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Kendejah is the Bay Area’s First Liberian restaurant

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Before you order at Kendejah — before you even ask questions about the dishes on the menu, in fact — Dougie Uso will distribute a laminated card to you and your fellow diners and ask you to read it. “A short history of Liberia & Kendejah,” it is titled: four paragraphs describing how free black…

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Black Owned Beauty Startup Raises $23 Million

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Diishan Imira looked at the $6 billion U.S. hair extension and wig market in the U.S. and felt something was amiss. The vast majority of hair extensions used in salons – about 95%, he says — are purchased by customers online or at retail stores, who then bring those products to stylists who use them…

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Startup loans to Black Entrepreneurs to ‘interject some balance in capitalism’

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GW “Chef” Chew loves to cook and is an ardent vegan. He combines the two passions through a new company, Something Better Foods, that has created a line of plant-based meats, from Philly cheesesteaks to fried chicken, as well as with a nonprofit Oakland restaurant, the Veg Hub. Chew needed financial backing to get Something Better off…

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Oakland’s First Black Owned Spirits Company to Launch Bourbon This Fall

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A new Black owned spirits company in Oakland doesn’t just want to make smooth bourbon and vodka. Its founders want to empower African Americans nationwide to launch their own boozy businesses. “If you go to bars across the country, how many African American-owned spirit companies do you see at those venues? Hardly any,” said Stygian…

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Nenna Joiner explains why Feelmore Adult Gallery is More Than Just a Sex Store

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We are bombarded with images of sex everyday in magazines, on television and the internet. However, the topic of sex is still considered taboo and is seldom discussed in many circles. One reason might be because of the stigmas attached to sex and the fear people feel of being judged because of their preferences. Businesses…

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Oakland’s New Marijuana Law Aims to offer Economic Reparations

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When I first heard that Colorado was legalizing marijuana, one of my first thoughts was “Man, everyone who is or has ever been locked up for weed is gonna be pissed.” I would imagine one of those people is DeMarcus Sanders from Waterloo, Iowa. A few years ago, he was pulled over for playing his…

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