A conversation with Robert Courtney

Philanthropist, innovator, and community activist, Robert Cortney is a man of many hats. His desire to invest in people has propelled his vision since 2005. The founder of UNEEK, a program that seeks to bring people together, opened up to The College of Hip Hop about how he got his start in philanthropy, his greatest accomplishments and future endeavors.

How did you get your start in philanthropy?
I started in Philanthropy in 2005 when I bought Uneek Barbershop. I identified a problem with educating the youth in the community, and also a problem with social diversity and we wanted to do our part.
How did you come up with the idea for UNEEK?, Can you explain the message behind the name UNEEK? Unifying Nationalities by Encouraging Education and Knowledge is essentially about bringing people together. We use multiple vehicles to do so including fashion, events and philanthropic efforts.

What services do you offer the community?
Uneek provides haircuts and apparel.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment was receiving the General Motors GMAAN award for my philanthropic entrepreneurial endeavors over the last 8 years.

What are some of your long-term goals?
My long-term goals are to eventually become a full-time consultant helping other startups launch their brands.

Thank you for your time and continue to be a leading force and staple in our community


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