Imagine a world where a child isn’t mistreated because of the way she/he looks….

It’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, we live in a world where people feel it’s okay to mistreat others for how they look.

I think it’s important to teach our children that our black is beautiful, so the trauma this beautiful little girl has experienced won’t happen.

Meet 10-year-old Kheris Rogers. The Los Angeles 5th Grader shares how she had to transfer from her mostly white school to a more racially diverse one to avoid being bullied for her dark skin. Unfortunately, the problem resurfaces at her  new school… from her Black classmates.

However, that didn’t stop Kheris from celebrating her melanated beauty. She, along with her 22-year-old sister, Taylor Pollard, created a T-shirt line, ‘Flexin’ in my Complexion’

Hit play below for more on her story.

 

 

I’m so glad Kheris didn’t let the ignorance she’s endured keep her from flexin’ her gorgeous complexion. I applaud her big sis who stepped up with the fashion show, social media support, and the help with T-Shirt line. Nothing destroys colorism like showing the world how much you love the skin you’re in. The ignorance will die when we stop perpetuating fair skin as the only standard of beauty.

Let’s teach out little girls to love themselves.

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It’s a great feeling when we hear of former gang members exiting their violent lifestyle and do positive things. It’s not often that we hear of former gang rivals who come together to start a business, and that’s what makes this story so special.

Malachi Jenkins (left) was a member of the Crips and Roberto Smith (right) was a member of the Bloods. Despite their gang’s history, a mutual friend introduced the two because they had something in common; they both wanted out the gang. They hit it off from the start and both realized they no longer wanted to be a part of the gang life.

Malachi, who also goes by the name Chef Spanky, enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu, and after graduating, he started posting pictures of his dishes on Instagram. His pictures helped their catering business take off and since becoming Instagram famous, the two started their new business venture, Trap Kitchen LA.

 

Such an amazing story!!!
Follow them on Instagram here

 

Source: The Root

Myleik Teele is a former celebrity publicist turned successful entrepreneur. As the owner of curlBOX which she’s started in 2011, Myleik makes it her mission to help educate women of color all over the country on hair care while sharing awesome products.

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curlBOX was featured in publications such as Essence, In Style, and Madame Noire. She’s on Twitter with over 40,000 followers (personal and curBOX combined), over 300,000 followers on Instagram (both accounts combined), and over 100,000 fans on Facebook (personal and official page combined). Myleik also has a podcast at MyTaughtYou.Com, an inspiring space for young, multicultural women.

This [MyTaughtYou.Com] is a truthful, honest space where I’m going to delve out my best advice, quotes, stories and podcasts for YOU! Some women have no idea how to navigate office politics. You will learn that here. Some women haven’t mastered their style. You will learn that here. Some women don’t have a mentor to encourage them to follow their dreams. You will GET that here.”

How curlBOX works:

curlBOX is a monthly subscription service. Once you subscribe to the service, you will be sent up to seven natural hair care products that have been vetted for women with multi-textured hair.

With so many natural hair care products on the market, it’s easy for women to have trouble trying to find the right products for their hair. It’s Myleik’s job to inform and educate the members on how to discover these products and help them choose which products are best for their hair type.

 

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ELLE recently published a featured article on these beautiful women, and I was so intrigued and inspired, I had to share the story.

It’s awesome when ANYONE starts a business. It’s fantastic when the business owner is a woman. It’s sensational when the business owner is a woman of color! This story of three African-American women who started a law firm together makes me prouder of my people!

Because one woman, Yonde Morris, decided to step out on faith, she and her friends Keli Knight and Jessica Riddick, are working for themselves and guess what…they used the social media giant, Twitter, to help turn their dream into fruition.

By Elle:

Every business has its Hollywood origin story—the wee-hours revelation, the “Eureka!” moment, the so-crazy-it-just-might-work experiment. But the tale that the partners of the African-American- and female-owned KMR Law Group like to tell isn’t some blockbuster epic. It’s made of about 140 characters and one very consequential tweet.

“I had been doing some work that I definitely didn’t love,” explains Yondi K. Morris, a founding partner of KMR. “Technically, I was a contract attorney, which means I went into law firms to help them with whatever they needed for some period of time.” Newly installed at a law firm that she is too polite to shame, she was on the clock when a partner went over to check in on her progress.

“He just looked at me and said, ‘Okay, slave, get back to work.'” She was the only person of color in the room. “I looked around and just waited for someone to catch my eye,” she remembers. No one met her gaze. Worse still, no one looked surprised.

“For me, honestly, I wasn’t just insulted as an African-American woman. I didn’t want to be viewed as a worker bee anymore.” She went home and logged on and tweeted, “I need to start my own firm.” Keli L. Knight wasted no time. She replied right away, writing, “Let’s meet to discuss.” They did, and invited Jessica Reddick, an old friend that Morris had known for a decade, to join. “We got together one day in Starbucks and that was the first meeting,” Morris says. “We just all clicked—our personalities, our dreams, our ambitions. In that moment, it all made sense.” Adrenaline and caffeine flowing, they sketched out a provisional logo on scrap paper and drafted an informal business plan to start a law firm in Chicago. “We decided we were going to do it,” Morris says, “and haven’t looked back since.”

Read more here

 

See what happens when you step out on faith?

These three sistahs are making it all happen for themselves.

I knew Twitter would be good for something!!

Check out the website for more information on KMR Law Group here

Reporting about teenaged  entrepreneurs always fills my heart! When I read about Essynce Moore in Black News, I was totally impressed. This young lady started her career as an entrepreneur at the tender age of six. Now, as a teenager, she is the owner of Essynce Couture, LLC, Essynce Couture University (ECU), Essynce Couture Publishing, and the center of growing channels of branding that includes careers in motivational speaking, acting, writing, and fashion. Essynce is also the author of the recently released 6th Grade Middle School Chronicles.

The spa is located at:
Essynce Couture Spa & Boutique
71 Market Street
Passaic, NJ 07055

 

About Essynce Moore:
Teenpreneur, children, tweens and teens stylist/fashion designer, actress, motivational speaker, and author Essynce Moore has been in various fashion shows, pageants, and karate tournaments. She was showcased in NY Fashion Week, and Atlanta Kids Fashion Week, featured in several interviews in magazines, TV, news, print, conferences, and is a member of the New York Youth Chamber of Commerce.

I’m so proud of this young lady and other teens like her who steps out of the box by making their own money. Read more about her story here

Check out her website here.

If you’re ever in the Atlanta are, you must visit Nubian Bookstore! Owned by this gentleman, Marcus Williams, Nubian Bookstore caters to the reader in YOU! According to Black Business List, Nubian has shelved every black author you could think of. The bookstore also offer clothes, gifts, and more!

Follow them on Twitter @nubianbookstore

Address:  Nubian Books, 1540 Southlake Pkwy, Morrow, GA 30260

Deshuna Spencer is possibly one of Social Media’s greatest entrepreneurs alongside Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom. Deshuna has created Kweli TV, an internet video streaming network for the black consumer. Dubbed “The black Netflix”, Kweli TV streams all indie films, documentaries, and web shows for the African-American community.

Read more about Deshuna here

Check out Kweli TV’s site here

Meet Devin Trent!

“I’ve always been into photography. I even had a video camera that I would carry around for my high school video yearbook. Photography Is fun for me. It’s not work at all.

There’s power in pictures. You can tell a compelling story with wedding photos. A story that can make you laugh, cry and reminisce. A story that can really touch you emotionally. I find those stories to be fascinating.

Images can be used to send subliminal messages as well, be it positive or negative. I choose to use that subliminal power for good. I have an ongoing project I’m working on called “Team Natural”. The purpose of this project is to encourage and inspire my sistas to embrace their natural God-given crowns of glory. I saw a story on the news, covered by Rochelle Ritchie a while ago. A girl was teased about her hair in school. Her mother tried to encourage her to ignore her peers and tell her that she was beautiful just the way she is. The daughter was reluctant to believe because her mother was still getting perms herself. Then so commenced the mothers natural hair journey. Now mommy and daughter are wearing their real hair, and the daughter is more confident about it.”

 

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“I believe that the more sistas see other sistas being beautiful in their natural hair, the more they will be inspired to do the same.

Many women wear fake hair, fake butts, fake breasts, fake eyelashes, fake fingernails, fake toenails, fake handbags, fake clothes….. but yet they want a “Real Man”…..smh….. Black women and their real hair, I love them…. I celebrate them!”

“Peace to the middle east, and a bottle of hair grease ;-)”

Follow Devin on facebook: Devin Trent Photography

And Instagram: Devintrent88

 

A nude bra and skin tone hosiery are the basics of every woman’s wardrobe, at least in theory. For many women of color, finding suitable skin-tone hosiery and lingerie has not been an option. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Nubian Skin founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’.

Inspired by trailblazing women, Eunice W. Johnson and super model Iman, who created Fashion Fair and Iman cosmetics, Ade took the leap and created Nubian Skin. It’s been an uphill battle, but every revolution starts somewhere.

Nubian Skin launched with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs of women of colour. Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide and looks forward to growing the company’s offering and expanding its reach.

 

Chere out the website here

Inspired by his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, founder Rocklin Hotep Negash created his apparel and footwear line in 2007. His logo, the Deshret crown, was worn by the Pharoahs ruling over Lower Egypt. the brand takes heavy influence from Egyptian symbols, Pharaohs, Gods, and Goddesses.

“We inspire our customers to know their history and know they are royalty.”

 

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Check out the website here

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