The Ultimate Warrior: P.O.E.T. Blaq Ice

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There are several “Blaq Ice’s” out there, some with the same spelling and some with different spellings; some are Poets such as I and some are not. However, I truly believe in my heart that a man is defined by his works and the fruit that he bears. With respect to all the other “Blaq Ice’s” out there, there is only one Blaq Ice that does what I do.

The INDIEgator magazine doesn’t just feature Artists, but Business Owners as well. You’ve invested in several Business within your community, including of course New Jack Jewelry, Transportation Services, Retail Clothing stores… Why did you decide to take that route so young versus working under someone else?

Being exposed to the Black Nationalist Movement of Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad and other great leaders put me on a path of Entrepreneurship rather than employee, which is what led to the several stores in my community that I opened from the early 90’s to 2001. That decade was a good decade for business until the fall of 2001 when the twin towers were hit in a terrorist attack. All flights were halted, shipments were coming in late and several people lost jobs as a result of this tragedy. I saw profits cut in half while overhead remained the same.

In addition to your touring, performing, motivational speaking, your P.O.E.T organization and other business endeavors, you started a very special Scholarship Foundation in honor of your late little warrior, Tyrone. What would you like our readers to know about this and how can we all contribute?

September 3, 2008 at 8pm my son passed away from Osteosarcoma Cancer. Four years later, still dealing with that life changing event, I decided to do the only thing I know to do, keep moving forward. The Tyrone Hawthorne Cancer Scholarship Foundation, in memory of my son, helps seniors at his former high school (Urban Prep Academy) go to college as well as grants gifts for children who are fighting cancer related diseases. Anyone wanting to donate, please send checks or money orders to:

Tyrone Hawthorne Cancer Scholarship Fund
c/o Urban Partnership Bank
7936 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619

or to their second location at
101 E 35th St, Chicago, IL 60653

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Kitty Y. Williams
Since moving to Houston, CEO Kitty Y. Williams (MissKittyTV Networks, LLC) has brought positive media exposure to Entertainers, Business Owners, Authors, Filmmakers, Community Leaders and other unique individuals Worldwide. Beginning with MissKittyTV in 2006, she filmed exclusive interviews, showcases, web cam episodes and events around the city, sharing with the world via YouTube. In 2007 she started her Kitty Williams LIVE radio broadcast on BlogTalkRadio, interviewing guests and showcasing music from several independent entertainers. (Read More on LinkedIn)

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