If you know me, you know that I value the reflective side of me, the side that our society and many cultures try to take away from us because we are men and “we are not supposed to show the byproduct of reflection”, which, in my opinion, is emotion. I used to hide the emotional side of me because of many of the same reasons some men still do. I used to hide it because I wasn’t truly a man but as I learned what it really means to have that luxury, I starting living in power and not fear.
All I can say is thank you to all of you who thought you would be able to kill us. We’re not dead and we’re better, more resilient, and smarter than I ever expected to be. The investors who come into my company today can rest assured that we’ve run into all of the potholes in our path and we’re now better equipped to swerve to not hit them next time we see them.
Not only has Mr. Scott properly baby’d the most successful Kardashian but Travis also has one on the worlds most successful tours at the moment (with a real-life full-blown rollercoaster that rolls over the audience and he’s riding it) he is also as creative as they say. Trust me, I’m a Dr ;) . Travis sucks his cult-like global followers in with his psychedelic beats with switchbacks that impress even the finest creatives. He ties it all in with autotune and simple melodies that are purely artful. Click here to listen and read more.
I don’t care who you are and where you come from, somebody helped you get to where you are today. For me, it was many people who had a hand in helping me see what was possible and help me stay on track even after getting off course. I cannot count how many have had their hands in mentoring me and guiding my life but what I can tell you is who gave me everything. Enter Billy the Kid
When I was 15 years old I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior at a summer camp for youth. It was a gorgeous afternoon on Lake Okeechobee just around the corner from Orlando, FL. The afternoon was perfectly set up. The youth pastor was calling everyone and anyone who wanted to claim Jesus Christ as the one and only god (aka my personal savior) and this skinny, tall, 15-year-old kid felt the Holy Spirit calling him to raise his hand and take the faithful leap. I did.
One of the many traps and misconceptions that men fall into is that being a strong and masculine man means not showing emotion. Not allowing ourselves to use the other side of our brains (like women aren’t afraid to do) is being manly, but this inherently means hiding our heart. For many years, I fell into that trap and didn’t realize how damaging of a pattern that actually is. I would hide the fact that I am a super feeler and super aware of the energies around me, which is why I can not only see and understand you but also feel what you are feeling before you know you are feeling it. Ask someone…
Every place I’ve ever lived in, from San Diego to NYC, has had an impact on my life and direction, which is pretty typical. I’ve made lifelong friends and have learned what the new racism looks like, which I find valuable, duh. I invite you to read a brief synopsis of my time in some of these cities; a summary of the memories that are fresh on my mind. I was inspired to write this after last weekend in Atlanta someone asked, “What do I have to do to be an executive like you?” I answered very easily, “Get out and travel.”
Alberto Marzan (CEO/Founder of AfroLife.TV) and Kenneth Nowling (Director of Production, Laugh Out Loud Network, Lionsgate) discuss The Power of Culture in Digital Content. We’ll explore how culture shapes perception and why content creation and distribution play an integral role in changing the narrative.
I was a skinny eighth grader who was new to the game of basketball and new to Chula Vista. I had not played organized anything up until I came to San Diego. My eighth grade basketball team went to a game at the infamous Chula Vista High School. We were playing the Sweetwater Red Devils and the Spartan team was led by Carnell Penn and others who looked like big men to us little eighth graders.
Chula Vista High School, early 90’s, your boy was one of the top 50 football players in the state of California and top 100 basketball players in the country. Yes, the entire country. I was invited to a basketball camp that, back then, was called the Nike Superstars Camp, which was a weeklong intense basketball camp that only the top ballers in the state and country got invited to and your boy was invited. I got the invite in the mail and stuck it in my bag.
Are we so jaded that when someone is showing us who they unapologetically are we immediately judge them? I think so many of us walk that fine line of disconnecting and staying connected at all times that assumptions become reality far too frequently. I know I have.
If you don’t know the name Alberto Marzan, you will in the very near future. A visionary and innovative entrepreneur, Marzan’s latest transformative venture, AfroLife.TV, the only real hope for people of color to see and experience a full streaming service with content curated for them, launches on June 14, 2018.
The perfectly orchestrated ceremony is going off without a flaw, then President Bill Clinton gets up and walks into the back (green room I am sure) to prepare for his keynote. Well done. I somehow get caught the middle of the secret service as they are escorting him from the stage to the side door.
I picked them up at the airport and started on our day full of introductory meetings. It was an interesting sight, me, 6’4 and Bill (with his cane), 6’6 or taller. The others were not as assuming as we were (and Brett had a short man’s complex). We went to Starkey, one of the world's largest hearing aid companies and headquartered in Minnesota, and US Bank before lunch. For lunch we had a closed meeting between the four of us. The bread and water came and the conversation started. Brett leaned over during one of his monologues and said, “You know,
Yes, I am focused on providing entertaining content on AfroLife.TV, but we have been shaken into an awakening that I credit the Donald for. I speak about that during the interview so please watch and share.
Don’t worry, this is not in place of my regularly scheduled post. That is coming shortly.
I had the fortune of meeting with someone last weekend who encouraged me to write about the real challenges of starting a business in the media/entertainment industry. Let me rephrase that, starting a game changing, impactful, and global business that will bridge and connect the African diaspora around content that is relatable. No small feat to say the least. So for this post, I would like to share some of my personal travel stories and real challenges that may shed light on what entrepreneurship is really like.
I was hired by the International Children's Heart Foundation, a global organization focused on operating on children with congenital heart disease around the world, as their President and CEO back in 2009. My immediate assignments were to fix, reorganize, and to build strategic relationships with organizations and governments around the world that would power the organization into the future. Dr. William Novick (one of the three men that I had great respect for, more to come on that in the coming weeks) and the board of directors had hired me.
The incredible importance behind this is that today content or media is an integral part of our world. If we as African Americans, Afro-Europeans, Afro-Caribbeans or Africans see ourselves on a medium that we hold at such high regards, it has tremendous effects on how we look at ourselves in the world, our brain development, and potentially our outcomes.
After some time on the sea I finally found my sea legs. It was hard to let myself get any sleep with consistently great sailing weather and the magic of these giant animals around us. On day six we were getting prepared to sail to Cedros Island which is an island off of the coast of Mexico...
I was a sophomore in college in San Diego with my birthday and the Christmas holidays just around the corner in December. My family had already moved back to South Florida from San Diego to be closer to family. Since I was already launched in college they thought it was the best time to move. We'd all enjoyed California, it gave us kids great opportunities and showed us a very different life.
These women were strong AF and I was the only little guy running around. When kids would pick on me, since I didn’t have brothers or an example of how a man should handle those situations I learned how these strong and sometimes crazy women handled them. I remember my favorite cousin, Iris
It was November 22, 2012, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and I was on top of the world, heading to the airport to catch a first class Delta flight back to Minneapolis after a business trip in Atlanta. I’d gone to ATL to meet with some investors interested in my new software company, Catena Inc., which was going to revolutionize the way refrigerated cargo was tracked and monitored while in transit.
The access to information is no longer a road block but the access to cash still is. You see, in order for us to be in the circles where sophisticated investors live, entrepreneurs of color and women also need to live there. This poses a...
“With the recent success of some properties in the OTT space, the Disney-Fox merger and Netflix spending seven billion dollars on content, the race is on to develop sustainable strategies that will incentivize users to subscribe to OTT platforms,” said Alberto Marzan, founder and chief executive officer of AfroLife.
I’m laser focused on building a global corporation not playing entrepreneur; it’s been an interesting journey which I am built for and the company has learned how to be more and more resilient throughout this journey which in hindsight I am forever grateful for. We’ve managed to not only attract strategic relationships with the likes of Google and studios of all sizes but we’re also in the conversation as innovators in the ever changing OTT space” says Marzan.
“When we analyze strategic partnerships it’s critically important that our partners share our mission and vision of changing the narrative on how the African American community is seen in media while connecting the global African Diaspora around premium content,” said Alberto Marzan