Andre Hatchett is into supporting black-owned businesses. He’s the founder of BuyBlackNYC.com and has been a leading advocate for black wealth building and finding businesses owned by people of color. He’s also got a lot of energy and seems to apply it to all the right things.
Hatchett is concerned about the recent spike in African Americans who are doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, when the disease impacts mostly white men. Not to say that the lives of these white men don’t matter, but black men are dying faster than anyone, and black women need our help just as much.
Another concern that Andre has is that while we are throwing water over our heads for fun, there are 800 million people around the globe (many of them Africans) who don’t have access to clean water. When Matt Damon did the Ice Bucket challenge with toilet water, he did so to bring awareness to all of those people who are dying because they can’t get clean water. In fact, Damon says that the water in his toilet is cleaner than the drinking water that most people get to use around the world for their families.
Andre is supporting another option for African Americans, called The Black Business Challenge. Andre says that if African Americans are to get behind a challenge, it should be one that focuses on solving some of the critical problems that exist within our community.
So, for 30 days, Andre is asking that all of those who support the challenge go into a black-owned business and take a camera phone video for at least one minute. I hope others will support his challenge, since we need to build, invest in and support black-owned businesses. Check it out.