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Black Owned Esports Company Raises $50 Million | Shoppe Black

PlayVS, a Black owned Esports company which develops software used to operate high school esports competitions, announced recently that it had completed a $50 million Series C funding round. The round was led by New Enterprise Associates, which also headed up the company’s $15 million Series A in summer 2018. Other investors in the round include Battery Ventures; CAA cofounder Michael Ovitz; early-stage venture fund Sapphire Sport; Michael Zeisser, former head of U.S. investments for Alibaba; Dennis Phelps of private equity firm IVP; and 01 Advisors, a fund run by former Twitter executives Dick Costolo and Adam Bain. Shoppe Black, […]

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54Kibo, the Digital Marketplace Showcasing The Beauty of African Aesthetic and Luxury Décor | Shoppe Black

54kibo is the premier luxury digital home décor retailer for interior design professionals and consumers. The brand was launched in 2018 by Nana Quagraine. Nana was inspired after her travels back and forth between over a dozen African countries and her home in Brooklyn, New York. These travels helped her identify the strengths across the continent that could be exported to the world. Shoppe Black, Shoppe Black Full article @ Shoppe Black Share This +FacebookTwitterMail

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Military Spouse of the Year” Talks Helping Others Become Successful Entrepreneurs | Black Enterprise

Being a Military spouse isn’t easy. Between dealing with frequent deployments, job changes and cross-country moves, you’re holding together the family on the home front and trying to keep your own identity. So about 6 years ago when Lakesha Cole, a Marine Corps spouse and mother of two, was faced with the family’s fifth deployment, she decided to create something she could take with her. Cole launched She Swank | Too, a curated shop for women and girls, with only $500. Today the She Swank | Too brand has grown through three deployments, traveled to customers in 50 states and […]

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12-Year-Old Gabrielle Goodwin Lands A Mega-Retail Deal with Target | Black Enterprise

Gabrielle “Gabby” Goodwin, founder and CEO of GaBBY Bows, has been working diligently at perfecting her products, building a brand, and being a student since the age of 7. And now, at just 12 years old, her products can be found on the shelves in 74 Target stores throughout the country. What started off as a conversation between Goodwin and her mother, Rozalynn Goodwin, about losing hair barrettes turned into the creation of the first patented double-face, double-snap barrette also known as “GaBBY Bows.” Since the launch, GaBBY Bows have saved families time and money in 50 U.S. states and […]

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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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Women of color are starting new businesses faster than anyone else | Fast Company

Consider this stat: Over the past year, women started an average of 1,817 new businesses per day in the U.S. That now represents 42% of nearly 13 million businesses overall, which employ 9.4 million workers and generate revenue of $1.9 trillion. And while these female founders come from diverse backgrounds, women of color make up the biggest portion of them, according to the annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. Women of color account for 89% (1,625) of the new businesses opened every day over the past year. This number has grown faster than the overall rate of new women-owned businesses […]

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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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25 Black Owned Yoga Studios #NAMASTE | Shoppe Black

Regular yoga practice has been shown to have tremendous physical, mental and spiritual health benefits. We’ve compiled a list of Black Owned Yoga Studios for you to support. Let us know which others we should know about! Black Owned Yoga Studios Embraced Yoga (Washington D.C.) Shoppe Black Staff, Shoppe Black Full article @ Shoppe Black Share This +FacebookTwitterMail

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