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Beatrice Rangel: Kobe and the Silent Revolution
Venezuela Minister of Ministers Beatrice Rangel reflects on the death of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and posits that it will have a galvanizing effect in "calling to action a silent majority that is beginning to realize that America will be great again...."

By Beatrice E. Rangel

While Democrats and Republicans staged the Impeachment reality show in Washington, the U.S. shone with a million lights coming from vigils in memory of Kobe Bryant.

The sudden loss of a modern hero who embodied the grandeur and the flaws of the American people while carrying the flame of hope for new generations sunk half the country into sorrow.

But it was a very different kind of sorrow.

It was like the breeze the blows after a storm carrying within the seeds of plants to renew the fields. Because the passing of Kobe Bryant has had the effect of calling to action a silent majority that is beginning to realize that America will be great again when the sociopathic generation of the Baby Boomers is removed from power.

And they are swiftly organizing themselves to that end under the shadow of the sports hero that best represented their culture, their beliefs and their vision for America.

Marching orders come from the loss of a leader that incarnated the new America.

Mr Bryant was generous in a consistent and quiet way. From the time he dedicated to fellow team members to help them improve their techniques and achieve better marks for the Lakers to his passionate support to the homeless, Mr Bryant kept returning to life the blessings he had received.

He was also adept at fighting adversity.

After 15 years at the Lakers and having already won a place at the Hall of Fame he ripped his Achilles tendon, had a splinter in his knee bone, and dislodged his hip -- all in one year.

He came back to the field with new passes and techniques to lead the Lakers on to their greatest victories.

He traveled the world but in a very special manner. To him travel was an opportunity to understand the hearts and capture the souls of non-Americans. And learning about locals he did. Sharing living quarters with them au lieu of five stars hotels, Mr Bryant brought abroad the most beautiful face of America while bringing from every country personal friends and admirers to America.

But he also failed his wife family and community when overcoming a young hotel concierge and forcing her to have sex with him. The case was settled in court. Mr Bryant learned a lesson: women are essential to the achievement of the better world he sought.

He thereafter turned into the Black Mamba -- a resurrection that was at the root of his success in the retail market.

These virtues of generosity, persistence, endurance and reincarnation are identity traces for the Millennial Generation.

And through sports they interact and create constellations of followers of causes, ideas and leaderships.

Because in contrast to other entertainment options, sports engage players in personal relationships with followers through chats and closed communications.

Interactive communications enrich both followers and leaders and creates among both the bond of a common vision and common way. Slowly but steadily a shared vision of the world emerges and holds.

Mr Bryant's death anticipates a mayor shift in the media landscape. By 2021 broadcast TV rights expire. Probabilities are high that the sports leagues will fall into the streaming attraction and follow the DAZN route. Should this happen TV as we know will virtually disappear and the Millennial Generation will take the TV stage once and for all. This will help to spread a development model that is more environmentally sound, human friendly and development inclusive.

Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.

For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador.

You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.


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