We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
My life has been fashioned to go through the weeds. I realize there is a stark difference between the seen path and the unseen path. I’ve found The Divine and met the absolute most remarkable people in the weeds. The weeds are less traveled and there is so much abundance there but few have the faith to charter it.
The way I see it, If we’re not taking risks we’re not really living………. We’re merely existing!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from others is non-existent. Unbuntu – (I am because you are, you are because I am). My gifts are different and I am intentional about using them to bring gladness to my Creator for my obedience to what I’m moved to do. I am grateful to be fearless (of which I am not the author but the character in this book of life). I got to where I am by believing the downloads that were deposited in me by The Divine and putting action behind those downloads. I got to where I am by simply believing and intentionally pursuing what was deposited in me. My greatest lesson to date was learning to obey the Voice of The Divine. I literally saw someone’s life taken from them while I was onlooking because I didn’t heed the voice that spoke to me so loudly. Now I know to always listen to that voice. I want the world to know that one day each of us will transition out of this body we currently occupy. Since this is the case, we should live fearlessly and pursue the things that are in our hearts to go after.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I literally have a friend visiting from Johannesburg South Africa and I have taken him to the West End where I live, and have my businesses. I have taken him to Tassilis Raw Reality for her bi-annual Mystic Fair as well as to eat her amazing food. I have taken him to Wadada to see great entrepreneurs work together. I have taken him to Ralph’s West End Print Shop so he can see another thriving black-owned business with a lot of employees. I have taken him to C.T. Martin Adamsville Recreation Center so he could see what the Mayor is doing to provide a safe space for our young people with his Midnight Basketball league. I have taken him to Pink Sky boutique so he can meet female entrepreneurs who are doing business with excellence. And the highlight thus far has been to take him to The Black Man Lab ( a safe space for all black men to come and love on each other. This experience happens twice per week and serves upwards of a hundred plus men each time. This experience is curated by Mauwli Davis and Marty Monegain and they provide complimentary food and speakers weekly to provide exposure for black men.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely want to shout out to all of the people who keep me lifted in prayer that I am unaware of. I want to shout out those that came before me who laid a foundation for me to walk through (i.e. my ancestors and others who sacrificed their lives to live out the purpose set for them by God). I want to thank my amazing manager Linda Proctor-Merritt who has sown her time, talents, and resources into the vision shared with me by God. I have to shout out the business owners and entrepreneurs in the West End of Atlanta for daily reminding me that I have a responsibility to continue to push for excellence and greatness.