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May 4, 2021

Meet the Black Women Raising Capital to Roll Out Six New Vending Machines That Sell Footwear

Dawn Dickson and Danielle Shortt of Flat Out of Heels

Two entrepreneurial Black women — Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene, founder, and Danielle Shortt, CEO of Flat Out of Heels — continue to make history in technology and innovation. Their company, which uses advanced automated retail technology to sell stylish, machine-washable flats from innovative vending machines, is now raising at least $250K in capital to support the rollout of six new machines to scale operations.

May 3, 2021

Mambacita Apparel Line Honoring Kobe Bryant's Daughter, Gianna, Sells Out in One Day

Vanessa Bryant and family wearing the Mambacita apparel

A new apparel line called Mambacita that honors the life and legacy of Kobe and Vanessa Bryant's daughter, Gianna, quickly sold out the same day it launched. The concept was created in partnership with a woman-owned apparel company called Dannijo.

April 27, 2021

HBCU Grad Creates Seven-Figure Clothing Brand That Empowers

Marcia Smith, founder of HGC Apparel

Meet Marcia Smith, a graduate of Howard University and the founder of a very successful fashion line called HGC Apparel that she launched in 2006. She describes herself as a self-proclaimed 90’s kid who is passionate about the uplifting and expansion of the Black community.

April 26, 2021

Meet the Founder of Macy's First Black-Owned Plus-Size Clothing Line

Nina Parker

Nina Parker, a host for E! News and a fashion enthusiast, is making history as the first Black woman to have her own plus-size clothing line sold at Macy's. It's called the Nina Parker Collection and is the department store's first-ever Black-owned clothing line made specifically for plus-sized women.

April 13, 2021

Twin Brothers, Founders of Black-Owned Menswear Brand Now Being Sold in Nordstrom

Warner and Waverly Watkins, founders of Brownstone clothing

Meet twin brothers Warner and Waverly Watkins, the founders and designers of Brownstone, one of the newest Black-owned menswear brands to be sold in fashion retail giant Nordstrom.

March 22, 2021

The Only Black Woman Who Owns a Store at Charlotte’s Most Luxurious Mall

Charity Washington, owner of Captivate clothing store in Charlotte

Charity Washington, a fashion stylist and entrepreneur, is the only Black woman who owns a storefront at the luxurious SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her women's clothing store, Captivate, is situated next to big brands such as Gucci, Michael Kors, and Louis Vuitton.

February 24, 2021

Entrepreneur Launches Newest Black-Owned Luxury Handbag and Accessories Brand

Eva Moore, founder of FU Lifestyle bags

FÜ Lifestyle is the newest Black woman-owned accessories brand designed by fashion designer Eva Moore for modern progressives. With its debossed FÜ logo print, the brand’s Lifestyle bag is a bold statement for the fashion-forward and progressive-thinking alike.

December 3, 2020

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s New Fashion Nova Line Made $1.2M in 24 Hours

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion has teamed up with online clothing store Fashion Nova to design and create a body-inclusive fashion line. Within the first 24 hours of going live, the new fashion line generated $1.2 million in sales!

November 30, 2020

Shaq Has Sold Over 150 Million Pairs of Affordable Kid's Shoes at Walmart

Shaq O'Neal in Walmart with shoes

Former NBA star, Shaquille O’Neal, knows a lot about basketball, but he's also showing the world that he knows a thing or two about athletic footwear. He has proven his success by selling millions and millions of pairs of affordable shoes for kids at Walmart.

November 23, 2020

Meet the 5 and 8-Year Old Brothers Selling Bowties to Raise Money For Children in Need

Treandos and Noah Thornton, founders of T&N Bow Ties and Apparel

Noah and Treandos Thornton, who are only 5 and 8-years old, are already CEOs of their own company called T&N Bow Ties and Apparel. The Thornton family sells their bowties to raise money to buy foods and toys for children in need.

October 30, 2020

The Black Directory Spotlights 4 Black-Owned Businesses Forging Ahead Despite Pandemic

Founders of Symphony Chips

At a time when nearly half of the nation’s Black owned businesses have shut their doors due to the economic setback caused by the pandemic, The Black Directory is proud to showcase four Black-owned businesses within its vast membership program that are standing strong and forging ahead through such times. These businesses include Symphony Chips, Pedilicious, Diva By Cindy and Bamenda Coffee. Like the many 100,000 Black businesses within the Black Directory, the doors to these four companies are wide open for business.

September 1, 2020

Black Entrepreneur Launches Trendy Online Fashion Boutique For Women Who Love to Make a Statement

Abigail Santiago, founder of McKenley Rae

Meet Abigail Santiago, a proud Afro-Caribbean woman who is the founder and CEO of McKenley Rae - an online boutique that offers unique and fashionable clothing at affordable prices.

August 31, 2020

Black-Owned Line of Bulletproof Vests For Adults and Children Sees 400% Increase in Sales

Thyk Sknn bulletproof vests

Thyk Skynn, a Black-owned line of fashionable bulletproof vests for men, women, and children, has seen a nearly 400 percent increase in sales over the past few weeks as Americans continue to grow concerned about their protection from police shootings and other random acts of violence.

August 28, 2020

Hand-Crafted African Print Accessories Blend Culture With Fashion and Safety

Blasian Collections is the newest line of apparel that celebrates Black culture while also keeping its customers safe during the pandemic. Launched in 2020 by fashion designer Jasmine Lee, her trendy Ankara-print accessories include washable face masks for men and women with matching neckties, headbands, and head wraps.

August 26, 2020

Black Designer of Custom Wedding Dresses Meets Rising Client Demand for Virtual Fittings in Response to Pandemic

Dafra Sanou, founder and CEO of JoSaBi Mariées

Dafra Sanou, founder and CEO of JoSaBi Mariées, a Black-owned and operated custom wedding dress studio, is defying industry norms with custom designs, remote fittings, and faster turn-around times for brides preparing for their big day.

August 18, 2020

Atlanta Teen Used COVID Grant to Launch T-Shirt Business and Scholarship Fund in Honor of Slain Aunt

Mikaela Sydney Smith, founder of Brown Girl Magic

Mikaela Sydney Smith, 16, is no stranger to being the change she wants to see in the world. At age 12, she started collecting socks from friends and family to distribute to shelters during the wintertime for kids in need. By age 13, she started and with the help of her mom, she planned and executed the Brown Girl Magic empowerment conference in Atlanta and drew in hundreds of young entrepreneurs like herself to share their stories of success and self-esteem.

August 14, 2020

Founder of Black-Owned Boutique Set to Disrupt Online Shoe Industry

Shannon Ashmore-McMath, founder of Low Heel No Heel

Low Heel No Heel is a Black woman-owned online shoe boutique that specializes in offering women’s shoes that are affordable, comfortable, and heels that are under 4 inches tall. Shannon Ashmore-McMath, founder and owner of the company, says that she wants to provide women with stylish shoes that can be worn for many occasions - work, school, or a night out on the town.

August 8, 2020

Founder of College Care Club Launches ‘The People’s Box’ Powered by Black-Owned Businesses

Kamry Selley, founder of a Black-owned subscription-based care kit provider called College Care Club

Kamry Selley, the female founder of a subscription-based care kit provider called College Care Club, has announced the launch of her company's individual box called The People’s Box featuring items from Black-owned businesses.

August 6, 2020

Meet the Founder of the First International African Market in Clarksville, Tennessee

Adolph Dagan, founder of the first international African market in Clarksville, Tennessee

Adolph Dagan and his wife Kafui wanted to open up an international market after his military career in 2009. Dagan, as he is called by his fellow veterans, hails from Daganhoé in Togo, West Africa, a name that means Dagantown. Dagan African Market celebrated its first year in operation on July 20, 2020, the day of his birth.

August 5, 2020

Black CPA Launches Financially Inspired Products to Promote Financial Literacy in the Community

Tiffany Vaughn, CPA and founder of Cents Savvy

Meet Tiffany Vaughn, a CPA and the founder of Cents Savvy - a newly relaunched website that offers articles, videos, and daily expert tips for clients and readers that are focused on building personal wealth at all stages of life and income levels in the African American community. The site is also home to The Savvy Shop -- an online store with a suite of products and services pertaining to personal finance including debt and budgeting guides, financial planners, branded merchandise, and personalized consultations directly with Tiffany herself.