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Celebrity illusions of success for a hip-hop generation

The hip-hop generation must forge intellectual capital as determinants for business start-up success and economic enterprise development. We must forgo images that suggest misogyny, crime and drug consumption as behaviors to be valued. For years, these images have been interpreted in stories expressed in lyrics by urban image and music makers like Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye.

The man of the hour/Has an air of great power/The dudes have envied him for so long/Oooh, Superfly/You’re gonna make your fortune by and by/But if you lose, don’t ask questions why/The only game you know is Do or Die –“Superfly,” Curtis Mayfield (1972)

Mother, Mother/There’s too many of you crying/Brother, brother, brother/There’s far too many of you dying/You know we’ve got to find a way/To bring some lovin’ here today, yea – “What’s Going On,” Marvin Gaye (1971)

These musical geniuses highlight the paradox in society. Both musicians created hits that suggested we might be imperiling ourselves by celebrating the idea that freedom could be found in drug trading and consumption.

The blueprint for success in America for the masses must lead to economic progress; the creation of jobs within our community, economic partnerships that require corporations to do business with hip-hop entrepreneurs and for those hip-hop entrepreneurs to give back to their community, through education, training and with jobs.

There are corporations who have not committed to providing opportunities through programs like MillerCoors’ music competition, “Search for the Coldest”; and the Coca-Cola Company’s continued sponsorship of the Executive Leadership Council’s “National Essay Competition.” And, there’s McDonald’s franchise initiative that promotes African American ownership, the Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA).

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  1. Dawn Blakely on March 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    As to Kenya Moore, the author of this article has committed a faux pas that would have “Miss Gone With The Wind Fabulous” checking you! You wrote that she was Miss America, when she was actually Miss USA.

  2. prynciss on March 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    What’s hilarious is that’s her biggest gripe and this article, even in trying to pay homage to her, screws it up. LOL. The irony!

  3. Ty on March 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Uh, there needs to be a section under nene, “Why We Can’t Stand Her:” She’s LOUD, VULGAR, IIRITATING, CLASSLESS, and has absolutely NO COUTH!

  4. todd on March 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

    For Kenya, all it needed to say is “Why We Love Her:” WE DON’T!

  5. diamondgurl on March 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Nene is now smellin her ass. Thinkin that she is ABOVE the rest of the HW. She really needs to humble herself. The same way she went up is the same way she can come tumbling down. God got u to where u need to be boo….not Bravo!