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Earl G. Graves Sr., a quintessential American businessman and founder and publisher of the groundbreaking magazine Black Enterprise, passed away on Monday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 85. Graves served in many roles throughout his career, including as an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a civil rights advocate, a bestselling author and, above…

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Lerae Funderburg is the founder and managing partner of Funderburg Law, a boutique law firm focusing on business and entertainment transactions and intellectual property protection. She works almost exclusively with Black business owners, especially mothers, in helping them to create their businesses, protect their brands, and build their legacy. What attracted you to the legal…

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Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Amari Shoto found her love for food at an early age. Baking with her grandmother turned into watching the Food Network for hours on end. From those experiences, she taught herself how to bake and in college, Amari got a degree in hospitality management that would turn her hobby to a…

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We’ve learned a lot about Ermias Asghedom, aka Nipsey Hussle, since his untimely death on March 31, 2019, all of which has contributed to the void felt within the hip-hop community and the Black community as a whole since he departed. Most people knew Hussle as an artist, but his creative endeavors extended beyond the recording…

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For more than 60 years, H.J. Russell & Company has stood as one of the most successful African American real estate companies in the country. Founded by the late business titan and philanthropist Herman Russell, H.J. Russell & Company specializes in real estate development, construction, program management and property management. Today, Russell’s legacy continues to stand strong…

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Randy Williams is the world’s next business mogul in the making. As president of Talley & Twine, Williams has dominated the watch market since being featured in Essence, Ebony, Black Enterprise and Huffington Post. As a recipient of the CoVaBiz Community Impact Award and author of 7 Questions Every Young Leader Must Answer, Williams is striving to…

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Joan Wright-Good initiated the Age-out to College initiative at her Career Mommy & Child workshop in Jamaica, which attracted the likes of Judge Lyn Toler and actress Kym Whitley. Good selected three girls from an orphanage she herself once called home, the Maxfield Park Children’s Home, to help fund their college tuition. Good has continued her…

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The hair business is a billion dollar industry but it is also oversaturated. MeMe Kelly, a New Orleans hairstylist, decided to go a different route with her vision and developed a hair care brand strictly for kids. Silk Me Kids hair products, as well as the salon and spa, was born from that passion. From conditioner…

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Kenneth Scales, CEO of  Bowtie Billionaire Brand, always asks the question, “Got beard? We got the oils.” Scales, a positive and intellectual man, is also self-motivated. A visionary who loves God, and draws strength from his family, Scales identifies himself as “CalYorkaSota”: born in California by way of New York but now calls Minnesota his hub home. r Rolling…

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Stacey J. Key is the president and CEO of the state of Georgia’s leading small business development and supplier diverse organization. Through the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Key and her staff help minority business owners position themselves to secure contract opportunities with major local and national corporations. As a woman of color, what do…

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