African Woman Started Successful Shea Butter Co. After Daughter Said She Wanted Hair Like Cinderella

Hamamat Montia
By Winnie Gaturu

Children are indeed a blessing. They have the ability to bring out a part of their parents that was previously hidden. They often challenge them to attain more than they already have. This was the case with Hamamat Montia. From Ghana, Hamamat is an entrepreneur, former model and beauty queen. One day, when her 3-year-old daughter Zuri came home from school and said she wanted blonde hair like Cinderella, she felt disturbed. This was the moment that sparked her current path as an entrepreneur.

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Prayers Answered: Hair Care Entrepreneur Benny Harlem Recovers From Near Fatal Viper Snake Bite

Benny Harlem & Wife Kourtney Dandridge via IG
By Winnie Gaturu 

Benny Harlem's hair kits are quite impressive, especially when you consider they sell out within seconds. Containing rare ingredients which are guaranteed to nurture and nourish African hair, the products are handmade with ut-most care and dedication to ensure supreme quality. To obtain the ingredients used, Benny Harlem has to travel to countries like Ethiopia. It was during one of these trips that Benny was bitten by a viper snake. Since he had been informed that the bite was non-venomous at the facility in Ethiopia, he went about his business as usual. It was when he came back to the United States that the effects of the venom began to manifest. While in the middle of a photo shoot, his face and neck began to swell, eyes slowly shut down and he was rushed to the hospital. His condition was severe to the point that he couldn't walk or breathe on his own.

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The Problem with Career Envy


By Kaila Kea

For many women of color, working hard is nothing new. Balancing love, life, and career is natural to you. In fact, you don’t know how to walk away from a challenge without giving it your all. Although this sense of determination can serve us well, it can also drive us toward career envy.

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From Bullied to Youngest Fashion Week Designer. 11-Year-Old Kheris Rogers is Flexin' in Her Complexion


Kheris Rogers
By Winnie Gaturu

At age 11, Kheris Rogers has already achieved a lot in her life. She is a model, a motivator and a fashion designer. These are many roles for a girl her age but she has handled them with a lot of grace and positivity. You see, Kheris hit a rough patch when she joined first grade. She was one of the few black kids in the school and was constantly bullied by teachers and other students simply because of her dark skin. They would call her mean names and the kids would refuse to play with her. They made her feel different and above all, less human. This made her cry constantly and even prompted her to begin hating her skin tone. On seeing the suffering her sister was going through, Taylor Pollard, Kheris' older sister, decided to do something to brighten up her mood. She dolled up her little sister for a fashion show and posted the photos on twitter with the hashtag #FlexinInHerComplexion. What happened next was more than the two sisters expected. The pictures quickly went viral and received thousands of positive comments. That was the turning point and things started looking all the way up for Kheris.

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Review: I Tried the Mega Popular Teeth Whitener Owned By This Multi-Millionaire Mom

Amber Rose and Ramon Griggie of Express Smile Atlanta
By Erickka Sy Savané

When it comes to teeth whitening, the mother of all teeth whitening, at least as far as instagram is concerned, is Express Smile Atlanta (ESA). Go to their page and celebrities like Amber Rose, Kylie Jenner and even Teyana Taylor and hubby Iman Shumpert are packed like sardines, big-upping the product for making their teeth pearly white. At some point, it starts looking suspicious because we all know that stars be getting PAID to endorse products!

So honesty, while the celeb endorsements did peak my interest, what tipped me over the edge was getting the opportunity to interview the owner of the company, a black housewife from Atlanta named Ramona Griggie who started selling the product out of her kitchen and is now a multi-millionaire. When it comes to housewives-turned-entrepreneurs it don’t get no realer than that! I mean, she might be the original housewife of Atlanta.

So now I’m super curious to find out if this product really works or if it’s just the latest instagimmick? After all, teeth whitening made an estimated 11 billion in 2016 alone, according to statistics. Only one way to find out, I order a kit...

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And the Winners of the 24 Shades of Business Adult Coloring Book Are...

 24 Shades of Business Coloring Book
We asked you to comment on articles on the site and you ladies showed up, blessing us with your insight, hilarity and wisdom! And to show our appreciation, 7 awesome women will receive a 24 Shades of Business Adult Coloring book, delivered right to your door! Color yourselves silly and share the love with your friends. They make perfect gifts and you'll be supporting a black-owned business and you know how we love that. So without further ado, the winners are...

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Oprah is the 1 Billion Dollar Woman After Signing Monster Programming Deal With Apple

Kevin Winter/Getty Images
By Erickka Sy Savané

If there was any doubt that Oprah Winfrey is still the queen of television, make no mistake, she is the undisputed champ. After pulling her OWN network from the ashes following a slow start, to the highest rated network for African American women, Oprah is taking it up a notch by signing a multi-year, estimated 1 billion dollar deal with Apple to create original programming. Yes, you heard that right, 1 billion dollars.

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This Harlem Woman Loved Hats So Much She Bought a Hat Factory

Photo of Georgiette Morgan-Thomas by Hillary Swift for TheNewYorkTimes
By Winnie Gaturu

Georgiette Morgan-Thomas is a woman who wears many hats, literally. She is a pastor, an entrepreneur and a pretty good manager. Over the years, Georgiette has been able to seamlessly incorporate hats into her daily lifestyle, and has a hat for every occasion and wears them just about everywhere. Due to her "hat obsession," she currently owns more than 100 of them. That's not all. She also owns a hat factory called American Hats LLC.

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A 3D Emoji App for Melanin-Poppin,' Natural-Haired Women is Just What We Need!

NapturalistaMoji.com
By Erickka Sy Savané

Ever feel like you needed an emoji that said exactly what you need it to say from someone that looks like you and your peeps? Napturalista Moji feels you and that's why they recently launched a kickstarter campaign to bring their melanin-poppin,' natural-haired emoji's to life!

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Everything You Need to Know About PR From Publicist Deidre Palode

Deidre Palode
By Michelby Coco Whitehead

A publicist’s job is quite fascinating, especially as it relates to the beauty industry. From your favorite hair care commercials and even the infamous Dove and Shea Moisture ads that made consumers of color say “Girl, bye!” you can bet your good wig that a publicist was involved somewhere in the process. Having a PR expert on your team is an invaluable investment, but before hiring someone, there are several things to consider. Atlanta-based PR pro Deidre Palode shared some insight on what it’s like to work in the industry, as well as what beauty professionals should consider before hiring someone to leverage media coverage for their brand.

Tattoo Artist & Entrepreneur Lauren is Naturally Glam!

 Lauren Findley
By Erickka Sy Savané

Jamaican living in South Florida, Lauren Findley has been natural for four years after doing the big chop in 2014. To say that she's been making the most of that natural glow would be an understatement. See why she's our naturally glam pick!

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Swimmie Caps Motivate Black & Brown Kids to Swim

Photos via Swimmie Caps IG
By Winnie Gaturu

Yolanda Flournah-Perkins is a mom on a mission. She is the brains behind the first swimming cap brand to feature images of black and brown kids in a bid to motivate them to take more interest in swimming. The thought initially came when her kids aged 4 and 6 wanted some swimming caps, and she took them to the local retail shop and bought two. Once they got home, the kids were excited to put their caps on, however, when her daughter Bella opened her swim cap, she wasn't pleased. She said it was ugly since it didn't have a picture of a black girl on it. Yolanda told her that she would purchase one for her online, but she couldn't find one featuring a black girl. After searching for two days, Yolanda realized that no such product existed in the market. That's when she did something about it and Swimmie Caps was born.

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Gabby Union Chats New Fashion Line, New Pilot & the Secret to Her Latest Success on Today

Gabrielle Union
By Erickka Sy Savané
You gotta love Gabrielle Union. Mama has been working in the entertainment business as an A-list actress for 25 years, she looks better than when she first started (she's 45), and now she's adding a new fashion line and pilot with Jessica Alba into the mix. How does she do it? How does her life seem to get better and better? She has a secret to her latest success that she shared on yesterday's Today show with everybody's favorite Hoda and Kathie Lee! Drop us a line in the comment section if you think this is something that you could adopt- Enjoy!

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7 Things No One Tells You About Starting Your Own Business

 By Erickka Sy Savané

Call Dionne Phillips many things: Eyelash expert, celebrity eyelash extension guru, entrepreneur, wife, but stingy with her information? Never. Since launching ‘D’Lashes’ her Beverly Hills-based studio in 2005, prior to that she worked at a top Los Angeles salon, and before that, she was servicing African American and Asian clients in New York City, pre-social media, Dionne has firmly established herself as the queen of eyelashes. Shows like The Doctors, Good Morning America and Extra TV all consult with Dionne, and clients as diverse as Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham, Mindy Kaling, and even Steven Tyler, clamor to get an appointment, which you wanna make at least 2-3 weeks in advance. Dionne is in business!

The great thing about this former actress and Toledo native is she wants you to be in business too. Sharing what she knows, better yet, the things no one shared with her, is a part of her higher purpose. So if you’re planning on starting your own business, or you’re already a company owner in need of a few tips, pull out your notebooks for 7 Things No One Tells You About Starting Your Own Business from Dionne Phillips!

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How Several Leaps Of Faith Led This Woman To Open Her Own Floral Boutique


Itika Oldwine of Oldvine Florals 

By Sharee Silerio

In 2011, after working on “The Oprah Show” for eight seasons as an intern then employee, Itika Oldwine took a big leap of faith and traded in Chicago for Los Angeles to start a career in marketing. Soon after arriving, she started a marketing position at L.A. Live, an entertainment and sports complex adjacent to the Staples Center Downtown. There, she was immersed in one of the largest event spaces in the nation, which hosts the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, the Grammys, MTV Awards and BET Experience.

After learning as much as she could about marketing, she started securing her own clients, and one of them ended up being Eric Buterbaugh Design, a florist out of the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills. Eventually, Oldwine left LA Live to become Buterbaugh’s general manager and a new passion began to bloom.

This Mom Started A Teeth Whitening Business Out Of Her Kitchen And Made Millions

Ramona Griggie Founder of Express Smile Atlanta
By Erickka Sy Savané

It was 2015 and Ramona Griggie’s oldest son was graduating from Duke University. It was an extra special time because after years of wearing braces, he was finally getting them taken off. So as a gift, Ramona promised to get his teeth whitened. Unfortunately, prices were out of control, ranging from $700-$900. But knowing that she couldn't let it end there, Ramona put on her super mom cape and began researching alternatives online. Eventually, she found a great product and a $250 machine to use for practice at home.

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How A Simple Greeting Card Can Transform Mother-Daughter Relationships

Luciana Gilmore: Founder of 'Gilmore Girls Greeting' 
 
By Kanisha Parks
Some mother-daughter relationships form relatively easily and only grow more resilient over time into an unbreakable bond of understanding, love, and respect for one another. But the more common truth is that mother-daughter relationships can be difficult—and that’s an understatement. From infancy to adulthood, entire complicated histories are formed between a mother and her daughter and the truth is: navigating those waters can prove difficult. 

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