On the Verge of... - Black Enterprise

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Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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We’re here! Invesco Field! The seats haven’t filled up yet, but the expectation is that 80,000 people will show up to see the first African American man accept a major party nomination for president. Expectations are a funny thing, you know? I keep hearing everyone talk about how historical this moment is and I desperately want to make sure that I understand for myself why this moment means so much? As a Black woman, I know the obvious answer involves a history review which would include a chapter on slavery, Jim Crow, voting rights, etc. And as ecstatic as I feel, I’m also nervous.

I have that same feeling I had right before I graduated from high school. It’s that feeling you get on your first romantic date with someone who could be “the one” or on your first day at a job you’ve always wanted.

It’s the feeling that your possibilities are limitless; that at this moment in time your life could change in unimaginable ways for the better or worse depending on what you do next. Depending on the choices you make.

A Bluegrass Country band just began playing and the leader just summed up the feeling.

“We’re standing on the doorstep of history,” he says.

Standing on a doorstep is not historical. Walking through it is…turning back is also.

It is rare that an entire country can come to a place where we have the ability to choose a collective path. That is rare. The paths before us are many and its easy to say that one path is right and another wrong, but that’s not true. They’re just different.

What do we expect from this moment? What do we expect from Sen. Barack Obama tonight? Can he change our world for the better? Can he open up doors that have closed? I think it is unfair to expect that he can. That charge is

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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