‘For Us, by Us’: Inside the New Social Spaces for People of Color

In New York City, there’s a growing movement when it comes to places to gather. There is an obvious need for community, support and belonging, which organizations like Mastermind Connect is trying to fulfill. Jeff Lindor, from The Gentlemen’s Factory, explains why this matters in a recent article featured in The New York Times.

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Virginia: Blackface and the Future of a Slave State

If you haven’t been following along, it recently came to light that the yearbook of Ralph Northam, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, features a personally curated page which features a photo of a white person in blackface standing next to a person, presumably also white, wearing a full set of KKK robes, drinking beers at a party, as if to say, “just two good ol’ boys having a drink.”

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When Legal Meetings with Jay-Z Don't Bring Fulfillment

You know, I’d pretty much worked through my 20’s and early 30s knowing what I wanted to do and was very fortunate to land in all those positions, but now here I was at the end of that journey still feeling like, ‘Huh, if those things didn’t make me happy, what am I really looking for here?’

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Survival Mode is Killing You

Have you been living too long in survival mode? Survival mode is the short-term, fear-based mode of thinking you enter when your fight-or-flight response is triggered. It’s the poisonous mentality that leads you to attack or retreat during stressful times rather than communicate and embrace.

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When “Giving Back” Becomes More Than a Phrase

I recently had the great opportunity to be with my brothers from Mastermind Connect, giving back to the Harlem community by feeding low resource families and homeless individuals at Harlem Children’s Aid. Harlem, I appreciate being of service to your community. Thank you for the blessing. This group of fine gentlemen has become one of the main ways for me to come back regularly to New York City and work with great men and women to impact lives.

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Meaningful Coincidences Lead to Meaningful Connections

Synchronicity is a concept, first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jung, which holds that events are "meaningful coincidences" if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related.”

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The EleMENtal Project: Achieving Balance Event Recap

On Saturday September 1st, 2018, Mastermind Connect presented The EleMENtal Project: Achieving Balance, held at Brooklyn's new wellness space HealHaus. The panel was well curated: the producers selected a group that consisted of two activists, one holistic legal mind, a community driven business leader, and two conscious wellness providers.

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When Black Social Media’s Support Of Geoffrey Owens’ Job Becomes Hypocrisy And Irresponsible Overhype

Geoffrey Owens, who starred in the supporting role of the incidentally misogynistic Elvin Tibideaux on “The Cosby Show,” was photographed working at a Trader Joe’s as a cashier last week by a shopper who recognized the Yale-graduate actor. The shopper, Karma Lawrence, who is married to one of the store’s security guards, took the virally circulated photo of Owens ringing up groceries at his register and appeared on FOX News and The Daily Mail to talk about her allegedly innocent shock to see a well-known actor of a hugely successful TV show, from three decades ago, with an Ivy League education working at a grocery market.

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