Montoya Smith Has a Media Platform That is Changing the Narrative in the Black Community – BtG 020

Montoya Smith Has a Media Platform That is Changing the Narrative in the Black Community – BtG 020

On the Show Today

Montoya Smith aka Black Socrates

Founder and Owner of Mental Dialogue

What You Will Learn

  • Grew up in South Carolina played sports and excelled at academics
  • After getting injured and hurting athletic prospects for paying for college, pursued USAFA in the line of his father
  • Made a habit of taking what he learned and turning around and using it to teach
  • Persevered through academic challenges to graduate and become a supply officer
  • Passion was music and got out of the military to pursue a career as music artist promoter
  • Transitioned to a sales job with Lifetime fitness and was fired for false accusation
    • Didn’t fit company culture and was run out
  • Went into depression over this loss
  • Always had a passion for the Black community
  • Developed Mental Dialogue Show
  • Took on the moniker of Black Socrates because he was willing to die for what he believed in like Socrates did
    • Added the Black prefix as a marketing tactic
  • Overcame limited attendance of first few events with the same perseverance
  • Built it up month after month until it grew
  • Learned through trial and error how to craft a good show
  • Welcomes diverse opinions and intense and tough discussions to help bring people together
  • Started selling advertising and sponsorships to make Mental Dialogue platform a business
  • Included several guests to help give practical advice to help people advance
  • Speaking at the Georgia State capital on the commemoration of the 50 year anniversary of the assassination of MLK
  • Now planning to expand satellite Mental Dialogue community clubs as business entities around the country
  • Personally experienced discrimination at the hand of the police

Montoya Smith is also known as the Black Socrates and is the founder of Mental Dialogue. This show reaches people all across America giving self-awareness to the community and dedicated to improving the way African-Americans think in order to reposition themselves in American society.

Mental Dialogue was created in 2008 to raise awareness and re-ignite the commitment to excellence in the Black conscience. Smith made it his vision to establish an outlet for intellectual awareness through dialogue on philosophy, history, and current events. In November 2014 Smith conducted a “Know Your Rights” community workshop to teach the dynamics of dealing with law enforcement during stops. In November 2015 Smith moderated the “Project Smart-N-Up” community discussion, which looked at solutions for improving the relationship between the African-American community and law enforcement.

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TQ Senkungu

I'm a husband, father of 3 boys, Christian, and man who learned from my parents early on that there is so much we can do to help others. My experience from the USAF Academy, serving in the military, working in my own business, as well as corporate, has taught me a ton about leadership and developing others and Breaking the Glass is a legacy project to pull all of those experiences together and give back.

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On the Show Today

Montoya Smith aka Black Socrates

Founder and Owner of Mental Dialogue

Links and Resources

  • Mental Dialogue Show
  • Socrates Trial
  • Hemlock
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Tim Wise
  • Thomas Sowell
  • Blog Talk Radio
  • Barack Obama Presidency
  • Revolutionary Capitalism
  • Skills of a good moderator
  • Vetting process

Books

  • Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Assata
  • The Righteous Mind