Xavier Dillard had a childhood passion that he has now developed into a thriving business. When he was younger Dillard´s grandmother found a unique way to get him to eat all his fruits and veggies. His grandmother, RAW food Chef Sharynne, made a vegetable- and fruit-packed smoothie. She would get him to drink 15 fruits and veggies in one smoothie. Ever since then, Dillard has loved smoothies. Now it is his business– The WoRx, a private label smoothie brand. And he is just 22 years old.
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Many people know actor Dennis Haysbert from his role as the President of The United States in the mega popular, long-running series “24.” Or as the handsome philanderer in the hit film “Waiting To Exhale.” But besides these and the countless other film and TV roles he has under his belt, Haysbert is dividing his time between acting, producing and launching his golf and yoga apparel brand, DH6 Gear.
Erwin Caesar believed in his entrepreneurial dream so much he funded it with his own funds, including his retirement savings.
The dream? To open a neighborhood restaurant with his wife, Dr. Erica Phillips, in Brooklyn that would also become a hot spot for people from all over looking to dine on innovate cuisine in a cozy yet chic setting. The result is Elberta Restaurant & Bar, based in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Serving New American cuisine, the restaurant has a progressive and creative menu, crafted by Chef Kingsley. Diners can get dishes such as the Sorrell BBQ Lamb Ribs or the Octopus with heirloom beans and pickle tomato.
Lisa Nicole Bell is excelling in a field that is dominated by men—and very rarely do you see African-American women on the playing field. Bell is founder of Inspired Life Media Group, which conceives, develops, and produces original premium content for traditional and new media. “We work with a range of clients that includes studios, networks, startups, and major brands,” says Bell, a degree in Business Law from California State University Northridge.
In September 2012, Elayne Fluker felt like the time was “now” for an Internet TV network for women of color. So, she launched one. Fluker is founder and CEO of ChicRebellion.tv, the first and only Internet TV network for women of color, producing original Web series programming.
These days branding is an essential step for nearly every business. Sheila Coates, the creator of BYOB (Be Your Own Brand), helps people do just that. With two decades of entertainment experience behind her, Coates uses her expertise in branding, marketing, artist development, lifestyle and business strategies and creating great images to help companies and individuals—even celebrities–to brand themselves .
It may seem like a stereotype but women do love shoes. Just look at the stats: The footwear business is a $48 billion business. Samanta Joseph, CEO of Samanta Shoes, is carving out a niche with her company. It specializes in stylish large-sized shoes. Launched in 2003, the company reportedly grossed approximately $1 million in 2010.
Black culture has always played an essential role in the development of black politics. In the past 50 years, black culture and black politics has been able to thrive in America with the important contributions of African Americans in the areas of literature, music, and sports. Black culture has now become a powerful force that is among the most popular and influential cultures in the nation. With the recognition of a black president of the United States, we are able to witness firsthand how black culture plays an important role in the progression of black politics.
The latest U.S. Census report on black-owned businesses shows a growth rate three times the national average. The 10 black-owned companies listed here are excellent models for those who aspire to economic independence.
Wally Amos was born on July 1, 1936, in Tallahassee, Florida. He started in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency and in 1962 became the first black talent agent in their history. As an agent, he signed Simon & Garfunkel and headed the agency’s rock ‘n’ roll department. In 1975, he opened the first Famous Amos store. In 1998, Keebler purchased the brand, keeping Amos as the spokesperson.