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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Shop Moe Melanin for School Supplies that Inspire Kids to be Somebody!

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By Winnie Gaturu

Standard school supplies are often plain and boring. The ones that are a bit more vibrant tend to be way above the normal price list. In addition, most of these supplies do not have themes that resonate with black kids. However, there’s an increase in the number of black-owned companies that target their own communities even in the school supplies sector. Moe Melanin LLC is one of these companies.

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10-Year-Old Boy Grows Out Hair to Shoulder-Length to Donate to Cancer Patient

Image Credit: Angie Polus (Moore's mom)
By Winnie Gaturu

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second largest killer in the world with millions of deaths being reported per year. The sad thing is that the disease affects both the young and old. Although it can be treated, especially when detected in its early stages, most types of treatment tend to take a toll on the patient. Perhaps one of the most known side effects of cancer treatment is hair loss which is mainly attributed to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. To most people, hair is an important part of their identity, so hair loss due to cancer treatment is devastating, especially to young kids.

This brings us to the story of Thomas Moore. When he was 8 years old he found his mother watching a video of a little girl losing her hair during chemotherapy. His mom went on to explain to him that the 5-year-old girl, Kyssi Andrew, was suffering from cancer and the treatment was responsible for her hair loss. At that moment, Moore was inspired to do something about it. He told his mother that he would grow out his hair and give it to Kyssi.

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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As the Youngest on Forbes' 30 Under 30 List, 13-Year-Old Marley Dias Definitely Gets It Done

Marley Dias 
By Winnie Gaturu

Forbes 30 under 30 list was started back in 2011 to recognize 600 business and industry figures all under the age of 30. Out of thousands of nominees this year, Marley Dias is one of the few people who landed on the list. At the age of 13, she is the youngest, but that doesn't mean that her achievements are negligible.

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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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Everything You Need to Know About Black-Owned Business Directory 'The Black Mall'



By Winnie Gaturu

If you're looking for a way to support black-owned business, The Black Mall (TBM) is the perfect solution. It is an online business directory that helps you find products and services from black-owned businesses across the nation. The mall was started as a means to offer support to both existing businesses and startups. Supporting black business goes a long way in supporting and promoting growth in the black community by creating more employment opportunities and improving the quality of life for many families. According to Black Demographics, 95% of black-owned businesses are sole proprietorships thus supporting them directly impacts the lives of the owners.

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Meet the 18-Year-Old Artist That's Painting Black Women as Fairies

Artist Sumaiyah Jones via IG
By Winnie Gaturu

When you think about fairies, names like The Fairy Godmother or Tinkerbell instantly come to mind. They are part of most children's childhood and are often associated with magic, femininity and beauty. Perhaps the most outstanding thing about most fairies is the fact that they are white. This has been the case for decades. However, many artists are seeking to change this narrative by reimagining fairies to reflect diversity. Among them is 18-year-old Sumaiyah Jones, an artist that reimagines fairies as black women. It's hard not to fall in love with her work therefore it comes as no surprise that she has gained more than 70k followers on Instagram!

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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Michaela DePrince: From Orphan in War-torn Sierra Leone to Successful Ballerina


Michaela DePrince
By Winnie Gaturu

Michaela DePrince is no ordinary 23-year-old young lady. She has established a name for herself in the ballet world through hard work and determination. She was even invited to perform alongside Beyonce in the Lemonade video shooting and Madonna is set to direct a biopic based on her life. Michaela's inspiration to become a ballerina was inspired by a magazine she found blowing in the wind. Its cover photo was a stunningly beautiful ballerina en pointe. She was just four at the time but she knew in her heart that one day, she would become a ballerina, just like the lady on the magazine. 

Nnedi Okarafor
By Winnie Gaturu

Black Panther just surpassed the Titanic to become the 3rd highest-earning movie of all time. This comes as it hits a revenue of $665.4 million. Following its tremendous success, Marvel has decided to create a 3-comic miniseries starring the Dora Milage and Spider Man. The miniseries is conveniently named Wakanda Forever perhaps to take advantage of Black Panther's popularity. The storyline revolves around the Wakanda female warriors (the Dora Milage) fighting alongside Spiderman on a mission in New York City. This is bound to be an entertaining miniseries to say the least. However, what's even more exciting is the fact that the series will be written by acclaimed afro futuristic author, Nnedi Okarafor.

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Women's History Month: 3 Sisters Created the Largest Black Doll Museum in the World


Photo via Dolledaze
By Winnie Gaturu

What would you do if you had a collection of more than 5,000 dolls? Open a museum, maybe? Well, that's exactly what sisters Felicia Walker, Celeste Cotton and Debra Britt did with the black dolls they’d been collecting for more than 50 years. They would carry the dolls and take them to different venues to educate people about black history and culture, but eventually grew tired of packing and unpacking their huge collection, plus, they were running out of space so they decided to get them a proper home. This wasn't easy. It took 5 years to find a good location, a 3,500 square feet property in Mansfield, Massachusetts. And that's how the National Black Doll Museum, the largest in the world, came to be. 

This Teen's Subscription Box is Boosting Self-esteem in Young Black Girls!


Journi Prewitt & the Black Butterfly Beautiful Subscription Box
 By Winnie Gaturu

Journi Prewitt is no ordinary teenager. She is an entrepreneur who has turned her love for reading into a business. What stands out about her business model is her passion to empower young black girls and raise their self-esteem while increasing their interest in reading. Initially, Journi used to give her 6 year old cousin books and gifts and had no plans of starting a business. However, her godmother encouraged her to make the gift boxes available to all girls and that's how Black Butterfly Beautiful was born.  

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When It Comes To Punishing Your Kids, How Far Is Too Far?


The worst part of parenting is when you have to deal with your child's ill behavior. Every parent wants their kid to grow up into a responsible adult. However, the disciplining part can be difficult especially when dealing with teenagers. Recently, a mom streamed herself online, shaving off the hair of her 14-year old daughter as punishment for being disrespectful. Many criticized her actions citing that it may lead to low self-esteem and even psychological issues. A dad shaved his kid's head into an 'old man' cut because he was acting 'too grown.' This begs the question, how far is too far when it comes to punishing kids?

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The Pros & Cons of Using VapoRub to Grow Hair


By Winnie Gaturu

VapoRub is a common item in every household. It is a mentholated ointment that's used to suppress coughs and reduce pains in joints and muscles. However, people seem to use it for far more than that. As a matter of fact, some women are using it to stimulate hair growth and regrow thinning edges. So, Why Is Vicks VapoRub Being Used?

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Two Phenomenal 2018 Calendars Capturing Black Beauty Perfectly



P-Diddy & Naomi Campbell via PirelliCanlendar.com
By Winnie Gaturu

Over the centuries, human beings have always had the urge to track and measure time. In the past, this was done for various reasons such as predicting seasons for farming or hunting and planning for religious and cultural functions. The methods used to keep track of time revolved around observing the pattern and behavior of the sun, moon and stars. These methods have advanced over the years giving rise to our current calendar system. Although there are many calendars, the one that is most widely used is the Gregorian Calendar which was introduced in October 1582. Surprisingly, in this digital day and age, the Gregorian print calendar is still widely used and a common item in all households and offices. They also act as a convenient decor item especially if they have a photo theme.

With 2018 starting soon, here are two phenomenal calendars you might consider buying for the new year. Both capture black beauty perfectly and will make you feel proud of your roots! 

7 Ways To Avoid Weight Gain During The Holidays

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By Winnie Gaturu

It's holiday time, and you know what that means, LOTS OF FOOD! And it's not just ordinary food, it's the delicacies that make your mouth water just by the mention of their names. That's why most Americans end up gaining a pound or two during the festive period. Although this doesn't seem like much, most people don’t shed off the weight gained during the festive period. The pounds gradually keep piling up year-after-year. You don't have to fall for that trap any more. You can still enjoy all the delicious food without adding any extra pounds. Here's what you need to do.

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You'll Fall In Love With This #MeToo Hair Sculpture & So Much More!

Laetitia Ky's #metoo campaign
By Winnie Gaturu

Have you seen Laetitia Ky's amazing hair sculptures? If you haven't, head over to her Instagram page and prepare yourself to be amazed. Laetitia is a 21 year-old polyvalent artist and aspiring fashion designer from Cote d'Ivoire. She has made a name for herself through her stunning natural hair sculptures which she does on her own head. She creates elaborate up-dos to depict anything from a smiley face to a bicycle. Some of her most stunning sculptures are the ones where she has shaped hands doing different things like holding a phone, waving hello and playing guitar.

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7 Things To Know About Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett

Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett
By Winnie Gaturu

Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, might not have won the Miss Universe Crown but she sure won the hearts of many. The 21-year-old proudly showcased not only beauty but also confidence and a true Jamaican spirit in the pageant. She ended up being the 2nd runner-up but hundreds of people on twitter thought she should have won and started the hashtag:  #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon.
In case you missed the show, here are 7 things you should know about Ms Jamaica!

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To The People Telling Me To Have More Kids




By Winnie Gaturu

Since my son started walking, I've received a lot of unsolicited advice from acquaintances to complete strangers: "You should have another kid to keep your son company," "You should have a girl," (as if I can determine the child's gender), or the one that bothers me the most..."You should have more kids in case one dies." That's downright disturbing!

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