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Black Entrepreneur’s Slumping Sales Turn Around After Call From O Magazine
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Entrepreneurs and children’s book author Ozi Okaro wants to teach kids about their heritage with Ikuzi Dolls. (Robert Sciarrino) A doll maker went from making 17 percent of her start-up goal to launch her line of Black dolls to observing a massive sales boost thanks to O Magazine. Ozi Okaro created Ikuzi Dolls in 2015, which […]

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Black Homebuyers Are Still Being Denied Home Mortgages and It’s Worse Than a Decade Ago. Can Black Banks Make a Difference? 
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Black homeownership is on the decline.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) A decade ago, in the midst of a historic financial crisis, numerous critics lined up to lay the cause of the housing meltdown at the feet of the African-American, Latinx and poor communities. The oft-repeated narrative, advanced particularly by Republicans on the congressionally-created Financial Crisis Inquiry […]

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Painter Passes Out After Diddy and Dj Khaled Buy Her Artwork
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I was pulling up to set to film the finale of #THEFOUR when I saw a young artist from Brooklyn with her artwork on display at the gate of Sony Studios. We salute your entrepreneurialism, your artistry and your business. GOD BLESS!!! @djkhaled #BlackExcellence #TeamLOVE A post shared by Diddy (@diddy) on Feb 2, 2018 […]

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Despite a Recount That Certified Results Making Keisha Lance Bottoms Atlanta’s Next Mayor, Mary Norwood Refuses to Concede
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Keisha Lance Bottoms, left, defeated Mary Norwood by 821 votes in the recount for the race for Atlanta mayor. Norwood, who ran in 2009 unsuccessfully under similar circumstances, has not conceded. (Photo: WGCL-TV) Atlanta has a long legacy of Black mayors, beginning with the election of Maynard Jackson in 1973. In the most recent runoff […]

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Looking for a Black-Owned Business to Support? The Official Black Wall Street App Has You Covered
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Finding Black-owned businesses to patronize this holiday season just became that much easier, thanks to a new mobile app. Digital platform Official Black Wall Street, founded by entrepreneur Mandy Bowman back in 2015, launched its highly-anticipated app earlier this month, providing consumers with the largest global directory of black-owned businesses right at their fingertips. The […]

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Black Business Matter: Historic Washington Neighborhood Anacostia Getting its First (Black) Bookstore in Two Decades 
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(Photo by Rob Jinks) Mahogany Books, owned by husband and wife team, Derrick and Ramunda Young The historic Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast Washington, D.C., has a lot of stories to tell. Within this predominantly Black community lying east of the Anacostia River, there are foundational stories of how the region was originally inhabited and named […]

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Black Businessman Uses $52 Million Lottery Winnings to Revive Historic African-American Community
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After hitting a $52 million jackpot in 2010, a South Florida businessman used his winnings to start his very own real estate company. Now he’s looking to invest that money back into a downtown Ft. Lauderdale community once known for its thriving Black business district. Entrepreneur Miguel Pilgram of The Pilgram Group says he is […]

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Black Businesses Don’t Get Enough Funding Because Black Venture Capitalists Don’t Either
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Less than 3 percent of venture capital funds go to Black and Latino investment professionals. (Photo by Stockbyte/Getty Images) Just when you thought Black business owners were the only ones struggling to snag funding for their companies, it turns out Black venture capitalists are having just as hard a time securing resources for the minority-owned […]

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T.I. Takes the High Road with Wendy Williams
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T.I. isn’t trashing Wendy Williams. (Larry French/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund/Lars Niki/Getty Images for BET)   T.I. isn’t going the Wendy Williams route when it comes to stirring up dirt. When photos surfaced of the bikini-clad talk show host on vacation in Barbados, social media users ripped the 53-year-old. Wendy Williams gotta keep […]

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