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This Black-Owned Tea Brand Is Headed To New York Stock Exchange | Black Enterprise

Vanessa Braxton, the owner of Black Momma Vodka, originally started out distilling vodka and then moved into the tea industry. Braxton expanded her empire by opening storefronts. Now, to fuel further expansion, Braxton plans to list her company on the New York Stock Exchange. Braxton plans to take advantage of a provision that President Barack Obama signed into law via the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in 2012. The intention of the JOBS Act was to encourage the funding of small businesses in the United States by easing many of the securities regulations that make it tough for smaller […]

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This Social Entrepreneur Uses Blockchain to Power a Successful Business and Feed the Hungry at the Same Time | Black Enterprise

Jasmine Crowe is the opposite of an accidental entrepreneur. She followed her passion—and her purpose—to become a social entrepreneur, founding Goodr, the food waste management solution that gets surplus food from the companies that would otherwise throw it away into the hands of the nonprofits that desperately need it. It all started when Crowe moved to Atlanta six years ago. “I was just driving through downtown and saw hundreds of people that were experiencing homelessness on the streets,” she says. “I felt really compelled that I had to do something.” So she started making meals—buying and cooking the food herself […]

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Father and Son’s Financial Literacy Curriculum Teaches Black Youth to Invest in the Stock Market | Black Enterprise

A financial literacy curriculum designed by a father-son duo is helping students at one high school learn how to invest in the stock market. Virginia esquire Kevon L. Chisolm and his 11-year-old son, Kamari Chisolm, announced the launch of Black Wallstreeter Consultation Services back in March to aid people, particularly young people, with increasing their wealth. “By working with a team of like-minded people, a club can help relieve the stress of trying to improve your financial situation alone,” Chisolm said at the time. “Anyone over the age of 8 is encouraged to attend the seminars.” Now, their in-depth curriculum […]

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Former Pittsburgh Pirates First Baseman Owns the Third Largest Black-Owned Car Dealership | Black Enterprise

As leader at a top black-owned car dealership for the past decade or so, Dorian Boyland is not your ordinary auto dealer. Most dealerships are judged by how many vehicles they sell or how much revenue they produce. The Boyland Auto Group CEO, however, judges himself based on how much profit he can generate from each sale. During his 34 years in business, Boyland has owned and operated 22 dealerships in six states before selling several dealerships and making preparations for retirement.The former first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates currently scores with six dealerships in Oregon, Florida, and Wisconsin. Boyland […]

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This D.C.-Based Summit is Bringing Creatives of Color to the Forefront | Black Enterprise

Real-life connections and face-to-face interactions are coveted opportunities for many millennials in today’s digital world. Instead of merely scrolling through everyone else’s highlight reel on social media, studies show that millennials are investing in experiential activities. Launched in 2018, the Foreground Summit provides creatives and founders of color with a safe space to network, develop their skills, and learn how to connect with brands and foster partnerships. Beyond inspiration, the summit promises to offer a diverse group of entrepreneurs tangible takeaways that can be immediately applied to creative work. The upcoming two-day summit, which kicks off Tuesday in Washington, D.C., […]

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Byron Allen v. Comcast: Supreme Court Race Case Could Reshape Bias Lawsuits | The Hollywood Reporter

While the TV mogul alleges racism in Comcast’s refusal to license his niche channels, U.S. businesses worry that a win for Allen during the new high court term would increase legal costs and hurt their reputations. When Byron Allen first launched a legal rampage back in 2015, few would have guessed he would get to the Supreme Court with a case that could transform the way discrimination lawsuits are handled and represents a coda on 19th century Reconstruction efforts after the Civil War. Once known as the entrepreneur who debuted as a stand-up comedian on The Tonight Show as a […]

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ColorComm is Helping Millennial Women in Communications Level Up in their Careers | Black Enterprise

The next generation of leaders is being called on in media and communications. Lauren Wesley Wilson, CEO of ColorComm, is making sure that no one is left behind. For the past eight years, Wilson has brought seats to the table for women of color in communications through meet-ups, webinars, and events. And for the second straight year, ColorComm will host C2 NextGen summit at New York City’s Chelsea Piers on November 14 and 15. There are a number of professional development conferences and summits for women of color that have goals to inspire, educate, and connect with executives—but the C2 […]

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Meet the woman behind new distillery honouring black slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey | Face2face Africa

Theodora Aidoo, Face2face Africa Fawn Weaver is behind new distillery honouring black slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey. Pic credit: Master of Malt. Featured Image contributions of black people to America’s history across various fields have, over the years, been largely forgotten and this is also evident in the spirits industry. The story of how Jack Daniel began his distillery through the help of an enslaved African-American, Nearest Green, recently came to light. Jack Daniel was apprenticed in his youth to a Tennessee-based Lutheran preacher, grocer, and distiller named Dan Call. Green was a master distiller who […]

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