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.
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.