Business

Pack Your Bags and Head to Black Men XCEL

By: Lydia Blanco

Preparing for a trip entails a lot of work. You have to make sure that all of your work is squared away; secure childcare; remember to set up your automatic reply message on your email; find a place for your pet to stay; and go shopping for last minute items....

Couple Launches Sensual Subscription Box Service

By: Felecia Hatcher

Most entrepreneurs will tell you, running a business is hard work. Succeeding in small business often means grueling hours during the day, followed by more of the same in the evening. So, it’s no surprise that one of the most common casualties of startup schedules is personal relationships. Marriages and...

BE MODERN MAN: MEET ‘MR. ENGAGEMENT’ KEVIN M. SIMON, M.D.

By: Tyrus Townsend

BE Modern Man is an integrative program that honors the essence, image, and accomplishments of today’s man of color. With features of today’s leaders, executives, creatives, students, politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals, and agents of change—these men share the common thread of creating a new normal while setting the bar in tech,...

Kobe Bryant Turns $6 Million into $200 Million

By: Samara Lynn

An investment from four years ago has proved to be a huge windfall for retired NBA star Kobe Bryant. In 2014, Bryant bought a 10% share of sports drink BodyArmor. Coca-Cola, which dominates the sports drink market with its Gatorade product, just purchased a minority investment in BodyArmor. Bryant’s initial investment...

Cuomo Is Right, America Has Never Been ‘Great’ For Many of Us

By: Samara Lynn

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking some heat for a statement he made at a conference on Wednesday. His words: We’re not going to Make America Great Again. It was never that great. We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged. Of...

Chief Diversity Officer of Paris-Based Publicis Groupe Maximizes ‘The Power of One’

By: Derek T. Dingle

For Sandra Sims-Williams, diversity and inclusion represent a deep professional and personal passion, helping to serve as “an active and action-oriented voice for the voiceless.” As chief diversity officer of Paris-based Publicis Groupe, Sims-Williams brings that level of commitment to the development and management of D&I initiatives that impact the 92-year-old company’s...

BE MODERN MAN: MEET ‘THE RENAISSANCE MAN’ JUSTIN REESE

By: Tyrus Townsend

BE Modern Man is an integrative program that honors the essence, image, and accomplishments of today’s man of color. With features of today’s leaders, executives, creatives, students, politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals, and agents of change—these men share the common thread of creating a new normal while setting the bar in tech,...

Survey Finds Black Business Ownership in the U.S. Jumped 400% in One Year

By: Selena Hill

African American business owners are on the rise. According to the Minority 2018 Small Business Trends survey, the number of black-owned small businesses in the U.S. increased by a staggering 400% in a year-over-year time period from 2017 to 2018. The new survey, which was conducted by Guidant Financial and...

Boutique Owner Has Success With QVC-Like, ‘Sparkle’ Parties on Facebook

By: Sequoia Blodgett

Virginia-based boutique owner Charis Jones says she has brought in over $1 million in sales in just seven months with the power of the internet, an app, and her QVC-like ‘Sparkle parties’ on Facebook. In June, she launched her brick-and-mortar boutique store, Sassy Jones Boutique, in Richmond, Virginia. Since then, she’s...

BE MODERN MAN: MEET ‘THE MILLENNIAL MARKETER’ MARCUS DAMAS

By: Tyrus Townsend

BE Modern Man is an integrative program that honors the essence, image, and accomplishments of today’s man of color. With features of today’s leaders, executives, creatives, students, politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals, and agents of change—these men share the common thread of creating a new normal while setting the bar in tech,...

Black-Owned Beauty Supply Stores Are Growing

By: Selena Hill

Haircare is a billion-dollar industry thanks largely in part to black women. A 2018 Nielsen report shows that African Americans spent $54 million on ethnic hair and beauty products in 2017 alone. Along with spending on products created specifically to appeal to them, African Americans also spent a whopping $473...

New Black Political Force Raises $3.5 Million, Prepares for Midterm Election Battles

By: Derek T. Dingle

A new political force has emerged that may help advance the economic and wealth-building status of African Americans. The Black Economic Alliance, an organization of leading African American entrepreneurs and executives, announced today that it has already raised $3.5 million to impact highly-competitive gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, and House races in...