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Baby Found in Dumpster Grows up to Be Tech CEO Worth $62 Million | Light Workers

“That could be me on the streets—I could have been homeless or dead if I hadn’t been found by the dumpster after I was born.” Abandoned by a dumpster, Freddie Figgers has defied the odds in more ways than one. Only a few days old, Freddie Figgers was left next to a dumpster in rural Florida. A passerby noticed him in distress and called the police. Freddie was checked into a hospital where he stayed for 2 days to recover from his minor injuries. Once stable, Freddie was placed into the foster care system. He was taken in by Nathan […]

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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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From Living in a Shelter after Hurricane Katrina to Launching a Successful Bow Tie Company | Shoppe Black

Oakland, CA based designer, Rashima Sonson is the owner of SONSON®, a bow tie brand that offers unique bow ties made of African wax print fabric, lamb leather, pearls, and Swarovski stones. In 2005, her life drastically changed from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. After being displaced to Philadelphia and living in a shelter, Rashima had to start her life from the bottom. She continued to push forward with her goal of creating her fashion brand. Now, she is shifting the gears on the traditional bow tie by adding a bit of lagniappe to its style and showing customers […]

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Introducing a New Black-Owned Line of Ready-to-Bake Frozen Cookie Dough | Black Business.com

Megan Mottley, a mother, baker, and entrepreneur from Memphis, Tennessee, has recently debuted her line of Goodness Gracious Luxe Cookies frozen cookie dough at a grocery store in her hometown. The cookie dough, which is ready-to-bake, has no preservatives, and has the same taste as her delectable homemade, freshly-baked cookies! Mottley has always loved baking since she was a teenager. So when her daughter asked her if she could go on a mission trip to Japan, she thought she could use her baking skills to raise some funds for her daughter’s trip. Thus, she started baking and selling cookies to […]

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Black Women Entrepreneurs to Purchase Fashion Fair Beauty Line From Johnson Publishing For $1.85 Million | Black News

New Orleans, LA — According to published reports, New Orleans native Desirée Glapion Rogers and her business partner, Cheryl Mayberry McKissack will purchase the iconic Fashion Fair beauty line from Johnson Publishing Company; the former publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines for $1.85 million. On Thursday, November 7, 2019, a bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Fashion Fair to Winnetka, Ill.-based FFair Acquisition LLC, a holding company formed for the acquisition. Founded in 1973 as the first makeup line created for women of color, Fashion Fair was once considered the largest Black-owned cosmetics company in the world. At its peak […]

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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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Supreme Court seems interested in limited ruling in civil rights case | The Washington Post

In the buildup to the Supreme Court’s examination of whether cable giant Comcast refused to sign a deal with a black entertainer’s TV network, some advocates argued that the case threatened to hollow out a Reconstruction-era civil rights statute assuring equal contract rights for African Americans. But during hour of oral arguments Wednesday, it did not appear that the justices agreed such a monumental ruling was in the offing. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. pronounced the case “somewhat academic.” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. declared it “not the big issue that has been portrayed.” Others suggested sending it back […]

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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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Byron Allen Rips Comcast & Donald Trump’s DOJ For “Institutionalized Racism” As SCOTUS Showdown Looms | Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Heading towards a $20 billion showdown with Comcast at the U.S. Supreme Court this fall in his long running racial discrimination lawsuit against the media giant, Byron Allen today tore into the Brian Roberts-run behemoth and an 11th hour intervention by the Department of Justice. “This is historic,” the Entertainment Studios boss said of the August 15 brief filed by the feds seeking to tighten the definitions of a Reconstruction Era statute in Comcast’s favor. “Donald Trump’s DOJ and Comcast are working together to destroy a civil rights statute in the U.S. Supreme Court.” “You have one of the […]

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