Hey everyone! It’s been awhile since I did a blog! I have been living life - being a Mother, pouring into my children. And, I’ve been writing my new book - it’s coming out in a couple of months. I’ve also been an activist on the ground In this Black Lives Matter movement - in my own way. Overall, becoming more aware.
There is So much going on in our world that I want to address. So let’s get started with a topic I was paying attention to recently. I was on Twitter and noticed a story Black Enterprise tweeted, “College Not Closing the Wealth Gap for Blacks” I’ll admit, I didn’t read the article in it’s entirety. The title alone is everything I already know. So I responded, “Sadly I’m not surprised that college is not closing the wealth gap for black people. #OwnSomeLand. In response to my response, many people retweeted, favorited and responded back to me, basically wanted me to expand on my tweet. So, . I wanted to expand on my view in a blog since there is only so much you can say in 140 characters.
The wealth gap in America has to be looked at outside of the imaginary box called the “ American Way”. You go to college, get a degree, get a job, happy ending, right?. Nope. That’s not how it goes down generally for Blacks trying that formula. I know because I tried it.
I am a college dropout, and a single mother of 5 girls and I do things the other “American Way”, not as I’m told, but how I’m taught. I’ve always had a rebellious spirit, I always wanted to know the other ways you can “skin a cat”. How to work smart and not hard. The real American Way. #ThinkOnIt.
However, even though I dropped out of college, I have been successfully earning a six-figure income for several years now after being homeless in 2006 with 4 kids at the time I also went to college on an earned academic scholarship, so I wasn’t in debt to Sallie Mae.No student debt or loans for me.
I did a lot of things but eventually got into investments and real estate. When I understood that land/property is something that holds value forever, I knew one day I would own a lot of property. When we as a race start getting into the mindset of creating our legacy, we will start accumulating property and things of value that can be passed on and kept within our family. That’s the only real way of closing the gap.
Owning land is just one way to get permanent wealth. The focus should be on achieving a level of financial freedom instead of looking at how others do it.. The grass could be greener but it could also be an illusion.
I also read another article on Black Enterprise about Serena and the blonde who makes way more than her even though Serena has won more. I love Serena's answer. There’s enough for everyone. If you have more than enough to survive, what does it matter who has more? Are we in competition for who has the biggest bank account, or are we simply trying to be able to enjoy life however that looks to each of us?
Society and social media has created this one “wave” of thinking, like we all should be thinking the same thing. That could not be farther from the truth. That’s called being a sheep or “sheeple”. Free thinking is FREE y’all. Own your own feelings and opinions about everything. Don’t feel as though you need to go with the flow and succumb to being a sheep.
I understand what being Black in America means. It is clear as day that most institutions are built with the intention to keep us suppressed and contained. I get it, so I decided to write my own life and not go with the outline. I tell a bit of my story in my first book, “Turn On the Lights”.
We as Blacks generally have been going about things in a begging mentality instead of a I’ll get it myself mentality. I believe in not being a statistic and making the best of my life against the status quo. I was in the United States Navy, the became a stripper, ended up homeless and now a successful business owner and realtor.
Though I am considered a “college dropout”, I like to say I graduated from the College of Life. I have my residency. It’s like a doctor who went to school to be a surgeon. No one allows that doctor to do surgeries until they put those hands on hours in.
If you don’t have my first book, “Turn on the Lights”, get it! It will be able to shed more light on who I am and prepare you for my next book “What You Don’t Know about Your Soul” that will hopefully help shed some light on who you are.