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Black History Month 20 for 20: Tristan Walker - Razor Sharp

Black History Month 20 for 20: Tristan Walker - Razor Sharp

Monday January 30th I was shooting the shit on Twitter as usual, and turned my attention to the love I have for Master P. My friend Courtney with a K inspired me to start this series (as you can see below). For every weekday in February, I will profile Black persons in celebration of Black History Month. #BHM20for20 Why only 20? Y’all too busy sinning on the weekend to read (I’m joking but not really). Thank you Kourtnee. 

My signature fade with the Bevel blade; that’s a major key...” – Nas

In one way or another, we’re all in business for ourselves; everybody doesn’t have the capacity or want to own/run a company but mostly everybody has the need/want for turning a profit with what they do. There’s this idea that if you’re an employee that you’re less than, and that somehow “bosses” are the only ones that matter. Also, there’s the flip side, where “bosses” (I hate the term) are idiots, and lack common compassion or lack empathy; just not true. The truth is, we’re not versus each other but rather a relationship in which we both need each other. Having said that, there is no entrepreneur we need more than Jamaica, Queens’ own Tristan Walker, the founder/CEO of Walker & Company Brands.

Walker was the head of business development at Foursquare from 2009-12, yes, a Black man, not only making waves in the tech industry but also absolutely dominating with his creativity & work ethic. Walker linked Foursquare with American Express among several other big companies. After his tenure at Foursquare, Tristan became one of the first African-Americans to be an entrepreneur-in-residence at one of the most renowned venture-capitalist firm, Andreessen Horowitz.

Enter, Bevel; a product for us, by us, that we can, and will support. The personal grooming line for people of color that has investments from people such as spokesperson Nas, NBA legend Magic Johnson, current Golden State Warrior Andre Iguodala, along with some of the most recognizable venture capitalists in the country.. The buzz was/is so amazing, that when I decided to finally shave bald, there was only one brand I trusted to get me right; Bevel (see 2nd picture in the gallery above). I am simply amazed at how smooth my head feels; there are days that I have no reason to shave but I do any way because I love the Bevel blade, this is not an exaggeration. When a product is as good as advertised or better yet, exceeds expectations? I hold it near, and dear to my heart, but in this case, near, and dear to my dome. I appreciate Bevel for making my transition from receding hairline to The Bald Brotherhood (s/o Mal & all my other bald brothers) very smooth.

Not one to be complacent, and always thinking forward, Walker founded CODE2040, a program that matches minority coders, and software engineer students with internships in Silicon Valley. Tristan Walker is thinking forward, while giving back, and recognizes that the lack of minorities in the tech world benefits the world none. I appreciate Tristan Walker for representing us in a field where we severely lack representation, and by doing it with charisma, class, style, and a swagger that has made me an admirer, and I look forward to everything Walker & Co. Brands has coming next.

Next up, a pair of sisters that hold court like no other.

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