Bowlds Thwarts Economic Slavery

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Last year, we ranked as the 11th major consumer group in the world, and the 10th wealthiest racially identifiable community in the world. African American communities contribute over $165 billion, and still growing, into the US economy

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Growing up in Brownsville as a skinny, big-eyed child on Herzl Street, in Brooklyn, New York, I remember so well those carefree summers where, after our homework and chores, we spent our days playing sidewalk games up and down our block.  Red light - green light - 1-2-3, double Dutch, hop scotch, skully, jacks, Miss Mary Mack and other patty cake games. 


During those hi-energy, fun-filled times of carefree frolic, there came the period when we needed to stop and have those sugar rushes we all craved.  Not realizing at such a young age, all that sugar was the refueling for our hi-level surges of energy that enabled our crazed, wide-eyed romps, we found creative ways of obtaining the money to satisfy our craves. 


More than likely, those of us who actually had allowances, had already exhausted those funds, and subsequently had to come up with inventive methods for gratifying ourselves.  Some would run and ask our parents, uncles, aunts or guardians for pocket change, others would organize coin hunts where we would scour the block, alleyways and yards for pennies, nickels, dimes hoping for the prime discovery – a whole quarter. Still others would just keep on playing and hope that they would stumble on a quarter – or even a dollar by chance.  But there was always that one kid who came up with a serious plan of action and ended up standing behind a nicely arranged lemonade stand with cool, delicious thirst quenching lemonade to sell for a quarter a cup.


First we would stand in awe, overheated and dying of thirst, devising in our minds ways to persuade our friend or sibling to give us a taste.  Some would just go ask the young entrepreneur to share his or her cool commodity.  Others would get jealous and walk away and go play somewhere else or try to spoil his or her new set-up.  And then there were those who joined in to help by heralding to passers by, “Cold lemonade for sale,� or running to get more cups, helping to make more, or just hanging around to be on hand for what is needed.  Unfortunately, there were those who were left out and got no lemonade or loose change.  Those were fun times for us and not very much unlike today. 


How many of us are wandering around blindly and depending on the lottery to give us our fortune?  How many embark upon one pyramid scheme after another, hoping to someday find that whole big “quarter?� 


Well, brothers and sisters, let me introduce you to the new kid on the block with a big, beautiful, fun, refreshing and delicious lemonade stand, who has room for everybody – and what’s even more wonderful, you can have your own stand and you don’t even have to sell lemonade.  You can sell anything you want.  In fact, you don’t have to sell anything if you don’t want to.  You can just buy all the lemonade, or any other product or service you want -- AND KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY.


Meet Charles Bowlds, CEO of the African American Connection (AAC).  Mr. Bowlds has devised a new and innovative way to keep African American dollars within our communities and to free us from the economic slavery that stifles us.  You will not want to miss this vital information:


*“The AAC is the culmination of over ten years of research in utilizing today’s technology in conjunction with the availability of the internet in order to develop a non-competitive, one-stop convenient resource that will serve to facilitate a fair and equitable relationship between the enterprising activities that seek the purchasing power of African American communities and the consumers of the African American communities that by way of want or need require those products or services.
 
Today, African American communities labor under an economic arrangement that is as undeniably unfair as it is hopeless and out of balance when it comes to providing our communities with a legitimate return on the investments that we make within the general economy.  And we further deprive our communities by not having a convenient resource where we can focus our purchasing power to the benefit of our collective communities.
 
I believe that one of the greatest challenges for us as African Americans in the 21st century is to use today’s technology to create systems that more effectively manage our wealth and our resources to create realistic opportunities within our communities for all of our citizens.
 
Last year, we ranked as the 11th major consumer group in the world, and the 10th wealthiest racially identifiable community in the world.  African American communities contribute over $165 billion, and still growing, into the US economy with only 3%     of our gross national income returned in order to address the economic needs of our communities.
 
It doesn’t take a very in-depth understanding of economics to realize that something is inherently unfair if I’m earning say, $100 every week and out of that $100 I only retain $3 for meeting my own financial needs.  And now, 50 years after the landmark decision of Brown vs. the Board of Education, according to the first annual state of the Black Business report, Black owned business in the U.S. remained both separate and unequal from the American economy.
 
However, today, we as African Americans are presented with an unprecedented, if not an historical opportunity to radically alter the economic landscape of our collective communities and to empower every citizen of our community with the tools to contribute to eradicating the economic disparities that today still plagues the majority of our communities.
 
We dare not squander this opportunity by allowing ourselves to be led by outside trends and methods.  We must set our own trends and methods by exploring the ways and means of using today’s technology and the availability of the internet to solve the challenges of survivability facing our communities today.
 
Our situation today is so critical that we can no longer afford the risk of relying or depending upon other peoples’ or their recommended solutions for addressing our problems regardless of their intentions or their complicity as it would relate to our situation.  This in no way implies that we should reject others’ assistance.  Nor, would we lack the appreciation for it.  It is simply an acknowledgement that as African Americans, it is time for us to transform our rhetoric and dogma into constructive actions and choices and that we must succumb to the realization that the responsibility for our destiny must rest solely upon us and the AAC has been designed to do just that, all through the simple process of intelligent choice and your participation.
 
It will increase our liquidity within our communities and allow us to rightfully reap the fruits of our own wealth.  It will produce real prosperity and opportunities.  It will free us from the injustices of discrimination and it will empower each and every citizen of our communities to participate in their own welfare which we should declare not only to be our right but our duty as well.�


Are you the wanderer, the prospector or the the winner?


You can find out all you need to know about this amazing new system – the Bowlds method to economic freedom, by joining him on The African American Connection teleconference which will take place from coast-to-coast this month.  During the conference, Mr. Bowlds will  demonstrate how to use the AAC system and discuss the revitalization of the African American economy. This event is an open invitation to the entire African American community regardless of class, education, or title. All citizens of the African American community and AAC member merchants are invited to participate.


Beginning Wednesday March 14, 2007 at 6:00p EST and Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 9:00a EST, the AAC will conduct e-conferences every Wednesday at 6:00 pm EST and every Saturday at 9:00 am thereafter. The conferences will begin with an opening presentation by Charles Bowlds, CEO and Founder of The African American Connection, followed by a Q&A period with AAC member merchants, and will conclude with an open discussion moderated by Ms. Tamie Tatum, AAC Administrative Assistant. Call attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as share opinions and concerns about how African Americans can contribute to our own economic wellbeing.


In order to participate in the call, dial 641.297.5000 on the dates and times indicated above and the system will prompt you for an access code.  Dial in the code, 737207 and you will be granted access to the call.


By providing realistic solutions for addressing the economic disparities facing the African American community, this dynamic new system is destined to change the economic landscape, leveling the playing field and swinging wide open the door to success for African Americans nationwide.


For more information on the African American Connection and to tour the site, logon to www.aaconnection.com 


For more information on the AAC teleconferencing events, logon to http://www.aaconnection.com/conference.php 


*The quoted text is extracted from www.aaconnection.com 


Brenda Jeanne Wyche, Advocate for Solutions and Results is Managing Editor for The Black Star News and Harlem Business News, CEO of Winning Strategies & Associates and Director of Public Relations for The Phenomenal Women Group.  If you have a solution, contact Brenda@blackstarnews.com   Maybe we’ll talk.

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