Hill Harper is more than just an award-winning actor. The Iowa native–who’s mother Marilyn Hill was the first Black practicing anesthesiologists–knows a thing or two about realizing dreams.

After attending Harvard Law School with President Obama, Harper decided to pursue his passion–acting. While he has inhabited all sorts of quirky characters over the years, he didn’t let his Ivy League education go to waste. Lately, Hill has added another title to his already crowded resume–best selling author.

Harper has penned three New York Times best selling books, Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation, and is looking to add a fourth to his resume. In his latest book, The Wealth Cure, Harper takes a look at Black wealth and the reasons African-Americans have traditionally not be able to build sustainable wealth to pass on to future generations.

In a recent interview with The Loop 21, Harper discusses his motivation for writing the book–a cancer diagnosis.

Harper recounts:

 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My father, grandfather and uncle all passed away from cancer. Money is meaningless without health. I realized that true wealth is a balance of physical wealth, emotional wealth, financial wealth and spiritual wealth. I was fortunate that it was detected early and last July my thyroid was successfully removed including three cancerous nodes.

In his book, The Wealth Cure, Harper gives African-Americans practical advice for building and transfering wealth such as limiting debt and buying life insurance. He explains:

Blacks have the least cross-generational wealth transfer. Each generation usually begins with little or no money. The best way to transfer wealth is life insurance.  Take out a million dollar life insurance policy on your children so they can have that money. Another problem is credit card debt. If the credit card read “Slave” then people would throw it away. If you want Visa or MasterCard buy their stock.

Check out the entire interview on The Loop 21 website. What are some ways you are investing for your financial future? 

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