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David Letterman’s President Obama Top Ten List – CBS.com

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I sure was black before the election just like President Obama. Here’s the Top Ten reasons why President Obama showed up on the David Letterman show. David Letterman is a great dude. I’ve watched him ever since I was a kid and he’s a great sport in interviewing President Obama. The thing I love about President Obama is that he has a natural sense of humor as well and can roll with the punches with Mr. Letterman and his audience.

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Internet Thugs dominate Twitter and Social Media

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Lately, I’ve seen the rise of Internet thugs on Twitter and on artists and celebrities comment boards on YouTube, etc. Just today, I was watching the beautiful Serena Williams’ HP innovative commercial on YouTube.

The video was awesome and then I just happened to scroll down on the video and see the proliferation of racist, sexist, thuggery that dominated the comments.

The Incomparable Internet Thug

The Incomparable Internet Thug

I went to Chamillionaire’s website to take a listen to his Mixtape Messiah mixtape and buy it and saw some of the comments and was very turned off by the comments themselves. It seems as though everyone with a computer, high speed Internet connection, and a voice wants to come up thuggish when it comes to comments.

The most interesting thing about these Internet thugs is that they are usually the smallest person in the room with the least amount of confidence in person. At the job, they may be disgruntled with what the boss or manager says, but will never even come close to mentioning how they feel directly to the manager. So, why take on a new personality and new status on Twitter, You Tube, or Facebook if you’re really afraid in real life?

Because you can. Behind your screen name is the real you. The hidden you. The hidden anger, jealousy, rage, emotion, racist, sexist you. It’s the perfect alter ego to a crazy world. In the real world, you have to be fake. You can’t ever tell anyone how you feel for fear you will hurt their feelings. So, because people’s inner feelings and thoughts are so suppressed, they completely come unleashed on the computer. You feel a real sense of power and self-empowerment on the computer that you can call someone anything you want behind the computer screen. There are ZERO repercussions and no one, not even your moms, is going to straighten you out and correct you.

It’s the breeding ground for contempt, anger, hatred, remorse, personal violation, and contention. It is the best place to yell somebody down in the street when in the actual street you’d act like a mouse and scurry away not to be seen. But no one wants to be a mouse so the Internet and Twitter allows you to be a king/queen for a day and even every single day. In fact, you can find certain popular music and celebrity boards and Twitter and curse everyone out freely just because you can. AWESOME! Welcome to the wild world of Internet thuggery and Social Media destruction.

And by the way, thugs come in all forms: black, brown, yellow, white, green, red, pink, blue, male, female, fat, skinny, thick, round, frail, and frumpy.

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September 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Taylor Swift owes Kanye West an apology

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Kanye West took things way too far but he is responsible for literally blowing up Taylor Swift. Without Kanye, she would be a relatively obscure and unknown artist. Do you think that Ms. Swift owes Kanye an apology or at least a letter of thanks for boosting her career to the next level?

Money Lessons from a $2 Million Per Month Drug Kingpin

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Man, you can learn anything from anybody. Seriously. This is not an endorsement of anyone selling drugs to the community. The lesson lies in the story. Some names and places have been changed to protect the innocent. While running my entertainment record label, I run across many interesting people. Many of these people drive Bentley’s and Rolls Royce’s and always claim that they made a grip from the music industry and that they are a high level producer that produces mega hits.

The Continental Bentley GT

The Continental Bentley GT

Some people I believe especially if I know their history, most I do not believe. I met this one dude who had a very nice Bentley, a Range Rover, a Jaguar, and a Mercedes Benz S500. Young dude. He said he was a music mogul yet I had never heard of his name and I’ve been around some big names in music directly including Master P and many Bay Area legends like E40, Too Short, etc. I hadn’t heard of him. He introduced himself to me through some producers in the big city. They called him Big Cat. Big Cat had it going on. He was putting on huge concerts in the city. Throwing elaborate parties where he was able to book top name hip hop artists and models regularly with no problem. He had the cash on hand to easily book the venue up front and book the talent.

Big Cat had mad respect in the recording music and fashion industries. He would go to Vegas and get escorted into the casinos because the hotel staff new of him as a big spender. When I say big spender, I mean dropping $50,000 gambling on a Friday and Saturday night with no question. Money was never an issue. He spent it as fast as it came. I was always looking at him questionable and wondering what type of music he was involved in since I was heavy in the game and pinching pennies and trying to get all of my artists roster out into the market.

Big Cat ended up getting arrested and a life prison sentence as the cities largest heroine dealer clocking $2 Million per month in cash profits. What he did was unbelievable to get in that position. The drug kingpin before him was murdered. He had no experience in the game. He saw an opening and filled a niche. He recruited and organized a strong team of players around him who knew the street game well and paid them well. They made alliances with top level gang leaders and gave them a cut of the deal. The gang leaders would make sure that he was safe where ever he went in the city because they got a cut. He knew business very well and could damn near run a corporation better than the folks at Lehman and Goldman Sachs.

He understood team dynamics and how to build successful and loyal team members and alliances. He knew how to get the product cheap, add value to it, and sell it for a cheap price as well and get more customers. Yes, it kills the community but the point is that he knew to organize people and develop a business plan around his sales efforts. He even knew to build alliances inside the police organizations so he knew what was going on in there as well. My point? Get highly organized. If a major drug dealer can organize a team of people and mobilize people around a common goal, you can too. He took big risks that I would never take but I saw how someone was not afraid to go after something they wanted.

Doing business with the founder of Essence Magazine

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I met Mr. Clarence Smith in the summer of 2006 in New York city. I was working a technical project in Union Square on E. 14th at ConEdison of New York. My technical business is as a systems integrator and I had sold software architecture and development services to them. Always hustlin, I was running a fledgling music business in New York as well. At the time, I ran a PR piece announcing a distribution deal that I had negotiated with a large online music distributor in New York, The Orchard. I was sitting at my desk at ConEdison when I got a very interesting call from a gentleman named Duke Jones who wanted to set me up with a meeting with someone named Clarence Smith in New York.

Founder of Essence Magazine, Clarence O Smith

Founder of Essence Magazine, Clarence O Smith

Duke Jones asked me if I could meet him and Clarence Smith in Manhattan the next day. Ironically, he told me their offices were located on E. 23rd and Park and I was only 9 blocks away from them on the east side of Manhattan as well. Of course, I agreed to the meeting as I was poised to grow the Spinks Music and Entertainment Group and partner with a New York entertainment venture. At the time, I still did not know who Clarence Smith was until I googled him and researched who he was. I was shocked at the information I found via Google. I found that Clarence O. Smith was the original founder of Essence Magazine, a large African American magazine.

Needless to say, I was shocked, surprised and excited all at the same time. At the time, Mr. Clarence Smith was running a music record label called YOU Entertainment and a travel agency called Avocet Travel. He was looking for someone to help him grow YOU Entertainment and their roster of talent that included The Cafe Soul Allstars which consisted of Duke Jones, Peabo Bryson, Christopher Williams, Roy Ayers, and some other great all star African American jazz artists. I was honored. I went to the pitch meeting with my Apple Powerbook equipped with a presentation that I sat up all night at my hotel room in Secaucus, NJ developing.

Peabo Bryson of The Cafe Soul Allstars

Peabo Bryson of The Cafe Soul Allstars

I entered into the pitch meeting and was greeting by Clarence Smith’s CFO, Deon Douglas who runs Thinking Giant, Scott Folkes, and Duke Jones. They brought me into the room and said Mr. Smith was on his way and asked me if I wanted some coffee or water. I said water. In walks Mr. Clarence O. Smith and I was truly honored. He listened to the entire pitch without telling me anything about him. He was gracious, humble, and very forward thinking. I was blessed to even be in the meeting with such an African American business legend and leader.

Cafe Soul Allstars Love Pages CD

Cafe Soul Allstars Love Pages CD

The meeting ended with him selecting The Spinks Music and Entertainment Group as his marketing partner. I was never happier and blessed to have such an opportunity.

Barry Bonds latest black man witch hunt recipient

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If y’all can’t tell what’s happening in America, you’re lost. There is a witch hunt against the black male in America. America is tired of seeing us prosper, succeed, and grow financially. While I’m definitely proud of President Obama, his election has caused America to go into a witch hunt for all wealthy and prosperous black men. Time to hide your money and stop being so out there, Kanye West and you rappers.

Barry Bonds for Athlete of the Decade

Barry Bonds for Athlete of the Decade

If y’all cannot open your eyes and see what’s happening right in front of you, you’re deaf, dumb, and blind as much as Bernard Bernanke claiming the recession is fully over. I haven’t said anything about Kanye West debacle because it was total ignorance but seeing the latest headlines of Barry Bonds makes me fly out of my chair. In fact, I need to go on this run in the mountains in California just so I can stop thinking about this mess. Why are Kanye West and Serena Williams making us look bad? Don’t they realize they are black people and we are held to a GREATER standard than our white counterparts? Does Kanye West actually think white people and brands will embrace him and love him for grabbing the microphone from a young Taylor Swift? What?

You better ask somebody. Now, the feds are on Barry Bonds like a beast. Just like they wanted Michael Vick in front of the world on his knees crying and apologizing for days while the cops who killed Sean Bell are still eating hot dogs at Coney Island with their families. You’ve got Plaxico Burress in jail for two years for shooting himself. Racist cops are free. The feds are coming after Barry Bonds with a vengeance. The prosecutor is hell bent on making him out to be a liar and stripping him of his records and his entire career. If he were white, he’d be pat on the back with a “atta boy” mentality. Trust me. I know.

This witch hunt is on black men. If you are thinking and planning of shooting a video and throwing tons of diamond studded chains, mixed with a little swag and some strippers, I suggest highly that you do not do this. You and I have become America’s target thanks to President Obama. I watch my back constantly even running in the hills because I know that if I even seem successful to the world, there is a huge bulls eye target sitting on my back and someone has a scope pointed directly at my head.

Black men beware. They want us in prison WAY more than people want us to succeed. Lay low. Lay low. Lay low. The time is to lay low and not cause attention to yourself. Good luck Barry Bonds! You are a Hall of Fame candidate in my book. What a hall of fame career. Wish you were still playing, big dawg!

Gerard Spinks is the CEO of Spinks Industries; a web content developer and marketing company in Atlanta, GA. He is also a writer, publisher, and radio host of Beyond the Bling radio.

Is your bank account a measure of your success?

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In a very interesting conversation with a colleague, he made a statement saying that because he was unemployed and his bank account was low, he felt that he didn’t have the same expertise or voice of authority that he used to have in business 2 months ago.

I was shocked at this and couldn’t really understand the thought process. This made me think are we our bank accounts? Have we gotten so caught up in finances that our self-worth is directly tied to our Chase bank account?

The Ballers Guide to MAJOR Figure$

The Ballers Guide to MAJOR Figure$

It immediately made me think of why my mother focused us so heavily on faith and belief. The guy I was talking to lives in Oakland, is a young dude, and said that money rules his world. Interesting attitude but we’ll run with his attitude for a minute. Because money is his God, he is setting himself up for failure. Just because he doesn’t have a job, does not make him less of an authority on his chosen field. I listen to him and had he not told me about his bank account, I would never have known. His advice was still very valid for an investment banker and I appreciated everything he said.

He hooked his whole self-esteem and confidence to his job and that’s simply not true. Because he is momentarily out of work, does not make him a bad person, or someone who doesn’t want to pay his bills, or less of an authority. His advice was/is welcomed and he knows a great deal about strategic investments, portfolio management, and institutional investing. Ok, his industry is mired in some mess right now but so is mine. It doesn’t make me less of a business mind or millionaire mindset because my industry is upside down. The industry is not what makes you. You make the industry.

Be sure not to make this mistake of attaching your emotion and your self-worth to Bank of America and the ATM receipt. Yes, it sucks to go to the ATM and see that damn little piece of paper say $48 remaining in your account and you’ve got to float until the end of the month. Yes, it’s crazy. Yes it’s difficult. No, it doesn’t make you better or worse. If it said $48,000 it would make you and I both feel better but it doesn’t make you a better you. It’s a blessing but it doesn’t improve your self-worth. It improves confidence indeed but it cannot improve self-worth. If you see yourself as a millionaire, claim it, be it, go after it. Don’t stop. Don’t listen when people say that’s not you. It is you. It’s what you think about. You need a millionaire mindset in order to make it today. Don’t forget it and leave it in the dust. To succeed as a black business, you need this times 2.