Haven't wrote a blog post in a minute been working on our new location in Antioch Ca we are really excited to be able to have a place our supporters can come and talk to us and ask questions and vibe with us and support our art. Beside that great news I been going through a lot of different experiences some good some bad but all very humbling. Im not going to get too personal on this one but i will say when dealing with people who do not know you it can be very humbling also when you feel overlooked that can be very humbling but also VERY inspiring. I also now know where a lot of highly successful people get the "chip on the shoulder" mentality from it comes from feeling undervalued and unappreciated which gives them the added motivation to be GREAT. These are just a few things i learned since i wrote the last blog. I just wanted to keep my supporters updated follow me on twitter and instagram @TheCleedus or facebook.com/iloveclee
The last blog we posted got a few responses digging deeper into the issues and solutions to Wealth in the urban communities.I felt it was appropriate to post this now with the excessive amount of crime and murder going on this week. So i want to introduce a Morehouse Graduate brother Matthew Wulukau very intelligent young man and active in our community.
From San francisco CA-
I hope this email finds you in good spirits.
I am excited about the eagerness you have to raise awareness in our
I believe it's extremely imperative for African Americans (Blacks) to wake up!!!
1st we must gain a sense of self identity.
We must know who we are as individuals & a people.
2nd we must understand the face value of the dollar and find out how
(Money) actually works.
We must learn about credit, bonds, stocks, mutual funds, Hedge funds
Roth IRA, Life Insurance, especially Life Insurance. Life Insurance
can be used as a source to generate revenue.
In addition to that we must obtain EDUCATION. We must have general
knowledge about everything. If we do these things we can control who
we put in office. It's Money that elects our leaders not votes. (pay
attention)!!! If we practice these things we can have enough Money
generated to where we can rebuild our community's we can educate our
own. We can have enough to sustain ourselves. ( Underserved community
Why is it that we don't do business with each other but rather spend
with every other race?
Why is it that we are the number 1 Consumer with over a total of 800
Billion Dollars in expenditures. ( Clothes, Shoes, Cars, Bling etc...
Matthew Wulukau Jr
I was doing some reflecting on where i come from which is the HOOD and started to think of some of the benefits i gained. The Hood is a great place to build character it forces you to mature quickly and be independent and in that sense its a beautiful place. But there is a darker side to the hood that is RARELY spoken upon you hear about the crime and violence but i want to dig deeper than that i want to talk about what causes most of the violence and crime. I want to to talk about WEALTH in the hood. See in America and around the world a majority of WEALTH is sustained and passed down from generation to generation And in order to SURVIVE in this country we call AMERICA a certain amount of wealth needs to be acquired. In the hood there is no WEALTH so whats passed down is poverty which is very damaging to the community. There is no real estate being passed down there is no businesses being passed down and there is no money for education being passed down NO assets are being passed down so its no foundation for the next generation to build upon. I use to think focusing too much on wealth was somewhat evil but what i learned was the exact opposite.I learned that all COMMUNITIES where there is poverty its high crime rates and highly mis-educated people so in actuality we do need to focus on wealth.What we need to do is 1. Start to educate ourselves on how to build WEALTH its libraries full of books teaching how to build wealth we must learn then TEACH 2. Start to acquire assets (things that make us money) such as Real estate,Stocks and Bonds or Small Businesses this will not only build wealth for ourselves but give our generation after us a foundation to build upon and Elevate. 3. we have to support the people from our communities go read my previous blog speaking on the importance of support it makes things GO. if you don't support your own who will?
In conclusion i want to say NEVER forget where you come from and be proud of who you are BUT also study your environment and learn whats really going on and WHY its going on. The hood is a great place it has created millions of brilliant minds and some of the strongest most Charismatic people in the world. On the other hand if we are not using none of these incredible characteristics that we learned from the hood to progress we are doing ourselves and community a disservice. When it comes to building wealth what hood you from does not matter when you trying to buy a home your hood doesn't matter when it comes to putting our children in college what hood your from doesn't matter thats why we must take what we learned from the hood and implement the knowledge outside of the hood and use it to better our community. It has to be about more than ourselves but about our community as a whole. Blessings to you all-C.lee
Vijay Tidwell is interesting human let me explain why. Vijay is a young man of many talents from Track and Field, Photography, College Graduate, YouTube Sensation (Class of Mv) just to name of few. You may have seen some of his incredibly funny videos where he is impersonating superstar rapper "2 Chainz". We here at TheCleedus.com respect Vijay highly thats why we sponsor him cause he represents what we stand for. Recently while I was being nosey on Instagram i seen a very insipring story by Vijay i asked him to send it to me its about a cancer survivor he met Please Read:
Met a very inspirational man over the weekend. He is a 23 year old cancer
survivor. He debuted a film about his fight with the deadly disease and how he
conquered. What I found so inspirational about this kid was that even after he
beat cancer, he didn't hesitate to give back to the community and inspire others
who may suffer from the same issues. I didnt even know him before the weekend as
more than a fan of my youtube videos but it was only right to support someone as
positive as himself. I wore the "Motivate and Inspire" tee as representation of
all the good people out there doing something positive to impact our's and
- Vijay aka @iamvididdy
I thought this was very dope. Im a big fan of when people can be inspired by each other and we people can share their struggles with the world.
Its VERY easy to start looking for sympathy or pity.
It takes courage to put your life out to be seen by the masses.
In the words of the great Heavy D "BE INSPIRED"
Check out Vijay rockin the Motivate and Inspire tee and
David Carcamo rockin that Classic He Who Has The Gold Makes The Rules crewneck.