Episode 24: Hate the Dot

Marlon’s Take:

The opportunity to sit in the presence of Miyoshi Days and Tenyse Williams was one years in the making, from my adolescent days complaining about life’s shortcomings, to my college days acquiring the knowledge needed to understand how change can be created, to my budding adulthood gaining the courage create change. Being in the presence of two women who dared to create the change they deem necessary, and being able to say that I am fighting for change in my own way, is a feather in my cap. It’s good company to be in.

Story Time:

I remember a conversation I once had with a dear friend of mine: it circled around my disgust with the systems and norms perpetuated by life. In my adolescence, I was sour about the way things were done, not nearly educated enough to understand how these very systems took shape and why they remained prevalent throughout the changing times, yet I possessed the intuition to understand that something wasn’t right. So, there I was, complaining about what was and what ought to be, providing no actionable solutions to these issues, when my friend snapped.

Stop complaining and do something about it. I don’t see you out there doing anything to make these things better, much less trying to understand why they exist in the first place!
— Slick Willy

Strong words that, knowing who I was at that time, were most likely not taken lightly, refuted, then shot down in self defense.

That “conversation” has stayed with me throughout the years. The remnants of it were still there the moment I decided to embark on the experience that would eventually become The Beautiful Minds. In that moment, I was finally doing my part to learn about and create the change I had hoped to see in the world. In that moment, I was done complaining.

Years later, as almost an act of poetic justice provided by the universe, the person who struck me down from my high horse of ignorance would be the connecting factor between the person I have grown to become - not yet complete but certainly on his way, and the example of what I aspire to be - the women behind the brand that is Hate the Dot.

I know someone who would be perfect for your podcast...don’t screw it up.
— Slick Willy