Successful enclaves in urban areas in America have seen a reverse
migration of black residents within the past six years. After nearly a
century of migrating out of the South to forage a better source of
income, black Americans are beginning an exodus back to their hometowns. Michiel Perry, recently
returned to her hometown to pursue her own business after quitting her
job in Washington with Google. We
caught up with Perry to talk about her business, Black Southern Belle,
and to find out what’s so southern about it.
Tina D. Howell, a mother of three, became a brand new Wingstop
franchisee in 2002. Today, she is raking in $1.5 million annually making
her a top production franchisee for the chain In South Florida. Howell, a former school teacher who also owns home agency Virtual Home
Care Inc. in Dallas, opened her first Wingstop location in Miami in
2003. In 2016, she opened a second. Howell told TNJ.com how and why she got into the franchise business and what’s ahead for her.
Nothing tops off an outfit like jewelry, and when Traci Lilly could not
find the style of jewelry she wanted, she started her own jewelry
company. In spring of 1984, Traci and her mother, Norma Lilly, went into
the jewelry business--Imani Jewelry.
Young Gabrielle Goodwin has joined the growing roster of today’s
“kidpreneurs.” At just 9 years old, she is the CEO of her own hair
accessory company, GaBBy Bows, which was launched when she was 7 years
old. TNJ Senior Editor Sergie Willoughby recently spoke to Gabrielle and her mother, Rozalynn Goodwin, about the business.
Brian Asingia and Franco Abbot are building what has been dubbed the
Disney of Africa. Their DreamAfrica is a digital storytelling platform
and offers entertaining and educational family friendly storybooks,
audiobooks, music and video/animations.
When Nneka Brown decided to make Black-inspired notebooks for 2016’s
back-to-school market, she had no idea she would get 8,000 orders the
first day she advertised them through an online marketplace. But then
again, these are the days of social media. Here, we speak with Brown about the enterprise and her commitment to making a difference in her community.
There are a few stores that most every urban area needs. One of them is a
laundromat. So when Tyesha Offiong decided to leave her career in
corporate America to become an entrepreneur, she picked a somewhat
practical business to go into. But her A&Q Laundry Room is anything
As more and more women of color turn to natural hairstyles, they need
the tools to help them manage and maintain their hair. Tamiah Bridgett, a
licensed cosmetologist, is creating such tools through her company
Diversamé, which specializes in making hair care easier for those with
curls. The company’s first product: a hair dryer specially designed for
styling textured hair anywhere on the curly continuum.