"Things I Learned/ Update on The Progress" October 10 2013
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
"No Wealth In The Hood" Follow up by Matthew Wulukau June 25 2013
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.
Greetings Clarence 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 underserved communities. - 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... ) Why? Matthew Wulukau Jr
Today i want to ASK the readers some questions because i am so confused. My first question is WHAT IS LOYALTY? i have my own views on the word loyalty but i am asking you all to help me out,i ask because i don't see what I think is loyalty that often. What i see is whatever is relevant thats what the majority is "loyal" to i see it in MUSIC,SPORTS,FASHION even Technology. I see we as a group are loyal to whats relevant and when its no longer relevant we are "LOYAL" to the next thing relevant. What i respect is in the time frame of our temporary loyalty we are DIE HARD loyal which is dope but ONCE its runs its course we are die hard loyal for the next thing, this brings me to my next question. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR LOYALTY TO BE TEMPORARY? here is a great example of what i mean in this question in sports i noticed when the season is in full effect AND if a particular team is winning the fans are DIE HARD we buy their flags and put them on our cars we but their clothes we represent daily. Soon as the season is over OR if the team loses all the support stops immediately. I used sports as an example this happens in ALL WALKS OF LIFE this brings me to my last question on LOYALTY are we as a generation so insecure or are we losing so bad that we will compromise our MORALS to feel apart of a winning team? These are some things i don't understand so i am asking YOU for help. Now lets talk about RESPECT
When i think of Respect i think of words like honorable,courageous ,honest, Honest,brave,wise etc etc. Now it's a popular saying it goes "you cant buy respect" which i felt was true because cant buy any of the attributes previously mentioned BUT that NO LONGER the case you can buy RESPECT because it seems these days we respect whatever is popular. It could be degrading,evil, fake,disrespectful and it seems if the right people co-sign it we as a whole have a certain level of respect for it. So my first question what does it take to earn your respect? for you personally what do you respect? In one of my earlier blogs "Shut Up Its Good For You" i talked about the importance of RESEARCH and that applies again now. Your RESPECT you give is important and of value so before you just give it away do some research cause it maybe something that goes against your whole belief system or it may just be flat out FAKE. in closing i encourage us all to take a deeper look at ourselves (including me) and really learn our values and morals and be loyal to them and don't compromise them in order to feel apart of something our loyalty,support and respect are of high value and need to be carefully distributed throughout life. Be Great and blessings to you all-C.lee
"WORK ETHIC" June 10 2013
Lets get right into it the words "Success" and "Grind" are thrown around loosely in the year 2013 everybody is on the grind and everybody wants to be successful. You see the countless INSPIRATIONAL "memes" online and everybody is trying to make it "to the top". All this is great i love seeing motivated people but here is where i have cause of concern, NOBODY WANTS TO WORK!!!!!! I talk to a number of people and we all came to the conclusion that a majority of us just do not want to work. Its a real "something for nothing" epidemic going on these days especially with our youth. We make time for EVERYTHING we want to do or feel like like doing but when its time to really work we pull out a long list of excuses. In my personal opinion i feel like if you have time to "kick it" or "hang out" or party you should definitely have time to work. This is is all apart of the necessary SACRIFICE of achieving worthy goals. As simple as all this sounds I was shocked when i noticed how often its NOT applied. Here is my story:Ok so i have had the pleasure to live in the "ghetto" and the suburbs and i BELIEVED that the "suburbs" was a place with a healthier environment to create a better opportunity (which it is). BUT you would be amazed at how many young people in the suburbs DO NOT take advantage of this opportunity and after extensive hands on research and conversations the common factor was "WORK ETHIC". I believe so many people here are comfortable in a good situation they either don't know how or don't want to put in the necessary work it takes to accomplish any real goals. Whats sad is its a lot of extremely talented people here (also in the hood but thats for another time) they just refuse to work and the excuses run a MILE and usually not even important excuses they just clearly do not want to work. We have the perfect opportunity to do great things but instead we got to "kickbacks" (thats a big thing in the suburbs) and many other un-important activities. In closing if you do not get anything from this article get this, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING takes sacrifice, there is NO something for NOTHING its not real delete that thought and any thoughts like it,and finally Work Hard yes it sucks and you get tired but understand you were put in a situation to succeed and do great things take full advantage of that and create that situation for the next generation.-C.lee
Here is a pic of a classic tee from the C.lee brand "Work Like A Slave Eat Like a King"