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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The Ghost System
Have you had so many Zoom meetings in one day that you sometimes find it challenging to stay organized and feel prepared? The ghost system is a simple hack that can help you get more organized and feel ready for your meetings. Read more.
May 31, 2022 / 5 p.m.
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"You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, and to show people how to embrace their complications, and see their flaws--that is the true beauty and strength inside all of us."
-Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is an American singer and actress
May 31, 2022 / 5 p.m.
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How Businesses Can Serve Everyone, Not Just Shareholders
May 31, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Dame Vivian Yvonne Hunt is the managing partner for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company and is a globally recognized thought leader on productivity, leadership, and diversity. In this presentation, she discusses the necessary changes companies can make to embrace stakeholder capitalism--and how it could change business for good.
"It's about owning your 'why' and using your business to align with your life and your sense of purpose. Not only will you attract people who respect what you're aspiring to build, but you'll attract loyal customers as well." Kimberly McGlonn founded Philadelphia-based fashion startup Grant Blvd, which makes and sells upcycled clothing and accessories. Grant Blvd hires formerly incarcerated contract workers to sew garments made with secondhand clothing and scrap materials. Read more about how she won $20,000 in the Small Biz Challenge last year. Read more.
May 31, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up."
-Indra K. Nooyi
Indra K. Nooyi is a business executive and former chairperson and chief executive officer of PepsiCo.
May 31, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"That's the next level of leadership. We're going to have to get pretty gritty about listening and acting and making people feel included in the environments that we create, as leaders." Roz Brewer, CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, shares her ideas for empowering employees and the importance of learning that equity can make them feel heard. Read more.
May 27, 2022 / 2 p.m.
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"If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister and activist who became one of the most important leaders in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.
May 27, 2022 / 2 p.m.
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Inspirational Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch
Entrepreneurs tend to love the buzz of creating, finishing that deck for a prospective client, and working too many hours each day. There's no wonder many of us hover so close to burnout. But the best entrepreneurs recharge all the time. So close the laptop and take some time this weekend to find inspiration in one of these movies featuring some powerhouse women. Read more.
May 27, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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From Pet to Threat
Research by the University of Georgia's Kecia Thomas and colleagues has shown that many Black women get support early in their careers. Still, it comes with a price: They are treated as "pets" whom White leaders are happy to groom, and the further they progress, the more that status undermines them. Meanwhile, those who reject the pet identity are perceived as threatening and face hostility and distancing from co-workers.
May 27, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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The Future of the Food Ecosystem -- and the Power of Your Plate
The U.S. spends $1.1 trillion annually on food but $2.1 trillion on costs linked to health and our climate because of the broken food system. Globally, there are many people without access to healthy food, yet tons of food go to waste. Social entrepreneur Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli thinks we can take bold steps to fix this problem.
May 27, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Replace Toxic Things With Positive Things
Whether it's a unpleasant employee you can't seem to let go of or a bad habit standing in your way, these seven strategies can wipe toxicity out of your life. Read more.
May 26, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"Defining freedom cannot amount to simply substituting it with inclusion. Countering the criminalization of Black girls requires fundamentally altering the relationship between Black girls and the institutions of power that have worked to reinforce their subjugation. History has taught us that civil rights are but one component of a larger movement for this type of social transformation. Civil rights may be at the core of equal justice movements, and they may elevate an equity agenda that protects our children from racial and gender discrimination, but they do not have the capacity to fully redistribute power and eradicate racial inequity. There is only one practice that can do that: Love."
- Monique Morris
Monique Morris is an author and the CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color
May 26, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"There weren't any mentors with whom I identified and could turn to for support. No one ever said, 'I want to be your ally!' The leaders did not recognize the opportunity to leverage my strengths and perspective. However, in all fairness, they were probably just as ignorant about professional development as I was." Coach and author Julianna Hynes shares her experiences as a young professional woman and why "allyship" can transform a business. Read more.
May 26, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Henry Dickerson founded Archwood Exchange in 2017 with his wife, Shalonda Hunt, and their husband-and-wife friends Ali Nervis and Stacy Best-Nervis. They launched with the idea to open a brick-and-mortar outlet that sold products made only by Black-owned companies. After discovering the Buy Black Marketplace in Houston, they decided that Phoenix needed one as well. The Marketplace is held the first Saturday of every month in downtown Phoenix.
May 26, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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How to Turn Around a City
Irma L. Olguin Jr. led her company, Bitwise Industries, to one of the largest Series A funding rounds ever for a female Latinx-led company. In this powerful talk, she shows how she has empowered people in her community in Fresno, California--and how it can be a model to elevate "underdog" communities across the world.
May 26, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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The Radical, Revolutionary Resilience of Black Joy
May 25, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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Miracle Jones is a community organizer and activist who shares a heart-to-heart meditation on the role of joy as a form of radical resistance, survival, and protection for Black people in the U.S. and across the world.
"People don't realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust. People aren't being held accountable. And that's something that needs to change. That's something that this country stands for: freedom, liberty, and justice for all."
-Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick is an activist and former NFL quarterback
May 25, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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Fatal Police Shootings
As of May 6, police had shot 358 people to death in the U.S. this year. In 2021, there were 1,055 fatal police shootings. From 2015 to May 2022, the rate among Black Americans, 38 fatal shootings per million of the population, was much higher than that for any other ethnicity.
May 25, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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We Need to Talk About an Injustice
Equal Justice Initiative founder and executive director Bryan Stevenson breaks down America's justice system, beginning with the startling inequalities along racial lines: A third of the country's Black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives.
May 25, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"The world is a severe schoolmaster, for its frowns are less dangerous than its smiles and flatteries, and it is a difficult task to keep in the path of wisdom." -Phillis Wheatley
Phillis Wheatley was the first African American woman to publish a book of poetry, doing so in 1773. She was born in West Africa and later brought to the U.S. and enslaved in Boston.
May 25, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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4 Things About Emma Grede
"The financial investment community has a huge responsibility to address racial inequality in the U.S. Shark Tank has given me the opportunity to shine a much-needed light on the incredible entrepreneurs that may otherwise be overlooked." Emma Grede, the CEO and co-founder of apparel brand Good American and a founding partner of apparel brand Skims, is the first Black female entrepreneur to appear as a guest judge on the hit reality show. Here are four things you need to know about her. Read more.
May 24, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"If your success is defined as being well adjusted to injustice and well adapted to indifference, then we don't want successful leaders. We want great leaders who love the people enough and respect the people enough to be unbought, unbound, unafraid, and unintimidated to tell the truth." -Cornel West
Cornel West is a political activist and philosopher.
May 24, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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An Olympic Champion's Mindset for Overcoming Fear
May 24, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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Olympic champion and entrepreneur Allyson Felix tells the story of how she started a family while fighting to change her former sponsor Nike's maternity policy, a fight that paved the way for other female athletes to get more protection and support. "You don't have to be an Olympian to create change for yourself and others," she says. "Each of us can bet on ourselves."
"The things that make us different, those are our superpowers." -Lena Waithe
Lena Waithe is a producer, actor, and the founder of Hillman Grad Productions.
May 24, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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3 Counterintuitive Moves for Building a Great Brand
Fawn Weaver founded Uncle Nearest in 2016 as a spirits brand named after the Black distiller who mentored whiskey legend Jack Daniel. After reading an article about Nearest Green, a.k.a. Uncle Nearest Green, Weaver bought his old distillery and hired Nearest's great-great-granddaughter to be the master distiller. Here she shares three critical decisions that put her ahead of the game. Read more.
May 24, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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"I realized that I don't have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life."
-Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington is an American actress, producer, and director
May 23, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"One of the recurring themes from Black people I've met who work at Nike, Adidas, Jordan Brand, Under Armour, these great companies--not just recently, we're talking years and years--is that they've felt marginalized. There weren't many of us in executive-level, decision-making, or ownership-level positions, even though it felt like Black culture was specifically targeted for consumerism." Lanny Smith, the founder of Active Faith Sports and the more recently launched Actively Black, advises not to ask for a seat at the table but instead to build your own table. Read more.
May 23, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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15%
Only 15 percent of Black households in the U.S are considered middle class. In just over a generation, median Black and Latino households saw their already-low net worth decrease by 75 percent and 50 percent, respectively, while median White households saw their net worth increase by 14 percent.
May 23, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Embrace the Near-Win
Art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, and the near-win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near-wins that push us forward?
May 23, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"It is easy to look back, self-indulgently, feeling pleasantly sorry for oneself and saying I didn't have this and I didn't have that. But it is only the grown woman regretting the hardships of a little girl who never thought they were hardships at all. She had the things that really mattered."
-Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson was an American singer who performed with renowned orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965.
May 23, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"These sorts of early learning opportunities really come from business owners who hire young people who are already in their community. And that practice will help lift up marginalized communities for generations to come. We need to build the workforce of the future to have a better future." The Plug founder Sherrell Dorsey is a shining example of the impact that early STEM education can have. Read more.
May 20, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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Stop Chasing Purpose and Focus on Wellness
May 20, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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Director of NEXT Memphis Chloe Hakim-Moore had a midlife crisis that changed her way of thinking. She challenges us in this talk to focus not on finding purpose, but instead on collective wellness.
"Injustice still exists and it's going to take all of us--Black people, Brown people, White people, Asian people, Natives, all of us--to really come against injustices and work together."
-Common
Common is a Grammy Award-winning rapper and actor.
May 20, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Of the country's 3.4 million farmers, only 1.3 percent, or about 45,000, are Black. Black farmers in the United States lost approximately 16 million acres of land, worth $326 billion, during the 20th century, according to the first study to quantify the present-day value of that loss.
May 20, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Carmen Dianne and Kara Still launched Prosperity Market to provide Black farmers and food producers a marketplace. They founded the business in 2021 by hosting a series of pop-up events around Southern California. It has since evolved into an incubator with more than 60 vendors.
May 20, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected--those, precisely, who need the law's protection most!--and listens to their testimony."
- James Baldwin
James Baldwin was an American writer and thought leader.
May 19, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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No. You Cannot Touch My Hair!
May 19, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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""My 7-year-old self learnt to tell people what I thought they wanted to hear. By the age of 8, I'd convinced other kids that my hair was made of sponge, because of course, being Black, it couldn't be made of 'hair.'" Entrepreneur and speaker Mena Fombo shares childhood experiences involving her hair and explores the objectification of Black women throughout history.
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
-Alice Walker
Alice Walker is an American writer and social activist.
May 19, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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The median wage for all U.S. workers is around $42,000 per year, but 43 percent of Black workers earn less than $30,000 per year. This disparity has implications for household economic security, consumption, and the ability to build wealth.
May 19, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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In 2019, even before the pandemic, almost 30 percent of Black-owned businesses spent more than half of their revenues servicing debt.
May 19, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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5 Books You Need to Read Right Now
Deciding what to read seems like a daunting task with all the other things on our plates, so we asked five successful Black female founders to share their recommendations for books that will give new perspective on your work, personal, and spiritual lives. Read more.
May 18, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." -Shirley Chisolm
Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress.
May 18, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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3 Things Men Can Do to Promote Gender Equity
May 18, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"It is time for a gender reckoning, beginning with men authentically confronting our internal selves and each other," says social justice advocate and writer Jimmie Briggs. In this talk, he shares how traditional notions of masculinity harm society and offers three ways men can help promote personal safety, dignity, and empowerment for all.
<3%
Black women make up 3 percent of tech workers, and only 1 percent of Latinx women are a part of the tech workforce. In Silicon Valley, the lack of diversity is more startling: Women of color from all groups represent less than 3 percent of total tech workers.
May 18, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Confessions of a D Girl: Colorism and Global Standards of Beauty
In a world where light skin and light eyes are sought-after features, Chika Okoro, a Harvard and Stanford graduate who has experienced colorism, tells us how she copes and what we can do to unlearn this deep-rooted, destructive mindset.
May 18, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Learn Your Lessons, Not Your Losses
In her commencement address to Spelman College's graduating class this year, entrepreneur and politician Stacey Abrams shared lessons from her political and business experience, including the essential things you can learn from early failures. Read more.
May 17, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part." -John Lewis
John Lewis was a civil rights activist and member of the U.S. Congress
May 17, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone
May 17, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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It took Yubing Zhang jumping off a building to realize she had the power to redefine her understanding of fear and courage. Zhang believes that unlimited potential exists when we break through our comfort zone.
"As I approached my teenage years, I began to go into the office with her and observe the relationships that she built, the incredible people that she got to work with and lead. I always looked up to her. I am very lucky, I had such an incredible role model and still do." Jordan Taylor grew up observing her mother Edith Cooper work at her office at Goldman Sachs. Together in 2018, they launched Medley, a service that puts groups of people together with a coach to problem-solve a common concern. Read more.
May 17, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"The beauty of anti-racism is that you don't have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it's the only way forward." -Ijeoma Oluo
Ijeoma Oluo is the author of So You Want to Talk About Race.
May 17, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"I think this time in the world, right now, requires people to stand for something. Sometimes brands are not used to the truth. I think a lot of times, people sugarcoat things and make it more palatable, but if you really stand for it, then stand for it." April McDaniel launched creative agency Crown + Conquer in 2016. She now has a staff of 35 and works with clients such as Spotify, TikTok, and Google. Read more.
May 16, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"The fight is not just being able to keep breathing. The fight is actually to be able to walk down the street with your head held high--and feel like I belong here, or I deserve to be here, or I just have [a] right to have a level of dignity." -Alicia Garza
Alicia Garza is the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.
May 16, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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74%
Seventy-four percent of Black women own businesses in sectors that represent only 20 percent of business revenue overall. Meanwhile, although wholesale businesses represent 24 percent of business revenue, only 1 percent of Black women entrepreneurs are in the sector.
May 16, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Our Seat at the Table
"Belonging is knowing that you have a place in your society, especially when you see people who look like you in positions of power." Olusade Green talks about her experience as an intern in the United States Congress. She could not help but notice the lack of diversity among the interns, legislative staff, and elected officials. She redefines "belonging" in relation to equity and justice.
May 16, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"You are trying to manage your life, manage your family, manage your business, and figure out how to be a human being at such a high-density moment. There is so much coming at you. We are trying to give people a little hand, and the space and encouragement to do that." Chana Ewing, founder of Geenie, an inclusive beauty network, and other entrepreneurs discuss the importance of leaning on community when we need it most. Read more.
May 16, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings." -Franklin Thomas
Franklin Thomas was an attorney, businessman, and philanthropist.
May 13, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"I've been around so many smart people, both inside my family and outside of it. People who were brilliant, but because they were in these circumstances, these environments where no one was pushing them to go to school, they didn't have someone in their life to sort of motivate them to do better." Delane Parnell went from not having the internet as a kid growing up a few blocks from Detroit's Seven Mile Road to CEO of PlayVS, an e-sports platform that has raised more than $100 million in funding. Read his story.
May 13, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"Don't let anything stop you. There will be times when you'll be disappointed, but you can't stop." -Sadie T.M. Alexander
Sadie T.M. Alexander was a civil rights activist and the first Black woman to practice law in Pennsylvania. She was also the first African American to receive a PhD in economics in the United States.
May 13, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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2% of Unicorns Have Black Founders
Of the 607 U.S.-based startup companies valued at more than $1 billion, only around 11 percent are women-founded and women-led, and only 2 percent have Black founders. The list of Black and Brown female unicorn founders includes Toyin Ajayi of Cityblock Health, Suneera Madhani of Stax, Rihanna of Savage X Fenty, and Pat McGrath with Pat McGrath Labs.
May 13, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself
"From about the age of 5, I was aware that I didn't fit. I was the Black, atheist kid in the all-White, Catholic school run by nuns. I was an anomaly." Actress Thandiwe Newton tells the story of finding her "otherness"--first as a child growing up in two distinct cultures rooting around for definition, and then as an actress taking on roles.
May 13, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"In 2009, when I began to approach potential retail partners for Tatcha, I was explicitly told that 'Asian beauty is not aspirational in the U.S.,' and that Tatcha was 'too niche' and 'too exotic' for the Western woman. It felt like high school all over again, but it made me only more passionate about bringing a different perspective on beauty to the U.S." Vicky Tsai grew up watching her mother, who owned a beauty store, mix herbs to create traditional Chinese remedies at home. After recognizing the power of her heritage, she started Tatcha in 2009. Read her story.
May 12, 2022 / 5 p.m.
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"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
-Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde was an American writer, feminist, and civil rights activist.
May 12, 2022 / 5 p.m.
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Black Women Making Millions Academy
Mahisha Dellinger, founder of hair care company Curls, launched the Black Women Making Millions Academy to share the knowledge she's learned over the past 20 years as an entrepreneur. What started as a retreat is now an MBA-style online course. Find out more about Mahisha's journey in building her company, and how you can access the academy's valuable resources to build yours. Read more.
May 12, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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The First Black Woman on the Federal Reserve Board
Lisa Cook, an economist and professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University, is the first Black woman on the Federal Reserve Board. She focuses on policies that broaden economic opportunities, particularly for racial minorities and women.
May 12, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Top Grants for Minority-Owned Businesses
Given that Black women received just 0.34 percent of the total amount of VC funding in the first half of last year, keeping your eye out for other funding opportunities is a must. Here are some grant opportunities that could help you get the funds to move your business forward.
May 12, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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3 Brilliant Tips for Leaders Everywhere
"The best leaders both identify gifts and talents of other people and help them live in those gifts and talents. They create space for that to happen. And the second thing is that they help people see a world that they have not seen before and help them feel comfortable that they can live in that, that they can create it. That they can build it." DeRay Mckesson, an educator, civil rights activist, and one of the leading voices in the Black Lives Matter movement, shares what you can do to become a better leader. Read more.
May 11, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch for justice and freedom. I want to be remembered as one who tried." -Dorothy Height
Dorothy Height was a leader in the civil rights movements and the president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years.
May 11, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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How To Build Your Confidence - And Spark It in Others
May 11, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Brittany Packnett Cunningham is the founder of Love & Power Works, a full-service social impact agency. She was also a member of President Obama's 21st Century Policing Task Force and the Ferguson Commission. In this talk, she discusses her belief that "confidence is the necessary spark before everything that follows."
"I wanted to start a business that I was passionate about, but I think I'm more passionate about equity. It's really about democratizing this idea that champagne and other luxuries are only for certain people and making it approachable for everyone." Along with Catherine Carter, Erica Davis launched the Sip, a California-based winetasting subscription service, in 2020 after being frustrated by not being able to sample a new wine or champagne without buying the whole bottle. Read more.
May 11, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"It's not about supplication, it's about power. It's not about asking, it's about demanding. It's not about convincing those who are currently in power, it's about changing the very face of power itself."
-Kimberlé Williams
Crenshaw
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is a civil rights advocate and professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School.
May 11, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Olympian Gabby Thomas On Finding Your Motivation
May 10, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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Gabby Thomas has already achieved many successes, including taking home two Olympic medals and graduating from Harvard. In between training for the 2024 Olympics and completing her master's degree in public health at the University of Texas, she's trying to inspire a movement that would lead to equitable healthcare for all.
"Many investors have been trying to approach me about funding and I've always closed the door, because we didn't need them. We were really serious about looking for a strategic partner and we wanted to make sure that it was the right person because the business is so unique. We wanted people who really cared about more than just money." Pinky Cole, founder of Slutty Vegan, who just raised a $25 million Series A round, discusses the importance of being strategic about accepting investment capital. Read more.
May 10, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"I consider myself a crayon. I might not be your favorite color, but one day you are going to need me to complete your picture."
-Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill is a singer, rapper, and actress who has won eight Grammys, more than any other female rapper.
May 10, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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> 50%
In a survey, more than 50 percent of Black entrepreneurs whose businesses survived the pandemic reported still being very or extremely concerned about the viability of their companies. This concern could be directly attributed to having a more difficult time gaining access to credit.
May 10, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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Want To Scale? Consider Offering Employees Equity
"If you're struggling to build your business, it could be because you don't have the right kind of employees. If you were able to offer equity and convince a potential employee that your business has growth potential, you just need their help to get there--at that point, there's a mutual payoff." Entrepreneur Tan France and other experts share their advice about ways to get the right employees involved in growing your company. Read more.
May 10, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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"I am a Black disabled lesbian stutterer--I just check every damn box. But I don't have somebody saying, you should listen to her, even if she stumbles. If you just wait, she has something good to say. But that doesn't stop me. I'm going to still say what I have to say. I'm still going to keep on pushing. I give myself the grace to know I'm limited--but I am not unable." Ruby Taylor's life changed a few years ago after a car accident but she was still determined to make a difference. The former social worker created a card game that she hopes will help close the racial wealth gap through financial literacy and education. Read more.
May 9, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"It's important with all of the messages that might tell you otherwise that you have that in yourself to say, 'I am beautiful. I am smart and I'm amazing.'"
-Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox is an award-winning actress and LGBT advocate.
May 9, 2022 / 3 p.m.
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"We just want to be seen and heard. I want my thoughts and experiences to be validated. I don't want separation. I want a unified, diverse, and integrated community. That's one of the reasons I went into the restaurant business--so I could create an environment where that could exist peacefully." Chef and CEO Tanya Holland, who opened Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland in 2008, kept her business going during quarantine by pivoting to takeout and serving donated meals to frontline medical workers. Read more.
May 9, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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4% vs. 55%
Only 4 percent of Black-owned businesses are still in operation after three and a half years, compared with an average of 55.5 percent for all companies.
May 9, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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How To Turn Moments Into Momentum
WNBA champion Renee Montgomery made an unexpected decision when she opted out of her dream job playing basketball to focus on changing the world for the better. By leaving her comfort zone, she gained the confidence that comes with turning moments into momentum.
May 9, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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How to Create Inclusive Communities for Entrepreneurs of Color
"My company is rapidly growing and I am becoming a more recognized leader, particularly in our hometown of Baltimore, yet I still find myself wondering at times if I belong. Do I look the part? Sound the part? Am I perceived by new connections as a successful entrepreneur?" Delali Dzirasa, the founder and CEO of Fearless, a software company, advises that entrepreneurs need to be more intentional about inclusion practices. Read more.
May 6, 2022 / 4 p.m.
Tag: Article
"No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid."
-Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o is an Academy Award-winning actress.
May 6, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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$200
billion
Companies have dedicated more than $200 billion to increase efforts toward racial justice since the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Much of these funds are committed to providing affordable housing, lending in low- and middle-income and minority communities, and community development.
May 6, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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How Marijuana Reform Could Repair, Reclaim, and Restore Communities
As more states move toward the legalization of marijuana, social entrepreneur and activist Khadijah Tribble calls for equitable reform that centers on the casualties of the war on drugs and its policies that have led to mass incarcerations within marginalized communities.
May 6, 2022 / 1 p.m.
Tag: Video
"I've [always] been a person who just likes to move in a stealth manner, and really just kind of let my actions speak for themselves. I don't want to take great pride in something that I wanted to just do out of the goodness of my heart or my family's heart with our family foundation." Ndamukong Ngwa Suh, American football defensive tackle and Super Bowl champion, discusses juggling his brand, career, and philanthropic endeavors. Read more.
May 5, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"Wouldn't it be nice if Black girls weren't inundated with negative, sexist comments about Black women? If they were told instead of the many important things that we've achieved? ... Black women, too often in the shadows of such accomplishments, actually powered the civil rights movement." -Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion is an American rapper.
May 5, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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6 Classic Ways To Crash Your Company
Every fast-growth company eventually runs into at least one of these all-too-common obstacles. How you handle them can make the difference between success and a high-speed smashup.Read more.
May 5, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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Are These 14 VC Funds on Your Radar?
If you are looking for funding, you know how difficult it is for Black women-led ventures to get it. The most difficult part can be knowing where to look. These 14 funds focus specifically on funding women-led companies. Start here.
May 5, 2022 / 12 p.m.
Tag: Resource
How Banks Are Failing African Americans
Eighty percent of Black Millennials can not afford a $1,000 emergency. And, a study by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation found that 17 percent of Black families don't have bank accounts, compared to the three percent of White families who don't. Much of this disparity comes from systemic racism, and access to banking. Derrius Quarles is the founder and CEO of Breaux Capital, a financial wellness startup devoted to Black Millennials. Here, he shares his dream of breaking down the barriers between people of color and financial wellness.
May 5, 2022 / 12 p.m.
Tag: Video
"Just remember the world is not a playground, but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday, but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love." -Barbara Jordan
Barbara Jordan was a civil rights leader and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
May 4, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"Be patient, and stay the course. Take in the information. Take in the disappointments. They will come. They are important. They are part of the opportunity to clarify what you want to do." Tracee Ellis Ross filled a gap in the beauty market when she launched her hair care line, Pattern Beauty, in 2019, but she had dreamed for years about creating the perfect hair care products for curly, coiled, and kinky hair. Read about how Tracee found the motivation to launch despite the rejections she faced. Read more.
May 4, 2022 / 4 p.m.
Tag: Article
"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee." -Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman is a civil rights activist and founder of the nonprofit Children's Defense Fund.
May 4, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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58%
More than half of Black audiences say there's still not enough representation of their identity group on-screen. However, new data shows that African Americans spend more time consuming media than any other group.
May 4, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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How To Break Down Barriers and Not Accept Limits
"Barrier breaking is about not staying in your lane and not being something that the world expects you to be. It's about not accepting limitations." Candace Parker is an accomplished athlete, so she knows what it takes to succeed. In this inspiring talk, she shares what she's learned during her career--and how her daughter taught her the best lesson of all.
May 4, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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"One of the secrets of his success was that Dad was visionary, and I try to channel that visionary piece and trust it. He was also extremely philanthropic and generous. What I'm doing is very much inherited and in line with [what he did]. That giving as you climb is very much inspired by him." Christina Lewis, owner and president of coaching and advisory firm C Lewis Services and the founder of several nonprofits, shares some lessons from her father, Reginald F. Lewis, the first Black billionaire. Read more.
Apr 29, 2022 / 4 p.m.
Tag: Article
"The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely."
-Lorraine Hansberry
Lorraine Hansberry was an acclaimed playwright whose works include A Raisin in the Sun.
May 3, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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Start Small, but Don't Dream Small
CEO and founder of Xtreme Solutions Phyllis Newhouse lists three things women entrepreneurs need to succeed, and encourages us to stop looking for a seat and start building our own table. Read more.
May 3, 2022 / 12 p.m.
Tag: Article
45%
Nearly half of consumers in the United States agree that companies should pledge to support Black-owned brands, suppliers, and vendors. Sixty-eight percent say their social values shape their shopping choices.
May 3, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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3 Ways Community Creates a Healthy Life
Self-care is critical when building a business. Epidemiologist Olivia Affuso shows how we can start a healthy life by tapping into the collective power of a community that supports and motivates our health goals.
May 3, 2022 / 12 p.m.
Tag: Video
"Great allies aren't just great allies to your face. They're your allies when you're not there. Stepping up to say, 'I'm uncomfortable with this conversation. Have you taken time to better educate yourself on the topics that impact that community or individuals?' They advocate for those who may not look like them. Great allies are courageous and speak up on behalf of marginalized groups. That's true allyship. It's about changing the dialogue at that moment and encouraging a culture of inclusion and understanding through actions, and not just words."
-Traci Wade
Senior director, diversity and inclusion, Oracle
May 2, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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May 2, 2022 / 4 p.m.
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"We're a medium to give people the opportunity to build community, effect change, and kickstart their entrepreneurial aspirations. We wanted to use technology to facilitate the process of assisting folks, when it's not necessarily obvious to them that they have to put away a lot of money today."Derrius Quarles, Ras Asan, and Brian Williams launched Breaux Capital, an online platform enabling Black men to pool their resources to create wealth for their families. Read more.
"I'm very proud to be Black, but Black is not all I am. That's my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it's not all of who I am nor is it the basis from which I answer every question."
-Denzel Washington
Academy award-winning actor, director, and producer.
May 2, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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61%
of Black women self-fund their total startup costs.
Only 29 percent of Black women entrepreneurs live in households with incomes over $75,000, compared with 52 percent of White men. Many Black women go into debt and have less personal collateral when starting their businesses.
May 2, 2022 / 12 p.m.
Tag: Statistic
The Funding Gap in Startup Investing
After the traumatic birth of her child, entrepreneur Temie Giwa-Tubosunshe moved back to Nigeria in 2016 to start LifeBank, which delivers life-saving medical supplies to remote areas in Africa. She shares examples of incredible women-led ventures worldwide--and challenges investors to help more of them come to life.
May 2, 2022 / 12 p.m.
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