The fragrance business in nothing to sniff at. Global sales are $27.5
billion and $5.2 billion in the U.S. alone. While you have a handful of
African-American celebrities with their own scents distributed through
the industry’s major players, it is rare to find an African-American
perfumer. Seth Kornegay is one.
There a lot of apps out there. In fact, there are about 700,000 for
Android, according to Google. And the iPhone app store offers about
775,000. But most industry observers say there are only a few created by
African Americans. Add one more to that list.
Syreeta Scott is one
of the hottest hairstylists around—and it is not only for the way she
does hair, but her holistic approach to hair care. Scott is CEO of Duafe
Wholistic Hair Care based in Philadelphia. And she has attracted such
clientele as Janet Jackson, Bill Cosby, Ben Vereen, Smokey Robinson,
Sonia Sanchez, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius.
Where can you get the best baked bread, croissant and sandwiches in New
York City? Up in Harlem, at a Senegalese owned bakery called Les
Ambassades, more than one food critic, including those at New York
Magazine and the New York Times, have declared.
Early on, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins noticed how environmental issues
affected poor regions and communities of color. A sustainability advocate,
today Ellis-Lamkins is the CEO of the anti-poverty organization Green
Sian Morson is defying the belief that Black women can’t excel in the
tech arena. As founder and CEO of mobile development agency Kollective
Mobile based in Oakland, CA, Morson is carving out a successful niche
Back in the the ‘90s, Walker Wear was all the rage. Hip-hop artists from The Notorious B.I.G. to Queen Latifah could be
spotted in outfits from the custom clothing line, launched by April
Walker in 1990 in Brooklyn, New York. She carved out a substantial niche in the male-dominated world of urban/street wear. Recently, she relaunched the line.
Nigerian Internet entrepreneur Jason Njoku made history last year when
he completed what was called possibly the largest fundraising round in
the West African tech world. Now Njoku and partner Bastian Gotter have launched SPARK, a $1
million-backed company to support and develop aspiring Nigerian tech and