SJPL Works - Celebrating African American Business Leaders

Black History Month: African American Business Leaders

For February, SJPL Works, your premier business and career center in San Jose, is featuring books by and about African American Business Leaders.

Rise and Grind

Cover Photo of Rise and Grind by Daymond JohnDaymond John argues that to get and stay ahead, you need to put in the work to outthink, out-hustle, and outperform everyone around you. In other words, you've got to Rise and Grind everyday. In his book, John shows how grit and persistence helped him overcome his obstacles and fueled his success. Additionally, he takes an up-close look at the routines of hard-charging individuals who have risen and grinded their way to the very tops of their fields.

Empire State of Mind

Cover Photo of Empire State of Mind by Zack O'Malley GreenburgShawn Corey Carter, aka Jay-Z, started his career as a drug dealer. Today, according to Business Insider, he is worth $475 million. Find out how he made this incredible journey in Empire State of Mind. Additionally, Zack O'Malley Greenberg lays out how Jay-Z turned himself into a business empire that that sells music, entertainment, clothes, and alcohol.

The Wealth Choice

Cover Image of The Wealth ChoiceBased on a seven-year study of one thousand of the wealthiest African Americans, The Wealth Choice offers sound and surprising advice about climbing the economic ladder. Dennis Kimbro shows how business leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities like Bob Johnson, Spike Lee, Steve Harvey, Herman Cain, T. D. Jakes, and Tyrese Gibson found their paths to wealth; what they did or didn't learn about money early on; what they had to sacrifice, and the role of discipline in managing their success.

Black Fortunes

Cover Image of Black FortunesBetween 1830 and 1927, the last generation of African Americans born into slavery reached maturity. Among them was a small group of industrious, tenacious, and daring men and women who broke new ground to attain the highest levels of financial success. Black Fortunes details the story of Mary Ellen Pleasant, Robert Reed Church, Hannah Elias, Annie Turnbo Malone, O. W. Gurley, and Madam C. J. Walker.

The Man From Essence

Cover Image of The Man From EssenceBy the time Edward Lewis sold Essence Magazing to Time Inc., it had grown from an initial circulation of 50,000 to over eight million. The Man From Essence tells the story of an American business, which Lewis claims faced a racist advertising community, hostile takeover attempts, warring partners packing heat, mass firings, and mass defections—all of which revealed inherent challenges in running a black business.

50 Billion Dollar Boss

Cover Photo of 50 Billion Dollar Boss50 Billion Dollar Boss features 12 successful African American women entrepreneurs and leaders who tell their unique stories of how they overcame many obstacles to build a thriving business. They will teach you about funding an idea, building relationships and partnerships that are critical for growth, finding your own big idea, and tackling the roadblocks that will be thrown in your way.

More Books by African American Business Leaders & Authors

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