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Serena Williams Invests in Mahmee, a Startup Fighting Maternal Mortality

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After Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter in 2018, she shared the life-threatening complications she experienced—and how, as a Black woman, she was three times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes. Now Williams—through her firm Serena Ventures—has invested in digital maternal health care company, Mahmee. Mahmee  uses predictive analytics to provide personalized,…

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17 Black Owned Swimwear Brands for Men and Women

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Looking for a way to hit up the beach or pool in style? Check out our list of Black owned swimwear brands that will have you turning heads. Black Owned Swimwear Brands Riot Swim Ten and Lee These Pink Lips Nakimuli  Eyegasmic Swimwear Rue 107  Andrea Iyamah  Asherah Swimwear  B Fyne    Swank Blue  D’iyanu…

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Black Owned Restaurant Partners with Walmart to create over 30 Jobs

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Cornbread is a unique Black owned restaurant that is creating jobs and a space where traditional soul food dishes are prepared using ingredients that are free of steroids and hormones. Recently, the restaurant announced that they are working with Walmart to expand into three Walmart stores in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All three restaurant locations will open…

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Meet the Black Woman who owns the only Pro Women’s sports team in St. Louis

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There are very few women owned sports teams. There are even less sports teams owned by a young Black woman. Khalia Collier, owner and general manager of the St. Louis Surge, is doing her part to change that. What inspired your decision to own a sports franchise?  The opportunity to create something in my city…

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This Black Real Estate Developer is Launching a $500 Million fund for Minority Developers

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Roy Donahue “Don” Peebles is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Peebles Corporation, the largest Black owned real estate development and ownership company in the US, with a multibillion-dollar development portfolio of luxury hotels, high-rise residential and commercial properties. He recently announced that his firm will be launching a $500 million investment…

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Sisters’ Furlough Cheesecakes Will Soon Be Sold In Walmart

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It was back in January when sisters Nikki Howard and Jaqui Wright found themselves furloughed and without income during the partial government shutdown. Howard worked in human resources at the Food and Drug Administration, while Wright worked as an analyst for the Department of Justice. “We had bills due and no paychecks coming in, including…

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Black Grocery Coop Celebrates 10 Years and an Expansion

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Mandela Grocery is a Black Grocery coop that’s on a mission to nourish their neighborhood of West Oakland with healthy food, wellness resources, and collective ownership. Their full-service grocery store sources from entrepreneurs and farmers in California with a focus on black and brown farmers and food makers. Prior to 2009, residents of West Oakland…

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The First Black Owned Piano Manufacturing Business

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Warren Shadd is the founder of Shadd Piano, the first Black owned piano manufacturing business. That makes him the first large-scale commercial Black instrument manufacturer, period. For Shadd, piano making is part of his birthright. His grandparents were musicians: His grandmother was a ragtime pianist in the South in the ’30s, and his grandfather invented…

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24 Black Banks That Are Still Operating In 2019

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The number Black banks operating in the U.S. fell 54 percent between 2001 and 2016. Many have either been acquired or have simply gone out of business. We’ve compiled the most recent and up to date list of the banks that are still Black owned and managed and are still operating in 2019. Black Banks…

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Why Black Banks Need Policy Support, Not Just Deposits

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Few institutions are as strongly connected to black communities as historically black banks. Where others see neighborhoods that are too risky or, conversely, only targets for predatory lending, they see differently. Joseph Haskins, CEO of The Harbor Bank of Maryland, tells of a black entrepreneur from an inner-city neighborhood who came needing a loan to…

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