Black Faces in White Places

10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness

 Black Faces in White Places

Authors: Randal Pinkett, Jeffrey Robinson, Philana Patterson
Pub Date: October 2010
Print Edition: $24.95
Print ISBN: 9780814416808
Page Count: 288
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814416815

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Advance Praise

“Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson’s book has much to say about solutions to our challenges in the Age of Obama. Don’t miss it!” —Cornel West, Princeton University

“There are three types of people in this world: those who make the rules, those who follow the rules, and those who redefine the rules. Drs. Pinkett and Robinson have given us a revolutionary roadmap for people of color to accomplish the latter, and to do so in a way that benefits everyone.” —William H. Cosby, Jr., Ed.D., and Camille O. Cosby, Ed.D.

“An intriguing exploration into the personal, professional, and spiritual dimensions of being Black in 21st century America. If you care deeply about the future of our communities and our country, you should care about this book.”—Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP

“This book is a ‘must read’ to fully understand the Black experience in any professional setting. Black Faces in White Places takes a look at race and professional accomplishment in post-Obama America. Drs. Pinkett and Robinson interview entrepreneurs, corporate execs, educators, religious and community leaders to identify 10 clear strategies to be successful oneself – and to help others as well.” —Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and Special Correspondent, CNN

“The ‘10 Game-Changing Strategies’ in Black Faces in White Places are so powerful, so compelling, and so simple, it made me wonder why someone didn’t think of them sooner! Thank you, Dr. Pinkett and Dr. Robinson.”—Judge Glenda Hatchett

“Pinkett and Robinson’s ‘10 Game-Changing Strategies’ should be for people of color what Stephen Covey’s ‘7 Habits’ were for highly effective people.” —Roland S. Martin, Analyst, CNN Host, Managing Editor, Washington Watch, TV One Cable Network Senior Analyst, The Tom Joyner Morning Show

“At last, a one-stop resource that addresses the particular issues associated with being a minority within a majority culture. This book could not have come at a better time. Thank you, Drs. Pinkett and Robinson!” —Stephen R. Covey, Bestselling Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

“At last, a book that isn’t narrowly focused on how to become ‘successful.’ Black Faces in White Places challenges each of us to look beyond our individual agendas and chart a course for ‘greatness’ – a collective agenda of helping others, thus creating a ripple effect that is felt for generations and generations to come.” —Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League

Black Faces in White Places is both timely and timeless. Pinkett and Robinson have broken down everything African American professionals need to know into ten everlasting strategies.” —Mayor Cory Booker, City of Newark, New Jersey

Black Faces in White Places deals directly with the contemporary role of race – its subtleties, its nuances, and its impact – in almost every professional arena. More importantly, the book offers ten proven and practical strategies to overcome the inevitable challenges.” —Sean Covey, Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make

“The ten strategies found in Black Faces in White Places represent the complete roadmap for African Americans to transform their careers, transform our communities, and transform this nation. This book could not have come at a better time.” —The Three Doctors: Sampson Davis MD, Rameck Hunt MD, and George Jenkins DMD

"This book is a must-read for anyone running to win in the race against racism." —Dr. Farrah Gray, Author and Syndicated Columnist

Black Faces in White Places takes an issue out of the recesses of the minds of people of color and puts it in words to which we can all relate. Thank you Drs. Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson for giving voice, reason, and solutions to a problem as old as the ages.” —Kevin Powell, Writer, Speaker, and Activist

Black Faces in White Places will usher in an entirely new wave of talented intrapreneurs who transform existing organizations ranging from corporations and schools to nonprofit and faith-based organizations. It will also spawn a new cadre of entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs who launch new ventures that generate wealth and empower communities.” —Gwendolyn M. Kelly, Senior Marketing Manager, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Black Faces in White Places is an indispensable resource for navigating personal and professional pathways not only to achieving success, but most importantly, achieving greatness. It is an absolute must for students, young adults and seasoned professionals alike.” —Jeff Johnson, Journalist and Author

“We have all been there, we have all thought it – finally Drs. Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson have captured it in words – powerful words. Black Faces in White Places not only puts the issue of ‘being the only one’ in perspective – it gives us direction and skills to cope.” —Herman “Skip” Mason, 33rd General President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

"I hope readers of any race or class find valuable insights and nuances in this book that will allow them to advance, and help others in the process. Our differences are something to be thankful for, and there are great opportunities within those differences for everyone to excel.” —Majora Carter, Environmental Activist

Black Faces in White Places will spark an entirely new conversation about the role African Americans can play in leveling the playing field for people of all races, ethnicities, creeds and colors.” —Treena Livingston Arinzeh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology

“Dr. King once asked the question, ‘Will you be a thermometer or a thermostat?’ Black Faces in White Places is both. It tells us the current temperature in business and corporate America for minorities—and how we can change it. For all minorities in the corporate world or looking to grow their own company, this is a must read book!” —Warren Ballentine, Attorney and Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

“What distinguishes Black Faces in White Places from previous books geared toward African American professionals is that it speaks to a broad range of audiences: entrepreneurs, academics, lawyers, teachers, politicians, doctors, ministers, corporate executives and far beyond. It addresses how to achieve greatness in almost any field while maintaining a critical sense of identity and purpose.” —Zack Lemelle, Vice President, Information Technology,

Johnson & Johnson; Chairman of the Board, Information Technology Senior Management Forum

“As people of color move from being ‘minorities’ to the majority of Americans, Black Faces in White Places tackles the challenges and the opportunities that emerge from this imminent reality.” —Darryl Cobb, Chief Executive Officer, Academy of Communications and Technology Charter School

"There are written and unwritten rules for African Americans...and then there is Black Faces in White Places. This long overdue book offers the ten essential strategies that will redefine the rules and help level the playing field for people of all races, ethnicities, creeds and colors." —David Steward, Founder and Chairman of the Board, World Wide Technology

“Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson have produced a tremendous resource for leadership development and community transformation. I would highly recommend anyone in the position of leadership to read Pinkett's book, or any student of leadership should have a copy of this book on their shelf.” —Rev. Otis Moss III, Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ

“The combination of proven, practical strategies along with real-world stories from accomplished African Americans offers unique insight to the subtleties and nuances of exactly what it takes to succeed in any profession.” —Dudley Benoit, Community Development Professional

"Broad access to opportunity is the key to a truly equitable America. No matter who you are or where you grew up, Black Faces in White Places provides a blueprint to seizing opportunities at hand – and expanding opportunity for your entire community." —Angela Glover-Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink

Black Faces in White Places is both a thoughtful reminder of the considerable progress made by African Americans in the workplace, and a sobering wake-up call for how much work remains to be done. This book will undoubtedly spark dialogue, but above all, it will help to spawn much needed action to ensure that we continue to make progress.” —Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, President Emerita, Spelman College and Bennett College for Women

Black Faces in White Places deals directly with the contemporary role of race – its subtleties, its nuances, and its impact – in almost every professional arena. More importantly, the book does not just discuss these issues, but also offers ten proven and practical strategies to overcome the inevitable challenges.” —Rey Ramsey, CEO, TechNet; Founder and Chairman, One Economy Corporation

“As a college professor, Black Faces in White Places is everything that business schools are too polite to teach. Whether you want to play by the rules or change the game, Drs. Pinkett and Robinson offer cutting edge advice. Once I reached the last page it became obvious that Randal and Jeffrey can not only see down the street, they can see around the corner.” —Dennis Kimbro, Author of What Makes the Great Great

“WOW, this book is a game changer. Thank you Pinkett and Robinson so much for these insights, gems and nuggets of brilliance. You and your team have put your heart and soul into this important masterwork. I was not only informed and inspired, but also empowered by your impressive research and collection of thoughts, words and ideas. This book is a prescription for our success and everyone can benefit from reading Black Faces in White Places. My heartfelt thanks go out to each of you for giving us this important gem.” —George C. Fraser, Author of Success Runs in Our Race and Click

“With this book a new voice of clarity and leadership has emerged for African Americans. Dr. Pinkett and Dr. Robinson provide a direct and blunt assessment of what is required for Black professionals to succeed – a road map for success – along with the knowledge needed for liberation. Leveraging lessons and context from history – along with powerful and forthright advice, there is sustenance for both the career and the soul in this book. I have never read a better personal advice book and have never seen a book that imparted more knowledge with better efficiency. Phenomenal.” —Luke Visconti, Chief Executive Officer, DiversityInc

"Drs. Pinkett and Robinson are geniuses whose gifts and talents are contributing to the empowerment of many others. Their writing reflects the depth of academic preparation and the practicality of user friendliness. Anyone who is attempting to expand their capacity or increase their productivity can benefit from the wisdom found in Black Faces in White Places.” —DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens

“Much has been made, and rightfully so, of the need for America's institutions to embrace diversity and inclusion in anticipation of the ‘browning’ of America. However, not enough has been provided in the way of survival and success strategies for those brown pioneers, many of them African American, who must brave and conquer frontiers their parents could scarcely dream of. Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness is the much-needed playbook that will empower this intrepid generation with the confidence and courage to meet the challenge.” —Alfred Edmond Jr., Senior Vice President/Editor-in-Chief,

"In the Age of Obama, African Americans are realizing an unprecedented potential to define ourselves beyond ‘otherness.’ Black Faces in White Places gives the individual a thoughtful guide to this cultural crossroad. This book needed to be written." —Tatyana Ali, Actress, Producer, and Activist, HazraH Entertainment

“From the time America met Randal Pinkett on ‘The Apprentice’ it was easy to see that he was an extraordinarily gifted person. He quickly showed, with his trademark intellect and style, why he has become one of the leading voices of the latest generation of business leaders. In Black Faces in White Places, Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson share how to navigate the rough waters of the business world. They give a straightforward way for minorities to deal with the rigors and issues that can sometimes sidetrack a climb to the top of the corporate ladder or business ownership. Pinkett and Robinson give a new face on corporate America and entrepreneurship and shares strategies that will allow others to become the best they can be no matter what hurdles they may face.” —Ed Gordon, Broadcast Journalist, BET News

Black Faces in White Places is required reading for African Americans at any stage of their career, including college students, young professionals entering the workplace, and even those who have reached the middle and upper levels of established organizations. Drs. Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson capture in words an issue that affects all people of color – and they offer viable solutions and coping skills to address the issue.” —Dr. Charles E. Jones

Founding Chair, Department of African-American Studies, Georgia State University; President, National Council for Black Studies

“Forget about playing the game by existing rules. In Black Faces in White Places, Pinkett and Robinson provide the tools to redefine the game and create an entirely new set of rules. A timeless book in the Age of Obama that allows everyone to win!” —Kwame Jackson, CEO & Founder, “Krimson by Kwame” Executive Neckwear Entrepreneur/Speaker/Author

“Regardless of whether you want to climb the corporate ladder and become an executive or create your own ladder and become an entrepreneur, Black Faces in White Places is an absolutely essential tool for your professional tool belt.” —Stacie J, Entrepreneur, Jones Insurance Group, and the “Stacie J Golden” Fragrance

“Drs. Pinkett and Robinson choose to BE the message that they bring! They don’t just enumerate the problems but offer solid solutions for navigating pathways to business ownership, and the halls and boardrooms of previously ‘all white’ corporate America. Black Faces in White Places is a necessary tool for anyone trying to make their own magic happen." —Malik Yoba, Actor/Musician/Entrepreneur

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