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March 9, 2023

Founders of Black-Owned Eyewear Line Make History, Sign Licensing Deal With Nickelodeon

Nancey Harris and Tracy Vontélle Green

Meet Nancey Harris and Tracy Green, the founders of Vontélle, the first Black women-owned eyewear company to have established a partnership with Paramount and Nickelodeon. Their licensing deal allows them to exclusively make fashion-forward eyewear products for kids using popular characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Baby Shark, and Rugrats.

March 8, 2023

Black Entrepreneur Who Secured $200K Deal On 'Shark Tank' Made $1.8M Last Year

Raquel Graham, the creator of Headlightz who scored a major deal on Shark Tank back in 2020, is reporting now generating millions of dollars in sales. When she appeared on the show, she ended up landing a deal with Kevin O'Leary and Peter Jones for $200K in exchange for 20% of her company plus a one-dollar per unit royalty until they recoup $600K.

March 7, 2023

Entrepreneur Makes History as the First Black Private Mortgage Lender With a $100M Warehouse Line

Troy Smith, founder and CEO of G1 Commercial Mortgage

Meet Troy Smith, founder and CEO of G1 Commercial Mortgage, a faith-based Private Credit Fund based in Charles County, Maryland, the wealthiest African American County in the nation. His company is a direct lender that offers finance options to real estate investors, and he is the first African American mortgage lender to have delegated underwriting authority over a $100 million warehouse line.

March 3, 2023

Black Mom-Daughter Duo Create Unique Tool That Unbraids Your Hair

Natasha Anderson and Khadija

Meet Natasha Anderson and her daughter, Khadija, the co-founders of The Original UnBraider which is an innovative product that can take down 4 to 8 braids simultaneously while combing your hair. This makes the process a lot easier and results in a lot less hair damage.

February 28, 2023

Founder Creates Black Dolls with Real Human Hair That Can Be Washed, Braided and Styled

Meet Yelitsa Jean-Charles, the founder and CEO of Healthy Roots Dolls, a toy company that creates Black and brown dolls with facial features, skin tones, and realistic curly hair that can be styled in any way. Through the toys, Yelitsa aims to teach Black children about the beauty of their natural hair and how to embrace it.

February 24, 2023

$125K in Donations Pour in as Oldest Black Publishing Company Suffers Devastating Flood

Dr. Keith Gilyard

Last year marked the 55th anniversary of Chicago-based Third World Press Foundation, the oldest, independent, continuously operating Black publishing company in the nation. The Foundation marked the momentous occasion in the Fall of 2022 with gusto and invited their supporters, friends, authors, and family to celebrate with them at headquarters.

February 22, 2023

Meet the Black Woman Whose Company Cleans Sports Arenas For Major Events Like the World Series

Sheena Parker, founder of 4SYT Industries

Meet Sheena Parker, the founder and CEO of 4SYT Industries, a Black woman-owned facility maintenance company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her company has secured big contracts with major buildings and venues including the Citizens Bank Park in Philadephia in preparation for the 2022 World Series.