The Blueprint: Lessons for Living your Best Life
THE BLUE PRINT - came from our readers. They asked us to share the "secret sauce" for how we were able to produce so much content (20 films, 16 books, two number one Broadway shows, a popular magazine and a cable network among other media investments). As we looked back over our work, we realized that the stories in the magazine, particularly the editor's notes, contained the secret sauce. This secret sauce guided our success as a company and showcased a path for our readers to live their best lives.This book is a collection of the raw editor's notes as published in SoulVision magazine from 2019 to 2022. These four years summarize the work of our team and my thoughts over the course of the four-year life of the magazine. Also included are select speeches and writings that I have shared over the years. These expressions chronicle my thinking from my early days as a young leader focused on finding my way here in the US to a wiser citizen of the world interested in the best for all of humanity. I hope this book inspires you as much as creating it has inspired me.
About The Author
BK is the chairman of 7 companies and an award- winning filmmaker and author. In 2017 BK founded Soulidifly Productions - a film, stage and TV investment company designed to promote a more inclusive narrative in media. The company has produced 15 feature films, 15 books and two #1 shows on Broadway since its inception, including the highest grossing August Wilson show and revival of all time. Soulidifly is the creator of the Blueprint Script & Media Prize and owns SoulVision Magazine, SoulVision.TV and Body Snatchers Productions. The company retains ownership interests in MoviePass 2.0 (films, gaming, and B2B), Iconic Events Releasing (over 8,000 screens), and MediaU.com (the first online film school with university transcripts) among other ventures. BK is also a principal with Ralph Sampson and Jim Franklin in Winner’s Circle Ventures – a $100 million dollar strategic investment company targeting all entrepreneurs, especially women and minorities.
Prior to becoming a full-time author and entrepreneur, BK was Vice President of the Mid- Atlantic Region for Verizon Communications, Inc. and President of Verizon Virginia and West Virginia. He has held senior leadership, media, technology, and policy development posts with the U.S. Department of Commerce, AOL, Time Warner, Verizon, and the National Urban League.
BK is considered one of the most influential African Americans in technology. He is a Computerworld- Smithsonian Laureate (2000) and his influential writings on technology and the underserved are permanently archived at the Smithsonian Institution. His board service includes Norfolk State University, TowneBank, the Library of Virginia Foundation, Media Mentors, The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and MediaU.com. He was most recently inducted into the JA Business Hall of Fame (2022).
BK holds a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science degree and Sloan Fellowship from Harvard and the New School, and a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. He is married to Mrs. Jacquleyn E. Stone, a Harvard Law graduate and prominent Richmond attorney at the McGuireWoods law firm. Jackie and BK are co-parents to three young men – Joshua, Terrell, and Sam