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  • 4 minutes 22 seconds
    The Future of Affordable Housing in NYC with Alicia Keys

    In this enlightening clip of EYL, our host Rashad Bilal sits down with the multi-talented artist and advocate Alicia Keys to discuss a pressing issue that touches the lives of many New Yorkers: affordable housing. As a native New Yorker herself, Alicia Keys shares her personal experiences growing up in affordable housing designed specifically for artists. She candidly discusses how these programs provided her with the vital access and opportunities that shaped her illustrious career.


    Rashad and Alicia delve into the current state of affordable housing in New York City, highlighting the dramatic rise in rental costs and the unfortunate phase-out of several beneficial housing programs. With the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan soaring to almost $4,000, they explore the stark realities facing young professionals and creatives who are being priced out of the city.


    Alicia reflects on the invaluable role that these artist-specific housing programs played in her life, not just as a place to live but as a crucial support system that kept her rooted in a vibrant cultural environment. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining such programs to ensure that the city’s diverse cultural landscape continues to thrive. Both hosts argue that pricing artists and creatives out of the city ultimately harms the entire ecosystem, taking away from New York the very soul and creativity that define it.


    The conversation goes beyond just housing to talk about the broader implications of access to creative spaces. Alicia shares her current efforts in creating fellowship programs for young people interested in set design, costume design, and other artistic fields. These programs aim to bridge the gap and offer invaluable learning opportunities under industry greats, ensuring that the next generation of artists has both the skills and the inspiration to contribute back to the city's cultural economy.


    Join us in this compelling discussion that puts a spotlight on affordable housing, creative access, and the continuing efforts to keep New York City a welcoming hub for all artists and dreamers.


    #AffordableHousing #AliciaKeys #NYCHousingCrisis #CreativeSpaces #EYL #RashadBilal #ArtCommunity #NYCLife #HousingAdvocacy



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    22 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 1 hour 18 minutes
    EYL #291: How To Raise $1 Billion: The Hidden Secrets to Building a Billion-Dollar Company ft. Ryan Breslow

    In this insightful video, Bolt founder Ryan Breslow shares his journey from dropping out of Stanford to launching a successful crypto startup in 2013. Learn how to attract investors and create crowd momentum during fundraising, as Ryan reveals his secrets to success and strategies for raising capital quickly. 


    Discover the story behind purchasing the domain "Love.com" from Yahoo and Ryan's vision of creating an ethical version of Amazon. Understand why Ryan believes having a co-founder is more important than marriage and how he decides which employees receive equity.


    Key topics include:

    - How to get investors interested in your business

    - The goal of fundraising and creating crowd momentum

    - Competition with Stripe and early party rounds

    - The importance of having the right person on your board

    - Avoiding dead equity and its impact on your business

    - The unique aspects of Bolt compared to other payment companies

    - The cost of scaling a startup company


    Don’t miss out on these valuable insights from one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the tech industry!


    #RyanBreslow #Bolt #Startup #Fundraising #Investors #LoveDotCom #Entrepreneurship #BusinessStrategies #Equity #CapitalRaising



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    21 May 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 10 minutes 43 seconds
    Investing in Ghana: The Pros and Cons Explained

    Join us for an insightful conversation on Market Mondays with hosts Rashad Bilal, Troy Millings, Ian Dunlap and guest Kofi Bonner as they delve into global trends and local impacts. In this clip, they focus on two key topics: the rising interest in Ghana as a premier destination for investment and the strategic urban planning that has revitalized Detroit's downtown area through sports and cultural events. #Investment #Ghana #Detroit #UrbanPlanning #MarketMondays #Economy #SportsRevitalization #CulturalImpact



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    20 May 2024, 4:05 pm
  • 8 minutes 35 seconds
    Cliff Notes: EYL & Kamala Harris Discuss Lack of Access to Capital for Black Entrepreneurs

    In this compelling clip of EYL, hosts Rashad Bilal and Vice President Kamala Harris delve into the pressing issue of access to capital for black entrepreneurs. Vice President Harris discusses the current administration's efforts to combat disparities in funding, emphasizing the importance of federal initiatives aimed at supporting minority-owned small businesses. She highlights the administration’s strategies such as increasing federal contracts for minority businesses by 50%, and investing in community banks and financial literacy.


    Rashad shares insights from personal experiences and interactions with various entrepreneurs, explaining the critical role of capital in scaling businesses from start-ups to major players in the economy. The conversation also covers the impact of social media and technology in leveling the playing field for new businesses and the unique challenges faced by tech entrepreneurs.


    Discover how these initiatives not only aim at funding but also at empowering communities through entrepreneurship which, in turn, fosters broader economic development and growth. Vice President Harris also outlines future plans focusing on substantial federal investments in infrastructure, technology, and the clean energy economy, which could offer new opportunities for small businesses.


    Don’t miss this insightful discussion on how targeted economic policies can facilitate substantial change and offer a ladder of opportunity to minority entrepreneurs.


    *#EYL #KamalaHarris #Entrepreneurship #AccessToCapital #MinorityOwnedBusiness #EconomicDevelopment #FederalContracts #FinancialLiteracy*



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    19 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 5 minutes 31 seconds
    Starbucks' Challenges and Investment Opportunities

    In this insightful clip of Market Mondays, hosts Rashad Bilal, Troy Millings, and Ian Dunlap dive deep into the recent challenges faced by Starbucks. From a significant stock decline, dropping from $126 in 2021 to approximately $73, to cultural backlashes and operational missteps, they cover everything influencing Starbucks' current market position. They also discuss the potential role of Howard Schultz in reviving the brand and what it might take for Starbucks to regain its competitive edge.


    As Starbucks faces backlash from various communities and reported conflicts in the Middle East affecting their sales and brand image, the discussion also touches upon broader themes of boycotting and corporate responsibility. Moreover, they explore how Starbucks' response to these issues and its attempt to enhance customer service, like improving the mobile order and rewards system, could be pivotal.


    The clip doesn't just highlight problems but also deliberates on whether these dips in performance represent a buying opportunity for investors. With the price point nearing $63, Rashad notably shifts from critique to potential endorsement, provided the company addresses its shortcomings.


    Join us on Market Mondays as we unravel whether Starbucks can blend its way back to the top amidst the brewing troubles and if it's the right time for investors to stock up.


    #MarketMondays #Starbucks #Investing #StockMarket #CorporateResponsibility #HowardSchultz #Boycott #BrandChallenges #FinancialAnalysis #InvestmentOpportunities


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    18 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 8 minutes 20 seconds
    Study Hall: Legal Essentials and Strategic Insights

    Join Kika Wise as she dives deep into the essentials of franchising, highlighting the critical steps and legal documents needed to thrive in this unique business landscape. From understanding the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) to strategic financial disclosures in Item 19, Kika offers invaluable insights to avoid common pitfalls and leverage opportunities for substantial growth. Discover the nuances of franchise law and how mastering this knowledge can lead to sustainable wealth through franchising.


    #FranchisingBasics #LegalInsights #BusinessGrowth #FranchiseSuccess #Entrepreneurship #WealthBuilding #KikaWise #EYL



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    17 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 7 minutes 12 seconds
    Apple's Largest Stock Buyback Ever: What's Next?

    In this clip of Market Mondays, our hosts Rashad Bilal, Ian Dunlap, and Troy Millings delve into Apple's recent announcement of its massive $110 billion stock buyback—the largest in history. Despite a 10% drop in iPhone sales, this strategic buyback sent Apple's stock price climbing. But is this enough to reassure investors amid declining sales figures? The team breaks down the implications of the buyback and considers Apple's potential ahead of the crucial June 7 announcement, where AI developments are expected to take center stage.


    Ian critiques the move as a temporary fix, likening it to "duct tape over an ocean leak," emphasizing the need for groundbreaking products rather than temporary financial maneuvers. Meanwhile, Troy discusses the broader market implications and consumer anticipation, relating Apple's current predicament to Nvidia's past market performances. The trio also explores how Apple could innovate beyond its current product lineup to reignite consumer and investor interest.


    Is Apple merely buying time, or are they steering the ship in a new, revolutionary direction? Stay tuned as we discuss what's next for this tech giant and what investors should look out for in the looming June announcements.


    *Key Moments:*

    - 00:00: Rashad introduces the topic of Apple's record-breaking stock buyback.

    - 01:08: Ian describes the stock buyback as a good but insufficient move and stresses the need for new products.

    - 02:43: Troy brings up how AI and upcoming announcements could affect Apple's stock and market positioning.

    - 04:01: Discussion shifts to what might come from Apple's June 7 event and what that might mean for the future of the company.

    - 06:22: The hosts talk about the potential and expectations around Apple's AI advancements.


    *Episode Highlights:*

    - Insightful analysis of Apple's financial strategy.

    - Predictions and hopes for Apple’s future innovations.

    - Comparison with other tech giants and market competitors.


    *Watch to find out:* Will Apple's strategies pay off, or do they need a more radical approach to stay on top of the tech industry? Don't forget to like, comment, and share your thoughts on what you expect from Apple in the coming months!


    *#MarketMondays #Apple #StockMarket #Investing #Technology #AI #FinancialAnalysis #BusinessStrategy #TechNews*



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    16 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 22 minutes 50 seconds
    THE BIGGEST LESSONS TO LEARN FROM DRAKE AND KENDRICK'S BEEF

    This clip of Market Mondays, hosts Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings dive deep into the high-profile battle between Drake and Kendrick Lamar, extracting important business insights from the rap industry. They explore the strategies these artists have used to shape public perception and their careers through their ongoing rivalry. Key discussions include the impact of Universal Records, the influence of public perception in marketing, and how personal branding and public narratives can make or break success. Rashad and Troy highlight the importance of being strategic and deliberate in one's business and marketing approaches, drawing parallels between these rap battlers' tactics and broader business practices.


    #MarketMondays #BusinessLessons #HipHop #DrakeVsKendrick #Strategy #MusicIndustry #Branding #PublicRelations



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    15 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 36 minutes 20 seconds
    EYL: #290 Alicia Keys On Creating Broadway's Newest Sensation, Her Hit Play "Hell's Kitchen"

    Join Alicia Keys on "Earn Your Leisure" as she delves into the heartfelt stories and pivotal moments that have shaped her both personally and professionally. In this enlightening interview, Alicia shares the inspiration behind her Broadway play "Hell's Kitchen" and discusses how her upbringing in affordable housing influenced her life and artistry. 


    Discover the profound importance of finding meaning in art as Alicia reflects on her 13-year journey to create "Hell's Kitchen," revealing the dedication behind her creative process. She also opens up about Broadway musical etiquette and the influence of Broadway on her illustrious career.


    Additionally, Alicia explains the storytelling dynamics unique to Broadway productions and discusses her initiative to foster new talent through a fellowship program designed to give hands-on experience in the Broadway industry. She also sheds light on the business model of Broadway, providing insights into the economic and creative aspects that drive the industry.


    This conversation is a must-watch for fans of Alicia Keys and anyone interested in the intersections of music, theater, and personal growth.


    #AliciaKeys #EarnYourLeisure #HellsKitchen #Broadway #ArtInspiration #MusicIndustry #CreativeProcess #TheaterLife #BroadwayBusiness



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    14 May 2024, 4:54 pm
  • 6 minutes 18 seconds
    KAMALA HARRIS ANNOUNCES THAT EVEN NON-GRADUATES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR $150B STUDENT LOAN DEBT FORGIVENESS

    In this insightful clip of EYL, Vice President Kamala Harris addresses critical issues affecting millions of Americans. She explores the significant strides made by the administration in providing student loan debt relief, despite challenges from judicial rulings. With a focus on public service professionals like teachers and nurses, VP Harris highlights the profound impact of debt forgiveness on their lives and careers.


    Further, moving into the realm of entrepreneurship, VP Harris passionately discusses the importance of fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, particularly in vibrant hubs like Atlanta. Recognizing the hurdles that minority entrepreneurs face, she provides empowering advice on seeking financial resources and embracing one's ambitions without fear of societal barriers.


    This clip is a must-watch for educators, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in the intersection of policy and personal prosperity. Tune in to gain perspectives from one of the nation's leading figures on navigating the complexities of educational debts and seizing entrepreneurial opportunities in a challenging economic landscape.


    #EYL #VicePresidentHarris #StudentLoans #Entrepreneurship #DebtRelief #Education #Business #Empowerment #Innovation #Atlanta



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    13 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 11 minutes 17 seconds
    Cliff Notes: Master No nprofit Fundraising and Overcoming Challenges

    In this insightful clip of EYL, hosts Rashad Bilal, Troy Millings, and special guest Jonathan Alvarez delve deep into the intricacies of nonprofit management and effective fundraising strategies. Jonathan, a seasoned nonprofit leader, shares his experiences and explains how strategic planning is crucial for sustaining and expanding nonprofit organizations.


    Throughout this discussion, Jonathan sheds light on the benefits and challenges of various fundraising approaches including securing grants, corporate outreach, crowdfunding, and organizing high-impact fundraisers like gala events. He highlights the success of his organization's first gala event that significantly exceeded its financial goals, and discusses the importance of relationship building in the nonprofit sector.


    Additionally, Jonathan Alvarez touches upon the complexities of navigating government funding, with specific references to state-sponsored programs and the impact of political dynamics on financial stability and operational execution. He stresses the importance of transparency and readiness for audits to maintain trust and credibility among donors and stakeholders.


    Rashad, Troy, and Jonathan also explore the broader implications of funding constraints and the strategic measures nonprofit leaders must take to adjust to ever-changing financial landscapes, including managing organizational growth and adhering to non-partisan guidelines in politically charged environments.


    This episode is a must-watch for anyone involved or interested in the nonprofit sector, offering valuable insights on fundraising, financial management, strategic planning, and overcoming the sector-specific challenges that impact growth and success.


    *Watch the full discussion to gain a comprehensive understanding of the key elements essential for thriving in the challenging yet rewarding world of nonprofits.*


    *#EYL #NonprofitSuccess #FundraisingStrategies #StrategicPlanning #NonprofitChallenges #FinancialManagement #JonathanAlvarez #NonprofitGrowth*



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    12 May 2024, 1:00 pm
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