Carmen Blackmon’s road to entrepreneurship started with a nonprofit. In 1999, she left her lucrative corporate job to start the Above and Beyond Learning Center, a community-based
after-school program to help students who needed additional support but
whose parents couldn’t afford private tutoring. Fourteen years later, the program has grown exponentially.
The fashion industry is hard to break into but Mimi Plange has done the
impossible. First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Mimi Plange A-line skirt to
an appearance on the "The View." Today, Plange's designs can be seen on
celebrities and fashionable women worldwide.
The name itself is intriguing--Royal Jelly Harlem. But the products are
even more so--clothing for men, women and babies crafted into using
fabulous African fabric. The idea came to Maya Gorgoni after a visit to West Africa.
In April, we reported on Uncharted Play, creators of the innovative SOCCKET--a soccer ball that
harnesses and stores energy from play for later use as a portable light
source targeted to undeveloped regions of the world. Recently, the creators opened an online store. Here, TNJ.com spoke with Jessica Matthews to find out more about the launch and the goals of the store.
Dion Fearon has a passion for entrepreneurship. Jamaican born, Baltimore
raised and L.A. based, Fearon is a self-starting, self-taught feature
film and television producer who has now been in the entertainment
business industry for the last 20 years. Now she has added a second business—a line of scented candles through the Dion Fearon Collection.
Seven years ago, Experience: Harlem was launched by Angie Hancock as an
information and entertainment portal for all things Harlem. Today, it
has been the go-to site for anyone—from New York residents to first-time
visitors--wanting to connect and “experience” the special venues and
well kept-secrets that Harlem has to offer.
Many women over 35 often complain about being invisible in the media. Where are the magazines for them? Well, now there is a website targeting these women, with a focus on African-American women. Founded by veteran journalists Sheree Crute and Yanick Rice Lamb, the site is called FierceforBlackWomen. It was created for Black women by Black women.
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.