Friday, November 12, 2010

Ambitious Feature: Lil C & The New B.M.F.

Transforming Negative into Positive

Today's feature is a current young professional and a proud first time business owner.  However, he is not a stranger to the benefits of being in business for yourself.  Corey, better known as, Lil' C was recently featured on the History Channel's series "Gangland", sharing his insight on the movement formerly known as B.M.F. (Black Mafia Family).  I say "formerly" known as, because Lil' C is now the Co-Fonder of the New B.M.F., Building More Families.  Check his story below:

Be your own Boss! Read a book, our people
parish for lack of knowledge.

What made you decided to participate in the Gangland series to speak on B.M.F.?
I was involved with that movement.  I received a call on behalf of Meech, asking me to participate.  I really had no choice.  I am a representative of how something  positive came from that movement.  I used to live that life of cars, money, clothes, and women that people dream and rap about.

As a new business owner, how has your perspective changed about earning money compared to the life you used to live?
As a business owner you have to have patient.  I am learning the ins and outs of the business, I see it differently from how a patron would see it from the outside.  Instead of the instant gratification, I'm growing my business.  Success won't happen over night.  Its like having another big bill (paying employees, inventor, etc.), until the business starts paying for itself.

"rats will always get trapped looking
for the cheese."

What is the new B.M.F.? Elaborate on the Building More Families initiative.
I am Co-Founder, along with Meech's Mom.  Its new, four months in the making.  We are basically providing insight and support to kids who have parents in jail or vice versa.  We want to educate on the laws that effect our communities.  Its also a community service initiative, giving back to the people.  Building More Families proves we can "we don't always have to take from the community without giving back.".

What do you think about celebrities, T.I. & Wiz for example, portraying the life of fast money and are now in and out of jail?Celebrities put out what sounds good and artists are getting caught up
trying to live that life.  T.I.'s actions are like a slap in the face to the system.  But you can't believe everything you hear in the media.  I have been
scrutinized for untrue statements, so I won't be judgemental.

      What's next for Lil' C, what your goals or aspirations?
I'm looking into opening up a dance studio or karate studio.  I want to build the community back to where it used to be, when "we had our own dollar".  We are quick to say were going to go out and buy some Chinese food or whatever, but we need to support our Mom & Pop stores and spend money in our communities.

Check out Solutions Grill located at
2040 Sylvan Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30310
Enjoy daily specials, catch sports games, pool, and good food with even better prices!! I know, I had a taste!

You can follow Lil'C on twitter @LilCATL & @Solutionsgrill for updates on the moves he is making and the the daily restaurnat specials.  Like this story?  Show Lil' C some love and leave a comment!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Have to Live with MYSELF

I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don't want to stand with the setting sun
and hate myself for the things I have done.
I don't want to keep on a closet shelf
a lot of secrets about myself
and fool myself as I come and go
into thinking no one else will ever know
the kind of person I really am,

I don't want to dress up myself in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all men's respect;
but here in the struggle for fame and wealth
I want to be able to like myself.

I don't want to look at myself and know that
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,
whatever happens I want to be
self respecting and conscience free.
Poem by: Edgar Albert Guest

Every now and again we need a stern shaking or a nice kick in the butt, in order to refocus and concentrate on ourselves, our abilities, our goals, and our contributions to society.  It is important not to loose ourselves in the ways of the world, to stop focusing on how to be like the next person but how to be content with ourself.  Every morning we have to wake up and live the day as ourselves, and every night we go to bed and reflect on our own actions.  At the end of the day, in order to get a good night's rest and be prepared to tackle the next day, you want to be satisfied with those reflections. 
Just a thought .....

This is one of my favorite poems.  After a stressful couple of weeks and thinking about how to share my thoughts with you guys, this poem came to mind and I am thankful for it!