Millennial venture capitalists. A black women cannabis entrepreneur. An exclusive interview with Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. In 2018, Black Enterprise captured some of the most intriguing video interviews of black men and women who epitomize the spirit of innovation, leadership, and building up the community. Take a look at our 10 top black news videos of 2018.
10. Meet Vanessa Braxton, the Owner of Black Momma Vodka
Vanessa Braxton is the CEO and President of Black Momma Vodka and Black Momma Brand. She is also the first African American woman distiller, master blender, and operator of a nationally distributed vodka in the country, and the owner of the only black-owned tea and beverage manufacturing facility.
9. Meet the Man Heading Andela’s Push to Produce 100,000 Software Developers in Africa by 2020.
Seni Sulyman, a Harvard University graduate turned down an offer from Google to move back to Nigeria. Today, he is the Country Director for Andela, a tech talent accelerator with an admission rate of less than 1%, that is turning Africans into software developers.
8. Stacey Abrams On the Verge of Making Political History Down South
She may have lost the election, but there is no question that Stacey Abrams is a political trailblazer. In this exclusive interview, she talks why running for Georgia governor was so important.
7. Tatiana Elizabeth: The life of a Beauty Entrepreneur
Model and beauty entrepreneur Tatiana Elizabeth discusses how she started her company, skinBUTTR, the perks of being an influencer, and why it’s not exactly as easy as it looks in an interview powered by MGM Resorts.
6. The First Black Woman Sole Owner of a NASCAR Team
Meet Melissa Harville-Lebron, the first African American woman to solely own a race team licensed by NASCAR, stopped by Black Enterprise to talk about her journey into motorsports and making history.
5. BE Smart HBCU TechPrep Academy Recap 2018
Fifty students from 14 historically black colleges and universities gathered for two days, at Morehouse College in Atlanta, for engaging activities and to learn from some of the brightest and brilliant in technology. The event was hosted by Black Enterprise.
4. Meet Adam Pliska, the 46-year old CEO of World Poker Tour
Forty-six-year-old Adam Pliska joined World Poker Tour as general counsel in the early 2000s; 87% of the gaming and entertainment brand’s revenues came from its television licensing fees. Under his leadership as CEO, the company has expanded to 70 events with a presence in more than 150 countries across five continents.
3. Cannabis Industry Owner Hope Wiseman Says More Black People Should Invest in Weed
Hope Wiseman, the founder of Mary and Main and the youngest dispensary owner in the U.S, talks about profiting in the cannabis industry.
2. Busting the Corporate Pipeline: Meet the Next Generation of Black Leaders
The black leadership pipeline is going dry! How do we correct course? This panel of corporate HR and diversity specialists offer a frank examination of where we stand in today’s corporate environment and look at how efforts such as the Fellowship Initiative can serve as a model for building a stairway of opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders.
1. Meet The Brothas of Harlem Capital
These four millennial men are on a mission to change the face of entrepreneurship.