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IrieScents: The Skin Care Line that Helps Eczema & Cancer

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IrieScents By Brenda Alexander Many successful businesses begin by chance and for IrieScents owners Yolanda Washington and Samyra Lyles, their journey was no different. Both lost their jobs and sought career changes that landed them in the same massage therapy school in Atlanta. After meeting and finding out they both hailed from Baltimore, they clicked, and later discovered they were…

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Black Women are Driving the Growth in Women-Owned Businesses

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iStock/monkeybusinessimages By Charlene Rhinehart There’s no shortage of news about the evolution of women-owned businesses in the past few decades. More women are diving into entrepreneurship and earning a bigger piece of the financial pie that keeps the economy moving. According to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Business Report, commissioned by American Express, the number of women-owned businesses increased by…

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Meet Kelechi Anyadiegwu, the Young Entrepreneur Who Turned Down a Deal on Shark Tank

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Kelechi Anyadiegwu By Winnie Gaturu When entrepreneurs present their businesses and ideas to the sharks on Shark tank, they all wish for one thing, to get a much needed boost. Some end up getting what they wanted or better, while others walk away disappointed. However, there are a select few who turn down offers made to them by the sharks…

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

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@moemelanin 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…

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The Real Reason It’s Important Pat McGrath’s 1 Billion Dollar Makeup Co. Surpasses Kylie’s

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Pat McGrath & Kylie Jenner By Erickka Sy Savané Chances are, a lot of you have never heard the name Pat McGrath, the British-born makeup artist born to a single mother of Jamaican decent, who grew up loving makeup and got her start in the 80’s with designers John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. Since then, she’s worked just about every…

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Meet the Powerhouse Exec Behind ESSENCE Music Festival’s Empowerment Experience

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Gina Charbonnet via BlackEnterprise By Mwabi Kaira Within the minutes of talking to Gina Charbonnet, her love for New Orleans is apparent. Sure it’s home but her love goes beyond that; Gina is committed to showing the world New Orleans’ rich culture, contributing to its economy, encouraging young people to create businesses and continuing the cultural traditions important to the…

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Neighbor Calls Police on a 12-year-old Boy for Mowing the Wrong Lawn & Now His Business is on Fiyah!

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Reggie Fields of ‘Mr Reggie’s Lawn Cutting Service’ By Erickka Sy Savané Another day, another person calling the police on someone black for no good reason. There was ‘BBQ Becky‘ who called the police on some black folks who were chefing it up with a grill in the park. ‘Permit Patty’ who got her fingers in a tizzy and called…

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24 Shades of Business: A Coloring Book for the Black Entrepreneur’s Soul

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Book illustration by Shakira Rivers By Michelby Coco-Whitehead As a single 30-something with no children, I sometimes feel like I’m in my second childhood. I still watch cartoons and collect baby dolls that exude black girl magic with absolutely no shame. But coloring has never excited me as a kid, and it didn’t appeal to me in adulthood when my…

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For Black Millennials, Home Ownership Still the Best Way to Build Generational Wealth: Part 1

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Real Estate Developer & Entrepreneur A. Donahue Baker By Erickka Sy Savané There are people who do their jobs and there are those who are passionate about their work. Entrepreneur and real estate developer A. Donahue Baker has built an impressive real estate portfolio of over 400 residential units nationwide, and he’s passionate about providing minorities and Millennials with the…

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