(BlackDoctor.org) — Actor Hill Harper had many inspirations for his three New York Times best selling books, Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. Still, when the CSI actor discovered he had cancer, he found the words to write his fourth and latest book The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In Its Place.
An award-winning actor, nabbing three NAACP Image Awards for his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the CBS-TV drama CSI: NY, Hill Harper sat down with Loop 21 to discuss his latest book, teaching buddy President Obama how to do the ‘dougie’ and his love for Aaliyah.
Loop 21: After writing about youth and relationships, why did you target finance in your new book?
Hill Harper: 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.
Loop 21: What are the primary financial problems facing African-Americans?
Hill Harper: 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.
To read more about Hill, his friendship with President Obama, and why the 10th anniversary of Aaliyah’s death means so much to him, please click here to visit Loop 21.