We had the good fortune of connecting with De’Antwan Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi De’Antwan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Honestly, I just want to help a lot of black entrepreneurs spread their businesses while letting the world know they are not alone. Our saying is (We support all-black excellence everywhere. rather you have a blue checkmark or not. You are a celebrity no matter what, And success starts when you wake up)
What should our readers know about your business?
I was injured with a torn ACL When I started Blackdiarylove back in 2018. When I created Blackdiarylove the goal was to make every black entrepreneur and entertainer feel special. I did my first podcast interview with a great brother named Chris Tate on his podcast called the chop it up a podcast (Available on all streaming platforms) I started my podcast called the Blackdiarylove podcast where we would interview regular brothers and sisters with upcoming business and entertainments or authors so that way people around the world would know Hey!!! There are a lot of black excellence out here for a business that is just as important as celebrities that need us and need them and I can start shopping and using them for resources I started my clothing line and would get my photographer Alexis Pitts to do a lot of photoshoots and traveled to a lot of great cities and clothing stores in Chicago such as Fashion Geek and LDRS passing out free shirts letting them known what we represent I remember meeting this one woman by the name of Melvennia Clark she is an awesome woman and thank the most high for her because of her we wouldn’t have gotten this far in this business so when I met ms Melvennia we talked for a long time and we connected on an awesome business prospective now for those who Are reading this and don’t know who Melvennia Clark is she is a strong caring hardcore black woman with a heart of gold her business is called the Shaquilleclark foundation and their job offers to feed the homeless and helping sisters out here dealing with domestic violence and serving the community of Atlanta all over so please check her out Instagram @growing_child_of_god Everything wasn’t always peaches and cream I was depressed and didn’t know what life was for me honestly I’m just a black man who didn’t have any talents so I created a business to help people push their talent and skills but I always say SUCCESS STARTS WHEN YOU WAKE UP So as time went on I Was doing Uber one night and ran into one of favorite London UK producers Mark Henry Lizzy and billionaire ben and I was marking the fuck out because I grew up.listening to those guys yes I am a big fan of London hip-hop and uk grime from S.A.S to JME Skpeta wavyboysmith, kano, ghetts, chip, president T, DDouble E, Wiley, wretch 32 I love all of them I gotta give a shoutout to the boys in London that helped me a lot mega and Mayhem of SAS wavyboysmith and markhnery Lizzy and billionaire ben and knucks music they gave me.a great opportunity and trust when they did not have to so if you are reading this thank you brothers So I met up with markhnery Lizzy and the whole no days off group and did one of the most impose podcast episode of my life and it went great because they knew I was a fan and a supporter not just some guy trying be a opportunists Next, I met legendary song writer and producer SOSO DEF Manuel seal Jr and this man took me under his wing and cared for me like a son while offering a lot of knowledge and wisdom about life and the industry he did not have to do it but he did and I am grateful for it and proud to be his assistant under seal dream team he is great man a great father and a great grand father with a lot of love and care in his heart for the world. I met Bria evens in my apt complex while talking to some people and we kicked off and teamed up and did a lot of great events together we still are partners and great friends no matter what Bria is a beautiful smart woman and mother with a lot of ambition and also Bria started a new a bus called BCA Culture their goal is to provide the easiest way for black entrepreneurs to get. funding for there business Alexis Pitts is my photographer and my best friend she Is always there and believed in me when a lot.of people did not she is supportive full of life and a fire ball ready to kick down every door that stands in her way and I love her for that The lessons I learned honestly is that You are your own person you are born alone and you will die alone so what is stopping you from taking that chance what others might hate you for doing might be your meal ticket out of poverty Everyday I get up i talk to myself and say what can I do better than what I did yesterday I pray I drink water i mind my own business because in my head it starts with me and ends with me To anybody reading this remember and say this in the mirror every morning you wake up SUCCESS STARTS WHEN I WAKE UP YOU DO.NOT HAVE TO BE A CELEBRITY TO BE SOMEBODY YOU ARE ALREADY SOMEBODY RATHER YOU KNOW IT OR NOT
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hmmmm I’ll make this quick and simple in 5 counts 1-little 5points 2-downtown Decatur 3-fellini’s pizza 4-lenox mall 5-brave stadiums And a nice drive to Florida
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, we will.do it in this order from 10 to 1 so follow me here 1-The Most High 2-My mom-liza smith 3-my sister-kelly smith 4-leaders in Chicago-Ceo Rashad brown and mike brown (rest in peace) 6- my good friend cameron Beasley 7-Shaquilleclark foundation CEO Melvennia Clark 8-The little ppl-nick Asani, Dre barker , Thomas Pierce 9-fashion geek CEO -alonzo Jackson and alan Jackson 10-The legendary SOSO DEF Writter and producer Manuel seal Jr 11-LDRS 12- My photographer Alexis Pitts 13- BCA culture eco Bria evens 15-48 laws of power book 16-hebrew to negros book 17-S.A.S mega and mayhem and wavyboynsmith 18-MarkHenry Lizzy and billionaire ben 19-knucks music
Other: We are working on the website which will be the grand opening of our clothing line store
Photograph-Alexis Pitts her IG is @bllvckqueen @a.sphotgrafy