Alvin "Big Al" Heggs is a former American professional basketball player. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he attended Florida Community College and the University of Texas, before playing for the NBA Houston Rockets and two teams in the CBA. Heggs has distinguished himself, however, as one of the most successful entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and leaders in the U.S., and is the embodiment of the kind of intelligence, character, creativity, passion, and determination that lies within our urban landscapes. He is the owner of Superstition Springs Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Mesa, Arizona (one of only two Black principal owners of such a dealer ship west of Texas-the other being former NBA great, Karl Malone), [...]
Rowdy Duncan is the Founder and Host of Inclusion Activism on Apple Podcasts. Diamond Strategies' Founder and CEO, Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker discusses life, personal leadership, diversity, and inclusion, in this engaging interviewed (Part 1 of 3) with Rowdy Duncan on Inclusive Activism on Apple Podcasts. INCLUSIVE ACTIVISM - This is Inclusive Activism Podcast – It comes from the idea love is an action word. We don’t just want to be enlightened to the reality of “ism” we want to DO something about it. To get active in the community and to learn about how to keep our learning ongoing. We never want to stop learning The purpose of the [...]
This article is re-posted here with permission from MCU VO!CE. Editor's Voice By Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. My interviewing Aaron McGruder, cartoonist, screenwriter, director, and visionary creator of The Boondocks and Black Jesus. Photo: Personal Collection I am pleased to announce that I have joined the trailblazing and visionary team at MyClickUrban.com as a partner and Editor-in-Chief of MCU VO!CE. MCU VO!CE is the narrative platform of MyClickUrban, our "Grio," or storytelling, praise singing, poetic and melodic soul. MyClickUrban.com is the best mobile solution for your urban lifestyle agenda. Our app, website, and VO!CE, are the convenient “go to” destinations for urbanites “on the go.” MCU VO!CE relaunches today under [...]
From the Diamond Strategies Team Women are not monolithic and neither is their history. In honor of Women's History Month, therefore, we have assembled a list of 10 of our favorite readings in women's history. These books, listed in no particular order, reflect the dynamism, devastation, anger, activism, joy, and diverse texture of experiences these remarkable women set forth for our posterity. This is not a list of what we consider to be the best books in women’s history. Rather, it reflects the chronological, regional, racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, and the poignant and profound stories, of women whose voices and legacies should be uplifted. We hope that you will share this list [...]
By Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. "The business case" was rarely if ever mentioned by activists, educators and politicians, while calling for our national holidays and heritage months, such as our current Black History Month, but corporations have found ways of leveraging these moral imperatives on behalf of profitability. How many of you saw the recent barrage of culturally conscious Super Bowl LI commercials? Corporate America didn't spend 4.5 million dollars for each, elaborate, thirty-second Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) statement, to boost their “street cred” or increase their chances of getting into heaven. Goodwill had to factor into the equation, but altruism no doubt took a back seat to analytics that confirmed that [...]
“Are you going to cater to the whims and prejudices of people? We draw out from other people our own thought." ~ Susan B. Anthony By Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America did not divide our citizenry. We have been divided since Jamestown. The manipulation and degradation of poor Whites, genocidal treatment of Indigenous peoples, oppression of women, fear of non-Christians and foreigners, and original sin of chattel slavery, is the soil within which our noble but flawed experiment in Democracy was planted. Through constant education and fearless agitation, proponents of social justice have kept these poisonous weeds from [...]
Diamond Strategies’s Founder and CEO Accepts 2016 Arizona Diversity Alliance “Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award” Video
Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker, Founder and CEO of Diamond Strategies, LLC. it the 2016 Arizona Diversity Alliance "Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award" winner. The DLA "is the premier Diversity Education organization in Arizona," which "provides thought provoking Diversity training, leadership guidance and continued support to help cultivate an inclusive community where each individual is valued and respected."