President’s Day? George Washington Is Hard To Celebrate

Photo: 1780 John Trumbull portrait of George Washington with William Lee, an enslaved valet Each year Black people are asked to pretend that Washington is worthy of honor and each year it’s an outlandish request. George Washington is a phony, a fake patriot and fraud. Should Black people simply act as if the man did not […]

Black Cosmetics Companies Use Non-Black Manufacturers, She’s Changing That

Photo: Valerie Rowan, Founder Here’s an ugly fact: Black owned businesses largely depend on non-Black manufacturers. Whether the products are made in China or in North America, the raw materials and manufacturing generally come from elsewhere. Until Black people own the means of production, even as entrepreneurs, true freedom is still outstanding. In the beauty […]

Black Owned Comic Book Store Celebrates Black History Year Round

Mind’s Eye Comics (MEC) carries all of the comic books you’d expect from any other store but there’s a twist: it’s the only Black owned comic book store in the entire state of Minnesota. It’s the sort of place that a comic enthusiast can fall in love with but also, the type of place that […]

Memphis Black Restaurant Week Has Created 200 Jobs

Elijah Townsend, a chef at Sage Restaurant (Houston Cofield/Daily Memphian) The National Restaurant Association estimated that the number of Black owned restaurants increased by nearly 50 percent between 2007 and 2012. Cynthia Daniels saw a need to spotlight them and energize consumers in Memphis to support them. She started Memphis Black Restaurant Week and next […]

Milwaukee Just Launched An App To Find Its Black Owned Businesses

Milwaukee has around 600,000 people and nearly 40 percent of them are Black. That represents a lot of Black dollars which, if circulated within the community, could dramatically improve the conditions of Black people in Milwaukee. A new app, MKE Black, is making it easier for consumers to locate Black owned businesses. From restaurants to […]

Barber Creates Sea Moss Soap, Cures Daughter’s Eczema & Psoriasis

No one is in touch with the needs of Black people like barbers and hair stylists. Each week they touch people and listen to them talk about their fears and greatest hopes. Barbers also experience problems in their own home, something Robert (Mac) McKenzie knows very well. His daughter suffered from eczema, psoriasis and dry […]

Didn’t See Hamilton? Now There’s A Hip Hop Play About Frederick Douglas

Photo: Ford’s Theatre, “Necessary Sacrifices” Hamilton created a movement that revolutionized theater and introduced the world to the Founding Fathers, in a new way. Hamilton, written by  Lin-Manuel Miranda, heavily utilizes hip hop to tell the story of a lesser known Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton is an important figure in American history but Frederick […]

HBCUs Started Small, It’s Okay If Your Business Does

Spelman College boasts notable alumni like Marian Wright Edelman, Alice Walker and Stacey Abrams. As brilliant and accomplished as those women are, no one would have believed Spelman would produce such world-changing figures when the school started. The school, in fact, wasn’t even named Spelman when it was launched. HBCUs have a special place in […]

The Only School You Should Be Giving Money To Is An HBCU

Black History Month is a time to refocus on and recommit to Black institutions. A people can only advance if they have strong institutions to support their community and that includes vibrant educational institutions. A great number of Black people attended and graduated from predominantly white institutions (PWIs). Even so, Black people owe those institutions […]