The Success of Straight Outta Compton Proves: We Can Become An Economic Threat To White America!

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Everyone has heard of the 1 Trillion Dollar buying power of Black America currently.  That will grow to 1.7 Trillion by 2017. Do Black people realize what kind of power this is?  When we get determined to spend our dollars; it’s a rap.  Our dollars are literally funding this economy. Did you know that Black people own the most smart phones of any demographic group?

Wow.

The things that have been going through my mind: So many are out here crying for racial justice but hell; we’ve been trying to friend an enemy too damn long who only wants to control or destroy us.  Bump that.  It’s time for Black America to wake the hell up.

A real man thinks ahead. His family will never have to suffer when he thinks of their financial future.

It’s time for Black people to start thinking entrepreneurially.  We are a juggernaut waiting to happen.

When I look at the success of the Straight Outta Compton Movie, it shows just how powerful our dollars are and we can bankroll our own communities with unity. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy E’s widow, all produced the movie.  They told their own story.  They convinced Universal Studios to back the movie.    It’s going to make a ton of money.  NWA spoke for my generation of what was happening in the inner city. Little did they know how much their musical impact would change the music industry.  This movie has something to say.  The realities of 1988 are just as relevant today as they were then.  It refuses to apologize for its truth.

The reviews are in: Straight Outta Compton did $60.2 Million dollars over the weekend.

Everyone is talking about the movie.  It’s a smash.

NWA made history and the movie chronicles that.

Can this be the catalyst to something bigger?

I think that there is a buzz among many in the Black community for us to become more economically strong as we have been in the arts and sports.  It’s time for the bold, talented and innovative among us, to consider investing in each other and building a stronger entrepreneurial base.  We have made other groups rich from our buying power.  It would be a very big mistake for us not to take aggressive action and exploit new areas to build our communities and reignite old ones.

The power is within us to be the people we have envisioned.

Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream.  We can make that dream come true with economic goals that are reachable.

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16 comments on “The Success of Straight Outta Compton Proves: We Can Become An Economic Threat To White America!

  1. Chrystal Emma says:

    oh my god, Aldis Hodge was in this? omg omg love him love him love him!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. eightbeetles says:

    We are a threat to ourselves. It’s not about White America or anyone else but YOU. How does this movie increase your wisdom and spiritual vibration? We are the purchaser of most cellphones and how is that a positive? Cellphones are drugs; don’t believe me? Look around at people in your vicinity right now and tell me what do you see? Zombies….

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  3. reality_check says:

    I don’t know @TruthAngel. Blacks have money but no power. Where do we get that $1.7 trillion dollars from? The overwhelming majority of us are employed by whites, therefore depending on them for our economic sustenance. Having said this, are white people really threatened by black purchasing power? We don’t have an economic base as a collective, so what would happen if whites decided that they would stop employing blacks? I know it may sound far-fetched, but most blacks would literally starve to death. Where is the power in that? This shows just how vulnerable we are as a group.

    Blacks make it seem as though redirecting this buying power is an easy thing to do. The only reason whites are putting it in our hands in the first place is because we are using it to enrich THEM. If we were to start using THEIR dollars to enrich ourselves, do you think they’d place it in our hands? Better yet, do you think they’d willingly let us divert the wealth away from them to OUR coffers? They would burn America to the earth before they let that happen.

    This is real talk.

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    • Truthangel07 says:

      “The overwhelming majority of us are employed by whites, therefore depending on them for our economic sustenance.”
      This is a great debate point.

      You posed some really thought provoking questions and I agree with them.

      The answer to them would be for Black people to become more creative and create new streams of revenue through entrepreneurship, enriching our communities with the knowledge that many have obtained in those Ivy League institutions.

      RC, it’s not rocket science. All we have to do is make up our minds to do something; and we can achieve anything we set forth.

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  4. TheOriginalBlackWoman13 says:

    Some black people (i’m one of ’em) refuse to support this film because of what the group stood for. These men were very anti-black and anti-black misogynist (Dre has a history of woman-beating). The only thing they were right about was the reality of police brutality. However, I agree with you if black people would invest our dollars in the right people (us only), places (another black wall street), and things (not this movie, that’s for sure) than we will be truly a force to reckon with!

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    • Tyrone says:

      I agree with you Sis, we can’t continue being hypocritical, as it relates to the ongoing damage Gangsta Rap has done to our community. In reality, white kids iin the Burbs were the largest consumers of their music by and large. No self-respecting black person can support this movie…Real Talk! Yeah, it debuted at #1 based on what? Black male pathology is being glorified, and we’re supposed to be happy about that? Truth threw me for a loop with this one. Now Dr. Dre wants to apologize for his sista hating ways after he has sold his soul to Lucifer and pocketed damn near a billion dollars. Let us not be okay with this. Just look around the nation, and it will tell us all we need to know?

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      • Truthangel07 says:

        The success of this movie will open doors for more movies, as always is the case when white folks discover,over…and over…and over, that yes, Black people go to the movies. The history made by NWA did change Hip Hop and we all remember that era. Something was always happening. The flood gates opened for a wide range of MC’s and talented artists (Tupac, Nas, Notorious BIG, et al) who changed the game.

        As for Dr. Dre, he will have to answer to God for his deeds. He better make his peace now. Death could be around the corner–he escaped death a few times in his life. I wonder will he ever apologize to Dee Barnes for what he did to her.

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    • Truthangel07 says:

      The movies has caused a lot of debate, but also, it’s opened up a can of worms for Dre and other people associated with NWA.

      It will be interesting to see the reaction of people as the movie runs its course.

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    • Jaaylah says:

      I understand where you’re coming from.I saw the movie because I love biographical movies.I don’t agree with all of their lyrics and everything the group did but they definitely publicized police brutality.They definitely have a voice to the people that society doesn’t give a damn about.It also made me have the upmost respect for Ice Cube.He wasn’t like the other members at all.He was extremely intelligent,not chasing women, and he was very focused.

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      • Truthangel07 says:

        Very much so. As you can see how he’s branched out.

        I respect him as well.

        Can’t wait for Barbershop 3. That should be another moneymaker for him as well.

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  5. Tyrone says:

    Black Movies have no problem being #1…As a demographic, we flock to theaters more than anybody. I stopped fooling with Hollywood when the ticket-switching nonsense started. Buy a ticket for an African-American production, but given a different one for a white film. As to NWA and Straight Outta Compton. I wore out my boombox playing that album…It’s A Classic! But, all that has come after what Easy-E and Dr. Dre started has left a bad taste in my mouth. The biopic made a ton of money, but, the ugliness can’t be swept under the rug. Honestly, I don’t know what to think about our people in 2015. We’re going backwards, and it’s painful to watch.

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    • iamsunnyd says:

      I agree with you Tyrone!! See the problem with most black owned business I find, it goes buy a different set of rules. I think they need to look at this white owned businesses and see how they can improve their methods and make it better.

      I love supporting my people, but I need them to be just as professional if not more professional then their counterparts. You know?

      Great post and next wk, I will be going to see this movie. I love all the great reviews. I love watching out people start from nothing and make something of themselves.

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      • Jaaylah says:

        That’s true.I still try to support black businesses as much as I can.At least they don’t follow me or look at me like I can’t afford the food or items.

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