Former President, Bill Clinton, John Hope Bryant

Normally on, we provide you with the latest in celebrity news, the hottest artists you want to know, and pics from events you want to be at. This past weekend (January 15-17), got the opportunity to do something momentous in our history books as well as be a part of history.

This past weekend, we were in attendance at the Hope Global Forum presented by Operation Hope:

Their mission is silver rights empowerment, making free enterprise work for everyone.

This event was an important one, kicking off the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, as guests attended seminars and sessions discussing free enterprise, financial literacy, and global initiatives that can impact the lives of every single person on the planet.

The weekend events started on Thursday with a walking tour of the King Historical District hosted by the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, they’re the guys who regulate the banks…and yes I had to look it up. They followed it up with the Opening Reception at the Omni Hotel with a performance by Grammy Award winning vocalist Howard Hewett.

On Friday, general sessions began including an opening session with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed discussing what global leaders can do to ignite free enterprise and closing out the day with the Silver Rights Reception featuring Vanessa De Luca, Editor-In-Chief of Essence Magazine at the newly opened National Civil and Human Rights Museum.

The final day of the forum, Saturday, was filled with general sessions including Expanding the Gains of Women and Girls: How to Prosper in the Global Economy and Solutions for Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. It was at this last session that we were able to be a part of history.

Now I know, our job is to give you the business when it comes to music and entertainment, but think about how important this entire scenario is as an African American owned and operated media platform:

John Hope Bryant, Founder and Chairman of Operation Hope capped off the weekend leading to Martin Luther King Jr. Day by inviting former President Bill Clinton…the people’s American President, to lead a keynote about rebuilding the middle class and how it was important for us to do our part in it.

It was at this keynote that our creator and senior photographer was able to realize his dream of photographing a president. Mind you, we were but mere steps away from these very powerful men…so close, we had to be frisked by secret service in order to get in the room mind you.

It was at this keynote, that as I sat at my table, taking notes in sheer awe at the mesmerizing power and thought-provoking words that Bill Clinton had to say, that I realized the moment’s importance for all of us:

“If you want shared prosperity, you have to go back and pick up the people behind us. Don’t get discouraged…be an agent of change. What you do matters.”

So I’ll leave you with that.

What you do matters. What we do here, matters. Certainly, every one person’s dream is not the same, but it is in the action of making that very dream a reality with the intention of helping others that it all matters.

Check out photos from the event below:

How did you spend your MLK Day?

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