Six New Black Influencers You Must Follow

Blockbuster Video was hot when I was a kid but Netflix had an eye on what was coming next. Do you? Who do you look to for content to give you the edge, whether it be in finance, real estate, science or lifestyle? Allow me to introduce you to a few Black business and social media influencers that you should pay attention to going forward.

Dr. Jalaal Hayes (Dr. Jah) is a native of North Philadelphia. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Delaware State University, to advance his personal mission of making science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) simple through teaching and research. At the age of 22 he successfully defended his dissertation in the area of Applied Chemistry, “Thermodynamic and Kinetic Studies of Alkali-Metal Doped Lithium Amice-Magnesium Hydride Hydrogen Storage System.” When his degree was conferred in December of 2015, he was lauded as “the youngest ever Doctoral Candidate” in the university’s 124 year history. In March 2017, Dr. Hayes was granted his patent entitled, Rubidium-Catalyzed Alloys (US Patent No. 9,604,847). Follow him @drjahayes.

Ronell Miller is the Founder of HBCUstartups, LLC and an alumnus of North Carolina A&T State University. He created a business that helps startups in the HBCU community with social media marketing, fundraising advice, basic accounting and events.He felt it was time that we back HBCU pride with real economic opportunity for entrepreneurs within the community. The company's goal is to change buying habits within the HBCU community and eventually provide more investment opportunities for HBCU startups. HBCUstartups seeks to provide more recognition for HBCU student and alumni entrepreneurs. Send Ronell a message to be highlighted or connect with other startups in the HBCU community. You can also visit to get help growing your business organically on Instagram. Follow Ronell @HBCUstartups.

Lisa Puerto is an international speaker, author and real estate advocate. Lisa is a licensed California real estate professional who owns the Federal Registered Trademark SUPER AGENT® and is widely known for her trailblazing book, Real Estate 100: The Teen Home Buying Experience, which is the first how-to real estate book geared towards youth. In addition, Lisa is the Founder of the Real Estate 100 Youth Foundation; the organization is a 501c3, the nation’s first real estate-focused youth development nonprofit.

Lisa is the creator and host of the show “Ready, Set, REAL ESTATE!℠” which is available on iTunes, Google Play, Anchor FM, Stitcher Radio, and Spotify, to name a few. Her media presence has also touched the LA Sentinel Newspaper, Scoop USA Newspaper, Superforce Radio, Long Island News Radio-The Stephanie O Show, Universal Radio-You Must Learn Blog Talk Radio, Philadelphia’s Praise 103.9, and BOOM 107.9 radio stations. As an author, Lisa was awarded “Author of the Year” by the 2018 Indie Author Legacy Awards. Follow Lisa @lasuperagent.

Rahkal C.D. Shelton is a two-time published author, inspiration enthusiast, and the CEO of Be The Inspired You (@betheinspiredu), a motivational lifestyle brand created to inspire and challenge individuals to be the best version of themselves. Rahkal has fifteen years of experience in facilitating, mentoring, and media - Rahkal has worked for well-known large media companies such as CNN, Turner, WGN, Clear Channel Communications, and The Tavis Smiley Show. She has a master's in media communications and is a proud Texas Southern University HBCU alum. You can follow her @rcarladanielle and

Joanaé "Naetorious" King is a “Wifestyle Strategist” and relationship mentor that shares ways to encourage and inspire health in all relationships. Noticing a need for positive depictions of love within the Black community, this wife and mother of four built a platform filled with strategies and encouragement for the Black family. Joanaé is also the founder of BLACK WIVES MATTER, “a movement built around self care for the Black Married Woman.” You can catch Joanaé's commentary on Black Love and Lifestyle at and follow her @blackwivesmatter.

Jasmin A. Robinson, Esq. is an attorney, author, law school coach, “spiritpreneur,” and wife. Moreover, she is an honors graduate of Mercer University School of Law and Hampton University. In addition to practicing law, she founded Jas Talks Law, LLC, a law school admissions consulting brand created to enhance cultural diversity in the legal field by advising and coaching future attorneys. Being the first lawyer in her family, Attorney Jas knew Jas Talks Law could and would change the trajectory of diverse future lawyers nationwide. As a result of her efforts, her clients have received over $700,000 in law school scholarships in 2018. Moreover, she is the author of “From Maybe to Yes: Your Law School Personal Statement Workbook.” She has launched two online courses: The Pre-Law Masterclass and the 1L Success Academy, to assist pre-law and first-year law students. Lastly, Jasmin serves as a panelist and speaker at pre-law and law school events nationwide. Follow her @jastalkslaw.

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