Black people have always lived in the future, but these two men have joined forces to ensure that the community isn’t left out of it.

It may have been divine intervention for Romeo Miller and Richard Patterson’s paths to cross because their new business partnership, Trion and Shango, is already lightyears into the future.

Now, it’s time for the rest of us to catch up.

The pair first met when Miller journeyed to Georgia to check out some of the prototype vehicles that Patterson and his company Trion Supercars were working on, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Initial Meeting

“When I first was down there, I felt like I was in a ‘Transformers’ movie,” Miller told AfroTech. “There’s this quote, they say, ‘Go towards the flow, not the force,’ and that was the connection with Richard where everything that he was doing and building, his mindset, his perspective, it flowed with what I was doing in my direction… it was very parallel.”


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As previously reported by AfroTech, the rapper-turned-entrepreneur has partnered with the first Black person to own and operate an exotic car manufacturing company in the United States with the aim to revolutionize the worlds of technology and automotive through their joint venture Trion and Shango.

According to a press release shared with AfroTech, they “have already secured an astounding $10 billion in funding, which will be dedicated to the development of self-sufficient energy homes and electric vehicles”


Creating A Greener Future

“The way we build cars, how we live in our homes, how our cars communicate with our homes, and how our homes communicate with our vehicles, all of that has to change,” Patterson, a former Tesla engineer, explained. “You just can’t put a product out there and say, ‘Here it is’ and expect everybody to embrace it. You have to make it convenient.”

What Patterson and Miller will do with their company is build an entire ecosystem that everything bounces off of, ultimately all working together.

“So visually, imagine going into a house and you could put your TV anywhere you want,” Miller said. “You don’t have to put your TV on one side of the house or just on a particular part of the wall. Literally, Patterson is talking about everything working hand in hand very similar to how the human body works, right? Everything goes hand in hand, and God gave us those materials to do that, but people often won’t allow that simplicity because of the greed factor.”

Change For The Entire Community

No longer will the Black community be the last to have access to technological advancements thanks to Trion and Shango.

“That whole corporate, capitalist mindset has to change,” Patterson said, echoing Miller’s sentiment. “That’s why we’re slow to move on this technology. We’re always the last to receive this technology, you know. Who wants to come into blighted areas and put in new technology? It’s going to go into the nicer neighborhoods, and with that, the education that it takes to create an engineer, that caliber, that education goes into schools that have means.”

He continued: “So when you talk about our communities with the public school systems that are always last and failing on the list, we get that education last. We are part of the actual wealth dynamic, that whole system, so we’re the last that will benefit from it, and we want to be the first. That’s why Romeo and I have put our heads together on this to change that dynamic.”

Patterson brings a wealth of knowledge within the engineering and technology space, while Miller brings a slew of information as it pertains to business as a whole, which they note make for a win-win situation straight out of the gate.

Perfect Alignment

“God has a funny way of showing the perfect time and alignment,” Miller said. “He gives us free will, but it’s up to us to make that right choice. Me and Richard just had the same heart, the same soul, and the same vision to make the world a better place, and I think that’s what we’re all supposed to do.”

Miller continued: “All of us aren’t going to be the geniuses like Richard, I’m just letting you know. Everybody’s not going to be able to build a car from scratch and do this and that, but somebody has to be able to bring that guy the material because it’s a team, right? Everybody plays a position.”

Through Trion and Shango, Patterson and Miller are willing to take charge and be at the forefront of sustainability efforts that can propel the community to higher heights, and they aim to do so one electric vehicle and one smart home at a time.