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Nicole M. Jackson was born and raised in the Bronzeville community on the South Side of Chicago. She has consistently been an active member of her community. Her time as a teacher at McCorkle Elementary and the principal of Hales Franciscan High School demonstrates her love of adding value and giving back to her community.…

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Ebbie Parsons

Rolling out tech correspondent Meagan Sunn spoke with Ebbie Parsons III, Ed.D., of Yardstick Management about supporting HBCUs, mission-based for-profit businesses, diversity, equity and inclusion and advancing the next generation of Black business leaders. Yardstick Management is one of the nation’s leading Black-owned management consulting firms supporting diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for many of…

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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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