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  • Erica Ponder

When Bosses Brunch: Slim Thug and the Boss Life Foundation host Black Excellence Brunch ahead of ‘Th

HOUSTON — When community leaders, business owners, media moguls, hip hop legends and executives get together, magic is sure to happen.

The bosses of H-Town gathered in downtown Houston at the Sunset Coffee Building ahead of Slim Thug Day, thanks to the rapper and the Boss Life Foundation, as a way to celebrate one another with the goal of “building bridges towards black excellence.”

It was great seeing my old co-workers and fellow bosses in media!

An invite-only event, special guests included rapper and half of UGK Bernard Freeman (Bun B), rapper Lil’ KeKe, Majic 102 radio personality KG Smooth, 93.7 The Beat DJ and humanitarian DJ Mr. Rogers, comedian Phill Wade, City Controller Ronald C. Green, activist Deric Muhammad, and more.

DJ Mr. Rogers

Photo Credit: Symone Daniels

Rapper Lil’ KeKe

Photo Credit: Symone Daniels

Comedian and Musician Phill Wade

While the fellowship was great (and the food was delicious), several gems were dropped in an effort to educate and inform guests about ways they could support each other while gaining connections and growing through meaningful opportunities and networking.

Slim Thug posed the question of how African Americans could work together more while making black businesses bigger than what they are.

“We need to showcase what we do,” he said. “I’m just trying to figure out what’s the problem and how we can get better at it.”

Deric Muhammad stressed the importance of supporting black businesses, shooting down the idea that others should not support the entities because of a “bad experience.”

“We’ve got to be reprogrammed. We’ve got to be reprogrammed from thinking other people’s ice is colder,” Muhammad said after explaining the complex dynamic of slave masters putting slaves against one another throughout slavery.

Muhammad also spoke about the importance of the black dollar within the community.

“The same way blood leaves your body, if enough blood leaves your body, you could die, and that’s what’s happening,” he stated. “The more you take out of our community, the more we become economically dead.”

Rapper and college lecturer Bun B expressed the importance of stepping outside of your normal circle and comfort zone to gain opportunities.

“There’s a lot of opportunities available to us, but we have to let people know that we want to take advantage of these opportunities,” he said. “I think a lot of you (in here) have these dreams, and you’re wondering why you can’t achieve these dreams. I think the answer to some of you people’s dreams are in the room right now.”

And you can’t have a good Brunch without good food! Thanks to Chef Don Bowie of Taste Bar Kitchen, guests were able to enjoy the perfect macaroni and cheese, greens, and shrimp and grits. Dessert company “A Cheesy Affair” came through with the tasty, mouth-watering desserts, such as “The Boss,” a specialty combining brownies and bacon.

The greens though!😩 Thanks to Chef Don Bowie for the amazing food!

Photo Credit: Ashley Tillery

Peep “The Boss!” Yes, it was as good as it looks.😋🤷🏾‍♀️ “A Cheesy Affair” did an incredible job on the desserts!

Photo Credit: Ashley Tillery

The Boss Life Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2015 to focus greater attention on research and educating the specifically in low income communities. The organization is also dedicated to education programs, training and career path mentoring to help the youth.

For more information on how you can make a difference, go to

Cheers to black excellence!


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