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noe ♪ >> this week on "our world with black enterprise," we go backstage with bell biff devoe as they get red for their reunion tour. >> who would have known that five kids from the streets of boston massachusetts that were not supposed to be make it out of be able to plan or work hard and achieve their dreams. we had a dream, we had a passion to sing, perform and we worked hard at making that happen. >> then one man is saving our youth one daughter at a time.
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>> take the oath which is a bullying campaign which actually launched and we went into school, the boys and girls clubs to let kids know, young girls know. >> and finally, they represent the next generation of leaders. while one is engineering the perfect game plan the other is responsible for the fresh new spirit for black culture. >> one of the things we have to do is to raise historical literacy so they feel comfortable asking the kinds of literacy so they feel comfortable asking the kinds of anncr: now you can merge the physical freedom of the car, with the virtual freedom of wi-fi. chevrolet, the first and only car company to bring built-in 4g lte wi-fi
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>> with choreographed dance steps and screaming fans, bell biv devoe stepped on the stage and never looked back. with more than three decade says in the music industry, ronnie, ricky and mike had been members of the popular boy band new edition. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> we sat down with the trio to discuss brotherhood, an upcoming tour and maintaining longevity in the business. >> we have a dream, we have passion to sing, perform, and we worked hard at making that happen and we were successful at it it, but we had no idea that we'd still be relevant 30 years later, that we would have another group out of that, bell
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biff devoe and johnny gill, bobbyputhat and all of that to e able to tour without a permanent record on the radio. all of that stuff is extra icing on the cake, that's the blessing and that's the plan that i guess our creator had for us beyond what we could imagine ourselves. who would have known five kids from the streets of boston, massachusetts, in a place where they say that you're not supposed to be able to make it out of would be able to really plan or work hard and achieve their dreams and be sitting here in these three chairs 30 years later. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> being a part of new edition was like the academy of music and information because you take a little bit of vibe and you
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have it for life as far as putting anything together on the stage. >> that blue print formed a brotherhood that goes beyond the music. ♪ ♪ >> i think in the issue ginning, when you're young and you're kids you spend so much time together on the bus and hotels. in the very beginning we had to share hotel rooms together, three or four to a room and it was just -- naturally, you're going to bump heads and even when people are at their -- you know, have the best intentions we'll bump heads and throughout that time of being heads and having a professional relationship we learned how to mesh and how to work together, so -- >> i think the dynamic of our group is that our friendships went beyond us. we're friends with each other's family members. so even when we weren't together you can still catch ricky's brother going with me to go buy
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my first mop ed. . so the relationships went down to family and ronnie's uncle brook was the best professional music we could have. >> my uncle is a drill sergeant even before i got into the group new edition, i understood his history and his passion for the music industry. they're locally in the streets of boston, massachusetts, was there nobody better than him. he had groups like the untouchables, the transitions, body construction, reccy, mike, ralph and bob actually sought my uncle out to try to figure out how he can manage them and teach them routines and steps, so i was able to get that first hand before he came to the house one day and blessed me with the fact that new edzition was looking for another member and he asked me if i wanted to be in it and i said hands down, let's go. no favoritism, i actually got beat up a little bit more than these guys, but it definitely
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paid off because on. >> as you all know some say i'm the best dancer in the crew, you know what i'm saying? ♪ ♪ >> when it was time to raid in their jackets for a nts, the members of bell biv devoe reseefceived more tha pushback. >> even though they were hearing ronnie, bob ericky and mike for the last, seven, eight years, it was like what the rest of them will do? ralph will go on and do his thing and johnny was a solo artist before and what's the rest of them going to do? >> because of our new edition image it was a shock because we were so embedded in that image that i was, like, not where we came with our style and our attitude, we kind of got the wide-eyed look like what are they doing? that's a little bit off the core of what's natural. the music was so innovative,
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micking r & b and hip-hop, the look was so different from when we were wearing our suits and even though we had our individual styles on stage, we actually had them. ♪ ♪ >> and those die hard fans will be happen to know that the wait is finally over. new edition goes on tour this summer. >> the all six new edition members this june. >> right. >> this june. june 26th. >> what's the first date? >> foxwoods, home style. >> then we move to philly. >> and how are we ending it? >> new edition, i mean, ronny, bobby, ricky, michael, ralph and johnny. we haven't really had a current record out in some years, but any time those tickets go up on
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sale, you know, it's 5,000 to 10,000 people coming to see candy girl, cool it now, mr. telephone man and all of the individuals and we owe a debt of gratitude to the discipline and the hard work and perseverance that we put in three or four years before "candy girl" came out and when people began to embrace us they just held on and we're thankful for that. >> new edition is lasting not because we're not good and we put out good music, but maybe the last sick x or seven have b by default? what keeps us going, people still look and crave for that style because as we got older that's all we know. ♪ ♪ ♪ that girl is poison ♪ ♪
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stay with us.
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♪ ♪ welcome back. he goes to schools across the country empowering women to fight back against emotional and physical abuse while building self-esteem. >> i am here to help take the power away from hate crimes. >> i am here to help take the power away from date abuse. >> i am here to help stop the hurt. >> gain confidence with me by supporting the saving our daughters program. >> it was a book series that turned into a social movement by young girls. >> saving our daughters was
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started in 2008 where we had a group of mothers and daughters come together, actually at radio 1. >> i have two daughters and trying to make sure they're brought up the right way. >> i will surround myself with people. ♪ >> iearn about my civil rights and libertes. >> saving our daughters came to our school today and they talked about bullying which i understood because in middle school i was bullied a lot for being a smart kid. >> benjamin decided to build a branch by inviting celebrities to send the message. >> the first celebrity that supported us was mr. t.i. and i didn't know him when i came down in 2003, but i met with him and t.i. said he wanted to help and support and get my messages across for our program. >>ig it's an issue that
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me and my family care a lot about. so stand up, pay attention and stop the spread, all right? >> with the celebrities, a lot of time when they join saving our daughters they have issues that they want to connect with >> i'm very vocal about domestic violence because i physically lived it. >> confidence against domestic violence and together we will have a powerful voice against this abuse. >> the saving our daughter initiative gives young people a guide to improving self-esteem. take the oath which is a bullying campaign which i actually launched with kiki palmer and when we went into schools, boys and girls clubs and to let young girls know that it's not cool to be bullied. our second initiative we started which we were blessed to have miss kiki wyatt and trina and kelly rowland and certain different artists to come
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onboard to actually stop domestic violence. >> alexis of the rickey smiley show teamed up from georgia. >> i share things with him. a lot of people think she's on tv, her life is perfect. it's not even like that. we go through the same thing. we're very similar in a lot of ways. people look at celebrities as snobby or rich and they get everything they want all of the time, but i learned that they still go through things like anybody else. >> >> it's extremely important for people such as myself, everyday people, celebrities to speak up and speak out and let it be known to save our daughters. >> the organization's name, saving our daughters, took on a deeper meaning in 2011 when founder curtis benjamin lost his daughter to cancer. >> i received a call from my wife that i had to go down to
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scottish rite hospital and -- um, we found out later that she was dying of a brain tumor. you know, it's -- i guess as a father we try to be strong for our daughters, but actually my daughter was stronger than i was and she basically just told me -- told my wife that she had to be strong for her daddy. >> that pain of losing a child reignited his mission to save other daughters through the non-profit. we all have been through issues and problems and especially after i lost my daughter and really our family has been through what we've been through and people like derek blanks, t.i., they have came together and said hey, we're here to help you with your message, you know? to help saving our daughters and to inspire. just looking for, you know, to next year and the year after and the year after. >> up next, he's a young
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innovator in a lane all his own. >> there are very few people that do what i do. there are about four in the industry. >> and he helps keep the pulse of black culture beating. >> we can help to navigate some of what happened in the past, to give people a deeper sense that they're not dealing with these problems for the first time. >> we'll be right back. our world with black enterprise is sponsored in part by state farm. find
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welcome back. being an engineer has its challenges, but for one man knocking down a dozen obstacles is as easy as switching lanes. malcolm hill has more on rickland. ♪ ♪ >> he isn't your average bowler nor you average engineer, but ronald hickland is successfully living his dream doing both. it's the career he planned as a teenager. my senior high school project, all you had to do was what will will you do with your life when you graduate? i'll design woeling walls. >> while every engineer wants to build a better mousetrap, hickland at 34 is building a better bowling ball. >> i've been chasing this my entire life, basically. there's very few people that do what i do. >> where 60% of all bowling balls are made, they're designed
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and making an impact. >> the beautiful thing about bowling is it looks very simple, but at the same token, it's very technical. and everybody knows that and you've got three holes in that and you throw it down the lane. what people don't know is that the inside is very technical and there's an inside piece called a core and it comes in different shapes, different sizes and different densities and it continues to evolve as we continue to move forward with technology. >> i'm very impressed with ron hickland. he's got a wonderful engineer. he's got a thoughtfulness and a good creativity and always thinking about the positives and always thinking about how the solution can can help the corporation. >> in 2010 more than 71 million people bowled at least once that year and it's only 2 million bowling competitively. >> there are two parts to bowling. there is the sport side and the recreational side and that's where you're seeing a lot of
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decline and it's seeing kind of a bull. >> hickland's father introduced him to bowling. today father and son bowl together all of the time. i'm really proud of him because at 13 he said he wanted to make bowling balls and i remember back then, oh, no, we don't need an engineer degree to have bowling balls and he kept with had dream all of the way through and hickland was proof that a career in science, technology, engineering and math can be cool. >> they're fun in general and the people that are the richest in this country get it from science and technology more times than not, not from necessarily playing sports and those kind of other things and those are high profile and good, it is a lot of fun to sit in my chair and help design bowling ball knowing that you're having a positive impact on your community, but also on the world in general. >> while ron is serving as a positive role model in his community, dr. mohammed is responsible for uplifting his in
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harlem, new york. mark lamont hill has more. >> he's a new director of the new york public library for research and plaque culture in harlem new york. >> i want the center to be as aggressive and as well positioned as possible to be a resource to anyone who has questions about the kind of country we live in and the kind of country that we can live in. and he's the great grandson of elija mohammed, founder of the nation of islam given that i was not yet 3 years old when he passeded and i would never try to claim a connection to him than my biographical connection. as it turns out, mohammed took office during the same time the shamburg featured a special from his permanent connection. malcolm x. >> my great-grandfather and
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malcolm x helped to create a space in this country necessary for the real change that took place in the 1960s. >> keeping history like that alive for generations to come is only one of his goals. >> what's special and perhaps unique about mohammed is that he's not only a brilliant scholar and a public intellectual, but he's also an extraordinarily gifted administrator. mohammed wants it to be a place where people not only discover the past, but learn from it. >> one of the thingses we can help to do is to raise the historical literacy of young people so they peel comfortable asking the kinds of questions that a young 29-year-old baptist minister named martin luther king asked is in montgomery, alabama. >> do you hear more about martin luther king, or malcolm x? >> martin luther king. >> he wants the children to learn about the history. >> this educator is dedicated to
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helping people realize the value of preserving their own histories. >> will we see lil' wayne and the shamburg? i think it's a good idea, actually. all of these questions about who is black, what is plaque, where do i sit in the world? i have to bring those questions front and center into the life of this institution. >> for kalil mohammed the hamburg center is about the past and the future. we live in a time where some of the same problems of racial inequality and racial disparity are still very much part of the equation and history can help to navigate some of what happened in the past to give people a deeper sense that they're not dealing with these problems for the first time. >> we'll be right back. ñ
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♪ ♪ that wraps it up for this edition of our world with black enterprise. be sure to visit us on the web at black world. you can also like us on facebook. thanks for watching. we'll see you next week. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -- captions by vitac --
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