As long as she can remember, Alicia Goodwin was fascinated with creating. She loved creating things, loved designing things and loved fashion. Narrowing down her creative bent, she focused in on jewelry and created her own unique jewelry while also consulting for design houses in New York City. Goodwin launched Lingua Nigra in 2003 in Brooklyn, NY. She gave the inside account to TNJ.com.
Andrea Polk was very serious about her entrepreneurial dreams. So
serious she routinely socked away money from her corporate day job to
fund her purpose. Her vision — a skin care business targeting men. Her first venture
was hit and miss, but eventually she struck success with the launch of
Solo Noir, an organic grooming line for men of color. Here, Polk talks to TNJ.com about going Solo.
The fatal shooting of Black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO ignited civil unrest. And for CheyOnna Sewell, a PhD student in
criminology, it was a time to take action. She founded
The Yarn Mission in Ferguson, a collective she organized in October 2014
in response to the violence and police brutality in nearby Ferguson.
The aim of the Yarn Mission is to “use yarn to promote action and change
to eradicate racism, sexism and other systems of oppression.”
Harrison Blake Apparel offers a one-stop online shop for men’s
accessories. The Black-owned company has a wide array of everything from
neckwear and pocket squares to lapel pins and watches. Consumers can
buy online or join the company’s monthly subscription service.
Knotted Handcrafted Bowties has the perfect gift for the softened
gentleman on your holiday shopping list. The company was launched with just $30 earlier this year
by newly engaged couple Jay Hendrix and AJ Washington. Based in Mobile,
Al, its mission is to create the most unique, handcrafted bow
ties available. And it seems like they are succeeding.