The Front Porch : My Name is Umar

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  1. Umar

    Umar Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Greetings Fellow Destee.com members, my name is Umar. I own a business called Over Exposed, Inc - a magazine website and interview podcast whose mission is to celebrate woman who are taking control of their image for the purpose of creating their own success. Our mission is to celebrate, educate, inform and enlighten others to do the same. I am good as starting business, coaching others in marketing and branding and I am now about Social Media Networking and Search Engine Optimization. I am about networking with like minded people, and I am driven, realistic and pretty much only take BS when I visit farms that stock actual bulls. I am open to connecting with people, providing advice and assistance and I am open to anyone who wishes to connect with me on level that are about growth and opportunity. You can connect with me in various ways (ask, because I haven't got ten posts yet - but that will change.)

    I'm honest (and there's no such thing as "too honest" - that's fear speak I only speak that when being chased by white sheets with pitch forks and torches or during zombie apocalypse) and open and welcome anyone to network/connect with me here or any of the ways I've listed above.

    Thank you reading my little intro and I hope the future between us all will be a very interesting and inspiring thing.

    Umar H. Soaries
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    Welcome...hope you enjoy your stay here. Your introduction sounds very interesting.
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    Brotha Umar glad you're with us. I'm sure you'll find your stay an interesting one. If you don't mind, I was wondering if you could clarify something for me. When you speak about celebrating women, do you mean all women or just Black Women?

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    I'd be more the happy to reply. I mean all woman, anyone a monthly visitor or an XX chromosome or who ever just looks better in a dress. (I'm in New York so that last one could get a bit dodgey.)

    I've had four businesses in my life time. Two of them were decidedly Black oriented, geared towards the on-again/off-again "buy black" ideal. Know what happenned? No one Black bought Black. Okay, let's be fair about thta one: Not enough people of African decent purchased or created a customer based to sustain the businesses.

    I was selling artwork at one time - artwork of Black heroes then an now. Me and two artists invested money and time creating original works of Black heroes and figured we could sell them at events, online, demonstrations, and Black organization. Do you know who my direct competition was? Koreans. (I am not even joking about that one - at the time, which was 1996, it shocked the hell out of me too.)

    While I was losing my investment bit by bit and the other guys went from enthusiastic to feeling like they were over a dead horse working the whip (and they were quite justified), the Koreans who were selling African artwork, pictures of our Black heroes (that were not original at all - you could find the same pictures all over New York City) where growing while we were going broke. Do you know who was buying from these Koreans? Black people. (I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.)

    Another business i was in was selling hair. Now that one did pretty good. Once we were up and running we were turning a decent profit. Apparently if you say the magic words "Indian Remi" it's like a siren's song to the sistahs. However, that too was a fickled business and stuff just happened that I won't go over.

    Or, let's look at this site. Here's what I can tell you without even having to lift a finger to do any amount of research. This site seems to have something to the tune of 30K members. I bet it doesn't have 30k Premium members. Rescue me if I'm wrong on this? I bet there are plenty of arguements about the plight of the Black race (because places like this love their discussions on the "plight of the black race") but I bet the networking is practicually zero to none - or at a number so small it would take a calculator app to quantify it.

    Let's be clear no what I mean by networking. Not hi-fiving each other in a chat thread, not giving each other praise for great artwork or wonderful ideas. By "networking" i mean financially supporting each others is such a way as to ensure fiscal stability and economic growth. 30k people can do that in leaps and bounds - it just not that hard at all with that number of people connected to one place. If everyone just bought one item from each other, they would make each other quite comfortable. Hell, if just half the number of member did it, everyone would be happy. But I do not have to ask or look at the back end. I already know. It ain't happening.

    I'm 51 years old and did the "Black Power" thing for years - my father who was one of the few Black men who actually participated in things of the 1960's many others lie that butts off about would never let us forget. I literally learned at the feat of people like Dr. John Henrick Clarked and Ivan Van Sertima. You are speaking with someone who literally read both volumns of Black Athena, and know the Isis Papers like tweeners know the words to a Pop song. What I am clear on is if you're going to make money, you cannot use Black people alone as a niche market. That is not true in every single case, but it's true enough to make me know that if I want to move forward in a money making effort that is not negative rap or drugs or products to make you look as far away from Black as possible, there is no way to do it and rely on Black people. It was true in my youth, true when I was a young adult, and it's true now.

    So when I say "women" I mean all woman. No race, country of origin nor adult age gets left behind on this. And after my experience I am making absolutely no apologies for it. Indeedy.
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    Umar H. Soaries
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    Umar H. Soaries is this your REAL name?:(
     
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    It's the name both my daddy and the people who once owned my ancestors gave me. Why would I need to use a fake one? The feds dropped those charges (I had an alibi), the Mob decided to let that little loan go (You feed those guys enough pasta and they too tired to break anything), and I was aquitted of that other thingie (I just "fit the description", you know how it is), so i can be me again. (Well, there's still that CIA thing but they can't even find WMD's on a missile ranch, so I think I'm good there too.)
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    Oh and if you're one of those mates who expect great grammar or even half-way decent spelling on a mesage board, chat room or Social Network post, unless you are grading my paper or deciding the disposition of my grant, you'll be barking at the cat in the wrong tree with me. (I used to have an editor but she left me for a guy with a great spellcheck app. **** YOU APPLE!!!!!)

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    Thanks for responding Brotha Umar. One final question if you will be so kind. I wanna make sure I have your website correct. Is the following person one of your featured models on your website?
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    In fact she was. But hey, look on the bright side - the polka-dots were black.

    Oh an being as I gave up my meth habit just a couple of days ago, it is not lost on me how you did not point out the Sistah who runs a website where she works hard to advice young girls on the real deal behind modeling (her name is Dania Denise and she's AWESOME), nor did you point out the Sistah who was the first featured model (Cute and really interesting name on that one). Went straight for the hot white chick.

    As my father used to say, "Surely there is a lesson in this for those who understand."

    OMG, this is going to be way more fun than I originally thought.
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    Umar H. Soaries
     
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    Interesting. It always amazes me how bruthas can come to a site of overwhelmingly black folk and say they are for ALL women, that in their world, black women are nobody special.

    And yet John E. Johnson, Ebony, built an empire on black customers, as well as the other Chicago Johnson who peddled Soft Sheen.... to black people. :huh:

    Are black folk in NYC just stupid, or was there a reason they preferred the Korean b.s.-black art to yours?

    And yet, the brothers of the Koreans you wrote of in NYC are prolly sending their kids to college selling that same hair. Go figure.

    Haki Madhubutti (nee Don Lee) was a part of that era. He's now a millionaire selling Third World Press books to black people.... almost exclusively. Perhaps he still thrives because the concept of Black Power was not a "thing" to him, rather a way of life?

    Do not get me wrong. I understand your frustration. I think something like 9 out every 10 new businesses fail within 2 years. But to lay the blame for your business failures at the feet of blacks, and black women, especially, is not only insulting on a forum chockful of black women but, well, it's not nice. It was true when it was first said, and it's true today: "Build a better mousetrap and they WILL buy!"

    "Better" meaning price, packaging, quality, desirability, as well as presentation and salesmanship.
     
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