Before we dive into the deep end, let’s clear the air. Bishop T.D. Jakes is not just alive; he’s thriving, bustling, and making more moves than a chess grandmaster. Now that we’ve put that little tidbit to rest, let’s explore the essence of his recent endeavors, shall we?
The Wealth Gap: Not Just a Trendy Topic
In the world of finance, the racial wealth divide isn’t just a trending hashtag; it’s a glaring reality. With a 6 to 1 income ratio between Black and White Americans, the stakes are high. But fear not, for Bishop Jakes is on the case! “By 2050, the median income for African American households could be zero,” he warns. But instead of just ringing alarm bells, he’s rolling up his sleeves.
When Wells Fargo Meets Jakes: A Partnership with Panache
In a move that’s got everyone talking, Jakes has teamed up with Wells Fargo. Their mission? To sprinkle a little financial fairy dust and bridge the wealth gap. Their first trick? A housing multiplex in Atlanta. But like any good story, there’s a twist. Critics point fingers at Wells Fargo’s past, but Jakes, ever the optimist, sees a brighter future.
Entrepreneurship: It’s in His DNA
If entrepreneurship were a dance, Jakes would be leading the waltz. From his ancestors’ business ventures post-slavery to his father’s entrepreneurial spirit in the 1960s, Jakes has got the moves. “I am almost full-blooded Nigerian from the tribe of Igbo,” he quips, a tribe renowned for its business acumen. His ventures? As diverse as a box of assorted chocolates.
Blending Faith, Business, and a Dash of Legacy
For Jakes, business and ministry are like peanut butter and jelly – a match made in heaven. From his pulpit at The Potter’s House in Dallas, he’s been serving inspiration sandwiches for years. But he’s not just a preacher; he’s a businessman with flair. “People don’t realize TD Jakes Enterprises is older than The Potter’s House,” he cheekily points out. And his current jam? Crafting a legacy that’s sweeter than honey.
Skeptics might raise an eyebrow, but Jakes’ heart is clear as crystal. “At 66 years young come June, it’s my way of saying thank you to our people,” he shares with a twinkle in his eye. Whether through sermons, books, or business ventures, Jakes is not just living; he’s thriving.
Bishop T.D. Jakes is very much alive, and his legacy? Well, it’s brewing stronger than your morning espresso.