When it comes to the depths of noir intellect, ‘Hast thou met a Virgo?‘ Astrologically, they are the 6th sign of the zodiac. The only sign that resembles self sufficiency, (in my opinion). You have seen her, haven’t you?
She’s packing wheat and how she makes bread – be it in the oven or the bank – she is by default, equipped with the resources and capacity to do so. Therefore in the spirit of refined resourcefulness I’d like to showcase two “bread makers” that are and have been instrumental in my professional and personal life. They are teaching me to fish and make bread. Maybe they can help you out too:
JACOB R. MILES. An executive with engineering, operations, sales experience in the media, entertainment and automotive industries. Experienced with start ups, development stage, emerging growth and Fortune 500 companies. His KEY focuses lie on improving and leveraging the synergies within organizations to achieve operational excellence and growth. Jake deals in technology, operations (domestic & international), digital media, internet sales, licensing, intellectual property development. He’s a great asset in assignments for business owners, officers & directors, investment bankers, investors looking to grow, restructure, reignite portfolio companies.
Always about his research, Jake is also notably a business analyst, New Media integrator, consultant and speaker on diversity, entrepreneurship models, technology & strategy with solutions that power growth. “Jack up your profits with Jake,” is my motto for him — ask George Lucas.
This was my beginning. How awesome is that? The #BlackHistory that shaped me…
As tough of an act as Virgoan Jake is, fate introduced me to:
FREDRICK “Fab 5 Freddy” BRATHWAITE. In the late 1970s, Freddy became a member of the Brooklyn-based graffiti group The Fabulous 5, known for painting the entire side of New York subway cars. Along with other Fabulous 5 member Lee Quiñones, under his direction they began to shift from street graffiti to transition into the art world and in 1979 they both exhibited in a prestigious gallery in Rome Italy, Galleria LaMedusa. In 1980, he painted a subway train with cartoon style depictions of giant Campbell’s Soup cans, after Andy Warhol. He was the bridge between the New York uptown graffiti and early rap scene and the downtown art and punk music scenes. “I was bringing the whole music, hip-hop, art, break dancing and urban cultural thing to the downtown table,” he said.
At the end of 1980, Glenn O’Brien cast Freddy, along with fellow Lower East Side graffiti writer Lee Quiñones, in the film New York Beat (later released as Downtown 81). That film showcased artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in his Lower Manhattan environment and the culture that surrounded it. Shortly after, Freddy began production along with filmmaker Charlie Ahearn on his film Wild Style (1982), which showcased artist Lee Quiñones in the Uptown, Manhattan environment of the Bronx and the music that surrounded it. Fab continues to inject dopeness into the art and film industry to date. Peep his wikipedia, yo! He is HIP HOP and he DON’T STOP.
I met Jake in 2004 after writing my first film script.
Film officials ‘came for me’ — ’twas massive business; it was a hit!
Head spinning and ‘financial prospect’ grinning – I was head over heels
that’s when Jacob came in to separate fiction from reel.
He authenticated the feel, we discussed the depths of the game & being more fiscal.
He advised me to continue to write, get a website and crank out more scripts for maximum residuals.
So I submitted to creativity and literally did –
then my writes via an online site found Fab in 2006.
He challenged my mind and emboldened my cool
and recommended of me a little more school.
Knowledge is the golden rule – my talents only opened the door.
Fab5Freddy has been an instrumental player in my bad-arse knowledgeable scores!
Research and application always yield me soar. The strength of; I love the feel.
Being mentored by Fab I gave full production ‘a dap’- and acquired the capacity to reel.
With the website, the schooling and equipment in place,
My future of reel capacity has a productive dimensional face.
And I’m off to the races, my future is bright as I fully embrace life’s mystery.
The guides that said “GO!” were both VIRGO’s and awesome contributors to BLACK HISTORY.
When you are planning your life, plan to be surrounded not by nay sayers.
and Black History is KEY – I’m blessed to be surrounded by VIRGO’an Players.