Sharing stories of those in the beauty, fashion, food and entrepreneurship space.
Teacher Appreciation Week
It’s teacher appreciation week! One of the most important jobs is an educator. Research has shown that the investment in early education improves not only cognitive abilities, but also critical behavioral traits like sociability, motivation and self-esteem in children. For those reasons it is extra important to highlight those molding and educating children during their earliest development stages. We had the pleasure of speaking with Terressa Brown, founder of Ms T’s Helping Hands about her backstory and her successful company.
Women Leaders in the Music Industry
Nichelle Walker is a Chicago native, hailing from the westside of the city. Growing up in the inner city Nichelle knew that she wanted to make a change in her environment. In 2007 she created a publishing company called "NWMassMedia" where she successfully published many novels. With a successful run in publishing Nichelle created New Wave Music Group a record label. She wanted her son to go to college, but he wanted to be a rapper. She was hesitant at first, but says she quickly remembered someone believing in her when she wanted to be a writer. She told her son to bring her something back she could invest in. She says he brought her an amazing song and she created the record label the next day. Nichelle has a conglomerate of businesses in different industries. It was an honor to sit in speak with Nichelle about her record label and other business ventures.
Black Owned Brand Promotes non-toxic Cleaning Products
According to Statistica, the natural household cleaners market in the United States was valued at about 991 million U.S. dollars. Of all of the brands that are a part of this market, very little are Black owned companies. We had the opportunity to interview the owners of Derx, a company breaking barriers and making a name for themselves in the natural cleaning product space.
National Administrative Professionals Day
April 27th is National Administrative Professionals’ Day, also known as Admin Day. This day recognizes the professionals who keep an office or business running smoothly on a day to day basis. On this day we highlight the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. These professionals keep an office organized and efficient.
Love, Business and Marriage
Family-owned businesses currently account for 64% of the U.S. gross domestic product, and husband and wife teams run 1.4 million businesses worldwide. We sat down with public figures, Tory and Teri Smith, who are a part that number. They not only run a practice together but they are host of a number one radio show. They have decided to share their love story and journey with the world with the goal of inspiring others.
A Gentle Reminder That it’s ok To Talk about Women’s Health
April is International Black Women’s History Month. We are highlighting phenomenal women making a difference. Today we had the pleasure of interviewing Leda Toussaint, owner of GNTLE. This brand helps women with sensitive vaginas find a true cleanse and symptom relief by providing a healthy alternative to feminine care without the harsh ingredients.
Making Healthier Drink Choices
According to the CDC, people who often drink sugary drinks, like sodas are more likely to face health problems, such as weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, cavities, and gout, a type of arthritis. Luckily today there are several healthier beverage choices available. We were able to interview a couple who is offering healthy drink options not only in their community but shipping them national wide.
A True Love Story
Family-owned small businesses currently account for 64% of the U.S. gross domestic product, and husband and wife teams run 1.4 million businesses worldwide. We sat down with Christina Sledge who, along with her husband Edward, is a part that number. They not only run a company together but they have decided to share their love story and journey with the world.
Always in the Mood for Luxury
Embracing luxury as a Black woman is top tier. By definition, luxury is something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary. Another definition is an indulgence in something that provides pleasure, satisfaction, or ease. Luxury is the “free or habitual indulgence in or enjoyment of comforts and pleasures in addition to those necessary for a reasonable standard of well-being." For International Black Women’s History Month we’ve decided to interview a woman making history by being a part of the very small percent of Black women in the luxury eyewear industry.
April is National Pecan Month
Every April we celebrate National Pecan Month by recognizing the nut that has so many great uses. Pecans are known to reduce your risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol. They also contain fiber, protein, and antioxidants . They have been named as a heart healthy food choice by the American Heart Association. Pecans are a tasty treat good for any time of the day. While they have many health qualities we also love them as an added ingredient in many sweet treats. Pecans have a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a buttery texture that makes them a great addition to so many desserts. One woman has taken the pecan and included it in her world famous pralines. Recently we sat down with the owner of Mama Dots Sweet Shop to talk about her pecan treats as well as how she has grown her business to where it is today.
Have A B.L.D
According to the U.S. Labor Department, while more than half of culinary graduates are women, fewer than 20 percent of working chefs are women. The figures are even more staggering when talking leadership. Women comprise just 7 percent of head chefs and restaurateurs across the country today. We love to see women taking charge by creating their own lanes in the food industry. We had the pleasure of interviewing a woman doing just that! Shantell Jones is the owner of Have A B.L.D, a private chef company based in Maryland. Our team actually had the pleasure of tasting her food last year and were blown away. Everything was so flavorful and she was highly professional. Today it’s an honor to speak with her and learn more about her background and brand.