The Pitch

Connect2Black is a digital platform that connects consumers with essential events, historic landmarks, resources, and Black-owned businesses in order to facilitate greater economic empowerment of the African American community.

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Lawrence Martin

Lawrence Martin

The Entrepreneur

Lawrence Martin is the founder of NOLA.Tv, New Orleans’ first web-based Internet news television network, serving and showcasing the positive spin of the Black community. He is also the publisher of the Boulevard Magazine, a quarterly publication that reaches thousands of readers. Through push notifications and eblasts, he informs the community of issues that impact Black residents around Metro New Orleans. In addition, Lawrence is a graphic artist and print production expert responsible for marketing solutions for a host of prestigious organizations, including Capstone Financial, Liberty Bank, Paul S. Morton Ministries, Full Gospel International, Southern and Dillard University programs, elected officials, and Black Pages of Houston, Texas. Mr. Martin is also the founder of the Asante Awards Foundation, a non-profit organization recognizing the contributions of Black New Orleanians. Now, Mr. Martin has taken all of those years of experience and dedication to serving his community, by bringing his academic and technical skills where it is needed most: the economic forefront.


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