Innovators (Men)

Innovators (Men)

Reginald F. Lewis

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 Reginald F. Lewis 

Reginald F. Lewis (December 7, 1942 – January 19, 1993), was an American businessman. He was the richest African-American man in the 1980s. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he grew up in a middle-class neighborhood. He won a football scholarship to Virginia State College, graduating with a degree in political science in 1965. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1968 and was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. In 1992, Forbes Magazine listed Reginald F. Lewis among the 400 richest Americans, with a net worth estimated at $400 million. He also was the first African American to build a billion-dollar company, called Beatrice Foods.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_Lewis
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Robert F. Smith

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 Robert F. Smith

 Robert Frederick Smith (born December 1, 1962) is an American businessman, investor and philanthropist. A former chemical engineer and investment banker, he is the founder, chairman and CEO of Private Equity firm Vista Equity Partners. Robert Smith was ranked by Forbes in 2016 as the 274th richest person in America, the second wealthiest black person on the list after Oprah Winfrey. He was #688 on Forbes 2016 list of the world’s billionaires, with a net worth of $3 billion.In 2017, Smith was named by Forbes as one of the 100 greatest living business minds in the world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vista_Equity_Partners

 Robert Smith, Vista Equity Partners, at 2015 Color of Wealth Summit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmWuyb71Ibw

Aliko Dangote

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 Aliko Dangote

 Aliko Dangote, GCON(born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian billionaire, and owner of the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities in Nigeria and other African countries, including Benin, Ethiopia, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia.As of February 2017, he had an estimated net worth of US$12.5 billion.Dangote is ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 67th richest person in the world and the richest in Africaand peaked on the list as the 23rd richest person in the world in 2014.He surpassed Saudi-Ethiopian billionaire Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudiin 2013 by over $2.6 billion to become the world’s richest person of African descent.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliko_Dangote
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangote_Group
http://dangote.com/

Ryan Kyle Coogler

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Ryan Kyle Coogler

Ryan Kyle Coogler Is considered to be one of the best African-American film directors of the 2010’s, whose work has received critical acclaim and commercial success. In 2013, Time named Coogler to their list of the 30 people under 30 who are changing the world.

“Long Live the King”

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Ryan Kyle Coogler

biography

Date of Birth: May 23, 1986 From football to film, Ryan Coogler has always shown promise. Born Ryan Kyle Coogler in Oakland, California, he attended Saint Mary’s College on a football scholarship. When the school cancelled its football scholarships, he transferred to Sacramento State College and played there. It was at Saint Mary’s where Ryan discovered a potential future in film. He was in a mandatory creative writing class when his professor assigned a project that entailed writing about a personal experience. Ryan decided to express the time his father nearly bled to death in his arms, and after reading his work, his professor pulled him aside. She asked him what he wanted to do with his life, and he told her he simply wanted to play ball, become a doctor and be a positive influence in his community. Without hesitation, she told him to consider becoming a screenwriter as he could reach more people with his powerful words.

After he transferred to Sacramento State, he specialized in finance but continued exploring film with his elective courses. Realizing the craft was his true calling, he opted to pursue graduate studies at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. During his first semester at USC, he was strapped for money and lived out of his car. Ryan’s first project was the 2009 short Locks, which he followed up in 2011 with Fig. The 15-minute film is about a prostitute desperate to leave her work behind but still provide for her daughter.

He also made another short in 2011 called The Sculptor. In 2013, Ryan broke out with his first feature. With the help of Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker, who agreed to develop and produce the film, Ryan wrote and directed Fruitvale Station. The script was accepted into the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, where Ryan received guidance from industry experts, and he eventually cast Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer in the drama. Ryan also cast his brother Keenan in the film. Fruitvale Station, which is based on the tragic 2009 killing of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, picked up awards at Sundance, the National Board of Review, the Independent Spirit Awards, and Cannes.

Two years later, Ryan made his second film, Creed. The boxing drama reunited Ryan with Michael B. Jordan and also earned Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe win and a Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Ryan wrote and directed the movie, which brought Sylvester’s long-cherished character Rocky Balboa back to the screen. Ryan most recently took the reins on the Marvel superhero film Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira. Ryan penned the script for the film, which hit theaters in 2018.

https://www.tribute.ca/people/ryan-coogler/43236/http://time.com/black-panther/
The Revolutionary Power of Black Panther

Black Panther director pens touching letter to fans after box office-busting weekend 

Read the full letter below.

I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try. Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up [of] amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent.

Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film. But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters often moved me and my wife to tears.

For the people who bought out theaters, who posted on social about how lit the film would be, bragged about our awesome cast, picked out outfits to wear, and who stood in line in theaters all over the world, all before even seeing the film…

To the press who wrote about the film for folks who hadn’t yet seen it, and encouraged audiences to come out…

And to the young ones, who came out with their parents, with their mentors, and with their friends…

Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.

Sincerely,
Ryan Coogler

P.S. Wakanda Forever
http://ew.com/movies/2018/02/21/black-panther-ryan-coogler-letter-fans-box-office/

Dr. Henry T. Sampson

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Dr. Henry T. Sampson

Dr. Henry T. Sampson

What do Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Henry T. Sampson all have in common? They are all geniuses who pushed technology into the next century. We all know that Bill Gates founded Microsoft, which became the world’s largest PC software company, and Steve Jobs as an information technology entrepreneur and inventor and co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc., but do you know, Henry T. Sampson? 

He made cell phones possible

Because of Sampson’s invention and patent of the gamma-electrical cell, portable cell phones were possible, using radio waves to transmit and receive audio signals. It literally changed the world, and the way in which we communicate in our professional and personal lives.So, when you think of communication technology giants, make sure you also mention Dr. Henry T. Sampson!

Although many people are not aware of it, Henry T. Sampson is an African American inventor, best known for creating the world’s very first cell phone. Information about him on Wikipedia states: “On July 6, 1971, he was awarded a patent, with George H. Miley, for a gamma-electrical cell, a device that produces a high voltage from radiation sources, primarily gamma radiation, with proposed goals of generating auxiliary power from the shielding of a nuclear reactor.”
On April 3, 1973, using the patented technology they created, Motorola engineer Marty Cooper placed the first public call from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone.
Sampson, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, who received a bachelor’s degree in science from Purdue University in 1956, also graduated with a MS degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1961.
He was also the first African American student to earn a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering in the United States, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1967.

https://www.africanevents.com/henry-t-sampson-inventor-of-the-cell-phone/http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2016/09/henry-t-sampson-inventor-created-first-cell-phone.html