Innovator, accountant, therapist, receptionist, sales rep--Black women entrepreneurs wear many hats. All the Hats acknowledges, supports, and hopes to inspire, as explained by entrepreneur and founding editor Teneshia Carr, who'll tell you about it when you click play.
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Meet the Founders
"Mental health is important to me because I went through mental health struggles and suffered from severe depression and was hospitalized 10 years ago. When you're hospitalized, you get to see the cold, hard truth about mental health, how it manifests differently in different people and how it's treated. It doesn't discriminate, no matter what your socioeconomic level is." Wilma Basta started DRK Beauty Healing to give voice to Black women and support their mental health. Read about her journey here. Read more.
Mar 31, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"Black women intentionally and almost intuitively have to calibrate their posture and their demeanor and their tone to mitigate and lessen prevailing stereotypes that are circulating in people's minds."
-Trimiko Melancon
Professor of African American and African studies at Michigan State University.
Mar 31, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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Just Starting Out?
"Market first, problem second, idea last. I don't fall in love with an idea too quickly. Instead, I spend time up front understanding the market structure, confirming that there's a widespread, high-value problem to solve," says Ajeet Singh, co-founder and executive chairman of Thoughtspot. Whether you are beginning your entrepreneurial journey or well on your way, you could benefit from reading about these 10 essential things you should do when starting your business. Read more.
Mar 31, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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The Devaluation of Black Homeownership
Homes of similar quality in neighborhoods with similar amenities are worth 23 percent less ($48,000 per home on average, amounting to $156 billion in cumulative losses) in majority Black neighborhoods, compared with those with very few or no Black residents.
Mar 31, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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The Rigged Test of Leadership
Sophie Williams is a dedicated anti-racism advocate and activist, and she discusses the glass cliff: an experience of taking on a leadership role only to find that your chances of success have been limited before you've even begun.
Mar 31, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"The impatient idealist says: 'Give me a place to stand and I shall move the earth.' But such a place does not exist. We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace."
-Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic who is regarded as the dominant figure of modern African literature.
Mar 30, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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What You Should Know About the 15 Percent Pledge
After the murder of George Floyd, the founder of Brother Vellies, Aurora James, decided to hold retailers' feet to the fire by demanding actionable changes for Black businesses owners within the retail space. The 15 Percent Pledge asks major retailers to allocate 15 percent of their shelf space to products from Black-owned businesses--in line with the population segment who identify as African American or Black. With more than 28 retailers, the 15 Percent Pledge has shifted almost $10 billion of revenue to Black-owned businesses. Here's what you should know about the pledge and some tips on approaching retailers. Read more.
Mar 30, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"Discipline is not a dirty word. There is far more freedom and opportunity for creativity and success in enjoying discipline. Years ago, someone I very much respect told me the reason they were successful is that they embraced doing what other people resent or are reluctant to do."
-Janice Bryant Howroyd
Janice Bryant Howroyd is an entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor. She is founder and CEO of the ActOne Group, the largest privately held, minority-woman-owned personnel company founded in the U.S.
Mar 30, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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70%
"The majority of ProjectDiane founders (70 percent) do not have STEM degrees, suggesting that Latina and Black women founders find their way to entrepreneurship through a variety of educational backgrounds and pathways. ProjectDiane is demographic study commissioned by Digitalundivided to provide a snapshot of the state of Latina and Black women founders and their companies."
Mar 30, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"I can't call it even a side hustle. I think it's too meaningful to be a side hustle. If anything, my career in tech has always felt like a side hustle to me." Fast Company's Yasmin Gagne and Christina Royster speak to the founder of Eden Bodyworks, Jasmine Lawrence, about changing the way we think about our side hustles.
Mar 30, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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Angela Yee Has Some Advice to Help Improve Your Business Model
Radio personality and entrepreneur Angela Yee shares her best advice for any entrepreneurs looking to pivot. Read more.
Mar 29, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face." -Carol Moseley Braun
The first African American woman elected to the U.S. Senate, where she represented Illinois from 1993 to 1999.
Mar 29, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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10%
Startups founded and co-founded by women performed better over time, generating 10% more in cumulative revenue over five years.
In terms of how effectively companies turn a dollar of investment into a dollar of revenue, startups founded and co-founded by women are significantly better financial investments. For every dollar of funding, these startups generated 78 cents, while male-founded startups generated less than half that--just 31 cents.
Mar 29, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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The 8 Principles of Transforming Your Relationship With Money
Thuli Sithole is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and life coach, and was Miss South Africa 2005. She believes that empowering your relationship with money is the foundation for achieving the financial prosperity and success you desire.
Mar 29, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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"Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free ... your true self comes out."
-Tina Turner
Tina Turner has been in the music business for over 60 years, selling more than 100 million records worldwide and winning 12 Grammys. Rolling Stone ranks her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Mar 29, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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Mar 29, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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I'm not Black enough for Inc. magazine
At SXSW, Brian Brackeen, general partner at Lightship Capital, joined Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk to discuss race and bias in media and the hurdles Black founders face every day regardless of their background. In addition to the excellent discussion on the stage, I had a great conversation the day before with Brian. I pitched (kind of) my company to him, but for some unknown reason, I grossly undervalued my company when he asked me. He brought it up during this talk, so watch me call myself out in front of the audience! Read more.
Mar 28, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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Dangerous Times Call for Dangerous Women
Mar 28, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"The most dangerous thing that we can do as women is support each other." Pat Mitchell is a businesswoman who has worked as a CEO and producer. Her career has focused on using media as a force for social change, emphasizing the representation of women's voices and stories. Mitchell asks all of us to join her in embracing the risks necessary to create a better world.
Travel Is So Diverse. Why Is the Travel Industry So White?
"I recall the countless statements of empathy, support, and understanding from hotel executives, thought leadership pieces from the heads of diversity and inclusion at the large online travel agencies, tweets of solidarity, and pledges of allyship and anti-racism." Localuer founder and CEO Joah Spearman wonders when a more diverse future will come for the travel industry because, according to her, it hasn't happened yet. Read more.
Mar 28, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some time. We are the ones we've been waiting for." -Barack Obama
American politician who served as the first Black president of the United States, from 2009 to 2017.
Mar 28, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"Embrace the Journey": Black Entrepreneurs Share Covid-Era Lessons Learned
I spoke with Zawadi Bryant, president of Acute Care Pediatrics, Kevin Lloyd, co-founder and CEO of MYLE, and Jen Martin, co-founder of Pipsnacks, about thriving in a crisis and finding a network. Read more.
Mar 25, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"Aspiring entrepreneurs have to actually do something that they feel strongly passionate about, and in most cases, they should seek inspiration from their own experience. ... If you had a terrible experience, you should despise the experience to the extent that you are continuously seeking a solution for it." -Best Ayiorwoth
Founder of Girls Power Micro-Lending Organisation (GIPOMO), an establishment that supports girls' education in Uganda by giving microloans to women who make a commitment to grow businesses while keeping their daughters in school.
Mar 25, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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The 10 Black- and Latinx-Founded Companies That Raised the Most VC Funding in 2021
While the number of Black and Latinx founders receiving VC funding is way up, as are the amounts received, that accounts for less than 2 percent of the total VC funds raised overall. Here are 10 companies to inspire your funding journey. Read more.
Mar 25, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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1 in 4
Nearly 1 in 4 Black entrepreneurs believe the top challenge they face as a business owner is lack of mentorship and limited networks.
Fifty-eight percent of Black women business owners believe they would be more successful if they had a stronger network.
Mar 25, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Can an Image Save a Life?
"How many of you had had the pleasure of having your time wasting trying to find images of people of color? It is a logistical nightmare." Vimbayi Kajese points out that 85 percent of the world's population are people of color, but they aren't represented in advertisements. In this talk, she explains how this vacancy in media, toys, and especially image searches has dire, even fatal, real-life consequences.
Mar 25, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"The first thing is, don't panic. We have to be mindful that in the early days of a business, scarcity is not a bad thing. There are a lot of companies out there artificially creating scarcity. It's a huge opportunity for you to learn and grow, and it's about the customer experience." -Emma Grede
Read this great conversation between KIN Apparel founder Philomina Kane and fashion industry veteran and Shark Tank's first Black woman investor, Emma Grede, as they talk community, culture, and funding.
Mar 24, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"As a Black man in this country, I knew that my margin for error was razor-thin and so I constantly did things that I had to do to make sure that I always maximized my potential and the opportunities in front of me." -Trevor Rozier-Byrd
Founder and CEO of Stackwell, an early-stage fintech startup on a mission to attack the racial wealth gap by empowering a new community of Black investors.
Mar 24, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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What We Can Do to Diversify Conference Stages
A great way to gain knowledge and networking opportunities, in-person conferences seem to be back in a big way. Here's how you can make a difference in the diversity of speaker lineups. Read more.
Mar 24, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." -Maya Angelou
American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.
Mar 24, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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51%
Just over half of U.S. Black-owned businesses in Meta's Global State of Small Business Report said sales were down last year, compared with 36% of other U.S. small businesses.
Fifty-four percent of operational, minority-led small, and medium-size businesses surveyed said they were confident in their ability to continue operating for at least 12 months if current circumstances were to continue, compared with 67 percent of other small and medium-size businesses.
Mar 24, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Pharrell Williams Relaunches His Incubator for Black Entrepreneurs
Pharrell has relaunched Black Ambition, a pitch competition that helps Black and Latino founders secure startup capital. The prize distributes startup capital and mentorship to Black and Latino entrepreneurs with big ideas. Read more about his hopes for the fund and click the link above to apply.
Mar 24, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Candice Matthews Brackeen Has Found Her Tribe
Mar 23, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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Candice Matthews Brackeen is the founder and CEO of LightShip Foundation, an organization that focuses on the growth of minority founders. This support has led to more than 200 companies recieving over $120 million in VC funding. Candice shares where she found her community and what she plans to do to grow it.
Work Smart, Not Hard
Are you working on your intentional resets? Here are seven tips that even the busiest entrepreneurs can use to take time for themselves. Do you have suggestions of your own that work? Find me on Twitter @Hatstalk to share! Read more.
Mar 23, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"I believe in destiny. But I also believe that you can't just sit back and let destiny happen. A lot of times, an opportunity might fall into your lap, but you have to be ready for that opportunity. You can't sit there waiting on it. A lot of times you are going to have to get out there and make it happen." -Spike Lee
American film director, producer, and professor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced more than 35 films since 1983.
Mar 23, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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61%
of Black small-business owners surveyed said they have plans to expand or remodel their business in 2021, while 51% plan to invest in digital marketing, and 46% plan to hire more staff.
Fifty-five percent want to grow their businesses instead of just sustaining or selling them, showing that Covid and political challenges haven't diminished our determination for growth and success.
Mar 23, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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The (De)colonizing of Beauty
Sasha Sarago is a writer and former model. She was frustrated with the representations she saw from imported fashion and beauty magazines, so in 2011, she founded Ascension Magazine, Australia's digital lifestyle platform for women of color. In this talk, she asks the audience to decolonize beauty and move toward a more authentic understanding of self and our place in the world.
Mar 23, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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5 Leadership Lessons to Embrace this Year
Being a leader is more complicated than ever as the world evolves with the pandemic, global conflicts, and economic worries. As entrepreneurs, it's essential that we be flexible and change our leadership styles to improve our company culture. Here are five lessons every leader should think about moving forward. Read more.
Mar 22, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"I'm hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That's what this world is about. You look at someone like Gandhi, and he glowed. Martin Luther King glowed. Muhammad Ali glows. I think that's from being bright all the time, and trying to be brighter." -Jay-Z
American rapper, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur, and media proprietor. He is regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop artists in history.
Mar 22, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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Black Buying Power and Black Entrepreneurship
Mar 22, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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This is an interesting cultural conversation with business owners in Houston discussing our buying power, the effects of integration on the Black community, and supporting Black-owned businesses.
"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception."
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg
American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in 2020.
Mar 22, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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3%
A 2020 study from Built In found that African American women held just 3% of computing-related jobs.
Forty-eight percent of women in STEM jobs report discrimination in the recruitment and hiring process, and 50 percent of women said they had experienced gender discrimination at work. Black and Hispanic women who majored in computer science or engineering are less likely to be hired into a tech role than their White counterparts.
Mar 22, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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54% vs. 39%
54% of men had a career discussion with their mentors or sponsors in the past 24 months vs. 39% of women.
Only 28 percent of women--versus 53 percent of men--participated in a leadership development program in the past 24 months. In addition, far more men than women are benefiting from networking, mentoring, and sponsorship.
Mar 22, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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Take a page from Oprah's playbook.
If you ever feel like you aren't getting what you need out of meetings or that they drag on without resolution, try asking the same three things Oprah always asks at the start of every meeting to help get things into focus. Read more.
Mar 21, 2022 / 4:30 p.m.
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"Decide what you want. Declare it to the world. See yourself winning. And remember that if you are persistent as well as patient, you can get whatever you seek."
-Misty Copeland
American ballet dancer. In 2015, she became the first African American Female Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Theatre.
Mar 21, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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What Is Your Failure Story?
Felecia Hatcher is a social entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She is the CEO of Black Ambition, an organization founded by Pharrell Williams that works toward closing the opportunity and wealth gap through entrepreneurship. Felecia has dedicated her life to inspiring a new generation of leaders through her conversational talks on entrepreneurship, college funding, and personal branding.
Mar 21, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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$4B
As of March 2021, the total funding raised by Black and Latinx women founders was over $4B.
Black and Latinx women founders still receive less than 1 percent of VC investment, and their share of total investment is shrinking: Black and Latinx women founders received less than half a percent (0.43 percent) of total VC investment in 2020.
Mar 21, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"It was when I realized I needed to stop trying to be somebody else and be myself, I actually started to own, accept, and love what I had."
-Tracee Ellis Ross
American actress, singer, television host, producer, and director. She is also the founder of Pattern Beauty.
Mar 18, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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Excelling in a Male-Dominated Field
"I didn't see a lot of people who looked like me when I went to seminars. But I'm trying to really bring awareness to Black communities about this line of business; we offer services that people really need." -Takisha Clark, founder of Capital Postal & Mailbox Service and one of the three women we spoke to about how to excel in male-dominated fields. Read more.
Mar 18, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"The voice of a Black woman should always be HERSELF ... No edits, no erasure, no pressure, no expectations, no additions, no intruders."
-Malebo Sephodi
Author, development worker, and social commentator on development, identity, and gender issues. She goes by the name of Lioness and describes herself as a life nomad.
Mar 18, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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38%
of senior-level women mentor or sponsor at least one woman of color, compared with only 26% of senior-level men.
Last year, for the first time, women of color were promoted to manager at about the same rate as women overall: 85 women of color were promoted for every 100 men. Read more.
Mar 18, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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The Creative Power of Your Intuition
Bozoma "Boz" Saint John is an American businessperson and marketing executive who was the chief marketing officer at Netflix. Previously, she served as CMO at Endeavor and chief brand officer at Uber. Saint John asks us to rely more on the power of our intuition and turn away from overreliance on data when making big decisions.
Mar 18, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Celebrating Black Businesses
Join me next week for a conversation with Zawadi Bryant, Kevin Lloyd, and Jennifer Martin. These founders were inspired to create new services and products or pivot existing businesses in response to recent challenges and inequities affecting their communities.
Mar 17, 2022 / 3 p.m.
Tag: Celebrating Black Businesses
Kim Crowder Wants Us to Celebrate Ourselves
Mar 17, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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Kim Crowder is the founder and CEO of Kim Crowder Consulting. Her firm uses a data-driven approach to partner with companies and embed diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism into their DNA. Crowder shares some ways to save mental energy while encouraging us to step away from the idea that being a strong woman means we cannot be vulnerable.
"Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn't have to become perfect, because I've learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness."
-Janelle Monáe
An American singer, rapper, and actress who has won numerous awards and honors, most notably for her performances in Moonlight (2016) and Antebellum (2020), and been nominated for seven Grammys. She is also the founder of the Wondaland Arts Society.  
Mar 17, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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How Women Will Lead Us to Freedom, Justice, and Peace
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Nobel laureate and the former president of Liberia. She shares how Liberian women helped rebuild their country after years of civil war and discusses why gender equality is essential to peace and prosperity.
Mar 17, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Do You Feel Like You Have Real Allies?
More than 80 percent of White women and men say they see themselves as allies to people of color at work. But fewer than half of Black women feel that they personally have strong allies at work--and barely a quarter think it's mostly accurate that Black women have strong allies in their workplace.
Mar 7, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"The best way to support a Black woman entrepreneur is to cut her a check. There's lots of conversation about mentorship and access. While those things are important, you can't pay a developer with hugs and kisses."
-Regina Gwynn
Co-founder of Black Women Talk Tech. She is also an adviser, speaker, and angel investor.
Mar 16, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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How Moms Shape the World
Mar 16, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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Sociologist and author Anna Malaika Tubbs discusses how mothers are often left out of history despite how they impact and shape it. Using the incredible lives of Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin as examples, she asks the question, "Would the world be different today if we had been telling their stories all along?"
"I am a strong woman with or without this other person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants."
-Queen Latifah
American rapper, actress, and singer.
Mar 16, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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The Unmet Demand of the Black Dollar
Black consumers are willing to shift approximately $260 billion--about 30 percent of their current aggregate spending--to companies that can better deliver what they need. We will even pay up to 1.2 times more, on average, for offerings better suited to our needs and preferences. This could unlock another estimated $25 billion to $40 billion in net new spending. These two figures add up to $300 billion in unmet demand.
Mar 16, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Beyoncé's Black Parade Route
After releasing her "Black Parade" single in 2020, Beyoncé launched her own Black business directory called Black Parade Route to give brands more exposure. The directory includes an expansive list of Black businesses, filtered by categories such as Art & Design, Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, and Restaurants & Bars. Thanks to her platform, Beyoncé has been able to boost the business of several brands to help turn them into household names.
Mar 16, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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6 Essential Lessons for Women Leaders
Mar 11, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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Former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and former finance minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reflect on their experiences as women leaders in positions of global power--and share six lessons on what it takes to lead and build solidarity in the face of gender bias and stereotypes.
"The first thing that I tell people is physically start something, do something. I meet a lot of individuals who have really good ideas, and they sit with those ideas, they postulate on those ideas, but those ideas never come to fruition."
-Zuleyka Strasner
Founder and CEO of Zero Grocery.
Mar 15, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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Courtney Newell is the founder of Crowned Marketing and Communications. After graduating from college and sending out 200 resumes, she secured only a temp position. But Courtney realized she didn't want that job, and her mother encouraged her to create her own business. She now advises big brands on inclusive messaging. Read more.
Mar 15, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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28%
Black-owned businesses accounted for about 28% percent of all businesses in Washington, D.C., the highest ratio in the nation.
Twenty percent of businesses in Georgia and Maryland are Black-owned, followed by Illinois with 19%.
Mar 15, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Looking for Community?
If you are looking for a community of Black women entrepreneurs, you're not alone. I know it can be lonely in this space, but it doesn't have to be. Reach out to me at allthehats@inc.com, and let's build one together.
Mar 15, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"The collective, orchestrated fury of Black women can move the whole world." -Brittney Cooper
Tenured professor of women's and gender studies, author, activist, and cultural critic. Her areas of research and work include Black women's organizations, Black women intellectuals, and hip-hop feminism.
Mar 14, 2022 / 5 p.m.
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Meet the Founder
Denise Woodard pitched Partake Foods to 86 investors before getting a yes from Jay-Z. Here's her advice for other founders of color. Read more.
Mar 14, 2022 / 5 p.m.
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"Do not wait on an investor. Choose yourself." -Rachel Rodgers
Business coach and lawyer living in Greensboro, North Carolina. She's the founder of Hello Seven, a business coaching company focused on helping women earn more.
Mar 14, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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"A Seat at the Table" Isn't the Solution for Gender Equity
Creator, author, and actress Lilly Singh offers tips to build a more inclusive society that encourages and empowers girls to do great things.
Mar 14, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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1 in 5
Among Black households. 1 in 5 is situated in a food desert, with few grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers markets.
Unspoken "supermarket redlining" in many Black communities means that food is more expensive, choice is limited, and healthy organic products are harder to come by.
Mar 14, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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"I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community." -Janet Mock
American writer, television host, director, producer and transgender rights activist.
Mar 11, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"I was taking five to six investor meetings a day plus running the company. I was exhausted. In May 2021, I found out I was pregnant and my husband and I were overjoyed. After about nine weeks, on a day when I had two in-person meetings back to back, I went to the bathroom between meetings and discovered that I was miscarrying. Words can't describe the heartbreak." Instead of pausing, Nude Barre's Erin Carpenter worked through her meetings, saying nothing to investors--because, sadly, she felt there was no other way. Now, having raised more than $3 million, she shares her story in hopes that other women won't need to feel the same pressure. Read more.
Mar 11, 2022 / 2 p.m.
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"Be not discouraged Black women of the world, but push forward, regardless of the lack of appreciation shown you."
-Amy Jacques-Garvey
Journalist and activist. She was one of the pioneering female Black journalists and publishers of the 20th century.
Mar 11, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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What It Takes to Be a Great Leader
Mar 11, 2022 / 2 p.m.
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Roselinde Torres is a senior partner at the consulting firm BCG. A senior leader in the firm's people and organization practice area, she is also the company's resident expert on leadership, a topic she has studied her entire career.
Meet the Founders
"Everything we do is about investing in a better society more broadly. We're creating an empowering and safe space for young people to impact so many others." Brandon Nicholson's nonprofit, the Hidden Genius Project, gives young people of color intensive tech, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills training. Read more.
Mar 10, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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How Small Businesses Can Help Build More Equitable A.I.
"This is a system of unconscious bias when you don't have diversity, when you don't have people in the room to say, 'Well, let's step back on this data,'" Bush said. "What's happening is people are using historical data to solve current problems." Angle Bush, founder of Black Women in A.I., on how developers must rethink their approach to artificial intelligence. Read more.
Mar 10, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that's in us."
-Angela Bassett
American actress, director, and producer, and the recipient of three Black Reel Awards, a Golden Globe, seven NAACP Image Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. 
Mar 10, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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50%
More than 50% of Black business owners surveyed in May reported being very or extremely concerned about the viability of their businesses.
This concern may be linked to having a more difficult time accessing credit since the Covid-19 crisis began; 36 percent of Black business owners responding to the survey said they had experienced this, compared with 29 percent of all respondents.
Mar 10, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Is Your Side Hustle Too Much of a Hustle?
Sixty-four percent of Black women spend less than 40 hours a week on their businesses, which suggests that the business may be one of several sources of income or that they are unable to focus on entrepreneurship.
Mar 10, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Where Things Went Wrong: The Worst Day My Business Ever Had
"As an entrepreneur, there are so many hats you are putting on that anytime you set aside for yourself is so precious that when it falls through, it feels like the world has imploded on you. It feels like you are on your own. Having little kids heightens that sense of scarcity of being able to do things for yourself." Kido Boutique founder Keewa Nurullah shares the worst day her business ever had. Read more.
Mar 9, 2022 / 5 p.m.
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Racism Has a Cost for Everyone
Public policy expert Heather C. McGhee traveled across the country and shared startling insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains America's economic potential--and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all.
Mar 9, 2022 / 5 p.m.
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440,000
Between February and April 2020 alone, the U.S. lost 440,000 Black-owned businesses, a 41% drop.
The percentage of Black business owners in essential industries is 66 percent, which is lower than the national percentage of 76 percent and consistent with the less "favorable" industry distribution, placing them at higher risk of losses due to Covid-19.
Mar 9, 2022 / 5 p.m.
Tag: Statistic
"I didn't learn to be quiet when I had an opinion. The reason they knew who I was is because I told them." -Ursula M. Burns
American businesswoman who was the CEO of Xerox from 2009 to 2016 and the first Black woman to be a CEO of a Fortune 500 company. She also was Xerox's chairman from 2010 to 2017.
Mar 9, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Meet the Founders
"It had never occurred to me even though I had sold a company to Amazon and was working with some of the top people at Amazon, having led a whole startup and started our own nonprofit. It just never occurred to me that I, a young Black female, could buy a building in downtown Jackson, Mississippi." Nashlie Sephus, a 35-year-old Black A.I. researcher, has a vision for transforming her hometown into a thriving center for tech entrepreneurs. Read more.
Mar 9, 2022 / 12 p.m.
Tag: Article
Jessica Alba on Overcoming Insecurity
Mar 8, 2022 / 5 p.m.
Tag: Video
In 2011, Jessica Alba founded the Honest Company, after the birth of her daughter, Honor, made her realize that baby products often contain many harmful chemicals. The company, which just went public in May 2021, is valued at about $550 million and has since expanded its offerings to include a variety of household goods.

Alba spoke to All the Hats editor Teneshia Carr about her journey as an entrepreneur, her passion for making sure other women don't have to repeat her struggles, and how even she struggles with feelings of imposter syndrome. "I know that I've knocked down some walls, and climbed some hills and done all that," says Alba; "I'll be damned if someone else has to go and do that again."
"Our belief is that the largest driver in closing the wealth gap is through equity and ownership." Harlem Capital Managing partner Henri Pierre-Jacques and co-founder Jarrid Tingle realized there were problems in the investing world disadvantaging Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. They plan to change that by investing in 1,000 diverse founders over the next 20 years. Read more.
Mar 8, 2022 / 5 p.m.
Tag: Article
"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations." -Mae Jemison
American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut. As a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, she became the first Black woman to travel into space.
Mar 8, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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1,821
Women started 1,821 net new businesses every day last year.
Of these new businesses. women of color started 64 percent of them.
Mar 8, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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BLK + GRN
Professor, entrepreneur, and founder of BLK+ GRN Kristian Edwards launched the all-natural marketplace and incubator for Black women entrepreneurs in 2017. The lack of access to high-quality non-toxic products and the fact that Black artisans lack access to retail platforms to scale are some of the problems BLK + GRN hopes to solve.
Mar 8, 2022 / 1 p.m.
Tag: Buy Black
My Year of Saying Yes to Everything
Mar 7, 2022 / 4 p.m.
Tag: Video
Shonda Rhimes is an American television producer, screenwriter, and author. She is best known as the showrunner--creator, head writer, and executive producer--of the television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice, and the political thriller series Scandal. Rhimes shares her journey through her "year of yes" and how she got her hum back.
Meet the Founders
"Any time we use the word if, we put doubt on whatever comes next," says Michael Strahan, explaining his father's core philosophy. "If you say, 'If I make it off the couch, I might rake the leaves,' well, that's probably not gonna happen. We were taught to say, 'When I do this ... ' And just that little difference tells you it can and will happen." Strahan shares how he went from being an NFL star and Super Bowl champion to a enjoying a successful television and business career. Read more.
Mar 7, 2022 / 4 p.m.
Tag: Article
"I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger."
-Serena Williams
American professional tennis player, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Serena Ventures. In her career, she has ranked singles world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association for 319 weeks, and has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles.
Mar 7, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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55%
of Black small-business owners want to grow their business, as opposed to sustaining it, selling it, or opening a new location.
Sixty-one percent said they have plans to expand or remodel their business in 2021, while 51 percent plan to invest in digital marketing, and 46 percent plan to hire more staff.
Mar 7, 2022 / 1 p.m.
Tag: Statistic
2.5 million
Although 2.5 million businesses are owned and operated by African Americans, only 109,137 (4%) had paid employees
This data point highlights just how many Black entrepreneurs are trying to run a business entirely by themselves. For comparison, there are 21.5 million businesses owned by White entrepreneurs, and 4.4 million of them--20 percent--have paid employees.
Mar 7, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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"Aspiring entrepreneurs have to actually do something that they feel strongly passionate about, and in most cases, they should seek inspiration from their own experience. ... If you had a terrible experience, you should despise the experience to the extent that you are continuously seeking a solution for it." -Best Ayiorwoth
Founder of Girls Power Micro-Lending Organisation (GIPOMO), which supports girls' education in Uganda by giving microloans to women who make a commitment to grow businesses while keeping their daughters in school.
Mar 4, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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Let's Save the World With Girl-Led Startups
Anne-Marie Imafidon discusses the impact of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and how to increase the number of girl-led startups around the world.
Mar 4, 2022 / 4 p.m.
Tag: Video
Netflix and Chill
If you are anything like me, you'll be sneaking in some hours of work this weekend because, with the back-to-back Zoom meetings, break-out sessions with your team, onboarding new talent, client negotiation emails, and calls, the actual work sometimes has to wait. Try to make the most of it by kicking your feet up and putting on some of these great films featuring these inspiring Black women entrepreneurs.
Mar 4, 2022 / 4 p.m.
Tag: Link
"Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide." -Marva Collins
American educator best known for creating Westside Preparatory School, a private elementary school in the impoverished Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago, which opened in 1975.
Mar 4, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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The Emotional Tax
Black, Latinx, Asian, and multiracial professionals pay an emotional tax at work when they feel they must be on guard to protect against racial and gender bias. This experience was shared by nearly 60 percent of the women and men of color surveyed.
Mar 4, 2022 / 1 p.m.
Tag: Statistic
3 Books to Better Understand Black Business Leadership
Add these books to your reading list. Entrepreneur and author Damon Brown shares three books about the African American experience, diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Read more.
Mar 4, 2022 / 1 p.m.
Tag: Resource
Minority Women Now Control Nearly Half of All Women-Run Businesses
Mar 3, 2022 / 3 p.m.
Tag: Article
The face of female entrepreneurship is becoming a lot less White. Minority women control 44 percent of women-owned businesses in the United States, up from 20 percent in 1997, according to census data and new projections by research firm Womenable. Read more.
"Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal." -Ava DuVernay
American filmmaker, and the first Black woman to win at Sundance and to be nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. DuVernay has also launched PR firm the DuVernay Agency and several other businesses and initiatives.
Mar 3, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"But growing up--and throughout the earlier stages of my career--I didn't see people that looked like me leading companies. Sure, the landscape has changed some since then, but we still have a long way to go. The next generation needs to believe their dreams are possible, and it's up to us to show them that it is." Drift founder and CEO David Cancel shares his thoughts on ways we all can help underrepresented minorities in our industries. Read more.
Mar 3, 2022 / 1 p.m.
Tag: Article
Funding to U.S. Companies Led by Black Founders Reached $1.8 Billion in the First Half of 2021
The dollar amount of funding to Black founders is up, but it still represents just 1.2 percent of the record $147 billion in venture capital invested in U.S. startups through the first half of last year.
Mar 3, 2022 / 1 p.m.
Tag: Statistic
"No action is too small when it comes to changing the world ... I'm inspired every time I meet an entrepreneur who is succeeding against all odds."
-Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
South African businessman and politician who has served, since 2018, as the fifth democratically elected president of South Africa, and, since 2017, as president of the African National Congress.
Mar 3, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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Meet the Founders
"I wouldn't say anything was seriously overt, but there were a lot of biased assumptions--about competence, about decision making, about the business in and of itself. Investors blatantly said they were not confident in the team on executing against the vision. Those things hurt you to your spine." Abbey Wemimo and his co-founder, Samir Goel, started Esusu, a fintech company focused on helping low- to moderate-income renters use their rent payments to build credit. Esusu has raised more than $14 million, including a $10 million Series A round. Read more.
Mar 2, 2022 / 4 p.m.
Tag: Article
It's About Time to Value Young Women of Color in Leadership
Mar 2, 2022 / 4 p.m.
Tag: Video
Brittany N. Packnett Cunningham is an American activist and the co-founder of Campaign Zero. She was a member of President Barack Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. She shares her ideas on valuing women of color to unlock incredible leaders.
"Five days a week, I read my goals before I go to sleep and when I wake up. There are 10 goals around health, family, and business with expiration dates, and I update them every six months." -Daymond John
Founder and CEO of the fashion line FUBU and an investor on Shark Tank
Mar 2, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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$24,000
vs.
$142,900
According to a 2019 report, Black women-owned businesses earned average revenue of $24,000 per firm versus $142,900 for all women-owned businesses, a larger gap than that faced by any other minority.
Mar 2, 2022 / 1 p.m.
Tag: Statistic
70%
of Black business owners are happy with their business.
According to research by Guidant Financial, a strong majority of Black business owners are pleased with their business's success and impact on their lives.
Mar 2, 2022 / 1 p.m.
Tag: Statistic
"With the population changes, there are more minorities in America who are going to be looking for more products. I don't see why I can't be the next L'Oréal."
When Muhga Eltigani launched her company, NaturAll Club, a hair care product subscription service, in 2015, her success came through trial and error. On a trip to Ghana and Sudan, Eltigani became inspired by the products women used on their hair. Her journey includes acquiring more than $1 million in VC funding and adjusting to rapid growth. Read more.
Mar 1, 2022 / 5 p.m.
Tag: Article
"You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering, and often earns you new respect."
-Rosalind Brewer
American businesswoman serving as the CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance. With her appointment at Walgreens in March 2021, she became one of only two Black women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
Mar 1, 2022 / 5 p.m.
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3 Lessons on Starting a Movement From a Self-Defense Trailblazer

What started as a self-defense course in the basement of a community center with 13 neighborhood girls has turned into a grassroots movement that involves 17 cities, 12 countries, 760 classes, and thousands of women and girls. Rana Abdelhamid shares three ingredients for building a movement from the ground up.
Mar 1, 2022 / 12 p.m.
Tag: Video
54%
of Black women say they are often "Onlys," in that they are the only Black person or one of the only Black people in the room at work.
Black women who are Onlys are having an especially difficult experience. They are very aware of the fact that they may be seen as representatives of their race, and they are more likely than Onlys of other racial and ethnic groups to feel as though their individual successes and failures will reflect on people like them. This leads to a sense that they are constantly under scrutiny: Black women who are Onlys often report feeling closely watched, on guard, and under increased pressure to perform.
Mar 1, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"Success depends on employees. For me, knowing and connecting with my employees is very important."
-Divine Ndhlukula
Divine Ndhlukula is the founder and managing director of Securico, one of Zimbabwe's largest security companies, and currently chairs the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce's Women's Desk, which supports women's involvement in the transformation of society, the economy, and the policy-making process.
Mar 1, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Mar 1, 2022