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Meet the Youngest Beauty Supply Store Owners in California

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According to the Beauty Supply Institute, the beauty supply industry generates about $15 billion per year. Although 96% of the customers are Black, less than  3% of ownership within the industry is Black. Breaking into the beauty supply industry is no small accomplishment. That’s why we were thrilled to discover that Kayla Davis, 19, and Keonna…

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Move Over Instacart, OjaExpress Offers African and Caribbean Grocery Delivery

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My friend, Chaz Olajide, recently connected me to OjaExpress, a startup providing grocery delivery services focusing on African and Caribbean products. Since Tony and I have become quite addicted to Instacart, because of its Whole Foods delivery service, this of course seemed like the perfect idea! We sat down with Boyede Sobitan, CEO and Co-Founder of the Chicago-based OjaExpress.…

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22 Howard University Alumni Owned Businesses

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Howard University has produced some of the best and brightest minds in the world. Some well known Howard University alumni are Debbie Allen, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Taraji P. Henson. However, there are other talented Howard University Alumni that are entrepreneurs excelling in their respective fields. Here are just a few: Howard University Alumni Owned Businesses…

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The Funky Diabetic – Why Phife Dawg’s Death should Spark a Conversation about Diabetes

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Like many of you, I was greeted by sad news this morning. Phife Dawg of the legendary group, A Tribe Called Quest, had passed away from medical complications caused by diabetes. He was only 45 years old. Phife had been battling diabetes mellitus type 1 since he was first diagnosed in 1990, the year that…

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20 Young African Influencers in the Diaspora

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It goes without saying but i’ll say it anyway – Continental African’s get our shine on wherever we go. In almost every industry, the bylines of the world’s emerging leaders are looking like a young continental African “Who’s Who”. Here’s a look at a group of young African influencers who deserve kudos and a slow…

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Envisioning Blackness In American Graphic Design: Preface

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Envisioning Blackness in American Graphic Design is an essay written by Maurice Woods. The goal was to identify, from Black culture, an aesthetic in design that is easily recognized as arising from the uniqueness of the Black experience. The pretense is in support of increasing the value of diversity in design. Envisioning Blackness in American…

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Growing and Maintaining Black Wealth: Estate Planning

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This is the first installment in our series around the topic of “Growing and Maintaining Black wealth through sound legal strategies and problem solving.” Let’s begin with a discussion about Estate Planning. Estate Planning In October of 2015, retired NBA player Lamar Odom suffered several strokes and kidney failure at the young age of thirty-five,…

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Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

30 Black Owned Businesses in Chicago

Here’s our list of 30 Black Owned Businesses in Chicago, aka “The Windy City”. We love the architecture. We also love the fact that this city is FULL of all types of amazing businesses. Black Owned businesses in Chicago   FOOD Mikkey Halsted, DJ Toure and Rico Nance, are the owners of Mikkey’s Retro Grill.…

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Using Public Relations to Promote Your Business

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Using public relations to promote your business can help ensure its success. It’s important to promote your business using the right tools and resources. Over half of a million businesses are created every year. What sets yours apart from the others? How will you effectively reach your audience? Do you know who your audience is?…

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Art for Life: How One Family of Tap Dancers and a Community of Artist-Activists are Fighting For Flint

Like so many of you, we’ve been highly concerned and grossly disturbed by the negligent tragedy that can aptly be described as environmental racism or genocide, that has struck the residents of Flint, Michigan. I’ve maintained a rather familial relationship to the community there through several of its natives – namely my friends Frances, Ali and Cherisse…

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