If you’re reading this blog post, allow me to thank you for taking time out of your workday, or off-day to visit the Talented Six website. On behalf of my brothers, we appreciate you checking us out and hope you’ll continue visiting our site and help spread the word to others about what we’re doing with this blog. This isn’t some facetious, narcissistic, preachy, self-gratifying project we’re embarking on. We’re not trying to be trendsetters or culture pushers either. We simply want to inform, empower and educate our fellow Black brothers and sisters on the world around them, and how they can successfully navigate it. This is a well-rounded collaborative effort, where sports, politics, goals, music, relationships, and more will be explained, examined and argued. Whether you’re a high school or college-aged kid searching for guidance, or a young professional taking the world by storm, we got you covered. All types of degrees, certifications, qualifications and individual accolades have been achieved, but we’re not here to brag; but we may boast from time to time. Simply put, we want to learn y’all a thing or two. Keep in mind that we’re not pros at this but we want to get better, so we also want your honest opinions, feedback and criticism. Iron sharpens iron and we all we got, so help us be great as well.
So what’s in a name? The Talented Six…almost sounds a little boisterous and self-righteous doesn’t it? Don’t worry; we have a good reason for the name. Allow me to break it down. Because it’s levels to this shit; trust me.
Our namesake is derived from a concept popularized by W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the most intelligent, progressive, baddest man to ever walk the Earth adorned in Black skin. He was the first Black man to earn a doctorate from Harvard, receiving his Ph.D in 1895. He led the Niagara Movement, which was one of the first groups of Black activists who fought for equality and civil rights, which led to the creation of the NAACP, which Du Bois assisted in creating. When Booker T. Washington was being praised for getting Southern White lawmakers to agree to the Atlanta Compromise, Du Bois said “Naw, bruh.” He published a book in 1903, The Negro Problem, where he wrote an essay called The Talented Tenth. The first few sentences of the essay sum it all up:
“The Negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men. The problem of education, then, among Negroes must first of all deal with the Talented Tenth; it is the problem of developing the Best of this race that they may guide the Mass away from the contamination and death of the Worst, in their own and other races.”
Du Bois believed that blacks could reach their full purpose and potential through liberal arts education, writing books, all the while fighting for social change. Now we’re not going to be organizing any marches anytime soon, or calling for any bus boycotts. However, we do plan on carrying out Du Bois’ creed that we must educate and empower the youth in our own communities and assist them in bring out the best in themselves. That’s the whole point of this blog! We want to alert you of our previous struggles, hoping that they avoid the pitfalls that have delayed our progress. We want to drop knowledge on things they don’t teach you in the classroom; like managing your credit, how to invest in yourself, and how to negotiate your worth. We also want to include you in our sports and music arguments, because we want to know who agrees with us, so we can applaud them and correct those who don’t think LeBron James is the GOAT after his 2016 Finals performance. So indulge us, and tell a friend to tell a friend, via word of mouth or social media, either way is cool with us.
They say if you want to hide something from a nigga, put it in a book. We put it in a blog. Enjoy yourselves, and thanks for dropping by.