Hey everyone, I hope you’re doing well.
This weekend, I went to see the new film, “Birth of a Nation” by director Nate Parker. The controversy surrounding the film didn’t cause me to have any less respect for the extraordinary story of Nat Turner, and to be truthful, I saw the media circus to be a carefully planned distraction to keep people from seeing one of the most important films in American history.
As I expected, the film was incredibly powerful and extremely well-done. In fact, it might have been the best film I’ve ever seen in my life. I was proud of Parker for going out of his way to tell this critically important story, and even more impressed that he did it in such an outstanding way.
One valuable lesson I learned from reflecting on the life of Parker is the power of psychological warfare and how it’s often been used to control black people. If a person controls your mind, then they don’t have to worry about how strong you are, largely because you’re going to either submit before the battle begins, or you’re going to use your own power to destroy yourself.
This is what’s happened to black people over the last 400 years.
As we move forward and build upon the legacy of great men and women like Nat Turner, I encourage you to strongly consider the importance of controlling black money as one of the pathways to our liberation. Unlike Nate, we do not necessarily have to endure bloodshed, but the fact is that there are still many battles left to be fought.
I wanted to also make two quick announcements. First, our Black Financial Leadership Program for children is starting again in early November. In this program, I personally meet with children ages 7 -14 online every Saturday for five week to teach your child the fundamentals of wealth building, how to start a business, and how to become an investor. It also comes with free membership in The Black Millionaires of Tomorrow Program. If you’re already a member of this program, just tell the sales rep and she will take 50% off the cost of tuition.
The kids love the program and we know how to make wealth-building fun. If you’re interested in speaking to a representative about signing your child up for the program, please make an appointment at this link.
Secondly, we’ve now launched The 48 Hour Business School. In this special program, I will spend 48 hours in a hotel conference room with a limited number of aspiring business owners. I will then work with you, step-by-step, we guarantee that you will have a functioning business by the time you leave.
The program may require travel and has a higher price point, but there is a year of private follow-up meetings and a one-year all-access pass to The Black Business School included as well.
If you’re interested in speaking to someone about the 48 Hour Business School, please make anappointment at this link.
I implore you to hear what I say when I argue that it should be REQUIRED that every black child learn how to start a business by the age of 12. Also, by all of us understanding the fundamentals of how things work in a competitive economic system, we will surely find ourselves controlling our own destiny.
Economic empowerment is the next Civil Rights movement. I’ve taught Finance to college students for the last 23 years. I want to teach these things to you if you’ll give me that chance. We will win this battle.
Until we meet again, please be strong, be blessed and be educated.
Dr Boyce Watkins
Just in case you were unaware, here are a few awards Little Richard has received over the years.
1984 – Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame
1986 – Rock& Roll Hall of Fame
1990 – Walk of Fame star in Hollywood
1993 – Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
1997 – NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame
1998 – Song Writers Hall of Fame
2006 – Apollo Theater Hall of Fame
The list of people Little Richard has inspired is endless. But we just want to name a few.
Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Pat Boone, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Bo Didley, The Everly Brothers, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ike Turner, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Prince, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Queen, Mystikal, Andre 3000, Bruno Mars. Just to name a few.
Help me add more to the list, Who else has Little Richard Inspired?
I heard a rumor recently, our younger generations don’t know who Little Richard is. Please tell me this is not true. Allow me to inform you, The True King of Rock and Roll.
Here are some things you may not have known.
What facts can you add to my list? Comment Below, I can’t wait to hear from you
When I was a child I was not allowed to attend movies until I was thirteen years old. Being that as it may, my brother Frankie D. and I suddenly became enthralled with cowboy movies. We’d go to the movies on weekends and during the week, we’d spend most evenings playing out our rolls as cowboys. We’d be mimicking the events we’d seen on the screen.
This is why I understand our current situation, and why the young black men are playing out the scenes mimicking the scenes they’ve witnessed on television and in the movies. The big difference now is today they’ve issued the children genuine lethal weapons (weapons to actually kill each other with.)
In our day, to go to such an extreme, wasn’t even a far-fetched fantasy. No one would’ve dreamed of such a thing. And of course, we didn’t have black heroes in those days, so we were simply imitating cowboys and inner city gangsters.
So now I can imagine how the average black child who goes to the movies and comes home feeling like, “I need someone to shoot up and end up shooting one of the kids on the next block!” This is simply a reaction to what a young mind has just witnessed, sitting in the dark room enjoying a movie, designed to program him to self-destruct.
We are all inspired by something and children are more often than not inspired by the movies they see.
I’ve often wondered if Denzel Washington or Wesley Snipes know what they are doing, Do they know how desperately inspired a young black person is by their presence? Do they know the writer and or the director is giving them instructions to destroy the children who look up to them, children who look like them and has aspirations of following in their footsteps? Do they understand the simple fact that, some of the people behind the scenes are on a mission to destroy their race? I honestly and truly hate to put it that bluntly, but I actually believe some of them are.
In fact, I personally believe the Ku Klux Klan has long since pulled off their robes, and aligned themselves with the motion picture industry in order to put down and to hold down the black community. Otherwise, most all of the bad guys in the movies would not fall under a black banner. But if you’ve noticed: the big bad monster, the dirty crook or the evilest force occur is nine times out of ten of a dark nature.
Each time they announce a new movie featuring one of these brothers, I be hoping and praying his script will contain some sort of an intellectual message. But no matter how hard I pray, they always end up pointing a gun at us. For months before a film is released, you’ll see big billboards and posters featuring our so-called heroes, pointing their guns directly into the poorest part of Urban centers. The purveyors of these destructive forces does this all the time, and get away with it practically every time and guess why? Because to this very day nobodies took the time to file a single complaint! Don’t forget, the squeaky wheel is the one that more often than not, gets the oil.
Charles W. Wright