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Co-Founder Of First Black Owned Company Traded on NYSE Has Died

Joan Johnson, co-founder of Johnson Products Company, has died at age 89. (Family Handout) Johnson Products Company is best known for having been a pioneer in the modern Black hair care industry. Ultra Sheen Cosmetics, Afro Sheen and a host of other brands were manufactured by the company. Johnson Products Company was also the first […]

What Killer Mike Said, What We Should Do Now

The goal is to “Remove, Replace, and Rebuild.” The goal is not, as Killer Mike said, to pursue the best “master.” Black people must build our own, collectively. In his comments at the Revolt Summit, Micheal Render (Killer Mike) made a passionate plea for Black people to do our homework, learn from our great Black thinkers in […]

Should Black People Open Our Own Schools?

It has been said by many Black intellectuals that we ought not let our oppressors educate our children. Educating our own children is practical but also it’s big business. Indeed, since 1995 the Charter Schools Program has handed out over $4 billion to support charter schools. That’s a lot of money. Alarmingly, about $1 billion […]

One BIG Tip To Get Government Contracts

If you’re a Black business owner, you know how hard it is to do business with the government. Whether city, county, state or federal, it’s just difficult on all levels. Still, you know that getting government contracts is the way to take your company to the next level — government contracts can be very lucrative […]

How One Church In Chicago Is Supporting Black Businesses

Trinity United Church of Christ is located on the South Side of Chicago, a congregation of around 10,000. Most associate the church with Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s former Pastor. During the 2008 election season, Rev. Wright was widely criticized for many of his sermons, which promoted Black pride and spoke forcefully against injustice. Today Rev. […]

She Started A Jewelry Business On Accident, Today Marks Her 2nd Anniversary

Keiana Green-Page didn’t mean to start a jewelry business — she was just looking to get her hair braided. Keiana wanted to recreate a version of a braided hairstyle she saw online that happened to be made with really ornate beads. She went to a local craft store to buy some unique wooden and plastic beads. […]

What Region Is Hot For Black Entrepreneurs? Go (Mid) West

Believe it or not, the Midwest might be a land of promise for Black entrepreneurs. Several markets in the Midwest are growing at a faster rate than the US economy. In other words, everyone need not move to Atlanta to make it — opportunity abounds, we just have to open our eyes. Essence Magazine recently […]

Black Woman Creates Rideshare Service For Kids

Shan was a mother of 3, a full-time student, and full-time employee. Transporting three kids, considering all of her other obligations, was itself a full time job and headache. It was when one of her kids began using Lyft, however, that her anxiety went to the next level. Not only was she nervous about the […]

Black Entrepreneurs Just Want To Be Treated Fairly…By Black Consumers

I happen to sell True Laundry Detergent and I love it. One of the frustrating things, however, is the occasional customer that discriminates against me. That is, they treat me differently than they do Tide or other brands. For example, I was recently asked by a potential customer, “Did you work with a dermatologist when […]