Unless you’re not a social media hound like I am, you should remember the time in 2016 when Facebook did the unthinkable by shutting down the page of one of the premiere black celebrity gossip sites on the internet, ‘The Shade Room’. A rep for the social media giant confirmed that they were behind the popular gossip site’s removal, losing all of their followers which was over 4 million. The page was removed for violating Facebook’s community standards.

When I came across the news, I immediately wondered if the shutdown would heavily affect the visibility of Angie Nwandu’s website. 4 million is an impressive number of Facebook fans. Do Angie’s website subscribers match the numbers of Facebook likes? TSR is known for a primarily social following, which means it mostly exists on third-party platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Oddly enough, it was Instagram where TSR built their massive following…before a website was even launched.

I thought about me and wondered what would I have to do if my Facebook page would get shut down. My likes aren’t as impressive as The Shade Room’s, but if you knew how long it took me to reach those number of likes, you’d be like….

“Facebook is a huge driver of our internet traffic,” Angie Nwandu, The Shade Room’s founder, told BuzzFeed News. “I’m doing everything in my power to get it back up.”

Unless Nwandu’s Email list contain the same number of subscribers, running a website with followers exclusively or primarily from social media can lead to a few problems for online entrepreneurs. There are two major lessons us online entrepreneurs can learn.

 

Social media doesn’t belong to us

You can be Rihanna and Instagram will shut you down with a quickness. (that actually happened)

Social media doesn’t care who you are or how many fans/followers you have. If you go against their rules or violate “community standards”, be ready to lose all of what you’ve worked so hard to achieve. That’s why it’s important to invest in your own online platform. This is definitely a problem you don’t want to have. Especially, if you make an impressive profit.

Email Subscribers are your best friends

As long as folks subscribe to your website, you’ll never have to worry about losing them as readers. Everytime you post, they’ll automatically get an update sent to their email. That means they’ll always stay updated, even if they’re not online. Promote your email subscription service daily, so your followers will see that they don’t have to rely solely on social media to receive daily content. I don’t promote mine as often as I should, but I WILL NOW! A new lesson learned, knowing that social media is always temporary.

 

Nwandu was recently chosen as one of the most influential people by Time Magazine. Read story here

 

UPDATE: (9:30 EST/April 2016), TSR’s Facebook page is back. There’s no word on if it’s the same page or if a new one was created. At the time of this update, the page’s fan count is just over 3,000.

2nd UPDATE: (August 2017) The Shade Room fan count is at 4,222,739. It only took a little over a year for TSR to get their 4 milli back. Now that’s what’s up!!

 

 

Image courtesy of Creative Soul Photography

 

The last time we told you guys about Kheris Rogers, we shared her incredible story as a bullied girl, who turned her pain into passion. The 10-year old was bullied in school for her dark skin, but instead of allowing those bullies to negatively affect her, she created a T-shirt line, celebrating her gorgeous skin color.

The young entrepreneur-turned-model is now BREAKING THE INTERNET with images that are out of this world! Photographed by  Creative Soul Photography,   the delicate, yet powerful imagery of this beautiful little girl displays such a confidence that you cannot help but be in awe.  You can just stare at her images without blinking an eye because they are fierce!

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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You hear of stories like this and your heart just melts! This just goes to show that this young man will grow up to become a very thoughtful human being.

According to ABC News, 8-year-old Jalen Bailey of California stated his bakery business with one primary goal; to earn enough money to buy his mother a new house.

Via ABCNews:

“I just want one that me and my mom can be happy in,” Jalen Bailey, 8, told ABC station KFSN-TV in Fresno.

Jalen makes the cakes, cookies tarts and muffins out of his and his mother’s home in Fresno.

“He’s very excited,” mom Sharhonda Mahan told ABC News. “It seems like the more orders he gets, the more excited he gets and the more serious he gets about his business.” 

Mahan said that her son has been baking for two years. Recently, he decided he wanted to begin raising money so he and his mom can move into a larger home, something that makes Mahan emotional, she said.

“I guess I would wrap it into feeling overwhelmed with joy,” Mahan added. “I’ve always wanted to raise him to be a selfless individual.”

On July 1, Jalen’s Bakery officially opened for business, complete with its own website. Baked goods are priced from $5 to $15.

With his mother’s help, the young, aspiring entrepreneur had to obtain permits in order to prepare goods in his private kitchen.

Jalen’s specialty is his peanut butter cookies, Mahan said, proudly.

Recently, Jalen went to his first business mixer, where he networked with other local bakers and raised money for his back-to-school drive for homeless children. One man offered to donate an oven so Jalen could bake even more cookies, KFSN-TV reported.

“I said I wanted to be a millionaire, I thought that wasn’t possible, but now I think it is,” Jalen told KFSN-TV.

Jalen’s business has been booming from of all the media attention. He has filled 40 orders in three days, his mother said.

In the future, Jalen has dreams of competing on a cooking show.

“I hope that when he grows up, he keeps the same values at his core,” Mahan said of her son.

 

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!!!
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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.

curlBOX

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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Meet Moziah Bridges

Moziah is a 14-year-old entrepreneur who started his own business as a bow tie creator. Mo’s Bows was established when Moziah was only 9.

I couldn’t find fun and cool bow ties, so one day I decided to use my Granny’s scrap fabric to make and sell my own. I like to wear bow ties because they make me look good and feel good. Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place.~Moziah

Because of his gift of hand-crafting bow ties, Moziah landed an opportunity to be featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, a show dedicated to entrepreneurs pitching their businesses/ideas to potential investors. According to The Biz Journal, didn’t get an investment when he stood before Shark Tank’s panel of five angel investors looking for financial help to grow his bow tie business. He got something much more—a mentor in Daymond John. Daymond is one of the investors on the show and the man behind the brand Fubu.

Moziah has also made history as one of Time‘s most influential teens of 2015. Check out the article here.

 

Need more info on Moziah and his ties? Go to his website

 

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.

Mikaila is the founder of BeeSweet Lemonade, a company that she was inspired to start when she was only four years old — all thanks to two bee stings in one week. According to Mikaila, “I was terrified of bees and I would over react and freak out [after being stung], so my parents wanted me to do some research on the bees and I did that research and in doing that research I found out how incredibly important pollinators they are and that they’re dying. So I decided to create a product that helps save the bees.”

After she discovered her great-grandmother’s 1940s recipe for flaxseed lemonade, Mikaila decided to start a lemonade business which uses honey from local bees for sweetener rather than corn syrup. As her business grew, she expanded from selling lemonade at a stand to bottling it and selling it in local stores and restaurants. She also donates a portion of her profits to organizations dedicated to protecting honeybees.

Mikaila’s dedication and business savvy impressed “Shark Tank” investor Daymond John when she appeared on the show. He agreed to invest $60,000 in BeeSweet and observed, “Partnering with Mikaila made perfect sense… She’s a great kid with a head for business and branding. She’s got a great idea and I’m happy to help take BeeSweet to the next level.”

To find out more about Mikaila and order some of her lemonade, go here!

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