We would greatly appreciate it if you could tell us a little about your company.
Innovative Black is a production company with a purpose to entertain, educate and provide exposure through original content.
Currently, we have a weekly news show called “Connecting the Dots” that discusses various topics in the news from politics, community issues, and conversation with the purpose to empower the black community.
Along with “Connecting the Dots”, we have other shows in production that highlights black entrepreneurship across the world and compelling documentaries that highlight artist and unique cultures. As we continue to grow, Innovative Black will be your outlet for movies, shows and much more.
What was your child hood aspirations?
As a child, I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I started working at McDonalds at age 15 but outside of work I always had a “side hustle”. In high school, I found ways outside my job to make money from selling cars to cutting hair. I always enjoyed the freedom of being an entrepreneur.
When asked what I wanted to go to college for the answer was always simply business, I knew that I wanted to own and operate my own company. My parents are also entrepreneurs and run their own businesses and encouraged me and still to this day give me a lot of advice on how to handle certain situations as an entrepreneur.
Can you give our readers a quick answer on business advice?
The best business advice I would give to the readers is to stay disciplined and consistent. Business is full of ups and downs so it’s very important to stay disciplined and consistent even when you’re not getting the results you feel you deserve. Also, understand when to pivot.
Sometimes we get tunnel vision and focus too much on making one-way work, I’ve learned to “go with the flow” and to not try and control the small details that get you to the end goal. Also, do not take anything personal.
As humans, we get caught up in our emotions when things don’t go our way but when it comes to business understand that it’s no emotion in it. You have to really put your emotions to the side and handle business. Everyone doesn’t follow the same ethics or morals as you do, so again don’t take anything personal.
What was your toughest challenge?
My toughest challenge so far is staying encouraged and seeking perfection. It’s easy to get discouraged as an entrepreneur when you feel you’re not getting the results you want. In the age of social media, it’s easy to see what others are doing which can lead to feeling that you’re not up to par but you have to encourage yourself.
I always look back at where I was a year ago from the time I’m feeling discouraged and realize that I have grown even if it’s a small growth. As I learn and grow, I understand that criticism is great; it gives you the opportunity to grow. You should always put your best foot forward but also understand that there is never a perfect time. Learn to accept where you are and grow from it.
Innovative Black CEO: Jabari Blackmond (@jabariblackmond)