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Black Enterprise magazine September/October 2017 issue

Black Dollars Matter: The Power of African American Consumers

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The seismic shift in how important black dollars have become is credited to social media and the vocal and voluminous online entity known as Black Twitter. More African American consumers are demanding products and marketing that embrace diversity without pandering and that are culturally relevant.

Rapper French Montana Is Helping Undocumented Immigrants Go to College

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Although the fate of DREAMERS is uncertain, French Montana, MTV, and the nonprofit Get Schooled are taking action to give them a future of promise and opportunity.

Black Bookstore Opens In DC’s Historic Neighborhood After 20 Year Hiatus

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Anacostia, a historic African American neighborhood in Washington, D.C. has been starved of a bookstore for over 20 years. Ramunda Young and her husband Derrick, have both stepped up to meet that need, by opening MahoganyBooks last November. A 2016 study published in...

After FEMA Contract Debacle, This Entrepreneur Shares Lessons Learned

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Brown landed a $156 million contract from FEMA to provide 30 million meals to hurricane victim in Puerto Rico. According to The New York Times, Brown, who is the sole proprietor of her contracting company, hired a wedding caterer in Atlanta to prepare and freeze-dry the food.

Black on Campus – More than a Hashtag

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But West blew me away when she cited this statistic: 200 to 300 women disappear every month in the state of Georgia. Most are black, and little is being done about it.


A Conversation with Jessica Matthews | Uncharted Power | Powered by Toyota

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/

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.

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/

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/

Roshell Rinkins - Founder of Liquid Courage, a make-up brand that inspires women to be authentically bold talks supply chain and what makes a great cosmetic product. http://liquidcouragecosmetics.com/

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/

Rapper Jim Jones stopped by Black Enterprise to talk about his latest business ventures outside of music.

Entrepreneur and Winemaker Phil Long gives us a look into his business Longevity Wines and what it takes make an award-winning wine.

Kemberley Washington sits down for an interview with the first female Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell.

A look at Stephanie Caudle's journey in San Francisco as winner of Black Enterprise and Hiscox's 2017 Small Business Pitch Competition.

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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.