The State of Black Houston

So on Tuesday I attended “The State of Black Houston.” Well I first want to say I couldn’t find parking. By the time I got in there, they were already in the thick of the discussion. And they ended on time. People showed up and the discussion was engaging. So that’s an ‘A’ in my book.

You’re probably wondering how this event that deals with improving the community something women who run businesses from home should know about? Well let me tell you this. If your community is unstable, guess what? It affects your business. Your community helps to support your business either by being a client/customer, referral partner, collaborative partner or investor. You don’t have a business without clients/customers and if the community is unstable they probably won’t buy what you’re selling.

So yes, it’s important that you as a woman who runs a business from home know what’s happening in your community. So back to The State of Black Houston event.

Well here’s one thing that bothers me about events like this. All we here is talk and the push for solutions but usually no solutions are given. But Houston Justice is different. They actually had several ways we could help in the Houston community. So take a look around their website and see how you can become involved in improving the Houston, TX area.  Another ‘A’ in my book.

Bishop Dixon probably had some of the most poignant remarks on the panel. Or at least ones that stuck with me. When he stated that most people only share their stars and not their scars that’s so true. What that means is we love to share what goes right in our lives or what we receive but we rarely share the bumps and bruises along the way to get there. And when you hear those stories they are often after that person has reached a level of success. That shouldn’t be the case. You should share as you learn along the way.

When Bishop Dixon described churches as either cruise ships or battle ships that really put things into perspective. But what riled up the entire crowd in a good way was this statement here (paraphrasing), “Parents who attend a cruise ship church usually only go to a battle ship when their kid is in trouble.” In other words, some people love to stay in the ‘burbs thinking certain situations don’t affect them until it does. And when it does then they want everyone to jump up and support them. Well remember you must support the community way before you ever need them. {That’s also a business tip.}

A cruise ship is for people who love easy sailing. They want things to always stay ‘perfect’. A battle ship is where people are ready and willing to stand up and fight for what is right. Now Dr. Martin L. King, Jr was the captain of a battle ship. And Bishop Dixon said most people today wouldn’t follow Dr. King, he’s right. He said it’s always easy to follow a dead leader. Whoops. Yes, he said that out loud. So are you going to be an active member of your community or will you only get involved if things begin to affect you?

If you haven’t noticed I actually felt this event was worth attending and a great movement from 2 millennials here in Houston. I’m going to keep tabs on what Houston Justice is doing here in Houston. I think you should too.

Vernetta is the owner of The Truth Confidant. She is an outspoken Introvert, Blogger, Podcaster, Speaker, TV Host/Producer, ESL Instructor & Organizer for Houston African American Bloggers Association. MavsNation, Netflix Connoisseur. She's been featured on EOFire podcast, Madame Noire, CNBC.com as well as various websites, podcasts and blogs.

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