The Birth of a Nation I challenge myself to never fall prey to loving money over the truth after seeing Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” be ripped to shreds by the people who control American cinema. “The Birth of a Nation” is a nice movie date type of film. The films overall grade […]
Say Yes to the Revolt Music Conference Music, Miami Beach and Women! Okay, this isn’t what you will only get at the Revolt Music Conference. WhoIs: Event Spotlight – The Revolt Music Conference was a no-brainer for me. Being a student of Hip Hop, I have watched the genre of music grow from a plethora […]
Alexa Carlin and the Women Empower Expo South Florida Bloggers and CIBO A few months ago, I attended a South Florida bloggers event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Evan Snow was the only man in attendance at CIBO, a swanky restaurant that features some crispy pepperoni and cheese pizza. This struck me as odd since there are many authors […]
In Honor of National Cheeseburger Day Kimchi Burger In honor of National Cheeseburger Day, I wanted to write about the Kimchi burger at the Front Porch Café on South Beach which is better known as Miami Beach, Florida. Brief insight on Kimchi; this is a traditional Korean dish made of seasoned vegetables and salt. Kimchi; […]
Periodically I find myself doing business further north in the Palm Beach area. This past August, I stopped by the Town Center in Boca Raton, Florida. Since my next meeting was at 7:00 PM and it was around 5:30 in the afternoon, I knew there was time for me to chill and answer a few emails […]
Another interesting night in Miami Sunday, August 14th, Only Le’Adonis Boutique created a interesting night of Miami fashion and art for me. Robson Noel, who is a successful Realtor®/real estate investor in the south Florida area. He has also been a good friend since college. Hence the reason he asked myself and another friend to find him […]
The Black Men Xcel Summit 2019
The Black Men Xcel Summit 2019 was an amazing event this year held in my backyard of Miami, Florida. Thankfully, it was a short drive from my condo to experience new people and ideas from all over the country. What I learned from the conference can be broken down into 3 parts:
- Women deserve more credit for the success of black men
- Finances are a major part of a successful relationship
- Be sure to have fun while doing business
I was thankful for the hospitality extended by Mr. Alfred Edmund Jr and Johann Alleyne-Morris. These two provided me with a media pass to experience this event with available time I had outside my regular schedule.
About Black Men Xcel Summit and Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise’s Black Men Xcel Summit is an event where more than 800 men and women who will celebrate and honor the leadership and excellence of today’s men of color. 2019 would be its third installation but the first time in Miami. Black Enterprise is the premier source for black entrepreneurs, black-owned businesses, and career, tech, and money content for black people. Founded by Mr. Earl Graves Sr. and its first issue was published in 1970.
Women deserve more love and respect for the success of black men in business
We live in a time where roles have become extinct in relationships and acknowledgment of support or contribution is few and far between. With that being said, I for one can say that the lines have to open up more between black women and men. Too often it can be adversarial but even with that, my focus is on men. From my vantage point; the moments where it counts, we have to work on acknowledging a contribution to use from the opposite sex.
Your finances have a positive and negative effect on your relationship
Henry Ford has been quoted saying, “It’s not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It’s the customer who pays the wages.” Basically saying, if you don’t make a lot of money; find a job where customers pay a premium. However, we all have some personal and business relationships that aren’t focused on our take-home pay. What I have learned is my finances play dearly as to how I am able to create and build relationships. The conference featured a panel titled: “Love and Money – How finances can influence relationships” that touched on this topic between couples. Check out some of the other events from the Summit.
Step out of the office and have fun building your business
Golf, tennis, video games, pool or whatever leisure activity that comes to mind is a good outlet to do to build relationships with colleagues and business partners. Think back to your team at the office and ask yourself when was the last time you’ve been out doing an activity? As a business owner having limited time is not an excuse to not network in your community. Furthermore, the Summit featured golf and as one of their leisure activities to not only play but learn the business of golf.
Come to the Black Men Xcel Summit in 2020
Next year, make plans to be in Miami at the Black Men Xcel Summit. Moreover, when you do come, be sure to look me up and I can definitely ensure you have the full Miami experience outside of the conference as well but you might not need it.
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For instance, music artists Jay-Z (Sean Carter) and Beyonce (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter) have demonstrated investing in three key areas that stand out to me:
Their personal brands (Jay-Z and Beyonce have delved into politics, Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign)
Business (Equity positions in D’Usse for Jay-Z)
Intellectual Property, i.e. (Tidal and more)
10 Shoes Men Should Wear To The Office
This is part of the: Get Fresh For The Office Series. The shoes are based on the basics shoe categories. Comment if you think we should add some others.
The Oxford Shoe
An Oxford shoe is the staple for a suit you will be pairing with a fresh wool suit. An Oxford shoe can be cut in many styles to suit your taste and the type of space you’ll be wearing them.
The different types of Oxford toe cuts:
This style is most popular amongst “summer interns” and can be safe for first day at the office or Friday casual. Oxford Cap-Toe ($) by Florsheim, Macys.com
This style is more fashionable and I have seen more individuals wear this as statement shoes and typically are more expensive at the store. Oxford Lexington Wingtip ($110) by Florsheim, Macys.com
This style has a modern twist and it has served me well for the past few years. I recently added a leather sole, which has given the shoe an added 4-5 year life. Curtis Bike Toe ($105) by Florsheim, Macys.com
This style has a modern twist and it has served me well for the past few years. I recently added a leather sole, which has given the shoe an added 4-5 year life. Oxford Wholecut ($105) by Carucci, Amazon.com
The Monkstrap Shoe
The name rings something synonomous to a Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee movie. However, the Monk Shoe is also called the Monk Strap. The reason being is it typically has one or two straps. Most if not all shoes are made of leather but many new designers are going for cheaper material for fast fashions.
The different types of Monkstraps and toe cuts:
When I was in middle and high-school; Steve Harvey type suits were cool. Yea, I really had a paid of single monkstrap shoes and thought there were the coolest for church. Fast forward get this shoe for both the office and happy hour. Single Monk Strap ($129.98) by Johnston and Murphy, Macys.com
Double monkstrap with cap toe:
Nothing says you’re a stylish man when you couple your cotton suit that is cut just right showing off the straps for the world to see. Castellano Double Monk Loafers ($130) by Florsheim Macys.com
The Derby Shoe
Though I have not formally worn this shoe, I must say that I want to buy a seersucker suit this summer and go to a dog or horse race to show off my style. This is a very casual shoe and typically comes in different colors and materials depending on the brand. (Not pictured are wingtip toe and more.)
The different types of Derby toe cuts (similar to Oxford)
Plain Toe Derby:
Want to keep it simple while on your first date; assemble the look with some really dark denim jeans and a pair of Brown Derby’s and she will be sure to take a 2nd look. Aauwen Lace Derby ($75.00) by Aldo, Macys.com
The Loafer Shoe
This is my ultimate favorite type of dress shoe at the moment. It is versatile enough for the office on a Monday but surely capable of being used for a date night on the town in Miami, Atlanta, Manhattan or LA.
The different types of loafers
Want to keep it simple while on your first date; assemble the look with some really dark denim jeans and a pair of Brown Derby’s and she will be sure to take a 2nd look. Estefan Tassel Loafer ($150) by Tallia, Macys.com
Once popularized by Michael Jackson and Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, this is not a closet must have. Penny loafers can now be in all types of materials for each type of man who wants to wear them. Berkley Penny Loafer ($110) by Florsheim, Macys.com
Have you ever been to Italy or Miami? If so, you’ve probably seen men wearing these shoes to a dance filled night on the town. Darrin Bit Loafer by Donald Pliner, Macys.com