Open Letter to Young Black Hollywood: Ending Segregation

January 28, 2015 8:55 PM

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There is a story that Elijah Muhammad would often tell about a mule that was chained to a tree for many, many years. Finally, when the mule was unchained, he still didn't leave the tree's side. You may already know where I'm going with this...when I was a young record guy, I would go to Hawaii and hang with the chairmen of various media companies (mostly music). Sure, the hotel suites were a bit expensive, but there I was hanging with some of the most exciting people in the entertainment business (many of them have now become some of my longest friendships). Even though we are talking over 30 years ago, I never got to see a sign that said "Whites Only" -- real or imagined. The fact is good business relationships in communications businesses are mostly built outside of the shared workspace. If you want to make lasting connections, you too will have to go outside of your comfort zone and make new friends.

I guess about 29 years ago -- before I could even afford it (and for the record, this place is still expensive to me!) I would go to St. Barth's during the holidays, because I knew that was where a lot of the record, fashion and film executives would vacation. If that was where a lot of the successf...

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