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that wouldn't it be great to have a beautiful state-of-the-art practice but do it in the heart of an urban area so that you can serve all types of people? >> from the corner office, we hear from a young man using silicon valley to change the world. >> t t thing that makes us uniquely qualified to do what we're doing rightht now is not only our authenticity, finding the needs, et cetera, but also lemplg technology to do things in completely different ways. >> and finally, one of america's life." >> there's nothing that i can think of more incredible in the universe than theuman brain, and when i'm operating on it and looking it a t, it brings me closer to god.
actor and artist come set expanding his brand, plus he's american black film musical. we recently caught up with the artist in new york and we talked about hollywood, his new p production deal, and what's next. take a look. >> he's a grammy award-winning artist who took home an oscar and golden globe for "selma." recognition. he took home an naacp award for his role in the film. there's more where that came from. he's gearing up for his live television performance in "the wiz" in his new role with the american black film festival. >> i think abff has built a brand and a name and a vision that they've executed for 20 year and when you've done that and you continue to grow and
involved in making film and honoring people of color in that way, you know, we have a rerence for that, we have a respect for that, and we value that because we know that we want to be heard and want to be seen, and as filmmakers, hollywood, it's more difficult than we see in, like, in the music iustry to break through for people of color. it's more difficult, but it can be done. and the fact that we acknowledge that the abff acknowledges the films that we make, you know, from whether it's from short films to independents to feature films, the fact that all those aspects of filmmaking have been recognized by abff is the reason we honor and say, hey, this is our chance to express who we are totally in the world of film. >> common's passion to change th face of hollywood will be a major coming attraction when he collaborates with cable powerhouses hbo and showtime.
row productions, and it was a quote from an early public enemy song, freedom is the road less traveled by the multitude. our company is based on taking innovative, fresh ideas, pecially giving people of color, black people opportunities to express what they can d din film and television. we are on the hunt for young talented writs, actors, directoror because, you know, when we find those, that's -- that makes us better. basically we're all better. we get to see great art out there, and that's what we're about. we just shot a pilot for showtime called "the shy," written by lena waif, who's from chicago, a black woman, and she wrote a beautiful story, a coming of age story about these kids growing up in chicago, and it's not about the violence, even though violence is
because it's part of what's happening in chicago. but it's really showing how the humanity of people that live in the most difficult situations but still have a smile at times, still know how t/ love, still, like, you know, want to court a girl, you know, like just the humanity of us. and it felt good when i was at home in chicago watching some of the actors from chicago and seeing a lot of the crew, and it made me feel like that's what we're here to do with freedom road, provide that platform for new artists to let their voicess be heard. >> we look forward to seeing comet at the american black film festival in miami next year, june 15th tough 19th. see you there. up next, this husband/wife team brings state-of-the-art dentistry to low-income neighborhoods. >> one of the things we believe is you cannot have a business in
gold bond. welcome back. many children living below the poverty level go without proper dental care. this week we highlight two entrepreneurs who use their cutting-edge facility to make a difference, one smile at a time. trish? >> that's right, paul. but this is also a love story of two brilliant minds from two separate background, and together they build a business with one special purpose. it's a cold and rainy day in downtown newark, new jersey. but regardless, they're always prepared for another beautiful da office. the forecast within their 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility is nothing but bright smiles and warm welcome.
dentist dr. leslie, this was a personal dream come true. new jersey. children. was a lot of fun to me. so when it was t te to apply to residency programs, i knew for sure that thawas what i wanted to specialize in. >> her husband, chris, had a totally different background with an mba degree in finance, but leslie's imagination led her to a very bright idea. >> i was having a discussion with my husband and, you know, we just cameo the conclusion that wouldn't bit great to have a beautiful state-of-the-art practice but do it in the heart of an urban area so that you can serve all types of people? >> we thought that, you know, having a facility that was state-of-the-art, that had just about everything that you could think of for a pediatric depp tis -- dentistry was something they should have access to. >> their b break came in 2007 when senator cory booker, mayor at the time, helped create an economic development fund for
chris took his plan to the city officials. fore long, the loans were approved and by 2009 dental kids was officially open for business. >> in term of revenues, 2009 we made just about $500,000 in revenues. and to -- forward to today, we make a little over $2 million in revenues. >> these numbers are even more significant because roughly 80% of dental kids' patients pay with a state-subsidized health care plan or medicaid, which most private practices refuse to accept because of low reimbursement rates. those concerns areave not stopped the dental kids business from booming. >> right now we currently see anywhere between 50 to 65 patients per day. >> before they even meet the doctors they're meeting the front desk people, they're talking to them on the telephone. when your child is being cared for, they're being cared for by, yoyoknow, someone you feel that sense ofof xhonlcommonality with. >> one of the things we believe
a community without bececing a part of the community. >> we've had the exact same place. once we were able to do that, it made a huge difference in terms zero turnover now, and the quality of the work that our patients. we also have aspirations of expanding, and our expansion plans, we were looking at a regional play where we're going to look to open up a practice in midtown manhattan as well as in jersey city. and for each of those practices we think that they could do just as well as from a revenue perspective as newark or even offices. in terms of number of patients, we think that the new york city practices will probably double the number of patients purely because of the population density that' there. >> at home where they care for
chris and less lease's roles are more or less interchangeable, but in the office they've learned the importance of staying in their respective lanes. >> one of the things that is huge? our success is the fact my husband does not have a background in health care. the office, we have specific functions. theether person cannot decide, this is how we're going to deal with this cnally or i wouldn't be able to decide this is how wee going to negotiate this contract. it didn't work. in the beginning. >> one of the things that we used to hear a lot is, oh, you work with your spouse? oh, yeah, that probably isn't too good. but it's a lot of fun because -- >> we actually like each other. >yeah. >> it's fun. >> congrats to the harvels. their dental kids will be expanding to more locations. stay tuned. >> thanks, trish. up next, a young man and his company prove diversity and technology mean smart business. we have his story after t t
about his latest ventures and his climb to the top. take a look. tristan, thanks foreing here. >> thanks for having me. >> tell me, how did growing up in queens and your family shape who you are today? >> it's everything. i like to say i was born, raced, south side jamaica, queens, projects, welfare, that sort of thing. and i realized i didn't wantnty family to go through that. i was also raised by a single mother who worked her butt off, right, to try and get us out of that situation. so it's now on me to ensure that i make her proud a a not put my family through that same thing, right. combat that with also the fact that new york just gave me the muscle i needed to succeed, and that's something that not only i will continue t kind of preach on myself but also my son as he kind ofrows up as well. >> do you believe that your move from new york to sunny california, right, getting your mba at stanford, was that a pivotal moment in your career?
actually. further back when i was in high school, i was 13, i moved to lakeville, connecticut, to go to boarding schooll for high school. and that was the first time i got to see how the other half lived, right. i went to school with rockefellers and fos, and i got to really understand what wealth meant. stanford was instrumental in really kind of my development in my career. just having me be exposed to silicon valley, a place i didn't know about until i was 24. thank goodness i did because it was one of the best decisions i've ever made in my life. >> do you think you could have built your company without the network that you created in silicon valley? >> there is no way i could have network. and i say this because, you know, building the company requires us to raise capital. that capital requiuis my having capital. my ability to recruit engineers and other talent, right, where you have that network effect in silicon valley of the engineers, et cetera, instrumental, right. and i don't think i could have
else. >> so is who we know more importantly than what we know? >> no. no. because i think everything starts, particularly when you think about businesseather the product. i don't care who you know, if your product sucks, it sucks. people need to buy things that work. they need to buy things that respond with the way they live their lives. they need to respond to efficacy, right. it all starts with that. >> 38-year-old walker created his business walker and company two years ago as a health and bety company using technology to design, develop, and test products tailored to people of color. walker company was burst out of a world few people in silicon valley understand. the first idea pertaining to lture. i have the fundamental belief all global culture is led by american culture, which is led by black culture. food, music, dance, et cetera. the second was a health and beauty products company. always this experience of walgreens, cvs, any retailer,
ethnic aisle. placard. it's not an aisle. it's a shelf on the back across from the band-aids and you have to reach to the bottom of that shelf that's dirty. >> we people that back. you're saying world culture is shaped by black culture. >> i'm saying it. i believe it. and i think everybody else should believe it too. walker and company exists solely to make health and beauty simple for people of color. >> walker and company has a roughly $3 billion market. it's a shaving system specifically created for men with coarse or curly hair. he's raised financing and inked deal to sell his product in target. >> bevel is the fist and only shaving system clinically proven to reduce, prevent, shaving irritation for men and women, period. full stop. it's a problem that's existed for well over 100 years and nobody has tried to solve it
and not only have we had incredible loyalty for the efficacy -- >> you created the solution to that. >> we have. >> what i find most fascinating is you're recognized as like this tech entrepreneur, right? this high-tech company. but yet you're focused on what many consider to be a low-tech problem. right? the market is beauty and health. >> yep. >> so do you think there's something that entrepreneurs and other businesses can learn from that modmodel? >> i get this question all the time. why did you leave tech to go to health andbeauty? i never left tech. what makes us uniquely qualified to do what we do is the authenticity to find the need, the problem, et cetera, but leverage technology to do things in completely different ways. >> i love it. tristan walker, i think you're brilliant, i think you're authentic and hope realized. pleasure to have you on "our world." >> thank vow very much. appreciate it. >> tris san is definitelyy business leader to watch.
at cedar sinai medical center in los angelele black specializes in brain tumors and leads teams in complicated surgery. >> i wouldn't be alive without dr. black. >> how are you, sherry? >> good. >> fling good? >> one of his patients is sherry sands. she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and after visiting five neurosurgeons she chose black to perform her surgery. >> i was at the computer desk and saw the tumor and in two months he told me, sherry, we're going to get it. >> dr. black is one of only 50 neurosurgeons considered specialists in treating brain tumors since medical school. he's been fascinated with what he calls the sacredness of the brain. >> there's nothing i can think of more incredible in the universe than the human brain. when i'm operating on it and
>> married with two children, dr. black has had his share of adventures as a pilot and world traveler. he's met dignitaries like nelson mandela and al gore and celebrities like stevie wonder and sidney poitier. this year an estimated 45,000 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. >> knock on wood, i've never lost a patient on the table, but, you know, there are always outcomes that, you know, you wish had turned out different. >> and in a life and death world of neurosurgery, dr. black knows losing his focus can mean losing a patient. >> when i i in surgery, i go into a different zone. and you focusus all of your talent, all our energy, and all your spiritual self into trying to help a a heal that patient that you have on the table. i think it's important, you
realize that that person is someone's mother or someone's father or someone's sister, and yoyo mother or your sister that you're operating on. >> precisely why "time" magazine named him one of the heroes of medicine and why black enterprise named him one of america's leading doctors. >> if i could say t t dr. black, i would thank him for giving me 18 years that i didndn have. >> these patients are facing i think the most devastating thing you can face, certainly the most scary. nothing i think can evoke fear in us given the diagnosis of a brain tumor. i really consider our patients to be the heroes. they tear're the ones that are facing the real challenge.
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daylight savings time beginning this weekend, so sunday at 2:00 a.m., don't forget to spring forward and turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed. makes it easier tonight. let's start with your forecast. good moing, erica? >> you're right. sharon. that means tonight beforeou go to bed, turn your clocks ahead one hour. yeah, we're going to lose an hour of sleep, but that means you get to sleep in an extra ur saturday morning. 73 degrees right now in miami. it's a mild start. we're almost about 10 degrees above average for this time of year. 72 in ft. lauderdale right now in the kendall area, 74 degrees on the beach. if you haven't stepped outside yet, it is saturday morning so you probably have not, you'll feel the difference in the air. feeling heavier now, humidity is slowly creeping back in the area and temperatures slowly but surely will continue to warm. this morning as i was heading