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Invest in the First Black Woman-Owned Cafe & Farmers Market Franchise That Will Be Owned by the Community

Nationwide — Roots & Vine Produce and Café, spearheaded by Ena Jones, a single mother of 3, born and raised in Chicago, has set its Grand Opening for this fall 2018 on Chicago’s South Side in the Morgan Park Community. The plan is to create a Wi-Fi friendly café with a healthy menu, coffee, smoothies, and juices as well as tempting pastries.

Their in-house farmers market, supplied with fresh produce and bulk dry goods, are grown from black farmers nationwide. The company aspires to be a low cost and cashless grocery chain at the convenience store level to help eliminate food deserts across the country.

With nearly a quarter of the American population living in a food desert, access to fresh and healthy produce is crucial in the battle to reduce diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and other food-related illnesses in our families. Stop by to join in healthy discussions with their #GreenTableTalks, food demos and workshops; as they create jobs and unique franchise opportunities for people of the community.

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Roots & Vine is a solution looking for investors. There is an opportunity to join their mission and invest at BuyTheBlock.com, with as little as $100. You can look at their offering and truly encourage the community, family and friends to live a healthy life. The momentum of Roots & Vine Produce and Café as they sprout up to bring water to food deserts across the country will quickly make the new startup a household name.

This startup is dedicated to addressing the problem of urban food deserts and revitalizing blighted communities. Connecting farmers directly with consumers and employing community residents, Roots & Vine aims to strengthen communities in several ways:

#1 – Offering fresh produce and bulk dry goods at the convenience store level.
#2 – Providing Farmers an economic opportunity to market their products in every store.
#3 – Providing local employment opportunities in serving communities.
#4 – Providing Communal Space in a daily open, free Wi-Fi café.
#5 – The café will offer food demos, workshops, and education on nutrition and meal planning that will enable those of the community to take control of their own health.

About the founder

Ena Jones is a caterer and seasoned entrepreneur with twenty years of experience and counting. She is also a self-published writer & owner of Everyday Butterfly Home Spa Collection, a self-care product line of 100% natural and organic ingredients.

Notes for Editors: Invest in their effort and bring water to the desert, visit their Buy the Block page at https://buytheblock.com/campaign/connecting-farmers-to-people-reconnecting-people-to-real-food

PRESS CONTACT:
Ena Jones
Roots & Vine Produce and Café Inc.
773-979-0199
EJones@RootsAndVineInc.com

Posted on October 6, 2018 By Staff With 0 comments

Entrepreneur Making Global Impact with First Ever African Inspired Home Decor Business

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The home décor industry has gone through loads of changes in the last couple of years. Despite the recent economic downturn, its market growth has shown no signs of slowing down.

From the emergence of brands like Ballard Designs, C&B, and Anthropologie, not forgetting heaps of other global materials that have found their way into people’s homes, now the latest development in the home décor business involves the use of African prints and designs for homes. LakayDesigns.com, based in Miami, Florida, is the new pacesetter.

Owned by savvy entrepreneur Jojo, LakayDesigns.com is a first of its kind African Decor Business that is dedicated towards restoring the rich cultural heritage of African designs to homes, as well as adding the beauty of African ‘colors’ to the everyday life of African Americans.

Renowned as a provider of unique home décor services, their products which covers the; Kitchen, Bathroom, Living Room, Dining Room and Bedroom Essentials, is quickly becoming a favorite for conscious African-Americans in the USA, Caribbean and even the United Kingdom.

“After taking a careful look at what was already available in the home décor industry, I decided to produce an enviable line of product offerings that would make an impact, and which everyone could have 100% confidence in,” Jojo explains.
The company has created an innovative distribution channel by selling direct to wholesalers and retailers via their website. It is noteworthy to mention that most orders placed by 1pm are shipped on the same day.

Additionally, the LakayDesigns.com wholesale program features a low-cost system for other entrepreneurs to get involved in a fast growing business. They also have an affiliate program where affiliates can earn as high as 20%-40% commission on any sale they refer, which can add up fast.

“We’re helping to empower organizations in the community with our specialty items, which in turn generates income and pride back to the community,” says Jojo.
“I’ve had calls from all over; US, Canada and the Caribbean. Plus, the website has received requests from England, and loads of other European countries,” Jojo explains.

The company’s African print designs are available globally through the website and from authorized wholesalers. “I bought one a while back, my mom took it from me. They’re excellent material and the big pockets are very useful. Very satisfied with the purchase, now I just need to get another for myself again,” says Princess Dixon, one of their numerous satisfied customers.

Always on the cutting edge, LakayDesigns.com has a new line of Bath, Bedding, Kitchen Essentials and Home Decor that would be released and available for purchase very soon. To learn more about their line of products visit http://www.lakaydesigns.com/store.html

About Us
“Home is Home! Small batch manufacturing and distribution of African print designs for your home as well as everyday life.

LaKay Designs is a way for you to jazz up your home or business with gorgeous unique one of kind pieces. Our African print fabrics have the capacity to inspire the most intriguing conversation. Our designs set the tone for your culture.
We know YOU’RE different; you set your own standard! Show off your unique style with LaKay. LaKay means ‘Home’ in Haitian Creole. Support black business.”
To know more about Lakay Designs, visit – http://www.lakaydesigns.com/about.html

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PRESS CONTACT:
Jojo Pierre
Tel: 513-873-9255
home@lakaydesigns.com

Posted on June 2, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Black Woman Rejected by Airline Decides to Start Her Own Airline — And Does!

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When Sibongile Sambo, a 42-year old woman from South Africa, was told by South African Airways that she did not qualify for a flight attendant position because she did not meet their minimum height requirement, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
She became an entrepreneur, and started her very own airline called SRS Aviation, and until this day, her company is the only Black woman-owned and operated aviation company in Africa.

So, how did she do it?

Starting an airline is not an easy or cheap thing to do, but despite this, she was still able to get it off the ground.

First, she formed her company and gave it the name of SRS Aviation. Then, she bid and won a contract for cargo transport issued by the South African government and formed a partnership with MCC Aviation – a South African-based fixed & rotor wing charter operator. Finally, she sold her car and cashed out her mother’s pension to help her obtain an Air Operating Certificate from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). It wasn’t an easy process, but she was able to raise the needed capital and make it work!

Now, Sambo’s company offers their clients professional and personalized flight options to destinations in Africa and around the world. Their services include VIP charters, tourist charters, cargo charters, game count & capture, and helicopter services. Her customers pay anywhere from $1,000 USD to $200,000 USD per flight.

Her vision

Sambo’s vision is to be the number one choice in affordable air service solutions for individuals and businesses, locally and worldwide, by providing an unparalleled air service. She also aims to uphold the highest safety standards.

When it comes to giving back to her local community, she is also very passionate about helping young people by sharing her knowledge and expertise. During a recent interview with CNN, she commented, “I’m where I am today because somebody invested in me. It’s my opportunity now to invest in other people.”

For more details about SRS Aviation, visit www.srsaviation.co.za

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Posted on May 10, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

The Presence of Black Businesses in the Community Helps to Reduce Local Crime Rates

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An increase in Black-owned businesses in any local area will result in a decrease of crime, according to Karen Parker, professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware.

Parker is also the author of the 2013 study, The African American Entrepreneur – Crime Drop Relationship: Growing African American Business Ownership and Declining Youth Violence, and she says that when we address unemployment, poverty and joblessness in urban areas, we are also addressing the crime rate.

Is she right?

It seems so because according to the finding in her study, since 2001, Black-owned businesses have increased by 60 percent (from 1.1 million businesses to 1.9 million), and the crime rate in those areas that have high volumes of Black businesses has decreased by 29 percent. Why?

Researchers point to three primary reasons for the cause-and-affect discovery.

  • Black-owned business owners serve mentors and positive role models for black youth in particular
  • Black-owned businesses raise morale throughout their communities
  • Black-owned businesses create more local jobs and economic opportunities for African Americans that reverse poverty

Influence is more than economic

Like other business owners, black business owners are very much involved in their communities through business and social organizations, churches and schools. They support the black community by hiring black employees, bringing jobs and infusing more money into their communities.

But it is more than that! Black-owned businesses are a powerful influence to youth and others. They demonstrate that, if they can do it in spite of huge obstacles, others can do it, too. They bring not only economic advantages, but hope.

http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2015/05/black-businesses-community-help-reduce-local-crime-rates.html#.Vx9WWtIrK2w

 

 

Posted on April 26, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

6 Black-Owned Beverage Companies — Stirring Up Wines, Teas, and Energy Drinks

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African American entrepreneurs are widening out and starting companies in all kinds of industries. They are no longer just owners of barbershops, hair salons, and restaurants. Nowadays, they are investing in bigger more global ideas like tech companies, investing firms, and global food and drink distribution.

When it comes to beverages, the most popular brands are Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Snapple, and Lipton, but there are also some brands that were created by African American business owners.

Here are 6 Black-owned beverage companies that you can find online and in local grocery stores:

#1 – SoRen Tea: a luxury lifestyle brand with a gourmet selection of blended, loose teas. Established in 2011 by African American sisters Sonnia Shields and Rena Williams, SoRen Tea is one of the first fashion-forward lines of loose leaf teas. The brand has received a tremendous amount of local and national press. In its first year of business, SoRen Tea was invested in by Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson.

#2 – Ellis Island Tea: an all-natural, antioxidant-rich hibiscus tea founded in 2008 by Nailah Ellis-Brown. She got the recipe from her late great grandfather, who told her, “This recipe is to be sold, not told. Ellis Island Tea is a smooth, flavorful Jamaican blend, steeped in family tradition, brewed and bottled in Detroit, Michigan.

#3 – Jin+Ja: a revitalizing, anti-inflammatory and metabolism boosting tea brand that was started in the summer of 2009 by entrepreneur Reuben Canada (pictured above). He initially made the drinks for himself and for friends, but then realized that he had something bigger on his hands. After doing a test at a local retailer, the product kept selling out every 3 days for first three months and the rest is history!

#4 – MoFaya Energy Drinks: As the first 100% black owned beverage company in South Africa, these energy drinks use high quality ingredients to create an energizing & stimulating effect, which enhances endurance and boosts performance. They also have a product formulated for extreme hydration that contains electrolytes, minerals, and carbohydrates to promote optimal fluid replacement.

#5 – Heritage Link Brands: a delicious wine brand founded by entrepreneur Selena Cuffe after she learned there that, out of South Africa’s $3-billion wine industry, less than two percent were owned by blacks despite them representing 80% of the country’s population. Recognizing an untapped opportunity to introduce a new era of producers to the American market, the idea for Heritage Link Brands was born. Today the company serves a customer base of over 4,000 outlets, including household names from Disney to Whole Foods, and their award-winning portfolio is represented in over 40 U.S. states, South Africa, Nigeria, and literally, worldwide, on three different airlines.

#6 – Bee D’Vine: a popular brand of honey wine that was created by entrepreneur Ayele Solomon after he realized that flowering trees in Ethiopia were an ideal source of nectar and pollen that bees use to make valuable honey. This set him on a quest to better understand the art and business of creating honey wine. He evaluated production in Ethiopia and South Africa, but settled on the world-class wine region of Sonoma – not far from where he grew up – using California honey for the first varietals.

http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2016/03/black-owned-beverage-companies-wines-teas-energy-drinks.html#.VxQ5edQrK2w

Posted on April 17, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

How 1 man single-handedly opened the only grocery store in the 9th Ward

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Burnell Cotlon is talking intently to the soft-spoken woman on the other end of the line.

“Can you hear me, Grandma? What’chu want down there?” he asks. ” Some bread, some ham and cheese?”

The woman requests a jug of Hawaiian Punch.

“I’ll drop it off to you, okay?” he confirmed. “Yes, ma’am.”

It was a quick phone call for Cotlon, but a lifeline for the woman he calls Grandma and the thousands of other residents who live in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward.

More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans and all but destroyed the Lower Ninth, Cotlon has sunk every cent of his life savings into restoring the quiet neighborhood to the family-friendly community he remembers from his childhood.

Visit him here: 

Lower 9th Ward Market 

2036 Caffin Ave

New Orleans, LA
 (504) 319-8855

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Read more: http://www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/2016/04/burnell_cotlon_9th_ward_grocer.html

Posted on April 9, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment

3 Super Easy Ways To Support Black-Owned Businesses

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Small businesses represent a very important aspect of our entire economy. The same is true about businesses owned by African Americans and other minorities. There are many people in America who really do want to support black businesses, but they may have no idea how to go about it.

Here are three great ways in which we can all lend support to black-owned businesses.

#1 – Look for them: it may take some homework to identify black-owned businesses because they are not as abundant in communities. Maybe you have to drive a little further, but know that by doing this, you are supporting a black-owned business.

#2 – Try something new: this is a great opportunity for consumers to mix it up and try different products and services they may end up liking even more than those they were used to purchasing from mainstream businesses. Nix the stereotyping and respect black products.

#3 – Recommend them to others: whether it’s word of mouth, social media, recommendations to friends, or actually taking the initiative to reach out to a black-owned business, do it. Whenever you have the opportunity, promote a black-owned business.

It’s not enough just to avoid discrimination

Not discriminating is, without saying, absolutely necessary. But taking positive action to reach out and include black-owned businesses in your B2C or B2B plans is an action that will make a difference. You will be not only supporting black-owned businesses but also showing them that black economy matter as well.

 2 Million Jobs Movement!

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Posted on March 27, 2016 By Staff With 6 comments

Get in Shape With These 7 Black-Owned Fitness Companies

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When it comes to supporting black-owned businesses, we often think of all the retail industries, restaurants, hair care, financial services and other types of industries that are owned by blacks. But there are other industries to also keep in mind, like fitness centers.

Getting in shape is the goal of millions of Americans, and there are so many successful, black-owned fitness businesses that are good at it, and make it fun, too. Here are the top 7:

  1. KTX Fitness – these Atlanta-based fitness centers are led by Keith Thompson whose trademark is cycling to urban and hip-hop music. The centers also offer boot camps, step classes and total body workouts. Their classes also travel to places like D.C., NY, Cincinnati, and Toronto.
  2. Mr. Shut Up and Train – Rahman Grayson leads this Atlanta-based fitness program that offers free workout plans. Grayson offers fitness challenges as well as personal training services that are designed to push people out of their comfort zones in order to accomplish their fitness goals.
  3. Black Girls Run – launched in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, Black Girls Run now has 69 running groups in 30 states across the United States. Their goal is to help African Americans fight obesity and stay fit.
  4. Brukwine – this fitness company, founded by dancers Tavia and Tamara, combines a very rigorous routine of dancing and workout. For those who want to learn Caribbean dance as a way to stay fit (Rihanna, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez like it!), classes are currently being held in New York.
  5. Shaun T – is one of the most popular fitness gurus. His fitness infomercials include Insanity, T25, Hip Hop Abs, and Rockin’ Body, and he has sold 10 million DVDs. He tailors his workouts to fit every one’s style and makes it fun, too.
  6. Black Men Run – helps black men fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke by scheduling running/jogging events in cities across the U.S. The organization started in 2009 to develop a healthy brotherhood for African American men.
  7. JJ Smith – is a popular nutritionist, certified weight-loss expert, and author who shares advice about losing weight and getting healthy. She has appeared on shows such as The Steve Harvey Morning Show, The Montel Williams Show, The Jamie Foxx Show, and The Michael Baisden Show and has been featured in magazines such as Glamour, Essence, Heart and Soul, and Ladies Home Journal.

Posted on March 21, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

What is Happening to All the Black-Owned Book Stores? Only About 50 Are Left

Desmond Reid, owner of Dare Books, a once-popular book store in Brooklyn, New York that closed back in 2009 after more than 22 years.

Desmond Reid, owner of Dare Books, a once-popular book store in Brooklyn, New York that closed back in 2009 after more than 22 years.

What is happening to black-owned bookstores? By 2012, 66 percent of black-owned bookstores in America disappeared. Since that time, half of the remaining bookstores have also gone away. Is it something black bookstore owners are doing wrong? Not necessarily, according to The National Endowment for the Arts.

What is happening to black stores everywhere

The fact that black-owned bookstores are closing everywhere is not necessarily a negative reflection on the owners. One of the biggest problems in America right now is that people are not reading as much anymore. The National Endowment for the Arts stated as far back as 2004 that “…literary reading in America is not only declining among all groups, but the rate of decline has accelerated, especially among the young.” If reading is on the decline, bookstores are no longer a viable business.

Other factors

There are, of course, other causes for the close of black bookstores, such as a weak economy, rise in rent costs for bookstore owners, and bad business management. But the largest, most contributing factor appears to be also the most disturbing factor, and that is the lack of interest in reading books. Even web sites that feature books by African Americans and about the African American culture are suffering.

With other sources of information available now through technology, black and white bookstore owners are facing a tough business environment. Some have suggested that, instead of just books, bookstore owners need to be creative to get people in the door by selling other products they would be interested in. Others have speculated that black bookstores have added to their demise by focusing just on the black community and need to expand their products to include books of interest to a wider community.

Friday, March 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM we will take the #2MillionJobs campaign on the road to support a local black owned bookstore. #EachAndEveryFriday #SupportBlackBusiness Help us save black owned book stores!

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Smith & Hannon Bookstore Address: 1531 California Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45237

What do you think?

Read more at www.aalbc.com/blog/index.php/2014/03/31/54-black-owned-bookstores-remain-america/

 

Posted on March 21, 2016 By Staff With 2 comments

ORGANIZE BLACK YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS EXPOS IN 2016

Child Entreprenuer Day

Let’s get our youth involved in business. We encourage you to work with our children this summer and aid them in starting their own business. Also, if you currently own and operate a business or businesses teach our children to play an active roll in your company. Please take pictures, record videos create social accounts for our children to spread the word.

Kids can learn how to prepare for the future by running their own business. It can also help build their confidence.

Give your child some food for thought when it comes to deciding on their kid business idea:
-What are their interests?
-Do they like to work alone, with other kids, adults?
-Do they like work outside (like at the pool?)
-Do they have any interests in sales?
-Is there a best friend they want to partner with?
-Can they help with your own family business?

“We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open”….Harry Edwards

Here are some tips to planning your own ‘Black Youth Entrepreneurs Expo”:

  1. First decide how the money will be handled, since you are working with children maybe using tokens or tickets in exchange for currency in order for people to purchase good and or services.
  2. Next, find a location that can host several youths at the same time, if this is your first time, try someone with a huge backyard. Make certain where the event is going to be held is accessible.
  3. Third, get interested parents together, choose date and time. Note* try not to make the event longer than three hours, they are children and their attention will wonder after a few hours. 
  4. Finally, each youth with their family need to decide what to sell.  

Here are some additional resources below to engage our children in their entrepreneurial endeavors. 

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Business For Kids

Teaching children about business at a young age is important for the future of business as a whole. When kids are taught the specific lessons of money management and organizational skills, they can not only apply their skills towards building a business for themselves, but they can also apply the skills they have learned to their personal lives. Once your children become of age to start their own business, they can start off by building a lemonade stand and managing the money they have earned. There are also other business ideas for kids at a young age such as dog-walking or craft-making.

Business Lesson Plans

Money Management Lesson Plans

Business Games for Kids

Business Ideas for Kids

Recommended Reading

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Posted on March 10, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

100 BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT 365 DAYS A YEAR

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100 BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT 365 DAYS A YEAR

Jermaine Dupri and Killer Mike kicked off Black History Month by joining Usher and the Influencer Coalition family at Atlanta’s only Black-owned financial institution, Citizens Trust Bank. We decided to create a list of 100 businesses you too can support all year round.

A statement from Usher,  “Empowerment starts with ownership. We’re here supporting Citizens Trust Bank as a Black bank, but it also stands for the support of all the Black businesses that they support. It’s all about supporting our own,” Usher explained.

Let us take it a few steps further, by supporting as many black businesses we can find all year round. Also, remember to join our #2millionjobs campaign by supporting local or online black businesses #eachandeveryfriday. 

Visit or  2millionjobs.com for more details. 

Here is your list of 100 Black-Owned Businesses to support – LET GO! 

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BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES RUN BY CHILDREN 

#1 – Lemonade from Bee Sweet Lemonade – Today, the award-winning BeeSweet Lemonade is buzzing off the shelves of Whole Foods Market, the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, and available at a growing number of restaurants, food trailers and natural food delivery companies.

#2 – Bow ties at Mo’s Bows – Mo’s Bows is a company I started in Memphis, TN in 2011 when I was just 9 years old. I couldn’t find fun and cool bow ties, so one day I decided to use my Granny’s scrap fabric to make and sell my own. I like to wear bow ties because they make me look good and feel good. Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place. -Moziah

#3-  Clothing and accessories at Maya’s Ideas – I’m a 15 year old philanthropist, environmental activist, entrepreneur, eco-designer, inspirational speaker, artist, animator, coder, (I make animated short films), illustrator, and writer. I am the CEO of Maya’s Ideas, a company I started in 2008 when I was just 8 years old. I create eco-friendly clothing and accessories. My designs are sold all over the world and I have customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. I love to use my creativity to give back. 10-20% of my profits go to causes local and global charities and environmental organizations.

#4 – Cookies from Mr. Cory’s Cookies – Cory has always had a dream of making the world better for everyone he knows.  That passion, combined with a love of treats and an entrepreneurial spirit, led Mr. Cory to be the owner of Mr. Cory’s Cookies at just 9 years old.  His delectable cookies are all-natural and made from high-quality ingredients – not wacky ingredients with names that you can’t pronounce. In 2009, Mr. Cory told his mother he was tired of taking the bus to school and he wanted to buy his mom a car. He crafted the idea to sell hot cocoa to raise the funds. Mr. Cory put all his spare time into selling hot cocoa at the Roman Inn in Englewood, NJ, and later in front of his home.

#5 – Gourmet popcorn from E & C Popcorn Shop – E & C Popcorn, aka Ethan and Collier Popcorn Company, is an Atlanta based online retailer of homemade “gluten-free”gourmet specialty Caramel popcorn. As a way to reward their two young sons for having a productive day at school and to teach them about business and entrepreneurship, Monique and Ben Evans along with their sons, Ethan and Collier started E & C Popcorn Company, and this families love of popcorn was born

BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN MIAMI- DADE COUNTY

# 6 – Bahamian Connection Restaurant  – Bahamian Connection Restaurant was established in 1978 by Arlington Ingraham better known as Big Links from Tarpun Bay Eluthera and Bain Town, and West Street Nassau Bahamas. Bahamian Connection Restaurant is a family owned business operated by Andy, Philip, Richard and “Mike” Ingraham of Fort Lauderdale Florida
4400 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127
Contact: 305-576-6999

#7 – Jamrock Cuisine – Bridging Jamaican eats with Chinese delicacies, this former Jamaican grocery store dishes out the best of both Caribbean and Asian worlds. The bright and casual dining room with homey furnishings and framed island prints is as cozy as the menu is exotic. Jamaican patties with coco bread, curried goat and brown stew fish please islander palates, while Chinese Jamaican dishes include pork with ham choy and chicken dun goo with mushrooms. Patrons who want to treat Chinese Jamaican cuisine as more than just a spectator sport can purchase some of the imported staples and seasonings from the family-owned marketplace.
12618 SW 88th St., Miami, FL 33186
Contact: 305-598-7625

#8- Aunt I’s Jamaican Restaurant – Aunt I’s is not only the name of the restaurant but the nick name of a real person, Inez Grant. The vision was born out of a mother’s exceptional Jamaican country-style cooking ability, a love for people and a heart for service. Inez had a yearning to open a restaurant ever since she moved to Florida from Kingston, Jamaica.
19934 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33169
Contact: 305-654-9638

#9 – Sheri Restaurant – Sheri African Restaurant is a concept that transports Nigerian home cooking to America. Southern Nigerian cuisine is a combination of traditional foods (gluten, lactose and dessert free diet) and colonial foods (sweet and savory pastries) influences. At Sheri Restaurant they specialize in authentic traditional cuisine. Their food is handcrafted from scratch with fresh and natural ingredients; they do not use artificial ingredients, butter and sugar.

16595 NW 27th Ave., Opa Locka, FL 33054
Contact: 305-622-310

#10 – Chef Creole Seafood & Catering – At Chef Creole, their menu contains an enticing array of seafood, inspired by a mixture of Bahamian/Haitian flavors and has become the standard for fresh seafood the owner “Ken Sejour” has grabbed his native Haitian cuisine by the fishtail and created Haitian seafood for the masses

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13105 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami, FL 33161
(305) 893-4246
 
NW 54th St., Miami, FL 33127
Contact: 305-754-2223
 
1392 NW 119th St, Miami, FL 33167
(305) 769-9440200

7957 N.E. 2nd Ave.
Phone: 305.754.2298

20356 NW 2nd Ave (441)
Phone: 305.651.4761

NAIL POLISH

#11 – Adore Her Nails – Former model turned nail lacquer enthusiast, Devorne Love, created this eye-catching and affordable line that also has a fun and flirty appeal.

#12 – Polish and Company – From cosmologist and nail expert, Theresa Williamson, this brand was created for the beauty bombshell with the aesthetics of a Southern belle.

#13 – Underground Nail Queenz (UGNQ) – Created by former army brat, Jacklyn Berry, this new, chic & revolutionary nail polish brand promises to add a shimmering iridescent shade with a special touch.

#14 – Ginger + Liz – Created by Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett, this line is heavily influenced by arts, travel, entertainment and especially the Classic Chic, Modern Luxe, Bohemian Hipster, and Rock Glam fashion driven lifestyles.

#15 – Bernadette Thompson Nail Care and Color – Created by Bernadette Thompson, a trend-setting nail artist, this line give a seasonal presentation of slick, sophisticated, fun colors that literally put the latest fashion trends on women’s finger tips.

#16 – Lisi Cosmetics – Lisa Hill, a make-up, and nail artist, created this brand that boasts a nail lacquer line with a vast selection of glitter-crazy, and delectable glimmering colors.

BLACK OWNED NAIL SALONS & SPA’S 

#17 – Symmetry MedSpa – D’Livro L. Beauchamp, MD is a Board-Certified Physician of Urgent Care Medicine. Dr. Beauchamp earned a Doctor of Medicine from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He performed General Surgery Residency Training at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Beauchamp has a special interest in aesthetic medicine and anti-aging medicine

#18 – Gigi’s Mind Body & Soul – Gigi’s was founded by Germaine Abraham-Leveen in 2009. Gigi’s strive to bring you the best current treatment methods customized to your specific skin type For the past 4 years, Gigi’s personal mission has been to provide clients with the most professional and relaxing experience. The Day Spa services all your skin care needs from head-to-toe. Gigi’s believe in providing a “personal touch” to each client that give a sense of individuality in resolving their skin care concerns.

#19 – Delord Clinical Skincare – Since the start of her esthetician career, Traci Williams, Ph.D., Integrative Esthetician, Beverly Hills Facialist, has been on the cutting edge of esthetics, as she developed the Alternative Acne Therapy and Medical Esthetician training protocols in 1990. After studying Health Science at a local university she also received her holistic nutrition degree’s through Clayton College of Natural Health.

#20 – Lady Dee’s Day Spa  – We have a unique approach to skincare which delivers the best results in a very short period of time. During your initial visit to our studio, you will be seen by a para-medical esthetician who will provide an in-depth analysis of your skin, addressing your specific concerns. Your skincare program will have two distinct stages. The first is to achieve the desired results, and the second is to maintain those results. 

#21 – AM Salon & Spa – AM Salon and Spa is owned by Toney Canty and Ana Marquez, offering you a diverse group of experienced hair stylists and the ultimate in pampering and renewal. 

#22 – Le Skintique Day Spa and Beauty Salon – Full service salon and day spa for women and men.  Skin care,  body rituals, make-overs, waxing, complete ethnic natural and synthetic hair care, men’s grooming.  Call for an appointment now and receive a free skin analysis and complimentary samples of products. 

#23 – Sanctuary MedSpa – Sanctuary MedSpa services include SmartLipo, Botox and Fillers, Laser Hair Removal, Bio-Identical Hormones, Laser Skin Treatments, Microderm and Peels, Facials, and more. 

# 24 – JoJuDa’s Salon and Day Spa – We offer a wide selection of professional services including styling, cutting, color, weaves / extensions, braids, makeup application, brow shaping, nail care, facials, massage therapy and more. 

#25 – Nailphoria Day Spa – Manicures, Pedicures, Skin Care for Men and Women, Waxing, Eyelash Enhancements, Brow and Lash Tinting, Massage, Herbal Foot Soaks with Massage, Spa Parties, Mobile Services Available for your Special Events. 

# 26 – Violet J Spa & Wellness – Violet Johnson, PhD developed a spa menu to reflect her background as a nurse midwife and psychologist and her skill as an acclaimed esthetics professional. Violet is also a leading expert in the unique issues of multi-ethnic skins, including pigmentation problems, sensitivity and acne. 

#27 – Essenza Medi Spa – Dr. Edythe Woodruff Stewart is the Medical Director for Essenza Medi Spa.  Dr. Stewart attended medical school at the University Alabama-Birmingham.  Always one devoted to the health and well-being of all people, her most recent endeavor is to heal not just the body, but to raise the self-esteem of both men and women in the Central Valley.   She has a full staff of Registered Nurses, licensed Aestheticians, and certified Massage Therapists who are all qualified to help you look and feel your best. 

#28 – 2GORJIS Spa – Kim Evans is a licensed Aesthetician, Makeup Artist, Holistic Massage Therapist, Business Woman, Nutrition Educator, Consultant and owner of  2GORJIS Integrated Health & Wellness, a private facial practice for both women and men for a decade plus.

#29 – Francine’s Salon and Day Spa  – Francine Austin is the proud owner of Francine’s Salon and Day Spa, the first African American Salon & Day Spa in Hartford County, located in Bloomfield, Connecticut for over a decade. She is a 20 year plus veteran of the cosmetology industry were she utilizes her passion to inspire others to embrace their outward appearance, but more importantly their inner beauty.

# 30 – Beautiful Spirit Salon & Spa – Bernadette Johns is a licensed beautician and cosmetologist providing the best hair care using quality products.  Offering natural hair and weaves, braids, scalp treatments, manicures, pedicures, lash extensions and facials. 

#31- Edward’s Wellness & Skin Care  – Thelma Carole Edwards is a Licensed Aesthetician (Skin Care Therapist), Certified Massage Technician (CMT), Reflexologist, and a Nationally Certified Make-Up Artist. Come enjoy the art of wellness in Skin, Body, and Spirit.

#32 – Raquel’s Signature – Racquel has been in the Beauty Industry for more than 20 years. As Master Stylist and Image Consultant her expertise ranges from Cosmetic Hair Extensions, Precision Hair Cutting, Hair Care, Hair Coloring, Relaxers, Hair Texturizing, Alopecia Or Hair Loss reconstruction, Custom Wig Making, Lash Extensions, Makeup, Brow Shaping and more. 

#33 – Flawless Wax & Spa  – We provide the ultimate spa experience while being Downtown Orlando’s premier wax and skin spa. Specializing in waxing, eyelash extensions, semi permanent makeup, and skincare.

#34  – A Visible Difference Beauty Concepts – A Visible Difference is a source of refuge, a place where you can retreat then return to your normal routine anew. The menu of services is specially created with the wilted flower (a tired woman) in mind to help rejuvenate and restore you to a striking beautiful flower. Our technicians are highly trained individuals with over 30 years combined experience. The goal is to have you, the client, leave our establishment feeling refreshed, looking beautiful and anxiously waiting to return.

#35 – Iwi Fresh Garden Day Spa – iwi fresh Garden Day Spa is located in the Castleberry Hill art district in Downtown Atlanta, GA. We offer garden fresh skincare products, made by-hand, and provide one-of-a-kind spa and salon services Tuesday thru Sunday of every week.  

#36  – Too Groovy Salon & Spa – Founded in 2003 by healthy hair care innovator, Robin D. Groover, Too Groovy Salon has transformed the hair of thousands of women from coast to coast. Our Hair Care Specialists use award winning techniques in the arts, sciences and methodology of advanced hair care to achieve optimal results.  Too Groovy Salon has won numerous awards, to include the Bronner Brothers Icon Award and the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Award for best Hair Salon.  Come and experience for yourself why so many women travel for miles to indulge themselves in the most sought after chemical-free system for silky-smooth-straight styles, and textured styling for those seeking definition, elongation and curl manageability. 

#37 –  Nubiance Spa & Salon – Indeed, Master Hairstylist and Color Specialist Vicki Pouncie proudly possess a very creative, eclectic, and classy sense of style that emanates from her heart, mind and soul, which she takes great pride in displaying to her clients via her innovative hairstyling techniques and exceptional hair color application services. 

#38 SoKai Salon & Spa – Sokai Spa Salon is an upscale salon located in the heart of the East Atlanta Village. Forever finding new ways to pamper clients, Sokai Spa Salon offers a fun, relaxing atmosphere in which clients can feel comfortable and at ease.  

#39 – Suite 20 Salon & Day Spa – We have more than 20 years of industry experience, and our licensed dieticians and stylists take pride in providing personalized services to help you look and feel your best. Kristy Gaiters, our owner, strives to provide the community with affordable and healthy services. 

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BLACK -OWNED HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE

#40 – Harmony Designs Furniture & Interior – located 115 SOUTH 4TH AVE  MT. VERNON NY 10550; PH: 914-699-0809

#41 – Home Beautiful Decor – located Address: 502 W Kearney St #200, Mesquite, TX 75149; PH:(972) 288-0705

#42-  Ali Sandifer Studio – located in Detriot, MI. Design is our passion and craft is our medium. Ali Sandifer is a design studio and workshop with a particular fondness for furniture. Our work is born from a simple belief that design, material, and craft must work together to achieve intelligence, beauty, and longevity.

#43 – Lakay Designs –  located in Ohio. THE  PLACE FOR ALL YOUR AFRICAN INSPIRED HOME AND BUSINESS DECOR. Home is home, and all areas of the home must be ‘home’ to the occupants. But this can only be achieved when the ambiance of the home is fascinating. Nothing however can make any home attractive except the unique decor of the home.

#44- Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles – located 832 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130; PH:(215) 546-9616 Secondhand furniture & decor, with sales supporting the African People’s Education and Defense Fund.

BLACK OWNED BANKS

#45 – 65 – (21 Black-Owned Banks) – click here for an interactive map http://blackoutcoalition.org/black-u-s-banks/

RETAIL STORES OWNED BY BLACK MEN 

#66 – Kimchi Socks – Jason V. Holmes a native of New Orleans is stirring up competition in the very low-tech industry of socks. This brother is turning his passion into a great business model, as well as giving back to the community.

#67 – Talley & Twine -was founded on two principles: legacy and lifestyle. We want to set the standard for future generations, and we want to look good doing it. The number seven on the face of our watches represents completion while giving our timepieces a distinct look that sets us apart from other brands.

# 68 –  Mechael Grey  Footwear – Superior Design comes from a concept… A concept derived from experiences in the world around us, or the truly imaginative mind. Life, travels, studies, technique, and my passion for creation is the very DNA of MICHAEL GREY FOOTWEAR. A distinctive blend of Industrial design + architecture, combined with vintage looks of years before, form my unique line.

BLACK OWNED FOOD BRANDS IN YOUR LOCAL STORE 

#69 – Freedom Paper Company  – Freedom Paper Company LLC (FPC) is a privately owned distributor of bathroom tissue and other paper products headquartered in Baltimore Maryland. The company is unique from other corporations as it is born from the foundation of grassroots movement combined with the best of corporate culture and business acumen.

#70 –  Michele’s Food – Sunday mornings at the Hoskins home began with a gathering and a tradition of delicious homemade waffles, a variety of breakfast meats and a special concoction of honey, cream and butter that was made just for the occasion.  This secret syrup recipe was created by America Washington, a former slave, and the great, great, great grandmother of the only daughter in the household, Michele Hoskins.  America Washington created the recipe in the 1800s as an alternative to molasses for her plantation owner’s family.In the early 1980’s, this family delicacy was passed down to Michele from her mother and she continued the tradition by making it for her three (3) daughters and friends. “My mother inherited that secret recipe and when I married, it was given to me.”  The pancake syrup soon became the talk of the neighborhood. Its delicate honey taste and its rich, creamy consistency brought compliments from all that tasted it and ultimately requests for more!

#71 – 2TWater –  2T Waters, LLC – is committed to introducing premium beverages that are made with the finest quality of water. We are a health conscious company that mainly focuses on health beverages. We believe our water source is one of the purest natural springs known with no artificial mineral additives or demineralization.We specialize in presenting different beverages using our water source to provide our consumers with the healthiest beverages possible.

#72 – TGIN (Thank God I’m Natural) –  When Harvard graduate, Chris-Tia Donaldson  started her first law firm job, she wore a wig to disguise the fact that her hair was naturally kinky.

BLACK-OWNED HEALTH CONSCIOUS FOODS 

FOOD/DRINKS

#73 – Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar – Located at 402 H Street NE in Washington DC, this award-winning juice bar/ restaurant was founded by Khepra Anu, a raw foodist who has dedicated his life to sharing his knowledge of systematic fasting and detoxification.

#74 – Karyn’s – Located at 1901 N. Halsted in Chicago, IL, this Black-owned restaurant serves cooked, conscious vegan comfort foods such as pizza, burgers, fries, meatloaf, taco salad, eggplant, and more. They also have a well-complimented vegan brunch and serve raw dishes for lunch and dinner.

#75 – The Grain Cafe – Located at 4222 W Pico Blvd in Los Angeles, CA, this restaurant appeals to vegans and vegetarians as well as meat-eaters. They serve veggie wraps as well as deluxe burgers with red berry ice tea or mint lemonade. Even their coffee is natural and organic.

 #76 –  Tassili’s Raw Reality  –  Located at 1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd Atlanta, Georgia is a fast casual restaurant located in Atlanta, Georgia.  They specialize in raw vegan cuisines and provide a unique variety of raw vegan entrees like spicy kale salad, kale wraps, and more.

#78 –  Land of Kush – Located at 840 N. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD Voted 2015 Best Vegan Crab Cake by Baltimore’s City Paper!  They are the Ultimate Vegetarian Experience!  THE LAND of KUSH inspires you to feed your spirit.  They are Vegan Soul!  Celebrate a new way of life with healthier food.

HAIRCARE

#79 – CURLS: This Black-owned company is a nationally recognized leader in the natural hair care industry for their unique formulations of certified organic ingredients. Supported by Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, Nia Long, Tia Mowry, and more.

#80 – Curl Kitchen: This Chicago-based company sells natural/ organic-based hair care products tailored to those who wish to embrace their tresses in its naturally ethnic state. Their products are for women and men with waves, curls, kinks, coils, and/or locs.

#81 – Indigofera Beauty: This Black-owned Etsy store produces a variety of all-natural, chemical-free hair care supplies that are made from plant-based ingredients and infused with essential oils. They are known locally and nationally for selling the best products for natural hair, coils, kinks and locs.

SKINCARE

#82 – Beija-Flor Naturals: This Black-owned Etsy store produces organic skin care and natural hair products. The brand is inspired by the owner’s Brazilian background and uses the best ingredients from the Amazon rain forest to the Savannahs of East Africa.

#83 – Blac Minerals: This Black-owned company sells 100% non-toxic, high quality, high performance, hand-crafted mineral makeup formulated for women of all colors. Their natural makeup products are lightweight, and blendable, helping your skin to breathe.

BLACK-OWNED HANDBAGS 

#84 – Minku – Minku is considered the Hermes of Africa when it comes to handbags. They are all handmade and can take up to 50 hours to complete and are lined with repurposed items of Yoruba ceremonial dress. The Nigerian company was started by founder Kunmi in 2011 and is a family-run business.

#85 – ZAAF – ZAAF offers handcrafted luxury leather handbags made in Ethiopia. They are crafted with the finest materials and produced in a remote Ethiopian village. The company was founded by Abai Schulze, a remarkable CEO who is under the age of 30.

#86 – Gregory Sylvia  – This handbag designer was co-founded by Gregory and Terri “Sylvia” Pope. The husband-wife team started their company in Charlotte, North Carolina and are known for their luxury, elegant handbags crafted from fine leather.

#87 – Adela Dejack – These African-inspired designer handbags are made in Kenya. Their collection of handbags, jewelry, and other accessories are inspired by African shapes, textures, and techniques. Designer Adèle Dejak had plenty of design experience in England and Italy before moving her company to Nairobi, Kenya in 2005.

#88 – Christopher Augmon – Christopher Augmon high-end luxury designer handbags are made in New York and reflect the richness of various cultures. His distinctive handbags can be found in boutiques around the United States and online at augmon.com.These designer handbags are made by many of the designers for both women and men.

BLACK- OWNED SHOE DESIGNERS 

 #89 – Artyce Design –  The vision of Artyce Footwear (named after the designer’s mom) officially came to light in 2004. Candra Palmer (Designer, Owner) brought her dream to life by creating a comfortable and stunning custom footwear collection catering to brides and those attending special events.

#90 – Samantha Shoes – Every woman needs at least one great pair of shoes. Women that wear larger shoe sizes, desire current fashion trends and are frustrated by the lack of availability. Samanta Shoes is dedicated to solving this global problem.

#91 – Amina Abdul Jillil – Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska Aminah began as a professional dancer in Los Angeles, performing with some of the biggest names in music including Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. She’s appeared in commercials for Pepsi, Mazda and New Balance and recently performed as lead character “Crimson” in Cirque du Soleil’s BELIEVE.

#92 – Jhung Yuro  – Launched in 2005 Jhung Yuro recognized a void in the men’s luxury lifestyle footwear market and filled it with a brand that offers detail, hand craftsmanship and limited availability for its products.

#93 – Fever Shoes and Swimwear – Natischa Harvey’s first foray into the shoe business came via Bakers.  While studying political science at Clark Atlanta University she moonlighted at the store, earning $6 an hour.  She treated it as a “paid internship” and by 2004 knew enough about the industry to open her own boutique

BLACK-OWNED FIRMS THAT HELP OTHER BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

#94 – The Front Page Firm  – This firm, launched by PR executive Tosha Whitten Griggs (best known for her work with BET), is a full-service publicity boutique specializing in executive and talent visibility; television and film campaigns; red carpet premieres; and special events. They are known for being the go-to publicists for mainstream/urban media cross-over campaigns. Their clients include Bounce TV, the Queen Latifah Show, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and Spelman College.

#95 – Foote Communications – This firm, launched by marketing and PR veteran Neil Foote (best known for his work with the Tom Joyner Morning Show), combines traditional public relations and content management and social media for entertainers, entrepreneurs, corporations and educational institutions. His services include public relations, graphics & design, social media strategies, web site management, and more. Their clients include the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the African American Museum of Dallas, Rickey Smiley, and J. Anthony Brown.

#96 – BlackPR.com – This company, launched by marketing guru Dante Lee, offers an extensive press release distribution service to all the African American newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations. For just $150, they can help you get your story in some of the country’s top Black publications, and they can even help you get radio and TV interviews. Their clients include the NAACP, the Tom Joyner Foundation, Tavis Smiley, Iyanla Vanzant, TV One, and BET.

#97 – HBCU Connect – Looking to hire African American college students and graduate? This company, launched by social media pioneer Will Moss, can help you do that for as little as $249. Their online career center offers various options including posting simple job listings to options for banner ad packages and employer showcase listings. Their clients include Microsoft, FedEx, United Negro College Fund, Merck, and many Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUs).

#98 – PR, Etcetera – This company, launched by African American PR veteran Toni Beckham, offers several professional marketing communication services including branding, crisis communications, public relations, media training, and even technical writing/proofing. Their clients include the Bay Area Black Expo, Rainbow/PUSH Silicon Valley Project, the City of Oakland, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

#99 – TaylorMade Media – This company, launched by PR expert, media coach, and best-selling author Karen Taylor Bass, creates strategic public relations, branding, and marketing campaigns for corporations, luxury brands, celebrities, athletes, and entrepreneurs. Karen has been featured on Dr. Oz, CNN, BET, NBC Today, Fox-TV, and in Essence Magazine.

#100 – BBNomics Crowdfunding Site –  Building a Platform to aid Black people in pooling their resource and gain financial independence. BBNomics is all about group reliance, real money wisdom, for our people who want to beat the odds, prove everyone wrong and become a beacon of light in the world by living life with a purpose.

The aim is making an impact by providing a platform for everyone to actively engage in fundamental principles of group economics, group-love, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. It’s for our people who are serious about taking their lives — and their POWER — to the next level!

By Lynn (@lynnbbnomics) 

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Posted on March 9, 2016 By Staff

Most Black-Owned Businesses Fall Into One of These 9 Categories

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Between 2002 and 2015, black-owned businesses in the U.S. increased 60.5 percent, totaling 2.5 million firms, according to BlackDemographics.com. Almost half of them, or 4 out 10, operate in healthcare and social assistance, and in other services.

Top industries for black-owned businesses

Out of all the 2.5 million businesses owned by blacks in 2015, here is the breakout by industry:

  1. Health care and social assistance – 365,140/ 20 percent
  2. Other services, including repair, maintenance, personal and laundry services sectors – 358,443/ 20 percent
  3. Administrative Support, waste management, and remediation services – totaled 216,763/ 11 percent
  4. Transportation and warehousing – totaled 168,386/ 9 percent
  5. Professional, scientific, technical – totaled 163,761/ 9 percent
  6. Retail – totaled 148,181/ 7.8 percent
  7. Construction – a total of 125,818/ 6.6 percent
  8. Real estate, rental, leasing – totaled 92,655/ 4.8 percent
  9. Arts, entertainment, recreation – a total of 86,357/ 4.5 percent

The remaining 10 percent are in education services, finance, insurance, food service, information, wholesale trade, manufacturing, agriculture, utilities, other industries, and management of other companies.

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Posted on March 8, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

In 20 Years, Black-Owned Women Businesses Have Skyrocketed More Than 300%

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It’s official; the growth in the number of businesses owned by black women is off the charts! The growth has reached 322 percent since 1997. In fact, businesses owned by African-American women represent the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America, according to a new study.

African-American women the fastest-growing entrepreneurs

The latest report, the 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, showed that black, women-owned businesses grew 1.5 times more than the national average for business growth between 1997 and 2015. Their skyrocketing success has resulted in:

  • Generating $52.6 billion in revenue
  • Employment for 300,000 people


Black women own almost half of all black-owned businesses

Black women own about 14 percent of all businesses in the U.S., or approximately 1.3 million businesses. They are also the owners of 49 percent of all the black-owned businesses in the nation. And as their businesses grow, so does their clout. In states such as Georgia (35 percent), Maryland (33 percent), and Illinois (22 percent), these entrepreneurs represent greater percentages of women-owned firms than the national average, which is 14 percent.

Given the steady growth of black-owned women businesses, it’s likely that we will continue to see these numbers grow, along with increased economic power and influence for these amazing entrepreneurs.

 

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8 Black-Owned Cosmetic/ Make-Up Brands You Should Know About

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In America, the cosmetics industry alone rakes in about $55 billion per year, according to Statistica, an online research and data source. Forbes also reports that globally, the beauty business is at $382 billion. Most people immediately think of Estee Lauder, Revlon, and MAC, but here are 8 black-owned brands of cosmetic/ makeup products you should know about:

#1 – IMAN Cosmetics: this popular brand is owned by supermodel Iman who started her beauty products company in 1994. Designed for African American, Asian, Latina and multi-cultural women, the company markets its products in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. They can be purchased at Target, Walmart, Walgreens and other national retailers.

#2 – Fashion Fair: owned by Eunice W. Johnson, who created the Ebony Fashion Fair, and her husband John H. Johnson, who is the publisher of Ebony and JET magazines. The company began in 1973 and was one of the first to make cosmetics for women of color. It is considered the largest black-owned cosmetics companies in the world and sells it products at fine department stores across the U.S., Canada, and internationally.

#3 – Black Opal Beauty: specializes in foundation sticks for women of color. The company was founded in 1994 and makes products for skin care, hair care, makeup, and other beauty products for women, and men, of color. Products can be purchased online or at national retail chains such as Walmart, CVS, and Rite Aid.

#4 – Shea Moisture: has been selling natural beauty products since 1912. The company was founded by Sofi Tucker in Sierra Leone and was founded on natural ingredients like Shea butter. They make products for the face, hair, body, and bath for both women and men.

#5 – KA’OIR Cosmetics: owned by CEO Keyshia Ka’oir and features fun color lipsticks, eye shadows, nail products, and blush. Products are affordable and are shipped all across the world. Lipsticks are gluten free.

#6 – Ginger + Liz: started in 2010, this company makes nail products that are vegan friendly and toxin-free. The company was created by friends Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett. Their products feature vibrant colors and ingredients that are free of harsh chemicals and carcinogens like toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and DBP.

#7 – Black Up Cosmetics: is the first luxury makeup brand created by professional make up artists for ethnic skin tones and women of color. Their products can be purchased online.

#8 – Vera Moore Cosmetics: owned by former soap opera actress turned entrepreneur, Vera Moore. Her products have been used on various TV shows including the Cosby Show and the Wendy Williams Show, and used by various celebrities and news anchor women.

 

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Black Financial Expert Releases the World’s First Investment Book For Children

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Wesley Learns to Invest by Prince Dykes is the world’s first investment book that targets children readers. The fictional book is about an 11-year old boy (Wesley, named after his 4-year son) who wants a gaming system, but instead learns about the importance of hard work, investing, and choosing stocks wisely. In the story, the boy’s father teaches him about the stock market, setting goals, and making smart decisions related to finances.

Wesley Learns to Invest by Prince Dykes is the world’s first investment book that targets children readers. The fictional book is about an 11-year old boy (Wesley, named after his 4-year son) who wants a gaming system, but instead learns about the importance of hard work, investing, and choosing stocks wisely. In the story, the boy’s father teaches him about the stock market, setting goals, and making smart decisions related to finances.

 

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Black Financial Expert Releases the World’s First Investment Book For Children

Wesley Learns to Invest uses real world experiences to teach children valuable financial principles and practices while they are still at a young age. The book emphasizes that nobody can always have what they want. Children wanting material things have an opportunity to learn about managing finances, and even investing, from this innovative narrative.

The book was released in June 2015, and is already very popular – especially in the state of Hawaii where the author is based. It has been added to several local school libraries and public libraries throughout the state. Its currently available for purchase at Amazon.comBarnesandNoble.com, Books-a-Million, Kindle, and iBook. Order yours today!

About the Author

Prince Dykes is a 31-year old active duty service member stationed at Pearl Harbor, but he has a lot of business and finance experience and knowledge that inspired him to author an investment book for children. He works as a logistics specialist in the military with 12 1/2 years of responsibilities related to finances, he has an associate’s degree in general studies, bachelor’s degree in management, and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and he has a Series 65 license (Federal Investment Advisor), a Series 63 license (Securities Agent), a life insurance license, and a health/accident license.

In 2012, he started Royal Financial Investment Group, which  invests in Black-owned businesses like Dewalt Brewing Company (winner of several beer festival awards) and The Global Art Gallery, which was listed on the Game Changers List for 2016 as selected by the National Association of Experts, Writers, and Speakers.

Royal Financial Investment Group has also created and published the world’s first captain venture app for the general public Investors and Business Owners Hub (IABOH). Available at the Apple app store and Google Play, it enables entrepreneurs to find investors while opening the general public up to the world of capital venture.

The firm has been featured on various Internet radio shows, and in the True Citizen newspaper, iHeart Radio’s “The Rick Hamada Show”, Fortune Magazine, The Huffington Post and Apple/Andriod apps.  They were also featured in the January 2016 edition of Fortune Magazine.

Dykes is also married with a 4-year old son Wesley.

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Posted on February 26, 2016 By Staff With 2 comments

Top 6 Black-Owned Wine Companies (and Wineries)

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There are thousands of wineries in America, but only about .001 percent, or less than a couple dozen, are owned by African-Americans. The global wine industry generates more than $290 billion in sales every year. Whether you are a wine lover, a connoisseur, or you’re just looking to get your buzz on, you will love these six Black-owned wine brands:

#1 – Esterlina Vineyards – this California winery is owned by the Sterling family who have been making wine for generations. For thirty years they have been growing grapes, making wine and bottling it by hand.

#2 – Bee D’ Vine – Bee d’Vine is a product made by The Honey Wine Company, based in San Francisco, California. Founder Ayele Solomon, an environmentalist, got the inspiration for his honey wine as a way to make trees more valuable. Flowering trees provide nectar and pollen for bees. His honey wine supports bee farming in California and in Ethiopia’s Kafa rainforest.

#3 – Mouton Noir – this Oregon-based wine company is owned by André Hueston Mack who left his job at Citicorp Investment Services to pursue his dream of becoming a winemaker. He works with world-renowned restaurants to create his wines and has been featured in major publications, such as Food and Wine, Wine & Spirits Magazine, and The New York Times.

#4 – Heritage Link Brands – based in Los Angeles, California, this company has its roots in South Africa and is now the largest marketer of black-produced wine from Africa in the U.S. Their award‐winning wines are available online, and in stores and restaurants across the nation.

#5 – Running Tigers Wine – based in Sacramento, California, the company was named after the owner’s favorite wild animal. The company was started by Daniel Bryant in 2004. What began as a hobby has turned into a successful business. Bryant’s wines appear on menus of restaurants across Northern California.

#6 – Rival Wine – this Napa Valley winery was started by entrepreneur Daniel Darden and his brother James in Napa, California. They introduced their first vintage in 2007.

 

Source: http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2015/08/top-black-owned-wine-companies-wineries.html#.Vsp9cn0rK2w

Posted on February 23, 2016 By Staff With 6 comments

Top 7 Black-Owned Swimwear/ Bikini Brands

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Not all swimsuits are the same, just as not all bodies are alike. Buying a swimsuit is like buying a pair of jeans. There are so many brands and styles on the market, and no two fit alike. These top 7 swimsuit and bikini companies are black-owned, and they have designs to fit any woman from a small, athletic body to a full-figure women with lots of curves.

#1 – Zubaida Zang: This company is owned by young entrepreneur Zubaida Simi Zang, who was born in Nigeria and received her fashion design training in Toronto. She uses bold colors like forest green and gold yellows in both her swimwear and fashion line. Her swimwear runs from $80 – $150.

#2 – Andrea Iyamah: Based in Ontario, Canada, this company was launched in 2011 and is owned by Nigerian fashion designer, Andrea Iyamah. Her line features bright colors and Aztec prints with styles that are sporty and sexy and for the daring. Her swimsuit line is priced from $95 – $150.

#3 – Nakimuli: Designed for curvy plus-size women, this swimsuit company carefully designs suits that will make any curvy woman look good. The company is owned by designer Tennille McMillan who launched her company in 2009. The company is located in Brooklyn, New York, which is also the designer’s home town. Nakimuli swimwear is priced from $52 – $130.

#4 – Rue107: This New York swimsuit company is owned by Haiti-born Marie Jean-Baptiste. Her roots are what inspire her style, which includes vibrant colors reflecting her creole heritage. Her swimsuit line is colorful, playful yet sexy and is priced at a very affordable $40 – $65.

#5 – Monif C.: This company was founded by Monif Clarke and her mother in 2005 and is located in New York. She wanted to create luxurious and feminine clothes for plus-size women and is considered one of the best plus-size fashion designers. Her swimsuit line is contemporary with bold colors and well-designed features that will make any plus-size woman feel beautiful and sexy. Her swimwear is priced from $40 – $110.

#6 – KAMOKINI: Swimwear designer Kambili Ofili-Okonkwo founded her swimwear line in 2013. Their designs are inspired by art, music, and African culture. The company makes swimwear that is fashionable yet affordable.

#7 – Bantu Wax: Bantu swimwear is made in Africa and styled to reflect the rich history of African art. The company is owned by fashion entrepreneur Yodit Eklund. Her products are sold to both men and women and serves the African surf culture.

 

Source: http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2015/06/top-black-owned-swimwear-bikini-brands.html

Posted on February 22, 2016 By Staff

TOP FIVE BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN OAKLAND, CA

 

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TOP FIVE BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN OAKLAND, CA

If you‘re looking to sample a little local flavor while taking a break from the your daily routine, stop by one of these great locations,  in Oakland, CA  neighborhood. You won’t regret it! Join the #eachandeveryfriday movement and help us create #2millionjobs

#1. Lena’s Soul Food Cafe
1462 High St
Oakland, CA 94601
b/t Bancroft Ave & 14th St – East Oakland
Phone number (510) 842-3510
Business website: lenassoulfoodcafe.com

Feedback: V J. Oakland, CA 5 Stars!
OMG, the food at this restaurant is so good I eat it daily to my shame. When I first found out about it I was skeptical and thought it was going to bed of those wanna be soul food places. To my surprise it was real soul food. I was eating so much I had to cut back not only on portion size but what I was consuming. Everything is good there I mean everything. I am very picky eater with taste and texture. They are so accommodating that they were all separate your side dishes to get the chicken or fish wet.

The food is fresh and hot not over salted and seasoned to my idea of perfection. I am in love with this place!

The staff is incredible and smart! They listen! I have yet to get the wrong items. They make you want to come back! Everyone is polite and ready to serve you with a Big smile. The portion size is perfect and so is the price$

A BIG Thank You to all the staff at Lens’s for tickling my taste buds am making my bellyfull.

#2. Miss Ollie’s
901 Washington St
Oakland, CA 94607
b/t 10th St & 9th St – Old Oakland
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Phone number (510) 285-6188
Business website: realmissolliesoakland.com

Feedback: Christopher B. North Hollywood, CA 5 Stars!

Listen… if you want to understand what healthy soul food taste like. Carry yo but on down to Oakland and allow your mouth to sink it to the creamiest, most delicate, mouth watering soul food around.

Sar Ah is a master chef. Her flavors are all natural and they merge together so well. Her recipes take you back to a time where your grandma took her time and cooked so long that the house smelled like the last meal she cooked-all the time.

What a savory treat this place offers.

The servers are polite and attentive. And the portions are super on point.

I really digged the oxtail and rice. Good googly moogly! I’m going to bolt bus back from LA for the chicken ;) I heard it’s the best thing going. You did that Ms. Sar Ah! My friend and I sat at the bar and we were treated to beautiful new company. The patrons were as down home and friendly as the food.

I could not help but try a few different drinks because the cute bartender was a definite mixologist! She had style in her tending.

I watched Ms Sa Rah as she directed her kitchen with the utmost grace. I was so impressed I wanted to take a selfie with her. But I didn’t want to take her out of her zone.

This place is a must stop if your in Oakland! Get on that oxtail. Forreal.

And enjoy the journey down gourmet soul food memory lane.

#3. Home of Chicken and Waffles
444 Embarcadero W
Oakland, CA 94607
b/t Broadway & Franklin St – Jack London Square
Phone number (510) 836-4446
Business website: homeofchickenandwaffles.com

Feedback: David P. Fresno, CA 5 Stars!
Came before the super bowl for a bite to eat..great chicken and waffles and garlic fries. Would definitely come back again!

#4. Picán
2295 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
b/t Grand Ave & 23rd St – Uptown
Phone number (510) 834-1000
Business website: picanrestaurant.com

Feedback: Chives S. Antioch, CA 5 Stars!
Update review. Went lastnight on a Sunday very packed house with some soft R&B music playing in the back ground to a candle lit restaurant. You must, I do mean must take your lady here major brownie points. Lol. Will be back very soon.

#5. Brown Sugar Kitchen
2534 Mandela Pkwy
Oakland, CA 94607
b/t Campbell St & 26th St – West Oakland
Phone number (510) 839-7685
Business website: brownsugarkitchen.com

Feedback: PG H. San Rafael, CA 5 Stars!
What a great charming place with great tasting food, coffee and service. Get there early unless you are one for long waits.

TOP FIVE BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN OAKLAND, CA

 

Posted on February 11, 2016 By Staff With 9 comments

7 Black-Owned Magazines That Are Still Available in Print

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Magazine publishing in general is struggling, but black magazines in particular are having a tough time surviving. Publishers are constantly challenged to change in many ways that include content relevance and technology, and many black magazines have done an excellent job doing both.

Successful black magazines such as Ebony, Jet, EssenceBlack Enterprise, and Rolling Out have survived due to their resilience. But these 7 black magazines in particular have also survived and are still publishing content, not just online, but also still in print:
#1 – The Network JournalThe Network Journal, headquartered in New York City, is both an online and quarterly print magazine that publishes information for black professionals and business owners. The magazine was founded in 1993.

#2 – Heart & Soul Magazine – Headquartered in Bowie, Maryland, this magazine was founded in 1993. It publishes information that promotes physical, spiritual and mental well-being specifically for women of color and their families.

#3 – HBCU Connect Magazine – This Ohio-based magazine was founded in 1999 and is the first magazine targeting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) audiences. It provides a social network for HBCU graduates as well as information on professional and educational opportunities.

#4 – Atlanta TribuneAtlanta Tribune has been around since 1987 and is considered Atlanta’s No. 1 business lifestyle publication. The magazine features the latest information on technology, wealth building, careers, and other business-related information for executives, professionals and entrepreneurs.

#5 – Black Business NewsBlack Business News is published by the Black Business Association (BBA), a non-profit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California. The magazine strongly supports black business by publishing information of interest to black business owners, corporate buyers, contractors, community organizations and elected officials across the nation.

#6 – Savoy Magazine Savoy Magazine is a culterally-focused magazine that appeals to progressive, modern and sophisticated African-American consumers. Content includes news, entertainment, business, culture, sports, arts, and education for the African-American community.

#7 – Cuisine Noir Magazine – Founded in 2007, Cuisine Noir is the first food and wine lifestyle magazine for African-Americans. The magazine features the talents of African-American culinary and wine professionals across the country.

CORRECTION #8 – Upscale Magazine – This magazine, produced by Atlanta’s very own Bronner Brothers, is the ultimate lifestyle magazine addressing the needs of stylish, informed and progressive African- Americans. It has been brought to our attention, that they too are still in print, and going strong!

Source: 7 Black-Owned Magazines That Are Still Available in Print

 

Posted on February 10, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment

MANY PEOPLE ARE ON A MISSION TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE BUY BLACK ECONOMICS MOVEMENT AND CREATE 2 MILLION JOBS

MANY PEOPLE ARE ON A MISSION TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE BUY BLACK ECONOMICS MOVEMENT AND CREATE 2 MILLION JOBS

KIMG0024[1]NATIONWIDE, USA,–It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. Thus, in an era where a sizable number of black people throughout the United States are being laid off—tossed to and fro by the winds of economic uncertainty—an innovative group of young, creative, and energetic Africans have emerged to help the black community; particularly from the shackles of economic hardship, chronic unemployment, debt bondage, and despair.

Powered by ‘Buy Black Economics,’ this new movement is associated with the hash tags #2MillionJobs and #EachAndEveryFriday. This dynamic initiative aims to eliminate unemployment by the year 2017, specifically through the creation of two million jobs for black workers.

The creator of this venerable movement (i.e., LYNN) states, “We are the bridge between ideas and execution, and we are singularly focused on growing our own economy. Each and every Friday, we are asking people to spend $20 with local and/or online black businesses.”

LYNN adds, “Statistics show that we currently have slightly over 2 million black businesses in America, and 1.9 million unemployed African American workers. If we consciously spend with these businesses for 24 to 48 months, then we will collectively generate enough capital to hire all of the people within our community who are currently unemployed.”

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Joining this movement is as easy as ABC! Follow the three steps below to get involved:

David, one of the inaugural members of the 2 Million Jobs Movement remarks, “Since starting ‘Each and Every Friday,’ I feel uncomfortable spending money anywhere else.  In fact, I sincerely believe that if 45 million of us (i.e., black people) commit to intentionally spending $20 with black businesses—merely once a week—we will reduce unemployment drastically in our communities….”

Interested community members and/or business owners can sign up for a list of businesses near you to support on the movement’s website buyblackeconomics.com.

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About Buy Black Economics

“Buy Black Economics’ community initiatives involve the locating and allocation of limited resources (e.g., land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship) in a way that has a positive effect on the level of business activity, sustainable employment, economic stimulus, and fiscal solvency within predominantly black communities. Therefore, Buy Black Economics is strongly committed to the creation of wealth in which our communities benefit.”

To learn more about Buy Black Economics visit: www.2millionjobs.com.

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Posted on January 27, 2016 By Staff With 19 comments

7 Black-Owned Dessert Companies That Make Amazing Pies and Cakes

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Soul food goes way beyond chicken and waffles, collard greens, cornbread and a good barbecue sauce. It also includes delicious cakes, cupcakes, pies, and other pastries.

The next time you have a sweet tooth, consider supporting one of these top 7 black-owned dessert companies/ bakeries: (Most of them ship nationally!)

#1 – Patti Labelle Cakes and Sweet Potato Pies: Yes, it’s THE Patti Labelle bringing her sweet taste for yummy desserts like caramel cake, vanilla pound cake, and sweet potato pie to Kroger, Walmart and other stores around the country.

#2 – CamiCakes Cupcakes: These yummy cupcakes were the inspiration of African American entrepreneur Andra Hall. She named the cupcakes after her daughter Camille (pictured above) and includes over 25 different varieties like sweet potato, banana cream, salted caramel, red velvet and more. Order online or visit one of her 7 locations in Florida and Georgia.

#3 – Jimmy Jamm Pies: This Chicago-based restaurant features 50 different recipes using sweet potatoes, including pies, cakes, and cupcakes. It’s a favorite in the heart of Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood.

#4 – Eat Moore Cakes: Cakes are the specialty at this Black-owned bakery based in Lockport, Illinois. They make cakes, pies, and cupcakes for any occasion that are not only beautiful to look at but mouthwatering. You can even order online.

#5 – Petsi Pies: This indie bakery and coffee bar serves handmade pies and pastries from four locations in Massachusetts. The bakery was founded in 2003 by Renee “Petsi” McLeod. Cupcakes, cookies, muffins, breads and scones are made fresh daily!

#6 – The Black Cake Company: Caribbean rum cakes are the specialty at this bakery. They use fresh ingredients and recipes that have been handed down for generations. The company has been around since 1987 and ships cakes around the world.

#7 – Make My Cake: This Black-owned bakery has two locations in Harlem and is a family business that started 15 years ago. People come from miles and line up to get a slice of butter cake, a piece of sweet potato pie or red velvet cheesecake. They have cupcakes and cookies, too!

BONUS – Pink Cupcakes: Based in West Orange, NJ, this Black-owned bakery sells cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods for all occasions. The owner, Natalie Dominique, and her bakery have made some amazing creations for celebrities like Victor Cruz, Wendy Williams, and others!

7 Black-Owned Dessert Companies That Make Amazing Pies and Cakes

According to Blog.BlackBusiness,org

Posted on January 27, 2016 By Staff With 11 comments

These young Africans are about to disrupt the way you ship from overseas to Africa

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Introducing Shypmate

Shypmate is a peer-to-peer delivery service that allows individuals buy products online and get it delivered through home-bound travelers, especially in Nigeria and Ghana. Shypmate’s end goal is affordable and fast international delivery.

In an exclusive interview with two members of the team (Chisom Ebinama and Perry Ogwuche) , Co-founder, Perry remarked:

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“We traveled to the US for college and have been there ever since. We saw the problem of trying to send stuff back home, because it was expensive to ship these items”.

The founders, — Chisom Ebinama, Kwadwo Nyarko, Perry Ogwuche and Tochukwu Okoro — who have a uniquely mix-and-match Nationality (3 from Nigeria and 1 from Ghana) and area of expertise (3 with background in Engineering and 1 in the field of Business) are based in San Mateo, California USA where they all met. In Shypmate, the founders found a struggle they all could relate with and decided to use technology to solve it.

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Prior to the emerging company’s official launch today 21st January, 2016, Shypmate has validated its effort with a over 100 successful transactions in Nigeria and Ghana within just 2 months of its user acceptance test.

See How Shypmate Works:

There are basically 3 steps to getting started with Shypmate and also 3 people smiling at the end of the transactions.

Website: http://www.shypmate.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shypmate/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shypmate

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shypmate/?ref=bookmarks

Source: https://techpoint.ng/2016/01/21/shypmate-feature/

Posted on January 22, 2016 By Staff With 2 comments

BLACK MAN, TURNS A PASSION FOR SOCKS INTO A BOLD BUSINESS IDEA

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Yes,  Jason V. Holmes a native of New Orleans is stirring up competition in the very low-tech industry of socks. This brother is turning his passion into a great business model as well as giving back. Website: http://kimchisocks.com/

Kimchi Socks is here to take care of your gift giving needs when flowers and candy is not enough. Kimchi Socks is working to become the leader in helping family members, long distance friends, professionals, and digital nomads send gifts remotely. Relationships are important personally and business wise. When you are busy and not at near to build those relationships. You need Kimchi Socks’ help. You need something that you can send as a good gesture from you care. You don’t want to send flowers because they die. You don’t want to send candy because the moment they eat it, you are no longer on their mind. You want to send socks as a gift. This is something they can wear often year round. Also, when people ask them about the cool Kimchi Socks you sent them, they will think and mention you. I am a 28 years old black man from New Orleans. I am currently in the Air Force stationed in S. Korea and I run this business part time but in 2017 I will leave the Air Force. I am hoping for this business to support my family while I go back to University of New Orleans for Computer Engineering.

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Kimchi Socks not only sells socks but we also sponsor social projects with a portion of our profits. Below are the projects we sponsor because we believe in the positive mission they are set out to achieve. Therefore, you are not only buying socks but also helping us make the world a better place.  http://kimchisocks.com/index.php/about/who-kimchi-socks-sponsor/

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Make sure to join Kimchi Socks on all social media:

Website: http://kimchisocks.com/

Twitter: @KimchiSocks 

IG: @kimchisocks

Facebook: Kimichi Socks

And since it’s Friday, make sure you gift a pair today!

Kimchi Socks is one of the many small business taking on the challenge to create #2MillionJobs in America. This is how we create our own solutions to our own problems.

Posted on January 22, 2016 By Staff With 1 comment

Oldest Black Owned Travel Agency in the United States

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The honor of being the oldest, continuously operating, African American owned travel agency goes to Rodgers Travel Bureau, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rodgers Travel Bureau opened their doors in 1949. The company was started by Harold Rodgers, an African American medical student who was working as a porter for TWA at Philadelphia International Airport to help pay for medical school. He knew the business well, and when he opened his agency, he was the only black-owned travel agency in the U.S.

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Business was booming, largely due to Rodgers’ loyal black customer base. Rodgers provided a valuable service for black customers at a time when the “whites only” segregation rules made it difficult to impossible for blacks to travel. Even after desegregation, his customers remained loyal. By the late 1960’s, the company was able to open a Rodgers Travel location in Washington, D.C. that targeted affluent African Americans and was a great location to black organizations who had headquarters in D.C.

Changes — all good

In 1954, William Griffin purchased the business from Harold Rodgers and soon added partner Fred Russell to manage the business. By the 1970’s, Russell’s daughters Norma Pratt and Joanne Ussery joined the management team. When their father passed away in 1980, his two daughters took over. It was now company president Norma Pratt who took the lead to secure the company for further growth. She took advantage of SBA’s 8(a) business development program to enter into the federal government marketplace. In 1991, she bid on and received Rodgers’ first federal government contract – a $10 million per year contract servicing Scott AFB.

The company is pleased that they have not only secured a place in history but also secured the future of the company.

For more details about Rodgers Travel Bureau, visit www.rodgerstravel.com

Oldest Black Owned Travel Agency in the United States

 

Source: Blog.BlackBusiness.org

Posted on January 19, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Top 8 Black-Owned Restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland

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Top 8 Black-Owned Restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland

The Baltimore area is know for great food, whether it’s the fresh seafood, tasty desserts, or the delicious soup and sandwiches. If you are planning to visit Baltimore, Maryland, or if you live there already, it’s good to know where to find the best black-owned restaurants. Not only will you be supporting minority business owners, but you will find that the food is so good, you’ll want to come back again and again.

Here are seven amazing black-owned restaurants in Baltimore:

#1 – Terra Cafe: This community-centered and family oriented restaurant, founded by entrepreneur Terence J. Dickerson (pictured above), offers a wide range of delicious food, and a menu complemented with daily specials and seasonal items. The restaurant is also a commonly-used gathering spot for local artists, college students, and more.

#2 – Southern Blues: Soul food at its best can be found in the heart of Baltimore at Southern Blues. This popular restaurant, opened in 2000, serves favorites like barbecue chicken and ribs, cornbread, collard beans, sweet potato pie, banana pudding, and lots more.

#3 – Darker Than Blue Cafe: This restaurant opened in 2007 and serves country cuisine and jazzy music 6 days a week. Their specialties include cornbread with sweet potato and honey butter, Cajun shrimp and oven fried salmon cakes, grits, oven roasted Free Range Chicken with macaroni and cheese, glazed sweet potatoes, and sautéed spinach. (CLOSED)

#4 – Fresh Fresh Seafood: If seafood is your bag, guess what this restaurant serves? You’ll find all kinds of seafood, including gumbo, shrimp, crab, catfish, and delicious sides like mac and cheese, collard greens, and sweet potato fries.

#5 – Dessert Fantasies: If you have a real sweet tooth, you must try the cupcakes at Dessert Fantasies. Owner Tosha draws customers in with her row house with the bright pink accent wall. Once inside, you’re hooked with cupcakes like strawberry shortcake, banana pudding, blueberry lemon, cookies and cream, smores, red velvet, and oh, ice cream, too!

#6 – Flight Restaurant & Bar: For a nice relaxing dinner, try Flight’s varied menu, which includes vegan dishes. They will accommodate special dietary requests, too. Whether you go for happy hour and appetizers, soup and sandwiches, or a dinner entre, you are sure to find a wide selection of home cooked favorites.

#7 – St. Mary’s Restaurant & Bar: For a peppy atmosphere along with authentic Jamaican cuisine, try St. Mary’s located in the beautiful Charles Village neighborhood. From roti to wings, oxtail to Codfish Callaloo with bananas, fried dumplings, and fried plantains, you will love the Jamaican cuisine as well as the reggae music on Saturday nights.

#8 – Shareef’s Grill (House of Wraps): This restaurant is known for their healthy grilled shrimp wraps. They use all fresh ingredients, which is probably why you see their food truck all over town.

Top 8 Black-Owned Restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland

Source: Blog.BlackBuisness.org

Posted on January 18, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

TOP 5 BLACK-OWNED HO– USEHOLD NAME BRAND COMPANIES

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No matter if we’re talking about paper tissue, syrup or detergent, products featuring nationally recognized name brands tend to cost more than their brand counterparts. But the assumption that higher price means higher quality is fading and since it is, here is the top 5  great companies to support in your quest to buy local or Black:

  1. Freedom Paper Company  – Freedom Paper Company LLC (FPC) is a privately owned distributor of bathroom tissue and other paper products headquartered in Baltimore Maryland. The company is unique from other corporations as it is born from the foundation of grassroots movement combined with the best of corporate culture and business acumen.
  2. True Laundry Detergent  –  A company is only as good as the promises it keeps. We promise the quality of our products will always exceed the value.We promise to be committed to our community It is the mission of True Products,LLC to build a company that will become an institution that will provide opportunity and benefits for generations to come.

    TOP 5 BLACK-OWNED HO– — USEHOLD NAME BRAND COMPANIES

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  3.  Michele’s Food – Sunday mornings at the Hoskins home began with a gathering and a tradition of delicious homemade waffles, a variety of breakfast meats and a special concoction of honey, cream and butter that was made just for the occasion.  This secret syrup recipe was created by America Washington, a former slave, and the great, great, great grandmother of the only daughter in the household, Michele Hoskins.  America Washington created the recipe in the 1800s as an alternative to molasses for her plantation owner’s family.In the early 1980’s, this family delicacy was passed down to Michele from her mother and she continued the tradition by making it for her three (3) daughters and friends. “My mother inherited that secret recipe and when I married, it was given to me.”  The pancake syrup soon became the talk of the neighborhood. Its delicate honey taste and its rich, creamy consistency brought compliments from all that tasted it and ultimately requests for more!
  4. 2TWater –  2T Waters, LLC, is committed to introducing premium beverages that are made with the finest quality of water. We are a health conscious company that mainly focuses on health beverages. We believe our water source is one of the purest natural springs known with no artificial mineral additives or demineralization.We specialize in presenting different beverages using our water source to provide our consumers with the healthiest beverages possible.
  5.  TGIN (Thank God I’m Natuaral) –  When Harvard graduate, Chris-Tia Donaldson  started her first law firm job, she wore a wig to disguise the fact that her hair was naturally kinky.  Back then and even today, there were so few hair care products made with natural ingredients for women with kinky, curly or wavy hair, that Chris-Tia felt she was at a complete loss when it came to achieving a professional style that did not require her to chemically straighten her locks.After years of research and development, and as a follow up to her Amazon #1 best-selling bookThank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Natural Hair, Chris-Tia has launched tgin (Thank God It’s Natural), a complete line of products made with natural and organic ingredients for ethnic hair and skin, including shampoos, conditioners, styling aids, handmade soaps, body creams and lip balms. Under Chris-Tia’s leadership, the company plans to expand into healthy snacks, cookbooks, supplements, and fitness apparel in the near future.

Many of these items can be found in large stores, if you can’t demand they carry them. Spread the Buy Black movement!

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Posted on December 30, 2015 By Staff With 8 comments

In the U.S., There Are 2 Million Black-Owned Businesses — And 10 Other Facts About Black Entrepreneurs

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According to the United States Census Bureau, there are more than 2 million businesses in the country that are owned by African Americans. That statistic dispels a lot of rumors that African Americans are not successful in business. On the contrary, Black-owned businesses are a huge asset to the U.S. economy. But wait there’s more!

Here are 10 more little-known facts about Black businesses:

LOCATION:

#1 – The highest ratio of Black-owned businesses is in Washington, DC where 28% percent of ALL businesses there are owned by African Americans.

#2 – The second highest ratio of Black-owned businesses is in the state of Georgia, where 20% of ALL businesses there are Black-owned.

#3 – Although the ratio is only 10.6%, the state of New York actually has the most Black-owned firms at 204,093.

EMPLOYEES:

#4 – Of the 2 million Black businesses in the U.S., only about 107,000 of them have actual employees and they employ more than 920,000 people with a total annual payroll of about $23.9 billion.

INDUSTRIES:

#5 – Nearly 38% of Black businesses are in health care and social assistance, repair and maintenance, and personal and laundry services.

#6 – Other popular categories among Black businesses include advertising firms, auto dealerships, consulting services, restaurants, barbershops, beauty salons, and more.

TOP BUSINESSES:

#7 – World Wide Technology, a global technology consulting firm based in St Louis, MO, is the LARGEST Black-owned business in the country. Founded by entrepreneur David Steward, they post annual revenues of more than $2 billion.

#8 – There are actually many Black-owned businesses that generate millions in annual revenue. For example, Oprah Winfrey’s Harper Productions and Bob Johnson’s RLJ Companies. There is also GlobalHue, an advertising agency in Detroit, that generates more than $480 million in annual revenue; and many, many others.

WHERE IMPROVEMENT IS NEEDED:

#9 – African Americans make up more than 13% of the U.S. population, but only own 7% of the businesses.

#10 – Nearly 1.9 million of the 2 million Black-owned businesses do not have paid employees. If each of these were able to hire just one or two employees, experts say that would be a huge solution to Black unemployment.

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In the U.S., There Are 2 Million Black-Owned Businesses — And 10 Other Facts About Black Entrepreneurs

Source: Blog.BlackBusiness.org

Posted on December 17, 2015 By Staff

5 BLACK-OWNED FOOD BRANDS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR LOCAL GROCERY STORE

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Two of the best ways to support black-owned businesses is to shop in their stores and recommend their products to others. It’s not always easy though because sometimes its hard to know if a company is black-owned.

So here are 5 food brands owned by African Americans that you can look for and purchase at your local grocery store:

#1 – Glory Foods: Founded in 1989 in Columbus, Ohio, this company offers 85 products, including seasoned canned greens, bagged fresh greens and other vegetables and seasoned cooking bases. Glory Foods, founded by William F. “Bill” Williams and three partners, sells their products at retailers nationwide.  * Glory food is owned by  McCall’s, sold  in 2010*

#2 – Michele’s Syrup: Located in South Holland, Illinois, makes maple syrup in three flavors — Maple Crème, Honey Crème and Butter Pecan that you can even eat on ice cream. The company was founded by Michele Hoskins who started by cooking up batches of her syrup in her mother’s basement. She launched her company in 1984 and has been a supplier to Denny’s, Walmart, General Mills and Sara Lee.

#3 – Comfort Cake Mix: This company is owned by Amy Hilliard and specializes in premium poundcakes made from scratch. A native of Detroit, Amy launched her company in 2001 and sells her products online and nationally through foodservice and retail channels. Amy’s products have been featured on CNN, Fox, The Food Network, AOL, Home Shopping Network, Fortune, Black Enterprise, Essence and other national publications.

#4 – Southern Culture Foods: This Decatur, Georgia-based company makes pancake and waffle mix, bacon rub and syrup. Owner Erica Barrett starting cooking for her family at the age of 9. Her first break came when she took first place in a food contest being held by The Food Network and Lea & Perrins, winning $10,000 and a trip to New York City. The rest she says is history.

#5 – Cookie Kahuna: Wally Amos started his career in 1975, but has called Hawaii his home for 40 years. Using his Auntie’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies, he opened the world’s first gourmet cookie store and now sells his famous cookies over the Internet and in local Hawaii grocery stores. Most people remember him as Famous Amos.

5 Black-Owned Food Brands To Look For in Your Local Grocery Store

According to : blog.blackbusiness.org

Posted on November 30, 2015 By Staff

WATCH: BLACK PEOPLE WILL NOT CHANGE THEIR BLACK FRIDAY HABITS

OHIO RISE UP

OHIO RISE UP

 

Ohio Premier of Film About Black Wealth, Black Friday, on Black Friday in Columbus

Columbus, OH – Community leaders and activists with the Blackout Coalition are hosting a screening of the new film Black Friday at the King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. Taking a stand against the American tradition of spending billions outside of the community on the day after Thanksgiving, the film event takes place on November 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM and will offer the opportunity to shop with black owned businesses instead.

Atlanta-based filmmakers, Ric Mathis and Brad Lewis, will attend the event to take part in the after-film discussion panel and call to action. Other special guests include Dr. Boyce Watkins, scholar, finance expert and political analyst; Michael Imhotep, talk show host and President of the African History Network; David Anderson, cast member of the film and founder of the Empowerment Radio Network.

The documentary, Black Friday, takes an in-depth look into the spending habits of African-Americans in America. The film chronicles the financial mis-education of many African-Americans and explores the economic pitfalls that continue to derail the progress of the community-at-large. In an effort to heighten the economic awareness and financial responsibility in the community, the film, Black Friday, presents solutions on how to better manage the 1.2 Trillion dollars that leave African-American communities annually. In addition, the film champions the importance of leaving a financial and ethical legacy for the next generation.

WATCH: BLACK PEOPLE WILL NOT CHANGE THEIR BLACK FRIDAY HABITS

The film will be followed by a discussion and call to action for African-Americans to focus on economic empowerment as the missing key to solving issues such as social injustice, mass incarceration, poverty, gentrification, joblessness, and the school to prison pipeline. Community members and organizers from cities including Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, and surrounding states are planning to attend and are encouraging others to do the same.

General admission tickets are $10 online and $12 at the door. Opportunities are available for display ads before and after the film. For tickets, vendor or business packages, and more information, visit blackoutcoalition.org.

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The Blackout Coalition is dedicated to sharing the urgency of economic empowerment for people of color throughout the African diaspora. We encourage and support black business growth and sustainability, by urging Black America to redirect their spending habits to pull the plug on the injustices all across the nation. The Blackout Coalition called for #BlackOutMonday in 2014 and there were reports nationwide showing that #BlackOutMonday was a huge success. With momentum and energy, tens of thousands geared up to continue the BLACKOUT each and every Friday. This form of protest doesn’t require the time needed to march through the streets, but it can leave a lasting impact. It’s all about choice in your daily routine. Now we take on #BlackFridayOhio as we reclaim this day as ours!

WATCH: BLACK PEOPLE WILL NOT CHANGE THEIR BLACK FRIDAY HABITS

Posted on November 22, 2015 By Staff

TOP 8 BLACK-OWNED REAL ESTATE COMPANIES MAKING BILLIONS

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(left to right) Robert L. Johnson, Victor B. MacFarlane, and Emmitt Smith

Across America, successful real estate companies are literally making billions every year in the business. Eight of these are owned by African Americans, and some of these are celebrities you should recognize. Their services include real estate development, real estate management, and construction.

Here they are:

#1 – The Peebles Corporation: With offices in Miami, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C., this company is the most successful black-owned real estate business in the U.S. It is owned by Donahue Peebles, Chairman and CEO.

#2 – Capri Capital Partners: Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Chicago, this company was started by Quintin Primo III in 1992 and has grown into a global real estate investment management company with more than $2.7 billion in real-estate assets.

#3 – H.J. Russell & Company: Founded in 1952 by Herman J. Russell, this company is one of the largest minority owned real estate firms in the United States and the oldest black-owned company. The company has a current net worth of $200 million.

#4 – RLJ Development, LLC: This real estate company was founded in 2000 in Bethesda, Maryland, by Robert (Bob) L. Johnson, the founder and former chairman of BET. It is the largest African-American owned hotel investment company in the nation.

#5 – MacFarlane Partners: This leading black-owned real estate investment management company was founded in 1987 by Victor B. MacFarlane, and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. It has $2.2 billion in investor equity and $6 billion in managed properties.

#6 – Omni New York, LLC: This real estate group is owned by former Major League baseball MVP, Mo Vaugn and Eugene Schneur. It was originally started to revitalize neighborhoods in New York and other states. The company now owns 4,461 units of affordable housing throughout the U.S.

#7 – Emmitt Smith Enterprise: Owned by NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, this real estate development firm was formed in 2005. In his spare time, Smith also raises money for charity through the ESmith Legacy, Inc. in Dallas, a premier real estate development and asset management firm. Both companies are 100 percent minority owned.

#8 – Integrated Capital LLC: This real estate company was founded by Kenneth Fearn in 2004 and now has assets exceeding $285 million. It is a leading, hotel-focused, private real estate investment firm.

Top 8 Black-Owned Real Estate Companies Making Billions

According to: Blog.BlackBusinessBlog.org

Posted on November 12, 2015 By Staff

Teen Mogul Opens Spa & Boutique Exclusively for Children, Tweens, and Teens

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Passaic, NJ — Youth entrepreneur Essynce Moore began her career at just 6 years old. Now, as a teenager, she is currently the owner of Essynce Couture, LLC, Essynce Couture University (ECU), Essynce Couture Publishing, and the center of growing channels of branding that includes careers in motivational speaking, acting, writing, and fashion. Essynce is also the author of the recently released 6th Grade Middle School Chronicles.

Teen Mogul Opens Spa & Boutique Exclusively for Children, Tweens, and Teens

She has proven that she has the “magic touch” once again as she prepares for the exclusive November 1st grand opening of her newest business venture, Essynce Couture Spa & Boutique with her 16 year-old cousin, Kalani Gomez. The Bomb Digz are special invited guests to the grand opening event.

The spa will specialize in trendy services for both boys and girls that include, but aren’t limited to manicures, pedicures, hair styles, private birthday celebrations, and more. Also, it will host powerful workshops that teach children about entrepreneurship, self-esteem, fashion, and real life experiences.

Essynce says she “works hard and plays even harder”, but says that “balance is necessary” when you are an honor student, actress and entrepreneur. She loves to recharge at the spa, or have a mobile spa party experience with her closest friends. Therefore, it is only right that she expands her brand to include an upscale oasis just for younger ones to enjoy a fun and rejuvenating spa experience, while checking out the latest fashion trends by Essynce Couture and other designers.

The spa is located at:
Essynce Couture Spa & Boutique
71 Market Street
Passaic, NJ 07055

For more details about the spa or her other ventures, visit www.essyncecouture.com

About Essynce Moore
Teenpreneur, children, tweens and teens stylist/fashion designer, actress, motivational speaker, and author Essynce Moore has been in various fashion shows, pageants, and karate tournaments. She was showcased in NY Fashion Week, and Atlanta Kids Fashion Week, featured in several interviews in magazines, TV, news, print, conferences, and is a member of the New York Youth Chamber of Commerce.

PRESS CONTACT:
Starr Barrett, Essynce Couture
(908) 977-6898
starrbarrett@gmail.com

Teen Mogul Opens Spa & Boutique Exclusively for Children, Tweens, and Teens

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Posted on October 29, 2015 By Staff

WHEN YOU DIE, WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE BEHIND, BILLS OR BENEFITS?

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By: James Clingman

When you die, what will you leave behind, bills or benefits?

That’s the main question posed by the upcoming documentary film by Atlanta videographer and filmmaker, Ric Mathis. The question is applicable on a personal and collective level, and one each of us should honestly answer. Mathis has captured the essence of that question, as well as the practical solutions to the frivolous Black spending phenomenon, in his upcoming film, Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave? He transposed all the Black Friday rhetoric into appropriate action, not only for that day, but throughout the entire year and for the rest of our lives.

Topics of discussion in the film include negative spending habits, introduction of financial literacy to our youth, and the absence of support for African-American owned businesses by Black consumers.

“Black Friday is the Noah’s Ark of Economics, if you are not up on this you risk drowning in a sea of debt,” says Mathis.

After discovering the alarming imbalance of Black spending compared to economic growth within the Black community, Mathis used his videography expertise to educate and stimulate appropriate behavioral change with his film. He lays out the deficit-based economic model by which most of our people are living, and then presents an asset-based model for which we must strive.

As I stated on Montoya Smith’s Atlanta radio show, Mental Dialogue, considering the fact that Black Friday has saturated our mental tablets to the point of becoming just another cute phrase with no substance, writing and even doing a film on the subject of Black Friday is tantamount to trying to find a new angle to sell a bag of ice.

Even though I heeded the calls for blackouts and stayed home on that day, my response has always been that blackouts would not really make a difference unless we implemented a long term strategy that directed the dollars we withdraw back to ourselves and our own businesses. It’s not just about what not to do— it’s more about what to do.

Mathis deals with my contention in a positive manner by covering the short term and the long term repercussions of our withdrawal and recycling of Black dollars in his film. It’s not just about Black Friday itself or the few days preceding and following Black Friday. Rather, it captures the various aspects of a successful economic empowering strategy, beginning with an introspective question each of us can answer, and then building a foundation of information regarding frivolous spending, economic literacy, saving, investing, business development and support, cooperative and collective economics. Mathis caps it all off with practical solutions to stop the bleeding and reverse our trade deficit with other groups in this country.

Explores the Validity of ‘Black Friday’ Protests with His Insightful Documentary

The term Black Friday did not emanate from Black people. After several iterations of the term as far back as 1961, it has been promoted as a positive reality of businesses reaping huge profits not only from Black consumers but from all consumers. Although quite apropos when it comes to the Black consumer, vis-à-vis our penchant for spending our money on everything anyone else makes, the term “Black Friday” does not have to be our reality, which is the basic message from the film. We deserve what we accept, and we must stop accepting the self-deprecating images and self-defeating characterizations attributed to Black people as it pertains to our economic interests. Our economic imperative must be rooted in the reality of our relative economic position in this country.

Many of the stories we read on social media are centered on Black athletes and entertainers who spend tremendous sums of money on material things and/or waste it in clubs on liquor and strippers. We read about robberies and murders by young people who want a certain pair of shoes or a jacket—and the latest craze—young girls are stealing hair!

Except for Black Enterprise Magazine and a few other Black-owned print media, the stories about Black entrepreneurs and others who are doing great things in the economic arena are buried, if they are in print at all. So who bears the responsibility of changing that reality? A long time ago I wrote, “The answer to media bias is ‘media by us’.” Ric Mathis has answered that call of responsibility, and I dare say obligation, to produce a video that will not only enlighten us but also move us to action—move us to take responsibility for the financial resources with which we have been blessed.

As we reflect on our answers to Black Friday’s questions, let us also ponder our economic condition and then commit to making appropriate change toward true economic empowerment for Black people.

For more information visit TheFilmBlackFriday.com.

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TOP 5 BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FLORIDA

 

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African-Americans on a mission to see the world. Seventeen percent of African-Americans take one or more international trips a year, and we spend $48 billion on travel in the United States alone, according to the Mandala Research firm.

If you are travelling to Miami Florida area and thinking of looking for tasty food, beverage, as well as great service, here is our list of the top 5 black owned restaurants in Miami –Dade County Florida

Bahamian Connection Restaurant

Bahamian Connection Restaurant was established in 1978 by Arlington Ingraham better known as Big Links from Tarpun Bay Eluthera and Bain Town, and West Street Nassau Bahamas. Bahamian Connection Restaurant is a family owned business operated by Andy, Philip, Richard and “Mike” Ingraham of Fort Lauderdale Florida
4400 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127
Contact: 305-576-6999

Jamrock Cuisine

Bridging Jamaican eats with Chinese delicacies, this former Jamaican grocery store dishes out the best of both Caribbean and Asian worlds. The bright and casual dining room with homey furnishings and framed island prints is as cozy as the menu is exotic. Jamaican patties with coco bread, curried goat and brown stew fish please islander palates, while Chinese Jamaican dishes include pork with ham choy and chicken dun goo with mushrooms. Patrons who want to treat Chinese Jamaican cuisine as more than just a spectator sport can purchase some of the imported staples and seasonings from the family-owned marketplace.
12618 SW 88th St., Miami, FL 33186
Contact: 305-598-7625

Aunt I’s Jamaican Restaurant

Aunt I’s is not only the name of the restaurant but the nick name of a real person, Inez Grant. The vision was born out of a mother’s exceptional Jamaican country-style cooking ability, a love for people and a heart for service. Inez had a yearning to open a restaurant ever since she moved to Florida from Kingston, Jamaica.
19934 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33169
Contact: 305-654-9638
Sheri Restaurant
Sheri African Restaurant is a concept that transports Nigerian home cooking to America. Southern Nigerian cuisine is a combination of traditional foods (gluten, lactose and dessert free diet) and colonial foods (sweet and savory pastries) influences. At Sheri Restaurant they specialize in authentic traditional cuisine. Their food is handcrafted from scratch with fresh and natural ingredients; they do not use artificial ingredients, butter and sugar.

16595 NW 27th Ave., Opa Locka, FL 33054
Contact: 305-622-310

Chef Creole Seafood & Catering
At Chef Creole, their menu contains an enticing array of seafood, inspired by a mixture of Bahamian/Haitian flavors and has become the standard for fresh seafood the owner “Ken Sejour” has grabbed his native Haitian cuisine by the fishtail and created Haitian seafood for the masses

Caribbean
13105 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami, FL 33161
(305) 893-4246
NW 54th St., Miami, FL 33127
Contact: 305-754-2223
1392 NW 119th St, Miami, FL 33167
(305) 769-9440200

7957 N.E. 2nd Ave.
Phone: 305.754.2298

20356 NW 2nd Ave (441)
Phone: 305.651.4761

TOP 5 BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FLORIDA

 

Posted on October 24, 2015 By Staff

The Oldest Black-Owned Business in the U.S.

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The Oldest Black-Owned Business in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently recognized a Columbus, Ohio business as being the oldest African-American owned business in the United States. This year, they celebrated 134 continuous years in business. Can you guess what company it is?

The company that received this honor is the E.E. Ward Moving and Storage Company in Columbus, Ohio. The company was founded in 1881 by William S. Ward and his father, John. It was originally called Ward Transfer Line. The company is a recognized leader in the relocation and transportation business.

How the company started

Original owner John Ward became very interested in transportation by helping slaves escape to freedom in the 1840’s through the Underground Railroad. The company first used horses and wagons to perform transportation jobs

What is so unique about E.E. Ward Moving and Storage Company is that they are not just the oldest, but also the oldest continually operating African American owned business in the United States. This means they have STAYED in business since their beginning in 1881.

Today, the company does residential moving, office and industrial moving, and corporate relocations. They are also an agent for North American Van Lines.

Congratulations to E. E. Ward Moving and Storage for your tremendous success!

The Oldest Black-Owned Business in the U.S.

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Posted on October 15, 2015 By Staff

7 BLACK-OWNED ONLINE FASHION BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT

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Blogger Jessica Pettway wearing jewelry from First Kiss Boutique

7 BLACK-OWNED ONLINE FASHION BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT

There are many Black-owned fashion and business businesses across the country. So before you go to your usual online shopping sources to place an order for clothing, jewelry, handbags and other accessories, here are a few others to check out first:

#1 – Todd Patrick Designs: owned by designer Todd Patrick, this company makes custom-designed tulle skirts for special occasions.

#2 – Gyarudupes: based in Pennsylvania, this online store sells casual to party dresses for younger women.

#3 – DemestiksNewYork: sells skirts, tops, dresses, jackets and more; based in Brooklyn, New York. Owner is R. Reuel.

#4 – AlmaCloset: owned by Amelia Menston, this online fashion clothing store sells women’s clothing in bright, African colors and patterns at reasonable prices.

#5 – Love Cortnie: owner Cortnie Hutchinson sells over 100 different styles of handmade clutch handbags, a skill she learned from her grandmother.

#6 – Whoa That’s Bright Store!: Based in Los Angeles, this online store sells bright-colored handbags as well as colorful clothing and accessories and ships around the world.

#7 – First Kiss Boutique: sells handbags and beautiful, handmade jewelry, including bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings, as well as sunglasses.

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9 BLACK-OWNED SPICES, SAUCES AND SEASONING

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Let’s admit it; We all like our food to have a delicious taste. And who doesn’t enjoy a good barbecue? With thousands of different companies that make spices, sauces and seasonings, you may not have noticed that at least 9 of them are Black-owned.

Here they are:

#1 – Ken Davis BBQ Sauce: This Minnesota-based company was founded by jazz bassist and entrepreneur Ken Davis who began by opening a restaurant in the 60’s. Everyone loved his barbecue sauce, but it wasn’t until 1970 that he bottled it and sold it to supermarkets. Now it’s a best seller in Minnesota as well as supermarkets throughout North Dakota, South Dakota and Northern Iowa.

#2 – Momma Vi’s Vibrant Seasoning: Located in the Philadelphia area, this company makes seasonings, salts and rubs for meat, soups, pasta, vegetables and baking. Its name honors grandmothers in South Carolina nicknamed Vi. Founded by Antoine and Kenosha Skinner, their spices contain natural seasonings that help maintain a healthy, low sodium, lifestyle.

#3 – Lefty’s Spices: This line of famous pork BBQ, hot and mild barbecue sauces and seasonings was founded by Walter Nash Jr. Headquartered in Waldorf, Maryland, the company, named after the founder’s father Lefty, sells at grocery chains and supermarkets across the country, and online.

#4 – Stubb’s BBQ Sauce: Founder C.B. Stubblefield started his company in 1968 in Lubbock, Texas. His full line of sauces includes 7 sauces, 5 marinades, 2 injectable marinades, 5 rubs, 4 cookin’ sauces, a moppin’ sauce and a wing sauce. They can be purchased online and at supermarkets across the country.

#5 – Truly’s Marinades: The Truly Corporation was founded by Julia and Louis Dean in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their company makes marinades as an alternative to barbecue sauce and is so good it doesn’t even need steak sauce. Products can be purchased online and at grocery stores around the country.

#6 – Grand Diamond Seasoning: Carolyn Flemister started her company in her own kitchen, making unique seasonings that add flavor to beef, poultry, pork, lamb, and seafood, salads and casseroles. It does not contain any MSG or additives. The company is located in Los Angeles. Products can be purchased online or in stores throughout the LA area.

#7 – Scott’s Barbecue Sauce: In 1920, Adam Scott starting selling his barbecue sauce to white people from his back door. His son, Martel, took over in the 1940’s and started bottling Scott’s Barbecue Sauce in 1948 for retail sale. The original restaurant in Goldsboro is one of the oldest barbecue restaurants in North Carolina.

#8 – Ball’s Cajun Foods: Ball’s Creole Seasoning Company is one of the largest black owned processed seasoning manufacturers in the south. The company was founded by Reginald McWilliams Ball, Sr. and by 1968 he had five fried chicken restaurant outlets in the area. In 1977 he focused his attention on producing All-Purpose Cajun Seasoning, Cajun Rice and Jambalaya Mix, Crab boil, Cajun Gumbo and Sea-Food Fry Mix. His son continues the operations, selling seasonings to supermarkets, gourmet specialty stores, and supermarket chains across the country.

#9 – Coco Brown Sauces: located in Wisconsin, the company makes all natural Jamaican sauces which can be purchased online or at retail locations across Jamaica. The family-owned business was founded by owners Michael & Jennifer Movery who opened their first coffee shop in 2005 in Ocho Rios Jamaica.

BONUS – Keith Lorren Spices: Keith Lorren is a Florida-based spice designer and manufacturer that has traveled around the world and developed unique, delicious soul food recipes that draw people together around the dinner table. His unique line of seasonings and rubs are hand-crafted and low in sodium.

According to Blog Black Business
9 Black-Owned Spices, Sauces and Seasoning Brands To Look For in Your Grocery Store
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ONLY 2 BLACK OWNED GROCERY STORES LEFT

It turns out, in the US, we only have 4 grocery stores left. Count them 1…2…3…4 to feed 45 million of us! What a shame!

Study found that living in a poor, mostly black neighborhood presented “a double disadvantage” in grocery stores or supermarket access. Unsurprisingly, poor black neighborhoods had fewer supermarkets than wealthier black neighborhoods.

In addition,  they also had fewer grocery stores  or supermarkets than poor white neighborhoods, suggesting that race still played a role apart from poverty. In fact, the study showed that black neighborhoods with little poverty had fewer supermarkets, on average, than high-poverty white areas.

Food is a large spending category for our households; let that sink in for minute. If they took their grocery stores out of our communities, how long would it take for us to starve? 

How much do we spend on food alone? Food $53.9 billion

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Calhoun Foods Grocery

204 W Lee Street in Tuskegee, AL 

Phone: (334)-727-3410

 

Meet the Calhoun, owner of #CalhounFoods grocery chain in Alabama! 1 of very few #blackowned grocery stores left in the US. After calling several other (previously) black owned grocery stores it became apparent that many had to close due to competition. That said, we really have to make an effort to become loyal/repeat customers. Can you imagine how difficult it is to compete against your Pathmarks, Whole Foods, etc? If you’re in the area please visit their location!

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Apples & Oranges Fresh Market  (Closed) 

Fruit and Vegetable Store 

Address: 1900 N Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21213

Phone:(410) 235-2900

Residents in east Baltimore were excited about the opening of a new grocery store in a community that’s been asking for one for a long time.   Apples and Oranges Fresh Market is on North Broadway off North Avenue. 

Not nearly enough attention has been paid to the damage that the continuing Great Recession has done to black Americans. It’s true that jobs and homes were lost across a wide expanse of ethnic and income groups. It’s true that white businesses as well as black-owned firms have failed. But African American communities were particularly vulnerable, and the downturn swept through them like an invading army, destroying wealth that had been painstakingly accumulated over decades and, in some cases, generations.

Update: The list is growing.

We received submissions by our Buy Black family.

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Daddy’s Neighborhood Fresh Market – Website 

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Leon’s Gourmet Grocers – Website

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Leon’s Thriftway – Grocery Store – Website

Address: 4400 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64128

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ONLY 5 BLACK OWNED GROCERY STORES LEFT?

Hey family, please send grocery stores as you find them, we know there could be more. Thank you! #BBE

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Posted on September 23, 2015 By Staff With 0 comments

THE #BLACKOUT #EACHANDEVERYFRIDAY ANNUAL REPORT

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A complete year has passed since we began #EachAndEveryFriday; a grassroots campaign boycotting and buying from Black Owned Businesses only each & every Friday.  Ending with over 80,000 black households participating, I’m proud to say that we’ve recycled over $120 million & and over a $200 million economic impact (that we can account for)! Congratulations to all who put this Cause over their conveniences. We are just steps closer to creating the economic infrastructure necessary for our culture to operate, hire, and build on its own. The following are estimates of our 1st Annual economic boycotting efforts of #EachAndEveryFriday:

 

Time Period: September 8th, 2014 – September 8th, 2015

Total Facebook participants: 87,700+

Total Official Boycott Days: 53

Minimum Amount of Participation: $20

Minimum Revenue recycled back to our Culture: $123.2 million!

Minimum Economic Impact: $200.6 million!

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In analyzing these figures, here’s some important lessons to we learned:

  1. Look how such a small dedication yielded huge results!

87,700+ (58,000+ from main BlackOut pages & 29,000+ from various affiliate groups) confirmed spending a minimum of $20 per boycott day (53 days officially). In that analysis, our online family alone has made an $200 million minimum economic impact (millions away from other cultures and millions back into our culture’s economy) in our first full year!

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  1. Signs of growth are already present!

There were literally over a thousand of businesses, organizations, community groups, and other entities that are beginning to receive uncounted revenue, donations, investment, client referrals and volunteer assistance from one another as well. Many are also using our leverage here to tackle larger projects to fulfill our needs for economic infrastructure by 2020!

 

 

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  1. It’s not a trend but a lifestyle!

The majority of our boycotters also patronize more than one day a week, making the “$20 per boycotter weekly participation” figure very much a minimum figure. This means that our people are putting their money where their mouth is; not just a “pro-black” trend but a lifestyle change in their spending habits and their effect on our culture’s economic cycle!

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  1. The elephant in the room is being addressed!

As of yet, we have no accurate way to determine the untold sum who participate offline. But we can estimate our potential reach and influence with the numbers we have. For example, the average black family size is about 2.74 per (us census). If we times that by the average friend group size (Dunbar’s number) is 150, each of our 87,700 also has an influential reach of 36.05 million; which is over  80% of U.S.’s black population. What this means is we already have ample amount of networking in the grass roots/social media arenas to make our economic activity grow into the international standard it deserves to be!

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  1. Many are asking “What’s Next?”

Offline activities in various communities are being planned and implemented (cash mobs, specific cultural projects and protests, community gardens, community events, business mixers, etc.). There are also many partnering factions of our economic revolution who also assist in our regional activities on the ground. New campaigns are forming as well; #BBEFiveDollarChallenge is now this year’s goals to build savings towards the time to come! Many are also opening accounts with black owned banks and starting businesses and institutions with our people in mind. There are also groups working on creating a complimentary currency to employ, trade, invest, & finance our own developments.

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The vision for 2020 is to have our black dollars recycling at a minimum of 20% of discretionary income by 2020 (NOTE: If you’re already boycotting #eachandeveryfriday, you’re already more than half way there!).  At that economic recycling level, we’d have enough economic resources & capabilities to buy/sell to one another virtually any product, anytime, anywhere; all while providing employment and ownership.

 

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Conclusion:

Family, be of good courage!

Power is in the Love and Action for one another; not the circumstances and reaction for others! Because when the circumstances and reactions fade, those rooted in then fade right along with it! We’re creating the demand necessary to build real economic infrastructure that ….

– Gives black retailers the leverage to become black Distributors and Suppliers; hiring our people by the hundreds and thousands!

– Empowers black entrepreneurs to create new businesses and long term employment for our people!

– Engages our people to form Co-Ops and CDCs to possess Both Ownership & Accountability for our communities!

 

And we’re just getting started! So, when you see anyone talking black empowerment, tell them to put their money where their mouth is!

 

Sincerely,

Rashad H. Elliott

EVP, Black Tie Business Solutions, Inc.

 

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The ball is rolling and it can’t be stopped! We kept the momentum going #eachandeveryfriday.

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BLACK COUPLE TAKES ON DESIGNER BAG INDUSTRY

ConyersBbnomics recently discovered The Purse Paparazzi on our quest to find more black businesses and….. we’re pleased! Yes! We know you dread spending your hard earned money with brands that could care less what happens in our community, so this for us is an excellent find. It’s definitely worth our time to support a couple taking this industry by storm! BBnomics looks at this couple and see opportunity for growth.

…And we’d like to highlight that The Purse Paparazzi recently won $10,000 in a business pitch competition and plan to use the money to obtain the Delta Sigma Theta License as well as launch their custom clutch line for breast cancer survivors and supporters.

And what really put the Purse Paparazzi on the map is their custom clutches for sororities.11802662_10101312036909628_7873669726721677747_o

See the pictures below! The $10K they won from the business pitch competition we will use to the Delta Sigma Theta Inc. License. Currently they are licensed to produce products for Alpha Kappa Alpha Soroirty Inc. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. 

Quinn said,  “Also in October we will launch our Clutches for Clause clutches which 10% of all profits will go to the Susan G. Komen FOundation of MD. We have already designed 1 clutch for survivors and 1 for supporters. ” 

Women love our custom magazine clutch designs!

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GO Sorors!!! Let’s support Black Businesses!  

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As I sit and chat with Quinn, she shared some great insight about their family business…

What type of business is The Purse Paparazzi?

Women love handbags and our unique twist on the magazine clutch helps us stand out from competitors.

What is your background? Education, Work Experience:

My background is Sales/Marketing. I hold a Bachelors Degree From West Chester University and a Masters from Howard University. My business partners background is in Sales/Retail. He earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from Coppin State University.

Can you give me description of The Purse Paparazzi? How long have you been in business? 

The Purse Paparazzi is a chic and edgy bag business specializing in custom magazine clutches for women organizations and fashionable handbags, purses and clutches any special occasion. 

How did you get started in this business?

My business partner/husband was originally selling bags, t-shirts and jeans. After about a year of dating I joined him and we exclusively focused on selling the bags. We became licensed, created a website  and began to host purse parties to expand.

How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business?

Trial and error was our true teacher but we also attended workshops and seminars to grow.

Do you know who your competitors are? How do you market your business? How are people aware of your business?

Our competitors are other bags businesses who have price points under $100. Currently we market our business using facebook ads and we do a lot of vending and tradeshows. We also have a newsletter with almost 2,000 subscribers. Lastly we are present or have an active page on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

In the next five years? The next ten years?

In the next 5 to 10 years I see the Purse Paparazzi solely focusing on custom clutches for women organizations, creating bags for women conferences and obtaining the NFL license to product sports team inspired magazine style clutches.

Do you plan to compete in the global market place? If yes, how? If no, why not?

We are already global having sales outside the U.S. and a website that can reach the masses.

How has technology, such as computers and the internet, impacted on how you conduct business?

Our business is based on three things, E-commerece, Events and an Experience. E-commerce  is how we make 60% of our income when we are not vending or doing a trade show. The internet or online sales is an essential piece of sales strategy.

Whom do you seek advice from for your business?

We have several mentors who help us with the business.

Do you have employees? How many?

We are a husband and wife team!

Can you describe your customers?

The bulk of our customers are women who belong to an organization or associate with a group of women who share a common interest.

Why do your customers select you over your competitors?

Customers select us because we customize our magazine clutches around a group there are a member of or  a cause they associate with.

More information about the Purse Paparazzi visit www.ThePursePaparazzi.com

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Posted on August 8, 2015 By Staff

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE OVER 200 BLACK OWNED NAIL SALONS

With one easy stroll through any black community in America, you can effortlessly spot nail salons from corner to corner. It’s no surprise to many of us that most of these nail salons are owned by individuals who live outside of urban communities. These owners are predominately Korean-Americans.

And we love them, don’t we? Most Black women can’t get enough of their cheap prices for manicures, pedicures, full-sets, fill-ins and maybe even an eyebrow arch.

But not so far down the block, there is that lone nail salon owned by a Black woman. Often just a few dollars more expensive, most Black-owned nail salons offer added services like massages, hand wraps, versatile nail polish selections and swanky digs. And…. they are black! Yes, let’s be real in order to get our economic foundation together, we must seek out each other , for NO other reason than the color of our skin! Say what you want, but no one else is going to look out for US, BUT US! 

Your challenge this month, during #nationalblackbusinessmonth is to patronize our/your people. 

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This is list is in alphabetical order by state. 

Symmetry MedSpa
Obelisk Healthcare
4705 Woodmere Blvd.
Montgomery, AL  36106
334-558-0262
D’Livro L. Beauchamp, MD is a Board-Certified Physician of Urgent Care Medicine. Dr. Beauchamp earned a Doctor of Medicine from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He performed General Surgery Residency Training at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Beauchamp has a special interest in aesthetic medicine and anti-aging medicine

Gigi’s Mind Body & Soul
1130 E. Missouri Ave, Suite 580
Phoenix, AZ 85014
602-441-2279
Gigi’s was founded by Germaine Abraham-Leveen in 2009. Gigi’s strive to bring you the best current treatment methods customized to your specific skin type For the past 4 years, Gigi’s personal mission has been to provide clients with the most professional and relaxing experience. The Day Spa services all your skin care needs from head-to-toe. Gigi’s believe in providing a “personal touch” to each client that give a sense of individuality in resolving their skin care concerns.

Delord Clinical Skincare
Traci Williams, Ph. D., L.E
Beverly Hills, CA
310-273-8751
Since the start of her esthetician career, Traci Williams, Ph.D., Integrative Esthetician, Beverly Hills Facialist, has been on the cutting edge of esthetics, as she developed the Alternative Acne Therapy and Medical Esthetician training protocols in 1990. After studying Health Science at a local university she also received her holistic nutrition degree’s through Clayton College of Natural Health.  

Lady Dee’s Day Spa
155 S. Robertson Boulevard

Beverly Hills, CA
310-659-7082
We have a unique approach to skincare which delivers the best results in a very short period of time. During your initial visit to our studio, you will be seen by a para-medical esthetician who will provide an in-depth analysis of your skin, addressing your specific concerns. Your skincare program will have two distinct stages. The first is to achieve the desired results, and the second is to maintain those results. 

AM Salon & Spa
510 Tres Pinos Road
Hollister, CA 
831-635-9160
AM Salon and Spa is owned by Toney Canty and Ana Marquez, offering you a diverse group of experienced hair stylists and the ultimate in pampering and renewal. 

Le Skintique Day Spa and Beauty Salon
1620 Centinela Avenue, Suite 302
Inglewood, CA 90302
310-337-9555
Full service salon and day spa for women and men.  Skin care,  body rituals, make overs, waxing, complete ethnic natural and synthetic hair care, men’s grooming.  Call for an appointment now and receive a free skin analysis and complimentary samples of products. 

Sanctuary MedSpa
652 West 20th Street
Merced, CA
209-384-7500
Sanctuary MedSpa services include SmartLipo, Botox and Fillers, Laser Hair Removal, Bio Identical Hormones, Laser Skin Treatments, Microderm and Peels, Facials, and more. 

JoJuDa’s Salon and Day Spa
18526 Devonshire Street

Northridge, CA
818-718-0000
We offer a wide selection of professional services including styling, cutting, color, weaves / extensions, braids, makeup application, brow shaping, nail care, facials, massage therapy and more. 

Nailphoria Day Spa
1212 Broadway, Suite 910
Oakland, CA
510-893-2181
Manicures, Pedicures, Skin Care for Men and Women, Waxing, Eyelash Enhancements, Brow and Lash Tinting, Massage, Herbal Foot Soaks with Massage, Spa Parties, Mobile Services Available for your Special Events. 

Violet J Spa & Wellness
1345 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA
408-297-4899
Violet Johnson, PhD developed a spa menu to reflect her background as a nurse midwife and psychologist and her skill as an acclaimed esthetics professional. Violet is also a leading expert in the unique issues of multi-ethnic skins, including pigmentation problems, sensitivity and acne. 

Essenza Medi Spa
125 Mall Drive #201
Hanford, CA
Dr. Edythe Woodruff Stewart is the Medical Director for Essenza Medi Spa.  Dr. Stewart attended medical school at the University Alabama-Birmingham.  Always one devoted to the health and well-being of all people, her most recent endeavor is to heal not just the body, but to raise the self-esteem of both men and women in the Central Valley.   She has a full staff of Registered Nurses, licensed Aestheticians, and certified Massage Therapists who are all qualified to help you look and feel your best. 

2GORJIS Spa
1874 Bonanza Street
Walnut Creek, CA 
925-932-8602
Kim Evans is a licensed Aesthetician, Makeup Artist, Holistic Massage Therapist, Business Woman, Nutrition Educator, Consultant and owner of  2GORJIS Integrated Health & Wellness, a private facial practice for both women and men for a decade plus.

Francine’s Salon and Day Spa
3 Barnard Lane
Bloomfield, CT 06002
860-242-6500
Francine Austin is the proud owner of Francine’s Salon and Day Spa, the first African American Salon & Day Spa in Hartford County, located in Bloomfield, Connecticut for over a decade. She is a 20 year plus veteran of the cosmetology industry were she utilizes her passion to inspire others to embrace their outward appearance, but more importantly their inner beauty.

Beautiful Spirit Salon & Spa
166 South DuPont Hway
New Castle, DE
302-287-3582
Bernadette Johns is a licensed beautician and cosmetologist providing the best hair care using quality products.  Offering natural hair and weaves, braids, scalp treatments, manicures, pedicures, lash extensions and facials. 

Edward’s Wellness & Skin Care
1608 Marsh Road
Wilmington, DE
302-479-9399
Thelma Carole Edwards is a Licensed Aesthetician (Skin Care Therapist), Certified Massage Technician (CMT), Reflexologist, and a Nationally Certified Make-Up Artist. Come enjoy the art of wellness in Skin, Body, and Spirit.

Raquel’s Signature
12390 SW 127th Avenue
Miami, FL 33186
305-256-8005
Racquel has been in the Beauty Industry for more than 20 years. As Master Stylist and Image Consultant her expertise ranges from Cosmetic Hair Extensions, Precision Hair Cutting, Hair Care, Hair Coloring, Relaxers, Hair Texturizing, Alopecia Or Hair Loss reconstruction, Custom Wig Making, Lash Extensions, Makeup, Brow Shaping and more. 

Flawless Wax & Spa
202 E Colonial Drive, Ste B
Orlando, FL 32801
407-792-5677
We provide the ultimate spa experience while being Downtown Orlando’s premier wax and skin spa. Specializing in waxing, eyelash extensions, semi permanent makeup, and skincare.

A Visible Difference Beauty Concepts
13051 Abercorn Street Extension, Suite B-1   
Savannah, GA  31419
912-352-0200
A Visible Difference is a source of refuge, a place where you can retreat then return to your normal routine anew. The menu of services is specially created with the wilted flower (a tired woman) in mind to help rejuvenate and restore you to a striking beautiful flower. Our technicians are highly trained individuals with over 30 years combined experience. The goal is to have you, the client, leave our establishment feeling refreshed, looking beautiful and anxiously waiting to return.

Celestial Spa
2930 Cascade Road
Atlanta, GA 
404-691-2448

Iwi Fresh Garden Day Spa
341 Nelson St SW
Atlanta, GA
404-577-8072
iwi fresh Garden Day Spa is located in the Castleberry Hill art district in Downtown Atlanta, GA. We offer garden fresh skincare products, made by-hand, and provide one-of-a-kind spa and salon services Tuesday thru Sunday of every week.  

Too Groovy Salon & Spa
65 Ponce de Leon
Atlanta, GA
404-873-5300
Founded in 2003 by healthy hair care innovator, Robin D. Groover, Too Groovy Salon has transformed the hair of thousands of women from coast to coast. Our Hair Care Specialists use award winning techniques in the arts, sciences and methodology of advanced hair care to achieve optimal results.  Too Groovy Salon has won numerous awards, to include the Bronner Brothers Icon Award and the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Award for best Hair Salon.  Come and experience for yourself why so many women travel for miles to indulge themselves in the most sought after chemical-free system for silky-smooth-straight styles, and textured styling for those seeking definition, elongation and curl manageability. 

Nubiance Spa & Salon
2325-100 Cheshire Bridge Road
Atlanta, GA
404-235-0606
Indeed, Master Hairstylist and Color Specialist Vicki Pouncie proudly possess a very creative, eclectic, and classy sense of style that emanates from her heart, mind and soul, which she takes great pride in displaying to her clients via her innovative hairstyling techniques and exceptional hair color application services. 

SoKai Salon & Spa
559 Flat Shoals Ave
Atlanta GA
404-586-0737
Sokai Spa Salon is an upscale salon located in the heart of the East Atlanta Village. Forever finding new ways to pamper clients, Sokai Spa Salon offers a fun, relaxing atmosphere in which clients can feel comfortable and at ease.  

Suite 20 Salon & Day Spa
4635 Flat Shoals Pkwy
Decatur, GA
404-286-9664
We have more than 20 years of industry experience, and our licensed dieticians and stylists take pride in providing personalized services to help you look and feel your best. Kristy Gaiters, our owner, strives to provide the community with affordable and healthy services. 

Heads Over Hills Salon & Day Spa
12134 S. Western Avenue
Blue Island, IL
708-824-1421 

Bettye O Day Spa
5200 S Harper Avenue
Chicago, IL
773-752-3600 

Chatto’s Eco Friendly Salon
65 E. Oak Street
Chicago, IL
312-640-0003 

Veola’s Day Spa & Wellness Center
2150 West 95th Street
Chicago, IL
773-233-1304 

Amanda’s Mini Day Spa
510 E Chain of Rocks Road
Granite City, IL
314-467-0766 

Ryan Jacob’s Salon & Day Spa
3236 S Harlem Avenue
Riverside, IL
708-853-9145

Eden’s Pathway
6801 Lake Plaza Drive Ste. D401
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317-653-6461

Esthetique Facial Spa
5702 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
504-896-1006 

My Spa, My Way
700 East Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA 71105
318-861-1886

Imaginations Beauty & Day Spa
9 Aberdeen Plaza
Aberdeen, MD
410-297-8182 

Special Care Face & Body Spa
2905 Mitchellville Road, Unit 117
Bowie, MD
301-430-7138 

Callione Esthetics Day Spa
7307 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 

MP Day Spa
8807 Woodyard Road Suite A
Clinton, MD
301-877-2009 

The Face Place
6935 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia MD, 410-730-5079 

Imaginations Beauty & Day Spa
2120 B Emmorton Park Road
Edgewood, MD
410-676-1181 

Luna’s Medi Spa
9051 Baltimore National Pike
Building 1, Suite 2
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-203-1865
Sonia Singh opened the first Luna’s Day Spa in 2001, and thereafter partnered with Dr. Anita Henderson, MD who completed her medical training in 1979 at the Howard University College of Medicine, Washington DC and became board-certified in dermatology in 1983.  As the medical director of Luna’s Medi-Spa, Dr. Henderson and the highly trained staff provide treatments with state-of-the-art, scientifically proven technology and techniques in a luxurious and tranquil setting.  

Pure NuPhoria
B&B Wellness Retreat
11961 Autumnwood Lane
Fort Washington, MD 

European Beaute Concepts
8725 Greenbelt Road Suite 202
Greenbelt, MD
877-752-5747 

Kerry’s Hair Day Spa
123 E Franklin Street
Hagerstown, MD
301-790-2230 

Essentials Beauty Spa
130 Washington Boulevard
Laurel, MD
301-362-1800 

Eccentric’s – The Spa Sanctuary
1215 Annapolis Road
Odenton, MD
410-305-0600 

The Ivy Lounge Unisex Salon & Spa
6205 Baltimore Avenue
Riverdale Park, MD
240-670-4489 

Magdalen’s Pure Skin Care
966 Hungerford Drive #13 A

Rockville, MD
240-223-3955
Magdalen Karanja’s passion for skin care began in her youth in Nairobi Kenya, where she learned how to make fruit and vegetable based skincare and beauty products.   This early interest would later return as a career for Magdalen after she came to the United States.  Her training was completed in 2004, after which she worked in a successful day spa for three years, until it was time to open her own facility where she could focus on her specialty and share her expertise in pure skin care with personalized service. 

Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge
8711 First Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-85-4770
Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge evolved from the former M & M Nails and Wellness Center. Salon Owner and Beauty Expert Maisie Dunbar is the founder of BluffaJo Cosmetics and also operates this cutting edge day spa offering Manicures, Pedicures, Massage, Hair Removal (waxing), Skin Care, Lashes and Makeup application

Tranquility Day Spa
15 Spring Street
Watertown, MA 02472
617-924-1026

Menzie Salon & Spa
22884 Ryan Road
Warren, MI 4809
586-510-4545

My Red Fusion
201 S 27th Ave #20
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601- 287-1992 

Spa Innovations
2614 Southerland Street
Jackson, MS39216
601-331-2673

SpaLean Mobile Day Spa
Burlington, NJ 08016
908-693-2321 

Clique Salon & Spa
220 High Street
Burlington, NJ
609-239-8181 

Reflections Salon & Spa
141 Route 46
East Budd Lake, NJ 07828
973-448-1118 

KinHairitage Salon & Spa
6701 Black Horse Pike
Eggs Harbor Township, NJ 08234
609-415-2481 

Eden Organix
215 Raritan Avenue
Highland Park NJ 08904
732-325-9090 

Serenity Day Spa
263 Grand Street
Jersey City NJ 07302
201-516-1772 

Walker’s Apothecary
199 Warren Street
Jersey City, NJ
201-333-0500 

Healing Hands Spa & Retreat
927 Park Avenue

Plainfield, NJ 07060
908-756-3200 

Beyond Expectations Salon & Spa
511 N. Black Horse Park Suite A
Runnemede, NJ
856-939-0099

Orange Skye Body & Beauty Bar
50 Rockaway Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11581
516-284-6378 

Jorie’s Spa and Studio
4219 Avenue P
Brooklyn, NY 11234
347-462-1991 

The HomeSpa®
300 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY
718-596-8668 

Perfectly Polished Nail Spa
116-38 228th Street

Cambria Heights, NY  11411
718-664-8331 

Epiphany Day Spa NY
2050 Lakeville Rd, Second Floor
New Hyde Park, NY 11367
516-775-4172 

Turning Heads Salon & Spa
218 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY
212-828-4600 

An’Tyrice Salon and Spa
381 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-559-0033

Pure Body Salon & Spa
2415 Tuckaseegee Road
Charlotte, NC
704-393-1019 

The Body Café
3400 Westgate Drive
Durham, NC
919-493-7900 

Bella Derma Spa
2011 – 3040 Berks Way
Raleigh, NC 27614
919-862-4459

Replenish: The Spa Co-Op
382 East Town Street
Columbus, OH 43215
614-429-3165 

Five Star Voque Salon & Spa
4020 N. Hampton Drive
Powell, OH
614-302-7274 

Artistic Attractions Multicultural Salon & Spa
17 St. Clair Suite 101
Dayton, OH
937-461-4247

Body Sanctuary Day Spa
315 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA
215-545-8577 

Spa Bavu
1800 JFK Boulevard, Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA
215-413-0556 

Total Serenity at Rittenhouse Square
2100 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-557-0678

Euphoria Massage and Wellness Spa
989 Knox Abbott Drive
Cayce, SC 29033
803-251-9430

Epiphany Salon & Day Spa
330 Frazier Ave Suite 108
Chattanooga, TN 37405
423-877-2000 

El Shaddai Salon & Spa
2847 A. Fort Campbell Blvd
Clarksville, TN
931-431-0056 

EXHALE Spa Escapes
4294 Hughes Meadow
Memphis, TN 38125
901-754-1153

Gabrielle’s Salon & Day Spa
9012 Research Blvd C7

Austin, TX 78758
512-323-0798 

Koffee Day Spa
1700 Wood Street
Dallas, TX
214-670-9696 

S Factor Salon & Spa
150 East Hwy 67
Duncanville, TX 75137
469-583-8205 

Sondrea’s Signature Styles Salon and Spa
1200 Golden Key Cir Suite 131
El Paso, TX 79925
915-493-6483 

Ebony & Ivory Salon & Boutique
15029 Delany Road
LaMarque, TX 77568
409-655-5758 

Love Thyself Day Spa
101 South Coit Road

Richardson TX 75080-5743
972-644-4065

Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia
Sheila C. Johnson’s vision for the former horse farm of renowned Washington D.C. socialite Pamela Harriman was to create a country estate that incorporates uncompromising quality, sustainable practices and healthy lifestyles to benefit resort guests and the Middleburg community alike. The Salamander Resort is a LEED Certified resort with fine dining, spa and wellness services, equestrian programs, culinary classes and programs for couples, families, and groups. 

Anjella Paulette Spa and Style Bar
110 W. 20th Street

Norfolk, VA 23517
757-622-3472 

Natural Beauty Salon & Spa
4857-B Finlay Street
Richmond, VA 23231
804-222-2424 

Face Facts Day Spa
709 N Birdneck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757-422-5766

Cultura Dermatology & Laser Center
5301 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Suite 110
Washington, DC 20015
202-237-9292
At Cultura, we are honored that our reputation has consistently named us as one of the most respected cosmetic dermatology centers and leading laser practices in the nation. We specialize in therapies for all skin types, regardless of ethnicity or skin color and take pride in our unparalleled expertise and experience in providing cosmetic dermatology, laser treatments and medical spa procedures in Washington, D.C. 

Skin Beauty Bar
749 8th Street SE , 2nd Floor 
Washington, DC 20003
202-543-6993 

Paris Alexander Day Spa
1642 R Street NW Suite 100,
Washington, DC 20009
202-466-8827 

Traveling Chix Mobile Day Spa
Washington DC
240-245-7610
Traveling Chix will help you relax in a rejuvenating atmosphere created in your very own space. Be it in your home or at your office, the goal is to create a tranquil experience for you wherever you are! From  facials, massages, waxing, pedicures, manicures, body treatments etc, your stress free time for yourself is our ONLY priority.

Kneaded Relief Day Spa
5500 E. Cheryl Parkway Ste 126
Madison, WI 53711
608-255-0070

DART Salon and Spa
121 N. Jefferson Street
Milwaukee, WI, 53202
414-763-6438

Aal d’Moor Spa of Ocean Park
Surrey, B.C., Canada 

Arc House
Monclar-de-Quercy, France

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Buy Black Economics development involves the locating and allocation of limited resources – land, labor, capital and entrepreneurship in a way that has a positive effect on the level of business activity, employment, income distribution patterns, and fiscal solvency in predominantly black communities. If you are interested in joining this list, please click here.

Posted on August 5, 2015 By Staff

TOP BLACK OWNED GAMING GURUS

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Jacqueline Beauchamp

Nerjyzed Entertainment – Nerjyzed Entertainment

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Having caught herself complaining about diversity in gamin. The release of BCFx: The Black College Football Xperience designated Nerjyzed the first African-American development studio to ship on next-generation consoles.

Jacqueline Beauchamp realized that she had to be the change she wanted to see.  Three colleagues – all HBCU alum – caught her vision and in 2004 they got to work. It took five years but when Nerjyzed Entertainment launched ‘The Black College Football Experience: The Doug Williams Edition’, they were not only fulfilling a dream, but breaking new ground.  Never before had a black-owned company brought a game for a high-end console to market.  Today it’s carried by Walmart, Game Stop and Amazon.

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Ntiedo Etuk

Tabula Digita – Tabula Digita

When a poor report card is issued every child knows that when they get home their parents will be unplugging the Xbox, TV and computer and they’ll be hitting the books.  Education first, entertainment second, goes the thinking.  Ntiedo Etuk believes that we don’t have to make that choice.  The CEO of Tabula Digita, a company co-founded in 2003 with Robert Clegg, uses games to teach and reinforce learning objectives.  They started with a product focused on the math in the primary grades, marketed exclusively to schools.  Today, their most popular game, DimensionU, covers reading, science and history for grades K-12 and is available for home use.

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Joseph Saulter

EARI – EARI

Joseph Saulter started Entertainment Arts Research, Inc. (EARI) to provide gaming services to neglected markets. The work is varied.  An interest in spirituality led to the development of ‘Universe of Faith’, a virtual world experience, and a series of martial arts games commissioned by a Chinese organization, give an idea of the range. An educator in addition to being an entrepreneur, Saulter has taught at the The Art Institute of Atlanta and American Intercontinental University, in addition to authoring several game development textbooks for McGraw Hill.  But there’s more to life than gaming for Saulter.  Earlier this year the veteran musician launched a Christian label, rounding out several musical enterprises managed by University of Faith, an EARI subsidiary.

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Sensory Acumen

 Sensory Acumen

With Sensory Acumen Charlene Coleman is determined to move gaming into a new dimension. Unveiled at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference, but not yet available for sale, GameSkunk is a console attachment which emits scents corresponding to the player’s experience.  A drag race that isn’t going so well would trigger the smell of burnt rubber, a basketball playoff would be a sweaty affair, etc.  It’s not all fun in games, however. Therapeutic uses of the technology are also in the works.  Conditions where scent recognition is lost or stirs negative emotions, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, stroke or Alzheimer’s, could incorporate GameSkunk into the treatment.

 

Posted on July 2, 2015 By Staff

LIST of BLACK OWNED BEAUTY STORES

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LIST of BLACK OWNED BEAUTY STORES

With sales projection of $761 million by 2017, should we share the love?

Here is a list below:

Brick and Mortar Stores
Curl Kitchen
3428 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 273-3646
From the owner: Curl Kitchen is a natural/organic based hair care store located at 3428 S. King Drive Chicago, IL 60616 in Bronzeville. We are Chicago’s premier retailer of hair care products tailored to those who wish to embrace their tresses in its naturally ethnic state. Whether the customer has waves, curls, kinks, coils, or locs we offer an exceptional class of products. We offer products that were created and produced by those who understand our unique tresses and have translated this understanding into products that improve the health and manageability of natural hair. We’re located directly next door to Huetiful salon, where there are five fully staffed trained cosmetologists ready to answer all your transitional and curly hair questions !

Tendrils and Curls (online shopping available)
2501 1/2 S. Shepherd Drive, #1
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 520-7179
www.tendrilsandcurls.com
From the owner: At Tendrils and Curls™, we are committed to providing a one stop shopping experience, both in our brick and mortar boutique in Houston, TX and our eBoutique. Our goal is to ensure that those with naturally textured hair have access to high quality products and accoutrements which highlight and nourish the texture and splendor of their naturally wavy, curly and tightly coiled hair from the inside out. We provide consumers with opportunities to compare and contrast brands in order to make educated decisions about what products will work best for the health, maintenance and styling of their unique hair textures and at addressing their specific concerns

Trina’s Beauty Supply & Salon
4854 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 931-1359

Tru’Mane Natural (Grand Opening 12/6)
332 S. Market Street
Inglewood, CA 90301
(213) 235-6533

Black Girls Divine Beauty Supply & Salon
3904 Church Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(347) 365-7540

Hairizon Beauty (online shopping available)
341 W. Main Street Ste. 104
Durham, NC 27701
(800) 557-9828
www.hairizonbeauty.com
From the owner: At Hairizon Beauty, we believe that hair care’s best ingredients are found in nature. Our goal is to provide products derived from earth yielded agents, leaving your hair healthy, vibrant, and fragrant. We select products that avoid any unnecessary chemical additives and instead incorporate essential oils, herbs, flowers and minerals to protect and strengthen hair.  Our products can be applied to all types of hair whether natural and/or chemically treated hair.

Pampered & Twisted Natural Hair Boutique (online shopping available)
15015 Westheimer Parkway Suite L
Houston, TX 77082
(281) 86-CURLY
www.pamperedandtwisted.com/
From the owner: Providing healthy and natural hair care supplies and products to the Southwest Houston / Katy area, as well as the online community is the focus of Pampered & Twisted. We strive to assist our customers in achieving healthy hair by supplying natural hair care products for all textures of natural hair. The products we offer are designed for naturally curly hair, but are effective on transitioning and/or relaxed hair textures. The brands we provide aim to serve customers who not only care about the look and feel of their hair; but also about the knowledge of hair maintenance and management.

Jordan’s Beauty Supply & Professional Product Distributions
1911 E 79th St.
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 734-6268

Desired Beauty Supplies
1174 Big Bethel Road
Hampton, VA 23666
(757) 827-6710813

Old Oyster Point Rd.
Newport News, VA. 23602<
(757) 595-2119
From the owner: Desired Beauty Supplies welcomes you. We are a family owned and operated beauty supply store located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Our mission is to offer hair and beauty products that are affordable and reasonably priced in a warm and customer friendly atmosphere. We believe in individual hair style and creativity, therefore we carry hair care products for all hair types from relaxed, to natural and in between! We would love for you to come visit us today!

Majestic Beauty Supplies Victorville, CA
14580 7th St.
Victorville, CA 92395
(760) 843-8443

Diva Beauty Supply
3237 North Pleasantburg Drive
Greenvile, SC 29609
(864) 467-0790
From the owner: Diva Beauty Supply was established over 7 years ago as a small 1,200 sq. ft. store in Greenville, SC. Thanks to our great customers and hardworking employees, we have grown to over 4,200 square feet as one of upstate South Carolina’s leading beauty supply stores! Customer satisfaction is paramount here, at Diva Beauty Supply. Let us help you beautify yourself and live life to the fullest!

Epic Curls
Regency Square Mall
1420 North Parham Road
Richmond, Virginia 23229
(Located on the 2nd Level across from The Body Shop)
(804) 741-1540
From the owner: Epic Curls was founded by three sisters on a mission to find hair care products to treat there tresses for their specific needs. At the birth of Epic Curls one owner was natural, another transitioning and the other relaxed. Our mission to find products without chemicals, to find products that truly worked and that did not require us to go to more than one location to get them inspired us to create Epic Curls. Having used natural hair care products for many years we decided to bring what we’ve researched, learned and what we love to you. Epic Curls is your one stop shop for all the products you need to maintain, treat and style your hair. We believe hair should thrive, and be as lively and lovely as the person wearing it!

Head Games Beauty Supply
671 N. Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-7478

Healthy Hair Dimensions
The Shops at Heritage Place
4450 Hugh Howell Road Ste. 13
Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 908-8020

Nyenzo Natural Botique (online shopping available)
918 Rock Quarry Rd. Ste. 103
Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 649-1063
http://www.nyenzo.com/
From the owner: Nyenzo Natural Boutique is THE preferred choice for quality natural haircare and skincare products. Unlike many haircare and skin care stores, we actually use the products that we retail and therefore are able to share our personal experiences. Since 2009, Dionne Blanks, the founder of Nyenzo Natural Boutique, has assisted countless customers with successfully selecting products based on their specific needs. Experience the Nyenzo difference for yourself by shopping our detailed webstore.  We thank you for visiting our site and hope that you enjoy the carefully selected natural products that Nyenzo Natural Boutique has to offer.

Truly Natural Boutique Chicago (online shopping available)
1926 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 674-9080
https://trulynaturalboutique.com
From the owner: Shine, dine, wine, and gain knowledge of the world’s best natural beauty products at truly natural boutique in Chicago. Spend $75 or more and qualify to book your Curl Coaching session with a licensed stylist. Learn how to get the best use from your natural product purchases and learn to perform the natural hair styles of your choice. We are here to deliver unique solutions for your daily wavy, kinky, curly hair care regime. Say goodbye to unnatural frustration. Pamper yourself with our truly unique Magnificent Mane session and add makeup/ professional photography to your Curl Coaching Session. Celebrate your natural style at Truly Natural Boutique Hair Care + Accessories!

Mine, Naturally (online shopping available)
4875 W. 56th St Suite E
Indianapolis, IN 46254
(317) 295-8905
http://minenaturally.net/
From the owner: Mine, Naturally is an Indianapolis based beauty supply store dedicated to providing products to those who choose to live a chemical-free lifestyle. We provide the highest quality of customer satisfaction through excellent service and quality products. The creation of Mine, Naturally is in direct response to the growing demand in the community for a local natural beauty supply store. Our mission is to establish Mine, Naturally as an important brand that represents quality in natural skin care & hair care. We are dedicated to providing quality products and maintaining high customer satisfaction by rendering excellent service and furnishing an enjoyable, friendly atmosphere.

Simply Wholesome
4508 W. Slauson Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 294-2144
From the owner: Simply Wholesome is dedicated to providing the proper resources to living a healthy lifestyle. We believe in promoting and celebrating our cultural diversity, combined with exceptional customer service in a warm and comfortable setting. Our motto focuses on “keeping you looking good and feeling good.” Simply Wholesome commits to serving you best. We believe that our business is a genuine reflection of this community & we serve the greater Los Angeles area.

Naturally Me Hair Store
3535 Sherwood Forest Blvd. Ste. 142
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
(225) 448-5662
From the owner: Naturally Me is an independently owned and operated natural hair products store locally serving Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas. We understand the importance of embracing your natural hair texture. We offer a wide variety of specifically selected natural and organic-based products designed to nourish, strengthen, rebuild and maintain healthy natural hair. Naturally Me provides customers helpful information on caring for natural hair, which has been gathered from outside educational resources.

African Naturals
4511 S. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 768-0710

Go Natural 24/7
4721 SE 29th St.
Del City, OK 73160
(405) 601-4673
From the owner: The owners at Go Natural 24/7 believe in taking a holistic approach to care. “It’s simply not enough to look beautiful…our goal is to inspire our customers to take proactive measures to adopt a healthy lifestyle to feel beautiful from the inside out.” At Go Natural 24/7, we offer a diverse selection of health supplements, organic essential and carrier oils, raw ingredients for formulators and natural & organic hair and skin care products.  Go Natural 24/7 also manufacturers their own line of fair trade organic and natural hair & skin care products.  We have also recently opened a non-chemical hair salon at our Del City location. We have received so much love and support from natural enthusiast throughout Oklahoma, across the United States and abroad and we would like to take this opportunity to say, Thank you!

Hair Bow Beauty Supply

876 East Main Street
Stamford, CT 06902
203 324 1227

Mary Brown
Email: thehairbow@aol.com
http://www.hairbow.com (web)
hairbow.com (facebook)

LeAughna Griffin
Subject: Add to the list of Black Owned Beauty Supply Stores
Email: salesdpt@manebeautyboutique.com

Mane Beauty Boutique

999 E. Fry Blvd Suite#106
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
http://www.manebeautyboutique.com
Established in January 2014

Shades of Afrika
1001 E 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 436-2210

114 E 6th St.
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 284-7888
From the owner: Shades of Afrika began with a concept when we noticed that there were too few places that offered affordable Afrikan Art, Afrikan made products, and even fewer book stores. There seemed to be a pressing need to tell our story, establish ourselves in the community,  and provide a positive environment for businesses in our community. There were lots of Afrikan writers, artists, jewelry makers, seamstresses, and entrepreneurs, in the area and they helped bring Shades of Afrika to life. To those then and now, we give thanks. We are dedicated to the betterment of our community, and it’s the community that we have seen grow just as we have grown. Shades of Afrika has evolved from being a small retail store to being a cultural center that hosts a variety of social and educational events, lectures and study groups.

Online Retailers 
Hattache
www.hattache.com
From the owner: Our goal is to provide quality Hair and Beauty products made with natural/organic ingredients. We hope you enjoy our selection thus far, but this is by no means all we have to offer. We intend to keep pace with the ever-changing beauty/hair care industry for new products, colors and styles. Keep your eyes on us as we introduce more products.

Luxe Beauty Supply
www.lhboutique.com
From the owner: Luxurious Hair Boutique a.k.a. Luxe Beauty Supply is committed to providing exemplary customer service while offering the latest in rich and superior quality. Shop with confidence knowing that the hair we sell is inspected and photographed by qualified individuals who are knowledgeable and attentive to every detail. We understand hair is a woman’s crowning glory and we offer many options to make sure you receive the personalized attention you deserve.

We are ranked among the best and received a SBA Small Business Excellence Award in 2009 for those efforts. From a humble beginning in 2006, our product lines have expanded to include the world’s most luxurious brands of hair, cosmetics, fashion accessories, and hair care products. We are the first to debut the newest and latest products to the market by seeking out niche and exclusive manufacturers.

Natural Hair Shop
www.naturalhairshop.com

Malachite Naturals Boutique
www.malachitenaturals.com
From the owner: Malachite Naturals Boutique, LLC specializes in providing natural hair, skin, and body care products for the whole family as well as aromatherapy fragrances for the home. Our online store and soon to come (Brick and Mortar) boutique prides itself in selecting only the best creams, oils, moisturizers, butters, etc…. created by talented artisans who practice using natural and organic ingredients for their handmade goodies.  All products offered at Malachite Naturals Boutique have been researched in great depth, have outstanding reviews, and is recognized by the natural community as providing products that support your natural commitments. Our mission is to encourage the use of natural and organic products and to educate our customers on the benefits of using these products. We are here for you! It doesn’t matter if you are a first time customer or returning customer. We truly value your business and our relationship. We look forward to helping you be NATURAL!

If you would like to be added to this list, please send us your information here.

 

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Posted on June 30, 2015 By Staff

TOP 5 BLACK BUSINESSES WITH GREAT SERVICE

We took some of the key complaints we hear about black businesses and decided to showcase some of the VERY best customer service submissions, by real people who supported them.

1. “Customer service is terrible with black-owned businesses.”

2. “The prices of black-owned businesses are higher than at other firms.”

3. “There aren’t any black products that I really want to buy.”

The assumption that all black-owned businesses are inferior is a false. There are many that are doing extraordinary things. These businesses should not be overlooked. A change in self-perception is needed in order for us to thrive in this global environment.

Here are our the top 5 black businesses that made the list:

#BUYBLACK #SUPPORTBLACKBUSINESS #BUYBLACKECONOMICS 

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Simply Wholesome – Simply Wholesome

Health Food Store

4508 West Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043

A. Clark – “Not only is the service remarkable, but they do so much in the community.”

 

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Cami Cakes – Cami Cakes

Bakery

2221 Peachtree Rd NE , Ste B ,Atlanta, GA 30309

R. Nelsontoyou – They’re ingredients are real very natural. They are polite and fair priced. They close a bit early but if you call and are a regular customer they will stay open for you.

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Before The Vows Inc. – Before The Vows Inc

Wedding Store

185 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Z. H. Wigglesworth – The owner, Helene Davis and her staff made my child’s christening a wonderful, professional and joyful occasion. The one of a kind black angel sculptures were the absolutely the most creative and authentic pieces I’ve ever seen. The catered affair provided many delectable delights for the palette. Overall Before the Vows was the most affordable, customer friendly and talented event planner I could have chosen.

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Steps by Stephen – Steps by Stephen

Footwear

info@stepsbystephens.com

A. Flowers – I nominate Steps by Stephens! Found them a while back looking for black sneaker designers. The shoes are stylish/casual & comfortable. I also like that according to their mission statement they give a meal for every shoe sold.

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3041North – 3041North

Social Club

3041 W North Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

D.  Z. Macon – 3041North because it offers something that no other venue in the city and that is live entertainment for older adults (jazz and blues music). This is not a bar, but instead a club where members are able to bring entertainment and other venues that interests them.

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Posted on June 25, 2015 By Staff

TOP 5 BLACK-OWNED CHILDREN CLOTHING

Kids grow out of their clothes quickly, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve to be well-dressed. There are plenty of Black-Owned children clothing & accessories stores that sell everything from bibs to booties. Black spending on apparel is  $1,000.48 billion, if we only took the time to do a little digging we’ll find plenty of reputable Black owned businesses that can supply our children needs. 

ENJOY…!

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Louis B – Louis B

Louis B Kids is a New Jersey based online shopping destination for parents + kids. Their team search around the globe to bring you the best brands,well known and emerging. There, you can find a place of risk, fashion savvy products to create an epic wardrobe for your kid(s) and a little something for yourself.

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Yinibini Baby – Yinibini Baby 

The cutest, most stylish fabrics: made of 100% cotton, 100% organic cotton, 50/50 cotton/bamboo blend and 100% cotton chenille!

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Coco Baby Apparel – Coco Baby Apparel  

Cocoa Babies sells t-shirts, onesies, adult tees and even home and office products. Each item comes with a catchy slogan like “Future College Grad”, “College Bound”, “Pretty Brown Girl”, to name a few.

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Joojo’s  – Joojo’s 

In an era of mass production, Joojos shoes is bringing excellent craftsmanship, artistry, and social responsibility to the children’s shoe market. They are shoes that are worthy of passing along which they fully intend to do through their one box changes everything program. Ama Yawson is more than just my older sister, she is a renaissance woman with big dreams of changing the world one small foot at a time as well.

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Sister Girl Baby Food – Sister Girl Baby Food

SistaGirl Midwifery is on a MISSION  to end disparities in pregnancy outcomes  through culturally appropriate educational materials and providing access to healthy and unique products for pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting. SistaGirl (the character) is the attracting force to our services and products and she is determined to reach out to people who look like her – Urban Mamas!

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Posted on June 24, 2015 By Staff

AFFLUENT AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY DESOTO

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When most people think of growing affluent communities in North Texas, Frisco, Flower Mound and Southlake come to mind; DeSoto should also come to mind.

The southern Dallas County community has grown from 15,000 residents in the 1980’s to more than 50,000 people who now call the city home.

Taj Clayton is a partner in the law firm Fish and Richardson and his wife Tonika is a vice president at an education technology company. With their pick of places to raise their two daughters and son, they chose DeSoto.

“DeSoto, for our perspective, was the best place to live, ” Taj Clayton said. “It was just a hidden gem that a lot of people didn’t know about. There are beautiful hills, undulating landscapes, incredible parks. I feel fortunate to live on a golf course.”

According to the U.S. Census, 55.3 percent of businesses in DeSoto are owned by black or African-American people.

Did you read it? Yes, 55.3% of the businesses in Desoto, Texas are Black Owned. :D

Tochi Osuji moved her business, My Choice Spa and Wellness Lounge, to DeSoto a year ago. It’s located next door to her husband’s medical practice.

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Source: Affluent Black Texas

 

Posted on May 25, 2015 By Staff With 1 comment

BLACK JOBS AND ACTION PLAN

BLACK JOBS & ACTION PLAN

How many Black Owned Businesses?

How many Black Owned Businesses?

Attention community leaders and organizers. Tired of protesting, marching, and organizing with little or no results? The root of most of the problems your community faces stems from racism and the lack of economic opportunities. While you can’t make a racist get some sense overnight, you can do something about economic opportunities in your community right now. Use your organizing skills to build economic independence without begging for money or help from the government or white-owned corporations.

Here’s how…

Pick a community that is predominately Black.  Take an inventory of all the businesses that exist in that community. Make note of any businesses that are missing (grocery stores with quality produce sourced from Black farmers, gas stations, construction companies, department stores, solar panel installers, banks and ethical financial services companies, private security companies, etc.). Take note of which of the existing businesses are Black-owned. Go down the list of non-Black-owned existing businesses, prioritizing businesses that sell basic necessities first (food, energy/gas, water, clothing, shelter), and start boycotting them one by one.

 

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All Black Everything

For example, if the local grocery store is not Black-owned, find a Black grocery store executive with experience running a store. Get her to help you write a business plan on how to finance, staff, and run a store. Raise money from people in the community (churches might be able to help with this if you can find a pastor that hasn’t lost his mind and sold out…very rare these days, but worth a shot). Get everyone in the community to stop shopping at that store. Provide transportation to another store temporarily if people have no alternatives. With no customers, the targeted store will quickly go out of business. If they don’t, resort to more aggressive measures to “encourage” them out of business.

Once they are ready to close the business, come in and buy it for pennies on the dollar. Re-open as a Black-owned business that is socially and environmentally responsible. Train and hire people from the community to help run the business. Use the profits from the business and community funds to help acquire the next business on the list described above and start new businesses that need to be started. Source products and raw materials from other Black-owned companies or African companies whenever possible. Repeat this process until most of the businesses in the community are Black-owned and community-owned. Use profits from those businesses to fund institutions that empower the community (free clinics, independent Afrikan-centered schools and training centers, etc), security, and infrastructure.

This plan has worked for other communities. This plan has worked for Black communities in the past. This plan will for Black people today with some updates to the current environment and learning from past mistakes. We have the knowledge and skills available in our communities. Whether Black people have the will and intestinal fortitude to go through with it is the only question. Your current so-called leaders will probably not support this. They are token leaders, put in place by people that do not care about you. Pick new leaders that have relevant experience…so no lawyers, academics, pastors, or politicians.

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Now Hiring!

Finally, some people will call this strategy reverse racism. Some will call it divisive. It probably is, get over it. News Flash: Black people did not create these artificial divides…but we do have to live with them until the rest of humanity evolves to understand and practice what Black people have always understood…that we are all human and we are all connected. Every other community engages in this self-interested behavior…it just comes natural to them, so they don’t have to make it so blatant, but the result is the same. Frankly, it is sad that this has to be spelled out like this, but being politically correct apparently hasn’t worked so far.

Name calling is for children. Let the children call you whatever they want as long as they stay out of your way while you direct your own destiny. If people want to slap a label on you, then so be it. So what! If they stand in your way, remove them from your path. Grow up, stand up, and make your own way or be content working for those children for the rest of your life.

Our resources:

If you are forming a local group, please contact us Buy Black Economics.

Black Business Coaching: BLK Business

Funding Sources: BBNomics 

Crowdfunding is an effort to create a self-help approach to the funding issues BOB’s face in this current market.

BLACK JOBS AND ACTION PLAN

 

 

Posted on September 9, 2014 By Staff

WEST PHILLY PRODUCE

West Philly Drug Corner Turns

To A Great Business Model!

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Check out the interview on MyFoxPhilly: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/clip/7951517/

PHILADELPHIA – 18 S 62nd St Phila Pa 19139 –  (267) 334-5317

A Philadelphia neighborhood plagued by crime and drugs is working to turn things around thanks to one man’s idea to take back his block.

West Phillie Produce may look like any corner grocery store, but here you won’t find soda, cigarettes or even lottery tickets.

Instead, it’s all healthy.

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Arnette Woodall tells FOX 29’s Chris O’Connell he opened the market to be a hub for healthy foods.

It turned out to be a whole lot more.

Arnette Woodall, five years ago, the corner of 62nd and Ludlow was an empty lot filled with abandoned cars and drug dealers. That was until Woodall said enough was enough! He purchased the lot and built with a group of  black youth what is now West Phillie Produce

Woodall says he used his life savings to transform this block in a predominantly black neighborhood into a successful business model that create jobs for black youth in the community.

These are the REAL LIVE ACTIONS we need to SUPPORT, people who see a need and fill it. Buy Black Economics is going to “Cash Mob” @West Phillie Produce next month.  So, join us!! 

IT’S  BLACK BUSINESS CASH MOB TIME!

LET’S COME OUT  AND SUPPORT IN RECORD NUMBERS!

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Posted on July 14, 2014 By Staff With 2 comments

LIST OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOODS

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List of African-American neighborhoods

This is a list of African American neighborhoods, containing cities, districts, and neighborhoods in the US that are predominantly African American, or are strongly associated with African American culture, either currently or historically.

Akron, Ohio[edit]

Albany, New York[edit]

Atlanta, Georgia[edit]

The city hosts the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of historically Black colleges and universities in the country.

Baltimore, Maryland[edit]

Berkeley, California[edit]

Baltimore County, Maryland[edit]

Birmingham, Alabama[edit]

Birmingham was a focal point of the civil rights movement, and where the Birmingham campaign took place.

Boston, Massachusetts[edit]

Many important black historical figures have lived in Boston and other parts of Massachusetts

Buffalo, New York[edit]

Charlotte, North Carolina[edit]

  • Biddleville
  • Clanton Park
  • Sunset
  • Tuckaseegee
  • SouthSide
  • Hidden Valley
  • SugarCreek
  • The Plaza
  • Wilson
  • West Blvd
  • East Charlotte

Chicago and Cook CountyIllinois[edit]

Chicago[edit]

The majority-black South Side of Chicago along with its adjoining majority-black South Suburbs of Chicago, constitutes the largest black-majority region of all metropolitan areas in the entire United States.

Cook County[edit]

Cincinnati, Ohio[edit]

Cleveland and Cuyahoga CountyOhio[edit]

Cleveland (East Side)[edit]

Cuyahoga County[edit]

Columbus, Ohio[edit]

Dallas and Dallas County, Texas[edit]

All of Texas

Dayton, Ohio[edit]

  • Five Oaks
  • Dayton View
  • Residence Park
  • West Dayton
  • Roosevelt/Westwood
  • Crown Point
  • Fairlane Park
  • Cornell Heights
  • University Row
  • Hawthorne Hill
  • Arlington Heights
  • Belle Vista

Decatur, Georgia[edit]

Denver, Colorado[edit]

Des Moines, Iowa[edit]

Detroit, Michigan[edit]

Here the 12th Street Riot and Detroit Race Riot (1943) took place.

Durham, North Carolina[edit]

East St. Louis, Illinois[edit]

Home of the racially charged East St. Louis Riot.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida[edit]

Fort Myers, Florida[edit]

  • Lil Pakistan (it was given that name according to local residents because the violence and crime in that area is similar to that of Pakistan)
  • Dunbar
  • East Dunbar
  • Central Fort Myers

Fort Worth, Texas[edit]

Hartford, Connecticut[edit]

Henrico County, Virginia[edit]

Houston, Texas[edit]

Indianapolis, Indiana[edit]

Jackson, Mississippi[edit]

All of Jackson

Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was based here, and was murdered as well. The Freedom Ride also visited here, as the farthest out place they went

Kansas City, Missouri[edit]

Greater Downtown

  • Beacon Hill

East Side

  • Boulevard Village
  • Dunbar
  • Ingleside
  • Ivanhoe
  • Key Coalition
  • Knoches Park
  • Leeds
  • Mount Cleveland
  • Oak Park
  • Palestine
  • Parkview
  • Santa Fe
  • Sheraton Estates
  • Vineyard
  • Vineyard Estates
  • Washington-Wheatley
  • Wendell Phillips

Midtown-Westport

Northeast

  • Forgotten Homes
  • Independence Plaza
  • Paseo West

South Kansas City

Las Vegas, Nevada[edit]

Louisville, Kentucky[edit]

Was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Los AngelesLong Beach, and Los Angeles County, California[edit]

Los Angeles[edit]

Los Angeles County[edit]

Long Beach[edit]

Macon, Georgia[edit]

Marin County, California[edit]

Memphis, Tennessee[edit]

Miami, Florida and Miami-Dade County, Florida[edit]

The 1979 death of Arthur McDuffie at the hands of white Miami-Dade police officers led to one of the worst race riots in American history.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin[edit]

 

Minneapolis, Minnesota[edit]

Missouri City, Texas[edit]

Nashville, Tennessee[edit]

New Haven, Connecticut[edit]

List of African-American neighborhoods

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Posted on July 5, 2014 By Staff

BLACK LAWYERS, DENTIST, DOCTORS, HOTELS, CHURCHES/ MOSQUE…


Doctors and Hotels

Black/African

 

Lawyers, Dentist, Doctors, Hotels, Churches/ Mosque…

 

Support: Create a Buy Black support group (7-10 friends & family) to assist you in your goal to patronize more black businesses.

Black Doctors 

African American Therapists
The purpose of this site is to “connect black men and women who are ready to make changes in their lives with brothers and sisters who are trained to help them.”
www.africanamericantherapists.com

All About Black Health
A website that keeps you informed on health related issues as they affect Blacks and minorities at risk, for the betterment of their lives.
www.allaboutblackhealth.com

American Black Chiropractic Association
The purpose of the ABCA is to help recruit, encourage, and support black persons to study chiropractic.
www.abcachiro.com

Dr. Andrea D. Willis
A black physician in the Brentwood Tennessee area who found a health organization called DiagnosisDestiny LLC. She also helps terminally-ill patients find spiritual peace.
www.diagnosisdestiny.com/

Angela Wilson, MD FACOG
Angela is an African American doctor providing OB-GYN services at Metropolitan Women Services in New York.
http://www.mwsobgyn.org

Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc
The ABC is dedicated to eliminating the disparities related to cardiovascular disease in all people of color.
http://www.abcardio.org

Association of Black Psychologists
Founded by a number of black psychologists across the country, they actively address the serious problems facing Black Psychologists and the larger Black community.
http://www.abpsi.org

Association of Black Women Physicians
An organized network of Black women physicians committed to the improvement of public health and welfare.
http://www.blackwomenphysicians.org

Associations of Clinicians for the Underserved
A nonprofit, transdisciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates, and health care organizations united in a common mission to improve the health of America’s underserved populations
http://www.clinicians.org

Berkeley African American Family Doctor and Dentist Finder
A site that lists African American doctors and dentist in the Berkeley area.
http://parents.berkeley.edu

Black Counselors
Black Counselors.com was created to meet the need of the Black Community to find qualified mental health clinicians and resources sensitive to their needs.
www.blackcounselors.com

Black Doctor
Offers new innovative approaches for Black health, vitality tips and news, and free referrals to black doctors.
www.blackdoctor.org

Black Doctor Directory
Community United Providers (CUP) is a non-profit Healthcare Organization that publishes the FREE African American Physician Directory Resource Guide for New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia.
www.cupi.org

Black Doctor Finder
Provides an easy to use searchable database of black doctors as well as quick access to relevant health news and resources.
www.blackdoctorfinder.com

Black Doctor and Health Experts Directory
Online directory of black doctors, physicians and health experts on nutrition, dieting, fitness, weight loss, healthcare and more.
www.blackexperts.com

Black Southern Doctors
Site for the PBS documentary “Black Southern Doctors” of doctors of differing time periods who have gone through trials and tribulations, as well as joyful experiences.
http://www.blacksoutherndoctors.com

Carol L. Brown, MD (Cancer Surgery)
Dr. Brown provides cancer related surgery out of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York
www.mskcc.org

Dr. Catrise Austin
An African American dentist who founded VIP Smiles – a modern dental practice in New York City for celebrities.
http://www.vipsmiles.com/

Cincinnati Medical Association
Their mission is to support the delivery of quality medical care to the traditionally underserved segments of the Greater Cincinnati community.
www.cincinnatimedicalassociation.org

Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Located in the Los Angeles area, this institution is named after Dr. Charles Richard Drew – one of the first black doctors who pioneered blood preservation.
www.cdrewu.edu

Dina Strachan, MD (Dermatology)
Located in New York, Dina is an African American dermatologist who studied at Harvard and Yale.
http://www.dinastrachanmd.com
Directory of Black Physicians
This website has a listing of black physicians from various parts of the country, as well as their specialties.
www.theblackmarket.com

Elon Bomani
The creator of an innovative holistic, natural living e-business for women. Her goal is to inspire women to become more healthy, wealthy, and wise.
www.thedynamicdiva.com

Find a Black Doctor
a free internet service which allows the public to locate U.S.-based African-American physicians, as well as dentists, podiatrists, clinical psychologists, and other health care providers.
www.findablackdoctor.com

Frederick Matthews (Podiatry)
Frederick is an African American Podiatrist at Intermountain Faith Center in New York.
www.interfaithmedical.com

Houston Medical Forum
Founded in 1958 as a Houston doctors association for black doctors.
http://www.hmfonline.org

Dr. Jean Archer (Podiatrist)
Dr Archer is an African American Podiatrist located in New York. She specializes in sports injuries and the proper maintenance of the diabetic foot.
http://www.doctorarcher.com

Dr. Michael Bermant, MD (Ethnic Rhinoplasty)
Although Dr Bermant is not African American, he does specialize in Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Virginia.
http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com

MS Family Medicine
Two female African American doctors who provide family medical services in New York area.
http://www.msfamilyhealthcare.com

National Black Nurses Association, Inc
NBNA mission is to provide a forum for collective action by African American nurses to “investigate, define and determine what the health care needs of African Americans are.
http://www.nbna.org

National Dentist Association
The mission of the National Dental Association is to represent the concerns of ethnic minorities in dentistry. This site also has a dentist finder.
http://www.ndaonline.org

National Dental Hygentists’ Association
The NDHA was founded by African American dental hygienists.
http://www.ndhaonline.org

National Medical Association
Their purpose is to advance the art and science of medicine for people of African descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician viability.
http://www.nmanet.org

National Podiatric Medical Association
The NPMA exists to foster the philosophy of disadvantaged/minority recruitment, retention, achievement and professional development.
http://www.npmaonline.org

Dr. Rovenia Brock
Also, known as Dr. Ro – she is one of the most renowned African American Nutritionist, and author of the national best-selling book entitled “Dr. Ro’s Ten Secrets To Livin’ Healthy“.
http://www.askdrro.com/

Dr. Sadie Sheafe (Psychotherapist)
Dr Sadie Sheafe is an African American Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, Psychotherapist, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia.
http://drsadiesheafe.com

Dr. Scott Whitaker
Founder and owner of the Wholistic Health Institute, Inc., Dr. Whitaker is also the black doctor who authored the popular book entitled “Medisins”.
http://www.medisins.net/

Dr. Shatike Ward (Preventative Medicine)
Dr Shatike Ward is an African American Chiropractor in New York.
http://chironyc.chiroweb.com

Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS)
This organization is designed to stimulate, mentor and inspire young African American surgeons and medical students to pursue academic careers.
http://www.sbas.net

Student National Medical Association
The nation’s oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color.
http://www.snma.org

To Bear Fruit for Our Race
A web site produced by the University of Houston that provides the history of African-American Physicians in Houston, Texas.
http://www.history.uh.edu/cph/tobearfruit

Black Lawyers and Law Firms 

 

Arizona Black Bar 
This Association has recently changed its name to the Hayzel B Daniels Bar Association. Its mission is to enhance the professional life of its members.
www.hbdaniels.com

Arkansas Black Lawyers
This website gives an informative background of black lawyers who were known to have practiced between 1865 and 1950.
www.arkansasblacklawyers.com

Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association
BESLA is an international organization of lawyers and other entertainment and sports industry executives in support of a more diversified, expert and informed group of entertainment and sports industry professionals. www.besla.org

Black Experts Directory of Law
This site provides a directory of Black lawyers, attorneys, judges and other experts on legal matters.
www.blackexperts.com

Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati
This Association is committed to the mission of improving the administration of criminal and civil justice, addressing the needs of African American attorneys.
www.cincinnatiblac.org

Black Lawyers for Justice
This site provides information that will prove useful to Black lawyers across the country.
www.blacklawyersforjustice.com

BlackLawyers.NET
A property of the National Law Group, this web site represents the first and only nationwide Black-owned legal services company in the United States. They specialize in nearly every legal area, and have locations in many cities across the country.
www.blacklawyers.net

Black Women Lawyers’ Association
Part of this Association’s mission is to identify and address issues and concerns unique to African-American women lawyers and judges
www.bwla.org

Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
This Association is a non-profit corporation whose mission is dedicated to charitable, educational and community-based services.
www.blackwomenlawyersla.org

California Association of Black Lawyers
CABL continues to be instrumental in increasing the number of African American judges throughout California.
www.calblacklawyers.org

Charles Houston Bar Association
This Association represents the interests of African American lawyers, judges and law students throughout Northern California.
www.charleshoustonbar.org

Cochran Firm
This firm, founded by the late Johnny Cochran, is one of the premier plaintiffs’ litigation and criminal defense law firms in the United States. Cochran, who died in 2005, was one of the most well-known black lawyers.
www.cochranfirm.com

Cook County Bar Association
This Association is the oldest African American Bar Association in America’s history, coming together in 1869.
www.cookcountybar.org

D. Augustus Straker Bar Association
This association was founded as a proactive organization of diverse attorneys, with a mission of promoting legal practice opportunities for minorities and women
www.michbar.org

Dawne A. Casselle, Esq.
Dawne provides this website to give viewers legal information, all in one place. Dawne practices law in Pennsylvania.
www.cassellelaw.com

Dedra S. Davis
Dedra specializes in music law. She has become one of the most highly sought after speakers in the nation on entertainment law issues
www.musiclw.bigstep.com

Emancipation: The Making of a Black Lawyer
This book is an informative read for any African American lawyer. It covers the first 100 years of African Americans in the legal profession
www.upenn.edu/pennpress

Gate City Bar Association
Established in 1948, the Gate City Bar Association is the oldest African American Bar Association in the State of Georgia.
www.gatecitybar.org

George W. Crawford Black Bar Association
This Association is a volunteer, non-profit, state-wide organization of attorneys, judges, and law students in the State of Connecticut. Its purpose is to work aggressively for the enhancement of the role of Black people in the legal profession
www.georgecrawford.net

Great Washington Area Chapter Women Lawyers Division
GWAC was founded in 1974 by a group of African-American women attorneys in D.C. who shared a vision of establishing a professional networking organization that serves the needs of the community and enhances opportunities for professional development.
www.gwacbar.org

Houston Black Lawyers Association
This Association seeks to address injustice and educate members and the community by serving as a redress conduit, improving legal services and providing a voice for the community through advocacy, mentoring, professionalism and coalition building.
www.houstonlawyersassociation.org

John Mercer Langston Bar Association
This Association’s purpose is to be a facilitator for excellence within the legal profession while also encouraging community service for those in need.
www.jmlba.org

Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association
The Association was founded in 1967 by a group of young African American attorneys residing or practicing in the County of Queens.
www.mbabba.com
Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
Since 1973, the MBLA has provided a valuable network and visible presence for attorneys of color within the Massachusetts legal community.
www.massblacklawyers.org

Metropolitan Black Bar Association
MBBA promotes the exchange of information between lawyers and legal associations, covering all areas of law and public and professional interests.
www.mbbany.org

Mike Saint Pre, Esq.
Mike St. Pre is a prominent black criminal defense lawyer and the owner of the Law Offices of Saint-Pre and Associates. He is a specialist in federal and state criminal defense, and high-profile federal, white collar, and drug cases.
www.mikesaintprelaw.com

Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
Minority bar association dedicated to supporting the professional development of Black lawyers, judges, and law students.
www.mabl.org

Minority Bar Association of Western New York
MBAWNY is an organization comprised of minority attorneys in Western New York, whose goals are to protect the civil rights of all people, and to enhance the legal services available to minority communities.
www.minoritybar.org

Monumental City Bar Association
This Association provides mentoring and counseling to law students and young lawyers, as well as training opportunities to advance the education of minority attorneys.
www.monumentalbar.org

National Attorney of Color Network
The only online network dedicated exclusively to promoting diversity in the legal profession by providing America’s leading companies and law firms access to attorneys of color.
www.nacnonline.com

National Black Law Students Association
NBLSA is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students and effectuate change in the legal community.
www.nblsa.org

National Conference of Black Lawyers
This is an an association of lawyers, scholars, judges, legal workers, law students and legal activists whose mission is to serve as the legal arm of the movement for Black Liberation, among other important things.
www.ncbl.org

New Mexico Black Lawyers Association
Throughout the nearly three-decade existence of the organization, NMBLA has promoted social justice, encouraged mutual support among the members, and has contributed to worthy endeavors.
www.newmexicoblacklawyersassociation.org

Race, Racism and the Law
Race, Racism and the Law considers race, racism and racial distinctions in the law. It examines the role of domestic and international law in promoting and/or alleviating racism.
http://academic.udayton.edu/race

Rochester Black Bar Association
One of the purposes this Association assumes is To serve as a voice for the concerns and opinions of African American attorneys in Monroe County, and to promote the professional development and networking opportunities.
www.rochesterblackbar.org

Sam Cary Bar Association
This Association was created in order to create a self-help group to instill professionalism and serve as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas among African-American lawyers.
www.samcarybar.org

Texas Black Lawyers
This group promotes the inclusion objectives of the State Bar of Texas as they relate to African-American attorneys, both in the profession and within the State Bar.
www.texasblacklawyers.com

University of South Carolina Black Law Student Association 
This Association provides formal and informal academic, professional and social support to African American law students.
http://law.sc.edu/organizations/blsa

Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association
The organization began in the 1950s with a group of African-American lawyers that mercilessly fought against injustice in Florida.
www.vhfcnba.org

W. Harold Flowers Law Society
In 1938, the Wonder State Bar Association was formed with W. Harold Flowers being one of the organizers. The association formally changed its name to the W. Harold Flowers Law Society in 1981 to recognize and honor Harold Flowers for his many years of service to the bar and on behalf of human rights.
www.flowerslawsociety.org

Wiley W Manuel Bar Association
The Association maintains a supportive role with African American law students and aids in representing the legal interests of African Americans in the greater Sacramento area.
www.wileymanuelbarassociation.com

Willie Gary Law Firm
Willie Gary is a well-known Black lawyer who has handled some of the largest jury awards and settlements in U.S. history. Based in Florida, he has received several honorary doctorate degrees.
www.garylaw.com

Black Hotels 

African-American Inn-Keepers 

Black Travel  – Soul Of America 

 

The Black Church 

The Church Source 

NOI

A shortage of Black Dentist 

Source: Black News & Web Search via google  :lol:

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BEHIND THE QUEENS OF AFRICA DOLLS – TAOFICK OKOYA


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BEHIND THE QUEENS OF AFRICA DOLLS – TAOFICK OKOYA

LAGOS — With a booming economy in Nigeria and more black children than anywhere else in the world, Taofick Okoya was dismayed some years ago when he couldn’t find a black doll for his niece.

The 43-year-old spotted a gap in the market and with little competition from foreign firms such as Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. He outsourced manufacturing of doll parts to low-cost China, assembled them onshore and added a twist – traditional Nigerian costumes.

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Fatherhood and Family, first. 
MDG--Queens-of-Africa-dol-008Seven years on, Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his “Queens of Africa” and “Naija Princesses” a month, and reckons he has 10-15 percent of a small but fast-growing market.

“I like it,” said five-year-old Ifunanya Odiah, struggling to contain her excitement as she checked out one of Okoya’s dolls in a Lagos shopping mall. “It’s black, like me.”

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