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welcome to "our world with black host. this week we sit down with an actor, artist, and social activist making moves in hollywood. it's our "all access." >> hollywoodcult than we see like in the music industry to break through for people of color. more difficult, but it can be done. >> then we profile oururs of the week giving >> i was having a discussion with my husband, and, you know, we just came to the conclusion that wouldn't it be great to
it in the heart of an urban area so that you can serve all types of people? >> from the corner office, we hear from a young man usinglley to change the world. >> the thing that makes us uniquely qualified to do what we're doing right now is not only our authenticity,eds, et cetera, but also lemplg technology to do things in completely different ways. >> and finally, one of america's leading doctors in our "slice of >> there's nothing that i can think of more incredible in the universe than the human brain, and when i'm operating on it and looking it a t, it brings me >> that's what's happening in
we recently caught up with the artist in new york and we talked about hollywood, his new production deal, and what's next. take a look. >> he's a grammy award-winning artist who took home an oscar and golden globe for "selma." his music recognition. he took home an naacp award for his role in the film. there's more where that came from. he's gearing up for his livevision performance in "the wiz" in his new role with the american black film festival. >> i think abff has built a brand and a name that they've executed for 20 years. and when you've done that and you continue to grow and continue to utilize blackverybody involved in making film and honoring people of color in that
reverence for that,t for that, and we value that because we know that we want to be heard and want to be seen, and as filmmakers, hollywood, it's than we see in, like, in the music industry to break through for people of color. it's more difficult, but it can be done. and the fact that we acknowledge that the abff acknowledges the we make, you know, from whether it's from short films to independents to feature films, the fact that all thosef filmmaking have been recognized by abff is the reason we honor and say, hey, this is our chance to express who the world of film. >> common's passion to change the face of hollywood will be a major coming attraction when heh cable powerhouses hbo and showtime.
row productions, andquote from an early public enemy song, freedom is the road less traveled by the multitude. our company is based on taking tive, fresh ideas, especially giving people of color, black people opportunities to express what they can do in film and we are on the hunt for young talented writers, actors, directors because, you know, when we find those, that makes us better. basically we're all better. we get to see great art out there, and that's what we're about. we just showtime called "the shy," written by lena waif, who's from chicago, a black woman, and she wrote a beautiful story, a coming of age story growing up in chicago, and it's not about the violence, even though violence is definitely partbecause it's part of what's happening in chicago.
humanity of people that live in the most difficult situations but still have a smile atnow how to love, still, like, you know, want to court a girl, you know, like just the humanity of us. and it felt good when i was at home ine of the actors from chicago and seeing a lot of the crew, and it made me feel like that's what we're here to do with freedom road, provide that new artists to let their voices be heard. >> we look forward to seeing comet at the american black film festival in miami next year, june 15th throughu there. up next, this husband/wife team brings state-of-the-art neighborhoods. >> one of the things we believe is you cannot have a business in becoming a
welcome back. many children living below theo without proper dental care. this week we highlight two entrepreneurs who use their cutting-edge facility to make a difference, one smile at a time. >> that's right, paul. but this is also a love story of two brilliant minds from two separate background, and together they build a business purpose. it's a cold and rainy day in downtown newark, regardless, they're always prepared for another beautiful da office. the forecast within their state-of-the-art facility is nothing but bright smiles and warm welcome. for board-certified pediatric dentist dr. leslie, personal dream come true. >> i went to dental school in
children. it was a lot of fun to me. so when it was time to apply to programs, i knew for sure that that was what i wanted to specialize in. >> her husband, chris, had a totally different background with an mba degree in t leslie's imagination led her to a very bright idea. >> i was having a discussion with my husband and, you know, we just came to the conclusion that wouldn't bit greatiful state-of-the-art practice but do it in the heart of an urban area so that you can serve all types of people? >> we thought that, you know,acility that was state-of-the-art, that had just about everything that you could think of for a pediatric depp -- dentistry was something they should have access to. >> their big break came in 2007 when senator cory booker, mayor at the time, helped create anment fund for potential business owners in the city. chris took his plan to the city officials. before long, the loans were
was business. >> in term of revenues, 2009 we made just about $500,000 in and to -- forward to today, we make a little over $2 million in revenues. >> these numbers are even more significant because roughly 80% of dental kids' patients state-subsidized health care plan or medicaid, which most private practices refuse to accept because of low reimbursement rates. those concernsopped the dental kids business from booming. >> right now we currently see anywhere between 50 to 65 patients per day. >> before they even meet the meeting the front desk people, they're talking to them on the telephone. when your child is being cared for, they're being cared for eone you feel that sense of xhonl commonality with. >> one of the things we believe is you cannot have a business in a community without part of the community.
once we were able to do that, it made a huge difference in terms of our turnover, which we havever now, and the quality of the work that our staff actually produces for our patients. we also have aspirations of expanding, and our expansion king at a regional play where we're going to look to open up a practice in midtown manhattan as well as in in new jersey but in jersey city. and for each of those practices we think that they could do just as well as from a revenue newark or even better for the new york city offices. in terms of number of patients, we think that the practices will probably double the number of patients purely because of the population density that's there. >> at home where they care for their five lovely and less lease's roles are more or less interchangeable, but in the office they've
staying in their respective one of the things that is huge? our success is the fact my husband does not have a background in health care. the office, we haveons. the other person cannot decide, this is how we're going to deal with this chinally or i wouldn't be able to decide this is how we're going to negotiate this it didn't work. in the beginning. >> one of the things that we used to hear a lot ith your spouse? oh, yeah, that probably isn't too good. but it's a lot of fun because -- >> we actually like each other. >> it's fun. >> congrats to the harvels. their dental kids will be locations. stay tuned. >> thanks, trish. up next, a young man and his company prove diversity and break. >> i think everything starts, particular whi li when you think about business weather the product.
welcome back.is one of the most sought-after entrepreneurs in silicon valley. he's applying technology to a low-tech market in a unique way. he recently stopped byew york to talk about his latest ventures and his climb to the top. take a look.or being here. >> thanks for having me. >> tell me, how did growing up in queens and your family shape who you are today? >> it's everything.ay i was born, raced, south side jamaica, queens, projects, welfare, that sort of thing. and i realized i didn't want my family to go throughs also raised by a single mother who worked her butt off, right, to try and get us out of that situation.
i make her proud and notly through that same thing, right. combat that with also the fact that new york just gave me the muscle i needed to succeed, and that's something that not only i kind of preach on myself but also my son as he kind of grows up as well. >> do you believe that your move from new york to sunny t, getting your mba at stanford, was that a pivotal moment in your career? >> i think there were two pivotal moments in my career, actually. high school, i was 13, i moved to lakeville, connecticut, to go to boarding school for high school. and that was the first time i got to see how the other half lived, right. ith rockefellers and fords, and i got to really understand what wealth meant. stanford was instrumental in really kind of my development in my career.e exposed to silicon valley, a place i didn't know about until i was 24. thank goodness i did because it ecisions i've ever made in my life. >> do you think you could have built your company without the
>> there is no way i could have built the company without that and i say this because, you know, building the company requires us to raise capital. that capital requires my having the network to acquire that my ability to recruit engineers and other talent, right, where you have that network effect in silicon valley of the engineers, et cetera,t. and i don't think i could have done it as effectively anywhere else. >> so is who we know more importantly than what we know? >> no. no. because i think everything starts, particularlyink about business weather the product. i don't care who you know, if your product sucks, it sucks. people need to buy things that need to buy things that respond with the way they live their lives. they need to respond to efficacy, right. it all starts with that. >> 38-year-old walkeriness walker and company two years ago as a health and beauty company using technology to design, develop, and test products tailored to people of
a world few people in silicon valley understand. the first idea pertaining to culture. i have the all global culture is led by american culture, which is led by black culture. food, music, dance, et cetera. the second was a health andducts company. always this experience of walgreens, cvs, any retailer, having to go to aisle 36, the ethnic aisle.t on the placard. it's not an aisle. it's a shelf on the back across from the band-aids and you have to reach to the bottom oft's dirty. >> we people that back. you're saying world culture is shaped by black culture. >> i'm saying it. i believe it. and i thinkshould believe it too. walker and company exists solely to make health and beauty simple for people of color. >> walker and company roughly $3 billion market. it's a shaving system
with coarse or curly hair. he's inked a deal to sell his product in target. >> bevel is the fist and only shaving system clinically proven to reduce, prevent, irritation for men and women, period. full stop. it's a problem that's existed for well over 100 years and nobody has tried to solve it until irst. and not only have we had incredible loyalty for the efficacy -- >> you created the solution to that. >> we have. >> what i find mostou're recognized as like this tech entrepreneur, right? this high-tech company. but yet you're focused on whato be a low-tech problem. right? the market is beauty and health. >> yep. >> so do you think there's something thatother businesses can learn from that modmodel? >> i get this question all the time. why did you leave tech to go to health and beauty? i never left tech.
to do what we do is the authenticity to find the need, the problem, et cetera, but leverage technology to do things in completely different ways. >> i love it.lker, i think you're brilliant, i think you're authentic and hope realized. pleasure to have you on "our world." >> thank vow very iate it. >> tris san is definitely a business leader to watch. up next, a doctor on the cutting edge of surgery. >> not a atients to be the he.
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>> welcome back to "our world" with black enterprise. in the past decade there have been an estimated 5,000 neurosurgeons working in the united states but less than 1%ered specialists. our "slice of life" dr. keith black is one. dr. keith black the department of neurosurgery at cedar sinai medical center in los angeles. black specializes in brain leads teams in complicated surgery. >> i wouldn't be alive without dr. black. >> how are you, sherry? >> good. >> feeling good? >> one of his patients iss. she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and after visiting five neurosurgeons she chose black to perform her surgery. >> i was at the computer deskhe tumor and in two
going to get it. dr. black is one of only 50 neurosurgeons considered specialists in treating brain tumors since medical school. he's been fascinated with what he calls the brain. >> there's nothing i can think of more incredible in the universe than the human brain. when i'm operating on it and looking at it, it brings me >> married with two children, dr. black has had his share of adventures as a pilot and world traveler. he's met dn mandela and al gore and celebrities like stevie wonder and sidneyis year an estimated 45,000 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. >> knock on wood, i've never lost a patient on the but, you know, there are always outcomes that, you know, you
>> and in a life and death world dr. black knows losing his focus can mean losing a patient. >> when i'm in surgery, i go into a different zone. and you focus all of your talent, all our energy, your spiritual self into trying to help and heal that patient that you have on the table. i think it's ow, when doing surgeries to realize that that person is someone's mother or someone's father or someone's sister, and to operate on them like it wasr or your sister that you're operating on. >> precisely why named him one of the heroes of medicine and why black enterprise named him one of america's leading doctors. >> if i could say to dr. uld thank him for giving me 18 years that i didn't have. >> these patients are facing i
you can face, certainly the most nothing i think can evoke fear in us given the diagnosis of a brain tumor. i patients to be the heroes. they tear 're the ones that are facing the real challenge.s it for this edition of "our world with black enterpri be sure to visit us on the web at rworld. like us on facebook and follow me on twitter. thanks for watching.
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