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Black Enterprise magazine September/October 2017 issue

Daymond John Set to Release New Book ‘Rise and Grind’

What we know is Daymond John is a hustler in every sense of the word, but this is not for someone looking for a shortcut or a quick come-up.

$175 Million Memphis Convention Center Project Creates Robust Opportunities for Black-Owned Businesses

With plans by the Memphis Convention Center this year to launch a $175 million expansion and renovation, minority- and women-owned businesses have been targeted by the city to get at least 30% of the project's work. A $6.2 million makeover of the iconic Universal Life...

Valeisha Butterfield Jones Makes Major Boss Moves With New Appointment at Google

Valeisha Butterfield Jones was named Global Head of Women and Black Engagement at Google, where she will advocate for women and African Americans in tech.

Black Changemakers Are Using Bee Farms to Save Detroit Neighborhoods

Although the city of Detroit is known for its vacant lot and abandoned housing problem, the innovation and talent that exists within Michigan's largest city should not be overlooked—thanks in part to social entrepreneurs Timothy Paule and Nicole Lindsey, the founders...

How This Entrepreneur is Motivating Moms to Prepare for Their Future

How LaToyia Dennis launched Motivated Mom to help mothers raise their children and fund their dreams.


Interview With Black Girls Code Founder Kimberly Bryant

Black Girls Code Founder Kimberly Bryant talks about using tech to empower young women.

During the Black Panther release, the Oakland A's sponsored a screening that was showcased to 200 Oakland youth who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to view it. Before the film, there was a panel discussion moderated by the Oakland A's Vice President of External Affairs Taj Tashombe with participants that included Jason Mayden, co-founder of Super Heroic; Elisha Greenwell, founder of Black Joy Parade; Ashara Ekundayo, co-founder and chief creative officer at Impact Hub; Sequoia Blodgett, Tech Editor for Black Enterprise, and Devin Lars, CEO and founder of Kerieo Media.

Cartoonist, illustrator, and Afrofuturist Tim Fielder explains the history and significance of Afrofuturism and how it is portrayed in Marvel's "Black Panther."

JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls talk about their new cookbook, Between Harlem and Heaven; their mentor-protégé relationship; and what they’ve learned about being entrepreneurs in the food industry.

Meet Kiki Ayers, a self-taught celebrity publicist and entrepreneur who was once homeless.

Jessica O. Matthews is co-founder of "Uncharted Power", a company that makes energy-generating products. She raised $7 million in a series A financing round and became the 13th company with a black female founder to raise more than $1 million in outside investment. https://www.u-pwr.co/

Billy Jones started his career marketing events of all shapes and sizes. Additionally, he worked as an A&R with John Monopoly on projects for Kanye West’s GOOD Music label. He also helped to brand 50 Cent, bringing them the technology to create thisis50.com, the 50 Cent social networking site. Shortly after Billy J was hired by Steve Rifkind as the VP of A&R for Rifkind's label SRC and the Director of A&R for Universal Republic Records. There, Jones ran the A&R dept along with running the creative for Mr. Rifkind's publishing company. After leaving universal, Billy started a new multimedia company where he has landed a major deal with Adam Levine and Interscope records.

Jason Mayden - Founder of Super Heroic, a company that creates children’s play and sports clothing designed to entertain, delight and surprise every child talks about why he would rather create strong children than fix broken adults. Mayden is a former lead designer for Brand Jordan. https://superheroic.com/

Roshell Rinkins - Founder of Liquid Courage, a make-up brand that inspires women to be authentically bold talks supply chain and what makes a great cosmetic product. http://liquidcouragecosmetics.com/

Leandrew Robinson - Founder of HingeTo, a company that partners with Athletes to help them build their brands through retail and merchandising talks his partnership with business partner, Marshawn Lynch and his path to eCommerce success. https://www.hingeto.com/

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12 Days of Legacy: Maxine Waters

In honor of the upcoming 2018 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, past Legacy award winners will be featured. Maxine Waters was the Legacy award winner in 2006. Register now and find out more about the Women of Power Summit.

Jesse Williams Addresses America at the BET Awards

Grey’s Anatomy actor and social activist Jesse Williams prophetically addressed America during his awards speech at the 16th annual BET Awards on June 26, at the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live. Presented with the Humanitarian Award by BET Chairman/CEO Debra Lee. Check out all of the latest content focused on the issues and topics important to black men.

Morgan State Awarded $750K in STEM Grant Funding

Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore, has announced the award of a three-year $750,000 grant from Intel Corp. The grant is part of the Intel HBCU Grant program announced last month, which is part of the tech giant’s Diversity in Technology Initiative which began in January 2015. Be sure and catch up on all of the latest BE Smart content.