Another one of my business friends who has written an inspiring and well worth reading book is Mr. Ed Lewis, the co-founder of Essence Magazine. I recently ran into Ed last weekend at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, where both he and I were signing copies of our new book. I signed and gave Ed Lewis a copy of mine, and he did the same. I tucked it away in my backpack, and out of emense respect for him and all that he has done, I pulled it out this weekend to read. And boy was I inspired!
In short, Ed Lewis is not only talking about the building of a great magazine for Black women, he is talking about, in his words, "Black Capitalism and Black Entrepreneurship," and what in 1968 (the year that both Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated), many thought was the real, new battleground for the civil rights movement -- economics and ownership. Of course, I agree completely.
Pick up a copy of Mr. Lewis' book, maybe even out of respect for what he has built. But then you should read it -- because it could actually change your life, and impact significantly what you believe you can create, in and for your own life, and for our world.
Below is a little background on the book itself, and you can purchase your own copy of The Man From Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women, here.