The Hangover: We've Finally Recovered from The Root 100 Gala (and Gee, Did We Clean Up Nice)

What do you get when you put hundreds of well-dressed black folk, a great DJ, an open bar, and boundless black excellence into a trendy event space in New York City ? Well, if you’re me, you likely get a weeklong hangover, but you also get The Root 100 gala, our annual celebration of the year’s 100 most influential…

She Did That: A Dynamic New Documentary Turns the Lens on Black Women Entrepreneurs

Sisters are doing it for themselves; that was the point consistently driven home by the new documentary She Did That, which premiered at the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival in late September. Helmed by PR veteran, successful blogger and first-time filmmaker Renae Bluitt, the documentary turns the lens on several members…

Doing the Work: How Macy's Is Investing in Women and Minority-Owned Brands

If you’ve been watching the OWN Network’s highly addictive Mind Your Business with Mahisha, you’re no doubt familiar with The Foot Nanny, the latest business to benefit from beauty guru Mahisha Dellinger’s guidance. The Aug. 25 episode introduced us to Gloria Williams, who’d built her business upon a rare and huge…

'I Did It and So Can You': OWN's Star Entrepreneur Mahisha Dellinger Wants You to Mind Your Business

Mahisha Dellinger is a study in self-sufficiency. Growing up in the Sacramento, California neighborhood of Meadowview, dubbed “Danger Island” due to its high rates of crime, Dellinger learned early on how to take care of herself. With her mother often working and her older brother entangled in gang culture, Dellinger…

So Fresh, So Clean: Fellas, Scotch Porter Now Has Your Head-to-Toe Grooming Regimen

If you’re a card-carrying member of #BeardGang, chances are you already know about Scotch Porter—and if you don’t, you should. The Northern New Jersey-based brand has developed a cult-like following since its launch three years ago, initially on the strength of its all-natural, high-end beard-care products, which have…

#OwningABusinessWhileBlack: San Francisco Man Gets Accused of Breaking into His Own Shop

It was the kind of shop that fits right into the San Francisco landscape: Gourmonade, a small, high-end lemonade shop which recently opened in San Francisco’s Mission District. But the shop’s black owner, Vicktor Stevenson, says he’s been dogged by racist acts against him and the shop even before he opened. The worst…

You’re Fired! What to Do When You’ve Been Let Go From Your Job

Last week I was told that my position at my day job is being eliminated. It’s the second time this has happened in the past two years. The first time, it was under very different circumstances; to be honest, being let go from a gig that caused me very real emotional and mental stress was kind of a relief. This time,…

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: What’s Better Than 1 Black Entrepreneur? 2!

Put your hands together for two black entrepreneurs putting their heads together to cross-promote their newly patented personal-care devices! Inventors Ceata Lash and Joshua Esnard are both trying to take the struggle out of hair care while black: Lash’s PuffCuff—a hair clip specifically designed to be nondamaging to…