Thursday, June 17, 2021

Meet The Cali Barber Who Developed A Rich New Line of Beard and Loc Oil

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LOCAL BLACK BARBER TURNED ENTREPRENEUR CREATES BEARD AND LOC OIL BRAND FOR HIS CLIENTS, HIS COMMUNITY, AND BEYOND

What started as a fun source of income for Darius “Cali Barber” Walker has led to his legacy. The highly sought-after Nashville, Tennessee-based licensed barber has created Cali Barber Beard and Loc Oil for use on your hair and skin. The multipurpose product is popular among men and women from diverse backgrounds and is attracting increasing interest.

With names inspired by Walker’s customers, Lemon Q, Butta, Georgia Boy, and OnGod, are each specially formulated to moisturize, soothe and stimulate. The essential ingredients include Black Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Eucalyptus, and more.

Walker comments, “Lemon Q came about because of its fresh lemon scent. It’s vibrant, refreshing, and wakes up your senses. The “Q” is from the model on the bottle, Stephen, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The ingredients are Black Seed Oil, Lemon Citrus and Eucalyptus.”

He continues, “Butta came from my client, Tyrone Lee, a retired fireman from Chicago. He said, ‘Cali, I got one word for this oil you put on my face — butta!’ The ingredients are Black Seed Oil, Orange Citrus and Vanilla.”

Checkout The Successful Career Of Johnnie Walton Who Starred 15 Years in The American Professional Football Leagues

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 Learn How Under Rated Johnnie Walton Played 15 Exceptional Years in The American Professional Football Leagues, 1969-1984 
By Dr. Charles L. Singleton
NFL Johnnie Walton's Nasljerseys.com image, And Autobiography, Underrated Eagle Legend, February 23, 2021. Johnnie Walton Played 15 Years in American Professional Football Leagues, 1969-1984, A Pro Football Champion By Dr. Charles L. Singleton, Football Viking Teammate (1965-1967), Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), Elizabeth City, NC.

The newly released book by HBCU ECSU Author, Johnnie Walton, '69, has been added to the ECSC. ECSU 1968 Alumni Journal’s historical list of eleven published authors: Alex Haley ^1937, (1921-1992), Roots, The Saga of an American  Family in 1976; Robert L. “Bobby” Vaughan (1928-2021), ECSU Sports Legacy with Coach “Bobby” Vaughan:1949- 1986, They Called Me “Little Coach.”

And, Dr. Glen Bowman wrote in 2015, a Commemorative Book called Elizabeth City State University 1891-2016; Napoleon Byrd, ’52, Hidden Strands: 1997-2005; Argle B. Whitfield,  '65,Trey Whitfield Foundation, and author of the first 500-page book ever – A Pictorial History of CIAA  Professionals from 1950-1984; Javon Brothers, ’70, A Deadly Night in the Harbor of Hospitality:2011, and Elaine Campbell, ’76, Beatrice's White Horse, “An Extraordinary Supernatural Powers,” Destiny Will Open A Window:  2019; Mildred E. Hopkins, ’68, Run And Catch Your Dream: Character Education Book; Geraldine Vaughan Tyrance,’67, Faces in Music, LLC, No More Mnemonics!

Teacher's Manual 1A: 2021, and Dr. Charles L. Singleton, ’68, Read Between the Lines, Windows of Recourse, Provocative Essays for Saving Our Children and Their Precious  Lives: 1997, 2019. Singleton also co-authored the book, I'm Ready to Talk: 2019, Atlanta Vietnam Veterans  Business Association (AVVBA) 160+ Vietnam Vets Preserve and Share Their Personal Stories by Robert O. “Bob”  Babcock.

Readers, in Johnnie Walton’s book, you will learn about an amazing HBCU athlete. Walton’s struggles and legacy will continue to motivate and teach each of us about the ups and downs of playing professional football in the United States of America. For example, in 2008, Singleton wrote, “Dear NFL Network, C/O Meghan Mainwaring,  Attn: Derrin Horton, host, NFL Total Access, Point After; Steve Sabol, host, Game of the Week, NFL Films Presents  and Rod Woodson, analyst, NFL Total Access. I am enjoying the historical series about African American football  players in the National Football League, NFL Network.

The program, History of Black Quarterbacks, is  excellent. Also, consider adding African American quarterback, Johnny Walton, Elizabeth City State University  (1965-1969) to your television documentary about the history of Black quarterbacks in the National Football  League. NFL Network thank you very much, Sincerely, Dr. C. L. Singleton, Editor and Publisher, The Family Journal,  1850-2008: Serving 130 families in 15 states and overseas.” Note: Fritz Pollard, NFL's first black quarterback in 1923.

Johnnie Walton, CIAA Football All-Conference Quarterback 1968: NFL, CFL, WFL, NFL, USFL African American Quarterback, 1969-1984 Professional Football Player, and ECSU Vikings Teammate Charles L. Singleton, Running Back and Receiver, CIAA Football All-Conference 1966-67: professional and semi- professional football affiliations were the1968 Westchester Bulls of the Atlantic Coast Football League (ACFL- New York Giants NFL). Singleton played semi-professionally with Brooklyn, New York's Golden Knights (1968;1971), and attended successful tryouts in Atlanta, GA with the upstarting Birmingham Americans of the World Football League (WFL: 1973).

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Feel Safer With Police Encounters With The Black-Owned Anjel Tech App That Turns Your Phone into A Body Cam

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BLACK-OWNED APP LETS USERS ACTIVATE THEIR OWN BODY CAMS WHEN PULLED OVER BY POLICE

James A. Samuel, Jr., is a Black veteran who has launched a new app called ANJEL Tech that turns any smartphone into the world’s most powerful bodycam during confrontations with the police. James said that he became tired of raising kids in a world that forces them to understand they’re unsafe in their skin before they even learn their ABCs.

In past weeks in April, the world has been watching Derek Chauvin on trial for murder charges for the killing of George Floyd; seeing news about 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, getting pulled over by two police officers in Windsor, Virginia; and the killing of Daunte Wright at the hands of police. And these only are a few of too many stories of Black people being racially profiled and fearing for safety when being pulled over by police.

ANJEL Tech is an innovative solution to increase safety and peace of mind in the Black community. The app is secure, mobile, and cloud-based. James says that he created it because he’s passionate about preventing your loved ones from becoming another painful statistic. "Body cams can’t just be for police," he says. "So I created ANJEL Tech to enable a person’s phone to act as a body cam and a lifeline to loved ones to increase safety and accountability."

He continues, "When George Floyd was being asphyxiated, he was calling out verbally for his mother. When Lt. Caron Nazario was pulled over, he recorded the incident on his phone, but imagine if they both had been able to instantly and automatically alert their loved ones to come. Imagine if the footage of any these horrific incident had been controlled by the victim himself. That’s what ANJEL Tech does. I've created an app that reduces the emotional, financial, and physical toll of racial profiling."

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Black Harvard MBA Pens New Book to Honor Entrepreneurs of Greenwood

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BLACK HARVARD MBA AND SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR PENS NEW BOOK TO HONOR THE ENTREPRENEURS OF GREENWOOD

Amy S. Hilliard is a graduate of Howard University, a Harvard MBA, a successful senior corporate executive, and serial entrepreneur whose journey has been different from what you might expect. People look at Amy and think she's had it made. In her career, Amy made it to senior levels of corporate America, started three businesses, has been profiled by national media, honored by the U.S. Department of Commerce for Entrepreneurship - and has been bankrupted, foreclosed on, laid off, and divorced twice. She is here to tell people her truth.

In her new book, "Pivot For Success - Hone Your Vision, Shift Your Energy, Make Your Move," from Wiley now available for presale on Amazon, and releasing June 22, she shares that even when you think you’ve lost it all, you can actually win everything. Amy shares 10 pivot points and lessons learned from a life of dreams realized, and dreams deferred - of how to keep it moving through the landscapes of success, failure, triumph, and tragedy. Most of all, she shares how she learned to pivot and how you can strategically learn to pivot too.

Black-Owned Sock Store Motsu Celebrates 2 Dynamic Years in Business

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BLACK-OWNED SOCK STORE FOCUSED ON COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT CELEBRATES TWO YEARS IN BUSINESS

South Carolina's first and only sock exclusive store is celebrating their two year anniversary!

Motsu Socks, located on Main Street in Simpsonville, SC, is home to more than 600 socks with colorful, bold, and fun patterns to fit men, women, and children. Their popularity reflects a growing trend in fashion.

Over the years, Candace Channer and Calvin Hill, the owners of Motsu Socks have loved showcasing their adventurous and fun personality with socks and have shared this love with their local and out of state clients for the past two years.

With over 80 different brands from across the world, they believe when it comes to brands, there’s no question to compromise. And as the great Dumbledore once said: “One can never have enough socks.”

Black Author, New Children's Book About 9-Year Old Chef

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BLACK AUTHOR RELEASES NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK HIGHLIGHTING 9-YEAR OLD MASTER CHEF

Imagine a world where young Black males are allowed to reach their full potential. For 9-year old Chef Toussaint Palmer, his dreams of becoming a master chef have become a reality. From appearing on the Food Network to featuring his dishes in restaurants throughout Georgia, Chef Toussaint's story will encourage young readers to strive for excellence.

Chef Toussaint, affectionately known as Chef T, is a culinary genius. Chef T spends many hours on the weekends creating award-winning appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Turning the pages, you join Chef Toussaint in the kitchen as he prepares mouth-watering dishes from some of his grandmother's favorite recipes. Pecan pie, macaroni n' cheese, candied sweet potatoes with almonds, and apple cinnamon French toast are just a few dishes that Chef Toussaint sells to local restaurants.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Checkout How Multitalented Musical Prodigy Gina Williams Aims To Release 5 Diverse Albums This Year

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Multi-talented Musical Prodigy Gina Williams Works Creatively To Releash 5 Albums This Year In Different Genres

Gina Williams, is quietly shattering barriers of how things “should be”.  I caught up with the multitalented singer and pianist who diversely sings and performs in 5 different musical forms.  Williams, a product of striving Jamaican roots by way of a challenging Canadian upbringing - has a fascinating story to tell!

The singer, pianist, songwriter, and composer released a choral and orchestral album called “Olympiad” and performed with 4 choirs and 2 orchestras on Ukrainian National Television in 2019.

This year she is releasing 5 albums - Each in a different genre: EDM, Caribbean, Gospel, Classical, and Rock.

The multi genre musician was born to Jamaican parents in the prairies of Alberta.

Growing up with racism and prejudice, she spent most of her years hiding her gift of music - the ability to hear finished music in her head because somehow she believed “people like her shouldn’t be the one with “that kind of a gift.” Decades later, she finally accepts herself and her attraction to anyone unconventional.

Listen To Gina Williams' Gospel Video

Program Helps Seek Justice For Innocent Black Men in Prison

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PRISON REFORM PROJECT LAUNCHES TO HELP THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT BLACK MEN WHO ARE INCARCERATED

A new movement called The Prison Reform Project has officially launched to help publicize and bring national attention to the thousands of innocent Black prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Black men account for about 34% of the total male prison population, and many of them are in prison for petty crimes such as possession of marijuana which is now legal in most states.

Research also reveals that there is a 52 percent chance that a low-income Black man has been behind bars at one point during his life. Even worse, both Black men and women are more likely to be convicted for a crime that they didn't commit, serve more time in prison, and have a much harder time getting back on their feet when and if they are released back into society.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Black Animation Series Incorporates Sign Language

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AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR WINS BEYGOOD AWARD, LAUNCHES BLACK ANIMATION SERIES THAT INCORPORATES AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Nationwide Award-winning author Kentrell Martin is set to release the trailer and first 3 pilot episodes of his new animation series, The Shelly’s Adventures Show. The series is the first of its kind as it focuses on American Sign Language (ASL), and is ideal for parents or educators looking to keep their children entertained with educational content. It’s also the first black animation series to incorporate ASL and provides a great opportunity to introduce children to one of the fastest growing languages in the US.

Listen To Talented Ashlie Amber As She Dominates Country Music Charts

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ASHLIE AMBER LEADS THE CHARGE FOR BLACK FEMALES TO DOMINATE COUNTRY MUSIC CHARTS

Ashlie Amber is challenging herself to not only make her mark on country music but to also normalize her milestones as a woman of color. Her goal? To be a leading force as the first black female country artist to dominate the Top 40. Her dream? To abolish the stigma that this feat was something no one saw coming. For Ashlie Amber, this isn't just about breaking records; it's about changing the course of history so that her success will not be an anomaly.

"I'm not a gimmick," Amber asserts, "and my brand isn't a sales piece. I didn't choose country music to elicit some kind of shock value; I'm a country artist because that's who I am at my core. I'm also a Black woman, and those two facts shouldn't be such a rare combination."

The release of Ashlie Amber's single "Those Nights" reminds us that the scope of country music hasn't evolved, but rather, its roots have been uncovered. A collaboration with Universal songwriter Morgan Matthews— who recently celebrated a Billboard #1 as the producer of Alicia Keys and Miguel's "Show Me Love" — "Those Nights" proves that country, soul and R&B have always been cut from the same cloth. The track also serves as the first self-penned release of Ashlie's career, along with the launch of her publishing company Diva Music Group.

THIS BLACK WOMAN HOTEL ENTREPRENEUR WANTS YOU TO STAY AT A BLACK-OWNED HOTEL THIS SUMMER

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THIS BLACK WOMAN HOTEL ENTREPRENEUR WANTS YOU TO STAY AT A BLACK-OWNED HOTEL THIS SUMMER

“Once you go Black, you never go back!” Black hotel owner and commercial real estate investor Davonne Reaves hopes the popular cheeky catchphrase rings true for those who stay at one of thousands of Black-owned hotels and bed & breakfasts across America this summer.

“In 2019, MMGYGlobal reported that African Americans spent over $109 billion on travel, but according to The National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers, a trade organization, African-Americans own less than two percent of the nation’s hotels. Clearly, there’s a disconnect there and I’m trying to change that,” explains Atlanta-based Reaves who nabbed national headlines in January 2021 for her $8.3 million acquisition of a Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel in El Reno, Oklahoma, just outside Oklahoma City.

She secured the all-suite property with business partner and former Georgia State University roommate, Jessica Myers and a diverse group of investors, mostly Millennials. The purchase earned her and Myers the unique distinction of becoming what is believed to be the youngest African American woman to ever co-own a major hotel chain property.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Book Helps Black Teens Understand Credit

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AUTHOR RELEASES NEW BOOK TO HELP BLACK TEENS UNDERSTAND CREDIT AND PREVENT FINANCIAL ILLITERACY

NationwideAdults today often agonize over their financial situation and how it is negatively impacting their lives. How did they get there? How did their credit score plummet and how do they climb out of the hole they have dug for themselves? Does it really take 7 years? Most adults admit they never really learned how the credit score process works.

"We need to teach our teens about good credit - how they get it and keep it - so as they move into adulthood, they don’t fall into the patterns of their parent and other adults," states Dionne Perry, Credit-Litologist and Board-Certified Credit Consultant. She takes this challenge head-on as she writes, speaks, and engages teachers, parents, and teens about the critical elements of good credit and its myths that capture our society today.

Her book, Credit-Lit: Credit 101 for Teens, rolls out the information in a concise, creative manner giving the basics and forming the building blocks teens need. The teens ask the questions and Dionne provides the answers from what a credit score is, to how it impacts going after a new job to being able to afford that new car when the time comes. Many adults are also finding this gives them the missing pieces and can assist in their own financial picture.

Black Author Dedicates Children's Book to His Deceased Co-Author

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BLACK AUTHOR DEDICATES NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK ABOUT ADVENTURE AND IMAGINATION TO HIS CO-AUTHOR WHO HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY


Nationwide  Russell Dilligard is dedicating the release of his first children's book Little Toby's Rainbow to Elizabeth Dilligard, his co-author, who sadly has passed away. The book is now available as an ebook on Kindle and also in Paperback.

Little Toby's Rainbow was inspired by Elizabeth, who sat by her window since day one, filled with nostalgia of her childhood when she was excited to go outside and play on a rainy day. The story is centered around a six-year-old named Little Toby, who could not play outside on a rainy day. Little Toby is then magically transported to Rainbow City by a whimsical little girl named Suzie Rainbow, who appears from a book in his toy chest.

The plot carries you through Little Toby's journey across Rainbow City, an extraordinary land where every element, from cartoon characters to musical instruments, comes to life. The adventure that Little Toby and Suzie embark upon together is a mixture of awe-inspiring, captivating, exciting and vibrant.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Why More Unity Of Action Is The Best Way To Remember George Floyd

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Why More Unity Of Purpose And Action Is The Best Way To Remember George Floyd

Written By Kamau Austin, Publisher Scoop Publications

Today is the one year commemoration of the murder of George Floyd.  As many people in the world are aware George Floyd died at the hands or more accurately under the knees of Minneapolis police on May, 25th, 2020.

No doubt billions of people have seen the brutal horrific act of then police officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck for a reported 9 minutes and 29 seconds -- until he stopped breaking.

The traumatizing act of seeing George suffer an excruciating death under the knee of Derek Chauvin, and also the knees of other police officers pinning him to the ground - galvanized people all over the world to protest police brutality!  Derek Chauvin, despite a lot of police tactics to blame Floyd's death on his drug usage, enlarged heart because of hypertension, and even exhaust fumes was convicted in a highly charged nationally telecast court case.  But on the sobering anniversary of his death what is our best way to remember his death? 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Riveting New Book By Lisa M. Sanchez "Looking For Love In A Garbage Can" Is Recently Featured On Fox Soul's The Book Of Sean

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Author Lisa M. Sanchez
Shares Personal and Powerful Journey to Healing In Her Book,
"Looking for Love in a Garbage Can"
On Fox Soul TV’s Hit Show
“The Book of Sean!”

Author Lisa M. Sanchez author of "Looking for Love in a Garbage Can: A Journey of Healing -- How I Survived an Alcoholic Environment," recently guest appeared on The Book of Sean Show hosted by Sean McMillan streaming on Fox Soul TV.

The dynamic storyteller talked candidly about her journey of healing and how she survived an alcoholic environment on the hit talk show.  The Book of Sean on Fox Soul TV is an inspiring and riveting show that tackles topics and conversations at the forefront of the black community with an unwavering commitment to spirituality and insight.


To connect with Lisa M. Sanchez, email her at Lisa@justdigin2it.com


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Get The Scoop On My Exclusive Interview With Hip Hop Fitness And Fashion Pioneer Kyle Harvey

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ARMY SERGEANT DESIGNS STREET WEAR FITNESS BRAND THAT CATERS TO FITNESS HIP-HOP ENTHUSIASTS

Kyle Harvey is a pioneer bringing together what for many is two divergent lifestyles.  The visionary and innovator is merging the fitness lifestyle with an unlikely partner: hip hop!

Finding the right out of the box, urban streetwear with a fitness theme is something many of us never knew existed. Rack Runners, a fitness-driven, urban-style clothing line, by Kyle Harvey, 35, a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, was created in 2017.

Rack Runners sells a variety of merchandise including t-shirts, joggers, hoodies, eBooks, and fitness accessories. Since launching, Rack Runners has amassed 10k followers on Facebook and Instagram, also being hand-selected by Facebook to be one of 1,300 members of the Boost Facebook Leaders Network.

Harvey, an Ohio native & Washington, DC area resident, fully opened the Rack Runners online shop after 3 years of finding a niche and working diligently towards quality, research, and development. “Nobody, to my knowledge, has ever combined, streetwear, hip-hop culture, the love of food, and fitness together.

This is what I feel makes my brand unique. There are not just checks or stripes on a shirt. Plenty of time, thought, and creativity went into building this vision. I spent many hours drawing designs from my phone, so it motivates me when I see people wearing my clothes,” Harvey says.

I was able recently to convince the busy entrepreneur to spend some time with me to talk about his goals, insights, and past struggles.  Checkout his exclusive interview below...

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Black Non-Profit Gives Grants to Kids

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BLACK-OWNED NONPROFIT LAUNCHES MONTHLY GRANT PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

Megan Faux, The Teaching Goddess, Founder and Executive Director of The 25 Dream Campaign, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation has launched a new initiative - monthly grants for kids. It's called The 25 Dreams Source of Light Grant, specifically for youth ages 6-18 in underserved communities. This monthly grant, in the amount of $100, rewards students for being a source of light in their family, community, or in the world. To donate to the grant fund or to apply for the grant please, visit The25DreamCampaign.org

"We are living in such a dark world right now. I just wanted to do something that would reward the youth for being a source of light in their family, community, or in the world. A source of light is someone who brings goodness to the world. When you are a source of light, you are changing the world around you," said Megan. "My hope is that by rewarding our youth for good deeds early in life, they will see the value in goodness and continue shining throughout their lives and change the world for the better, thereby creating a world filled with more light than darkness."

Anthony Hamilton Interviews Black Business Owner About IG Success

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AFRO UNICORN FOUNDER, APRIL SHOWERS, AND ANTHONY HAMILTON DISCUSS HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM TO TRANSFORM YOUR BRAND INTO A POWERFUL MOVEMENT

Afro Unicorn is a brand that empowers Black women and young black girls to embrace who they are – unique, divine, and magical. Founder, April Showers’ social media growth hacking formula for her Afro Unicorn brand has propelled her business into what many believe to be an overnight success. In a recent interview with R&B singer Anthony Hamilton, she explains her ‘why’ behind Afro Unicorn.

“There are a lot of unicorns like me. There are women with multiple businesses and raising their kids so I started using the unicorn emoji a lot, but it bothered me because none of them looked like me,” Showers says. “I wanted to see how I could tie in women empowerment with the different shades of unicorns. I wanted to create something that says, you can. You can step out and not just be pigeonholed into one area.”

Through the Afro Unicorn brand, Showers encourages aspiring, new, and established black women entrepreneurs to be passionate, purposeful, and strategic within their journey of entrepreneurship. Furthermore, she shares her wealth of knowledge so they can also successfully generate multiple streams of income. Afro Unicorn has evolved from a brand to a movement because of its powerful messaging and a grassroots social media strategy that consists of socializing with followers, championing other businesses, and thanking customers.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

HBCU Alum Creates Health Products For Men Over 40

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HBCU ALUM CREATES BLACK-OWNED HEALTH SUPPLEMENT BRAND FOR MEN OVER 40

Nationwide  Meet Jimmy White, a 60-year old fitness influencer who is the founder of Fit Over 40, a line of health supplements for men who are over the age of forty. A Howard University alum, Jimmy is also the co-founder of the popular Facebook fitness groups Fit Black Men Over Forty and Fit Black Women Over Forty, which have a combined following of more than 10K members. The pages offer helpful tips on healthier eating, cardio exercises that work, and feature many success stories of people well over 40-years old who are living healthier lifestyles.

As the United States continues to reopen after a full year of lockdowns and social distancing due to the pandemic, many African-American men over 40 seeking to maintain a fit lifestyle are turning to the health supplements produced by Fit Over 40. Their high-grade supplements are formulated with 100 percent pure and natural ingredients. For example, one popular product contains turmeric, which helps reduce discomfort, promotes digestive health, regulates metabolism, weight management, and memory function. The other products have similar high-quality ingredients as well.

Black Women Using Their Voice to Stimulate the Economy

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HELPING BLACK WOMEN USE THEIR VOICE TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY

Nationwide -- Quinn Conyers is releasing her second book Speak Black Woman: How Women in Business can Profit from Public Speaking to add to the economic advancement of Black women, the fastest group of growing entrepreneurs in the United States.

Despite the hustle, Black and other minority women are being shut out when it comes to access to venture capital. The book reveals alternative funding options for women at the upcoming Speak Black Woman Experience on May 22, 2021. Even more, the book is designed to show Black women who are stimulating the economy despite no access to capital how to leverage public speaking as a marketing strategy, lead generation, and revenue stream to expand their business, book, or brand.

Since 2007, the number of firms owned by African-American women has grown by 164%. “Your mouth should be your #1 marketing strategy in business,” says Quinn who firmly believes your voice is your secret weapon if you want to magnify your money-making potential as an entrepreneur. Many Black women are awesome at what they “DO” but have a tough time explaining it or worse have been conditioned to be silenced, muted, or muzzled which blocks their opportunity to earn ridiculous revenue as a business owner.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Black Woman-Owned Streaming Network to Raise $15M

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FOUNDER OF BLACK WOMAN-OWNED STREAMING NETWORK ON A MISSION TO RAISE $15M FROM INVESTORS

Regina D. Braggs, Founder and CEO of Applause Network TV, Inc., is raising $15,000,000 with a Reg D 506 (c) through accredited investors. Incorporated in 2010, Applause Network TV has been providing streaming services consisting of original videos, live shows, and on-demand content created by a talented production team and Board of Directors with 40+ years of combined experience.

In 2008, the streaming service released its first comedy feature film written and directed by comedian Kareem “Plug” Chapman titled How I Ended Racism to rave reviews. What makes a startup like Applause Network TV shine among large streaming networks? “Our ability to consistently create original content inhouse that keeps our core market entertained with the assistance of our tech wizard Nick Wallace,” says Braggs.

1st Black Woman-Owned Skincare Line For Men

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MEET THE FOUNDERS OF THE 1ST BLACK WOMAN-OWNED SKINCARE LINE JUST FOR MEN

Simone Randle and Tammie Sykes, the founders of Dion Michaels, have made history as the first women of color to launch a simple results-driven skincare line that is exclusively for men of all ethnicities. They created this line to tackle the top skin challenges that were impacting the men in their lives – from razor burns to dry beards. They quickly realized that these challenges played a significant role in confidence too.

Dion Michaels is a convenient subscription-based skincare line that provides men with two simple products, a grooming cream, and a skin balm. The skin care line not only improves and protects men’s skin but also boosts their confidence.

“We feel that the male population in the skincare industry is an underserved market,” said Randle. “Men want an effective product and they want a simple regimen.”

Dion Michaels’ formula is a custom-blended formula with carefully selected ingredients to support all skin types. Customers can choose between a monthly subscription bundle of the grooming cream and skin balm delivered to their door or to purchase the grooming cream and skin balm bundle as a one-time purchase.

Newest Black-Owned Greeting Card Company

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BLACK ENTREPRENEUR TURNS HOBBY INTO SUCCESSFUL CUSTOM GREETING CARD BUSINESS

Nationwide  Meet Kimberly Jordan, the founder of Kimmy's Greetings who is now capitalizing on her talent to create unique gift ideas for others. What began as a hobby in 2008 is now a very successful business that has produced more than 50,000 handcrafted custom greeting cards, memory books, scrapbooks, etc.

Her company's mission is to establish new and unique greeting cards that offer style and heartfelt messages. When she started 13 years ago, it quickly went from being a hobby to becoming a part-time business, and ultimately, has now become a full-time enterprise.

Kimberly’s first interaction with greeting cards began when she was a little girl. Her mother would have her sign the holiday cards before mailing them. Kimberly said she was inspired to pursue creating cards by her stepmother after she saw a floral arrangement that Kimberly had made and how she set her dinner table.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Join Legendary Comedian Michael Colyar and Celebrated Artist Mike Norice on a Never-Before Mural Tour

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Be Part of History-Making Documentary: Artfully United

Join Legendary Comedian Michael Colyar and Celebrated Artist Mike Norice on a Never-Before Mural Tour Experience in Los Angeles May 15th


Be part of the history-making documentary, "Artfully United" produced by The Rayloc Group, Mike Norice, Moses Stovall and Pastor Kevin Person.

Join legendary comedian and actor Michael Colyar, alongside artist Mike Norice on Saturday, May 15th, for an incredible mural tour experience through some of the most violent and dangerous neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

The incredible mural tour will visit 9 locations throughout the Los Angeles area and explore how art places in these areas help to inspire, motivate and bring change in what many view as hopeless communities.

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Black Travel Summit to Attract Thousands of Industry Professionals

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UPCOMING BLACK TRAVEL SUMMIT TO ATTRACT THOUSANDS OF INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

The annual Black Travel Summit is a conference, exhibition, awards gala, and global network for industry professionals and enthusiasts to exchange and generate ideas about collaborating with and expanding the 'Black' travel industry. Taking place virtually and in-person across several Hyatt properties in Miami Beach from January 13-16, 2022, the hybrid event will feature speaker sessions, workshops, tours, an awards gala, and an expo in the form of a grand bazaar.

Trailblazers such as Erick Cedeno (founder of The Bicycle Nomad), Jeff Jenkins (founder of Chubby Diaries), Isis Breanna (the #1 Digital Marketing Strategist), and Travis Levius (Travel Journalist and content creator), are just some of those invited.

In addition to the grand summit, there will be several mini-summits held online that will showcase some of the top Black taste-makers, influencers, hospitality industry leaders, and travel lovers. These virtual events will take place throughout this year on June 5th, August 28th, and November 13th.

This year's partners and sponsors include Hyatt Hotels, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Seychelles Tourism Board, and others.

To learn more and/or to pre-register, visit BlackTravelSummit.com