In his new memoir, The Man from Essence – Creating a Magazine for Black Women, Essence magazine cofounder Edward Lewis offers a candid and enlightening story of how Essence magazine came to be. Here, Lewis sheds light on his motivation behind selling the magazine to
media giant Time Inc., the meaning behind “the black tax” and the
current state of Essence.
Over the years Royalyn Reid has built the company she co-founded with
her husband, Angelo, and is CEO of, Consumer & Market Insights
(CMI), into a well-established firm. CMI has offices in Dallas and
Washington, DC and offers service in marketing research, training and
Natural hair care is seeing an explosion in the beauty industry. As more
and more Black women start wearing their hair naturally, there is an
increased need for products to care for their chemical-free tresses.
This is where Mahisha Dellinger and her CURLS hair care come in.
Launched in 2002, CURLS offers organic hair care products for women and
girls with natural waves, curls and kinks.
A hair disaster led Lana Boone to start her own hair products business.
She launched Kurly Klips, curly textured clip-in hair extensions, to
further empower women in their personal hair care journeys. An instant hit, the company sold to more than 2,000 customers from 30 countires within the first 13 months.
There are very few minority owned furniture design studios in the
country and one of them is Ali Sandifer Studio in Detroit, founded by
husband-and-wife team Andre Sandifer and Abir Ali. They craft a unique
brand of modern furniture using domestic woods harvested from
Maya Penn is one cool young woman! The idea behind her company is
utterly unique. The 13-year-old artist, animator, designer,
philanthropist, environmentalist, and girls rights activist is CEO of
Maya’s Ideas. She creates handmade eco-friendly accessories and clothing
with 10-20 percent of her profits going to local and global charities
and environmental organizations.