#BlackDiasporaRising: Guide to Achieving Trans-Generational Wealth

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

120 East 125th Street

New York, NY 10035
#BlackDiasporaRising: Guide to Achieving Trans-Generational Wealth

In the wake of the untimely death of #NipseyHussle, the announcement of #JayZ as the first Hip-Hop Billionaire, and the reality of the 1.2 trillion Black buying power, the Diasporic conversation on transgenerational wealth has reemerged. What is Trans-Generational wealth? What does it mean for the African Diaspora? What practices do we need to implement and achieve trans-generational wealth as a familial and communal unit? And what is the government's role?

Thursday, June 18th, social entrepreneur Brendez Wineglass will moderate a conversation between Clayton Banks, Media Icon and co-founder, and CEO of Silicon Harlem, and Nikoa Evans-Hendricks, founder of Harlem Park to Park. The conversation will touch on the role of real estate, culture, and technology on achieving trans-generational wealth. Additional speakers will be announced at a later date!

#BlackDiasporaRising is an event series that educates, empowers, and equips the Black community with practical knowledge to foster a reality of cultural, spiritual, economic, and political freedom.

When: July 18, 2019

Where: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute | 120 East 125th Street, New York, NY 10035

Time: 6 PM - 8 PM

Admission: Free W/ RSVP | Rsvp Here:

Meet the Panelists


Nikoa Evans-Hendricks is a respected strategy consultant with a focus on strategic brand positioning and   economic development in emerging markets in the U.S.  Nikoa currently serves as a founding board member and Executive Director of Harlem Park to Park (HP2P), a social enterprise of 250+ entrepreneurs committed to cultural preservation, small business and economic development in Central Harlem.  In this role, Nikoa oversees the general management, marketing strategy and business development initiatives; as well as strategic partnerships for the organization. Under her leadership, HP2P has implemented economic development programs including the Harlem Local Vendor Program in partnership with Whole Foods Market and Columbia Business School; and launched signature marketing and consumer engagement programs including Harlem Restaurant Week, Uptown Battle of the Bars, Harlem Harvest Festival and Shop Harlem Vendor Fairs. Prior to founding Harlem Park to Park, Nikoa served as Vice President of Investments for financial lending institution Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), managing a $3 million restaurant and retail initiative designed to assess investment opportunities for retail and restaurant expansion within the Harlem market. 

Nikoa has also worked as a corporate retail executive and strategic business consultant, helping national brands and retail developers expand business opportunities in emerging U.S. markets. An accomplished entrepreneur, Nikoa was the founder and managing director of Harlem retail venture N Boutique.  She has been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, O Magazine, Uptown Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, USA Today, Food Network’s Savoring Harlem, NV Magazine’s Movers and Shakers List and other top publications.  

The child of an Air Force intelligence officer, Nikoa was raised in Germany, Italy and Japan. She received her B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Nikoa is also a graduate of the premiere civic leadership training program, Coro New York produced in partnership with NYC Small Business Services.    Ms. Evans-Hendricks lives in New York City with her husband, Garrett Lee Hendricks, a real estate professional and theater, television and film actor.  Nikoa and Garrett have a 7 year old daughter named Zuri Alija.



Clayton Banks is the Co-Founder and CEO of Silicon Harlem.  The mission of Silicon Harlem is to transform Harlem and other urban markets into Innovation and Technology Hubs.  Under his leadership, Silicon Harlem has been able to partner with the Department of Education for New York City to establish an after school STEM based startup accelerator, collaborate with the NYC Mayor’s office to assess wireless broadband in upper Manhattan and coordinate a virtual startup incubator for tech based entrepreneurs.  Banks has established and produces the only comprehensive technology conference in Harlem, the Silicon Harlem tech conference is focused on next generation internet and its impact on urban markets economic development.

Prior to Silicon Harlem, Banks has been a pioneer in the cable and communications industry for over two decades. He set the vision for Ember Media, a development group that builds digital solutions and interactive applications for top brands and non-profit organizations, across multiple platforms.  Known as a pragmatic visionary, Banks has developed and deployed leading edge technology and applications for network cloud, gaming consoles, social media, augmented reality, interactive TV, tablets, mobile apps and over 400 interactive properties. Banks has implemented multi-platform strategies for MTV, ESPN, Budweiser, Essence Music Festival, Urban Latino, Prudential, New York Institute of Technology, United Technologies, National Urban League, Denny’s, Scholastic, and other top brands. He has produced multimedia and broadband content for Discovery Networks, HBO, Pepsi, Bloomberg TV, Showtime Networks, Bermuda Tourism, British Tourist Authority, Monaco Tourism, and countless other companies and organizations around the world.Banks has worked with former President of the United States Bill Clinton to publish a first-of-its-kind interactive college guide series called “The Key”, that targets underserved communities and features Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions. The Key was featured on CNN, NY1, Univision, and several other media outlets around the country.

Banks served as Vice President of Affiliate Relations for Comedy Central. While at Comedy Central, he was part of the launch of South Park, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the Upright Citizens Brigade.  Banks established the New York and Chicago Affiliate Relations offices, recruited, hired, and managed a senior affiliate relations team.

Prior to Comedy Central, Banks served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing to launch Sega Channel. Sega Channel was the first interactive cable service available to US subscribers.  In his capacity at Sega Channel, Banks collaborated with all aspects of the product including technical infrastructure, product content, and distribution.  Banks negotiated affiliation agreements for distribution of the service with the top cable companies in the US. Including Comcast, Cablevision Systems, Time Warner, and Charter Communications. Sega Channel has been credited by many media experts for moving the cable industry toward interactivity.

Prior to Sega Channel, Banks served as Regional Director at Showtime Networks, where he was responsible for launching The Movie Channel in New York City and overseeing overall growth of Showtime Networks among assigned multiple system operators.

Banks currently serves on the Commission on Public Information and Communication for the city of New York, appointed by and representing the 5 Borough Presidents.  He serves as a Board of Director for the Armory Track and Field Foundation, a Board member for the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and is an active participant in the Principal for a Day program in New York City.   He has published several white papers on the interactive experience and participates as a moderator and speaker at several industry events. Banks served as the President of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) from 1996-1998 and was instrumental in working with the FCC to include Minority owned business incentives in the 1996 Telecommunications Act.  As NAMIC’s President he championed programs to increase the number of minorities in senior management in the Cable and network television business.

Banks has received many awards for outstanding creative and corporate awards including an I.D. Magazine Award, a Davey Award, Promax, @dtech award, Creativity Award, Astrid Award, Ten Awards, the Communicator Award, a Boli Award, the Harlem Business Alliance Business Person of the Year, inducted as a History Maker in the United States Library of Congress, the recipient of the Trailblazer award from Rainbow Push and most recently received a proclamation from New York City as a Technology Leader.

Banks attended California State University at Fullerton, where he received degrees in Business Administration and Communications. Banks also completed a Cable Industry sponsored Executive Management program at Harvard Business School.


Kara is the founder of the award-winning site The Frugal Feminista and author of Unmasking The Strong Black Woman, heal your relationship with money, and The Happy Finances Challenge. Her sound yet relatable advice has been featured in Black Enterprise, Business Insider, ESSENCE, Ebony, The Washington Post, and Woman's Day.



Brendez Wineglass is a native New Yorker and Howard University graduate, Wineglass is a dedicated and proven leader with 10 years of professional experience in the healthcare, tech, and events industries. Upon graduation, Wineglass elected to expand her horizons launching a diverse career excelling in the areas she was most passionate; community advocacy, social engagement, and event production.

After earning her Sports Medicine degree at Howard, Wineglass began her professional career climbing the ranks in the healthcare field in an impressive four-year timespan she was the youngest person in a management role at the hospital. Brendez was trusted by the Center’s Senior Executive and Executive teams to revise hospital policies, implementing effective healthcare practices to improve the overall quality of the hospital. Wineglass’ drive to expand her career brought her to Black Enterprise, holding a pivotal role as Events Producer independently coordinating events and working with top brands like Nationwide, State Farm, AT&T, Morgan Stanley, FedEx, and PepsiCo. She also worked with celebrities and important community leaders including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Judith Smith, Don Thompson, Susan Taylor, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Audrey Smaltz, Don Thompson, Michael Lee-Chin, Steve Harvey and Mellody Hobson to name a few. These successful experiences strengthened her capacity to build relationships and connect leaders, companies, and consumers through life-changing events across the nation. Since 2017, Wineglass has held the impressive position of Project Manager at the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, leading the community of Jamaica in New York to one of strength and stability through several impressive initiatives. She has secured several hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and donations from some of the nation’s top companies – Goldman Sachs and Con Edison respectively – and has leveraged those funds into large scale small business improvement projects and neighborhood revitalization programs.

Wineglass serves on several boards including the executive board of the Howard University Alumni Club of Greater New York , Community Mediation Services of NYC, Is a 2018 Art Commissioning Producer with the Queens Council, a 2018 Innovative Cultural Fellow, a member of influential organizations such as For(bes) The Culture, Google Partners, BWOI (Black Women of Influence), ColorComm, Silicon Harlem, and Black Tech Women. She has been a thought leader and advocates in the areas of community engagement, arts & culture, fiscal equity, entrepreneurship, leadership & development, and technology. Wineglass continues to build her legacy of giving back to younger generations and contributes to improving the world around her.


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