In My Write Mind
click here to ready my first entry into The UNDERGROUND, the Homeboy Journal. I figured I would give it it's own space separate from my regular stuff.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled program...LOL
Last night, I attended a New York Urban League Young Professionals event up in Harlem. They convened at the soon-to-be-opened Harlem Grill, which rests on 7th Avenue between 132nd and 133rd Streets--directly across the street from where I live. Directly across the street. IT'S GREAT!!!!!
I christened it as my new spot to hang. I picked out my personal bar stool and everything. LOL The owner, a cool dude by the name of Allen West, will be opening the spot formerly known as Wells in mid-January, and I promise, it will be a great place to go to chill. I can't wait.
Anyways, last night, the NYUL YPs held an event there celebrating what they called the FAB 5, entreprenuers that are doing their thing in Harlem. The roster was an impressive one, and included Jai Jai Ramsey, co-owner of Harlem's first black-owned wine shop, Harlem Vintage; Ran Toby, proprietor of 4 Ladies Eyes Only, specializing in relaxation tools for women; Kysha Harris, owner of SCHOP!, a personalized shopping service for those who just don't have the time or inclination; Celeste Beatty, owner of Harlem Brew, which produces Sugar Hill beer (they were giving out free beers last night...I was in heaven); and West, owner of Harlem Grill and former owner of Kwanzaa, which was located downtown.
They shared their insights on what it takes to start and succeed with your own business, tips on overcoming self-doubt and obstacles such as rejection and pessimism. It was a great session. Glad I went.
I not only learned more about doing my own thing, I think just maybe, I may have found my new spot...Priceless.
scribbled by Will at 11/19/2004 05:37:00 PM
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