I came across the SMAART Incubator during one of my routine search sessions where I scour the internet for outstanding Black-owned businesses. I knew right away that their vision was one I couldn't afford to keep to myself...Read More
Being a mother is a full-time job that pays in hugs, kisses, and success for the little people you're raising. Today I want to introduce you to four women who decided to make their other full-time job (the one that pays in money) work for them. Read on to find out how Kimberly, Genesis, Denise and Quiana have managed to find success in both motherhood and entrepreneurship.Read More
The last Black-owned business on our Founder's Fav's list is Kitchen 713. This is a spot I've visited more than a few times since my move to Houston in December 2017. I'm happy to say there hasn't been a single dish that didn't leave me with slight separation anxiety at the last bite. I was so excited to take my friends and family to Kitchen 713 for my official birthday dinner to enjoy the craft cocktails and delicious cuisine right along with me. Read on to learn more about how James-Beard-Award-Winning Chefs Ross Coleman and James Haywood continue to exceed their goals & dreams.Read More
Momma didn't raise no fool. Did you know that Americans spend $671 million on Mother's Day cards every year?! Well we do. And since we know that Black people are setting consumer trends in this country, it's time we made Black greeting cards a thing. This Mother's Day, in honor of Black art, Black women and good old Black excellence, we've brought you 2 businesses to get your gifts from if you want to make Momma proud.Read More
After a long Friday night of games and good music at The Alley Kat (another one of H-Town's Black-owned gems), we kicked off our Saturday morning with a private brunch party hosted by Chef Clyde Jiles of Mertice Hospitality Group. We sipped on Hawaiian Mimosas, the pastry and fruit tray followed. Then we got into the good stuff…Read More
Since this is still my first year in a new city, I invited a few close friends from out of town to enjoy an Houston staycation with me. My goal was to spend the weekend doing my 2 favorite things: eating and #BuyingBlack.
And Heaven, it was.
Stay tuned for the next few weeks as I share the stories of the Black entrepreneurs who helped pull my celebration togetherRead More
We have officially made it to Spring 2018...can I get an Amen? The snow is melting (hopefully), humans up north are coming out of hibernation, the Southerners are already in shorts, and the birds in the trap are singing McKnight in perfect harmony. Spring is the season of renewal, emergence, and transformation. Entrepreneurs, keep these tidbits in mind as you step into the new season.Read More
Genius producer Shonda Rhimes ended Black History Month and kicked off Women's History Month in a more profound way than any of us could have ever imagined. Her double serving of Scandal/HTGAWM crossover episodes brought together the two most iconic Black-Girl-Boss characters on television today (Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope, if you haven't guessed)...and chile, they had some wisdom to share! Grab your notebooks.Read More
For generations, Black culture has had a profound influence on the fashion world (and every other creative avenue one could imagine). The influence could not be more evident than this year at New York Fashion Week, where Marvel's charity presentation - the largest of its kind - oozed Black excellence. We're beyond ecstatic to see how the concepts of Wakanda's expert costume team (led by Ruth E. Carter) will materialize on the racks of our favorite department stores. For now, have a look at the geniuses behind #NewYorkFashionWoke. See what we did there?Read More
The rich culture, gorgeous architecture, and unbelievable food makes New Orleans my absolute favorite U.S. city to visit. With Mardi Gras around the corner, it's only right that I share some of the best Black-owned businesses I've visited in Nawlins. Enjoy!Read More
We can all agree that the books our children read at a young age have a huge impact on their development. We want our babies to know that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. That's why it's so important to expose them to stories that they can identify with. Take a look at this list of dynamic children's books written with our beautiful Black babies in mind.Read More
Can I Be Real, the brainchild of IU Alum Marc Hardy, elaborates on the Black experience in America and discusses ways to begin healing some of our country's biggest wounds. While the book addresses a White audience, each chapter ends with suggestions and action items that I feel are useful for all races. We all have an opportunity to impact the three main environments that make up our lives: the crib, the career, and the community. I've broken down my favorite action items to serve three key points of every American's life.Read More
When I first made plans to visit Dallas on a business trip, I was anything but excited. I hopped off the plane ready for my nightmare: cowboy hats, horses and enough country music to make my ears bleed (sorry y'all, we don't get down like that in Chi-town)...Read More
We’ve almost made it to the end of 2017! Looking back on the year, I can say that I’m incredibly proud of the goals I’ve accomplished and the growth I’ve seen. I’m setting myself up for more of the same in 2018. Read on to meet some of the Black-owned businesses that will help me reach my 3 biggest goals for the new year.Read More
“If you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?!”
That was one of the most irritating questions to hear as a child. It was also one of my
favorite questions to ask as a child…go figure.
Decades later while writing my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Official Black Wall
Street, I could hear my 6-year-old self asking grown-up me that same question. I
discovered so many incredible Black-owned brands to add to my list that I had to do
more than just talk about them. I wanted to get closer. So I went to my Official Black
Wall Street app and got my Black Santa on. Read on to learn about some of the
brands in my sleigh.