This Is How You Fix The Black Community

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This Is How You Fix The Black Community

In my interview with Kendall Qualls, we discuss his non-profit organization – “Take Charge” and how it promotes personal accountability, family and community. We also get into the following fascinating topics that made time fly by. 

  • His personal testimony of growing up poor and overcoming adversity
  • 10,000 hours of leadership training from a young age
  • Men raising boys to men verses Women raising boys to men
  • The blessing of losing an election
  • Can I cut your grass? Can I rake your leaves? Chores vs Affluenza 
  • Women want husbands, not baby daddies
  • I would love to see more black male schoolteachers
  • Can we make marriage great again? 
  • Foreign born blacks do better than blacks born in America
  • This is the LEAST racist time period in America

After the podcast segment: 

  • Its time for Black Women to reconsider their ideal man! Spoiler alert: Plumbers can be sexy too. 


Kendall Qualls is the President of TakeCharge. TakeCharge strives to unite Americans regardless of background toward a shared history and common set of beliefs. At TakeCharge, they celebrate the idea of the American dream and encourage people working to achieve it. Mr. Qualls leads an organization that inspires and educates black and other minority communities to take charge of their own lives and not to rely on government and politicians for redemption and prosperity. Mr. Qualls has a unique vantage point to convey that message and to plant the seeds of change desperately needed. During his childhood, Mr. Qualls lived with his divorced mother and siblings in public housing projects of Harlem, NY in the late 1960s. Before middle school, Mr. Qualls left NYC to live with his father who lived in a trailer park in Oklahoma. Neither of his parents finished high school. Despite the challenges and turmoil of his early life, Mr. Qualls worked full-time to pay for college, served as an officer in the U.S. Army, earned three graduate degrees  including an MBA from the University of Michigan. He worked his way up the ranks at several Fortune 100 healthcare companies before he became Global Vice President of an $850M business unit.

Mr. Qualls champions the principles of meritocracy and supports the notion that free enterprise, and the private sector are the fastest and most equitable way to lift people from poverty to prosperity including black Americans. Mr. Qualls has been married to his wife, Sheila for 35 years and they have five children together. He was a mentor at Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge. He serves on the Board for Lundstrum’s Performing Arts Center in North Minneapolis as well as Hope Farm School, a school for at-risk boys from Minneapolis.

Connect with Mr. Qualls online:

TakeCharge MN – Take charge of your life, family, and community


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