Coming to PBS and to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23:
BOSS: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS
Pan African 2019
An exploration of the history of African American entrepreneurship and business.
The spirit of enterprise is a defining characteristic of the American Dream, but, with few exceptions, popular historical examples of successful entrepreneurs are generally white males. Stanley Nelson offers a corrective in this historical survey that stretches from slavery to the present. In addition to briefly profiling several individuals who may have been known within African American circles but largely were ignored outside, like Madam CJ Walker, who became the wealthiest woman in America, black or white, through her hair care empire, the film offers fascinating insight into systemic efforts to exclude African Americans from financial self-reliance and success, from the mishandling of the Freedman’s Savings Bank to the economic roots of lynching.