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this week on a special edition of "our world with black enterprise", we are on location at the ninth annual women of power summit. >> embrace your power, ladies, and let's have a wonderful time. >> every year this ends with an explosive performance. this year was no different with tank. sonia alleyne caught up with him before he hit the stage. >> right now we're back to tank time. >> okay. >> i'm going back for my sixth
album entitled" stronger". >> and merly 6th receipts continues to serve our community as a civil rights advocate. >> for all of us but particularly for women. >> and juliana richardson, who is chronicling our story. >> this is our legacy. it is too important to stop. and finally, we take a look back at two previous honorees. >> sometimes we stay way past the time that we should be in charge. and that's why we don't grow and why we don't prosper. >> so i'm saying to you get up, wipe yourself off, and head out again. because tomorrow comes and it brings a better time. >> that's what's going on in "our world". up next, introducing the all new 2014 next generation corolla. toyota. let's go places.
you might remember his smooth voice from the hit son "maybe i deserve" that came out more than a decade ago. but today tank is back recruiting the ladies again with his highly anticipated sixth album. correspondent sonia alleyne has more. >> so there's a lot of things going on with you? >> yes. >> do you have some new things? >> we have a lot of new things. i think this year there was for me just reforecasting and kind of rededicating myself to a few more of the other gifts that god has given me. so the music thing of course is doing awesome. tjt album, three kings in stores, grammy nominated. my 10th grammy nomination. >> wow, okay.
>> so shout out to tie reece and genui genuine. >> this year i was really focused on really being -- taking that next step, you know what i mean, and getting to the craft ask just diving head first. >> how did that even happen? >> you know, it started early as a kid. i used to do a bunch of plays and things like that. of course when music kind of slows down you kind of try to find ways to survive. >> did you pursue it, or did it find you? >> kind of a little bit of both. you know what i mean? a couple plays happened. what was funny, what really, really kicked it off is there was a part of the team that did the sound track for "dream brothers." i was working closely with the directors. i was in there acting up. i've got all the jokes, all the energy. and he said, man, you would be good for the part of c.c.
i think you should audition. i said, well, maybe. let me see. just let me know. the next day i got a call and they said i really want you to audition. i had to shave the hair off my face because i had to be extra young. and i had to learn the dance choreography. it felt good. i was like, man, out of all the thousands of people who could have been c.c. in this big major movie, i was one of the last standing. so it made me feel like i really had a chance and i really had something and i needed to pursue it. >> so you're a natural? >> i am a natural. i'm more of a natural than i want to be. >> what does that mean? >> well, your natural ability can only take you so far. at some point you have to really study your craft. >> and you're that serious about it? >> yeah. ♪
>> you hear that music and the voices? i have to be in the show. >> are you working on something with tjt currently? >> no. we are probably going to do some road stuff. >> okay. >> but right now we're back to tank time. i'm going in for my sixth album. >> wow. >> which is entitled "stronger." my album comes out next week called "you're my star." i'm so despite build this album because it is just me being musical, me not compromising. i think in the past and in doing music, you always listen to what's going on on the radio, what other artists are doing and you compete in that fashion. but for me this wasn't about competition. it was about me leaning on my strengths. >> okay. >> i'm a musician, i'm a real songwriter. that's what we did. we did all of that. ♪
>> what's the creative process like for you? how do you find the inspiration? or what inspires you to be able to create things uniquely you? >> well, i'll tell you what, most, if not all of my music, is personal experience. >> okay. >> you know, i very rarely make up fantasy or sell things that i don't believe in. >> okay. >> so for me when you hear a song like "maybe i deserve to chase you down the street, to chase you is my own insecurity, those are real lines. that's an actual instance. >> is it definitive, or does it just come to you? sometimes you hear people say
the song just came to me and i had to write it down. >> it's kind of both. with that song i'm sitting there talking to the young lady i'm with at the time. we're having a kind of good, kind of bad day. i'm trying to shop my way through it, throw my flowers in there and get back on track. and i'm like what is it going to take for us to be okay? and she said i wish that i could do and get away with all the stuff that you get away with. maybe you deserve to go through some of the things that i've been through. and i said ooh. i wrote it on a napkin. she's been looking for publishing every since. i said no. i created that. ♪ >> so beyond acting, beyond the album, what do you think we can expect from you as well? or do you just want to focus on those things right now?
>> no. we're going into my fitness campaign called starshape. >> okay. >> and i really want to -- >> when you say fitness campaign, is it something you're developing for sale, or something -- >> yes. a little bit of both. because i want to tap into a market that i think a lot of people have kind of forgotten about. you know what i mean? when we start designing these workout campaigns and these fitness takeovers, we kind of doing for it people already in workout mode or people that have the mobility and strict to jump right in there. but we rarely develop things for the people who just need to get started. maybe an elderly person at the nursing home who probably just needs to get walking and get mobility back into their legs and their limbs and that type of thing. so those are the things i really want to start off approaching. i want to approach getting started, how you get started,
how you get the blood back flowing and getting active. >> so we can expect fitness, more music, more acting and a lot more of you. >> a whole lot. >> thank you so much for coming by. all right. we'll be right back. up next, we honor one woman's mission to preserve an historic legacy and another woman's mission to record it. stay with us.
the legacy award dinner held each year is where we pay tribute to exceptional women who redefine the standard of success. >> leaders, innovators. we are women of power. >> it is movement time. let us move forward and honor the legacies of our great mothers and fathers. >> correspondent sonia alleyne has more on one of this year's nominees. >> i've had a number of threatening calls, people calling saying they were going to kill me, that they were going to blow my home up, and saying i only had a few hours to live.
>> merl everett's life had a turning point when a single shot hit her husband's car in 1963. move her children out of the south, earn a college degree and climb the corporate ladder. all the while she never stopped speaking justice for the causes he fought and died for. it took 30 years to convict his killer in 1994. the very next year when others turned their back on the scandal-ridden naacp, she stepped in to lead as the first female chair of the board and
eventually earned its highest honor. merly returned to mississippi where she established an institute, authored her on auto biography and is a distinguished scholar and resident. one year ago she became the first woman to deliver the in vocation at a presidential inauguration. >> 50 years after the march on washington, we celebrate the spirit of our ancestors -- >> it was a historic moment. >> we made it. >> but merly everett's place in history had long been secured not only as the widow of a leader but as a courageous and inspiring leader in her own right. and while one honoree lived in the midst of history, our next is preserving it, one story at a time. >> for as long as blacks have been in america we have depended on oral history to pass on our traditions and our heritage.
giuliani richardson, founder and executive director of the history makers is on a mission to record our stories. her work stands as a testament to the many who have done extraordinary things but will tell you they are just -- >> ordinary people that did extraordinary things. that's what history makers is all about. and if we don't tell their story to our children they will never know their value. >> the history makers, an archive of 5,000 african-americans who made a difference. there's something everyone can appreciate in these stories. it's about education. it's about our legacy. it's also about telling our story and about correcting american history before it's too late. >> the work that ms. richardson
has been doing is all about capturing those moments before we lose them. >> our concern was that there had been virtually no recording of black history since the slave era. our goal is to document 21st century history. >> its partnership with schools across the country is the most powerful influence. >> history makers takes us back to our roots. and that's education. our goal is to bring black leaders back into the schools to try to address the lack of hope that exists right now and to really be part of the solution, not the problem. and i think you will see people are saying that it's amazing that it's opening up both the teachers and the students and the community's eyes to what has existed out there. that's what our role we hope it to be. >> we'll be right back.
wonderful experience. but it also makes me strive for more in my own life. >> as a mother of three, embracing my power is giving myself a break. we may be in our careers. we may be not necessarily comfortable what we're doing. but we're living with our purpose. >> what better to understand that than the first african-american female made general of the u.s. army. co-ed toral director caroline clarke has her story. >> once she earned her theater degree her path was not as clear. >> i knew when i graduated high school my next step was college. there was no doubt about that. >> her marching orders were quickly set straight in a 1964 visit to a military base. >> there were women running the uso facilities. they were wearing uniforms. i liked the blue uniforms.
so i joined the air force. >> her glass ceiling became apparent when she achieved the rank of maintenance officer. >> they turned me down. they said i couldn't go. i wrote a letter to the first woman to be a general in the air force. she was a colonel. i heard from her in six weeks with a class date. and i went to that school in september. >> but the fight against her male counterparts was far from over. >> i ignored those things. i wouldn't say it was a special effort to ignore them. i did my job. >> she did her job and then some. breaking barriers to become a u.s. general. >> my general asked me if i wanted to be one said you realize you're going to be the first woman, first african-american woman to be a
general in the air force. there's going to be a lot of attention paid to you. >> having retired as the highest ranking african-american woman in the u.s. department of defense, this leader has stood for what she believed in even when it meant stand anything harm's way. her advice, stake your claim. >> dream it, own it, live it. sometimes it just simply falls in your lap. take it. take it when it falls in your lap. don't close a door yourself. . >> another woman who embraces the power she created for herself is radio one founder chairperson cathy hughes. >> in 1937 they landed her first major job at howard university, whur, where cathy hughes created the number one format in the history of urban radio, the quiet storm. >> the quiet storm is the best part of the radio. >> however, when it was time to finance her own station, she
heard 32 nos before that yes finally came. >> when people asked was i discouraged, no. 32 times. >> her determination paid off with a $1 million loan to start radio one. >> i really viewed my company as a mom-and-pop operation minus pop. it was mom and son operation. and i never wanted to lose family orientation of my company. >> separating the lines between family and business is very difficult. so ultimately it takes a lot of bonding, a lot of love, a lot of understanding to make sure that you get through those tough and rocky times. and that's been our story. >> that integrated creativity proved successful once again in 2004 with the birth of alfred's brain child tv one.
the new station was a catalyst into the spotlight with her own show, tv 101. tv one now reaches 57 million households while radio one hails as the largest black-owned radio chain in the nation. a legacy that speaks for itself. >> i pray that the cathy hughes legacy will be that those that had an enhanced quality of life were affected by my existence and my being in business. we'll be right back. promotional consideration provided by --
that wraps it up for this edition of "our world with black enterprise". be sure to visit us on the web at blackenterprise.com/ourworld. you can also like us on facebook. before we go, we leave you with a few more highlights from this year's women of power summit. >> black enterprise women of power summit is a life-changing event. >> i will never miss the event. >> suggest we're going to fly like eagles because we don't hang with turkeys.
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