Black Faces in White Places: Interview with author, entrepreneur and Apprentice winner Randal Pinkett

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In his newest book Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness, (co-authored with long-time business partner Jeffrey Robinson) author Randal Pinkett discusses some unique challenges and opportunities facing African-American professionals who operate in environments where they are clearly the minority.

Randal was the winner of Season 4 of The Apprentice, and faced what he called a classic “black faces in white places” moment when he was the first winner of color, and the only one (before or since) asked to share his title with the runner up, an Anglo woman who had fared much worse in all of the competitions.

In this interview, Randal talks about that moment, and what prepared him to confidently look Mr. Trump in the eye and refuse to give up a place he had rightfully earned.

The book lays out a strong, positive, practical path to success and satisfaction for African Americans. It is also applicable to anyone who has felt like an outsider in a dominant culture.

Randal has used his own sense of identity, purpose and passion to obtain five degrees, start five successful businesses, write three books and mentor countless youth and young adults.

Find out more about Randal, Jeffrey and the people interviewed in the book at www.redefinethegame.com

I hope you enjoy the 30 minute conversation as much as I did! Listen in here.


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9 Responses to “Black Faces in White Places: Interview with author, entrepreneur and Apprentice winner Randal Pinkett”

  1. Ashanti says:

    Great interview and I can very much relate to being one of the only Black faces in a very White space. I will be picking up the book!

  2. judee says:

    I never watched this show because I could not ever stand Donald Trump knowing he is not all he is trumped up to be especially when he dared to call himself bankrupt. Whenever we achieve through great oppression we are asked in some way to diminish the our success in order to dismiss and trivialize our oppression. Skills and experience honed by having that extra hardship of oppression intimidate whites who got their jobs through privilege alone. If Borders is where this book is thats where I will be soon headed to buy it. I am in a profession where I too am usually a black face in white places.

  3. Real Brother here.

    I admire you and your courage for standing up to Racists like Donald Trump who like 99.9% of ALL WHITES believe that the Black Race and Culture is inferior. I haven’t read your book yet but I will buy and read it. I hope you tell Blacks to embrace their Black Race and Culture and stop thinking of Whites as Superior. If Donald Trump was Black he’d be homeless. Whites have no idea the benefits that White Privilege affords them and how much better learned and hard working Blacks are due to the White Racism and Supremacy.

    TKCAL

  4. […] In his newest book Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness, (co-authored with long-time business partner Jeffrey Robinson) author Randal Pinkett discusses some unique challenges and opportunities facing African-American professionals who operate in environments where they are clearly the minority.Randal was the winner of Season 4 of The […] Original post […]

  5. He was asked to share his prize? That sounds terrible!

    It’s never happened in the UK version of the Apprentice (although we’ve never had a winner that didn’t fail miserably after the cameras stopped rolling).

  6. lsabal says:

    In my cubicle right now plotting my escape to Borders to pick this book up. Thanks Pam for providing this opportunity for Randal to share his experience.

  7. Wow. Some things Randal talked about I forgot about. I experienced a lot of things in my career field that has ousted me. I guess I’m so use of being under represented. I never challenged it. My plan is to move forward and dump the cubicle soon.

  8. lilalia says:

    Thank you both for holding such an interesting discussion. It is early morning here in Germany, and I’m just drinking my first cup of tea, listening and nodding affirmatively to what you are saying. A good start to the day. I’ll be sure to put your book on my wishlist for the holiday season.

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