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Lavar Ball’s Socioeconomic Foresight as a Father and a Visionary

Lavar Ball’s Socioeconomic Foresight as a Father and a Visionary

Lavar Ball is to be commended as a father and a visionary. He has a socioeconomic foresight for his three sons. I should also point out that he is married to the mother of his sons.
Lavar Ball has taken a page from the Richard Williams playbook (the father of Venus and Serena). These two African-American males understand that success does not have to be determine by the culture and mindset of corporate America (or White American business or cultural norms).
Rapper, The Game, has stepped up to purchase the tennis shoes introduced under Lavar Ball’s Big Baller Brand ZO2. In addition, New Orleans Pelican’s player, Jordan Crawford, became the first NBA Player to purchase a pair of The Big Baller Brand Z02. Chad Johnson, Michael Bennet and other celebrities have also committed to buying a pair. I lift these positive individuals as so many other Black men with a platform have chosen to ridicule the efforts of Lavar Ball to build a brand and a legacy for his family. I will not even mention their names as to give them anymore opposition clamor. Most are very rich and must do what the CEO (Master) says. They have a chore to safeguard their gatekeeper position (I can go in the front door of the Master’s house mentality). Why hate on an initiative that has historic potential written all over it?
It sounds a lot like “get a good job and work hard for somebody else and have a little something.” Lavar Ball is working hard to give others a job and make a socioeconomic impact in America. Isn’t the so-called American Dream rooted in entrepreneurship? Dreamers step outside the box to produce what others cannot envision.
I commend Lavar Ball as a husband, father, entrepreneur, and socioeconomic strategist.

Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director
Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership, and Service, LLC.

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By: Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director –

Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership, and Service, LLC

Colin Kaepernick has arrived into the conversation of America and the world.  His name is now on the lips of people who are not football enthusiasts.  Many may not know his position on the field, or what a quarterback really does.  Colin Kaepernick is now a 28 year old male, who has viewed the reality of being Black in America.  His vision of this reality has ignited a growing movement among his peers.  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 26, when the Montgomery Bus Boycott leadership mantle was thrust upon him.  We now recognize that beginning to be associated with the Civil Rights Movement.  The core values of the Civil Rights Movement all lead to justice.

Colin Kaepernick has emerged as a leader by simply following a process set before him.  He has come forth through a system that adored him as a:

  • Student Athlete loved,
  • Professional Athlete adored, and
  • Courageous Man of Integrity misunderstood.

As a student athlete, his potential was highly appreciated.  Colin began playing football at age 8. He went on to win several punt, pass, and kick contests.  Colin was nourished and nurtured through every level of competition both academically and athletically.  He graduated from John H. Pittman High School in Turlock, California with 4.0 GPA.  Colin was a dominate basketball player.  Colin was nominated as an All-State Baseball, Basketball, and Football Player.  He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs out of high school to be a professional baseball player; instead, he chose the path to become a student athlete.  He was applauded as a student athlete at the University of Nevada Reno.  He was trained for life after his collegiate career.  He was armed with an education both academically and athletically.   Colin was loved as a student athlete.

As a professional athlete, he was adored by fans as he led the San Francisco 49’ers to an appearance in the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship Game in 2013, only his second and third years in the league.  He set multiple records during that span including the most rushing yards (181) eclipsing Michael Vick’s old mark of 173.  Colin Kaepernick was rewarded with a 126 million dollar contract with 54 million guaranteed.  His team and fans adored Colin as a professional athlete.

As a courageous man of integrity, Colin’s education and cultural experiences has taught him life learning beyond the classroom and the athletic field.  He has learned what it means to be a Black man in America.  He has learned his history.  He has been trained in the system’s halls of higher learning.  He has reached the system’s stage of visibility through its athletic arena.  On this stage, Colin Kaepernick has chosen to sit or kneel to show that he has learned the meaning of the United States Constitution.  He has chosen to be a Black man, a courageous Black man, rather than just a professional athlete.  For being a courageous Black man, Colin Kaepernick has received death threats.  For being a man, a courageous man of integrity, Colin Kaepernick has been misunderstood.

May Colin Kaepernick’s decision to become a courageous man of integrity challenge his peers and his generation to launch a Movement for Justice for Black People in America.

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By:  Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director, Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership, and Service, LLC

Beyond the personal support of the man, Colin Kaepernick.  I support the level of Black Consciousness that his actions have raised.  I have no personal knowledge of Colin Kaepernick’s faith commitment or any of his organizational allegiance.  What I do possess; however, is a keen awareness of the absence of justice in America and an astute recognition of the presence of injustice.  I have to act on the absence of justice and the presence of injustice far more than any personal action taken by Colin Kaepernick.  In essence, I appreciate Brother Colin’s courage to launch a personal protest that may involve into a movement.  What must be seen going forward is the meaning of why he started his personal sit down as opposed to what the flag does or does not stand for, or the National Anthem represents or does not represent.

The personal action demand has been launched by injustice and oppression aimed at Blacks and other people of color in this nation.  Since Colin Kaepernick has taken the systemic acts of oppression against the less fortunate personally, each individual must not look solely to Colin Kaepernick for a next course of action.  The question now becomes, what will you do as an individual?  What will be your individual protest or proactive response to the current plight of injustice?  Kaepernick has risked his career and his earning capacity on the line.  Will you stand or sit at the next high school football game?  Do you feel strong enough about the injustice to risk your son or nephew an opportunity to get a scholarship to college?  Or, do you feel the struggle should be left to others on a bigger stage?

Let us not allow “the Colin Kaepernick Experience” to become only a star-studded, trendy event. Should that become the course of action, then there will be the risk that entire effort will quickly fade.  This significant moment and opportunity should not be tabled until the next hottest thing appears.

  • In the comfort of your own home, what do you plan to do when the Nation Anthem is played?
  • In the confines of your own heart, what will you be thinking?
  • In the inner chambers of your heart, what action will be prompted within you when the Black National Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing) is played?

Some have suggested America (as far back as “the Ray Charles Rendition”) should be the Nation Anthem.

As related to the National Anthem controversy, I have a suggestion in the midst of the calls for dialogue and discussion.  I hereby suggest, “A’INT NO STOPPIN’ US NOW” by Whitehead and McFadden.  Colin Kaepernick has reminded us as well inspired us to move from merely standing to doing.  Whitehead and McFadden have reminded us and Colin Kaepernick and other professional athletes have shown us that we are on the move – A CHANGE IS COMING!

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I support Colin Kaepernick.  I have been exposed to the entire lyrics of The National Anthem. I have discovered that the second verse serves as an ode to slave owners.  In addition, it demeans Blacks as property.

I must interject here that African-Americans/Blacks in America did not come to this land as immigrants.  That is number one.  Number two, Africans were not looking for a better opportunity or quality of life in the agricultural industry in the southern states in America.  And number three, truth should and will triumph over patriotism.

The founding fathers of this nation and their patriotic movement sound have a background check (reality check).  The myth or history surrounding the so called founding fathers orbits a primary objective, freedom from a dominant power.  This has been the historical version taught in the public school system as related to the founding fathers.  These founding fathers of the United States of America were White (descendants of Europeans and proud owners of African slaves that were purchased expressly to supply a cheap labor force in America).

These founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, embraced the assignment with specificity of what they desired as an outcome.  A background check on these founding father and the birthers of this contemporary patriotic fervor should have been charged with crimes and convicted by the laws that they composed.  They were guilty of felonies and repeat offenders.  In contemporary America, they (the founding fathers) would be codified as habitual criminals.  They would forfeit their rights to bear arms or to vote.  The founding fathers of these United States of America would have their liberty and freedom curtailed.  They would have to register as sex offenders and would be ineligible to hold a political office.  Here is a partial list of their criminal offenses: 1) Breaking and Entering a Whole Continent, 2) Theft of a Whole Continent, 3) Conspiracy to Steal a Continent, 4) Rapes (too numerous to count), Murders (too numerous to count), 5) Refusal to Pay Taxes, 6) Conspiracy to Avoid Paying Taxes, 7) False Imprisonments (too numerous to count), 8) Human Trafficking (too numerous to count), 9) Kidnapping (too numerous to count), 10) Felonious Assaults (too numerous to count), 11) Slave Owners (too numerous to count), 12) Child Molestations (too numerous to count), and 13) Acts of Pedophilia (too numerous to count).

The founding fathers had envisioned as the illumination pathway to reach the ideal sociological interactions of their times as the following classified societal principles: 1) Segregation, 2) Apartheid System, 3) Racism, 4) Institutionalized Racism, 5) Elitism, and Classism.

Patrick Henry, a member of the founding fathers, wanted liberty or death for himself and his progeny.  I doubt very seriously if he would have responded in an affirmative manner – granting freedom to one of his many slaves.  Governing principles were at the core of the United States of America founding fathers movement toward nationhood status.  Very little was overlooked in their written documents (inclusive of the Declaration of Independence, Preamble to the Constitution, and the Constitution). Their positions were clear as their governing principles: 1) White Only Rule, 2) White Men Only Rule, 3) Denial of Civil Rights to People of Color, 4) No Commerce Opportunities for People of Color, and 5) Blacks Counted as 3/5 of a Human Being.

When you have before you a comprehensive background check of the birthers/ founding fathers of patriotism, I concur and support Colin Kaepernick.  It is hard to stand up for something that is not what it has been made out to be.  I support Colin Kaepernick, because none of the presidential candidates or political parties have made any overtures to address the materialization of the Municipal and County Police Departments.  The political candidates, nor their political party affiliations have addressed with a resolution the death of unarmed civilians by police.  Having said all the above, I support Colin Kaepernick and his position.

Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director

Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership, and Service, LLC



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Black American Hemispheric Enterprise (Commerce engagement and venture zones throughout the Western Hemisphere) – Black Americans have been present in the Western Hemisphere without a self-accumulative economic opportunity.

Many others, individuals, corporations, and multinational companies, have all benefitted greatly from Black American labor and ingenuity.  The Black American Hemispheric Enterprise shall represent potential commerce engagement that can extend throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.  Import and export, raw materials and finished products must have a part in the Black American trade portfolio.  Black Americans shall seek trade opportunities that will provide expansion possibilities.

Venture zones throughout the Western Hemisphere shall produce the occasion for Black entrepreneurs to excel and achieve success within the Western Hemisphere.  These venture zones will create opportunities for Black wares to be introduced into broader markets.  Black venture zones will help establish market share, image redefinement, and investment opportunities throughout the Western Hemisphere.  New opportunism will arise for Black investors.  The venture zones will set in place a positive element to launch new commerce endeavors.  Expansion through the Western Hemisphere by Black American entrepreneurs shall represent an ambitious directive to increase productivity with the United States by a Black American owned manufacturing base.

Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership, and Service

Reciprocity for Black Men throughout the Global Community – There must be invoked a strategic plan to reach the goal to change any negative stereotypical images of Black men that may exist on foreign soils.  Furthermore, such an effort will raise the standard of excellence that shall become the norm of Black male expectancy.  This willcome forth through economic, cultural, political, social, and theological examples and practices.  Ultimately, this type of initiative will convey a distinct advantage that shall align reciprocity for Black men throughout the global community.

This will only manifest when Black men egress the White corporate structures or as agents representing the American government.  There must be a vehicle that will allow Black American men to represent their own interests.

Black American Entrepreneurs must be seen as representatives of Black owned commercial endeavors.  It will be at this point that Black Americans shall begin to achieve global community respect.  A Black American should not have to renounce his or her birthplace to demonstrate independent thinking or progressive ingenuity.  The Black cultural experience should illustrate more than an athletic or entertainment recognition.  The bonds of a people should also reflect the “Collective Genius.”  When the males of the Black people have become respected creatively along with other external visible attributes, then reciprocity will unfold throughout the global community.

A New Agenda for Blacks in the United States of America Must Originate from within – The status quo will no longer be a viable option for Black Americans.  Radical changes have arisen to the level of necessity in order to improve the quality of life for forty million plus people.  The issues and concerns of Black people cannot be left to elected officialsalone, nor to the conscious alignment of liberal leaning researchers.  The time has expired and the portrayal of a few Black faces in high profile positions will no longer find acceptable status among the imperfect people and the impoverished people.  The gatekeepers have no policy making power, nor moral strength to stand up for their people in the interpretation of, or the development of policies.  Symbolic street naming, building dedication, or statute erection will not elevate the current standard of existence.  Symbolism will not bring forth economic stability to a people who have been systemically excluded from commerce opportunities.

Symbolisms and iconic figures held in larger than life esteem will not deter crime, create business opportunity, or provide housing.  Food, shelter, and clothing must come through revenue generation that will provide dignity and respect.  Government handouts and the multiplication of entitlement programs have run their course.  Independent wealth creation, collaborative economic ventures, and social renaissance shall emerge once self-hatred has been conquered through a radical collective social status uplifting agenda.

A Black Political Base Centric to Black Concerns and Black Issues – Black Americans cannot afford to fashion their political base on historical party affiliation.  Black Americans must not feel chained to the Democratic Party out of the fear that they have no other options.  The time has arrived for a Black political base centric to Black concerns and Black issues without an isolationist posture.  Inclusion in the coeval system should not automatically dictate an abandonment of the needs centric to the forty million plus Black constituents.  Black Americans must have a fresh voting orientation.  A vote for an issue should not command an obligation to cast a ballot for a slate of candidates.  Black concerns and issues should be presented to potential candidates and not for the Black constituency to await what the candidates will present as their platform.


The Resurrection of Creative Tension as a Socioeconomic or a Sociopolitical Tactic


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The creative tension approach must come as a display that shall have an economic impact as well as a recognized political force

Black Americans have an obligation to explore mass engagement as a means to break the malaise of non-progress.  Creative tension, as a strategy, must become a proactive maneuver to break the current levels of passivity.  The resurrection of Creative tension will need to employ the equation of acts of civil disobedience meshed with economic re-direction and political re-alignment.

The global economy can be made to feel a significant impact from directed and purposeful spending by Black Americans.  The creation of institutions that will fulfill the market demand of Black Americans can cause a significant profit margin shift.

Products manufactured by Black Americans must have access to global distribution chains.  The forty million plus Black Americans would no longer be bound by the label of being consumers only.  “Consumer Only” cannot exist as a sign to keep Black Americans out of participation in the global economy.

Perhaps, most visibly, the resurrection of creative tension can most easily be felt in the political arena, but will be most rapidly responded to by the econommic arena.

The sociopolitical landscape can experience the immediate results of creative tension deployed by Black Americans.  The pressures of creative tension deployed by Black Americans can have an affect long before an election day.  When issues, especially economic issues, have been clearly defined, articulated, and packaged to ascertain specific outcomes; elected officials or tose hopeful of gaining an office, must respond publicly.  Choices will then receive a high profile, local or national.