This question came to me as a result of a comment that Brother O made in the Hip Hop thread about how Black hip-hop artists couldn’t get support/promotion from the Black community in the beginning but were able to get whites to promote them. Suppose you are a highly creative and ambitious Black person with a great idea for a product (ex. FUBU, hip hop) who cannot get other Blacks to invest in your idea/product or support you—due to whatever reasons: jealousy, fear, lack of knowledge, lack of money, self-hate, etc. whereas you are easily able to get whites, Asians, or others to see the merit in your idea/product and invest money and promote, or support you, do you reject their money or support, knowing that your idea will wither/die or do you accept it, knowing that your idea will be compromised, but will grow and make money? This is a crucial question because this is where some Blacks are at this morning. If they accept the support of these others and "move-on up", they're often considered sell-outs by the Black community whereas if they don't, most often too many of US absolutely won't support them and thus they don't succeed at all. From my observations and readings, I’ve determined that some Blacks are able to leap (not just walk) forward despite racism, but find it extremely difficult to find other Blacks to support them due to many of the reasons that are discussed here. Often other Blacks are even afraid of this type of Black pioneer and will in some cases try to destroy them. What does a forward-thinking Black person like this do? Please respond in a constructive way.