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African American news from Pasadena - Black Economic Empowerment On November 13, 2009, I was inspired and encouraged—I saw hope. I attended the Corporate Advisory Board of the WaterLand Fisheries, Inc., in Hurlock, Maryland. Dr. Claud Anderson is the brain behind the venture. Many write about what we ought to do; and yet, they, themselves, do not pursue "what we ought to do."

Well, Dr. Anderson, in his book, PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America, laid out a plan for Blacks to get their lives back, and to become the "heads" and not the "tails."

In his book, Black Labor—White Wealth, he provides a historical analysis and a financial blueprint for the future of Black economic empowerment. In PowerNomics, he gives us the blueprints to carve out the path that will empower our lives and the lives of the next generation.

In this meeting were young African-American men who read Dr. Anderson's books in college and had been following him. They are now significant investors in the WaterLand Fisheries, Inc., which is the largest in the state of Maryland and one of the largest in the region. WaterLand Fisheries is growing fresh water—live fish, free of antibiotics and chemicals. The goal is to become the largest in the United States of America.

These board members are not just mere investors awaiting a return on their investment; they are committed to the vision. They want to leave a legacy, a blueprint, and "yes we can—the proof is in the pudding"—the WaterLand Fisheries, Inc.

I have witnessed many successful businesses that have simply died with the seed planters. As Dr. Anderson laid out the succession plan, young, brilliant Black businessmen and women stepped up to the plate—ready, willing, and with the capacity of assuring the perpetuation of not just a business, but rather, an industry that will grow and never become obsolete—an industry that Blacks will soon dominate.

I had been feeling as though we were in the last ending of life's baseball game. The bases were loaded, the batter had hit two foul balls, the pitcher released the ball, I closed my eyes and put my fingers in my ears for a moment. Then I opened my eyes to see a crowd going wild. The three men on the bases were home, the batter was sliding in on home plate. The batter was Dr. Anderson. He saved the team with the final hit—the WaterLand Fisheries, Inc.

The WaterLand Fisheries, Inc., will serve as a beacon of light for those lost at sea. This light will forever light the way to guide Blacks who are lost in the economic empowerment sea.

To my brothers and sisters, there is a balm in Gilead. Stop talking about what they didn't do, what they should have done, and/or what they wouldn't do. The past is gone—forever. All we have is the moment, so let's do it!

Dr. Anderson, along with others, begged superstars, entertainers, pastors, athletes, movie stars, and others to help financially birth this economic baby—to no avail. I am convinced that it's not the people with the big money that are going to change the economic course for Black America. It will be the Black people with a vision who will be the catalyst for helping to get Blacks out of the ditch.

To view the plants and see the fishes jumping in the tanks go to www.youtube.com and click on Waterland Fisheries. This is something to be proud of.

[Dr. Rosie Milligan—business consultant; author, newest release: Black America Faces Economic Crisis: Solutions Made Simple. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Web site: www.Drrosie.com. Dr. Milligan hosts a live Internet radio talk show every Tuesday 10–11 a.m. Pacific Time. To listen go to www.Drrosie.com and click on Listen Live! Phone number: 323-750-3592.]


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