Young Teenage CEO Earning Over 100K Per Year!

17 year old Leanna Archer turned a family recipe into an international company. Archer started a line of natural hair and body care products when she was nine years old. Her mother would make a hair pomade using natural ingredients from Haiti and a secret recipe passed down from her great-grandmother. After getting multiple compliments on her hair, Leanna gave her friends a few samples of the pomade and from there the orders started pouring in. Archer is now making history earning an annual revenue of more than $100,000 per year.

As a young entrepreneur, public speaker and philanthropist. Archer has taken her experiences on the road, speaking to youth all over the country, and has been profiled in Forbes, Success Magazine, Ebony and other publications. She has been named on “Inc.” magazine’s 30 Under 30 list of top young entrepreneurs. 

Check out her appearance on The Jeff Probst Show.

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A Different World Impact on The Next Generation

I’m a millennium child. Yes, born in 2000, but my soul begs to differ. Ever since I began to take interest in the music I listen to, the shows I watch, and the ideas I believe in; I’ve always had an old soul. My mother remembers me screaming to D'Angelo by the time I was 9 and watching Sanford and Sons with my grandmother at a very young age. So “A Different World” idealism has probably already been installed in me. But since I’ve started highschool my low aspirations to go to college have been uplifted. I am a high achieving student without much effort or as the father figure in my life would put it, “A High-Achiever without have to Achieve Highly” but I never truly wanted to go to college. College is expensive, hard, and lots of responsibility.

But watching “A Different World” has given me a new outlook on college, especially HBCU’s. Though I am at the end of my Freshman year in highschool, from watching this show I’ve made a conscious decision to begin to “Achieve Highly”. “A Different World” has given me a realism of experiences that will, sadly, most likely happen to me in my college stint but the show has also given me a positive outlook on a college experience; especially a HBCU experience. From Whitley and Dwayne’s rendition of love, to Freddy’s naïveté, and Jaleesa and Walter’s quarrels. The show has a balance of representation and possible fantasies for all black youth that’s dream is to aspire. I’m proud to be deeply touched and transformed by this show. -Kyara Robinson

Young, Black, Rich, and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion, and the Transformation of American Culture

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 by Todd Boyd

In Young, Black, Rich, and Famous, Todd Boyd chronicles how basketball and hip hop have gone from being reviled by the American mainstream in the 1970s to being embraced and imitated globally today. For young black men, he argues, they represent a new version of the American dream, one embodying the hopes and desires of those excluded from the original version. Shedding light on both perception and reality, Boyd shows that the NBA has been at the forefront of recognizing and incorporating cultural shifts—from the initial image of 1970s basketball players as overpaid black drug addicts, to Michael Jordan’s spectacular rise as a universally admired icon, to the 1990s, when the hip hop aesthetic (for example, Allen Iverson’s cornrows, multiple tattoos, and defiant, in-your-face attitude) appeared on the basketball court. Hip hop lyrics, with their emphasis on “keepin’ it real” and marked by a colossal indifference to mainstream taste, became an equally powerful influence on young black men. These two influences have created a brand-new, brand-name generation that refuses to assimilate but is nonetheless an important part of mainstream American culture. This Bison Books edition includes a new introduction by the author.


Black Youth Rising: Activism & Radical Healing in Urban America

Shawn A. Ginwright

Black Youth Rising is a book that restores hope and possibility to the lives of urban black youth. In this pathbreaking account, author Shawn Ginwright details the powerful positive impact that community-based organizations can have in rebuilding the lives of urban black youth, in a process he calls radical healing. Readers can see how caring adults in a community setting are able to create safe spaces for youth to turn away from neighborhood violence and their own traumatic pasts. Together, young people build a refuge within their own community that allows them to turn away from the common dangers of street life and toward building healthy identities and a productive future for themselves and others.

Combining a theoretically grounded framework with practical strategies, Black Youth Rising offers a new model for understanding what African American youth need in order to succeed in school and in life. This book is essential reading for educators, social workers, community organizers, after-school coordinators, and all who work with inner-city adolescents.

Souls Looking Back: Life Stories of Growing Up Black

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 edited by Andrew Garrod, Janie Victoria Ward, Tracy L. Robinson, and Robert Kilkenny

Most of what is written these days about young black men and women emphasizes incarceration and mortality rates, teen pregnancy, drug use, and domestic strife. This collection of sixteen autobiographical essays by African-Americans, Africans in America, Afro-Caribbean and biracial college students who have tackled significant obstacles to achieve success and degrees of self-understanding offers a broader, more hopeful portrait of the adolescent experiences of minority youth. Here are emotionally honest and reflective stories of economic hardship, racial bias, loneliness, and anger–but also of positive role models, spiritual awakening, perseverance, and racial pride. 
In these essays, students explore the process of self-discovery and the realization of cultural identity. The pieces are accompanied by commentary from prominent African-American scholars, such as Jewelle Taylor Gibbs and Peter C. Murrell, Jr. Together they create a vivid portrait of what it is like to grow up as a black person in America, and offer a springboard to current debates about self-discovery, cultural identity and assimilation. 

Often raw and painful, always honest and affecting, this collection of personal stories written by young people stands as an eloquent tribute to the courage of today’s youth and to the power of their own words.

Obama launches his “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative

President Obama recently launched his initiative entitled, My Brothers Keeper, and it was created to address the under achievement  among young black and Hispanic males. POTUS is gathering businesses, foundations and community support for this commitment. This initiative has been set forth to in…

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