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Calls to boycott the black woman-owned Honey Pot Company backfired spectacularly | Fast Company

After deeming a Target ad for the feminine-product brand “racist,” some people attempted to trash the company online. Target is consistent when it comes to branding itself as inclusive and supportive of small businesses. In February, for instance, Target celebrated Black History Month as it does every year, by highlighting a selection of black-owned brands. One of those brands was the Honey Pot Company, which makes plant-based feminine products and is owned by Bea Dixon. The Honey Pot commercial had been running all February without incident. But then all hell broke loose on March 1, when fans of Honey Pot […]

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This 103-year-old woman still helps run the pie shop she opened nearly 70 years ago | TODAY

The family-run business is serving up happiness, one slice at a time. In the tiny town of Monroe, Virginia, something sweet has been stirring for nearly 70 years. Woodruff’s Café & Pie Shop first opened in 1952 and its founder, 103-year-old Mary Woodruff, still helps run the business. She opened the shop with her husband, James, at a time when there were very few black-owned businesses in the state and throughout country. In the 1950s, the couple constructed the building and then lived in the apartment upstairs while operating the café in the space below. “We were happy. We were […]

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After 65 Years, the First African-American-owned Travel Agency Continues to Provide Travelers With Unique Experiences | Travel + Leisure

The agency planned Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s trip to Oslo when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Before the current boom of black travel nomads and influencers, there were African-American pioneers who charted a course that would revolutionize the way black travelers traversed the world. More than 80 years ago, postal service worker and travel writer Victor Hugo Green had the foresight to create The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide that was initially the go-to source for black American travelers. It featured a list of recommended hotels, restaurants, and gas stations that catered to black […]

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Saginaw mother and daughter start public transport business | MLive

Magical realism meets real life in the acclaimed journalist’s debut novel about American slaves escaping to the north A former national correspondent for the Atlantic magazine, Ta-Nehisi Coates is among the most revered and widely read intellectuals in the US. His bleak but scintillating book about race, We Were Eight Years in Power (2017), was a passionate collection of essays focusing on the sharp divisions and overpowering emotions – from uplifting to ugly – that surfaced when Barack Obama became his country’s first black president. What white America fears most is black competence, Coates reasoned. Black excellence turns that fear […]

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A look at the oldest black-owned business in the U.S. founded in 1881 and still going strong | Face2Face Africa

The company, which started as a stop on the Underground Railroad, has now become a respected moving company in the country. E.E. Ward Moving & Storage was founded in 1881 and is the oldest Black-owned business in the U.S. The company, which started as a stop on the Underground Railroad, has now become a respected moving company in the country. Over the past 139 years, as a small business in Columbus, Ohio, the company has survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, the Great Recession, and 25 presidents. The company started off with just two horses and a wagon and […]

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Danielle Johnson Will Launch the First Black Woman-owned Digital Radio Station in Boston | Black Enterprise

People of color in the media industry face many challenges when trying to get their foot in the door. There is a certain way that you must look, carry yourself, and speak. In fact, everything from appearance to professional nature can be found in many media professionals contracts when working for major publications and outlets. And, a number of those clauses coupled with barriers to entry keep many people seeking to enter the industry out. That is why Boston-based radio personality Danielle Johnson founded Spark FM. After applying for countless positions with big-name broadcast companies and not being hired, Johnson […]

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Meet the 15-Year-Old Who Went From an Ice Cream Cart to an Ice Cream Parlor | Black Enterprise

At only 8 years old, Victor “Beau” Tracy Shell surprised his parents by asking for an ice cream cart for his birthday in order to sell ice cream not only to buy his own toys but to help his family as well. Soon, his parents obliged and he received the cart on his birthday, giving it the name Lil’ Ice Cream Dude. Ever since then, his business has flourished. Shell recently opened up his first brick-and-mortar location in Athens, Georgia. In terms of success, Shell has his parents to thank. They not only helped him get his business license and […]

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First African American-owned bourbon brand to debut in Louisville | WLKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sarah Shadburne) — Victor Yarbrough wanted to do something that would bring positive opportunities for economic growth to west Louisville, according to our partners at Louisville Business First. So, he started his own bourbon brand with his brothers Chris and Bryson. It’s called Brough Brothers Bourbon, and it’s already distributed through Amazon to the United Kingdom. Yarbrough anticipates a Louisville launch in February. “We are working toward basically opening up the bourbon market and using our brand and understanding of Louisville and Kentucky to showcase the talents here,” Yarbrough said in an interview. “We understand what the economic […]

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Exclusive: Atlanta-Based Entrepreneur Jewel Burks Solomon named Head of Google For Startups, U.S. | Hypepotamus

Atlanta tech entrepreneur Jewel Burks Solomon has been named head of Google for Startups for the U.S., Hypepotamus has confirmed. Solomon is not only the first African-American woman to have this title — a highly significant matter in itself — but she is also the first person to ever hold the newly created position at Google. “I am thrilled about the opportunity to do work I’m deeply passionate about, to help level the playing field in the startup ecosystem,” Solomon tells Hypepotamus about taking the position, saying she’s excited to take on the responsibilities of the job. “I have a […]

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This Black-Owned Cafe is Redefining the Culture for People in Richmond, Virginia | Black Enterprise

A little black girl walks into a coffee shop and stops when she sees a black woman by the counter. With excitement and curiosity in her eyes, the little girl asks, “Do you own this?” Kelli Lemon, the owner of the Urban Hang Suite RVA social cafe, bends down as she looks at the little girl in her eyes and says, “Yes, what do you want to own?” A powerful voice in the Richmond community. Lemon is exuding black excellence through her work and is bringing others on the journey with her. She’s a highly-respected community leader, radio personality, and […]

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