Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson will personally mentor 2 entrepreneurs who were famously arrested while waiting for a friend at a downtown Philadelphia Starbucks last month.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were guests on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday.

Speaking on behalf of his clients, attorney Stewart Cohen tells GMA, "The CEO of Starbucks is going to personally mentor these two young men going forward."

The news comes a day after Nelson and Robinson settled with the city of Philadelphia for a "symbolic" $1 each. They also settled with Starbucks for an undisclosed, but similar amount.

Cohen added: "Not only do they have a seat at the table and not only do we have this settlement, but we have the beginning of a relationship" with the Starbucks CEO.

The 2 friends say the city also committed $200,000 to a young entrepreneur program.

But not everyone was satisfied with the settlement.

Many Black Twitter members expressed disappointment that they wasted their time and energy protesting outside Starbucks, only for the men to settle for $1 each.

Twitter activist Tariq Nasheed tweeted: "The Black men who were arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks “settled” for Starbucks to donate money to “young entrepreneurs”. Will these entrepreneurs be Black? These vague terms sound fishy".

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  • WutizstillHERE!

    Give a man a fish he eats for a day..teach him how to fish he will never go hungry.. in other words smart move for the both especially if it is a legal settlement where they HAVE to make good on the agreement.

  • hi-liter

    Many Black Twitter members expressed disappointment that they wasted their time and energy protesting outside Starbucks, only for the men to settle for $1 each.
    __________________________________________________________
    OH well....the protesters didn't waste any time, they made a statement as well. These guys may gain way more than what money can buy, and they may still gain financial rewards with business prospects in the long run. And if these men requested that the City committ money to a young entrepreneurs program, I know just as the sky is blue they requested it be for black people. Otherwise, what's the point?

  • FukkFolks2018

    I said yesterday they were setting themselves up with something else for that $1 settlement. People can only sue the city but for so much. And their beef was not with the city. Period. They realized and their attorney... that there was no real money in that. Also I'm glad it's undisclosed the amount they are getting from Starbucks. I don't think the boycotting was for nothing. The whole effort overall has set these two up for something much bigger. Best wishes to both.

  • davine puddin

    They were there for a business meeting. I see nothing wrong for thinking of young entrepreneurs. Everything isnt about money. Maybe these young men had dreams of being a business owner at a young age but had no mentor. Remember that young man in ga who bought a movie theater because he was a member of young entrepreneurs

  • FukkFolks2018

    Black Twitter/social media needs to chill tf out sometimes. Same as here yesterday. Riled up for no reason without doing the background research. Just don't even bother to read the source. Garsh

  • jayhawkpride

    There's no way they should have settled for $1, $200k investment, and mentorship. It's very rare when a corporation has their checkbook out and you are in the right!!

  • Dowoop

    mentorship will pbly take them a lot further.

  • Dowoop

    But some people don't get that. They are all for fast riches then they don't know how to manage it and they broke in a few years.

  • Trace da Ace

    well at this point, I feel like if these 2 young men are content and satisfied with the outcome...who are we to say what they "should have" done? Some people are after a monetary solution, while others are after the long term solution....so to each its own. Who knows...we may be reading about these men a couple years down the road and they are multimillionaires....that is what I am hoping comes out of this.

  • JustMe

    I wouldn't be so nice. I would sue Starbucks and the police department. I would be rich when I'm done ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I keep telling ya this CEO is one of the good ones ... Congratulations to these fellas ....

  • Kita Williams

    people dumb. Starbucks didn't settle for $1 with these men, Philadelphia did. The Starbucks CEO himself gave these two black men a seat at the table which, if turned right, will make them millionaires (if not billionaires). ya'll (not the roses, the twitternet lol) so focused on the instant gratification of half a milli settlements that you can't even see the bigger picture. these men are INVESTING in LONG MONEY! be better, black ppl

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. And if they ever want to open a Starbucks licensed location or something like that, they'll have the inside track to accomplish that. A lot of your success in business is based on your network... not just what you know, but who you know.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Told you I'm only familiar with him bc of you hun.

  • Tre

    WELL SAID!!! Correct but some ppl don't understand the game of chess, rich is not wealthy, good move MEN, and thanks for the comment, spot on!

  • jayhawkpride

    They probably could of got both. Seed money for a startup and mentorship.

  • FukkFolks2018

    who are we to say what they "should have" done?

    This!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Exactly!!!!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    The most valuable thing in the world sometimes is knowledge! Don't just hand me your money..show me how YOU got it..Ill get it myself!

  • Yardgirl

    THIS!!!^^^^

    A mentor of his caliber is priceless, he will create any position that they want, anywhere!! These guys are heading straight to the top!!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Strategy. I like it.

  • joel adams

    And THATS REAL AF....good job!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Girl I will uplift people like him it's rare ... Folks tried to drag him... But naw .... He one of us.... He hates discrimination in any form.... He grew up in the middle class and around blacks... He one of the few ... But some of the other CEO's like Trump azz which I wrote on too . Treat their employees like slaves... And don't get me started on Walmart CEO azz chile.... I like Trader Joe's policies as well ... Chile I did so much research on these ain't shyt companies including my own department with the Feds ... It's insane how these corporations are. ..

  • joel adams

    Im soooo glad auntie rose did this piece. Can't wait for YOU to get YOUR seat Auntie

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Brand new opportunities ... You see what happens when you stand up for what's right... It opens a gang of doors ... A living damn witness chile.. .

  • joel adams

    Never be afraid .

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ever .... ?

  • Phillybruh

    They played this wonderfully kudos to those young men. They didn't get involved in none of the protest and didn't say bad things about the company.

  • xenaD

    Ok !!! 3 snaps in a z formation! Lol
    They don’t hear u tho

  • joel adams

    Funny thang is: this has happened to all of us . And we exit as told to. Wether it was (back in the day) a check not being ACCEPTED..denial to an apt community, the list goes on and on . #paper checks were like debit cards (for the milenials)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    GAME PROPER, GENTLEMEN!

    They're about to position themselves to create wealth for their children's children.

  • joel adams

    I heard in BOLD AND CAPS

  • Yardgirl

    Yes ma'am!!

  • joel adams

    You like trap musik huh?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ??? sweet Jesus

  • joel adams

    Chile....churrin needa learn at 2yrs old the diff between a mistake and a choice.

  • joel adams

    #dropsMIC

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    some of the main ones criticizing and 2nd guessing these young men, wouldn't have even gotten to the 'symbolic' $1 phase because they would have wild'd out (under the guise of keepin' it real) and tried to burn the city down. these two experienced this public racism and it's their's to decide what is appropriate recompense for their mistreatment (IMO).

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ??? chile ... Say it

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    say it hun!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    chile, spill it!

  • joel adams

    I'm diggin you right na . What I take away is : dont go lookin n asking fa a fight. Just be aware. Kanye aint aware

  • joel adams

    I hear YOU .
    But: this whole black Twitter thang?
    Lets be 100. SandraRose is our blk twitter .

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Well said. That's one thing that's really lacking in community... that long money, generational wealth that puts your kids and even your grandkids in a good position based on the wealth you've built up. Unfortunately, a lot of us don't even get the difference between being rich and being wealthy.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    About Black Twitter -- Forget black twitter. Nobody asked them to demonstrate and protest. Stupid people. But question -- what exactly is the business these two are going into?

  • joel adams

    Its now means creating a "BRAND". Beyond ya grandkids kids....

    Think Coke Cola

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    They didn't have a case. They didn't have a case for discrimination, and the time it takes to go to trial is very very long. The reason they didn't have a case is because it was company policy not to loiter and there's film showing that white people were asked to leave.

  • joel adams

    Money don't make ya happy

  • FukkFolks2018

    Pretty girls like it. Well per Mr. Chainz and the name of the album. IJS. *turns it back to my Gucci Mane station*

  • joel adams

    Ma'am. Its not about policy . every company is entitled to have their set SOPs esp in food and bev.
    The CHOICE THE EMPLOYEE made...

  • Kemi

    Cool headed young men! And their demeanor and smart thinking paid off. They’re making good life investment for generations to come! Such a positive role models for our community. Congratulations!!!

  • SpillyNillie

    This opportunity, if followed thru, will be better than money.

  • joel adams

    Congratulations is in order for YOU. May your babies be healthy and i pray trump dont f up your gov't privileges.

  • joel adams

    And Maury, WILL FIND THE DADDY on your episode

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    awwww you made me remember how much i miss OTB... *sads*

  • Branch Davidian

    1st day of mentoring: I can't wait to see what we learn today!

    Starbucks CEO: When you come into Starbucks, make sure you buy something before using the bathroom.

    Class dismissed

    This shit sounds like some type of hustle...mentoring...GTFOH.

  • Renee26

    They don't understand their worth

  • Yoni7

    Because???????

  • Renee26

    Because I'm sure these were not unproductive citizens who were homeless or without guidance in the first place. They could have gotten more money and invested more into themselves and gotten mentoring (guidance) from many others who are truly intentional in it versus from this CEO doing it just to save face.

  • SaltineCrackers

    My question though is who's paying the lawyer? He's not working for free. And how much was his settlement?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty
  • JustMe

    Huh lol

  • Sid

    Sigh ?. Jar or mayonnaise anyone?

  • LurkerGuest

    ...but no one sees that part! This could be the gateway/avenue to larger discussions anchored by PoC...rather then just diversity divisions. Clearly, they have a vision + i totally get the $1 symbolism & appreciate the youth endowment. Hope it will go to black male treps, specifically (not just the college bound).

  • Phillybruh

    They got a monetary settlement, college tuition paid for masters degrees and they are being mentored by someone whose brand is world wide. I'm not sure how much more they could have gotten. If you ask me they got more than they would have if they took this too court.

  • Bashi22

    Hmmm to each it’s own but I want money and stocks holding in Starbucks and lifetime drink or food

  • teather

    LOL!

  • teather

    The mentoring will go much farther than the money. In these cases, they rarely get set for life. So, it's MOST important that these two get exposed to the right ppl who can help them personally. I see nothing wrong with it at all.

  • countrygal

    I don’t care what nobody says...these brothers made me proud. They could have asked for cash (like I would have) but they showed we’re not all ignorant and greedy.

  • king shun

    i am pretty sure those guys are homosexuals i hope that ceo do not try and take advantage of them

  • Phillybruh

    Your probably moist just looking at them....lol

  • Jefferey Franklin

    They could have hit the city and Starbucks in the head for millions. Took that money brought property and ate the rest of their lives while still helping the community.

    They let both parties off to easy by going the "peaceful"route. They question are looked at with respect because of this, or complete dumbassess. My guess is the latter

  • king shun

    naw thats your lifestyle not mine

  • Jefferey Franklin

    You know.........I was going to say that but I was like nah.....even if they are(which I suspect you are right) it has nothing to do with the story.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    They would not have been ignorant or greedy. They would have been justified in suing for discrimination. Let this be any other demographic and them suing would probably get all sorts of praise, but it be us.......and its greed and ignorance........that is interesting.

  • king shun

    no it dont but i have notice these corporate white dudes will deal with a homosexual black male before they heal with a real black man

  • Phillybruh

    Not really this case would have settled for less than 10 g with 5 going to them after attorney fees.

  • Phillybruh

    You seem to know a lot about it. And rather than congratulate these brothas the first thing you chime in on as always is sexuality.

  • Phillybruh

    Well a real black male would have taken them too court and settled for peanuts and still think they won.

  • countrygal

    I agree with you. Hell i would have gone all the way. Run me my money. But I’m still proud of them

  • king shun

    you must homosexual sex an improvement over normal sex

  • RaginB

    The ceo is going to mentor them???? They might as well give em bof a Starbucks each.

  • Julia Lyons

    Starbucks will also pay for their education at Arizona State University. They thought about the community. Plus, they get to sit on the board that will provide oversight of how the monies are spent.

  • Joy King

    I don't care what nobody says, this is dope. Knowledge is powerful and priceless. I'm sure the settlement was cute but being mentored by the CEO of Starbucks is a hands on approach that will be extremely beneficial to these men. Hopefully this will continue with other cooperations because true change will come when people are forced to be hands on with each other and communicate their differences with respect.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I agree! They not only, settled for an undisclosed amount (financially awarded) but they're also getting a priceless, lifetime lesson in business. Win-win all the way around.

    Plus, they looked out for others, by having the city, to commit to giving, entrepreneur programs 200k.

    Those young men made boss moves, while setting themselves up to be mega bosses in the future.

  • A D N

    Give me a fish, or teach me to fish. Which is better?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Here's what I think really happened. Their lawyers created a foundation or LLC, and Starbucks "donated" to said foundation or LLC. This way, it makes the victims look noble and Starbucks doesn't have a discrimination lawsuit attached to its brand.

  • kekeb

    That's why they had the city to donate 200k towards the entrepreneur IMO

  • kekeb

    I echo that!!! Everybody complaining saying they ahshou have gotten more. Sometimes it's not about money. Sometimes you teach a better lesson when you don't take the money. What they did will be historical! I respect them as much as Rosa Parks. This was DOPE!!

  • kekeb

    And they had input on how to deal with diversity. This was epic. They're the real MVPs!!

  • kekeb

    What does that have to do with anything?and how does their sexuality (gay or not) equate to them being more susceptible of being taken advantage of?

  • kekeb

    Remaining calm while being arrested was a statement for the culture.
    Accepting the settlement of $1 each plus a promise of $200k for a city funded program was also a statement for the culture.
    This was selfless and very brave!
    However, had they been irate during the arrest and/or taken more money during the settlement, I still wouldn't have looked at them as ignorant individuals

  • kekeb

    EXACTLY!! not just the mentoring bfor themselves, but the mentoring for the recipients who will benefit from the city funded entrepreneur program.
    Plus one of them has a finance defred. If they are rich now, they certainly have the knowledge and bandwidth to become rich in the future

  • TooMuchTea

    ?????? And I hope they milk this opportunity to the max!! I’m talking about global business as well. They need to be private jet flying every where!

  • kekeb

    So if Warren Buffet offered to mentor you, you'd say no??

  • TooMuchTea

    Getting that first hand business knowledge is priceless.

  • TooMuchTea

    ??????

  • TooMuchTea

    Lol!! That too!

  • TooMuchTea

    Thank you!! ????

  • countrygal

    Agreed

  • Bashi22

    Wow great ? analogy and I’m with you on this one. Let’s see if anyone comes up with another scenario

  • dontgetblocked

    This story needs to die.

  • SDot

    I LOVE THEM!

  • Nonya Bizness

    They're Real Estate Investors.

  • king shun

    look at that post about the guy from the three stooges grandson... they look at gay guys and weak and soft so they attack

  • the guest

    Exactly.

    The settlement should have been 1 million each or $100,000 for every minute they were in handcuffs. Who is their lawyer?

  • the guest

    Hopefully it ids contracted and Starbucks CEO cant change his mind.

  • the guest

    THIS is genius.

  • king shun

    when gays go to prison they get tortured and sold for cups of coffee

  • the guest

    Beautifully stated.

  • TELL THE TRUTH

    Nerp, i will still want my money in my hands...the ceo can croak tomorrow, and everything with the mentorship will be flushed down the toilet. nothing in life is promised. wat these young men are doing is commendable nonetheless.

  • the guest

    I agree.

    I'm altruistic and I belief in selflessness, but Starbucks needed to settle with these men for no less than 1 million each plus lifetime mentoring. I hope the lifetime is defined contractually and the lifetime mentoring is in writing because white people will forget and change their minds.

    The best settlement out of this is what they have and can give themselves from this...superb press, and a story to sell is a billion ways.

    WAIT! I just thought of something. Here's what no one has mentioned....

    Did they sign away their right to tell their story? If this mentoring settlement meant non-disclosure, then the Starbucks CEO is an evil pos.

    Black people who suffer injustice should never sign away their right to tell their own story. These young men better still be able to make movies, tv series, merchandise, whatever they please about what they went through. But I bet they let themselves be silenced.

  • the guest

    Rephrase, if Warren Buffet offered a contract detailing specific empowerment...

  • Logan Roberts

    I was handcuffed & arrested, then on tv unwilling & everybody knows my name now which I didn't want.......I need my own Starbucks franchise, stock options &run me my money???

  • Allihave2say

    White people tak the money and pay their bills will teaching.. Life ain't free.

  • Omandesert

    Tariq needs to mind his business, and let these two young entrepreneurs handle theirs.

  • MadGyalGem

    I'm LMAO. I knew what it was when I heard they were members of GLO (GreekLetterOrganization) The GLO are Boulé resource hoarders. THIS is why they settled for $1, $200K for an organization and personal MENTORSHIP. These men are a trust testament to GLO. Keep the money amongst certain "TYPE" of Blacks and not pushing for any true accountability for Euro/Yt agencies. They are not looking out for Black ppl as a COLLECTIVE, but for THEMSELVES.

  • free

    i still don't understand what the city got to do with this. does the city pay everytime somebody is disrespected or is the city paying for what the police did?

  • DETROITTOATL

    I agree and trust me they received some major cash. They are just not telling it.

  • DETROITTOATL

    Bingo. Trust me the damn lawyer not just gonna settle for pennies, cause he has to get paid too.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Thank you! One problem with us as Black people: We fail to see the big picture. We refuse to plan and prepare.

    "I need my money now", "They should have taken them to the cleaners", etc.
    Those are options, and viable. However, donation to a Charity on your behalf could possibly be a tax write-off for them. They are business owners supposedly, why NOT be mentored by one of the fastest growing and most successful chains/franchises?
    Lastly, most people who get a huge lump sum (especially black) end up in tax trouble, or just plain broke shortly after because they don't know how to properly handle being given large amounts of capital.

    Teach me to fish, then I can decide what I want to fish for

  • Waya Hedia

    Good luck with that. If they're too stupid to read a sign or buy a fucking cup of coffee then there isn't any hope.

  • osmenna

    Go away troll!

  • osmenna

    Why?

  • Waya Hedia

    troof hurts

  • Cali

    Yeah, he was doing too much with that tweet.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Exactly!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Thanks! ?

  • Evillene

    They attack how? By sodomizing them? So who's REALLY ghey, the victim or the attacker?

  • Evillene

    ...
    Yes, so many 'real' black men out there running the world *smh* If we ever let go of this homophobia we might have a shot. And this is clearly not just about sexuality but about being perceived as a 'man', which is a consequence of the degradation, maiming and killing of black men, and they didn't and don't care who is str8 and who is gay.

  • Evillene

    That yt girl that called the police must be seething in her new job at a Burger King drive-thru window in Kentucky.

  • the guest

    I hope the mentoring agreement and seat at the table is contracted and in writing and worded in a way that Starbucks CEO can’t wiggle his way out in the event these two young men ever express a differing opinion which historically can cause black people in corporate America to be ostracized.

    I don’t believe in instant gratification. I do believe these two young men deserve the amend of an upfront settlement, their education paid for, AND a seat at the table for Starbuck expressed conscious vision for the future.

  • king shun

    what real black men are running the world ??i told you gays are sick people they have an imbalance you see how those guys raped that lil boy and gave him aids but you will not comment on that..REAL black men know these people are demonic

  • really?wow

    They would have to give me my own black chain of cafes

  • Nicol B

    A Statbucks a piece is what i was thinking.

  • Nicol B

    4real...she's gotta move out of town!

  • Nicol B

    It was a beautiful statement...and guess what? NO BLACK MEN WERE KILLED IN THE MAKING!!!

  • Nicol B

    okay, but what did GLO have to do with them getting arrested? they didn't script that. what they decide to do with their money is their business! no one would have said ish if they bought fancy cars and gold chains?

  • Nicol B

    STOP STEALING MY THOUGHTS!!!
    lol, i was like, a franchise a piece sounds fair to me and mentor and pay me while i do that!!!

  • Nicol B

    yeah, but the opportunities are priceless!

  • Nicol B

    yeah, why??

  • Nicol B

    yup, called a NDA! i'm just glad the Starbucky CEO got in front of it. I'm so tired of the bs!

  • Nicol B

    uhmmmm....they got paid, they just can't tell. look at the clothes in the pictures. they had to make mr. starbucky look like a hero and commit to silence.

  • Nicol B

    FISHERMAN!!!

  • Nicol B

    AHHHHHHHHMMMMEEEEEENNNNNNN!!!

  • Yoni7

    And that first sentence maybe truth. It is my understanding that they were initially there to meet with a business partner about investing/mentoring/guidance to invest in their future. And as blessings would have it, they ended up in a predicament that garnered them the guidance from a CEO of a major company. I see it as them taking lemons and turning into lemonade. Nothing wrong with getting guidance from BOTH! Win Win in MY book.