Tyson



I'm just glad to see the brother seeming to be at peace with who he is. The knock on Don King in the trailer is nice though. Can't wait to hear more about THAT relationship.

Update: Speaking of raising black boys (link) and the vital role of passion in that, watch Tyson when you have a chance (link). It's a fantastic look into the psychology of just a everyday black boy trying to survive. In just the first 20 minutes, you'll see how many forks in the road this CHILD had to choose between before he had even graduated high school. It just shows you that once a child chooses the wrong fork just ONCE, it becomes 10 times harder for that child to then get back on the right road. I can't even fathom the number of Mike Tysons out there who never became World Heavyweight Champion.

Aside from what we all know about Tyson, what you'll also see is how easy it is to transform a child who has made several wrong choices, simply by helping him discover a reason to live, a purpose and a passion for life. For Mike Tyson, it was boxing.

However, the missing link for Tyson, I think, is that after he discovered his passion, he had no community to serve with that passion. No place. No collective role for his talents. And this is where the devilish of humanity often thrive -- on those who have talent and passion but have no community to serve, and thus become extremely talented lost men. Kanye West, anyone? Michael Jordan, anyone? 50 Cent, anyone? The list can go on forever.

Enter Don King. Enter the capitalist ethic. Exit Mike Tyson. The end.

And the story repeats itself, day after day, with thousands of black children. The best are often found in society's dumpsters -- jails, juvenile centers, projects, ghettos.

Venture capitalists know this. And once trained -- often with the help of naive middlemen (Russell Simmons, anyone? Don King, anyone? This list can go on forever too) -- they know that if you can keep a talented man happy and blind, you can exploit him.

Until you can no longer generate capital from him.