Kinly app founder motivated to balance the financial scales for Black America

Rolling out talked with Donald Hawkins, the founder and CEO of Kinly, the financial app that is bringing innovative forms of financial literacy and inclusion to the Black community. What sparked your interest in becoming an entrepreneur? I was very fortunate to be connected and blessed to just have the right people in my life at […]

Usher makes surprise visit to students and staff at ‘Powered by Service Youth Volunteer Workshop,’ presented by Usher’s New Look Foundation

Usher made a surprise visit to a volunteer training workshop hosted by Usher’s New Look (UNL), the youth development foundation he launched 23 years ago to provide access, training, mentorship, and support of Black youth. Since then, UNL has evolved into one of the nation’s leading charitable organizations, having helped transform the lives of 50,000 […]

Black-led startup using innovation to create a financial technology powerhouse

It’s not common to hear of many tech startup founders being born and raised in Terry, Mississippi. But those odds did not discourage Sheena Allen. Instead, she used them as a purpose driver and a competitive advantage to start building a financial technology powerhouse. Allen graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a dual […]

James Roundtree shares the importance of diversity and financial literacy

James Roundtree, the managing director of BNY Mellon, was present at the Wall Street Project Economic Summit, where he was recognized for his contributions to the industry. Roundtree took time to speak with rolling out about the importance of diversity and financial literacy. What advice would you give someone looking to get into stock trading? […]

Alfred Woodley is leaving a legacy for his children and community

Alfred Woodley spent a decade working as a corrections officer at the infamous Rikers Island. Working at Rikers helped Woodley draw from that experience to prepare him for two of his biggest roles in life: becoming an actor and the role of a father. The native New Yorker currently lives in Los Angeles where he […]

Lecrae to host new financial web series ‘Protect The Bag’

Inspirational hip-hop artist Lecrae knows all about building an independent empire with the success of his independent label Reach Records and will soon be launching a financial web series to help educate the masses. The gospel rapper has partnered with Experian North America, a leading information services company, to present, “Protect The Bag,” a six-part […]

BeBe Jones of The L.E.G.A.C.Y. Organization shares the importance of HBCUs

As a Jackson State University alumna, BeBe Jones knows firsthand the needs of HBCU students. Her own experience inspired her to raise funds for those students through the foundation she co-founded with Johnel McIntosh, The L.E.G.A.C.Y. Organization. Rolling out spoke to Jones about her own experience at an HBCU and why forming the organization was […]

Master P launching BossUp Bank for people who can’t get bank accounts

Master P is planning to launch a new banking alternative later this year called BossUp Bank to help those shut out from traditional banking systems. According to the business mogul, more than 63 million Americans are refused bank accounts by traditional lenders or are forced to pay high fees when using check-cashing facilities, money orders, […]

Financial wiz Sean LeDree is reinvesting in his community with his own app

Sean LeDree is the CEO and mastermind behind Loop Investing Technologies. Loop is a financial technology company focused on making financial services more efficient for underbanked communities. LeDree grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the Roseland community and is passionate about educating his own as a way of giving back. He has […]

Pongee Barnes gives kids financial education with ‘Little Owners’ book series

Pongee Barnes is a real estate developer, wife and mother who believes that Black children across the U.S. have been done a disservice as it relates to financial education. So, instead of waiting for her two young sons, Franklin and Benjamin, to turn 18, she decided to start early by developing her company and book […]

Lenor Sherman empowers others to build wealth by investing in real estate

Some people might believe that real estate investors make their wealth simply by purchasing and selling homes. But the field of real estate offers a variety of options that require a multiplicity of skill sets. One can be a real estate broker, an investor, a property developer, and much more. Very few real estate professionals […]

21 Savage launches free financial literacy program for youth

21 Savage is doing his part to uplift and empower the next generation. The Grammy Award-winning rapper announced the launch of his new Bank Account At Home program initiative through his foundation, Leading by Example, on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The program is a collaborative partnership between the mobile banking service Chime, the education technology […]

Wealth accumulation specialist Kimberly Thomas shares top 5 money tips

In this time of uncertainty, money is of the utmost importance. As we work to come out on the other side of this pandemic, it is important that we are financially stable. Rolling out spoke to wealth accumulation specialist Kimberly Thomas and she shared some valuable and actionable tips. Thomas has 22 years of experience […]

Meet Jatali Bellanton, founder of Kids Who Bank

Rolling out sat down with Jatali Bellanton, mother and finance professional, to talk about her mission, vision and values. Please inform our readers a little bit about yourself and how you ended up in a career in finance. I worked professionally in finance for 13 and a half years in investment banking and forensic accounting […]

Marvin and Gloria Smith write book to help others fund their dreams

Marvin and Gloria Smith are entrepreneurs, authors, and financial experts. They are the owners of Café Social House, a new restaurant in Mableton, as well as authors of the book The Psychology of Credit and the founders of DKR Group LLC. The talented couple is dedicated to serving and uplifting their community through good food […]

Black female entrepreneurs share insight from 2019 Hope Global Forums

John Hope Bryant is an African American entrepreneur and philanthropist who is driven to create financial inclusion and equal opportunity through his nonprofit Operation HOPE. Every year, he hosts the Hope Global Forums, and this year the event was held May 29-31, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. Speakers including former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young, rapper T.I., and the […]