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Black Enterprise magazine September/October 2017 issue

The Biggest Black Business and Other News This Week

Just in case you’ve missed some of the news content we published this week, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest black business stories on BlackEnterprise.com.

Power of Walking Away: Tamron Hall Talks Life after ‘Today’

When Tamron Hall walked away from the Today show early last year, fans were shocked, appalled, and disappointed that the first black woman to hold an anchor seat on the show would be leaving. There were reports that she was blindsided by news that her 9 a.m. slot...

Riding Along Toyota’s Black History Tour

In December, Toyota hosted yet another Black History Tour. The mission this time was to drive 2018 Toyotas from historical sites in Atlanta to the even deeper South, with additional stops in Montgomery and Selma, Alabama; Meridian, Mississippi; and finally Jackson, Mississippi…

Great Moments: The Rise of a Black Oil and Gas Mogul

A global oil and gas baron, Kase Lawal excels in a lucrative industry not dominated by people of color. Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, to a local politician and a textile trader, Lawal knew growing up he wanted to be a businessman. He became the founder and chairman of CAMAC, a Houston-based energy company.

5 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Ahead in Your Career

Ready to level up in your career? Here’s a tip: don’t get too attached to a plan. Chances are if you’re not where you want to be in your career, you may want to consider a new way of thinking about your journey. Below, check out the reasons why you may not be getting ahead in your career.


Interview With Black Girls Code Founder Kimberly Bryant

Black Girls Code Founder Kimberly Bryant talks about using tech to empower young women.

During the Black Panther release, the Oakland A's sponsored a screening that was showcased to 200 Oakland youth who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to view it. Before the film, there was a panel discussion moderated by the Oakland A's Vice President of External Affairs Taj Tashombe with participants that included Jason Mayden, co-founder of Super Heroic; Elisha Greenwell, founder of Black Joy Parade; Ashara Ekundayo, co-founder and chief creative officer at Impact Hub; Sequoia Blodgett, Tech Editor for Black Enterprise, and Devin Lars, CEO and founder of Kerieo Media.

Cartoonist, illustrator, and Afrofuturist Tim Fielder explains the history and significance of Afrofuturism and how it is portrayed in Marvel's "Black Panther."

JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls talk about their new cookbook, Between Harlem and Heaven; their mentor-protégé relationship; and what they’ve learned about being entrepreneurs in the food industry.

Meet Kiki Ayers, a self-taught celebrity publicist and entrepreneur who was once homeless.

Billy Jones started his career marketing events of all shapes and sizes. Additionally, he worked as an A&R with John Monopoly on projects for Kanye West’s GOOD Music label. He also helped to brand 50 Cent, bringing them the technology to create thisis50.com, the 50 Cent social networking site. Shortly after Billy J was hired by Steve Rifkind as the VP of A&R for Rifkind's label SRC and the Director of A&R for Universal Republic Records. There, Jones ran the A&R dept along with running the creative for Mr. Rifkind's publishing company. After leaving universal, Billy started a new multimedia company where he has landed a major deal with Adam Levine and Interscope records.

Jessica O. Matthews is co-founder of "Uncharted Power", a company that makes energy-generating products. She raised $7 million in a series A financing round and became the 13th company with a black female founder to raise more than $1 million in outside investment. https://www.u-pwr.co/

Leandrew Robinson - Founder of HingeTo, a company that partners with Athletes to help them build their brands through retail and merchandising talks his partnership with business partner, Marshawn Lynch and his path to eCommerce success. https://www.hingeto.com/

Jason Mayden - Founder of Super Heroic, a company that creates children’s play and sports clothing designed to entertain, delight and surprise every child talks about why he would rather create strong children than fix broken adults. Mayden is a former lead designer for Brand Jordan. https://superheroic.com/

Julian Eison - Founder of Eison Triple Thread, an Honest Luxury fashion house that produces made-to-measure menswear talks about why technology is imperative when providing men with a custom wardrobe solution. https://eisontriplethread.com/

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12 Days of Legacy: Maxine Waters

In honor of the upcoming 2018 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, past Legacy award winners will be featured. Maxine Waters was the Legacy award winner in 2006. Register now and find out more about the Women of Power Summit.

Jesse Williams Addresses America at the BET Awards

Grey’s Anatomy actor and social activist Jesse Williams prophetically addressed America during his awards speech at the 16th annual BET Awards on June 26, at the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live. Presented with the Humanitarian Award by BET Chairman/CEO Debra Lee. Check out all of the latest content focused on the issues and topics important to black men.

Morgan State Awarded $750K in STEM Grant Funding

Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore, has announced the award of a three-year $750,000 grant from Intel Corp. The grant is part of the Intel HBCU Grant program announced last month, which is part of the tech giant’s Diversity in Technology Initiative which began in January 2015. Be sure and catch up on all of the latest BE Smart content.