A Community of Wealth: Africa and Growth

As Africa began to increase its economic position in the world, more attention began to accumulate in the region.  But as communications and technology made it easier for the world to better understand the state of African nations’ economic growth, an even grater query emerged.  How can nations replete with so much natural wealth have…

Everybody Wants to Rule the World: The Currency Race

There is a lot of talk swirling around the reason for the Slave Trade in Libya these days.  There is this thought that because of destabilization in the region, insurgents have  overrun the region and lawlessness has abounded.  There are a lot of horror going on in the region, and we have only seen a…

Protect Your Creativity: Is Media Working For or Against You?

I’m a writer, and I love to write.  But usually, when I sit down to pen a magna carta—I often shut out all other media (radio, tv, news, ads, even music with too many repetitive lyrics).  Media is powerful, and it can influence your choices in many ways.  More importantly, those choices can be detrimental. …

Go Global: Use the Power of Media

The power to go global is often thought to be a unique feature of the information age and the process of globalization.  However, this would be inaccurate.  Globalization has been going on for thousands of years.  We now know that Africans traveled to the Americas as far back as 60,000 ce, where relics of their…

Let Your Brand Evolve

Few know the story of the McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc, and few really care.  These day getting meal deal from McDonald’s doesn’t conjure up the thought of a hardworking business man who wanted to bring fast, high-quality food to the masses.  That is because the story of McDonald’s, the brand has solidified over time and…

Constructing the Future

The construction field is a unique one—highly politicized and often a struggle for smaller contractors to gain headway into the market.  When I was growing up in the Midwest, as an African-American, I can remember the consistent complaint from construction companies of color for the lack or absence of government contracting awards.  It was a…

3 Ways Social Media Can Improve Your Life

Social media has been a creeping phenomena over the past 15 years.   When we think about it, we often envision sights like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  However social media has been growing since the early days of AOL Messenger, CollegeClub and Myspace.  In fact, it all started with the online forum, which, in essence, is…

Finding Purpose in Work

There is a huge myth out there that one should find meaning in the work that s/he does.  While I agree that enjoying work is important I think we have forgotten that for many years people did pretty ordinary things like farm land, cut down trees, build houses and dig wells.  In fact, I believe…

Defy Your Niche: Why Diversification Matters

While it’s true that you want to hone what you’re good at, it’s an incontrovertible fact that companies that didn’t just stick to their first product offering excelled most.  You have to be able to see new avenues in your field and other fields to stay competitive. There is a great book by an Entrepreneur…

Why Africa Needs African-Americans

Yes.  While it may seem like a proud thing to say, it’s simply an observation based on evidence and history.   It is an incontrovertible fact that most developing economies in modern history gained massive strength through its Diaspora. One area African Americans (U.S., Caribbean, South America) can be of greatest help is in the fair…

You Are a Trailblazer: Get Back In the Game!

One of your greatest assets in life is the ability to find opportunity.  Anyone in business understands that looking for opportunity is a constant effort; it is something that never stops, day or night. A lot of us get into the familiar routine of clocking in at work, having a chat around the water cooler,…

Broken Innovation

Recently the iPhone X was released and Apple fans went scurrying to throw their money at Apple CEO Tim Cook.  Not to be outdone, a rival smartphone company announced it would soon be rolling out a bendable phone.  It was at that moment, I knew . . .  Wait, a bendable phone?  What, why? Wait,…