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“You know how your cousins are.” Sound familiar? You have either heard or said this about a janky product or poor customer service at a Black-owned business (BOB). All businesses encounter common issues, but the impact is greater for BOBs. Our history is filled with the reality of facing stereotypes, unfair biases, and unethical and illegal…

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Every bride wants her wedding day to be special, beautiful and unique. One Atlanta bride-to-be has taken steps to assure that her wedding will be all that and more. Last April, when Kirstin Fredrick, a 24-year-old marketing and public relations professional, got engaged to her long time love, Maurice Carter, 27, a chef, she did…

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Group economics may be the answer to the prayers of the black community. After watching Hidden Colors, I felt a deep urge to do something with my newfound knowledge. After all, knowledge is power. And after the recent election, it’s more important than ever for black people to exercise our buying power and spend responsibly.…

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In 2014, after the death of Mike Brown and the outcry in Ferguson, Missouri, Blacks across the country decided to boycott for Black Friday. A such, no products would be purchased from any merchant on a particular day. This nationwide protest occurred to show how serious the Black community was about the deaths of so many…

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Empowerment Experiment founder Maggie Anderson makes a conscious consumer proposition Maggie Anderson, founder of The Empowerment Experiment, committed one year to live exclusively off Black businesses, professionals and products. Anderson tours the country to increase awareness about economic inequities that starve Black neighborhoods and deny Black businesses, and how proactive support of these businesses can create…

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And now it’s over. The infamous “Black Friday” feeding frenzy has come and gone faster than Kim Kardashian’s marriage. Some folks in my Akron, Ohio, hometown were so desperate to get a 20 percent discount on flat screens that people camped out in the Walmart parking lot for a week. Most of my family and friends…

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