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From his early days selling mixtapes to becoming a Grammy-nominated rapper, Nipsey Hussle, who was born Ermias Asghedom, was undeniably a passionate entrepreneur, community leader and artist. On March 31, 2019, the news of his murder hit the South Los Angeles neighborhood, the rap game, and the world like a tsunami, leaving a huge void in its wake.…

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Nicole Enearu understands the power of business ownership. Enearu is a dedicated second-generation McDonald’s franchisee. She was inspired by her mother, Patricia Williams, who bought into the franchise and now has eight locations of her own. After completing the McDonald’s Next Generation program, Enearu was able to become an owner-operator in 2006 with two locations at the…

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Michelle Taylor Willis is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and publisher of South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine who has leveraged her superior business acumen and vision not only to become a national influencer but also to transform the fortunes of other businesses. The Jacksonville, Florida, native and graduate of the University of Florida made Atlanta her home 14 years…

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Tracy Nicole is a designer, author, entrepreneur, activist, mother and a breast cancer survivor. With more than a decade of experience in the fashion industry, she has achieved national recognition while successfully maintaining a uniquely expressive brand. Known for her timeless, versatile pieces, she has created items over the years for an extensive clientele, including…

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Rickeno Bullard is the CEO and President of a dynamic burgeoning toy company and a serial entrepreneur.  He founded Michael Worldwide LLC (MWW) in 2005.  The company is known for its popular functional plush toy boxes, BoxBugz. We spoke with the CEO at the about entrepreneurship at the 2019 New York City Toy Fair. What motivated you…

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Terry Brantley is an Atlanta native with a rich family legacy in entrepreneurship and the son of the first African American auto dealer in the city. He is currently the managing member of Brantland LLC, a company that has been an investor and developer of various asset classes of real estate throughout the Southeast. Headquartered in…

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Atlanta is a bastion of Black intellectual capital cultivated in music, business and centers of higher education, including Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hailed from Atlanta and attended Morehouse, where he studied under African American intellectuals like Benjamin E. Mays and forged a relationship with a spiritual…

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Ariaka Daily is the founder and CEO of Virgin Hair Depot — a minority, female-owned hair extension franchise — where she oversees day-to-day operations, brand visibility, expansion and development. Given her staunch work ethic and loyal customer base for her incredible extensions, it wasn’t long before Ariaka developed her grassroots company into a franchise that…

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Janice Bryant Howroyd

Let’s face it. It can be quite challenging, even downright daunting to focus on future growth when we’re seemingly caught in the thicket of small beginnings. There’s an ancient inquiry that still echoes throughout the corridors of time: “Who has despised the day of small beginnings?” During a quaint, down-home dialogue with Janice Bryant Howroyd,…

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Kenneth Kelly

“I’ve always been an entrepreneur — from mowing lawns and delivering grocery as a teen, to selling laptop computers in my early 20s.” –Kenneth Kelly, president and CEO, Strativia Prior to co-founding Strativia, Kenneth Kelly worked for Visual One Systems Corporation where he managed financial management software installation projects at hotels and resorts throughout the…

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T. D. Jakes

With brutal temps in the single digits and a wicked wind chill factor that blanketed the entire northeast region, I arrived on-site with high expectancy that within a matter of minutes the climate would shift to sizzling as we ascended on the subject matter of — entrepreneurship. It was indeed a distinct honor and privilege…

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