About The Founders
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Michael Bell is a 21 year old Black Studies major at Lehman College. Rapidly growing in African centered consciousness, his life mission is to build upon and actualize the economic, political, and social strategies and solutions given to African people by their best warrior scholars, leaders, and freedom fighters.

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Andre C. Hatchett is a nationally acclaimed entrepreneur and philanthropist. Hatchett is the owner of Priority Notary, Inc. and co-founder of www.BuyBlackNYC.com.

Hatchett, also known as “Mr. Buy Black,” is the driving force behind the national Black Business Challenge social media campaign that encourages African-Americans to patronize Black-owned businesses, record feedback about their experience via their cell phone, and then post the footage online using the #BlackBusinessChallenge hashtag. The campaign, which was initially planned for 30 days but has increased to 395 days, garnered the attention of media outlets and sparked mass appeal in Black economics.

Hatchett attributes his entrepreneurial drive to his father, who once told him: “If you go to school with someone, you should never have to work for them.” Those profound words resonated with Hatchett. He shoveled snow and sold lemonade and candy before high school. At the age of 22, Hatchett completed the daunting task of homeownership and purchased his first home, and then purchased a second home at the age of 23. Since then, Hatchett has worked as a Business Consultant, Professional Coach, and currently as a skilled Real Estate Sales Expert, earning him the nickname “Mr. Condo.”

Although he managed to attain success without a college degree, he still acknowledges the value of a formal education and will be graduating from Lehman College in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American studies, and a minor in Business Practice.

Although he answers to many nicknames, having overcome a speech impediment and being misdiagnosed as a special needs student by his elementary school counselors, Hatchett is best described as a warrior.