Zennie Abraham has earned a place in the sun as a video blogger (vlogger). From music to politics and hard news to sports, his vlog Zennie62 captures the eyes of millions and brings a different point of view to news stories today.
In 1987, while he was interning with the City of Oakland, Abraham says a veteran staffer told him he had three problems to overcome: being young, gifted, and black. However, he never viewed it as a problem.
Instead, his anger about what he had been told only helped fuel the direction he had chosen for his life: to be an entrepreneur who creates a world where he would not be violated for who he is.
Abraham’s first company, Sports Business Simulations (SBS), developed a web-based sports business that intertwined sports education with e-learning and sports culture in an online nexus.
He began posting video coverage of the 2006 NFL Draft when his friend, Oakland Raiders legend Michael Dotterer, told him that he was “vlogging”. He found out more about it, and later that year, he attended Vloggercon – a video-blogging conference. He met pioneers of the vlogging world, gained more insight, and has been vlogging ever since.
“The ability to share an event in pop culture, and attach my point of view to that happening, and then be recognized for it, is a kind of drug and a business,” Abraham said.
He says his goal was a to create a community of vloggers who cover what’s happening through video. And ‘Zennie62’ has done just that. Between his website and YouTube Channels, he averages 700,000 views a month. He has nearly 30,000 people subscribing to his content and more than 164,000 followers on Twitter.
However, Abraham still says he has some ground to cover before he considers himself successful. While he is able “draw an income” from his vlogging, he ultimately wants to engineer better pay for web video content.
Until then, Abraham encourages everyone to try out the world of vlogging. Create a YouTube Channel – record a one-minute video, upload it, share it on social media sites, and regardless of your personal feelings, do not take it down.
Do this three times a week, and you will build a fan base, he said.
Visit Zennie Abraham’s vlog at www.Zennie62.com to view his content