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22-Year Old Startup Wiz Launches $5 Million Venture Capital Fund in Harlem

A week before the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Rev. Jackson penned a reflection in the Chicago Sun Times,  in which he described the contemporary struggle for equal economic opportunity as the fourth and...

How This Black Entrepreneur Changed the Entire Radio Game Before Age 40

Mention African-Americans in radio and the first thing that comes  to mind is likely the deluge of brown artists who've left an indelible print on American music, followed by the Black disc-jockeys who made them famous. Next, some might recall the handful of entrepreneurs, like...

Meet the Black Engineer Behind PocketSuite, New App for Entrepreneurs

The nature of work in America is changing. This we know from the numbers-- the Freelancers Union estimates that there are as many as 53 million independent workers in the U.S. The entrepreneur has become our cultural...

Gabrielle Jordan Started a Jewelry Line, Wrote a Best-Seller, Spoke at TED Talk, Before Age...

"From the time I was born, my parents knew two things," the teen jewelry maven Gabrielle Jordan states at the opening of her TED talk. "I was born a Redskins fan, and I never wanted...

Meet Ade Hassan: The Black Woman Who is Changing the Lingerie Game

The terms "peach" and "flesh" are not interchangeable. Crayola figured that out in 1962,  but many cosmetic and fashion companies still lag behind. A quick walk down the cosmetics aisle at any neighborhood drug store,...

This Black Entrepreneur’s Tech Start-Up Could Disrupt the Entire Wireless Industry

Tens of thousands of music fans flocked to Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend for Budweiser's patriotic "Made In America" festival, where a star studded line-up of musicians, from Beyoncé to De La Soul, took...

The Amazing Story of the Harlem Entrepreneur Who Built and Sold His First Business...

Mention the name John Henry in New York’s tight-knit startup community and most heads will nod knowingly.  His rapid rise from doorman to noted techpreneur reads like a Hollywood script. At the age of 22, the New York...

This New App May Change the Way Black Men Get Their Hair Cut

Like the Black church, the Black  neighborhood barbershop is a venerable cultural institution, one of the few remaining ethnic, hyper-masculine communal spaces where men can shoot from the hip on topics both political and profane,...

Meet the Men Behind BAE, the New Dating App for Black Singles

Online dating is the natural evolution of courtship in an era where social interaction is more likely to take place over a keyboard, than a cup of coffee. Gone are the days of chance encounters...

6 Apps, 2 Million Downloads, How Sheena Allen Beat the Odds

A woman in a field dominated by men, Black in an industry that is overwhelmingly White, and a Mississippi native, Sheena Allen is not your average tech founder. But what really makes Sheena an exception...

Did Natural Hair Kill the Black Hair Salon?

"Nobody walks around with nappy hair no more," a Black sales clerk informs comedian Chris Rock as he attempts to peddle bundles of kinky hair harvested in Detroit and Cleveland. The scene from Rock's...

#OccupyTheCity: How Newark Mayor and Rapper Common Plan to Take Back Its Streets

Black lives matter, even when taken by another Black life. But that message is often muffled amid the salvo of high-profile white-on-black shootings. For that reason, as people gathered in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday to mark the one-year...

Two Week’s Notice: The Black Start-Up That Began with a White Lie

For Mutale Nkonde, seven is a magic number. That is the number of times she was fired before a light bulb finally went off in  her head. “I was thinking, this does not work for me....

Childhood Teasing for Dark Skin Led This Chemist to Create Skin-Care Line

As the saying goes, "necessity is the mother of invention," but ask Eunice Cofie, the president and chief cosmetic chemist of Nuekie, and she might replace "necessity" with "pain." “As a little girl, I was constantly...

Wall Street, Main Street, and Martin Luther King Boulevard: A Snapshot of Economic Inequality

“George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” In 2005, Kanye West's impromptu critique of then President George W. Bush caused an uproar. White America balked at his brazenness. Bush decried West’s insinuation that he was “racist”....

Tech Startup Jopwell Aims to Fix Corporate America’s Diversity Problem

It's  2015 and the Black unemployment is nearly double the national average. African-American CEO's oversee less than 1 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and of the 41,000 people employed by tech-giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google,...

10 Black Ballerinas Other Than Misty Copeland Who Are Also Changing the Face of...

  By now, you know who Misty Copeland is. Last week, the ballerina made headlines when she ascended into the pantheon of  principal dancers at the American Ballet Theater, the first African-American woman ever to...

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