Thriving While Black

The Act of Surviving and Thriving in the Same Space

Non-Fiction - Social Issues
114 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2020
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Author Biography

Cori Williams MSW L.C.S.W is a graduate from the prestigious Boston University located in the heart of Boston Massachusetts. A multifaceted entrepreneur, Cori is the owner of Wilmore Marketing Consultants LLC. a Marketing Firm out of Atlanta Ga. offering Internet Marketing Solutions for consumers and business owners. In his latest endeavor as an Executive Life Coach, he is the founder of Quintessential Wellness Solutions LLC., a Family Therapy & Executive Life Coaching Practice and Co-Owner of B&M Enterprises which is a real estate investors Company.
Before his entrepreneurial success, Williams worked in the Nonprofit industry for 12 years holding various leadership roles. In his career years, he assisted with establishing GED curriculum workshop for adult learners and facilitated numerous workshops for first-time fathers who struggle with maintaining consistency in the lives of their children and face social and emotional barriers which has prevented them from consistently engaging in the lives of their children in the urban communities.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Thriving While Black: The Act of Surviving and Thriving in the Same Space is a work of non-fiction that handles important social, cultural, and personal issues, and was penned by author Cori J. Williams, MSW LCSW. As its title suggests, this diversely penned and highly representative works set out to examine the disparities and barriers for black workers in the world of corporate business in the United States and further explores the general stereotyping of black people in business the world over. Unpicking the false perceptions, forced changes in identity, and prejudices that black people go through in this high powered, white-dominated setting, the work explores the wonderful potential of a more diverse working space.

Author Cori J. Williams, MSW LCSW raises some incredibly important points that business owners, managers, and all corporate-involved employees should have their eyes opened to, now more so than ever. The book is written in a highly professional style, but the way in which it lays out some of the tragic assumptions -- for example, that of black intelligence being somehow inferior -- is emotionally charged and simply unjust. The work is well organized to build its different points and approaches, listing the micro-aggressions, stereotyping, and barrier-building that is systemic in the corporate world, and explaining it in such a way that the unaware and privileged can see it anew, and do something about it. Overall, I would highly recommend Thriving While Black as essential reading for anyone involved in or aspiring to be involved in corporate America. An eye-opening, important read.