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Book Review


Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun
"Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun?"
How Reginald F. Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire
By Reginald F. Lewis & Blair S. Walker

Our bi-monthly book review-presented to you by the hbcucollegegrants.com team - July 28, 2021

This book is a fascinating “bootstraps” journey that explores how Reginald started on a journey where he needed to work hard to succeed. He starts his story by talking about overhearing his family discussing economic hardships due to lack of opportunities for African Americans as it pertains to decent-paying jobs. Their worries lead him to state the titular words that become the theme of this biography.

The struggles he had in childhood end up being a good metaphor for the rest of his life. The difficulties he faced as a young man repeats in different forms and stages throughout his life. Their trials lead to an adult who fights to fix the system in which he finds himself despite his own success.

This book describes not only Reginald F. Lewis’ wins but also his failures. The descriptions of false starts and stumbles help humanize the man. They allow us to sympathize with someone who becomes the head of the first African-American-owned company to earn $1 billion in a single year.r.

A Mirror Into the Present

Many of the stories in this biography show a man who displays real courage in the face of adversity. Someone who speaks up and shows wisdom, wit, and integrity in their success. Both how Reginald strives for greater things and takes risks, as well as how he stands up to people, are inspiring.

With a lot of recent news, it has been very hard to believe in the capitalist structure this world has built. This book lays out the steps a man took to stand atop that structure with success.

I do wish this book looked a little more at the man’s family. The glimpses we get do a lot to explain the man he became but always left me wanting more. They were so pivotal in his early life, and I wish I knew more about how the lessons he learned from his grandparents affected him.

Finding out more about this man, I became incredibly sad to hear that he died of brain cancer in his fifties. I would have loved to hear more about him after reading this book and believe he would have done great things. This biography is a fascinating look into his life, and I would recommend it for anyone who wishes for an uplifting and inspiring read.

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Our Bi-monthly Opinion Piece Article

Let's Talk About It!

By K. Lerone Hardy – July 28 2021

domestic violence in the African-American community

I would like to mention that this latest bi-monthly opinion piece was supposed to be on a different subject matter - different from the disturbing subject matter that you are about to read. After viewing "The Black Functional Man" on The Black Functional Man YouTube Channel, taking in the subject of the conversation, where the owner and co-host of The Black Functional Man (Toney Simmons) spoke about domestic violence within the Black community, where domestic violence is one of our deepest secrets.

What really made this video so powerful, was that one of the panelists was the mother of the host, Mr. Toney Simmons. Mr. Simmons mother's insight into domestic violence was so powerful that I decided to bump the next scheduled topic of "Let's Talk About It" opinion piece, focusing instead on the ills of domestic violence in the African-American community.

Domestic violence in the Black community has been swept under the rug for far too long. It's one of several family generational traumas that normalizes pain as a sense of love.  Domestic violence impacts our families, especially our children. The reality is that 1 in 15 children observe intimate partner violence annually. From that population, over 90% of those witnesses observe domestic violence. When it comes to adults, 43% of Black women are likely to be victims of domestic violence.

When looking at domestic violence, the question could be what is it? Physical abuse is what we hear about the most, but there are other forms of abuse. Emotional abuse is when you impact someone's core, with put downs like "You're stupid", "You're ugly" or "Your friends don't even like you, except me.

Psychological abuse impacts one's own state of mind, like not trusting, or blaming a person for everything. Gaslighting is another form of psychological abuse, where the perpetrator uses manipulation, where they deny any wrongdoing.

Financial abuse is where a person's income is controlled. The perpetrator wants their entire paycheck, deny assistance for food, doing things to keep a person from working, or keeping their job.

In the Black community, we don't ask for help. The idea is that our problems need to stay private and not tell anyone about our pain. Many Black women feel the need to keep their problems to themselves, to keep their housing and jobs.

Another major issue is a lack of involvement in the Black community. Many people believe that what happens between two adults should stay between them and not get involved.

Many Black women do not want to deal with the criminal justice system. The Black community already has issues with the criminal justice system. A lot of victims don't press charges for love and concern for the abuser.

As for medical attention, only 34% of victims seek medical care. This ties to the health care system being like the legal system, where the Black community already has issues with receiving adequate care. 

So, what's the solution? Be an advocate for victims' resources like housing and jobs. Victims in the Black community face discrimination in those areas and need our help.

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