Celebrity deejay, former model and now businesswoman/entrepreneur
Beverly Bond is all about empowerment. So much so that her non-profit
mentoring program and awards show Black Girls Rock! (BGR) are still alive
and kicking after five years. And there are no plans for slowing down.
In fact, Bond is just getting warmed up.
Who hasn't wondered why so many sports figures go broke, have trouble
dealing with the media and just don’t seem to know how to protect their
brand? Well, Parisnicole Payton’s, The PNP Agency, has come to the
rescue. PNP specializes in public relations, marketing, management
administration and behavioral prevention advisement for NFL players.
There is a unique club in D.C. called Black Women Bike (BWB), whose aim
to get Black women and girls of all ages to take up biking for fun,
health, wellness and transportation. BWB wants to build community and
interest in biking among Black women through education, advocacy and
The advertising business is a tough, fickle industry--especially for
African-American owned agencies. But Ahmad Islam, co-founder and
managing partner of full-service, award-winning marketing agency, commonground, has made it all work for him. Recently, TNJ.com had a chance to discuss business with Islam.
With African-American women spending a reported half a trillion on hair
care and weaves, hair care would seem a wise business to enter. But
like all other industries, you have to make your products stand out. That's what hair salon owner Diane Da Costa has done.
One of the toughest businesses to venture into is the restaurant
industry. And a vegan restaurant would seem even tougher to make a go of
it. But Tamearra Dyson’s Souley Vegan, which she in 2006 in Oakland, is
thriving and expanding.
Spike Lee may be using Kickstater to fund his next film. But next time, he and other Black entrepreneurs will have another option. Six Morehouse alumni and Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers have created BlackStartup, which they hope will become the go-to site for Black-based crowdfunding.
The Bubble Bistro has changed the way folks in Memphis think about body
care products. Launched by Andrea Johnson in 2009 in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bistro makes natural products using clays, herbs, fruits, nut butters and sea salts from Europe, the Caribbean, Brazil and Ghana. A native of Memphis, Johnson is back to expand her business Stateside.