From nightlife king to marketing master, Heru Yafeu is a magnet for success

From nightlife king to marketing master, Heru Yafeu is a magnet for success

He once had breakfast with an 87-year-old Don King and earned enough trust to learn the infamous boxing promoter’s secret to the fountain of youth. In another career-defining moment, he sat across the desk from J Prince and dared tell him, “No,” then subsequently formed an unbreakable bond with one of hip-hop’s most notorious bosses. […]

Tech expert Ryan Johnson explains why data is ‘worth more than oil’

Tech expert Ryan Johnson explains why data is 'worth more than oil'

Cxmmunity founder and CEO Ryan Johnson can relate to the kid who slams his bookbag down in the middle of the livingroom in a mad dash to play video games on a Friday afternoon. Why? Well, he is creating opportunities for that kid and all others with similar interests. Johnson founded Cxmmunity to create inclusiveness […]

Debbie Allen, Debra Lee honored at BE’s 2020 Women of Power Legacy Awards

Debbie Allen, Debra Lee honored at BE's 2020 Women of Power Legacy Awards

Award-winning actor, producer, director and choreographer Debbie Allen and former BET Networks CEO and Chairman Emeritus Debra Lee were honored by Black Enterprise at its 2020 Women of Power Legacy Awards. Held at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Gale V. King, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Nationwide, and Myrtle […]

Yema Thomas of Atlanta’s High Museum discusses celebration of Ghanaian culture

Yema Thomas of Atlanta's High Museum discusses celebration of Ghanaian culture

Yema Thomas is a museum educator, visual performing artist and blossoming art historian. She currently serves as the coordinator of public programs at the High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta, where she creates educational programs and events around its exhibitions. Thomas’ latest project has been working on culturally enriching activities around Ghanaian artist Paa […]

McDonald’s Muriel Powell is making a positive impact in the community

McDonald's Muriel Powell is making a positive impact in the community

Muriel Powell owns five McDonald’s restaurants in the Atlanta area, where she employs about 250 people. A native of South Carolina, Powell has a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University of Virginia and is actively involved in several community organizations. She currently serves […]

Chicago boutique Kido offers cultural clothing and books for children

Chicago boutique Kido offers cultural clothing and books for children

Keewa Nurullah is a singer, a devoted wife and mother, an entrepreneur and the owner of Kido, a children’s clothing boutique in Chicago. As a singer, she has performed for legends like Quincy Jones, Julie Andrews and the late Robin Williams. She has toured domestically and internationally in various shows and appeared on television and […]

L3 Agency CEO Larvetta Loftin offers advice to budding entrepreneurs

L3 Agency CEO Larvetta Loftin offers advice to budding entrepreneurs

Larvetta Loftin is the founder and CEO of L3 Agency, a full-service marketing and communications firm in Chicago. For more than 16 years, her company has executed award-winning marketing and branding campaigns for several companies and national brands, including Verizon, Bacardi and McDonald’s. Loftin also has built a career as a content creator, speaker, community […]

Eyewear stylist Margie Toney sets her sights on success

Eyewear stylist Margie Toney sets her sights on success

Eyewear stylist Margie Toney is making glasses a style staple by keeping her finger on the pulse of the ever-evolving spectacles industry. Toney views eyewear as an extension of personality and unique expression. She customizes her optical consultations to elevate each client’s style into a one-of-a-kind signature look. For that reason, she is in high […]

Photographer Charles Richard captures beauty in nature, people and street life

Photographer Charles Richard captures beauty in nature, people and street life

Charles Richard caught the eye of rolling out because of his editorial photography. By trade, Richard is a professional photographer from Houston who uses his camera to capture the beauty in nature, stunning architecture and the edginess of street life. He also is known for his style and approach to fashion, runway and editorial photography. “It is […]

Art, Beats + Lyrics celebrates 15 years of culture, music and innovation

Art, Beats + Lyrics celebrates 15 years of culture, music and innovation

For 15 years, Art, Beats, + Lyrics has captured the essence of Black culture. The traveling show, presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, features artwork from emerging artists and music from top-notch DJs and artists. On Jan. 17, Art, Beats, + Lyrics celebrated its 15 years at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The capacity […]

Meet ElectrKPrincess, producer of the 1st all-Black ballet at Harvard

Meet ElectrKPrincess, producer of the 1st all-Black ballet at Harvard

La’ Toya Princess Jackson, aka ElectrKPrincess, is a writer and producer of ballets, songs, and plays. She is a ballerina in training at Ballethnic Dance Company. As the founder of LaPrincess Entertainment Group, LLC she aspired to create original works that provide a positive representation of African Americans in arts and entertainment. Jackson obtained her […]

How Leslie Andrews found her purpose through photography

How Leslie Andrews found her purpose through photography

Artistry and creativity are in the eye of the beholder. Through the Creative Lens series, rolling out seeks to discover more about professional and up-and-coming photographers and their creative visions. This is Leslie Andrews’ story. Fashion and beauty photographer Leslie Andrews is originally from Milwaukee but is currently based in Atlanta. “I was at a […]

Photographer Jack Manning III’s vivid imagination defines his art

Photographer Jack Manning III's vivid imagination defines his art

Jack Manning III caught the photography fever at an early age. Now the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, native, who is based in Atlanta, travels doing what he loves. Manning is the mastermind of Jaxon Photo Group where he specializes in portrait, conceptual and wedding photography. Rolling out caught up with Manning to hear about and see […]

Alexis Stanley created UniQurl hair products to save women time and money

Alexis Stanley created UniQurl hair products to save women time and money

Alexis Stanley is a beauty entrepreneur who developed a one-of-a-kind hair care brand after doing the big chop and experimenting with various concoctions on her natural hair. After testing countless recipes in her kitchen, Stanley’s patience paid off as her hair regained its luster. Stanley founded UniQurl in 2018 to support the natural hair community […]

Meet Azureblue White of Table Top Services, a mobile bartending business

Meet Azureblue White of Table Top Services, a mobile bartending business

Azureblue White is an Atlanta entrepreneur with a one of a kind mobile bartending company, Table Top Services. White graduated from Fort Valley State University, which is where her love for curating cocktails began. After college, she went to work in corporate America, where she held several leadership positions, sharpening her relationship-building skills. Throughout her […]

Keenan Harris shares how Jack Daniel’s uses collaboration as a marketing tool

Keenan Harris shares how Jack Daniel's uses collaboration as a marketing tool

Keenan Harris is a seasoned marketing and sales manager working in the wine and spirits industry. He currently serves as the senior multicultural marketing manager for Brown-Forman in the United States and Canada. Rolling out spoke with Harris about marketing for the Jack Daniel’s brand. How do you use collaboration as a marketing strategy? Collaboration […]

Photographer Holland Reid inspiring others behind the lens

Photographer Holland Reid inspiring others behind the lens

Former actress Holland Reid once posed in front of the camera. Now the self-taught photographer is making six figures working behind the lens capturing lifestyle and branded headshots. Rolling out spoke with Reid about her career. What inspired you to pursue photography? After spending 25 years in front of the camera as an aspiring actress, […]

Shaking up the diversity pipeline with Handshake director Jordan Pedraza

Shaking up the diversity pipeline with Handshake director Jordan Pedraza

Jordan Pedraza is the director of support at Handshake, a digital college career network that connects employers to diverse talent at HBCUs and other colleges. Through its easy-to-use mobile app, college students connect with recruiters at companies like Airbnb, Deloitte and Amazon to start meaningful technology careers. As a former Googler and board member at […]

BlocPower CEO Donnel Baird creating clean energy in the inner city

BlocPower CEO Donnel Baird creating clean energy in the inner city

Donnel Baird is the CEO of BlocPower, a proptech startup that is greening American cities by helping residential building owners modernize their heating and cooling units. Using renewable energy and smart monitoring tools, BlocPower is creating better health and environmental outcomes for the inner city. We caught up with Baird to talk about the need […]

Gerrielle Stafford explains why she chose nursing

Gerrielle Stafford explains why she chose nursing

Gerrielle Stafford is the mother of a 3-year-old daughter and a student in nursing school at Resurrection University in Chicago. During the day, she is working for one of the largest hospitals in Chicago, and at night she is studying to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. With her sights set on graduation in August […]