An Ivy League Intervention


Admittedly, Mented Cosmetics, For Harriet, Meld, and TGIN hair care line, have established themselves as pillars of black commerce. For Harriet maintains its placement as a pillar in black female media, providing analysis, enlightenment, and opinions anchored in the black female perspective. Meld functions as an online dating site particularly anchored in producing black love.  TGIN occupies a prominent place in black hair care, offering a series of fragrant and functional products for the black mane. Mented Cosmetics, the newest of the bunch, offers nude lipstick to the brown beauty. However, what many of their consumers do not know is that all these businesses are commonly owned and operated by black graduates of Harvard– which is regarded as the most elite institution in the west by agents of white supremacy.

Before I continue, I want to state that as a proud patron of black businesses. I am quite proud of the presence of the black female business woman. With this said, this recurring instance of the Harvard groomed black who becomes a business owner does provide cause for contemplation.

When the Meld platform first became available, I downloaded it and created a profile. I was instantly tuned off upon signing in and see a white man–but to addd insult to injury, this white man donned a dashiki in his default image. This violent display seemed like yet another case of whites seeking to occupy every space possible. In examining the platform in its entirety, however, what appears to be a a site to foment black love, is actually a white man in a dashiki–or a white initiative veiled in a black exterior.

The Harvard graduate owner of black business issues a symbolic profit to whites, in which a white institution obtains the bragging rights to what is seemingly black excellence.

The reality that these black businesswomen were groomed at a white institution also highlights an important potential of the black business person—to become a face, a functioning component of capitalistic corruption. Thus, these efforts seem a means to create capital for white economy rather than build black commerce.

These businesses show that our efforts as a people need not be rooted in making money—-buy creating a black marketplace. Moreover, in examining these businesses it becomes imperative to distinguish between a black business and business run by people who happen to be black. Black businesses seek to aid the community, and employ the community—businesses run by those who happen to be black solely function to aid the business owner in mimicking his master’s quest for capital, and the master’s quest to propertise black bodies, reverting humans into commerce or perhaps suggesting that black bodies never emerged from economic status in the eyes of their oppressors.

Many of these businesses birthed from the Harvard Graduates emerged during the Obama era of pseudo “hope”—Obama of course being another Harvard graduate marketed as a savior for the black race. He emerged as a means to pacify black needs for symbolism while veiling continued acts of white evil behind a black face. In recalling the poison of the Obama symbolism, it is hard not to see these businesses as created in a  similar image.

Conversely, I acknowledge that feelings of displacement in an institution may offset nationalistic or even pro-black feelings with urgency. But it seems remiss to ignore the reality that the ivy league does not admit black bodies to uplift the black community. If Harvard had known Dubois or Derrick Bell would produce the contribution that they did to black people, I am sure that their entry would have been denied. Clarence Thomas, on the other hand, is a pristine example of the ideal product of the Ivy League– a black veil of white intention.

So while it is a source of pride to support these businesses, each serves as a means to remind us as a collective that we must groom our own establishments. If a business is not groomed for blacks by blacks, then the seemingly black business functions as a means to capitalize on blackness, not service black people. Therefore, what could still very well be a space for products seeking to solve issues pertinent to the black community, seems a chocolate veiled, Ivy-league intervention into black space.

Black Power ❤


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  1. Well said! I met a young black family, because my daughter was invited to a birthday party at their home. Now I was already a little leery, this black family lives in an elite upperclass White Supremacists community called Fairfield in the Cypress/Houston area. Just the name alone is enough to make me sick, “Fairfield” aka Whitefield. I pull up and they have a beautiful 400K house. The husband was nice enough, extremely confused but nice, the wife was putting on airs. Both were educated at Michigan State, and had high paying jobs. The wife in conversation let me know she had a maid, I almost laughed at her. While I was there the white neighbor just walked in barefoot like it was his house. I sure my face looked like I had seen a ghost. I was in a state of shock seeing this white person. The black male was seemed to not be aware, maybe because they had just moved from NYC, or maybe because they were confused, but he was unaware that white people fo not move to Fairfield to live next to blacks. But this very well educated, well spoken, one of the most beautiful homes I have been in didn’t know this Suspected White Supremacists was studying him and his family. The black male, then advised me he was opening up a high end barber shop, I asked him where, first off it was going to be in a rich part of town I believe River Oaks or something like that and they were going to offer all of these strange services, drinks, by appointment only. The only thing I could think is I can’t wait to get as far as possible from them and this area, it was actually quite tragic. I just couldn’t help thinking that white people’s education turns black people’s brains into mush. Very sad! Thanks for this post. I wish our Ivy League and Division- 1 blacks understood, no matter what level of education you have, no matter what type of car you drive, or price tag you have paid for your house, you always, always be nothing more than a Nigger, maybe an interesting Nigger, but just a Nigger nonetheless.

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