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  • Writer's pictureHenery X (long)

Changing The Narrative

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

Big Endings Always Have Unselfish Beginnings

“True success is measured by how many lives we help change for the better.”-Henery X (long)

Platinum Golden did right because he was raised right. The forty-year-old African in America was the product of hard-working parents, who were both very compassionate. So, it came as no surprise to all those who knew Platinum well when he said he’d help eliminate injustice in the United States. The said people in question were willing and ready to assist in any manner required because they understood once his mind was made up, it couldn’t be deterred.

At twenty-one, Platinum graduated from the prestigious Tuskegee University with a degree in business management. And right out the gate, he put his wisdom to work. He understood that the greatest investment he could ever make was in himself, just as he understood the second greatest investment he could ever make was in the ideas of others. So, with the help of an incredible support team, which was led by his proud parents, “Together We Win” was founded in 2004. For a ten percent stake in the businesses once they were making money, Together We Win financed the dreams of Africans and Latinos in America. In addition to the said ten percent stake in the established businesses, there was another non-negotiable stipulation required to qualify for this golden opportunity. The potential recipients had to agree, in writing, that they’d help others too be in a position to live their dreams. And now, sixteen years later, Together We Win was partially responsible for hundreds of thousands of African and Latino businesses existing throughout the United States.

Platinum and his entire staff were in the spacious conference room of Together We Win. He stood before the group of beautiful looking, well-dressed African and Latino individuals, appearing just as appealing himself. He demanded a certain level of sophistication from those he worked with, so he ensured his overall way of being was a reflection of this fact.

“Brothers and sisters. I’ve called you all here today to let you know the plan we’ve been working on for the past five years, is finally about to get underway,” Platinum said with the utmost confidence.

Everyone before him began to applaud.

“Yes, our theory is about to be put to the test. We have already helped to make countless dreams a reality, plus many more of our people are employed because of this fact. But now, it’s time to really step our game up. The injustice in this country against our people, mainly those of African descent, has gotten completely out of hand. Our ancestors' involuntary efforts created this country. Their blood, sweat, and tears are ingrained in the very soil of the place where we’re treated as if we’re trash. This country has clearly shown that it doesn’t want us, now it’s time to see if it doesn’t need us just as much.”

“That’s right, my King. It’s time to see if our absence from their economic system will make a difference or not,” a beautiful dark-skinned woman said. She was tall, full-figured, and wore her hair in dreadlocks. Her name was Betty James-Golden and she was the CEO of Together We Win, as well as Platinum’s wife of just over thirteen-years.

Everyone present began to applaud again.

“Yes, my Queen, it’s time we change the narrative. We must make the powers that be not only stop and take notice but also understand we don’t need them. Their power is fueled by the thought that we can’t survive without their assistance. We’ve already proven that not only can we survive, but excel beyond their wildest imagination as well.”

“We’re in a position to do something no one else has been able to accomplish in hundreds of years, Platinum?” A handsome, brown-skinned Latino man said.

“Exactly, Teddy. After we take all Africans and Latinos in America out of the economic system for just one month, they’ll understand not only our worth but just as importantly, our power as well.”

“It’s amazing how we’ll be able to pull this off by taking care of the needs of every working, as well as non-working, brother, and sister. We have amassed enough capital as a company, to make this happen with ease. Plus, all the businesses we’ve helped establish throughout the country have agreed to assist in this endeavor. The power of proper unity is unmatched.”

“Right and exact, Teddy. Everything is going according to our plan. But it couldn’t have happened if just one person in this room hadn’t been involved. We all showed up and showed out. Seemingly complex problems have simple solutions when we stop focusing on the wrong things. Remove egos and pride and we can look past worry, to see the life we were all destined to live.”

“Teamwork makes the dream work, my King,” Betty said cheerfully, she flashed her husband a spectacular smile afterward.

Platinum flashed his own equally impressive smile, “Indeed it does, my Queen. So family, tomorrow we’ll be moving full steam ahead on this, our grandest attempt to date. So, tell everyone close to you what’s about to transpire. Life as they now know is about to end, forever. 

Everyone present rose to their feet and began to applaud and cheer, which made Platinum put his winning smile on full display. A few minutes after the fact everyone began moving towards the door of the conference room, chit-chatting as they did so. Quite naturally the topic of everyone's discussion was what had been just discussed, which was something truly worthy of talking about.

“Betty, could you hang back please,” Platinum chirped.

“Sure thing, my King,” Betty told the women she was talking with that they’d resume their discussion later. “What’s good, handsome?”

“I adore you.”

“Awww. I adore you more, my King.”

“I’m so glad we’re able to do this together.”

“As am I, Platinum. I think it’s safe to say the ancestors are pleased with what we’ve done, as well as with what we’re about to do.”

“I concur, my Queen. As you already know, this was my vision from day one of starting this company. I had grown tired of the mistreatment of our people in college, in fact, it was due to the said mistreatment that I remained laser-focused on obtaining my degree.”

“I’m proud of you, my King. You have done well by a multitude, and it’s just about to get so much better. It’s time we show those who represent white supremacy that it’s no match for the power it’s feared coming into fruition for so long. The type of power, which will end theirs forever.”

“True indeed, my Queen. It’s time to see if the powers that be economic system can survive without us. We’re about to change the narrative. Hit them where it hurts, which is their pocketbooks. They believe that they can do us any way they want because they feel we need them. Well, all we needed was for us to come together, and now that we have, change that really matters is inevitable.”

“I can’t wait to see the looks on the Republicans and Democrats faces when we announce the news of employing every abled body African and Latino man and woman in the country. And not just put them in the highest paying positions possible, but also give them the best medical, dental, and vision package as well.”

Platinum walked up on Betty, “We’re about to do what they couldn’t even dream of doing. Tomorrow, my Queen, we make history.”

“Yes, my King. Together,” Betty said provocatively. She wrapped her arms loosely around Platinum’s neck, while he placed his around her waist.

“Together, my Queen,” Their lips locked, and then they kissed as if nothing else mattered more in life.

Until we’re not only in the same book but on the same page, in the same paragraph, and in the same sentence, they’ll be no significant change in this country. All those who stand on the opposite side of injustice must do so as one because divided, we’ll continue to fall. Once we remove egos and pride we’ll be able to see the life we were meant to live, and not the ones designed to keep us at odds and in lack. Though this is a fictional tale, the concept derived from a realistic place, which is my imagination. If I can imagine it and see it clearly within my mind’s eye, it can be made manifest. Thank you for taking the time and donating it to reading my words. 

“We must become the change we desire or begin to question our level of sincerity.”-Henery X (long)

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Aiysha Simon
Aiysha Simon
27 sept 2020

As always you never disappoint. We absolutely have to work together to change Narratives, especially when the story they tell is of abuse and misuse of power. Through inaction the saga continues!

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