Sour Lemons to Lemonade | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Sour Lemons to Lemonade


Ken Stiggers

Brother Hustle: "Welcome to the Compensatory Investment Request Support Group's first official meeting and session for 2013. For the new 2013 members, I want to give a brief overview of the C.I.R. Support Group. I was inspired by a 2007 You Tube video titled 'How Black People Can Gain Capital.' The speaker who caught my attention was Mr. Neely Fuller, Jr., author of the United Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept (aka "The Codebook").

"I listened to Mr. Fuller's convincing presentation on what financially challenged people should say and do in order to gain what the smartest and powerful financially advantaged people call 'Capital.' What Mr. Fuller said confirmed my long-time street-hustling career.

"When I lost my factory job years ago and faced financial peril, I started hustling. Instead of committing crimes, scams or home burglaries, I transformed myself to become a creative entrepreneur. I did what Mr. Fuller suggested: Ask for what I need to sustain my Juicy Juice on Ice refreshment business. Some folk say I'm begging. But I'm doing what Lee Iacocca did in 1979 when he begged the government to lend him money to save the Chrysler car company from going out of business.

"Therefore, the purpose of the Compensatory Investment Request Support Group is to empower financially challenged individuals to become successful entrepreneurs.

"Members: It's time to ask for what we need and turn those sour lemons we got in 2012 into some sweet, refreshing lemonade-flavored Juicy Juice on Ice in 2013."

COVID-19 has closed down the main sources of the JFP's revenue -- concerts, festivals, fundraisers, restaurants and bars. If everyone reading this article gives $5 or more, we should be able to continue publishing through the crisis. Please pay what you can to keep us reporting and publishing.


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

comments powered by Disqus