Hey! I’m glad you’re here. I hope you are as ready for Black economic changes as I am.
Let me tell you a little about myself…
My name is Rita and I’m a 34-year-old descendant of Africans enslaved in America.
Actually, I’m many things: a mother to a beautiful daughter, a lover to an incredible spouse, an electrical engineer, an author, an internet entrepreneur … I’m so many things.
This also includes a person who was once sick and tired of having to fight for respect and recognition in Corporate, only to end up getting “swallowed whole” by the system of White supremacy.
I had the least competitive salary, still lived paycheck to paycheck, never had the extra income or autonomy to live my life the way that I wanted to live it, and constantly had to prove my abilities and value to a company solely because I am a Black woman.
I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. As a child I didn’t know life outside of the Projects. My elementary years were rough. I was bullied from ages 8 to 13. Believe it or not, it wasn’t just other children that tormented me, but family as well.
I was extremely thin with very short and coarse hair. People hated me for this.
Up until age 12, I failed math, science, and social studies. I struggled in my studies and possessed low self-esteem.
However, everything changed in my first year of high school. Academics became easier and I maintained a healthy grade point average.
It was as if a switch had been flipped on in my head.
I did so well in my high school studies, especially Chemistry, that my teacher recommended I pursue an engineering degree in college. I didn’t even know what engineering meant, but apparently my teacher believed in me deeply because he went on to contact my mother and insist that I studied in the field.
My Life Changing Events
When I entered college, I was exposed to a world of diversity: something I’d never experienced before coming from inner city Detroit. I embraced the newness of culture and a society that was foreign to me. I had friends of all races and loved it, but overtime I noticed that race played a significant role in my academic, social, and Corporate life.
Being in a White male dominating industry like electrical engineering, I was forced to see race as a pivotal element determining the level of support, opportunities, and respect I’d receive as a worker.
I worked so hard to get my degree and into Corporate, only to be forced to conform to a world where:
- I didn’t fit in;
- Felt valueless in my position;
- Never received the necessary resources to perform my job efficiently;
- Dealt with the constant rumors of job threats (layoffs, organizational changes not conducive to my career path);
- Endured office politics
- Ignored the sexual harassment, hostile and stressful work environments
- And even though my salary was above the national average, I still didn’t feel accommodated for all of my responsibilities. My White male coworkers were making roughly $10-15K more for the same objectives.
I felt like a slave with no autonomy over my own time or advancement.
Although I tried persevering through all of those challenges, the final straw was when I became pregnant with my daughter. It was a tough pregnancy that threatened her life. After informing my company about my complications, they made the following very clear:
We understand that you’re dealing with fetal complications, but as an employee you need to do whatever it takes to get your job done. For starters, you need to come in earlier and work longer.
Ultimately, I went on paid leave (Doctor’s orders) and while on bed rest (bored out of my mind), I researched the benefits to having an online business.
I talk more about my experiences with Corporate in this article if you’re interested.
A New Life and Journey
As much as I value my career as an engineer, working in Corporate forced me to see that systemic and institutional racism are very real. For this reason I became determined to never return to Corporate.
I also wanted to connect with others who had experienced a similar trauma: Black and working the Corporate plantation. <That’s what I called it>
I dedicated myself to taking care of my family while simultaneously working on my first internet project: Racisminamerica.org. I knew NOTHING about business, marketing, competitors … etc. I was simply angry by what society had done to me and others alike.
I researched Black history and things became even darker: I realized the current state of Black socio-economics, academics, housing, and every other aspect of Black society was structurally designed to be oppressive to Black people. The American government and Corporations are responsible for this and I sought out to “expose” my new realization. However, the only success I really had was realizing that there were so many other businesses doing the same thing, and were much better at it.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to reach my audience in the way that I had hoped. I was getting more attacks from White supremacists and anti-Black people than I was support. And because I wasn’t able to make a dime from the site, I decided to put it on hold to focus on building business acumen.
My Life Today
I ended up going on a crazy campaign to learn as much as I could about business and boy was I disappointed.
There was so information and so many people claiming to do the same things that I became overwhelmed. I had to take a step back from it all and find real experts to help me understand the process.
I ended up taking a marketing course at The Black Business School, and learned that marketing is even more important than a business’s product/service.
Everything began to make sense, especially the necessity to research the market before diving into a business. I noted all of my mistakes with Racisminamerica.org, and because I tend to be very organized I wrote out the steps–from my perspective–from start to finish, detailing how to start a business.
I implemented my own system in a real estate website which ultimately earned about $1,500 to $2,000 per month. Afterwards, I advanced my system and partnered with my honey to create a website for entertainment apps, and now we’re making a little over six figures a year from this business alone.
Today, because I am so sick of descendants of Africans enslaved in America receiving the short end of the stick, especially in terms of wealth, I am determined to teach our people how to start a successful online business.
Today, I’m so proud to be able to say that I’m living a stress free life. Of course life isn’t perfect, but it’s significantly better than it was when I was working in Corporate. I absolutely love what I do. I feel like I have purpose and can express myself without resistance.
I workout everyday, take care of my family, do things that I love, and travel very often. This year alone my honey and I took much needed vacations to Jamaica, Toronto, San Francisco, and Seattle. And we are not done yet!
I’m not telling you these things to be pretentious, but instead to show you that success with an online business is possible because I’m living proof of it. I’ve come from what many may call “nothing,” but it didn’t stop me and it doesn’t have to stop you.
Since I was young, I’ve hated to see others struggle. Perhaps because I struggled so much myself in all aspects of life. That’s why if I have the ability to help, it’s in my nature to do just that. And it should be in yours as well.
It helps that I’m not threatened by competition, critics, doubters, or others stealing my ideas for their own profit. None of that matters to me. I believe that what you put into this universe, you will get back tenfold. So it’s up to people to live their lives with integrity if they expect greatness in return.
My Promise To You
A pet peeve of mine includes so-called “experts” cunningly claiming to have the secret to overnight success, only for them to end up rich by selling you information that’s free on the internet. I especially get frustrated at other Black people that perpetrate this by targeting and exploiting the Black community.
That’s why everything that I’ve done or have learned is provided for free on Our Black Business. I won’t sell a single piece of my knowledge to you. And if I could give you the Resources for free, I would do that as well. However, they aren’t mine to give away so I can’t do that.
I promise that most of the information in my Start a Black Business system is not readily accessible on the internet. I assure you that you will spend an excessive amount of time trying to research what I’m providing on the Start a Business page for free.
I also promise that the information provided will work, depending on YOUR efforts. The system IS NOT a get rich quick scheme. The process takes time and significant effort on your end.
However, working hard today will grant you freedom tomorrow.
I’ve made the process as to the point, accessible, cheap, and welcoming as possible so that you can learn how to start and run a successful business with ease and at your own pace.
Also, you will notice that I’m always updating the “Start a Business” system, but that’s just to ensure that you have the most up-to-date, relevant information necessary on your journey.
All That I Ask
The only thing that I ask is that after I teach you to start earning passive income, you focus on giving back to the Black community. This includes hiring talented or willing descendants of African enslaved in America, training them in critical areas, teaching them the secrets to success, financial management, and other components pivotal to rebuilding Black society.
The only reason I am doing this is to teach our people how to make money without begging Corporations or the government for help.
Once I teach you to master the art of business, please pass this knowledge on to other Black people and encourage them to do the same. It’s up to us to make a difference. History has proven that America doesn’t profit from helping or building Black people. We have to do this for ourselves.
That’s all that I ask and I will teach you everything that I know.