How does Black and Paid For #BAPF support the Black Lives Matter #BLM movement?
We believe that systemic racism and hatred in the world are complex issues. At its core, the call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation. Solving these problems will take multi-faceted and diverse solutions such as voting, education, creating alliances, etc. We strongly believe that one important part of the solution is collective economics and economic empowerment. While wealth cannot solve all problems in our community, we believe that economic independence is ONE part of the solution.
We envision Black and Paid For, as a vehicle for teaching asset management to black communities. Our blog will cover such things as buying your first home and other types of real estate investments, getting started with investing, saving tips, tips for managing rentals, interviews for tips from financial professionals, etc. This includes purchasing from Black vendors, investment in financial education, and contributing to "the work" of making sure Black Lives Matter.
The name Black & Paid For is a nod to African self-emancipation when slaves could buy their own freedom. It is also a nod to the realization that America is built on the 400 years of blood, sweat, and collective efforts of Black and brown people. Whether we talk about the economic input of 200 years of free slave labor; the economic impact of below-market wages for workers of color, which allowed substantial profits to be made for companies; or the economic impact of wealth that we have helped to create for others. Our presence in this country has been paid for many times over. Lastly, “Paid For” signifies only buying things we can afford, thus saving and purchasing our financial freedom. Our product are a visual and real statement of moderately priced culturally relevant merchandise designed in house and by independent designers.
Get paid, stack bills, be free. Black and Paid For.