since starting your business? I know many people see the potential of WeBuyBlack.com, and I think this has been my greatest challenge. I mean, we’ve launched a platform so that people all around the world could finally “buy black” with limited excuses. From toothbrushes, to laundry detergent, to baby clothing, suits, and wedding dresses, you can now have it all at the click of a few buttons.In what areas do you seek to expand “We BUY Black”? We Buy Black is only a means to help rid the Black community of our social ills. That’s all. And we have many social ills, therefore we plan to get very creative as to how we target these issues, especially in 2018.What drives you to get out of bed and invest in your business? The children in Flint, MI. The innocent deaths caused by reckless and irresponsible shootings, the history of slavery, Jim Crow, Segregation, apartheid, colonialism, church bombings, our fight for Civil Rights, our fight for Human rights, privatization of prisons, Willie Lynch, gang violence, idol time, fatherless homes, broken homes. I was taught that when I wake up, I should go to work as if I need to feed my whole community. That if I came home and all I made was enough for myself or my immediately family, then my whole community would starve that night.What upcoming events do you have planned for 2017? We want to get from behind the computers and feel the skin of our neighbors. We’ve been working on a program called Our Community, Our Responsibility. This program will be comprised of various events and will serve as an overarching theme for the year. Our biggest project so far under this theme is the Black Business Ambush. Here we go out to various businesses in our national community and we surprise them with a large check. Not only that, we call on our community to join us and patronize the business as well. Each month, the check funds increase as our community subscribes and gives a very small donation each month all the while inviting their friends and family to do the same. To join, you may go to webuyblack.com/community
How important do you feel it is to support black owned businesses/entrepreneurs? Supporting Black owned businesses means that you want to circulate your resources within your community. This is just as important as it is for blood to circulate through our bodies. When I walk into a black community and all I see are Korean corner stores, Chinese carryouts, Pakistani liquor stores, then I see two great ills: There’s nothing healthy being consumed by the people in the community, nor are their any Black owned stores to ensure that there is a higher chance of the money being circulated back into the community. This is a human concern. I call this epidemic neighborhood blood clots. Because not only will this slowly kill the residents of that community, it will evolve to a national epidemic and slowly kill off the Black community as a whole.
How important is it to rebuild black wall street? Black wall street should be a local objective. It shouldn’t be a national aspiration. This should be something easily achieved within 5 to 10 miles from our homes. Our whole race should not aspire to have a Black wall Street. Instead, we should aspire to have a Black wall world. In other words, as a collective unit, after applying the four principles aforementioned, then we should embrace the last principal with full conviction, and that is to think high. I don’t want what we had 100 years ago. Instead I want for our people to create Black wall street in a different city every month for the next 100 years.
In what areas of business would you like to see more black entrepreneurs? We need more manufacturers. When we have more manufacturers, I could guarantee we would begin to see a life of complete independence for our selves, our families, and our communities.
Are there any other black owned businesses that you feel should be recognized? Blackpreneur Magazine Inc. should be recognized for being the first Black owned Magazine Company to interview the WeBuyBlack movement.
What are some things that you are grateful for? I will always be grateful for knowing God. I’m 24, I have 2 children, I’ve been happily married for 7 years (I married when I was 17!), I come from a supportive family and community. I’m grateful for learning about mercy and patience, because that’s exactly what it will take to pull off a movement like WeBuyBlack.
Tell us about a time that you took a risk and failed? I’m currently living in the biggest risk I have every created for myself. My family, my community, and the whole world is watching to see if we will succeed with WeBuyBlack. They are all concerned and I can fell their worry. Many are afraid and I can feel their fear. So everyday I wake up I am failing and succeeding, both at the same time. I am working hard, but not hard enough. I am finding solutions fast, but not fast enough. Everyday, a child is dying due to the environment we know we can change for them. This is my biggest risk, and it’s also my biggest success.What will your closing statement be? Well, for all those who are reading this, I want to thank you for reading and for considering to support our movement.