We had the good fortune of connecting with Wydell Bannerman II and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wydell, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking has played a very significant role in my life; with risk taking comes change. Things started changing in my life unexpectedly at an early age, whether it was moving, changing schools, loved ones passing etc. From that point on I started to understand that change was inevitable. I actually hated change until my junior year of college when I decided to pledge Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. For me risk taking started with changing my mindset and deciding that I wanted more out of life. Even though I had multiple degrees and a great job I wasn’t doing what I loved. Overtime I started thinking about different ventures that I could start to fill this void. March 2016 I decided to start a podcast, that was the first time I decided to jump out there and bet on myself. Since then the results have been great, I know I’m nowhere close to being where I want to be or even close to being a full time entrepreneur but its so satisfying to know ill be there at some point.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My dream is to retire from the traditional 9 to 5 life in the future and become a full time entrepreneur, so I can focus on both of my businesses. Full-time, I am cloud engineer which is a pretty dope gig. I am blessed to be established in my career however this is just a stepping stone to accomplishing my goal. As of right now i am currently the owner of two brands – the D3Brand and Blackstone Brothers, LLC. The D3 Brand is a clothing line that i decided to start this year. It mixes streetwear with neutral colors and its an idea I have been flirting with for years. I officially released the brand in March 2021 and it has been a success so far. I have always been infatuated with fashion so it was natural for me to be inspired to start my own line. My personal style is minimal and bold in one, and the D3 Brand encompasses that exactly.
Blackstone Brothers, LLC is a Black Owned Brandy (Spirits) company, owned by myself and two of my colleagues. Our company has been in the works since 2017. This year we are cleared for production and we will be on the shelves of local liquor stores as early as Fall 2021.
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?
Early in the week i would take them on a tour of DC showing them historical landmarks and to the National Museum of African American history and culture. I have been multiple times and its a life changing experience.
For dinner reservations, my top restaurants would be:
– Yardbird Southern Kitchen and Bar: a new soul food spot downtown, pretty casual. Food is amazing.
– Capital Grille: a nice steakhouse for a classy dinner out
– DC is known for Sunday Brunch. Pinstripes in Georgetown, DC. Where we can also go bowling.
For Entertainment and Fun, my spots on the itinerary would be:
– Wok N Roll: a Karaoke Bar in downtown DC
– H Street Bar Hopping Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my wife Aisha Bannerman. She is my heart and my other half, she keeps me motived and she always supports me.
But i would actually like to nominate Glenn Hardy Jr. he’s like a younger cousin to me
He’s a dope artist from Prince George’s County Md.
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