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Bruce Levenson: Racism or Just Business?

I know that you’ve heard the news by now, about Atlanta Hawks majority owner Bruce Levenson, ‘outing’ himself as a racist. He decided to blow the whistle on himself, informing NBA Officials about an email he sent in 2012, which contained ‘Racially Charged’ language.

When I first heard the story my reaction was to laugh, because there was nothing racist about what he wrote in that email from what I could tell. Then, I read the email – which confirmed my initial reaction. This isn’t racism. This is business.

The dirty secret about business is that it’s very much about race.

These same kinds of conversations go on in MLM all the time. Way back in my ACN days we’d often get plenty of training on this fact. What excited a white audience was different from what excited a black audience. I talk about those ‘old days’ of hotel meetings even though in many cities throughout America they are still going on. What you will find in almost all of these ‘offices’ aka hotel meetings is that some are mostly white; some are mostly black; and so on.

I read a book co-authored by Charles King called “The New Professionals” – which spoke directly about how race is taken into consideration with big companies that hope to appeal to several demographics. Race is almost always taken into mind when it comes to business. But we don’t talk about it nearly enough, so I’m glad this letter from Bruce Levenson has been exposed.

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The New Professionals spoke about how aware MLM Companies are of Diversity.

They are very aware (the good ones at least) that they need to appeal to all races; not just one. The companies that do not think about this are not around very long.

When an MLM Company is ‘too white’ – they will pay well known black leaders with a good reputation; and often they will turn around and find a team of black leaders to join them – and the goal is to bring more diversity to that company. At some point, a meeting was most likely held, and it was determined that more needed to be done to diversify the company.

Meanwhlie… some MLM companies have too many black people. We don’t talk about it; in fact ‘when’ these conversations happen most people are Very Careful not to put these thoughts into an Email – for fear of coming off as a racist. BUT, several MLM companies are comprised of too many black people – and are ‘scaring white networkers away.’

I can name a few right now, where the fact that the MLM company is comprised mostly of “Urban Networkers” – whites seemingly do not take any interest in those companies. (5linx, MCA, WakeUpNow, Organo Gold) – this is one of the reasons The Black Folder was started by TopNetworkersGroup. We wanted to have this discussion that so often happens in back rooms.

I remember when I was working with Escape International; a team member of mine from Massachusetts told me specifically, that his mother and her boyfriend didn’t feel comfortable bringing their guests and prospects on our calls; which were mostly run by black leaders on our team. I’m thankful for his honesty, which is rare.

Many people don’t know this story – early on when I worked with CEO’s Unlimited, our calls were conducted by two gentlemen; Melvin Bradley and Allen Hallimon III,. Most of the calls were conducted by Allen Hallimon who had an awesome delivery with plenty of Soul. However, his presentation was the kind of presentation that was geared mostly for a black audience. What I wrote about a few minutes ago has always been an issue in MLM. So I made a suggestion to Melvin, to allow my partner at the time, Brandon Ivey to conduct those calls.

Brandon grew up in a very white neighborhood, and spoke very proper English. So his ‘presentation of information‘ would be appealing both to our black audiences and also our white audiences; because business is very much about race. My suggestion worked – we put over 1,000 people into that company in the next few months after that change was made. Soon our team had people of many Ethnicities – and he’s done very well since.

Black business owners are very conscious of Wealth Inequality in America.(as are most business owners; regardless of their racial background)

Most are very aware that whites and Asians make the most money, and therefore have the most money to spend. Almost all black business owners are interested in ways to ‘tap into’ white money; Asian money, and even Hispanic money. Most blacks know that in order to make this happen, relationships must be developed with people from each market.

This same conversation goes on in MLM all the time.

MLM companies that are based in the USA but want to expand into Mexico, South America, or other Hispanic countries, ALL look to identify Hispanic leaders who will help with that expansion.  I can remember when ACN went international, and had to change leadership rank names – from Field Trainer to Team Trainer; because something about Field Trainer was offensive to people in the Netherlands. ACN knew that in order to do business in the Netherlands, they had to establish relationships with people from there; who could tell them what is offensive, what is inclusive. That’s business.

Whether it’s MLM or the traditional business model, this is how all business owners think.

If anything, the email from Bruce Levenson merely exposed just how real racism still is in our supposed post-racial society. He talked about how nice and pleasant all of the people  working at the Hawks games were.  He spoke of how there were no incidents, no crimes – no muggings or pick pocketing.  He spoke about how in spite of how safe it was to be at Hawks Games, southern whites were just not comfortable coming to games where they might be the minority.

If anything, his email speaks to the very fears and irrational misconceptions that many whites still have of black people. Many of these fears and misconceptions have their roots in media propaganda; movies and television shows – music videos; which depict black people as thugs, criminals – dangers to society. Sadly in spite of overwhelming evidence that these elements, which do exist in the black community – can also be found in all communities; and are usually no where near the norm; sadly people still buy into these stereotypes about the black race.

This is why, when George Zimmerman saw Trayvon Martin walking home to his father’s residence, Trayvon appeared to be ‘acting strange’.  This was and is George’s perception of black people. Black people recognized it right away when we heard the phone call. But ‘racism’ was shot down as a component in his trial; ruled out by the jurors – as having no impact on his decision to follow, stalk, provoke a fight, and eventually murder Trayvon Martin.

This negative racist perception of blacks, is why we just saw over $500,000 raised for the white police officer who, from all accounts, murdered unarmed Mike Brown – setting off a nation wide discussion, once again; on Race.

If anything, this is where Bruce Levenson has dropped the ball; while exposing just how clueless so many white people seem to be ,about what IS racism, and what isn’t.

Silently complying with racism is racism.

The Hawks owner should have made a public statement about the shameful nature of southern whites not to attend Hawks games, for the reason they were not attending.

Trying to appease their racial nature; rather than challenge them to change – is racism.

I totally understand the business side of it; More white cheerleaders; more music that white people listen to – all to make the experience ‘more appealing’ to white basketball fans. That in and of itself, is the problem with racism. As a nation we should be asking the question; just why are white people so uncomfortable around black people??

This is also what MLM should be doing too. MLM should be having a conversation – about Racism in Business. We should be challenging each other to be better; just as we challenge each other to read; to grow and develop personally – We should also put it out there; that we should make the effort to End Racism; To do business with one another regardless of someone’s racial background; To get more comfortable with conference calls, and hotel meetings that are not conducted by the same ole’ same ole’ …

Instead, MLM allows itself to get far too political.

The ills of society find their way into the MLM Industry; which itself is trapped by society – since it emerged OUT of society. When You and I grow, and learn, and self educate – we find out what society is. We come to realize that it is you and I who determine what society is; That society is an ever changing, ever evolving word that simply describes What we allow; and what we do not.

Through TopnetworkersGroup – me and MY team will address the issues that MLM Companies are afraid to address. We will challenge everyone to do better; to be better.

Until then, we will continue to discuss race in business as well.

The purpose of The Black Folder is not to shun non-blacks away; but rather to Inform black people in business, and to wake them up to a reality that far too many blacks try to avoid; or ignore. The fact that most races do NOT want to do business with black people.

For this reason, black people MUST learn to do business with each other; for our very survival as a race. Until other races deal with their demons – their misconceptions and false perceptions of black people; Until they start doing business with us – WE must do business with one another. You are invited to the Black Folder – our growing library of Videos related to Our people; Our history; Our struggle; and the Seeds of Our Future.

I have more thoughts on Bruce Levenson; as well as reactions from several others to share as well. But clearly, he just wanted to sell the team and make some money. If he really wants to do something about racism; He’s got the platform to do it from. Whether or not he’ll use it for that purpose – is pretty clear already.

 

Facebook Rants on Multiple Streams of Income, TD Jakes and Talents

Ok … got some more ‘facebook rants’ to share with you today.

If there is one thing I may have a reputation for, it is my Facebook Rants. I type pretty fast so it doesn’t take much for me to really let one out. Especially if I’m sitting at the computer and have some thoughts to share. That’s what happened today – a ‘slow building’ argument or debate, which started a couple days ago on my wall.

I say argument or debate because really that’s what it is. More of a debate perhaps; but it’s a debate that in my mind has gone on for too long; and it happens with far too many people. It mostly happens with My Own community, the Black Community – and it’s one of many motivating factors in starting up “The Black Folder” through our 1mlmsystem.

It’s this idea that Money doesn’t matter, and that we can get into Heaven and live a great ‘after’ life – simply by going to Church every single week and singing along with the choir. (Several of my facebook rants may have ultimately run me off their platform. That’s okay too.)

The bible (for those who like to use it as their reference) clearly states that ‘faith’ without works, is dead. I shared an image on my page which sparked this debate. Here is that image now, and I’ll share the ‘comment’ that has inspired this rant. In fact, it’s funny how things go. Another person in my ‘network of friends’ on facebook said something that fit right in with what I’m about to share – and what I was sharing…. in my latest Facebook Rant.

Facebook Rants on Matching My efforts

I posted this image, along with a simple message to everyone reading my page now, and into the future. As this is really and truly what I want those who work with me to know. “DO what I Do; Get what I get …. Many of you reading this could get even MORE than I do; because you are so much BETTER than I am; but you are settling for LESS than you deserve.

Yea … I know that’s powerful.

That is why I shared it.

It’s true too isn’t it.

If you’re not currently in network marketing, if you have a job or are looking for one, you are absolutely settling for less than you deserve. A job will only pay you so much money; the joke is, jobs pay us just enough for us not to quit.

Most of us work “just hard enough” not to get fired.

This is what’s known as Employee Mentality.

It’s also, Slave mentality.

We don’t see ourselves as more; So we don’t put in the effort to have more.

Which brings me to my Facebook Rant on Multiple Streams of Income, Bishop T.D. Jakes, And the Parable of the Talents. I’ll start there.

In response to this image, and my message – a guy responded by telling me The following message.

But see this world is so turnt, I don’t desire anything but what I need for my survival. What I want is a spot in Heaven & I am working on that. I dig your message though

I feel sorry for this brother. His mindset and mentality have been so beat up by this world, that he no longer has any hope left. He has no belief in himself or his ability to have abundance. He, like so many, have decided to ‘settle’ for just enough to survive.

The problem with this mentality is, He, like so many, feel this mentality will get them into Heaven. That is what brought me to the Parable of the Talents.

I grew up in Church. I’m well educated on this topic; So it always pains me that so many folk go to Church every week; and seem to not read their Bible at any point in the Week; Not only does that bible say Faith without Works is dead; but Jesus shares a story about how God views those who do “nothing” with their lives.

Watch The Parable of The Talents

This story is so powerful – It’s always been with me. I walked away from ACN (my first MLM company) in 2004, after 5 years. While away, I had all sorts of issues in my life – some brought on by me. I was down in the dumps, and then I recalled this lesson.  I realized, I have talents, and I must do all I can to improve on them; double them; grow them. I returned to MLM in 2009 with a renewed mind and mission. I came back with a new understanding. The experiences I encountered opened the doors to create TopNetworkersGroup; and eventually the 1mlmsystem.

I feel we are called to do special things while we are alive on this earth. I believe evil prospers because the good do nothing. I agree with those who say the 1% have all the wealth, because the 99% continue to give them all of their money.

You and I make decisions every day; to make our world better – OR to allow others to make it worse. MLM is a way to improve our world; but it’s up to those of us who believe in MLM to help others see that reality. Once again, that’s where WE come in.

So in response to my good friend who made this horrible comment on my awesome image – I decided to do ‘all I can do’ to help him see the light. If he really wants to get into Heaven; he needs to do more with his LIFE now.

This brings me to Multiple Streams of Income.

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Another person in my “network of friends” whom I’ve known for a lot less time had something interesting to say. That we all need to read Ecclesiastes 11: 2that we are instructed to have more than one stream of income; and this is true. 

 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.”

Shout outs to Mr. Rich Mindset – I love the timing and the congruency.

It let’s me know this message is in ‘time’ with my ‘vibe’ right now….

and that, brought me to the latest, Facebook Rant by yours truly, Al King

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The Famous ‘Al King Facebook Rants’ on Multiple Streams of Income, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Talents

The problem with most of you is you think Money is your Mission…. smh

MONEY funds your Mission.

I didn’t get into MLM to stay in MLM forever.

I’m on earth to do MUCH bigger things than JUST be in an MLM company.

I have bigger callings; and I DO MORE than I speak about on Facebook – because I was not CALLED to just be in MLM; I write, I blog, I teach, i build websites, and I continue to ADD to my self; improve the gifts God gave me; because I KNOW who I am and WHOSE I am.

you fell out with me because you didn’t like a MLM I was promoting??

God basically removed you from my life because YOU were not called to be in it. if you were You’d Recognize Who you’re in business with.

Oh you’re mad at me Family member cuz I won’t come hang out a the Strip Club and Throw my Money away with you — OH you don’t think I’m doing anything more important; Hey, perhaps God didn’t Call YOU either.

If you’re Called; you’ll know this is the Truth.

Many are called though … but ‘few’ are Chosen.

I remember talking to a dude who QUIT MLM because he wanted to focus on the “Kingdom of God” — Evil prospers because the Good Do nothing.

Too many people go to CHURCH On Sunday; But they don’t READ the Bible during the Week; NOR are they paying attention to the Preacher in the Pulpit during the Service; Sadly, even some Preachers aren’t paying attention to the Bible they are preaching from – MONEY is a way to FUND The MISSION —

You Reject Money?

YOU are rejecting the MISSION God Gave you then —

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I know God called me into MLM – the same week I looked up in the sky, I said a Prayer for God to send me an Opportunity; and Andrew Collins hit me up about ACN; When I walked away from ACN — all kinds of things fell apart in my life — I got out of LISTENING to personal growth; I got away from being around Positive people; I was settling just like everybody ELSE; Then God Came and Woke me back up; Put some more Challenges in my Life; allowed ME to falter so I could turn once again towards Him; and HE brought me back …. To HIM be the Glory!

NOT all of you are MEANT to work with me — believe me; I know that before you; I’m not here to learn from you; Unless I sign up for YOUR class. If you sign up for mine, put your student hat on; get ready to LEARN; Get ready to CONNECT; Get ready to SHARE …. Get ready to EARN.

GET ready to make the world a better place; ONE person at a time.

TopNetworkersGroup – a subsidiary of SeekingAHomeBusiness.com – which is owned and operated by KingsTeamInternational.com (the Parent company of it all)

— The mission continues; WITH or WITHOUT you.

This Rant, was posted along with the following video, featuring Bishop T.D. Jakes as he speaks on Multiple Streams of Income. It’s biblical – Goes back to Adam and Eve.

You see, where Ecclesiastes 11: 2 speaks about preparing yourself by investing in several places, not just one. This message brings it home. Too many of us are content with a job; Some of us are Content to be the TOP earner in an MLM company; on top of an organization that is struggling to maintain their autoships.

The people at the TOP Must look out for the people at the bottom; Telling the people at the bottom to “only focus on this MLM business”  blinds them from seeing the big picture. It’s not about this MLM vs That MLM; it’s about MLM vs Corporate America.

It’s about MLM vs Working a Job.

It’s about working together to enrich and empower one another; instead of going to work, to empower and enrich someone else; who really could care less about any of us —

It’s about FIXING our planet; and using MLM as a means to an end.

Some of you will get that later …

If you truly desire change; God will provide a way. You just need to take action;

Because faith, without works is Dead.

Thanks for reading.

Read my OTHER Facebook Rants and other Related TNG Articles:

Perhaps more of my Facebook rants should have been on this blog, or other blog platforms “I own”.  Ultimately they took me off their platform because it’s theirs. Much of what I wrote here, while sharing one of many legendary facebook rants will go on forever – while the ones on facebook died with my profile. Always seek to own what’s yours.

Now playing at the New and Improved section of the One MLM System ‘to rule them all’ — The Black Folder Presents Multiple Streams of Income is Biblical by Bishop T.D. Jakes

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