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This Woman’s Plan to Improve the Quality of Life for Dialysis Patients

By: Kandia Johnson

Due to high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, blacks and African Americans have an increased risk of developing kidney failure, according to Kidney.org.  As a result, Kidney.org also reports African Americans represent more than 35% of all patients in the United States receiving dialysis for kidney...

What Stages of Venture Fundraising Look Like in the Black Community

By: Sequoia Blodgett

Founders looking to raise venture funds for their companies will go through several stages before looking at a potential liquidity event (i.e., an exit). Here are what the various stages of venture capital fundraising typically looks like from the perspective of a black entrepreneur.   (Image: iStock/skynesher )   Friends and...

America’s Healthiest Schools Combat Childhood Obesity

By: Robin White Goode

Health is probably our most precious asset. But for millions of American children, their health is compromised because they’re obese or overweight. Today, about 20% of all schoolchildren in the United States are obese, a percentage that has tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

Psychologist Dr. Samantha on Overcoming Our ‘Internal Self-Image Problems’

By: Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq.

Psychologist Dr. Samantha Madhosingh is the founder and CEO of ElevateHER, an organization serving women leaders by providing key strategies to rewire their brains, achieve mindset mastery, maximize communication and relationships, and ultimately create a legacy of lasting wealth. Her cutting-edge, proprietary system is built on principles of neuroscience, human...

How Your School Can Network Its Way to Increased Alumni Giving

By: Robin White Goode

According to the folks at Gallup, one way that colleges can increase alumni giving is by developing not a capital campaign—but a human capital campaign that would engage alumni as mentors and help current students secure internships.   (Image: iStock/asiseeit)   When I read the article on Gallup’s website about...

This Institution in An Absolute Life-Changer for Women

By: Robin White Goode

There’s a 120-year-old institution in downtown Manhattan changing the lives of women age 18–64. The appropriately named Grace Institute—named for its founder, William R. Grace—provides a tuition-free, employer-driven curriculum in two professional tracks that prepares low-income women to succeed professionally.   (Image: iStock/kali9)   Extending Grace   Grace Executive Director...

13 Black Corporate Board Members Who Served in the Military

By: Derek T. Dingle

Before they were placed into board service to protect assets of shareholders at some of the largest publicly traded corporations on the S&P 500, a phalanx of BLACK ENTERPRISE Registry of Corporate Directors members chose military service to secure our nation. After their tours of duty, many of them applied...

Black Veteran Awarded $25,000 to Scale Her Business

By: Selena Hill

From Heroes to CEOs   Bob Evans Farms, Inc., is helping three veterans-turned-entrepreneurs scale their businesses with an investment of $25,000 each through its “Heroes to CEOs” initiative. Back in 2016, Bob Evans Farms, a leading producer and distributor of refrigerated food items, launched “Our Farm Salutes,” a program committed...

4 Things Every Black Entrepreneur Can Learn From EMPIRE’s Cookie Lyon

By: Charlene Rhinehart

Fierce, fabulous, and fearless. As soon as she steps into a room, all eyes shift in her direction; admiring her poised appeal. Surprisingly, it’s not her hypnotizing 4-inch heels and designer bags that captivate those in her presence. Underneath the strikingly alluring glam, she’s wrapped with a load of confidence...

TV Journalist Sharon Epperson Battles Back from Brain Injury

By: Alisa Gumbs

Sharon Epperson is vigilant about her annual mammograms. In fact, when she went in for her most recent exam, the impressed technician noted that it was almost a year to the day since Epperson’s last scan for breast cancer. Sharon Epperson (Photo courtesy of CNBC)   Little did the tech...

From Wall Street to Entrepreneurship: Brandon Bryant’s Journey to Success

By: Selena Hill

Brandon Bryant is a former investment banker who spent three years working on Wall Street before stepping into his passion as an entrepreneur. Now, the twentysomething-year-old is on a mission is to invest in 1,000 companies in Harlem through his impact venture firm, Harlem Capital Partners, which focuses on investing...

Jay Ellis Named 2018 Ambassador for American Black Film Festival

By: Alisa Gumbs

Actor Jay Ellis, best known for his role on HBO’s Insecure, has been named the 2018 celebrity ambassador for the American Black Film Festival, which was launched by Jeff Friday over two decades ago.       “Jeff’s vision for ABFF and his continued passion to create a platform for...

Every Day, 250 Preschoolers Get Expelled or Suspended. Most Are Black

By: Robin White Goode

It’s hard to imagine, but every day 250 preschoolers are suspended or expelled. That’s according to a recent analysis by the Center for American Progress (CAP), which says that the practice “worsens along racial lines and raises serious questions about discrimination.”   (Image: iStock/Wavebreakmedia)     Exclusionary Discipline   CAP...

Military Background Helps Black Veterans Run BE 100s Companies

By: Jeffrey McKinney

A non-commissioned officer overseeing Marine Corps retail exchanges in Iwakuni, Japan, Leon Richardson for two years led over 40 Marines and civilians. Their duties included providing several thousand Marines with everything from cigarettes to bubble gum to civilian clothing.   (Leon Richardson during his military days. Image: Courtesy of ChemicoMays)...