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Friday, April 20, 2018

Meet the Entrepreneur Behind the First Ever Black-Owned Toothpaste and Mouthwash Brand

Philip Garner, founder of Garner's Garden
Philip Garner, founder of Garner's Garden

Philip Garner, founder of Garner's Garden based in the Washington, DC area, is the first African American entrepreneur to manufacture and produce his own line of toothpaste and antibacterial mouthwash. His oral care products are fluoride-free, and use only all-natural ingredients such as organic neem, tea tree oil, and pepperment oil.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Black-Owned Restaurant in Dallas Reserves Mondays to Serve the Homeless

Paulette Johnson, founder of Trucker's Café in Dallas, TX
Paulette Johnson, founder of Trucker's Café in Dallas, TX
Aside from her love for cooking, Paulette Johnson, an entrepreneur and the owner of Trucker's Café, also loves helping people. Her café has been known not only for its "biggest mother truckin' burger" but mostly because it closes its doors every Monday to serve the homeless.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Black-Owned Lingerie Line Heats Up the Market

Sadia Sisay, founder of Being U Lingerie Line

Black British entrepreneur Sadia Sisay has created a beautiful line of lingerie called BeingU that women of color everywhere will love. Not only are her creations sexy and comfortable, but they are also designed to match a variety of skin tones. What a great idea!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Top 10 Most Beautiful Black-Owned Hotels and Resorts Around The World

La Créole Beach Hotel & Spa, Black-owned resort
La Créole Beach Hotel & Spa
When traveling, accommodation is one of the first things to consider. There are thousands of hotels to choose from in every destination for every type of experience. In a Black-owned hotel, you get to explore a new destination, experience great service, while patronizing a Black hospitality business as well!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Meet the First Ever Black Woman Entrepreneur to Design a BMW Car -- And She's 82-Year Old!

Esther Mahlangu designing a BMW car

In 1991, Esther Mahlangu, an 82-year old South African Ndebele artist and entrepreneur, became the first non-Western and first Black woman to design artwork on a BMW car. 26 years later, the German car giant is her partnering with her again for a new project.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Black-Owned Toilet Paper, Mouthwash and Laundry Detergent Brands

Kamose Muhammad, CEO and founder of Freedom Paper Company
Kamose Muhammad, CEO and founder of Freedom Paper Company

Typically, we don't give much thought to who is the owner of the companies that produce the products we use. From toothpaste to mouthwash, soap to laundry detergent, bathroom products, and all the other products we use on a daily basis, all are made by companies that were started by entrepreneurs with an idea to solve a problem or make life a little easier. And guess what? Some of these entrepreneurs are African American.

Friday, April 6, 2018

9 Black-Owned Spices, Sauces and Seasoning Brands To Look For in Your Grocery Store

Black chef using seasoning

Let's admit it; We all like our food to have a delicious taste. And who doesn't enjoy a good barbecue? With thousands of different companies that make spices, sauces and seasonings, you may not have noticed that at least 9 of them are Black-owned. Here they are:

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Top 6 Black-Owned Wine Companies (and Wineries)

Black-owned wine company

There are thousands of wineries in America, but only about .001 percent, or less than a couple dozen, are owned by African-Americans. The global wine industry generates more than $290 billion in sales every year. Whether you are a wine lover, a connoisseur, or you're just looking to get your buzz on, you will love these six Black-owned wine brands:

Monday, April 2, 2018

Meet the Owner of the Largest Black-Owned Newspaper in the South

Karen Carter Richards, CEO and publisher of the Houston Forward Times

Karen Carter Richards currently serves as the CEO and Publisher of the Houston Forward Times, the largest Black-owned independently published newspaper in the South. She is continuing the legacy of her parents who spearheaded the renowned publication.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Black Chef Charging White People More than Black People For Their Meals -- And His White Customers Don't Mind It!

Chef Tunde Wey, founder of Saartj

A nice meal and a purposeful advocacy? Tunde Wey, a chef from Nigeria, has been offering both through his pop-up stalls that serve meals and aims to change people's racial perspectives. The lunch counter, commonly known as Saartj, however, received opposing remarks for charging white people more than double the Black people pay for their meals.

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Weather Channel is Now Black-Owned -- Comedian Byron Allen Just Bought it for $300 Million!

Byron Allen, founder of Entertainment Studios and owner of The Weather Channel

Most people know Byron Allen as a funny comedian, but he is also a successful entrepreneur and media mogul as the CEO/owner of Entertainment Studios, Inc., one of the largest independent producers and distributors of film and television. His Los Angeles-based company currently has 41 shows on the air, and owns eight 24-hour HD cable television networks reaching nearly 160 million aggregate subscribers nationwide. And now, his company is the proud new owner of the Weather Channel!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Meet the Black Entrepreneur Who Has Sold More Than 200,000 Coffee Table Books

C. Sunny Martin, founder of Who's Who Publishing

Described by many as a gifted visionary and entrepreneur, C. Sunny Martin is one of America's foremost experts in publishing and multicultural marketing. Mr. Martin has successfully published over sixty books over the last thirty years. Because of his success in publishing he has had the honor to have face-to-face audiences with four U.S. Presidents.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

How Oprah's O Magazine Literally Saved One Black Entrepreneur’s Business

Ozi Okaro, founder of Ikuzi Dolls
Ozi Okaro, founder of Ikuzi Dolls
Ozi Okaro, a children's book author, fashion designer, and entrepreneur, almost gave up her dreams of creating her own line of African girl brands as she didn't initially reach her business goals. But thanks to Oprah's O Magazine, her own brand of dolls eventually gained customers and increased sales!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Meet The First Black Woman to Own a NASCAR Team

Melissa Harville-Lebron, the first Black woman to own a NASCAR team
Melissa Harville-Lebron
Diversity in sports racing is lacking as only a few people of color are part of racing organizations such as the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). But Melissa Harville-Lebron is a Black American woman that owns a NASCAR team franchise.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Black Entrepreneur Finds Sweet Success Designing Luxury, Handcrafted Chocolate

Phillip Ashley Rix, founder of Phillip Ashley Chocolates

Phillip Ashley Rix, an entrepreneur, a chef and one of the few African-American designer chocolatiers, has definitely found sweet, chocolatey success in his innovative chocolates. His chocolate brand, Phillip Ashley Chocolates established in November 2013, has already gained an international following and high-profile clients.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Rappers Jay-Z, Nas and Snoop Invest In Free Cryptocurrency & Stock-Trading App

Nas, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg

What do Jay-Z, Nasir Jones (also known as Nas), and Snoop Dogg have in common? Aside from being Black Americans, being successful music stars, and having big bank accounts, they are co-investors in the free stock trading app called Robinhood.

Monday, February 5, 2018

6 Well-Known Companies That You Probably Didn't Know Have Black CEOs

Black CEOs of Fortunte 500 companies
(left to right) Kenneth C. Frazier, CEO of Merck; Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP; Marc Allen, President of Boeing International; and Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Cruises

50 years ago, it was unthinkable for an African American to be the CEO of a major Fortune 500 company. But nowadays, thanks to several diversity initiatives, there are quite a few Black CEOs that run major, well-known companies. Here are just just a few:

Facebook and Airbnb Add Some Color to Their Board of Directors

Kenneth Chenault

Kenneth Chenault, the outgoing chief executive of American Express, is joining the board of directors at Facebook and Airbnb. Chenault is making history as he is the first black American to be a board member of both large companies.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Getting His Cut -- Black Tech Entrepreneur Creates Device That Automatically Gets Your Lawn Mowed



Wilkinson Egwu, a Black tech entrepreneur based in Woodstock, Georgia, has created an innovative way to automate professional lawn care! LawnTap, the startup company he co-founded, has developed a device and an app that enables your lawn to take care of itself (yep, literally).

Thursday, January 25, 2018

How Rapper 50 Cent Made Millions of Dollars from Bitcoin

50 Cent has earned millions from Bitcoin

The fluctuating and declining rates of bitcoin may be really frustrating for those who just recently invested. But rapper 50 Cent is already reaping the fruits of his early bitcoin investments. From $400,000 in 2014, now he is reportedly sitting on a whopping $7 to $8.5 million cash from bitcoins.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Mike Tyson to Cash in on the Medical Marijuana Industry -- Plans to Build a 40-Acre Resort!

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson has broken grounds for his new venture, Tyson Ranch, a multi-purpose farm resort in Southern California. But he will not be raising cattle or crops. Rather, he will be entering the marijuana market and produce high-quality strains of THC and CBD.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meet the Black Woman Entrepreneur Who Created the First Ever Ride-Sharing App For People With Health Problems and Disabilities

Janese Jean, founder of Safetrip Co App

Ja'Nese Jean, a known international opera singer, is more than just a beautiful, fascinating voice. Jean, also a tech entrepreneur, recently launched the newest ride-sharing app specifically made for people with health problems and disabilities.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Revolutionary Black-Owned Swimming Cap Brand Fits Women With Braids, Locks, and Afros

Nomvuya Treffers, creator of Swimma Caps

Do you have braids, locks, weaves, or an all-natural afro? Have you ever been frustrated finding a swimming cap that would perfectly cover your hair, that is not too tight and damaging? Fret not! Nomvuyo Treffers, a woman entrepreneur from South Africa, has innovated a swimming cap design specifically made for Black women's hair.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Deal Re-Establishes ESSENCE as a 100% Black-Owned Independent Company

Essence Festival

Essence Ventures LLC, an independent African-American owned company focused on merging content, community and commerce, has announced its acquisition of multi-platform media company Essence Communications Inc. from Time Inc. ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks will continue at the helm of the company and will also join its board of directors. In addition, the all Black female executive team of ESSENCE, including Ebanks, will have an equity stake in the business.

Black Teen Creates Subscription Box Service to Promote Reading for Girls

Journi Prewitt, creator of Black Beautiful Butterfly

Journi Prewitt, a 17-year-old entrepreneur, came up with an awesome idea to encourage black girls to read. Her project called Black Butterfly Beautiful aims to inspire girls not just to read, but also to "spread their wings and fly" like a butterfly.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Meet the 29-Year Old Entrepreneur Who Spike Lee Wants to Work With

Chad Sanders and Spike Lee

Chad Sanders, a 29-year old tech entrepreneur and rising star, is partnering up with Spike Lee for a new TV series inspired by no other than himself. The series entitled Archer is a sociological thriller with a pinch of dark comedy that revolves around the life of a character described as a "young black Zuckerberg."

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Charles Barkley Pledges $1 Million For Black Women-Owned Startups, But Says "No Hair Salons!"

Charles Barkley

Former NBA player and ESPN sports commentator Charles Barkley has pledged $1 million in funding to help Black women in Alabama to start a business. He said his pledge was part of a thank you to Black women for their support of Doug Jones, the Democratic Senate candidate who pulled off a major upset against Republican Roy Moore.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Entrepreneur Develops App to Help Incarcerated Blacks Get Bail Relief


Kortney Ziegler, an entrepreneur and a techie from California, came up with a genius idea to help provide bail money for Black people who are incarcerated. The new app, called Appolition, allows you to automatically give your spare change from everyday purchases to help Black men and women who have been charged with misdemeanors and are awaiting trial.

Is 50 Cent the New Tyler Perry? -- His New "Power" Deal with Starz Has Him Producing 3 TV Shows!


Starz has announced its commitment to Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson by extending his existing exclusive premium overall deal into September 2019. Jackson, an executive producer for the hit series “Power,” will continue to develop new projects for the network with G-Unit Film & Television, Inc., the production company launched by Jackson.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Entrepreneur Scores $50 Million in Funding For Robotic Pizza Delivery Service That Bakes Your Order While En Route to Your House

Julia Collins, founder of Zume Pizza

Julia Collins, the co-founder and CEO of Zume Pizza, and her partner Alex Garden, have just scored a $50 million investment for their innovative company which uses robots to make ready-to-order healthy pizzas. Her company is being called the "perfect marriage of food and technology" and "a seamless blend of art and science" for the $25 billion pizza industry.



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