By Valerie Victor
This article was also Published on Hip-Hop Weekly Magazine
Creating opportunity, economic growth and opportunity within the African-American community is a mission the Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit aims to achieve continuously. With the close of the 19th economic summit, involved parties and attendees better understood the necessities in economic advancement for minorities. Each year, Jackson’s project aims to advance minority owned businesses and entrepreneurship by creating equal opportunities and pushing for the economic play field to be more inclusive of varying backgrounds.
The pre-event to the Annual economic summit was hosted at Jordan Heads Sneaker store in Brooklyn, NY, an African American owned business. Together, Jineea Butler of the Hip Hop Union, and Mocca Styles of Mocca Brand Media hosted the event. As Jackson spoke about his experiences and the coming of his entrepreneurial mindset, actor Malik Yoba accompanied him sharing thoughts and experiences of his own in regards to becoming an entrepreneur and attaining more capital. The two discussed in detail the mission of the annual event and ways in which people can advance and create more opportunities more minority businesses to thrive in today’s economy.
Jineea Butler, president of the Hip Hop union said, “This is a great event. It’s almost like it is bridging worlds. It’s about getting benefits, rights, and respects. We teamed up with Jordan Heads because of the entrepreneurship. We need to continue to connect and continue to bridge these gaps.”
Following the pre-event was the three day annual summit at the Sheraton New York, Times Square. Between February 16 and 18, a number of entrepreneurs and influencers joined together as keynote speakers explaining how the new generation can bridge the gap. More specifically, the third day featured a panel titled, “The Business of Hip Hop.” The panel discussed opportunities to engage, empower and utilize the Hip Hop culture in ways beyond entertainment.
After the panel, listeners left with a detailed insight on how the Hip Hop industry and the community could not only impact the 2016 presidential election but how it could also help create more inclusion for minorities globally. Some keynote speakers for the Hip Hop panel including Shawn Perez, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Spin Awards, Bad Boy Ent., and Cynthia Horner, Writer and Editor in Chief of Hip Hop Weekly Magazine to name a few.
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