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John A. Baker, Jr. better known as Spoken Reasons, is one of the biggest internet celebrities. He is a comedian, actor, producer, and poet from Bradenton, Florida. The 26-year-old has a net worth of around $800,000. Focus On The Creative Power To The People: Control The Images I've been a writer most of my life and an avid facebook user for about seven years. Throughout the time I've registered with Facebook, it's been consistently important to me that I am able to express myself not only as an online socializer but as an artist and entrepreneur. Avenues for expressing creativity are the roads I walk this Earth to take. The tech industry has provided some of the gear that I choose to use as equipment on this web of an adventure called "surfing the net". It's a collaborative process which is why the "share" button is used for more than just information but for profit value. We play to pay either way. Anything worth researching is worth having which is, in my opinion, what makes the internet so marketable, user friendly and resourceful with it's search engines and web addresses. The internet is an advertisement for knowledge and the "is power" application remains up to the subscriber. So, will the "Crabs In A Barrel mentality attempt to ignore the facts and lessons that we can "all have it" without focusing on holding anyone back? Will the thought persist for some that branding your words and images while sharing/marketing them is egotistical and invaluable to social networking? Will WE continue to demand equality but won't liberate our very own internet account profiles from becoming pawns set at keeping the mainstream corporate world wealthy and powerful? We are victimized in our offline communities by social injustices of any sort, you name it. We are empowered by having an online presence that can virtually effect change, you claim it. Will there be a "CREATIVITY IS CONTAGIOUS, PASS IT ON" (Albert Einstein) movement and thus gold rush among US in which liking, sharing, supporting and funding become tools not for maintaining the status quo but for encouraging a socio-economic revolution for ourselves and thus communities via the world wide web? We have the power to make those whose advertisements, brands, stories, products, and financial status we are accustomed to more rich by continuing to FOLLOW them or we can not. That's the business. #Tru FireElectric #FocusOnTheCreative
Some supporting evidence for my thoughts are as follows:
"Financial Juneteenth lessons from this story (Courtesy of Dr. Boyce Watkins - The People's Scholar):
1) If you want your children to be able to compete in the 21st century, make sure they are in-tune with the digital age. The Internet is earning trillions of dollars for those who know how to use it. Much of this revenue is being earned off of black people who think that Twitter and Facebook are only meant for socializing. Every time you tweet or hit the like button, somebody is getting paid. That’s why Mark Zuckerberg earns more in a week than LeBron James earns in an entire year.
2) The Internet has democratized media in such a way that African Americans no longer have to beg others to allow our message to get to the masses. This is critically important in our quest for equality. By harnessing the power of technology, we can create more black millionaires than the NBA and NFL combined. Forming tech incubators in your local community and participating in crowd funding projects for promising young black people who build tech-based businesses might be the way you can be a part of this wealth-generating process. There is a ton of money being made on the Internet. In fact, its equivalent to the California gold rush, where many whites made fortunes over 100 years ago." via http://financialjuneteenth.com/how-a-fl-poet-turned-youtube-channel-into-a-800000-income/
A definition: Crabs-in-a-barrel
A syndrome where a group of like situated people hurt those in their community attempting to get ahead. Often this is applied to people in an impoverished community where one person is starting to get ahead. The collective community becomes jealous or filled with a sense of self-loathing, so they find a way to pull that person back down to the community's level.
When harvesting crab, the crab as a group will pull down any crab that starts to climb out of the barrel in an attempt to be the first out of the barrel that holds them in, hence crabs-in-a-barrel. via www.urbandictionary.com
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