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June 18, 2021

How Two Black Entrepreneurs Made Their First Million Out of Their Apartment Home

Joseph Evans and Brandon Patton, founders of Evan Alexander Grooming

A small apartment turned into more than living quarters for two homegrown entrepreneurs. It was the setting for a million-dollar enterprise that today is changing how Black men groom and view self-care. Evan Alexander Grooming is now an inspiring movement towards empowerment and confidence with the underlying message that dreams are attainable for Black entrepreneurs, but let’s rewind to the start.

April 14, 2021

Founder of Black-Owned Line of Magnetic Eyelashes Secures $100K Deal on Shark Tank

Dr. Anika Goodwin, founder of OpulenceMD Beauty on Shark Tank

Dr. Anika Goodwin, founder and CEO of OpulenceMD Beauty, a Black-owned line of magnetic lashes and other eye-focused beauty products, recently made an appearance on Shark Tank and secured a deal from fashion designer and retail mogul Kendra Scott for $100,000 for a 20% stake in the company.

April 12, 2021

This Black-Owned Hair Care Brand Just Raised $100 Million in Funding

Mielle Organics, founder and ambassadors

Founded in 2014, Mielle Organics, the #1 fast-growing Black-owned and community-focused natural hair care company, has secured a $100 million investment from Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based firm. The financing will support Mielle's growth plans and help further its mission to educate, empower, and excite its customers and the broader hair care community.

April 7, 2021

Black Couple That Turned Down $400K on Shark Tank Makes History, Raises $1.7M in a Day

Tim and Kim Lewis, founders of CurlMix

In 2019, entrepreneurs Tim and Kim Lewis, the founders and owners of CurlMix, appeared on ABC's Shark Tank and turned down a $400K offer for a 20% equity in their company. Two years later, the couple launched an equity crowdfunding campaign and raised more than $1.7 million dollars within 24 hours.

March 15, 2021

Owner of Potent Jamaican Black Castor Oil Products Celebrates 10 Years in Business With New Rebrand

Melichsia Boss, owner of BDI Enterprises Brands

Melichsia Boss is a successful entrepreneur who is the owner of BDI Enterprises & Brands, LLC. Her most popular brand, Potent Jamaican Black Castor Oil (PJBCO), is a hair care product that specializes in promoting, healthy hair growth. PJBCO has been on the market since 2011, but the hair oil recipes have been passed down in her family for over ten decades. Celebrating over 10 years in the hair care industry, BDI Enterprises & Brands has decided to rebrand and reintroduce PJBCO to the market with a new logo, an updated website, the same improved products, and an expansion of their wholesale private label program.

March 11, 2021

Founder of Black-Owned Luxury Skincare Line Challenges Cosmetic Industry Norms

Honey Pierre, a founder of Skin Champagne

Skin Champagne, launched by Honey Pierre, a licensed esthetician, is a Black woman-owned cosmetics brand that produces unique and efficacious skincare products using the most coveted natural ingredients in the industry. Her company is a new glamorously clean beauty brand that aims to do things differently.

March 3, 2021

Entrepreneur Becomes 1st African American to Own 3 Barbershops Inside Walmart Stores

Shaun Corbett, owner of Lucky Spot Barbershop in Walmart

In 2019, Shaun Corbett made history as an ex-felon turned entrepreneur from North Carolina who opened Lucky Spot Barbershop, the first Black-owned barbershop inside a Walmart store. Now, he is making history again with the opening of two additional barbershops in two other Walmart locations. He is the first African American to accomplish this.

February 12, 2021

This Black-Owned Salon Does Not Service Women With Straight Hair

Camille Janae, founder and owner of Mahogany and Rose Hair Studio

Camille Janae, the founder and owner of Mahogany and Rose Hair Studio, a Black-owned salon based in Sacramento, California, says that she caters exclusively to those seeking services for their natural hair. Unlike other salons, she only specializes in textured hair care services such as curly haircuts and loc maintenance.

January 25, 2021

Black Woman Beats the Odds, Continues Launch of $800K Multicultural Salon in Downtown Detroit Despite Delays Due to COVID-19

Katrina Wilson, founder of Creme Brulee Detroit

Despite the pandemic, Katrina Wilson, founder of Crême Brûlée has been proclaimed as "recession-proof" and is moving forward to develop her multicultural salon in downtown Detroit.

December 15, 2020

14-Year Old CEO Makes History, Launches Hair Growth Oil to Help Girls Embrace Their Kinky, Curly Hair

Meet Zhanyia McCullough, founder and CEO of Islande Beauty

Meet Zhanyia McCullough, founder and CEO of Islande Beauty, a Black-owned, plant-based company committed to the empowerment of girls through education and healthy hair care. Despite being only 14-years old and still in high school, Zhanyia has managed to launch the first product from her company's Pracaxi Oil and Kalahari Melon Collection, a hair growth oil for girls with kinky, curly hair.

November 27, 2020

This 8-Year Old CEO is Empowering Black Girls With Her Line of Dolls, Accessories and Books

Zoe Oli, 8-year old founder of Beautiful Curly Me

8-year old Zoe Oli is on a mission to inspire self-love and confidence in young girls of color with her company Beautiful Curly Me. She has created a line of black dolls with curls and braids, hair care products, and has authored two books - all within the past two years. Her company gives 10% back to girl empowerment organizations and recently launched a Gift-A-Doll charity initiative.

November 8, 2020

These Black-Owned Hair Care Products Changed the Life of a Memphis Woman After Cancer

Angela H. Brown, founder of D'Serv Professional Hair Care

Angela H. Brown, founder of a Black-owned brand called D’Serv Professional Hair Care, says that her products can help cancer patients regrow healthy hair after receiving chemo treatments. She comments, "We are not doctoring. We just want people to get what they D’Serv in hair care!"

November 4, 2020

Despite the Pandemic, This Black Couple Has Doubled Their Employees and Have Been Featured in Forbes

Tim and Kim Lewis, founders of CurlMix

Tim and Kim Lewis, founders of CurlMix, have been able to not only double their amount of employees but also earn themselves a feature in Forbes magazine. The couple was in the national spotlight last year when they famously turned down nearly a half-million-dollar deal on ABC’s Shark Tank. However, their company has been so successful during the pandemic that it is now set to launch a second e-commerce brand.

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.

October 21, 2020

NYC Black Entrepreneur Turned Debilitating Illness into Groundbreaking Natural Hair Care Brand

Instead of Succumbing to the Disabling Conditions That Afflicted Her, Rayki Tai Submerged Herself into Holistic Remedies That Gave Birth to Wholesome Hair Co.
Rayki Tai, founder of Wholesome Hair Co.
Wholesome Hair Co, founded by Jamaican/Nigerian entrepreneur Rayki Tai, emerged onto the natural hair care scene with a vegan product line in February 2020. Customer feedback prompted her to address what sets Wholesome Hair Co. apart from others in the natural hair industry. Her story is profound.

October 16, 2020

Divorced Single Mom Finds New Man, Launches Six Figure Chemical-Free Hair Color Brand

Electra Davis, founder of Mysteek Naturals

Meet Electra Davis, the 36-year old founder and CEO of Mysteek Naturals - a popular Black-owned line of chemical-free hair color products. She launched her successful company just two years after becoming a divorced single mother with two children.

October 14, 2020

Black Girl Who Hit Six Figures By the 6th Grade Shares Her Story With Millions on QVC, HSN, and Zulily

Confidence by GaBBY Goodwin Joins Qurate Retail Group’s Small Business Spotlight, a Collaboration with the NRF Foundation Currently Focused on Helping Black-Owned Businesses

Gabby Goodwin, founder of Gabby Bows

Confidence by GaBBY Goodwin has been selected for Qurate Retail Group’s Small Business Spotlight, a collaboration with the NRF Foundation to help small businesses navigate today’s challenging retail environment. This phase of the program is highlighting 20 Black-owned businesses as part of Qurate Retail Group’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within its company and in society at large.

September 25, 2020

Mompreneur Creates All-Natural and Vegan Skincare Line to Soothe Her Daughter’s Eczema

Lydia Gibson, creator of Eva Jenae Naturals

Lydia Gibson, creator of Eva Jenae Naturals, is driven by the belief that nature provides all we need to achieve our healthiest skin and hair. Every ingredient she uses has a purpose and delivers results. Her brand is proof that skin and hair care can be simple, yet effective.

September 18, 2020

16-Year Old Entrepreneur Makes History, Opens Beauty Supply Shop In Brooklyn

Paris McKenzie, owner of Beauty Supplyz in Brooklyn

At the age of 16, Paris McKenzie has opened her own beauty supply shop called Paris Beauty Supplyz in Brooklyn, New York making her the youngest person to ever do so. Already equipped with a lot of business experience, she has so far been running the business smoothly.

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.