Ardre Orie: The Queen of Storytelling

“Whatever your story is, it’s important. I feel like a lot of us don’t think what we have to say is important or that there is no one to listen. But that’s far from the truth.” Ardre Orie

Ardre Orie is the Queen of Storytelling. She is on a mission to help 100 men of color tell their stories. On January 14, 2019, Orie launched the 100 Seeds of Promise Literacy Initiative, a movement to empower men of color aged 15 years and up to become authors.

Orie discovered her purpose and gift at the age of 10 when she published her first book. Ever since then, she has been pursuing her passion for helping people write books and monetize their stories. She says the key to creating a blueprint to monetize your story is to “control your narrative and control your content.” As a Celebrity Ghostwriter, Book Publisher, and Media Haven, Ardre Orie has worked with several high profile clients including BET, MTV, VH1, and YouTube, just to name a few. Her story is an inspiration for everyone to be persistent in pursuing their purpose and passion.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: Since you are the “Queen of Storytelling.” We want to know your story. How did you start writing? What inspired you?

ARDRE ORIE: I was in this class at 10 years old, and I was probably just talking way too much. I always had something to say. My teacher recommended me for a pull out program, but it was more like enrichment. That gave me an opportunity to do something different. The teacher gave me a list of all these things I could choose from. I could paint, draw, build, invent, or write. So I decided to write because honestly I felt like that would be easy. I knew I could do that and be done.

Then, this project evolved. She asked me what I was going to write about. I had to figure the process out. It was not something that she gave me the answers to. I had to unravel them. I decided that I was going to write a book. I was going to a predominantly white school at the time, and I just felt like there weren’t a lot of black role models that we were aware of. I knew they were in our community, but we didn’t know about them. So I decided to contact all of these women who were amazing. I did research on them, and I interviewed them for the book…I invited them to the book signing, and I invited press and media. The school shut down for a moment to let me do this book signing. I really didn’t think that much of it because it came easy to me and I was just trying to get the grade. But the funny thing is that’s exactly what I do for a living today. So 30 years later I was doing what I was supposed to be doing at that time.

Fast forward, I went to college at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. I got three degrees in education, and I really chose that career because I thought it was safe. Honestly, I was afraid to take risks. There were educators in my family, so I’m like cool I’ll do education. Eventually, I worked my way up, and I became an assistant principal. I really felt like that was going to be it…Then, my husband got an offer to leave to Tampa, Florida to go to Atlanta. I had a newborn baby, and I didn’t want to go back to work in the traditional field…I learned that people are dealing with self-esteem issues. People are not always proud of what has happened to them. I wanted to open up the doors for people to talk about that.

So I decided to write a book. I contacted 21 women and teen girls, and I asked them if they would let me write about their stories. When I did that and called them to read their stories, they all cried. That was my intro to ghostwriting. I didn’t know that I could write as someone else, as their voice. I published that book and put together a book signing. Then I got a call from a client from VH1 who had a show coming out. “Can you get a book done in 30 days?” So I’m like yeah I probably can. Your purpose is right under your nose. It’s the thing you do without thinking about it. So I did that book. Got that done…Then, the issue became people needed a place to actually publish their work. So if I wrote a story, great! But where was it going to be published? Would they have to find someone else? If you have a problem and you have the solution, then you have a business. So that’s what made me launch 13th & Joan: to create a home for other people to publish their work.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: What advice do you have for people who might feel like they want to give up on their business because although they enjoy what they do, they don’t feel it is profitable?

AO: I think that business is very much like relationships. After you spend about three years kind of doing a thing and it is not on fertile ground; you have to shift. It doesn’t mean that you have to change your goal or your vision, but you have to shift your actions…I worked on a nonprofit for five years. I gave it everything that I had. I had a team of people. Like maybe 10 people working with me. So when you have other people who believe in the vision and then they see it as well. It’s like how can this not work?

But the minute that I stepped into what I know now to be purpose — it was immediately fruitful. I don’t mean immediately like we didn’t suffer the three to five business year curve. At the end of the day, the opportunities just kept coming. There was no formal advertisement. It was word of mouth. It got to the point where it grew faster than we had the capacity. When you’re walking in purpose and on you’re on purpose, it’s right where you’re supposed to be. I call it the sweet spot. It’s fertile. It will just come to you. It doesn’t mean without work.

When you recognize it’s been three years doing it the same way and I’m not getting the results. You have to shift. You have to shift your actions. You have to shift your intention. You have to shift resources. You have to shift what you’re asking people for. How you’re asking people to support you. You have to look at everything that you’re doing and figure out which things are not yielding results and change them immediately.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: You started an initiative for black men to tell their stories. That is a very important subject because black men are really held to a different type of profile of being hard and not being able to express themselves without fear of judgment. What was your inspiration behind starting this initiative so we can understand the process?

AO: I’ve been married for 16 years, and I’m watching my husband navigate the world in corporate America. I’m watching him come home every day, how he feels and what the world does to him. I’m watching my black son who is in college. I’m watching how he feels and what he feels like the world has said to him about who he is. One of the major things that came to me is that black men don’t always feel heard. As women, we’re preconditioned to share our emotions. If we’re uncomfortable, we have no problem speaking on it.

Men are taught to kind of conceal those emotions and kind of keep it moving. Nobody has time for you to be sensitive. Men aren’t really given opportunities to be vulnerable. So the first thing that I did was I wrote a theatrical production. It was an answer to “Lipstick Monologues.” “Lipstick Monologues” was a theatrical production that I wrote for women and it was an all female cast. Then I thought, what about the man’s perspective? So I did the same thing, but I did it for an all-male cast. I launched the production in Atlanta. It was met with such welcoming, open arms. People were so excited about it, but most importantly, the cast. I took all of these different scenarios; everything from religion to sex, to sexual preferences. We talked about everything under the sun. It was meant to be kind of taboo and just the things that we should be talking about, but we’re not.

The male cast members were so excited…They said they never get a chance to tell our side of the story. one of the monologues that I wrote was called “Seeds.” It was about police brutality. It was about a gentleman who was a victim to all of the things this society does to black men. He was saying no matter what you’ve done to me, I continue to reproduce. My wealth is not in this world. It’s in all of the things that I touch. From my family to my home, to my finances. So people are great because of what I’m doing behind the scenes. I’m planting seeds with my life.

That particular monologue inspired me to create 100 Seeds of Promise. I’ve been working on it for maybe three years and sitting on it. Saying to people, “Hey, I want to do this.” When you have a new idea. Nobody can see that vision except you because God gave you that vision. So when you don’t get the response that you’re looking for, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go forward, full steam ahead…85% of the people who write books with our company are women. It’s time for me to do something to get these men’s stories to the table…The rationale behind 100 Seeds of Promise is to create a community of support so that men can not only feel heard but that these blueprints don’t die. We also teach them how to make streams of residual income from their stories. So that’s what the program is about.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: People are very inspired and want to congratulate you, but a lot of people are interested in learning how they can support you. What can people do to make this more public?

AO: First of all let me say thank you…We need for men to apply for this program. We’ve set it up as an application process because we want it to be taken seriously. We’re not looking for people who are going to back out or give up. We’re going to push them to the finish line because we want results from each participant.

There are a couple of ways that people can help. Number one is sharing. Everyone knows someone who should be writing a book. It could be you. Share it. Post it. That’s free. It cost you nothing to be able to share this information. If people want to support from a monetary disposition, we’re starting a program called the Circle of Influence, where we’re asking people to make $100 pledges…Pledge $100 that would go towards an author’s work. We’re not doing books that look self-published. We are after excellence in all assets for what we’re putting out.

 

Hustlepreneur Podcast

Nicole Briana

“If I can make my money how I want to make it ..I won’t have to bend my will or compromise myself to get some coins so I can pay my bills. “

For Nicole Williams, 2018 has been the year of yes. As a social media fitness professional, Nicole shares her fitness journey to encourage others and helps fitness brands build capacity. In addition, as a social media manager, she hosts events, parties and engagements for radio/media coverage.

Nicole is a 2016 Towson University graduate with a degree in Communications and American Sign Language. With her vast knowledge in communications and passion for social media, Nicole continues to better strategic social media skills by assisting brand, businesses and personalities on how to effectively manage their social media platforms. In 2015, Nicole has started her own sunglasses company called Too Shady. Then in 2017, she began hosting an Internet Radio and now host a Monday night Internet Radio show.

Currently, Nicole is focused on all things social media and fitness. By managing social media for brands and businesses to hosting and providing media coverage for events, shows, Nicole finds it important to teach brands how to make the most of social media and turn likes into dollars.

Growth Mindset

The growth mindset says the best is yet to come. People that have a growth mindset see challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. They also seek opportunities to develop their skills and talents. Nicole’s growth mindset has caused her business to flourish and set smart goals for the future.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: Where would you like to see your business in 3 years? What’s the ultimate vision?

NICOLE: Payroll! I want to have employees. Honestly, in a year I want to have people on staff. Right now, I have people who are on the team, but I want to be able to sustain myself fully. Also, even if it’s only part-time, I want to be able to have people on the payroll. I’m moving in that direction so it’s not like it’s out of reach.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: What do you value most about money?

NICOLE: I feel like money brings you freedom. I’m not going to say it brings you peace, but in a sense it does. If I can make my money how I want to make it when I want to I won’t have to bend my will or compromise myself to get some coins so I can pay my bills. And also, for those around me, for their sanity: my parents, my family. If we all eating and we all getting money we’re good.

And granted, you see people who are wealthy and then, you have these envious people around them, but that’s because these people are getting the money. I’m not going to be the type of person saying I’m giving, giving, giving. No, everyone around me is going to be working. There won’t be any envy or jealousy because we’re all going to be getting that money. So that’s why it’s going to mean something and consistently come. You get what you work for.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: What is your strongest expertise? If you could teach a class on anything, what would it be?

NICOLE: I’m not really the type of person that wants to be the best at one thing. I’d rather be good at seven different things than the best at one because that makes me more versatile.

Is Entrepreneurship For Everyone?

There is no doubt that entrepreneurship has been on the rise. With more people desiring freedom and flexibility, there has been an influx of startups and entrepreneurs. According to Entrepreneur.com, in the US alone, “the number of on-campus entrepreneurship programs offered in universities has increased from 180 to 2000+ between 1990 and 2014. 27 million Americans are starting or running new businesses.”

BLACK AFFLUENCE: You always hear people say, “Everyone is not meant to be an entrepreneur, everyone’s not meant to work for themselves.” Do you agree?

NICOLE: That’s true. But everybody’s not meant to be in a dead end job and unhappy. Being unhappy is not what people are meant to be. Yes, it might not be meant for you to start a company, but you are meant to be happy. You are meant to sow a seed somewhere where you are valued.

As young entrepreneurs, not everyone gets it as fast as us. We left corporate America or we’re leaving corporate America. We have this mindset like we know how things can be. But not everyone else is there. Their holding on to the safety net. They don’t know what to do. I left corporate America, but how am I going to make money? What is my skill? What is my trade? How do I tell people to buy from me?

You can find Nicole Briana and information about her social media business here

Millennial Married Couple Launches Business and Achieves Success In Less Than 5 Months

Written by Danielle Brantley

They’re a movement by themselves, but they’re a force when their together.

On May 7, 2018, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Minor launched Hip Hop Tours of Atlanta.

Fueled by the passion to be their own boss, the Minors invested 100% into Hip Hop Tours of Atlanta.

Ryan, a former T-Mobile sales associate, has been an entrepreneur since 2011. He told Britney it was “time to leave the regular 9-to-5 and go all in.”

Britney, a licensed esthetician, left her cosmetic retail career for full-time entrepreneurship.

Ever since then, they have received great feedback from customers who love their tours.
Black Affluence had the privilege to interview the Minors to discuss entrepreneurship, love and hip-hop.

Forever I Love Atlanta: Georgia On My Mind

Atlanta is considered a black mecca. In The Legend of the Black Mecca, Georgia State University professor Maurice Hobson, argues that Atlanta is seen as the black mecca because of the success of black-owned businesses, historically black colleges and universities and black political power.

According to the US Census Bureau 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO), Atlanta and Georgia lead when it comes to black entrepreneurship: “The Atlanta metro area had more black or African American-owned firms (176,245) in 2012 than any other metro area beside the New York metro area (250,890). Georgia had more black or African American-owned firms in 2012 than any other state (256,848), followed by Florida (251,216).”

Atlanta is also a music powerhouse with a rich hip-hop history that dates back to the 80’s. In 1989, LaFace Records was created and ushered in TLC and Kriss Kross. Before LaFace, rap artist Kilo Ali, Raheem the Dream, MC Shy-D and Mr. Collipark were all apart of the Atlanta hip-hop scene. The rest is history: over 20 record labels and several international hip-hop artists were birthed from Atlanta. In the interview, the Minors talk about how their love for Atlanta and hip-hop inspired their business.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: Why did you decide to start your own business? Why Hip Hop Tours of Atlanta?

RYAN: We just wanted to do something different. It gave us an opportunity to spend a lot of time together. Why not Hip Hop Tours of Atlanta? Nobody is doing what we’re doing. We live in the hip-hop mecca of the world. Atlanta is at the forefront of hip-hop. It’s a story here in Atlanta. So much history here in Atlanta, from civil rights to hip-hop, which both we do cover on Hip Hop Tours of Atlanta.

BRITNEY: We were always looking for something to do together. Personally, for me, I know that I felt if I put the same energy into doing something for myself as I did working for somebody else, then I would be happier in the end.

It’s proven that civil rights and hip-hop pretty much go hand in hand. So we talk about all of that. We were both born and raised here. We met here. We married here. Atlanta is etched in our DNA. So to put that with hip-hop, which is also something that we both love. Hip-Hop is not just about music. It’s about the fashion, the art, all of that. Especially with Ryan, the fashion and the arts, he would always buy and resell sneakers and all kind of things that have to do with the hip-hop culture. We just basically put together two things that we love: hip-hop and our city.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: What is unique about your business?

RYAN: We’re not your traditional sightseeing tour company. As I explain to our customers every morning, we show the good, bad and ugly of Atlanta. And a lot of that is not as aesthetically pleasing to the eye, as most sightseeing tours show you in different cities. We show the real.

BRITNEY: When we travel, we really like to see where the locals go, what the locals do. We are able to give the customers that experience. We take them to places that they really don’t need to go to on their own. It’s authentic. We have a lot of fun. They see some of the real areas where a lot of hip-hop artist had their humble beginnings.

Git up, Git out and Git Something

Social media tends to glamorize life in general. You see the inspirational quotes, funny memes and happy pictures, but rarely do you see the other side — struggles and pain.

In the same way, being an entrepreneur is often glamorized. But the reality is being an entrepreneur is not all glitz and glamour. Entrepreneurship is hard work, sweat and tears. It’s not for everybody and that is perfectly fine. Ryan and Britney discuss the highs and lows of being your own boss.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: What are the rewards of entrepreneurship?

RYAN: The rewards of entrepreneurship are having your own time, creating your own schedule and being your own boss. Of course, when you say being your own boss, there are still rules and guidelines that you have to abide by. But some people aren’t the type of people that need to be micromanaged and the people that manage you are on a different level. It’s like you have the state, the state will say hey this is what you need to have done in order to operate. It’s not some regular Joe Blow, 9-to-5. I know that sounds harsh, but it’s just different. The main thing for me is being able to come and go as I please.

The past…I have a record, but I’ve never let that hold me back. If anything, that made me push harder because you know most times people think hey maybe you got a criminal record, you can’t get a job. It always pushed me outside of my comfort zone to let jobs know this is what I’ve done in the past, and this is what may pop up. It makes you push harder, it makes you fight more. It makes you want to acquire more. But then when you realize what you’re trying to acquire isn’t going to scratch the surface, it makes you want to go out and figure it out on your own and become your own boss. The self-gratification of being your own boss is just an amazing feeling.

BRITNEY: I think that a reward of entrepreneurship is knowing that you get out of it what you put into it. We are literally our own bosses so there is nobody telling you what to do. We have to hold ourselves accountable. We have to be up. We have to be on time.

There is nobody else to complain to but us. So if there is anything right, if there is anything wrong, people have to come directly to us. We have to take it upon ourselves to fix it. So it is offering a product to people and trying our best to make sure they are happy. After people get off the tour, they are so happy and they are so excited for us. And just to see that, it is so rewarding.

A big reward is not just knowing that if we keep pushing forward we’ll be successful in business and financially, but just showing other people out there that you can work hard. We are both from rough neighborhoods in Atlanta. We both struggled. I struggled in school. It’s just a story to tell of success. You don’t have to do what’s expected. Just because you have a record, doesn’t mean that your whole life has to go that way into illegal stuff. You can make the decision to work hard, and go in a different direction.

One day we will be able to leave a legacy for our family, but we can also leave a legacy for young black men who think that the wrong way is the only way. It’s easier to do right than it is to do wrong. That’s the narrative that we always want to push. It doesn’t seem like it sometimes but it really is. I would love for the people who grew up the way we did, in the areas that we grew up in to see that there is something out here for you. Just reach for it.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: What are the challenges of entrepreneurship?

RYAN: One of my biggest challenges is the unknown. You go out there and you say okay cool, I’m finna get all my documents and all my ducks in a row. And then it’s like man, somebody wants to charge me $1,000 to get registered with the state and get my LLC. The average person doesn’t know how to do all that. Then the state can’t provide you with legal advice, which that would be legal advice while I’m filing legal documents. The best way to say it is “it cost to be the boss.”

BRITNEY: The challenge of entrepreneurship is everything falls on us. There is nobody else to complain to, but us. There’s nobody else to push us, but us. So I would say that’s a good thing, but it’s also a challenge. And the unknown is a challenge. It is a challenge in the first few months, for what we know right now. We’ve had really good months and then we’ve had some months where we’re like dang I thought we were going to be doing a little bit better. But you have to stay down. You can’t get discouraged. You gotta keep pushing forward and putting all your energy and time into what you believe in.

Starting out, there is a struggle. When you think you have everything done and then your back to the table. It’s like oh nope you gotta get this, you gotta pay for this. I definitely think there aren’t enough resources out here to just guide people into entrepreneurship. It’s almost like you are thrown out there. Figure it out. It gets so frustrating. I do believe that’s why sometimes a lot of people give up because they don’t know which direction to go — the unknown.

I Choose You
The Minors at the 2014 Outkast ATLast concert

When it comes to finding true love you often hear the advice: Be friends first and marry your best friend. Logically, it makes sense. Your spouse is the person that you will spend the rest of your life with. So, you should feel comfortable with them and enjoy their company because you will be spending a lot of time with them. But most married couples, don’t spend all of their time together. They also spend time with their friends, family, hobbies and go to separate jobs.

For the Minors, marriage is unique because they also work closely together as business partners. They shared some of the joys and struggles of doing business with your spouse.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: What are the rewards of having your spouse as your business partner?

RYAN: With your spouse, you share the same goals and aspirations. When it’s two different people, there are two different agendas. If I start a business with one of my homeboys, it’s just different. You both can walk away financially straight, but you may not have a friendship.

BRITNEY: Going into business is very nerve-racking and intimidating. Going into it with someone that you can fully 100% trust is probably the biggest benefit. I know for sure that he doesn’t want to see me fall and I know for sure that I don’t want to see him fall. If we both put in the work, we’re building a legacy together for both of us.

We know collectively, we’re in the same household and we have the same goals as far as how we want to build our family. We can come to the table and say this is how we are going to get there and we are both on the same page with so much that our business can head in that same direction.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: What are the challenges of having your spouse as your business partner?

RYAN: I know my wife wants the best for me, but it becomes almost like she is your boss. My wife wants to micromanage me and tell me what I need to do. I have a way of doing my thing and she has a way of doing hers.

BRITNEY: I think the challenge is I come from a retail world where the customer is always right. Ryan comes from a very loosely structured entrepreneur background, which is “I don’t need your business, I’ll take my business elsewhere.” I’m very mild tempered and very structured. I do have the customer is always right mentality. He has worked so long as an entrepreneur so he believes the customer is not always right and he wants to stand up for what he believes in. But especially with a black business, we have to go over and beyond to show good customer service. There is so much stigma with black businesses. We have to make sure that we put ourselves out there to be exceptional.

We need to be the Chick-fil-A of sightseeing tours. We have very good customer service. But its even things as small as the way we answer the phone. If Ryan answers the phone and I think that he was a little bit rough, I’ll look at him and say soften up. You sound so aggressive. I know how the customer wants to be talked to and wants to be treated. He is not rude, but there is a difference in how you say things. The challenge is bringing both of our styles together and compromising so that we don’t argue. So now I handle talking to the customers. He has a big personality that people love on the tours, but over the phone, people don’t always understand that personality.

BLACK AFFLUENCE: What advice would you give someone who wants to start their own business?

RYAN: Do it. Like Nike. Just do it. It may take 20 different businesses, ideas, dreams, aspirations to figure that right one out. If you don’t start, it will never happen. If you want to be a real estate agent, football player, makeup artist, or a musician, act as if you are the best one. Research the best one and mimic them. Beyonce would have never been Beyonce if she didn’t act as if she wanted to be the greatest performer in the world.

BRITNEY: If you never do it, you will be 60, 70, 80 years old wishing you had done it. I actually came to the conclusion that I would rather start this business and put my all into it. If I came out of it completely broke, who cares? I know that sounds crazy, but we would have to just start all over again. We’ve been broke in our lives. We’ve been okay. We’ve struggled. We grew up in low-income areas. We know what it is to have to grind.

Most of the success stories that I’ve heard, even if you think of Tyler Perry, from where he was, (sleeping in the car and paying those kinds of dues), to where he is now: It is what it is. Everybody has to have a start. So just do it. If it works, that is amazing! If it doesn’t, you wipe yourself off and try something again. There is always a way to just do it.

About Hip Hop Tours of Atlanta

Hip Hop Tours of Atlanta provides five-hour guided bus tours with free refreshments and snacks. Some of the sights include Little Five Points, East Atlanta Village, Peters Street, King Historic District and so much more. One of the customers that reviewed Hip Hop Tours of Atlanta said it was “one of the best city tours” she had ever been on. All of the customers give raving reviews and highly recommend the one of a kind experience.

You can book a tour directly on the Hip Hop Tours of Atlanta website: www.hiphoptoursofatlanta.com Phone: 678-896-5663

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Hustlepreneur Was A Huge Success!!

We had an amazing time at the first Hustlepreneur event at Keller Williams! We invited 6 amazing entrepreneurs to speak on their business strategies and give our guests tips on how to get started in entrepreneurship. Despite the in climate weather ( the sudden monsoon), our event had over twenty attendees who enjoyed the two hour panel session!

Our session was moderated by Nassir- a young entrepreneur who kept the flow of questions and program running smoothly. The audience was captivated and continued to probe the panelists for more information. We had a quick breakout session where panelists and guests enjoyed our delicious catered food from Sandys Kitchen Catering (black owned). Our session began again and lasted late into the evening.

Overall, the event was a truly a huge success! Family, friends, and community members came out to enjoy our first production! We received so much praise from all of our attendees. We believe the second show will be even better!

Hustlepreneur 101

Welcome to Hustlepreneur 101

An informational gathering of minds is set to take place Saturday July 21, 2018. Black Affluence and Keller Williams are partnering to give those individuals looking to learn tips, strategies, and ideas from entrepreneurs in various stages of their careers.

Join us for a two hour workshop to engage the curious, the creative, the intrepid, and the brave. Led by Xavier Snow and Dominic Weeks we welcome everyone and anyone. Hope to see you there!

 

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Mt. Ranier Day

Black Affluence had the privileged to participate in the annual Mt. Ranier Day in Mt. Ranier MD. This event gave business owners and creatives a chance to showcase their merchandise and service. The ability to network with other owners and the community at large was a once in a lifetime experience. Despite the rain, early in the morning, the weather held up enough for people to enjoy themselves! Here’s a few pictures from that wonderful day.

Black Affluence gets Licensed

This past week Black Affluence made a very important first step for any business- we received our LLC! This means that can now get a tax identification number, open a bank account and do business, all under our own name! There certainly is a freeing feeling when you officially own your own business. However- as Uncle Ben says “with great power comes great responsibility”

Slowly but surely, Black Affluence continues to make headway in the areas of financial literacy in the black community. The process of getting the LLC was fairly straightforward, simply fill out the online forms, pay the fees associated, wait for an approval response. Make sure to read the payment options carefully as different packages come with various options. Once you receive you are approved you will get your tax identification number which will allow you to write off certain purchases related to your business.

Big thanks to the members of our group chat that pointed us in the right direction as far as getting legal. If you would like to join our chat, please contact us. This is a great way, to connect with young professionals looking to increase their financial knowledge through shared resources!

Black Affluence at Kipp Collegiate Academy (NAF)

Black Affluence was honored the privileged to speak at the Kipp Collegiate Academy (dc campus) for its induction of the first National Academy of Finance (NAF)! Hundreds of parents and students attended to see the new program. We informed students how important to have financial awareness and business savvy despire their career paths. Great honor and awesome time!

We Are Live

“Sick and tired of being sick and tired” has, for too long, been the mantra of the black community. Studies predict the median household income of Black Americans to reach a total of $0. Financial ignorance in conjunction with corrupted values at play summarize what’s going on across the board in America not just with blacks.

Despite these heavy obstacles, time and time again, it has been proven time and time again that together we are stronger than we are apart. For us here at Black Affluence, that means not just talking the talk, but walking the walk and leading by example. After growing our Black Affluence group chat (formerly Investments 101) to over 1,200 people- Black Affluence has finally migrated to our own platform. The goal of this blog is to update the people on what Black Affluence is doing and how we are doing it, as well as shine the spotlight on those around us doing awesome things in the community.

Since we started, we have numerous people reaching out to us wanting us to facilitate various workshops and other educational. Stay tuned as we continue on our quest to collective financial independence and generational wealth. Who knows what will happen next in the land of opportunity?