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In 2009, Michelle Lewis visited a Painting with a Twist franchise. She took a bottle of wine with her to the New Orleans-based studio where she sipped and socialized while painting a mural of two martini glasses. The experience left a lasting impression. A year later she bought a franchise and opened a sip-and-paint store near her hometown of Detroit. “I never considered […]

People and businesses everywhere are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic but the health and economic effects are showing up in some communities more than others. Early data shows that African Americans are dying of COVID-19 at a disproportionate rate. In Michigan, for instance, black people were

Black-Owned NWA, a business resource guide on Instagram and Facebook, has been highlighting Black businesses throughout Northwest Arkansas for a couple of years now, with the page’s following steadily climbing. Run by J’Aron “Jae” Merchant and Jazmine “Jazzy” Hudson, the pages are dedicated to highlighting Black business growth in the region. “A lot of new […]

Black-owned businesses have not had equal access to financial capital compared to their white counterparts in the US. According to the Minority Business Development Agency, racial discrimination and unfair lending practices are among the reasons for this disparity. This is why grants can be especially helpful to Black business owners.

Every weekend, the group grows larger, driven by word of mouth, as more and more people converge at the statue of Mercedes Baptista, a pioneering Black dancer at Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Theater. The spot marks the starting point of the African Heritage Walking Tour that winds through the heart of Little Africa in central […]

It’s never easy to start a new business. It’s especially difficult amid a pandemic. Synika Kirk opened his clothing store, PLAGRND, in December after he realized there weren’t a lot of options for urban men’s wear in Green Bay. But months later, he faced a challenge that’s still rocking even the most established small businesses: […]

This article is more than 3 years old. Black British Businesspeople Courtesy of Tommy Williams Over the last month since the tragic death of George Floyd we have seen riots across the world that have led many people to question their understanding of systemic racism. Many businesses including Netflix and Nike have committed to donating […]

Introduction and summary The importance of household wealth has become abundantly clear during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wealth is the difference between what families own—for instance, their savings and checking accounts, retirement savings, houses, and cars—and what they owe on credit cards, student loans, and mortgages, among other debt. Yet wealth is vastly unequally distributed across […]

Dr. Ruto apologized for the visa requirements to public and business sector leaders at a session on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Nairobi on Monday. “My minister [for Trade Moses Kuria] has informed me that somehow some of our officials made you pay visas to come home and asked me to apologize, […]

Jill Scott fans have rallied behind the singer as backlash over her controversial version of the national anthem has sparked outrage among some white people. The “Hate on Me” songstress impressed fans at the ESSENCE Festival when she belted out, “Oh say can you see/ By the blood in the street/ That this place doesn’t […]

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