I’m a proud board member of Corner To Corner, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that provides access to education and opportunities for underserved communities. Corner to Corner just launched Academy Invested – a small startup loan option for graduates of their 10-week entrepreneur course, The Academy. In addition to providing small business owners with funds to take the next step in their business, Corner to Corner aims to ensure that minority entrepreneurs are equipped with financial literacy that will allow their businesses to continue to grow. They want to pair each loan recipient with a mentor who will meet with the graduate once a month to discuss their financial goals and how to achieve them. Click here if you’re interested in learning more about mentoring small business owners. Note: A 6-month commitment is required, and mentors do not need to have a business background.
I’ve always wanted to be a commentator on a national media network. Recently, my dream came true. Many thanks to NTD News for the opportunity to talk about millennials and student loan debt. I can’t wait to do this again! Maybe CNN and MSNBC will call me now! #everydaydreamscometrue
Tune in here – https://youtu.be/S6ByoX4lLu8
Tune in for the Black Business Revolution RoundTable! A discussion on the history & importance of black businesses in America. I’m joined by a great lineup of entrepreneurial minds. Thanks to The PhD Project and Joe’s Movement Emporium for this opportunity! Fri Apr 23 4-5:30pm CST
Free registration – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQMVF14dueI
I’m excited to be a speaker at the UBS Smart Business Dealmakers virtual conference. This year’s lineup is incredible! Use the link below for complimentary registration. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best #dealmakers in #Nashville. Thursday, April 22nd, 8:30am – 3pm CST
Free registration – www.eventbrite.com/e/132959931735/?discount=DEALMAKERS
www.blackboyfly.club is a movement to encourage Black males of all ethnicities to overcome obstacles & achieve their dreams. #BlackBoyFly
Castleigh Johnson is from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and came to the US as a teenager. He is a husband, father, and visionary entrepreneur that I’ve known for over 10 years. As a child, Castleigh set his sights on a career in business and finance. He attended Penn State University, and with the support of INROADS and the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, he successfully completed an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Castleigh has over 15 years of experience in banking, including; Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young, AIG, Bank of Montreal, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
After working in private and governmental finance, Castleigh realized that making it in America was largely dependent on one thing, your credit score, a concept grounded in inequity. This realization led Castleigh to create MyHomePathway, an app that helps you get approved for a mortgage loan – regardless of credit score, student loan balance, or income. MyHomePathway aims to positively impact the financial health of generations to come through the power of homeownership. The free app is now available to download. Check it out at the links below.
@MyHomePathway on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter
Website – https://www.myhomepathway.com/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_UJJArtcII
Google Play Store – http://bit.ly/MHPpartnersgoog
Apple App Store – http://bit.ly/MHPPartnersApple
On Thursday of last week, I officially announced that I’m releasing my first book, Black Boy Fly: Embracing My Ancestry, Blackness, and Purpose in the African Diaspora. Since then, I’ve gotten an overwhelming amount of support, kind messages, words of encouragement, and pre-orders. Thanks to everyone that has and plans to support this effort. There are many parts of my life’s journey that have never gone beyond the pages of my personal journal. Through this book, I’ll be bringing many of my experiences to life. I can’t wait for you to read it! Black Boy Fly releases on Thursday, July 8, the day before my 40th birthday. Stay tuned for more updates. #BlackBoyFly
Preorder here – www.blackboyfly.club
#BlackBoyFly is a movement to encourage Black males of all ethnicities in regard to overcoming obstacles to achieve their dreams. Throughout the year, I’ll be featuring Black males that are flying toward their dreams. www.blackboyfly.club
William E. Arnold, Jr., Ed.D., affectionately known as Fry, is a native of Memphis, TN. We crossed paths on the campus of Tennessee State University due to our affiliation with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He’s been a mentor and role model of mine ever since. William has 17+ years of experience in higher education and community engagement, particularly in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In 2013, he was wrongfully convicted of crimes that he did not commit. His conviction was overturned by an Appellate Court in 2020.
Today, William uses his professional training and recent life experiences to create a platform that views diversity as a viable way for returning citizens (from prison) to restore dignity, decrease recidivism, and add value to the workforce. He leads discussions at universities and state agencies on the growing need for criminal justice reform, personal risk management, and broader, more substantive reentry efforts. These talks have led him to have DEI conversations with The Tennessee Department of Labor, Tennessee State University, The Tennessee Innocence Project, and Vanderbilt University. A servant leader, William is committed to volunteerism with organizations such as Community Nashville, New Vision Inc., the Oasis Center, the Nashville Literacy Council, and the Tau Lambda Education Foundation. Today, he shares his story which stands on the power of Faith and is supported by family and friends.
William is a Diversity Consultant at Arnold Consulting, LLC. He also served as the Director of Access, Diversity, and Equity for the Tennessee Board of Regents. William earned the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Tennessee State University.
INVEST in Black-owned businesses! Jason Ridgel is my Tennessee State University classmate and serial entrepreneur. He’s made great strides with his Guidance Whiskey brand and is now seeking investors. Watch the video below and make an INVESTMENT! #BlackEntrepreneurship
Invest Here – http://bit.ly/GuidanceWhiskey
I’ve got an incredible story to tell, and since 2016, I’ve been waiting for the right moment to share it with the world. Honestly, I’ve been afraid to bare my soul and share my truths. Now that the fear is gone, the time is now! My story will explore Blackness from my experience as a first-generation American and first-born child of African (Ghanaian) immigrants, a unique perspective that often goes unheard. I’ve always known I could fly, and I’ve always wanted to fly. But for years, I couldn’t get myself off the ground. Embracing my ancestry, Blackness, and purpose helped me gain the confidence I needed to fly. This book is for everyone struggling to fly toward their dreams. I can’t wait for you to read it! Black Boy Fly releases on Thursday, July 8, the day before my 40th birthday. #BlackBoyFly
Preorder here – www.blackboyfly.club