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Couples Inc. : Brian and Autumn Own One of Chi-Town’s Dopest Boutiques

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Sir & Madame is a men’s & women’s clothing brand and luxury lifestyle boutique, based in Chicago. The brand is the lovechild of the creative husband and wife team, Brian and Autumn Merritt. We reached out to find out more about their journey as partners in life and in business. SB: How did you both meet? Autumn: We…

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Couples Inc. : Natural Beauty Products Made in NY, Courtesy of Talima and Allison

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Limegreen is a Multi-Use Skincare company that produces natural products using vegan ingredients. Since Dove is cancelled and we’re here for non GMO everything, we had a chat with Talima Davis, one half of the dynamic duo behind the brand. This is what she had to say:   SB:What inspired the creation of Limegreen? TD: My best friend Tamara…

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Couples Inc. : Eco-Friendly Timepiece Makers, David and MarQuerite

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As concerns about the environment have grown, so have the demand for eco-friendly and sustainable products. One couple that’s all about creating a business that has a minimal effect on the environment is David Gandy and MarQuerite Hamden, founders of Ecowrist. SB: How did you both meet? David: We met in Amsterdam in 1999. Mutual…

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Couples Inc. : Beauty Supply Store Owners, Quintin & Megan Lathan

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After all the conversations about how too few Black people are involved in the beauty supply industry, we were glad to learn about Quintin and Megan Lathan. They own Beauty Plus, a beauty supply store in Baltimore. How did you both meet? Megan: We met through Quintin’s cousin who was my co-worker at the time. How…

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Couples Inc. : Luxury Handbag Makers, Gregory and Terri “Sylvia” Pope

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Gregory and Terri “Sylvia” Pope are a North Carolina couple that created a luxury handbag and leather goods brand, Gregory Sylvia. We reached out to find out more about their journey as partners in life and in business. SB: What inspired the creation of Gregory Sylvia? Greg: We have both always wanted to be business owners even before we…

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Couples Inc. : Nicaila & Muoyo Use Tech to Inspire Entrepreneurs

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For our Couples Inc. series, we’ll be highlighting dope couples who either run a business together or separately (With the support of their partner of course!) First up, Nicaila Matthews, founder of Side Hustle Pro, the first and only podcast to spotlight bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business,…

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Today is International Self-Love Day Because We Said So

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Here we are, a couple days after Valentine’s Day. The dust has settled and love is just a tumbleweed rolling down the aisles of retailers that are offering candied hearts, goo-filled chocolates, faux silk flowers, teddy bears and heart-themed jammies at a cool 25-30% off. Pro-tip: savings will probably grow to a full 75% off…

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Progressive Black Love: To Hyphenate or Not to Hyphenate, That is the Question

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A little over a month ago, I jumped the proverbial broom with my now husband, and threw what has been dubbed the #BlackestWeddingEver. There were ideas I had about our marriage that would directly follow the spectacular celebration that we threw in honor of our matrimony. However, the concept that I never gave too much thought to was…

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New course, “The Power of Black Self-Love” offered at Emory University

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“The Power of Black Self-Love” is a new course being offered at Emory University in Atlanta. This course is a combination of “Black Love” and “Resisting Racism”, courses taught by Dr. Dianne Stewart, Associate Professor of Religion and African American Studies and Dr. Donna Troka, associate director at the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, respectively.…

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Shoppe Black presents: “Jollof and Jambalaya” bka The Blackest Wedding Ever

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On November 19th 2016, I married my soulmate. It was a perfect blend of her New Orleans roots and my Nigerian culture. One of the things I learned is how African the city of New Orleans is and how connected we are as a people. Friends and family came to celebrate from all over the…

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