Friday, September 13, 2019

Checkout This Creative Novel Thriller Based on Real Life Business Experiences

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WHAT IS YOUR LIFE IN THE MIRROR? FIRST-TIME AUTHOR RELEASES NOVEL BASED ON REALISTIC LIFE EXPERIENCES

Nationwide--  Within the pages of Neal Owen's debut novel, Mirrors of Life ($14.95, paperback, 9781733150309; $4.99, ebook, 9781733150323), the author uses conversation, drama, family structure, romance, suspense and philosophy to tell the story of how important family relationship are, and how community and faith are important building blocks.

Brief Synopsis

An African-American woman guides her children to avoid the pitfalls of their hardship environment and leap over the systematic roadblocks that confine many to juvenile delinquency.  This riveting tale of faith and perseverance leads to intrigue when her spiritually inclined and ambitious son, Derrick, attempts to build a civic-minded conglomerate that undercuts the retail and gas prices.

Surrounded by fierce opposition that includes people of his race, can Derrick prevail against the powers that be? And if so, how?

Also remember paragraphs for the web should only be 2 sentences each like what you see me writing here.  If paragraphs are longer than 2 sentences or 3 really short sentences people won't read them.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Family-Owned Biz Fed Up With Harsh Chemical-Based Products

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FOUNDERS OF BLACK-OWNED NATURAL SKINCARE LINE ARE FED UP WITH HARSH CHEMICAL-BASED PRODUCTS

Nationwide -- Starting a business is never an easy undertaking. Everyone's dream is to be successful but the inner city youth aren't often given the tools to get there or even shown the right direction to start off.

These are the factors that bonded the millennials at Ancient Cosmetics together as they took a leap of faith into the Beauty Industry.  Ancient Cosmetics is a Black family-owned business that was started after years of being fed up with harsh chemical-based products sold in our communities.

After many disappointing experiences with potentially hazardous synthetic products, they realized a natural solution was the only way.  After doing their due-diligence by researching natural oils and herbs from ancient times to the present, The team began vigorously working on creating natural products for individuals with sensitive skin.

This group of millennials turned an idea and a dream into a seven figure company.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Checkout "It's Complicated" Exploring If Tech Is Destroying Our Relationships?

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It’s Complicated; but then again it’s NOT!

It’s Complicated; but then again it’s NOT! By JV Howard

There is undoubtedly a generational gap between the past generation (our parents or Silent generation) and the next generation (our kids or millennials) with us (baby boomers) – my peers and I – representing the bridge gap. The gap represent something of a grey area between when the baby Boomer generation created the internet and when the millennials created SixDegrees.com, which is said to be the first ever social media website.

The bridge gap - defined as a difference or disparity in attitudes, perceptions, character, or development, - is indispensable given the last generation custom to being hands on, face to face, along with human embrace. In contrast the next generation is accustomed to being hands off, on FaceTime or Facebook, and embracing virtual acceptance.

As we acknowledge the empirical evidence involving generational differences the onerous falls on us to balance our children – millennials - barometer for human relations. 
Human relations begins with family and our parents were the gold standard - in most cases - of backbone and character; in the black community things were hard, scarce, and in many cases difficult.

Discover Why This NYC Program WIBO Has Taught Over 18,000 Entrepreneurs

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NYC ENTREPRENEURIAL WORKSHOP PROGRAM LAUNCHES 54TH YEAR OF TEACHING "HOW TO BUILD A GROWING PROFITABLE BUSINESS" 

New York, NY -- Beginning the week of September 16th, Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) will launch their 54th year of workshops teaching new and existing entrepreneurs how to build profitable, successful businesses in 5 New York City locations.
WIBO helps individuals who want to build profitable businesses to provide for themselves and their families with their business.  It is also launching (click the following links for more info) online courses and affiliate locations nationally.

That often applies to women, individuals recently released from prisons, individuals from communities that lack access to knowledge, networks, and capital and African Americans and Latinos trying to close the historic wealth gap. Starting or growing a business is something that many people struggle with and this entrepreneurial workshop helps individuals overcome various obstacles as well as guide them to a successful path in starting or growing an existing business.

Workshop in Business Opportunities was developed in 1966 by Walter Geier and Mal Woolfolk.  Presently WIBO, it is run by CEO Stephen Jackson, a successful entrepreneur who has built and sold a number of multi-million dollar businesses.

The mission of WIBO is to enable small business owners from underserved communities obtain financial success by starting, operating, and building successful businesses that develop economic power, provide jobs and improve communities.

After building and selling a number of multi-million dollar businesses Stephen Jackson (right) is the present CEO of the highly regarded and expanding business workshop WIBO

Article On 54TH Year of WIBO Continues Below...

Friday, August 30, 2019

Checkout How The First Ever Black Male-Owned Bridal Boutique Is Making History

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FOUNDER OF BLACK MALE-OWNED COUTURE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE IS MAKING HISTORY IN A FEMALE DOMINATED MARKET

Nationwide -- Remi Raine Bridal was founded and created by Steve Larkin in Chandler, Arizona. Perhaps the only African American male bridal boutique owner in the United States, Steve has made his business a family-owned enterprise named after his two granddaughters Mia Raine and Remi Sophia. He prides himself being a male in a female dominated market, and he works extremely hard blazing a trail as the new kid on the block.

Remi Raine Bridal brings internationally acclaimed bridal gowns into an intimate setting for a unique and personalized experience. It is a premier, family-owned business that allows brides-to-be to shop with confidence - providing the newly engaged with a worry-free shopping experience and a chance to find the perfect dress without the extravagant price.

Each wedding dress promises superior quality, style, and glamour and is tailored to fit the bride’s specific measurements - providing a gown as unique as the shopping experience. Remi Raine Bridal remains on the pulse of the latest bridal trends and runway sensations, allowing the company to offer a range of design options - from daring, fashion-forward styles to timeless bridal classics.


Article On Remi Raine Bridal Continues After Their Video Below...

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

List Your Business For Free With The International Directory of Black Businesses Coming in 2020

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ACTOR TO LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL BLACK BOOK IN 2020 -- CREATING A CYBER WAKANDA!

Leimert Park, CA -- International Black Book (IBB) is developing a directory of businesses and non-profits (NGOs) for the African diaspora.

Not since the ambitions of Marcus Garvey to connect the continent to the African diaspora has there been an initiative as vast in scope to invigorate nations in Africa through economic and cultural exchange.

The concept is inspired by a US Jim Crow Era remedy to racial segregation, The Green Book, which enabled Blacks to navigate hostile highways and byways as they traveled. The Green Book provided a guide to accommodations food and entertainment devoid of racial animus.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Vote For Ms. New England And Raise Money For Disadvantaged Young People

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Vote for Alika Hope,The 1st Black Ms New England And Raise Money For Charity!

Alika Hope, the first African-American to be crowned “Ms. New England”, has been diligently serving the community in 2019.  She is a finalist for the “Ms. America” pageant being held in California on August 24th.  She is aiming to win the “People’s Choice” Award at the Ms. America Pageant. This is an award given to the contestant who has the most votes from the general public. Each vote is $1, and people can vote as many times as they’d like. 


If Ms. Hope wins, she will donate her proceeds (50% of all monies raised from voting) to 3 New England based non-profits that she’s worked with extensively:


1. The Legacy Foundation, an organization in Hartford, CT that provides after-school support, college prep and mentorship. (www.legacyfoundationhartford.org)


2. Zumix, an organization in Boston, MA that provides access to top-quality arts experiences for a low-income, under-served neighborhood.(www.zumix.org


3. The Endowment for Human Development, based in Concord, NH, dedicated to educating women and their families about prenatal development and healthy choices. (www.ehd.org)


Ms. Hope’s goal is to get 30,000 votes. That translates to $15,000, and she will be able to give each of these organizations a $5,000 donation. 


How do you vote? It’s simple:
  1. Click on “VOTE NOW” on the left side of the page
  2. Scroll down to “MS. NEW ENGLAND 2019”
  3. Vote! 


 www.msamericapageant.com
Click on “Vote Now!”
Vote for Alika Hope, Ms New England!



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Checkout Why America Is In Serious Crisis

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A Crisis In America; How Did We Get Here?
Photo By C. G. P. Grey - [1], CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=256308
By JV Howard

African-Americans live, to a certain degree, in a constant crisis management mode 
and have been for some time. Crisis defined; a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change...
It produces a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in personal life. But how did we get here?

In answering the question how did we get here - in a crisis mode - take a look at 
present day realities that point to social, economic, health, and political quandaries 
that have severely watered down the promise of this countries democratic process. 
The promise of inclusion has morphed into a promise of preference and privilege; the 
preference to ignore the basic human rights and dignity of all it's citizens and the privilege of immunity and exemption.

A quick inventory of current events highlight headlines that reads ‘Worst Week in 
America’ as a major social crisis with guns and mass killings continue unabated, a economic crisis governed by late night tweets, a self inflicted opioid health crisis, and a political crisis where leadership is more bot than human. A bot is a device or piece of software that can execute commands, reply to tweets, or perform routine tasks like order from McDonalds.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Discover The Dynamic Speakers For The 2nd Faithpreneur Black Business Conference in NYC

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BLACK BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS GATHER FOR SECOND ANNUAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE, AWARDS GALA AND VIP BREAKFAST

New York, NY -- Last year was the inaugural which was located at the Times Square Marriott, this year the Faithpreneur conference is being held at the brand new TWA Hotel in JFK Airport. As quoted in one of her signature trainings, "It's NOW or NEVER your dreams can't wait." Dr. Stacie NC Grant specializes in moving people from the "valley of procrastination" to the "mountain top of completion."

Join Speakers Magazine cover girl, Dr. Stacie NC Grant and the 2019 Honorees & Industry Legends: Cynthia"Cynt" Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, Wealth Expert Dr. Pamela CV Jolly, Dr. Randal Pinkett, Radio Personality Toya Beasley, Sonia Jackson Myles, Lethia Owens, Stephen Powell and Donna Hicks-Izzard, along with expert trainers, dynamic speakers, professional panel members and an exciting Conference agenda.

Article & Video On the Faithpreneur business conference Continues After Sponsor's Message Below...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

See How Frankesha Watkins Redefines Standards For Black-Owned Beauty Supply Businesses

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MEET THE FOUNDER OF THE NEWEST BLACK-OWNED BEAUTY SUPPLY COMPANY THAT IS REDEFINING INDUSTRY STANDARDS

Arlington, TX --  BPolished Beauty Supply, an Arlington, Texas-based beauty supplies platform and brick-and-mortar-shop that covers everything from conditioner and shampoo to protective style items such as wigs, crochet hair, and hair braids, continues to redefine industry standards as a leading Black-owned business today.

Despite the adversity and lack of Black female representation in the beauty industry, Frankesha Watkins, founder and owner of the company, is determined to demonstrate what is possible with hard work, commitment to diversity, and savvy business acumen.

"Black women are the largest consumer of beauty products and dominate the industry in regards to dollars being spent. However, we have the least amount of ownership.

In addition for years the market has been flooded with products that have not been suitable for women of color," says Frankesha. "We deserve to have ownership in this industry and access to that same quality of beauty products, which is why I am so excited to be offering the best products right through my new beauty supply store and accompanying platform."

See Why Shanetta Wilkins Turns Down Medical School to Launch Eco-Friendly Beauty Line

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ENTREPRENEUR TURNS DOWN MEDICAL SCHOOL TO LAUNCH A LINE OF TOXIN-FREE, HERBAL HAIR AND BODY PRODUCTS

Nationwide --  Aari & Co., a natural hair and skin care line founded by Shanetta Wilkins that is dedicated to celebrating and nourishing all skin and hair types from crown to toe, has officially launched. She started the eco-friendly line years after changing her mind about going to medical school. Instead of giving people medical prescriptions that have harmful side effects, she decided instead to help people the natural, toxin-free way.

Aari & Co. products include herbal shampoo bars, nourishing conditioners, facial cleansers, facial moisturizers, an herbal hair oil, and herbal body soap. All of the products are free of fragrance, parabens, sulfates, silicones, and mineral oil as well as being cruelty-free, non-toxic and manufactured in South Carolina. The products are available online at http://www.aaricompany.com

Aari & Co products are made from all natural and organic products

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Study of Reparations, How America Remembers Slavery

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H.R. 40 - THE STUDY OF REPARATIONS: HOW AMERICA REMEMBERS AND DEFINES AFRICAN-AMERICAN ENSLAVEMENT?

By Tolson Banner

Nationwide -- House Resolution Bill 40, (named for the 40 acres and a mule black people never got) introduced by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, if passed, establishes the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans to examine slavery (enslavement) and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies.

Former Congressman John Conyers had introduced a similar bill every year for over 30 years - and it laid dormant in the hallowed halls of Congress because America refused to remember she suffers from long-term amnesia when it comes to her involvement in the Christian/Atlantic enslavement trade.

Congresswoman Jackson timed her announcement to coincide with the celebration of Juneteenth. I guess this was an attempt to use historical facts to help America with her loss of memory and to help bring her up-to-date on the horrors of her past and present state of affairs when it comes to paying a debt long overdue:

REPARATION (repe'raSHen) - "work done" payments to enslaved African-Americans who were forced to work as free labor solely for converting the American economy into a SUPER ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE thus creating THE AMERICAN DREAM out of an AMERICAN NGHTMARE; to indemnify African-Americans who gave rise to America's economic system - CAPITALISM - with the toil of their enslaved labor; with the sacrifice of their human bodies traded as capital; and with their knowledge of agriculture to work the land - making COTTON KING!; to make a people whole again as a result of the brutal, inhumane, and monstrous treatment by people of European (now Americans) descent inclusive of but not limited to: 250 years of enslavement; 90 years of Jim Crow; 60 years of separate but equal; 35 years of state-sanctioned redlining; restitution for using African-Americans as human raw material for the prison/military/industrial complex; recompense for psychological and physical harassment, as well as, unarmed killings by police for walking, running, driving, swimming, biking, drinking coffee, gardening, looking suspicious, and just breathing air. --

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Discover How This Insightful Entrepreneur Launches Her YouTube Channel to Teach Business

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NINA ROSS LAUNCHES UNIQUE YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO SOLVE SMALL BUSINESS PROBLEMS
Business Solutions Professional Nina Ross

Nationwide There is a new all-business YouTube channel that outlines how to deal with a host of everyday business-related scenarios. These short videos - 10 minutes or less in most cases - educates entrepreneurs and executives on many topics, including:

* How to Write an Employment Offer Letter

* How to Review a Business Insurance Policy

* How to Write a Business Process

* Maintaining Control of Your Business

* New Hire Checklists

* How to Background Check Job Applicants

* What to Keep in an Employee's Personnel File


See How ThinkZILLA Consulting Is Expanding To Become The 1st Multicultural Woman Owned Brand Engagement Firm

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Velma Trayham's Diverse Branding Firm ThinkZilla Understands How To Reach And Connect With Broader Diverse Audiences

Atlanta – Recognizing the growing diversity of the United States and the power of engaging with consumers in a meaningful way, ThinkZILLA Consulting  has expanded  from a digital marketing firm to a multicultural brand engagement firm, dedicated to pursuing bold ideas to initiate powerful conversations in communities across the country. Additionally, Thinkzilla now has its  certification as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) by the Small Business Administration (SBA). 
By obtaining this national certification, ThinkZILLA have the opportunity  to compete for federal contracts and partner with other corporations. The Certification Program allows the U.S. federal government to allocate 23% of the $350 billion dollar annual contracting budget to small businesses  with strong capabilities, management teams and a proven track record of success. 
ThinkZILLA’s ability to continuously strengthen brand relationships makes a difference for businesses seeking to engage with increasingly diverse audiences.The buying power of African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Native Americans is now estimated at $2.4 trillion, with Hispanic spending power representing another $1.5 trillion, according to the recent Multicultural Economy Report from the University of Georgia. ThinkZILLA helps clients achieve greater outreach, success and growth by connecting with diverse consumers in the constantly growing multicultural marketplace. With a team of highly skilled experts in place, ThinkZILLA also helps companies avoid costly mistakes.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

12-Year Old CEO and Her Mom Launch Uplifting Subscription Box

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12-YEAR OLD GIRL AND HER MOM LAUNCH SUBSCRIPTION BOX THAT INSTILLS CONFIDENCE IN YOUNG GIRLS!

Kidpreneur Alex Hopkins and her mom, Patrice, have curated a box that delivers self love and serves as a launch pad for self-awareness and self-esteem programming for girls across the nation.

Nationwide -- Founded in 2016 by mother-daughter duo Alex Hopkins and her mom PatriceConfident Girls is a plant-based company committed to the empowerment of young girls, through education and positive self-care. Confident Girls is excited to announce the release of its new subscription box, Confident Crate.

Confident Crate offers a fun yet empowering monthly subscription box, that caters to a young daughters' uniqueness along with fun surprises for the entire family to enjoy. The box contains 2-3 full-sized beauty products and an additional 3-4 curated items with a new and unique overarching theme each month.

Confident Girls is represented through a vibrant mix of characters named Jadira, Alex, Shima, Aja, and Andraya. These characters are loosely based on the characteristics, imagery, and personalities of Alex, her two sisters, and her two cousins. The Confident Girls characters represent the diversity that encompasses the Hopkins family.

Studies show that by the age of 6, girls gain awareness of their body image. By late elementary school 50% of girls develop a negative body image, and 78% by the time they reach seventeen.

This lack of self-esteem has lifelong consequences. Girls who are raised with confidence are more equipped to handle stressful situations, exhibit a more positive attitude and have the ability to positively influence others and seek leadership roles in their community.

The creation of Confident Crate allows us to bridge this gap and accomplish three key principles: the importance of self-care, seeking diversity in everything we do, and most importantly instilling in young girls all over the world the belief "that confident girls look like me."

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Well Respected Educator Dr. Doresa A. Jennings Launches STEAM Book Series For Middle Grade Students

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EDUCATOR LAUNCHES STEAM BOOK SERIES FOR MIDDLE GRADE STUDENTS

Nationwide -- Dr. Doresa A. Jennings recently launched a campaign on Kickstarter that has already made its minimum US $2,000 and is encouraged to see an increase in pledges for the remaining period of the campaign. The STEAM Chasers is a book series that follows six characters (Shar, Terrence, Ebony, Akiya, Marcus, and Chase) as they learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) as they discover contributions that Black Americans have made to our everyday lives through the STEAM fields.

The STEAM Chasers is a Middle Grade book series, and the first book is subtitled, "We Made That!" It is an own voices series that delves into themes of social justice along with an exploration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

The characters are relatable and bring six distinct Black American voices to the Middle Grade reader.  The purpose of the Kickstarter campaign is to get as many copies of the STEAM Chasers: We Made That! book in the hands of kids in homes, libraries, and schools as possible.

The campaign is also aiming to raise funds to produce the book in an audio format to be accessible to students with learning and/or physical differences that require them to have an audiobook accommodation. Rewards offered include digital posters, digital copies of the book, print copies of the book, signed printed copies of the book, and "STEAM Chaser kits" that include logoed backpacks and other STEAM themed items.

Backers can also sponsor books to be given to libraries, classrooms, and schools of their choice.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Hair Care Line Helps Grow Beards and Thinning Hair

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HAIR CARE PRODUCT LINE GROWS BEARDS AND THINNING HAIR
Angela Brown, founder of D'Serv Professional Hair Care Products
D'Serv Products Has Helped So Many People Who Gave Up on Healthy Hair

Nationwide -- D'Serv Professional Hair Care Products was manufactured, invented by Angela Brown and launched in 2016. As an African American, she believes that education is key to understanding what makes the hair shed and grow. She has been a salon hair stylist for 38 years, and author of her second self-published book, How to Get the Healthy Back in Your Hair.

Prior before, the healthy hair guru gained her humble beginnings in 2011 in her small salon suite in Memphis, Tennessee. By hiring a local chemist, and educating herself on what product ingredients truly stopped massive shedding they went to work.

The chemist explained that it was all up to Angela to study, and research each product that she wanted to use. Determined to achieve her first product goal she was in the chemist kitchen and her first product was born.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Insightful Columnist Tolson Banner On "When They See Us" Asks If America Sees Black People at All

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"WHEN THEY SEE US" - A TOUR DE FORCE ILLUMINATING BLACK INJUSTICE IN AMERICA

By Tolson Banner

Nationwide -- I didn't want to take this ride. I knew film director Ava DuVernay would take me on a journey to destinations where new journeys begin - invariably in search of justice for black people in America.

I'm never ready for the emotional roll-a-coaster; the gut-wrenching; soul-stirring horror DuVernay's films evoke. But history demands I face my fears to connect the dots which tie our enslavement story together. With trepidation lurking, I pushed the start button for this Netflix movie: When They See Us.

The four-part series begins with a group of young black boys caught between the innocence of youth and the dignity of manhood embarking on a "boys will be boys" truant adventure in New York City's Central Park. In search of fun and escapades, five of these young boys would have their lives altered in ways they never envisioned or imagined.

At the end of the day all five young boys would beckon for the same outcome: "I just want to go home." The yearning for the actualization of this mantra becomes the basis for their unjust incarceration.

Earn Rewards at BlackGirlsAllowed.net

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SUPPORT BLACK WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS AND EARN REWARDS AT BLACKGIRLSALLOWED.NET
Leigh "Dangerous Lee" Langston, founder of Black Girls Allowed

Nationwide -- Supporting Black women-owned businesses and finding engaging quality content for, by, and about Black women just became profitable and a lot more fun! Launched in 2017, BlackGirlsAllowed.net is a digital self-promotion platform for Black women small business owners, entrepreneurs, and job seekers. It's now also a place to earn blockchain rewards (digital cash)!

More than 2.4 million Black women-owned businesses make up 20% of all women-owned businesses. Due to lack of funding, resources, support, and oftentimes racism Black women-owned businesses are earning the least in yearly revenue.

Leigh "Dangerous Lee" Langston, the owner and operator of BlackGirlsAllowed.net, calls the website a Black Girl Magic Promotion Machine. She also says, "There's a lot of talk about supporting Black women business owners and buying Black but that sentiment seems to be regulated to Black businesses that are already well established or have a huge following.