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Jim Jones & Crissy Talks Harlem Gentrification, Financial Literacy + More (VIDEO)


(AllHipHop News) The Harlem that Jim Jones and Chrissy Lampkin grew up on in the 80’s and 90’s is no longer the same. In a recent interview with TheGrio, the pair discussed the gentrification of Harlem, missed business opportunities and more.

According to New York City census data, the population of non-Hispanic white residents of West Harlem increased by over 405% between 2000 and 2010 while the population non-Hispanic Black residents decreased by over 13%. Jim reasons that gentrification can be good for an area if it also takes into account helping those that were originally residents of Harlem with employment.

The Diplomats rapper also explains how the lack of information on financial literacy at a young age was conducive to him and many Black residents of Harlem from prospering:

When we were younger, if that hustle mentality and that business mind were a little bit more adept and we had a little more structure we would’ve known those same buildings we made millions out of we would’ve brought those a long time ago. There would be no gentrification right now, there would be a bunch of Black people owning all the top Brownstones for pennies on the dollar.

Check out the full video below:

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  • Jayson C Williams

    We rather coach our kids to shoot jumpshots instead of focusing on school & business

    • Montezuma1

      Not really. Jump shots was 70’sand 80’s. Nowadays it’s Rap and Reality shows.

    • Tom Donahue

      I taught my hampsters to fight to the death over snickers bars, little do they both know is that chocolate causes them heart attacks, lol

      CANADA > america

  • therealest1

    This is a fuckin’ loser ass couple who shouldn’t give input on serious societal shit. I agree with that person who posted his opinion below mine.

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  • Clifton Powell

    JIM WAS ALWAYS BROKE…….WHAT TOURS IS HE SPEAKING OF?

  • It’s true. Blackman rather donates his money to high end Luxury brands
    than using it to build anything useful his own community.
    Donate it back to whiteman by buying Bentleys that loose half of the
    value when leaving the car dealers gates.
    Be smart like those Indians and Koreans who spent 15 years i the hood.
    Who bought their shops for a bargain and now sell those places to
    Starbucks.

  • FRUKOH

    this bitch still aint got this nigga to marry her and she 42!! FAIL!

    • Why do they need a marriage certificate?

      It’s a piece of paper to declare your
      relationship status to the government.

      • vandyll

        Talk that truth

    • vandyll

      Marriage is a legally binding business agreement that does not benefit a man at all. Any guy who gets married is chasing a fantasy of happiness that will inevitably lead to his demise. That’s just the foolish act of getting married. Now throw in a couple kids and you can kiss the next 20 years of your life goodbye. You will end up in your mom’s basement sleeping on a old couch eating Raman Noodles.

  • $18916246

    Jim Jones interviews and speaks intelligently along side his beautiful lady. Shame, and as he said dude spent way too much time (money same thing) pushing ignorant songs on the youth. I really hope dude continues to grow and earn the blessings he seeks.

  • C. Black

    More and more of the peoples are waking up. Very good thing. We have to ensure that this type of thought process starts much sooner than the late 30s early 40s though. I’m on the same shit, 38 years old now but just started really saving and investing probably about 6 years ago. A bit better, but still late. I’m eatin swell right now though.

  • IToldYoMommaYouAintSh_t

    Ionno Jim.

    1. Even if you bought that property you hustled out of you would have been lowballed buy real estate investment group offers to buy your property along with every other brownstone on your block like many other brownstone homeowners in Harlem were. And if you don’t accept their offer to move..you WILL move. There wold have had to been a community town hall meeting to really stand firm on what you would all be willing to sell your places for so that lowball comparison sales wouldn’t influence the market
    2. Unless you can generate the enthusiasm for developers and businesses to invest and improve your community then there is no real way for you to keep the neighborhood to yourself. How do you generate that enthusiasm you might ask. Lobby. Vote. Invest. Get tough on crime. Get tough on crime. Get tough on crime. Ionno…but that is a start.

  • IToldYoMommaYouAintSh_t

    And I’m mad that the Interviewer didn’t know what gentrification was and he asked the damn question!

  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    no one is really ever going to tell you anything lol sometimes especially a major come up you gotta have the FORESIGHT !! im sure someone in harlem was aware of the cost of NY property and how thing change around … eventually those folks will want to back to the subs and vice versa … same with stocks … the trends come back around … you just gotta be in positition and also have the forsight to put yourself in position ….. life is a cycle from the entertainment fashion migration … i just hope war and tragedy isnt apart of that …………………………………………………………….. but i always say ….. if someone wants it … no matter the location they can find thier way …. i mean look @ jones and chrissy….. if folks aint got the picture by now … know amount of easily accessible info is going to help … cause in all honesty it aint that hard to find to begin with especially in 2013 and extra especially if you reside in NY …. NY has birth many millionares who have came from the hood in a time when the info wasnt so easily available … there are so many examples from each hood from bk to queens to harlem to staten etc…… if you aint got the picture by now you dont want to do better ….

  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    and JIM we gotta change that mane !! we sitting here talking about MISSING INFO and MISS INFORMATION … and then we going to say stuff like THE GAME IS TO BE SOLD NOT TOLD !! imo thats a phrase that holds the very people down that represent you and where you came from …. we gotta change that and EDUCATE and INFORM … we dont have to preach tho just put the info out there and if they are really with this they will take advantage and eventually our future parents will start to hopefully instilll this knowledge into thier kids ….

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