Eleven-year-old Marley Dias wanted more diverse reading in school and
she took action to encourage it. The West Orange, New Jersey-based
Thomas A. Edison Middle School student created a campaign called
#1000BlackGirlBooks. The social movement promotes books with “strong,
Black female” main characters. You see, Dias was tired of reading books about boys and whites. Here, Dias tells TNJ.com about the movement and why she likes helping her community.
This week, 4D Healthware, an online personal health dashboard specializing in chronic care management, announced it closed a $710,000 seed investment
round that included a mix of private equity and angel investors,
including multiple physicians. Here, we caught up with founder Star Cunningham, who formerly led global infrastructure at IBM, for an exclusive interview.
Denise Hamilton ditched her many years in corporate America to go out on
her own and recently launched WatchHerWork .com. The Jamaica-born,
Brooklyn, NY-raised Hamilton, 45, wanted to create an online network and
resource for professional women, providing curated advice, helpful
videos and assorted information. Then there are the WatchHerWork
networking and mentoring events nationwide.
Some major corporations say they have trouble finding, recruiting and
retaining minority candidates. So Porter Braswell and Ryan Williams
came up with Jopwell which is a platform that lets companies connect with and
recruit minority candidates for internships and jobs. Here, we caught up with the duo who started their early careers on Wall Street.
A consortium of people of color doing business in the same
community with the clever catch phrase, entrepreneurial enclave, is a
key element in creating black wealth says small business advocate Kevin
Wortham. As the director and co-founder of a nationally revered program
that guides teens into owning their own businesses, Wortham is at the
forefront of forming commonwealths that are chock full of minority-owned
As CEO of Mino Enterprises, Jazmin Truesdale has several businesses under her belt. One is an entertainment company, Aza, through which Truesdale has created a business model centered around what women and girls told her they wanted: superheroes for girls. Here, she tells TNJ.com of her plans to develop Aza into a global brand for women's entertainment.
Entrepreneur/philanthropist Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede has accomplished a
lot. She has an impressive resume and an
even more impressive lists of accomplishments. Amazingly, she still finds time to run her own business. Here, we caught up with the CEO of Yetunde Global Consulting, LLC., a management consulting
firm that specializes in leadership development and training,
organizational management and business branding.
Charles A. Archer has made a career out of helping others. A lawyer, author, speaker and entrepreneur, he is the
CEO/co-founder of The THRIVE Network, a 501(c)(3) based in Brooklyn,
which helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and
their families in New York City and New Jersey.