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Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Anonymous Grand Juror In The Breonna Taylor Case Speaks Out

The anonymous grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case took issue with Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron’s characterization of the panel’s proceedings.

The grand juror released a statement on Tuesday through a lawyer saying the three weeks of service before the proceeding was a lesson on how a normal grand jury operates, but the Taylor proceedings “was quite different.”

“The grand jury was not presented any charges other than the three wanton endangerment charges against Detective Hankison,” the juror said in the statement. “The grand jury did not have homicide offenses explained to them. The grand jury never heard anything about those laws. Self-defense or justification was never explained either.”

Cameron said during a news conference late last month his team’s investigation found — “and the grand jury agreed” that the two officers who fired multiple shots into Taylor’s home, were justified because Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired first.

Walker told authorities he fired because he thought someone was breaking into the couple’s home. The juror released a statement through a lawyer days after Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Annie O’Connell denied Cameron’s motion to keep the grand jury proceedings a secret. 

“This court finds that the traditional justifications for secrecy in this matter are no longer relevant and that the ends of justice require disclosure,” O’Connell said in her ruling.

The grand juror also accused Cameron of “using the grand jurors as a shield to deflect accountability and responsibility for these decisions.”

One of the officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who was shot in the leg that night, did an interview with ABC News Tuesday.

“This is not relatable to George Floyd,” Mattingly said in the interview. “This is nothing like that, it’s not an Ahmaud Arbery. It’s not a race thing like people want it to be. This is a point where we were doing our jobs and returned fire.”

Ben Crump, the lawyer for Taylor’s family, told REVOLT the juror confirmed his suspicions that Cameron was part of a cover-up.

“Attorney General Daniel Cameron took the decision out of the grand jury’s hands,” Crump told REVOLT. “They didn’t allow the grand jury to do what the law says they have the right to do. This failure rests squarely on the shoulders of Daniel Cameron. He then brought Tamika Palmer [Taylor’s mother] in and lied to her, placing the result on the grand jury.”

Cameron told reporters Tuesday he remains confident his office conducted the proceedings the right way and while he disagrees with the judge’s ruling, would not appeal it.

“As Special Prosecutor, it was my decision to ask for an indictment that could be proven under Kentucky law,” Cameron said in a statement. “Indictments obtained in the absence of sufficient proof under the law do not stand up and are not fundamentally fair to anyone.”



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Michigan Businesses Launch Locally Printed Black Lives Matter Merchandise

Two small businesses, The Mitten Brewing Co. and Malamiah Juice Bar, are ready to start taking pre-orders for limited-run editions of locally printed Black Lives Matter merchandise, including garments and masks according to Grand Rapids Business Journal.

The two Grand Rapids, Michigan-based companies will donate 100% of the sales to the Black and Brown Cannabis Guild.

Mitten Brewing co-owner Chris Andrus, and Malamiah Juice Bar owner, Jermale Eddie, have partnered and contracted local custom design and screen printing business Ambrose at WMCAT, and its fundraising platform, Bound As One, to launch the project.

“Malamiah Juice Bar is rooted in West Michigan, and we are proud to give back to our community through the Bound As One initiative in support of BBCG,” Eddie said. “And we are all just that — bound as one in a community that cares deeply but one that is in need of greater social equity and justice.”

“The work that the Black and Brown Cannabis Guild is doing is vital for individuals in our community who have barriers to opportunity because of a drug record — many of which are eligible for expungement. When you buy a T-shirt or mask, every penny goes directly to support communities of color that are benefiting from BBCG’s advocacy, network, and guidance; an incredible mission that The Mitten Brewing Co. fully supports” said Andrus.

“We believe that this work is not charity, it is justice,” Black and Brown Cannabis Guild’s founder and Executive Director Denavvia Mojet said. “We know that our government disproportionately harmed communities of color as a byproduct of a racist political agenda, and we work to help those harmed communities thrive in spite of those convictions. We believe this is what equity looks like, and we are grateful to be supported in these efforts.”

The back of each shirt also has the names of victims of police brutality, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Philando Castile, and more individuals. Pre-orders will be taken on ambrose-print-shop.printavo.com until Oct. 30.



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Donate to Playing for Change and Possibly Win a 2021 Tesla Model 3

If you are a car lover, sustainability advocate, or just appreciate doing good for charity groups, then you won’t want to pass up this wildly cool giveaway. Led by StackCommerce, enter for your chance to win a brand new 2021 Tesla Model 3 to by simply donaing to an incredible cause. So while you help children and communities in need, you are also entered to win a Tesla.

Here’s how the giveaway works. Simply choose a donation amount that corresponds with the number of entries you would like, check out, and you’ve entered! The more you donate, the better your chance of winning. Ten dollars will give you 100 entries, $25 equals 250 entries, $50 will enter your name 1,000 times, and if you want to go really big, $100 will give you 2,500 chances. Multiply these numbers by as many times as you’d like and are able to increase your odds even more.

The money will go to help Playing for Change, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to support music education across the world. The programs are designed to support positive change in communities as well as provide jobs to musicians and administrators. Your support will foster arts and music programs in diverse spaces all around the country.

If you win, you get to look forward to driving around in the Tesla Model 3, which reaches speeds up to 140 mph, has a 263-mile energy range, and can go from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 5.3 seconds. Just imagine yourself with the windows down, exploring your town or road tripping around the country. The car also comes with autopilot, partial premium all-black interior, pearl white paint, and rear drive.

If you are at least 18 years old, you can enter now for your chance to win.



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Monday, October 19, 2020

Meet the Sister Duo Who Built a $1 Million Haircare Line that’s Disrupting the Industry

For sisters Tonya Thompson and Sharie Wilson, Co-Founders of the natural hair care line DreamGirls, hair styling was always a part of daily life. We spoke to Tonya and Sharie to hear from them firsthand about their journey to founding the natural hair care brand and turning their dreams into reality.

Growing up, the Tonya and Sharie were known as experts when it came to hair styling for school dances and continued to style hair on the side throughout their early careers. When Sharie came to Tonya with the idea of selling hair extensions as a business venture in 2006, the sister duo hit the ground running and opened up their first DreamGirls hair salon in the heart of their hometown of Los Angeles.

Fast forward to two successful salon locations and thousands of women empowered through their hair styling techniques, Tonya and Sharie knew it was time to expand their brand. They then launched DreamGirls’ signature product line to offer their techniques to individuals across the nation.

Although DreamGirls was launched six months ago, it has been nothing short of a success. The product line, which features the signature Healthy Hair Care System ($125) that promotes natural hair growth, immediately became a favorite of women across the country who raved about their newfound confidence due to their incredible results. “Through our unique techniques, we offer DreamGirls’ Healthy Hair Program that promotes natural growth for all hair textures. Our system consists of wearing a protective style of a weave that results in hair growth, not loss,” Tonya and Sharie explained.

The line continues to disrupt the beauty industry and break down stigmas surrounding natural hair. Although black shoppers contributed $473 million to the $4.2 trillion haircare and beauty industry in 2018, not all hair care brands are made with them specifically in mind according to a 2018 Nielsen report. “The goals of DreamGirls is to break the stereotype that black women can’t have long, natural hair, and to help build their confidence in knowing that they can do anything,” shared Sharie and Tonya.

The two always had a strong desire to help women, especially fellow black women with their hair confidence. “We’d see our clients’ confidence skyrocket after styling their hair and it was an incredible feeling,” they explained. “We use our salon chairs as tools to uplift, motivate, inspire and praise women for their natural beauty, both inside and out.”

As African American and female entrepreneurs, Tonya and Sharie faced many hardships along the way. They rose above the challenges and never stopped striving towards their goals. “We’ve been overlooked and have had to be ten times more successful than otherwise needed just to stand in a room next to a male entrepreneur,” the sisters shared. “Being a minority entrepreneur means that we have to go above and beyond, but that doesn’t stop us from believing in ourselves and achieving our goals.”

Despite the challenges they faced while building their brand during the global pandemic, DreamGirls was incredibly successfully in helping thousands of women feel more confident through hair results and recently achieved $1 million in sales.


Tonya and Sharie continue to empower women and encourage others to take initiative in both life and in business. The sisters previously held women’s empowerment speaking events to share their journey and key lessons they’ve encountered along the way. “It’s very rewarding to empower fellow women, and is the foundation of what our business was built upon,” they explained. “We want to see women succeed and help them by setting them up with the confidence that they can accomplish anything. We are an example of what is possible for women, and are a true testament to the fact that everyone has the ability to rewrite their story!”

Tonya and Sharie continue to expand their business and achieve their goals of helping women across the nation feel more confident. “As Los Angeles girls who came from a middle working class family, we didn’t always see a lot of wealth or even the possibility of what can be. As a result, we’ve always felt that we needed to see and do more. We want to bring our community with us and pour back into others to help them achieve their goals.”



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These Black Entrepreneurs Created A Honey Business In Honor Of Their Children

According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, there are anywhere from 115,000 to 125,000 beekeepers in the United States with over 2 million colonies producing 1.4 million pounds of raw honey for consumption. Like many industries, beekeeping isn’t the most diverse. One family used the chance to create a business in honor of their children after learning about the health benefits of raw honey.

Summer and Kam Johnson are the founders behind Zach and Zoe Sweet Bee Farm, a collection of raw honey made on their land in New Jersey and named after their children. The parents started beekeeping for health purposes when their son, Zach, started struggling with asthma and seasonal allergies and used honey to help. “We would regularly find ourselves in the emergency room and were constantly giving him steroids and medicine to keep his asthma in check,” wrote the Johnsons in an interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE via email.

“We wanted a natural solution to help his allergies and we read that raw honey could help with inflammation and introduce the body to pollen in manageable amounts. Back in 2015, we started with two hives and were pleasantly surprised to get a small honey harvest in the fall of that year. We kept growing each year and increasing the number of hives on our property and learning more about beekeeping.”

From there, the two started to produce honey for sale and created the company named after their children. The Johnsons learned that their presence also brought representation and diversity to those within the industry and that they are helping educate people along the way. “When we first started keeping bees, there weren’t that many Black beekeepers and we received (and still do) tons of questions and genuine curiosity,” they said.

“It’s been really fun to raise awareness around agriculture, farming, and the importance of bees and that’s one of the highlights for us—being able to teach about the topic and introduce communities, especially children, to bees. We do tours on our farm and with quarantine, have evolved into doing video tours of the bees. We live in a rural setting but we also know beekeepers who keep bees in major cities You don’t need a ton of space, just some patience, natural curiosity, and not mind getting stung on occasion.”

The Johnsons said it was important to make their children a part of the business and to teach them the mechanics behind running a business so one day they can pass the business down to them. “We named the business after our children and from the beginning, we envisioned a business that we could all play a part in,” they added.

“When they were younger, they would help with the beekeeping and they also helped with our retail shop.    As they get older, we involve them in more aspects of the business and use it as a teaching tool on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. We talk about [things like] operations, accounting, pricing, [and] fulfillment.  They can see, firsthand, that starting and running a business is incredibly hard work but that if you keep at it, it can be really rewarding to see a business grow and flourish.”



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Why Everyone—Yes, You Too—Should Own a Consulting Business

You can’t rely on an employer to control or protect your career. Whether you have a “permanent” position, a temp-to-perm, or a temporary position, there’s no real job security. Therefore, you should look at your career differently. This is why everyone should have a consulting business.

COVID-19 has only made it worse. With over 60 million Americans losing their jobs since mid-March, the threat of losing your job is more and more real. In addition, pandemics, acts of God, and economic downturns give companies a “legitimate” reason to slash jobs. Since the rules have changed, companies feel free to fire or lay people off for little or no reason. So you should be prepared to make your transition before you have to.

Having a consulting business helps you to:

  1. Fill in the gaps in your résumé.

Companies don’t want to hire unemployed people. While this is illegal in some states, there are ways around it. Having your own company means you will have work. Be prepared to talk about projects you’ve worked on. This also means you don’t have to settle for a “just get your foot in the door” job to hold you over.

  1. Try before YOU buy.

Many companies use a temp-to-perm strategy to find the right fit for their organization. You can use the same strategy for potential clients. Since consultants are not employees, there’s less risk to bring you in to do a specific job. You can learn about the company culture and decide if the company is a potential destination if they were to offer you a permanent position. 

  1. Test the entrepreneurial waters.

Entrepreneurship can be daunting, but you don’t have to go all in. You can slowly transition into entrepreneurship and test whether you can do it full time. You may find out it’s not for you and go back to working 9-to-5. Either way, you can do one or both as you figure things out.

  1. Gain flexibility.

Consulting was great for me when my mother-in-law had cancer. I was able to take days off to travel with my wife to the hospital for her treatments. Later, my father-in-law had a stroke and my mother got cancer. The days off gave me the ability to meet their needs. It also gave me the ability to pursue other opportunities and create my own schedule.

Everyone should have a consulting business, whether it’s part-time or full-time. Many professionals do consulting on the side. It creates a stream of income to help you to make a living or hold you over between jobs.

This is especially true for older workers. During the Great Recession of 2008 and now with COVID-19, the unemployment rate for those 55 and older is higher than the rate for workers 25-54. With more companies dumping older workers and fewer companies hiring them, it makes sense to use your experience to create a revenue stream for yourself.

Draw up a contract that outlines terms, relationships, the scope of services, compensation, etc. Then, market yourself and be confident in your ability as you step out and take control of your career.



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Sunday, October 18, 2020

How Ms. Bling Pursued Her Passion and Built a Thriving Business

Pascale Rowe, also known as Ms. Bling, stepped out on faith when she left her career at American Express. Making a respectable $70,000 annually as a sales rep for the company, Bling decided it was time to leave behind her financial security, benefits, and 401(k). Born of Haitian descent, Bling developed a brand, social identity, and more importantly a business utilizing social media as her main marketing tool.

A failed marriage and negative bank account provided Bling with the determination she needed to find a way to succeed. “I was a wreck,” says Bling. I had no idea how I would turn my passion into profit, but I knew that I would not give up.”

For 125 years, Swarovski has been producing its precision-cut crystals seen across entertainment, fashion, and design. Bling saw an opportunity in the market to use a well-known brand in her designs that catered to a different demographic group. “Blinging out jewelry, clothing, and accessories is a personal statement that gives an item pop,” exclaims Bling. “My starting goal was visibility. Getting highly visible people to wear my product was the best way to make this happen so I sourced my contacts. Celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Gabrielle Union, and Trina were creating visibility and intrigue for my brand.”

As Bling’s business blossomed, she expanded her accessories brand into retail fashion, motivational speaking, and writing. “I am only as successful as the ones I help, and I truly believe this,” says Bling.

Helping to inspire countless entrepreneurs, Bling travels throughout the country speaking at conferences and networking events.

“When I began this journey I didn’t have other entrepreneurs or business people to lean in for advice and insight. I will take every opportunity I have to be that person to an entrepreneur who helps them along their journey.”

Building a brand has not come without setbacks and disappointments for the successful entrepreneur. In 2013 Bling decided it was time to author her first book. Working with a “manager,” Bling was given a template for online bookselling. Before the book’s completion, Bling was instructed to offer the book as a “pre-order” which she obliged.

“Initially I was thrilled at how many copies were pre-ordered,” says Bling.

When the pre-orders came in there became a feeling of extreme pressure to write just anything to deliver on the launch date. “My integrity did not allow me to do this so 11 months later Self Made, Self-Paid Without Losing My Self-Worth was finally released. Before its release, I contacted customers via e-mail and put up an Instagram post offering a full refund of $20. To my surprise, over 90% of the customers wanted the book and said they would wait. Every customer received a refund or the book. Anyone who says otherwise may have heard of the delay debacle and may be speaking on it but I can guarantee they never ordered it.”

This ordeal taught Bling a great lesson that she applies to her business practices today. She adds, “although many people pre-sell items, it is something I shy away from. I prefer to under promise and over deliver in everything I do. Therefore, if I do not have it in stock, it is not for sale.”

Selling is what Bling has been doing and her strategic approach is paying a dividend. “One thing that I do is work hard. I am my brand therefore I am meticulous in my approach. From wardrobe shoots to consistently updating my platforms with in-stock items, I measure and remeasure myself daily. I must continue to grow, evolve, and be better.”



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Meet the Black Woman Whose Home Décor Business Has Sold Over 26,000 Comforters, Pillows, and Beddings

With an endeavor to spread her culture and heritage across all homes in the United States, Jojo Pierre started her own home décor company named Lakay Designs and she never looked back. Over the years, Lakay Designs has grown exponentially, not only offering financial stability to Jojo and her family but also creating employment opportunities for other people in her community. Currently offering an extensive catalog of products, the company is working proactively to expand the repertoire, offer more innovative products, and keep reaching more homes in America.

Currently, Lakay Design is in more than 26,000 homes across the United States, and that number is growing every day with pleased buyers referring Lakay Designs to their family and friends. The current range of products available at Lakay Designs include African art sculptures and figurines, African wall art, bathroom accessories, comforters, bedding sets, curtain designs, dining room accessories, kitchen accessories, King and Queen pillowcases, and much more. From resourcing materials to manufacturing, packaging, distribution, and everything in between, Lakay Designs abides by business practices that ensure the utmost product quality, while also providing benefits for everyone in the value chain.

A spokesperson for the company made an official press statement, “Here at Lakay Designs, our business values are essential for us, and so is our commitment to our clients. Lakay Designs became successful because our clients supported Jojo’s ideas and resonated with the African aesthetic that she put out there. Now we must serve our clients with the utmost integrity. Even during the pandemic, the Lakay Designs team has worked around the clock to fulfill all orders. We are currently offering custom design bedding, so we urge everyone to take advantage of the offer while it lasts.”

“I just received my comforter set. I love it! However, I just want to brag on [Lakay Designs] as a company. From the communication at the conception of my order to the follow-ups about shipping, to the personalized that you that came with my beautiful set! Sis, you are truly black girl business perfection! Keep it up. I’m coming back for more,” stated a happy customer while providing testimony for the African print comforter she purchased from the Lakay Designs official store.


The spokesperson further added, “The word Lakay translates to Home is Haitian Creole, and that is the vision behind Lakay Designs. There are certain African aesthetics that Jojo grew up around her home. For Jojo, these African prints and décor pieces bring about a feeling of coziness and being at home, which is how she wants every house in America to feel like: a cozy home. With a mission to reach one million homes in America with signature Lakay Designs products, Jojo and her family are getting close to that mission every passing day.”

More details about Lakay Designs and their entire line are available on the official online store at LakayDesigns.com

This article was originally published by BlackNews.com.



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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Divorced Single Mom of 2 Finds New Man, Launches Six Figure Chemical-Free Hair Color Brand

Meet Electra Davis, the 36-year old founder and CEO of Mysteek Naturals – a popular Black-owned line of chemical-free hair color products. She launched her successful company just two years after becoming a divorced single mother with two children.

A victim of child abuse

Electra grew up as an only child living in Buffalo, NY, with her mom. However, her mom worked and partied a lot, and Electra was often left with her grandparents. As a result, one of her uncles began sexually abusing her from age 5 to 8.

After this was discovered, she went to go live with her father. She began working at 14-years old, and started paying rent to her Dad when she was just 15. She was even forced to buy her own groceries and was given one side of the refrigerator to only eat the food she bought. Two weeks after graduating high school, she joined the Army at 18-years old.

Lessons learned

While in the Army, Electra got married and had one child. She later left the Army, had another child, and went through a bitter divorce with her cheating husband while working full-time as a contract specialist. At this time, she was also a full-time college student.

She says that her life experiences as a child and an adult taught her to develop tenacity, to become independent, and eventually to become entrepreneurial.

That’s when she came up with the brilliant idea to create chemical-free hair color products that would allow people to have fun with their hair without having to bleach their hair. Like so many other women, she was looking for an alternative to the rinses that weren’t giving her the vibrant popping color and that used dangerous ingredients.


Launching her empire… and a new life

In 2017, Mysteek Naturals was launched and quickly took off as one of the most successful Black-owned hair color brands that is handmade, cruelty-free, dye-free, and free of harsh chemicals.

Now the brand is a well-known, award-winning company that generates six figures every year, selling it’s products all around the world even on Amazon and Walmart.com. Her hair color products are safe for children and adults to use, and are available in 12 different colors including Bougie Blue, Fyah Red, Royal Purple, Baby Blonde, Twerkin Turquoise, etc.

Even more, Electra has found a new man who supports her business and loves her kids. They are one big happy family. She has also reconnected and established a better relationship with both her mom and dad who are also avid supporter of her business.

For more details about the company, visit MysteekNaturals.com or follow the brand on Instagram @MysteekNaturals

This article was originally published by BlackBusiness.com.



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This Black Woman Has a Company That Mentors Over 1,000 Prisoners

During these challenging times, Lynda Monroe is inspiring over 2 million people monthly with her story of resilience and life coaching for success. When she was born, her doctor said she would not live past 10 years of age due to her congenital heart defect. She successfully defied the odds when she became a mother at 17-years old. However, as an unwed mother, this caused her to be ostracized by her church family and forced her to mature quickly. These experiences and more motivated her to reach deep inside herself to get her feet on solid ground.

Now, she is the CEO of a multi-media empire that touches millions through her activism to help prisoners integrate successfully back into society. Her business includes her podcast: The Lynda Monroe Show (with over 2 million streams monthly), her web sites, social media, and public speaking.

Over her career to date she has been able to get 50 inmates released from prison, giving them a second chance at life. In addition, she has successfully mentored over 1,000 prisoners. She is an extraordinary multimedia mogul who continues to take the world by storm.

Lynda wants to inspire the world, and has a special place in her heart for the current and formerly incarcerated. She says, “The prisons are filled to the brim with untapped potential that deserves a second chance.” She doesn’t just talk the talk, but she walks the walk and has five strategies to beat the odds:

1. Practice Gratitude: Be grateful for your life, health, and strength. Do not take anything for granted.

2. Make Education and Self Improvement a Priority: No matter how long it takes, expand your mindset. You only have one mind and one life and cultivating it to its fullest potential is key.

3. Nurture Your Creativity: Life will throw you curveballs. When she was born she was thrown the ultimate curveball of endangered health, and with the help of family and God she was able to overcome her death sentence.

4. Have a Spirit of Service: When faced with the realities of how inmates live in prison, Lynda Monroe was filled with compassion. This compassion created the idea for a prison ministry to help inmates reach their fullest potential.

5. Put God First: Without faith, Lynda believes that it is impossible to please God. This is why it is important for everyone to have faith in themselves; faith in the fruits of your labor; and faith that in the end, everything will work out fine.


Lynda is a change agent that helps the forgotten in society obtain second chances through her prison activism, her podcast, and her public speaking.

Learn more about at LyndaMonroe.com

Or subscribe to her podcast at BshaniRadio.com/lynda-monroe

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Barefoot Wine and New Voices Foundation Award Grants To Black-owned Beauty Businesses

Earlier this year, BLACK ENTERPRISE reported that Barefoot Wine was creating a new platform to celebrate the beauty of Black women. Now, the company has teamed with the New Voices Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing minority women entrepreneurs, to give business grants to various Black-owned beauty businesses.

The $10,000 grants, which six business received, will be used to highlight the beauty of Black women and integrate it into their branding. The winning businesses will also receive exclusive mentorships and business coaching through the foundation.

The Grand recipients are Alodia, Goddess Beauty Supply, Freedom Apothecary, Mischo Beauty, PuffCuff, and Range Beauty.

“At Barefoot, we are committed to doing our part as an ally and advocate to ensure Black women are recognized and supported,” Shannon Armah, Barefoot Wine’s associate brand manager, said in a press statement. 

“As we have seen from the numerous applications we received, there are so many inspiring and much-needed Black women-owned beauty businesses worthy of our support. We hope the Barefoot Beauty Grant will help these deserving businesses continue to grow and thrive,”

“We look forward to having these six beauty companies join the New Voices’ vibrant community of women of color entrepreneurs,” Richelyna Hall, chief impact officer at the New Voices Foundation, said in a press statement. “With access to our unique ecosystem, they will receive unprecedented networking, learning, and leadership opportunities to help them grow and scale their businesses.”

In addition to the beauty grants, Barefoot Wine also chose recipients for its COVID-19 Business Recovery Grant. Twenty-five Black-owned hair salons affected by shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic will each receive $1,000.

 

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Black Girl Who Hit Six Figures By the 6th Grade Shares Her Story With Millions on QVC, HSN, and Zulily

Confidence by GaBBY Goodwin has been selected for Qurate Retail Group’s Small Business Spotlight, a collaboration with the NRF Foundation to help small businesses navigate today’s challenging retail environment. This phase of the program is highlighting 20 Black-owned businesses as part of Qurate Retail Group’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within its company and in society at large.

Qurate Retail Group, a multi-platform retailer that includes QVC, HSN, Zulily, and several other brands, is using its production resources, television broadcasts, and digital platforms to help GaBBY share her story with millions of consumers nationwide. GaBBY’s story began appearing on QVC’s and HSN’s websites and social pages in August and the company was highlighted on air in early October on QVC and on HSN. Click here to watch a replay.

Zulily is promoting the campaign on its website, email, and social, and Confidence by GaBBY Goodwin can also tap Qurate Retail Group team members for advice on solving a business issue through a virtual mentoring initiative.

“I am super excited to showcase my business and inspire girls around the world to follow their dreams and walk in confidence,” GaBBY Goodwin shared.

At the age of seven, GaBBY and her mom Rozalynn solved the age-old problem of disappearing hair barrettes by inventing GaBBY Bows, and non-slip Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette. GaBBY Bows, along with their line of girls’ hair styling products help remove stress from the styling process so moms, dads and girls can cherish this precious time together. The company’s online hair care tutorials and hair tool organizer also save time and frustration, while GaBBY’s children’s book, virtual entrepreneurship academy for girls and keynote presentations inspire confidence and creativity.

Qurate Retail Group has a long tradition of helping small business owners and entrepreneurs launch and grow their brands through the incredible power of storytelling and shopping discovery. QVC, HSN, and Zulily provide compelling platforms, with unmatched reach, that enable small businesses to speak directly to millions of consumers in their homes.

Earlier this spring, Qurate Retail Group and the NRF Foundation launched the Small Business Spotlight with 20 small businesses across America that have been impacted by COVID-19. The current focus on Black-owned businesses is part of several initiatives announced by Qurate Retail Group to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.


“We’re proud to stand with the Black community by sharing the stories of these extraordinary businesses, including their innovation, their triumphs, the challenges they face, and their remarkable resilience,” said Mike George, President and CEO, Qurate Retail, Inc. “In these important times, we want to be part of the solution and help build inclusive communities where all people are treated with equity.”

This phase of the Small Business Spotlight runs from August 12th through October 16th.

“Retailers serve every community across the country and support one out of every four jobs. Diversity and inclusion have always been at the heart of our industry, but we know there is so much more work to be done,” said Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation. “By amplifying Black voices and businesses through programs like the Small Business Spotlight, we are taking an important step to ensure our industry remains a catalyst for promoting equity and opportunity in America today.”

For additional information on Confidence by GaBBY Goodwin, visit GabbyBows.com

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Former President Barack Obama Tells Democratic Voters In DNC Ad ‘It’s Going To Be Close’

Former President Barack Obama is making sure Democrats make plans to vote this election season with a new get-out-the-vote digital advertisement.

The ad is part of the continued push to engage young voters before Election Day. Early voting is already taking place in 48 states (in-person and mail-in ballots) and Obama wants you to know “It’s going to be close.”

“The 2020 election isn’t a few weeks away; it’s already here. Millions of Americans are already voting; make sure you stand up and join them,” Obama says in the ad. “It’s going to be close. It could come down to a handful of voters just like you. So I’m asking you to bring this thing home. Leave no doubt. Vote early.”

Democrats, terrified about a potential Trump second term, are harnessing the influence of Obama to animate voters who may have skipped the 2016 election or who might be planning to skip the 2020 election.

“There will always be reasons to think your vote doesn’t matter—that’s not new,” Obama says. “What is new is a growing movement for justice, equality, and progress on so many issues. This really is a tipping point, and that momentum only continues if we win this election.”

The advertisement is part of a seven-figure campaign that will hit 11 states: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Obama has put himself back into the spotlight to rally voters to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden. Earlier this week Obama appeared in a DNC video encouraging voters to learn about how to cast a ballot with state-specific tutorials for 24 states amid a national pandemic.

According to ABC News, more than 15 million Americans have already voted, smashing previous records three weeks out from Election Day. According to the U.S. Elections Project, the total so far is nearly five times the roughly 3.2 million who voted at a similar point four years ago.

The former president is also expected to campaign for Biden in the coming days, an aide to the former president told ABC News.



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Stripe Acquires Nigeria’s Paystack For $200 Million For Expansion Across The Continent

Lagos, Nigeria, has become a hub for new, innovative tech startups from entrepreneurs from within the country and abroad. African tech startups raised a record $1.3 billion in funding for over 400 investments in 2019, according to an annual report by WeeTracker.

This week, the online paying system Stripe announced the acquisition of a new Nigerian tech startup to expand its services across the continent.

Paystack, an online payment processing system that makes it easier for tech companies in Nigeria to accept online forms of payments, has been dubbed the “Stripe of Africa” by numerous tech insiders. The company currently has around 60,000 customers ranging from large corporate entities to small businesses and educational institutions.

“Paystack was not for sale when Stripe approached us,” Shola Akinlade, co-founder and CEO of Paystack, told TechCrunch. “For us, it’s about the mission. I’m driven by the mission to accelerate payments on the continent, and I am convinced that Stripe will help us get there faster. It is a very natural move.”

According to TechCrunch, the terms of the deal were not revealed but it confirmed that the deal was for over $200 million. That makes it the biggest startup acquisition out of Nigeria and Stripe’s biggest acquisition in its history.

“There is an enormous opportunity,” Patrick Collison, Stripe’s co-founder and CEO, said to TechCrunch. “In absolute numbers, Africa may be smaller right now than other regions, but online commerce will grow about 30% every year. And even with wider global declines, online shoppers are growing twice as fast. Stripe thinks on a longer time horizon than others because we are an infrastructure company. We are thinking of what the world will look like in 2040-2050.”

 



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Get a Lifetime of Language Learning with Rosetta Stone at a Limited Time Discount

Language learning isn’t exclusively done in adolescence or through required credits in school, and honestly, it shouldn’t be. Becoming multilingual can benefit you immensely and doesn’t have to be too difficult whenever you decide to start. Maybe you’ve been trying to connect with your family’s first language, are aiming to become bilingual to better teach, or you’re prepping for a future trip—no matter the circumstance, Rosetta Stone has you covered with a pretty great deal.

Right now, you don’t need to commit to choosing just one language or experience level to purchase on your road to becoming multilingual. Rosetta Stone is giving you the opportunity to be a little indecisive and have access to ALL 24 of their language offerings for life. The programs are intuitive, and offer an immersive training method to get you reading, writing, and speaking new languages like a natural in no time.

The award-winning software will guide you through speech-recognition technology that analyzes the words you say 100 times per second. So, you know you’ll get the attention and detail you want, but through an easy at-home platform. You will also match words to visuals, so for those visual learners, you’ll appreciate the features designed for memory enhancement. The bundle allows you to learn one language at a time, but you’ll have access to all 24 for as long as you need, so you can build your repertoire.

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Originally $744, the Social Distancing Lifetime Subscription Bundle from Rosetta Stone is now on sale for $199. That’s a 73% discount.

 


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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Kamala Harris Suspends Travel After Two Staffers Test Positive For Coronavirus

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris announced Thursday she will suspend travel after two staff members tested positive for coronavirus.

According to a statement from campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, the Biden campaign learned late Wednesday that Harris’s Communications Director Liz Allen, and a “non-staff flight crew member” contracted the coronavirus. Neither person had contact with Biden or Harris 48 hours before they were tested.

O’Malley Dillon said the former attorney general will suspend her events through Sunday “out of an abundance of caution.” Harris was scheduled to spend Thursday in North Carolina.

“After being with Senator Harris, both individuals attended personal, non-campaign events in the past week. Under our campaign’s strict health protocols, both individuals had to be tested before returning to their work with the campaign from these personal events,” O’Malley Dillon said in a statement to CNN. “These protocols help protect the campaign, the staff, and anyone who they may have contact with; the importance of having such protocols—which include testing before resuming duties, regular testing while working in-person, isolation after time off, and masking and distancing while on campaign duties—have been illustrated once again.”

O’Malley Dillon said Harris, her husband, Doug Emhoff, and Biden have tested negative multiple times since the two staffers tested positive for coronavirus.

The news of a potential coronavirus outbreak within the Biden campaign comes less than two weeks after President Trump and more than 18 people in his circle admitted they’d contracted the virus since former senior adviser Hope Hicks tested positive in early October.

Others who’ve contracted the coronavirus in Trump’s circle include his campaign manager Bill Stepien; Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel; Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two of her deputies, Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt; Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway; former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah); Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.); Nick Luna, the president’s personal assistant; and the first lady, Melania, and their son, Barron.

As a result of Trump’s COVID-19 infection, Trump and Biden will host competiting town hall events Thursday night instead of a second debate. Biden’s town hall will be on ABC, while NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC will host Trump’s town hall.

NBC is already facing backlash on Twitter for agreeing to host Trump’s town hall. The election has already begun in several states due to early voting and Democrats have a significant edge but that is not expected to hold up as Election Day draws closer.



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Grow Your Business By Launching A Podcast. These Master Classes Show You How

The podcast industry continues to balloon and shows no signs of stopping. More than one-third of Americans over age 12 consume podcasts regularly, and big companies like Spotify and Pandora are changing their platforms to accommodate more listeners.

This is a perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs and professionals to leverage podcasts for business growth. The medium allows you to showcase your expertise, establish thought leadership, and create revenue streams. But launching a podcast is easier said than done, considering how a lot goes into the process.

The Start-to-Finish Guide to Launching a Successful Podcast Bundle offers a step-by-step guide on creating your very own podcast. Learn everything from hashing out the initial idea all the way down to going live. Comprised of nine information-rich courses, it has lessons on presenting, speaking, audio mixing, and more from top-rated instructors. Right now, it’s on sale for $44.99.

In this nine-pronged learning package, you’ll get a complete rundown of what running a podcast entails. You’ll get a technical walk-through of which equipment you should use. Furthermore, you will learn how to create a recording set-up and how to mix voice to production standards. Aside from the technicalities, there are also lessons on how to speak confidently, interview different guests, structure your podcast for better conversion rates, and come up with unique content that will resonate with your audience. To top it all off, you’ll also get marketing tips that can help grow your listener base and attract advertisers.

Podcasting is a perfect opportunity to grow your business. Make sure yours is up to snuff with the Start-to-Finish Guide to Launching a Successful Podcast Bundle, currently on sale for $44.99.

 


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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Father and Son Open New Hardware Store Franchise in Their Neighborhood

Warren Pegram and his stepson, Charlston Austin, have opened an Ace Hardware franchise in their neighborhood in the city of South Fulton, Georgia. It is one of the first hardware stores in their community.

According to the City of South Fulton Observer, the new store is a great addition to the current retail lineup at the Old National Marketplace. Its opening came right on time as the city has been encouraging more small businesses to do business in the area.

The Ace Hardware franchise promises to particularly offer home improvement products that are most needed in the community. Pegram said that unlike other franchises, they will also sell party rental equipment such as commercial grade snow cone machines, inflatables, popcorn machines, and many more.

Austin, who used to work as a former retail account executive, is making sure to connect with the community to know the products they need and to be able to provide it in their hardware store. His father, on the other hand, is ensuring the high level of customer service so everyone who comes to the store will have an awesome shopping experience.

Because of the newest hardware store in the area, residents in the community don’t have to go further away for their home improvement needs. They are also hoping to inspire the younger generations to become entrepreneurs.


To keep their customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are currently offering pick-up and delivery options. They are located at 6385 Old National Hwy Suite 120, South Fulton, GA.

This article was originally published by BlackBusiness.com.



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This 12-Year Old Just Started His 2nd Year in College, Majoring in Aerospace Engineering

Caleb Anderson, a 12-year old gifted boy from Georgia, has already finished his first year in college and has just started his second year. He is majoring in Aerospace Engineering at Chattahoochee Technical College.

Caleb was just 9-months old when he learned to sign more than 250 words. He eventually learned to speak and read when he turned 11-months old. Aside from the English language, he also learned Spanish, French, and Mandarin.

Caleb’s parents, Claire and Kobi, knew he was special and has been very supportive of him ever since.

“As we started to interact with other parents, and had other children, then we started to realize how exceptional this experience was because we had no other frame of reference,” Kobi told CBS News.

At the age of 3, Caleb qualified for MENSA. He joined at the age of 5, making him the youngest African-American boy to be accepted at that time.

Caleb has exceptional from elementary to middle and high school. His mother said Caleb thought those were boring and not challenging so he wanted to go to college already and he was enjoying it so far.

“It was exactly how I expected it to be like if I were 18 or something,” Caleb said.

Caleb has 2 other younger siblings, Aaron and Hannah, who are also gifted. Their parents are all proud of them and encourage other parents to nurture their children’s potential.


Moreover, Caleb is set to graduate at the age of 14. He says that he plans to continue his studies at Georgia Tech as well as MIT.

This article was originally published by BlackBusiness.com.



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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Rihanna Launches Men’s Collection of Savage x Fenty Featuring Brand Ambassador Christian Combs

Rihanna is expanding her Savage X Fenty lingerie line to include a men’s collection, which is scheduled to be released on Friday. She is also introducing a new brand ambassador, who happens to be an heir to Hip Hop royalty, Christian Combs, the son of entertainment mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs.

According to The New York Daily News, this will be Rihanna’s first collection of men’s loungewear and underwear. This news comes right before the scheduled Savage X Fenty Fall/Winter 2020 show also on Friday. The show, which can be exclusively viewed on Amazon Prime Video, will feature Lizzo, Willow Smith, Paris Hilton, and Demi Moore, with performances by Roddy Ricch, Mustard, Ella Mai, Travis Scott, Bad Bunny, Miguel, and Rosalia.

“It’s lit !! S/O @badgalriri 👸🏾I have my new line in collaboration w/ @savagexfenty Coming out OCT 2!!! 🔥🔥 Don’t wanna miss this ! Tune into Amazon to see it live !”

It will be an 11-piece capsule collection that will feature woven and knit boxers and swimming trunks with the Savage x Fenty logo imprinted around the waistband. The line ranges between $12 to $70 and includes a satin monogrammed pajama set accentuated with a smoking jacket.

“I wanted to create men’s wear styles that everyone can wear,” Rihanna said in a written statement. “And after Christian did such a great job at the 2019 fashion show wearing men’s, I knew we had to have him as a collaborator.”

Christian Combs, who also has the rap moniker of King Combs, is the son of Sean “Diddy” Combs and late model Kim Porter, who passed away on November 15, 2018.



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