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Dr. Randal Pinkett
August 31, 2010

Elevate your game

Dear Friends,

There are only three months remaining until the release of my forthcoming book, Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness.  As a result, this month we highlight a “game-changing moment” from Black history that corresponds to the number “3”: the three landmark Civil Rights Acts of legislation:

  1. Civil Rights Act (1866) - This act provided the legal basis to address discrimination in jobs and housing on the basis of race.
  1. Civil Rights Act (1964) – This legislation rendered racial discrimination in public places illegal and required employers to provide equal employment opportunities.
  1. Voting Rights Act (1965) – This law fulfilled the intentions of the 15th Amendment and established the rule that no one could be denied the right to vote based on race.

In Black Faces in White Places, we talk about “the game” as a metaphor for any professional environment, work environment, or even life.  Some of us are players in the game of politics, or law, or education.  Like other entrepreneurs, I am a player in the game of business.  And we are all players in the game of life.  I believe our responsibility is to “redefine the game” by leveling the “playing field” in our respective organizations or industries, thus making it easier for those who follow in our footsteps.  For example, the Civil Rights Act of 1866 finally put certain groups on the playing field by eliminating certain barriers to discrimination.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 helped open the playing field by promoting equal opportunity.  And the Civil Rights Act of 1965 helped level the playing field by opening the voting booths to everyone.  I am personally thankful to the countless women and men who fought for these acts to be passed because, collectively, they have redefined the game in America for all Americans.

Peace and blessings,





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Don Thompson: "You Can Change the World"

Video Don Thompson, President and COO, McDonald's speaks at the 2008 Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference. Don was also interviewed for Black Faces in White Places, to be released October 2010. Click video to view.


Randal and Anthony Anderson from “Law and Order” at the Global Syndicate’s Haiti Fundraiser   Randal at Leadership NJ's 2009 Forum on the Future of New Jersey
  SAM, Stuart Hickox, and Randal at Project Porchlight’s Newark Salute to Success


"Believe that you will succeed, and you will." - Dale Carnegie

Yes, we can and we have. It's been 591 days since our nations first African American president took office. And though historic in its own right, Obama's win would have never been possible if not for the civil rights legislation disallowing discriminatory voting practices to be imposed by states at will. Those who fought for these now inalienable rights, including the participants of the Selma to Montgomery marches, "believed we could". A sentiment reinvigorated by the "Yes We Can" campaign, which spoke to our young people and those who wanted change to say that, if we believe in something: our ideals, our values, or just ourselves, we can achieve greatness.

This is to say that there is much to be said about people who have belief, especially belief in themselves. No matter the environment, the self-believer seems to rise to the top. Some of our most notable success stories are those of individuals with total self-belief. People like - last month's focus and Black Faces in White Places interviewee - Majora Carter, an activist based out of the South Bronx who despite her surroundings was able to not only escape the inertia of the negative environment she was living in, but rise and surpass all challenges presented to her, using her will, conscious ambition and foundation in her own character. Even in this week's feature spotlight Don Thompson (see video above), President of McDonald's, rose from an area that if not for his own self belief may have never realized his achievements.

When one has belief in self, one has the ability to change his or her environment. Believe in your brother, believe in your sister, believe in a higher power and believe in yourself. All will be well.


Black Faces in White Places
Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness offers ten revolutionary strategies for learning, playing, and changing “the game”--that is, the world in which we all live and work--for the current generation, while undertaking a wholesale redefinition of the rules for those who will follow. It is not only about shattering the old “glass ceiling,” but also about reconsidering the four dimensions of the black experience: identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity. Ultimately, it may be about changing the very concept of success itself.

Available: October 2010
Pre-Order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

No-Money Down CEO
No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash explodes the myth that you have to have a lot of money or need an outside investor to pursue your dream. This action-learning, audio business course offers a comprehensive step-by-step plan for launching your business with little to no cash. Listen as Randal offers insider's tips, tools and techniques that will put you on the fast track to becoming a successful CEO.

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Campus CEO
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneurs Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business walks any would-be entrepreneur through all the necessary steps to launching a profitable, campus-based business, while simultaneously achieving academic success. Regardless of major, background, or area of interest, readers of Campus CEO will learn how to turn their academic and professional dreams into reality.

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Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide To Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. Notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and firmly believes in the mantra "for those to whom much is given, much is expected."

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