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Many of the businesses in the inner-city and urban communities are dominated by Koreans and other Asians, and families from the Caribbean. These families are usually intact with a two-parent household, education is essential, teenage pregnancy is rare, church is critical, and they encourage and instill a culture of entrepreneurship in their children.

The pathologies that continue to erode the black family and community have to stop. We must take matters into our own hands and make a change. It is critical that black congregations encourage their members toward entrepreneurship and ownership and that they discourage looking to Uncle Sam as their source of existence.

We need more mentors, more role models and more encouragement so kids will see the same value in learning STEM and business principles as they do perfecting their jump shot.

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