Kandi Burruss made it known on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” that although she was known to the world as a great singer, it was her dream to tackle being an entrepreneur.
From sex toys to an online radio show, Kandi shares her personal life and power and prestige for profit.
After the highly publicized murder of her fiancé Al Jewell, Burruss turned to social media creating a blog to vent her pain, “Kandi Presents: The Bitter & The Sweet.”
Growing a faithful audience, she launched “Kandi Coated Nights” in 2011 garnering over 198,000 loyal listeners. The weekly internet talk-show helped to launch another business for Burruss called “Kandi After Dark,” a line of sex toys and pleasurates for adults.
“Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Phaedra Parks is said to be worth $12 million.
Last season’s plot had Parks contemplating on starting a funeral home but it’s her Atlanta-based boutique law firm that brings in the big bucks.
As Managing Partner of The Parks Group, P.C., Parks and her associates cater to entertainers and athletes such as Jazze Pha, Too $hort, Jermaine Dupri and Bobby Brown. While she’s already made a name for herself in the courtroom, Phaedra has also managed to grace the small screen as a legal analyst for NBC and Fox News.
Additionally, she is one of the producers of BET’s smash hit, “Tiny & Toya,” which set both women up for their own career in reality television.
Our favorite “Basketball Wife” Evelyn Lozada may be best known for her catfights and most recent head butt with ex-husband Chad Johnson, but she’s also a successful business owner.
Her sexy shoe line, “Dulce,” is a Miami-based venture which was founded in 2006.
Offering a selection of handbags, jewelry, eyewear and shoes, Dulce boasts a loyal clientele of fashion forward fashionistas. The company offers multiple shipping options including making house calls, consignment and special event styling.
Quickly making a name for herself as the head diva in charge, Nicci Gilbert of TV ONE’s “R&B Divas” is no stranger to entrepreneurship.
Since leaving the popular Brownstone R&B group in the late 90’s, Gilbert launched a career in producing both theatrical and television programming. She’s now an executive producer of TVOne’s hit reality series “R&B Divas,” and just launched a new clothing line – “Curvato” — for the curvy diva in all of us.
Positioned as an alternative for the curvy woman that needs evening attire and alluring pieces to compliment their wardrobe, Curvato opened for business October 1, 2012 crashing the system with a whooping 400,000 users trying to place orders at the same time.
Marketed as an affordable new candy for your lips, VH1’s “Basketball Wives” co-star Jennifer’s Williams launched “Lucid Cosmetics,” after her reality show fame skyrocketed.
Offering five shades, all named after her most memorable cities, Lucid Cosmetics is best known for its flat shape and ease with carrying in a small purse.
Angela, 25, and Vanessa Simmons, 29, have been known for their fashion sense since starring on MTV’s “Run’s House” when they were just teenagers.
They created a shoe line called “PASTRY” in 2007 to offer young girls creative ways to express their unique looks. The footwear offers an assortment of athletic dresses and even children’s footwear and accessories. The brand is distributed in over 15 countries and boasts the message of “Live Life Sweet.”
Although sales for the brand have been in the millions, each sister has been cited for owing hefty amounts of taxes to the IRS, according to Detroit News’ tax watchdog column.
Last summer, actress LisaRaye McCoy launched her jean collection “The LisaRaye Collection” in partnership with PZI Jeans.
Featuring her signature fitted-white jeans, The LisaRaye Collection comes in sizes 4 to 18 — priced between $69 and $99 dollars — and is said to contour to the body of a woman with ample curves.
Since becoming a reality show star of TV ONE’s “The Real McCoy,” LisaRaye has also taken the reins of her daughter’s career, managing her modeling contracts and securing gigs for the plus size model whose first campaign was with Apple Bottom jeans.
Remember the first MTV “The Real World” cast member, Kevin Powell?
He has grown his brand into a household name in activism and male accountability. Although most widely known for his journalistic flare and commentary, Kevin has taken his mission worldwide becoming the voice of today’s young black male in America. He’s commonly asked to speak at college campuses, prisons, conferences and events before eager young audiences who remember his hip hop articles from Vibe Magazine and The Source.
He’s published eleven books and a countless collection of essays, reviews and articles on multiculturalism, corporate responsibility and the state of black America.
VH1’s “Hollywood Wives” Nicole Murphy launched a fashion website called “Open Hours” over the summer. Her mission is said to be operating everyone’s favorite boutique open 24 hours a day.
Partnering with some of the best manufacturers in New York and LA, “Open Hours” caters to the busy mom and fashionable business woman in all of us.