Top Black Business Stories for the week of June 22nd to June 28th

Top Stories

  • Reparations: Evanston, Illinois is developing a Home Buyer Assistance Benefit as First Reparations Program (Evanston Roundtable).  The city has set aside $10 million from marijuana sales.  It will make $25,000 home buyer assistant grants to any Black resident of Evanston between 1919 and 1969 and their descendants.
  • How Don Peebles Became One of the Wealthiest African-American Real Estate Developers(C Suite Quarterly)
  • The movement for Black Lives has updated it’s policy platforms (M4BL) — It includes many economic proposals.
  • Fact check: Ghana is not offering money or land to lure Black Americans (USA Today)
  • “Black Business” trended up on google, as people searched for Black Businesses to support. Searches increase by 600% during the week of May 31st to June 6th.


  • The movement for Black Lives has updated it’s policy platforms (M4BL) — It includes many economic proposals.
  • What’s life like in Baltimore right now (Christian Science Monitor)
  • How did companies respond to the killing of George Floyd? (Bloomberg)

Coronavirus / Paycheck Protection Program

  • Black Workers More Likely to Face Retaliation for Raising Coronavirus Concerns (BlackPressUSA)(NELP)
  • Pandemic continues to hurt Black business (Spectrum News One – Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • In Moore County, Black and Hispanic Residents Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19 (The Pilot)
  • Kent County defends hiring Chamber to distribute $25M to businesses after minority groups raise concerns (Michigan Live) – Grand Rapids Black businesses are concerned they will be shut out.

Unemployment / Employment / Wages

  • Coronavirus layoffs have not been equal. Here are the workers that have been hit hardest (Business Insider)
  • Black Professionals Miss Out on Recent Job Gains (Pew)
  • Why Do We Pay So Many People So Little Money? (NY Times)

Big Business / Corporate Misbehavior

  • The Black Lives Matter movement is driving customers to Black-owned businesses. Owners worry it won’t last. (CNN)
  • National Association of Real estate Brokers (here) has some proposal to improve Black home ownership. – Funny and hypocritical coming from the single industry most responsible for limiting Black wealth.
  • AT&T claims $3 billion in Black business spending over five year (PR Newswire)
  • Bank discrimination summary by Bloomberg (Bloomberg)
  • Microsoft promises $573 million in investment with Black suppliers, banks, and partners (Microsoft)
  • Corporations pledge millions for Black-owned businesses. But are they missing the point? (CNBC)
  • SECU supports the African-American Credit Union Coalition with $125,000 donation (Winston Salem Chronicle)
  • Donor list for Racial Justice (Chronical of Philanthropy). Another donor list from World Economic Forum.
  • Uncle Nearest and Jack Daniel’s Join Forces to Launch,  “The Nearest & Jack Advancement Initiative” to Increase Diversity in American Whiskey Industry (BlackPressUSA)
  • Women in Banking A purpose-driven CD and other ideas for advancing economic justice and diversity. (American Banker)

Black Business / Interesting Businesses Stories

  • How Don Peebles Became One of the Wealthiest African-American Real Estate Developer(C Suite Quarterly)
  • Black Business Boom – Entrepreneur creates coupon program for Black-Owned businesses (Chicago Defender) — Black Groupon ?
  • Black-owned businesses in Berkeley demonstrate the city’s economic resilience (Berkeleyside)
  • Black run Founders First Capital in San Diego announces $100 Million social investment fund (NBC News)
  • Maurice “Arkansas Mo” Fayne, who stars in Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, has been indicted by a federal grand jury.  (US Attorney Northern GA)
  • Black-owned businesses in Baton Rouge see a surge in customers (The Advocate)


  • The Importance Of Shopping & Supporting Black-Owned Businesses Can’t Be Overstated (Zoe Report)

Small Business

  • L.A.’s ‘social equity’ program for cannabis licenses under scrutiny (LA Times)

Black Technology /Apps / Innovation / Startups

  • Update on Atlanta Black Tech (Atlanta Business Journal)
  • Black woman leads healthcare block chain company (Patientory)
  • – inmate communications service (Pigeonly) – They are trying to reduce the cost of telephone calls. If you have ever tried to call in or out of a prison, you know how expensive a call is and poor the quality is.
  • Shear Share (ShearShare) is a hair stylist booth rental app.
  • Black, Latino angel fund backed by Rutgers is ready to hear entrepreneurs’ pitches (ROI-NJ)

Racism and Discrimination

  • Fed’s Bullard: U.S. needs ‘structural’ responses to lack of Black economic progress (Reuters)
  • Systemic Racism in Alamance County, NC (The Times News) – Including economic racism
  • Economic disparities in Atlanta (Atlanta Business Journal) — Atlanta show how difficult it is to solve racial economic justice problems. Black incomes remain low.
  • Federal Reserve System makes little progress on diversity (WSJ – Pay wall)
  • How the Democrat-Backed GI Bill Left a Million Black WWII Veterans Behind (CBN News)
  • The Disparate Racial Impact of Requiring a College Degree (Wall Street Journal)

Slavery / Reparations / Affirmative Action

  • Home Buyer Assistance Benefit Being Developed as First Reparations Program (Evanston Roundtable).  The city has set aside $10 million from Marijuana sales.  It will make $25,000 home buyer assistant grants to any Black resident of Evanston between 1919 and 1969 or a descendant of said person.
  • Calls for reparations gain steam as US reckons with racial justice (Reuters)
  • Public more aware of racial inequality but rejects reparations (Union Leader)
  • Reparations (Big Easy Magazine) – good summary of where we are and how and why we got there.
  • “What is Owed” Nikole Hannah-Jones (NY Times) — Reparations
  • Dr. William Darity discusses reparations in his new book and on the radio (WBUR)

People are cataloging the actual economic impact of slavery.

  • Examining the slave trade — ‘Britain has a debt to repay’ (Financial Times – Pay Wall)
  • There are British businesses built on slavery. This is how we make amends (Guardian)
  • Legacies of British Slave-ownership (UCL – University College London) – A database of slaveholder and firms from the UK with holdings in Jamaica, Grenada and Barbados.

Inequality of Income and Wealth

  • Which states have economies with the most racial equality (WalletHub) and racial inequality. They have a points system for calculating the score. It is interesting to see the weightings.
  • Dr. Manual Pastor discusses what and equitable economy might look like. (Forbes)

Housing / Real Estate

  • HBCU graduate buying property in Houston’s Fifth Ward to curb gentrification (We Buy Black)
  • The segregationist history of Palo Alto (Palo Alto Online)
  • Black homeowners pay more than ‘fair share’ in property taxes (CT Mirror)
  • Connecticut has an opportunity to tackle housing segregation. It appears to be taking a pass. (CT Mirror) – Wealthy Whites protest then take a pass on affordable housing and desegregating suburbs.
  • Segregated by design: How the suburbs work (CT Mirror) – An excellent series on how suburban communities keep the poor and minorities out.
  • Home ownership gap among many economic disparities facing Black Arizonans (AZCentral)
  • Black Home ownership gets a Boost in Los Angeles (Hollywood Reporter)

Straight Up Econ


  • Show that black lives matter by funding Maryland’s HBCUs (Baltimore Sun)



  • How to play the rap game while destroying young men (Raprehab)

Investing / Financial Markets

  • Don’t Let Blackwashing Save the Investor Class (Jacobin)
  • Financial education could help bridge America’s wealth gap (CNBC) – Ahhh. No. The real problem is low paying jobs.  When you are in survival mode, you don’t care about saving and investing.  Nice job of compiling financial literacy resources though.

Politics / Government / State and Local

  • Federal Senior Executive Service vows to become more diverse (Federal News Network)
  • Fort Worth spent less than 3% of city contracts with Black businesses in past 5 years. (FW Star-Telegram)

There was No Good News this week

NYT / WAPO – Stories from the dominant news duopoly

Note: We always try to source from Black press, local print, original documents or magazines, but the Times and Post got the newspaper game in a choke hold.

  • Are you willing to give up your privilege? (NY Times) — Which asks if your willing to make a sacrifice to make the country better.

Interesting People



  • Coronavirus accelerates in Africa as economic damage deepens(Axios)
  • Fact check: Ghana is not offering money, land to lure Black Americans (USA Today)

Top Black Business stories for the week of June 15th to June 21st

Top Stories

  • Robert F Smith said large corporations should use 2% of their income to help minority communities (Forbes)
  • Quaker Oats drops racist Aunt Jemima brand (USA Today).  J & J will stop selling skin lightening creams (Reuters). 
  • The history of Black business management (Quartz)  — Really good and interesting
  • Black history and Bourbon (Forbes) – Recommended
  • You Tube accused of discriminating against Black artist (Economic Times of India).  – You Tube is accused of racial discrimination by steering ads to different groups and thus cheating Black artists out of ad revenue.
  • Chase Bank Chicago made only 8% of all loans in Chicago’s Black Neighborhoods (WBEZ).
  • Evanston, Illinois discussed detailed reparations plan including housing policy (Evanston Roundtable) – Evanston is probably further along the reparations path than any municipality in the country.
  • Oakland proposes Black owned NFL Franchise (SFGate)


  • Google announces $175 Million dollar fund for Black businesses; promises to diversify leadership (CNBC)
  • Walter Williams argues Black people hurt themselves by rioting (Creators)

Coronavirus / Paycheck Protection Program

  • COVID-19 widens racial wealth gap, hitting Black businesses especially hard (Free Press)
  • San Francisco $1.5 million relief fund for Black owned business (San Francisco Business Times)
  • Black Businesses struggle during coronavirus. Black banks help. (LA Times)
  • Fifty-Eight Percent (58%) of Black Businesses at risk or distressed because of Covid-19 (NY Fed) – Forty nine percent of Hispanic businesses were also at risk or distressed. About 60% of all at risk or distressed businesses said they would use personal funds to survive.  Another 45% said they would go into debt, while 30% said they might close or sell. 
  • St. Louis businesses use GoFundMe to survive (St. Louis American)

Large Company Activities / Corporate Misbehavior

  • Lloyds of London apologized for helping slavery (Insurance Journal) — Lloyds insured slaves as “cargo.”
  • Quaker Oats drops racist Aunt Jemima brand (USA Today) (MarketWatch)
  • Johnson and Johnson will stop selling skin lightening creams (Reuters).  – The creams are primarily sold in Asia and the Middle East.  P&G, L’Oréal and Unilever also sell the creams.
  • Comerica Bank Launches $1 million dollar Black Capital Access Program (Comerica Bank)
  • PNC Commits $1B to Support Economic Empowerment for Blacks (Detroit Business)
  • PNC to commit $1 billion to programs to end racism and support black communities (Post Gazette)
  • Economic justice as a path to healing systemic racism (Technically) – VC firm starts a socially conscious fund.

Black Business / Interesting Businesses Stories

  • First Independence Bank (Detroit) reaches 50 years (Free Press)
  • Fayetteville highlights Black businesses (
  • Yelp lets business tag themselves as Black Businesses. You can try it by signing into Yelp->Business Information->Known for
  • Yelp and MyBlackReceipt promote Black business (Yelp)
  • TruGenomix (MEA Magazine) – A Black veteran owned company with a test for PTSD.
  • The history of Black business management (Quartz) – Very good.
  • Black run PR firm gives discounts to Black Businesses (LA Patch)
  • Essence Communications hopes to raise $100 million dollars for social justice (Business Wire). The initiative is called the “Essence Unstoppable Collective”
  • A online panel discussion on: “The future of the Black Economy” was captured on Vimeo. They also had a panel on the future of the LatinX economy. (Vimeo) .
  • Walker’s Legacy is sponsoring a “Women in Business Digital Summit” (Walker’s legacy)
  • Even the solid waste recycling industry issued a statement on police killings (Resource Recycling)


  • Chase vows to do better in Chicago (WBEZ).
  • Activist was Chase Bank Chicago to pay reparations for mortgage lending discrimination (WBEZ).
  • Chase Bank Chicago made only 8% of all loans in Chicago’s Black Neighborhoods (WBEZ). Definitely looks like redlining. They made only 9% in the Chicago’s Latino hoods.
  • You Tube accused of discriminating against Black artist (Economic Times of India).  Here is the legal brief with details of how the scheme worked (ClassAction.Org). You Tube announced $100 million dollar funds to support Black artists (Variety). – You Tube is accused of racial discrimination by steering ads to different groups and thus cheating Black artists out of ad revenue.

Reparations / Affirmative Action

Straight up Econ

  • Whitewashing Capitalism (Common Dreams) – Discrimination and racism are barely taught in economics but they are fundamental to how US capitalism works.
  • Economist silence on racism is a 100 year problem (Newsweek)
  • Do Black economist matter (Economic Policy Institute)
  • Here is a link to the original “41% drop in Black business” paper that is quoted so often in the press.  The paper is called “The impact of covid-19 on small business owners.” Here.
  • “19 Black economists to know” (Fortune) – Nice roll call of the current top Black economists.  Missing, and rightly so, is Roland G Fryer who was accused of sexual harassment.
  • Old (Dec 2019): Center for American Progress announces council on closing the Black-White wealth gap. (CAP) – Hamilton, Louis Gates, Cook, Baradaran, Kendi, Logan, Price , Rothstein. Funny, don’t even need first names any more, except Gates.
  • Employment in Black and White: Wage differences (The Real Economy Blog)
  • Salary History Bans help Black women (BU School of Law)


  • How to talk to students about racism (Chronicle of Higher Education) – There is some push back on the internet as to whether people are qualified to teach the subject.
  • Texas approve $100 million college scholarship fund for low-income and diverse students (WTAW)

Tech / Apps

  • Goalsetter savings app (UrbanGeekz) (Tech Crunch)
  • MyBlackReceipt launches app, website and Black Business List (MyBlackReceipt) – They are also are partnering with yelp (Yelp Blog) to spend $5 million with Black businesses. Yelp report a 35 times increase in people searching for Black business.
  • MyBlackReceipt also has Black business list. (Black Business List)
  • Ending slavery was a libertarian idea (Cato Insititute) – Just checking if you read this far


  • Oakland proposes Black owned NFL Franchise (SFGate)

Stock Market  / Investing

  • There is interest in Black owned or Black oriented stocks. Three Black stocks have increased volatility (Benzinga)
  • When venture capitalist try and invest in Black Businesses (Harvard Business Review)

Politics / Government / State and Local

  • WalletHub ranks states by economic inequality (WalletHub) – Interesting but little depth. More like a web ad. Criteria is good for scorecard. 
  • Wisconsin’s economy ranked last on racial equality (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Ohio is ranked as one of the worst states for racial economic equality (Columbus Business First)
  • Photo of Raphael BosticAtlanta Fed President Bostic gives views on racial inequality (Bloomberg) – The best discussion of his remarks.
  • We have a Moral and Economic Imperative to End Racism (Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank) — Atlanta Fed President Bostic says racism is holding back the economy
  • Philadelphia could be the first city with Black stimulus package (WHYY)
  • Fed Chariman Powell and other make the case for helping the vulnerable (ThinkAdvisors)


Top Black Business and Economic Stories for June 8th to 14th

Top Five Stories

Protest Related

  • Designer Aurora James has started the “15% Pledge” to get large business to committed to spending more money with Black businesses. They also pledged to carry more products and give more shelf space to Black Business. (Vanity Fair)
  • Sephora has committed to allocating more shelf space to Black owned brands (WWD)
  • 15% Pledge calls on retailers to dedicate shelf space to black-owned businesses (CNN)
  • Five things businesses can do to help Black America (CNN)
  • Corporations pledge $1.7 Billion to fight racism and injustice (NY Times)
  • Pay pal commits $530 Million (Crowdfund Insider)
  • Everyone is trying to figure out how the protests will affect the economy. Maybe we can learn from Hong Kong (Forbes)
  • Connie Evans, from the Association of Enterprise Opportunity, discusses the protest and how society undervalues Black lives (The Hour)
  • The impact of being looted on one Black Owned Businesses (NY Post)
  • Tennessee Urban League Proposes help for Black Businesses (WSMV TV)


  • Corona has ruined the best Black job market ever (Wall Street Journal). The job market was so good that we even saw wages rise faster than inflation.
  • Black Businesses drop by 41% because of lockdown (Bloomberg)
  • Black community may be affected by mass evictions due to virus (Politico)
  • Kamala Harris wants to give $2000 for rent payments or a tax subsidy for rent above 30% of income (Sacremento Bee)
  • Study: 440,000 Black businesses close during Covid-19 crisis (Vox)

Corporate and Big Business

  • Big business has to try to fix racial injustice (Barron’s)
  • Ariel’s John Rodgers steps corporations could take to address structural racism and inequality (Bloomberg)
  • A Black money manager discusses conversations about race in the workplace (Bloomberg)
  • Byron Allen and Comcast reach a deal to broadcast channels (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Corporations have a poor record of supporting Black employees (Washington Post). A nice read on lack of follow through by corporate America.

Black Business Lists and Directories

Racism and Discrimination

  • Infosys, a large outsourcer, faces another racial discrimination suit (The Economic Times of India)
  • Systemic racism slows economic growth says Dallas Fed chief Kaplan (WHTC)

Income and Wealth Inequality

  • The Black wage gap is the problem: Racial economic inequality should sicken our consciences (The New Republic).
  • The Role Of Higher Education In Economic & Racial Inequality on (Poets & Quants). What can business schools do to address racial inequality?
  • Black Americans face huge inequalities (Business Insider)
  • “We’ve Never Had a Purely Capitalist Economy—We’ve Had State-Subsidies for Some and Exclusion for Others.” (ProMarket – Booth) which has Mehrsa Baradaran’s (The Color of Money), comments on racial wealth inequality.


  • Black Lives Matter is about both race and class (Financial Times). Low wages contribute to inequality.
  • Blacks are excluded from the Economics field (Houston Chronicle)
  • Steve Ballmer, a Microsoft billionaire, urged CEO’s to close racial economic gaps (CBS News)
  • Corporations Now Love ‘Black Lives’—But What About Their Own Black Workers? (Labor Notes)
  • Jack Daniel’s launchs initiative to increase diversity in American whiskey industry (Pittsburgh Courier)


  • Biden discusses racism (USA Today). Biden wants to “undo economic racism” and “reform the police.” He also wants to promote Black home ownership.
  • Homeownership gap between Black and White Americans is the larger than in the 1960s (Austin Statesman)

Straight Up Econ

  • To be successful in America, it’s better to be born rich than smart (CNBC) (Center on Education and the Workforce)
  • Dr. Lisa Cooks Paper on Patents and Racial Violence from 1870 to 1940 made (NPR). She had trouble getting the paper published in top journals. The paper is called “Violence and economic activity: evidence from African American patents, 1870–1940” (IDEAS – Economic paper database).  Racial violence led to a decline in patents by Blacks a d lost economic output.
  • Black workers face racism and inequality (Economic Policy Institute). Through, detailed and comprehensive picture of the effect of the coronavirus on Black workers. Highly recommended.
  • Bill Spriggs’ letter to the economic profession (Minneapolis Fed / Howard University).  This one is very powerful. Race is a social construct and discrimination is built in to the system.

Reparations and Affirmative Action


  • We can fix poverty and police killings. Why won’t we? (USA Today). What’s lacking is political will.

Good News

  • Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium won a $1.3 million dollar contract from the city of Philadelphia to offer testing (Philadelphia Tribune)
  • Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce stays active (Patch NY)
  • Community efforts raise almost $1 million dollars for Black Businesses in Oakland (San Francisco Public Press)
  • Ten Black Architects that shaped American cities (Town and Country)


  • Economic research documents black Americans’ struggle for equality. History shows that progress towards equality is followed by a racist backlash. (Economist)

Old but good

Bob Herbert’s “Against all odds” on PBS.

Top Black Economic and Business Stories May 31st to June 7th

Protest Related

Black professionals must deal with White collegues during protests (Wall Street Journal -Pay Wall)

Michael Jordan Pledges to Donate $100 Million (Sporting News). Jordan to donate $100 Million to support anti-racism(CNBC)

San Francisco Mayor London breed proposes redirecting police budget to help African Americans through social programs (KTUV TV)

Walmart donates $100 Million for diversity.(Here)

Target pledges $10 million.(Here)

Bank of America promises $1 billion.(WTHR)

Amazon donates $10 million on Black Oriented charities(Amazon PR)


Covid-19 may force US to look a payroll subsidies and creating government jobs. (The Century Foundation). Europe successfully used payroll subsidies to keep unemployment low.

African American banks pivotal as ever for minorities in US (AFP)

Pay Protection Program

Black and Hispanic businesses shut out of PPP (CBS News)

Jobs and Unemployment

In the confusing Employment Situation report May 2020 which covers the month of April, Black unemployment stayed at 16.8% while the economy added 2.5 million new jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics survey may have confused people who were furloughed and kept their jobs with people who lost their jobs completely

Essential Workers

Racial Inequality Among Workers in Frontline Industries: Black Workers are Overrepresented and Undercompensated (Center for Economic and Policy Research).

Working Black Women in Florida Face Insecurity (Association of American University Women).

Top Black Economist discuss Black unemployment and inequality (WBUR – Audio)

Racism and Discrimination

Racism is built into the US economy(Bloomberg)

Black Americans Economic Struggle (Bloomberg)

Silicon Valley can fight racism by supporting Black Business(Tech Crunch). The article includes support for one of our proposals: Full EEO reporting including race, position and salary.

Racism in the UK Music Industry (Music Business Worldwide)

Corporate america should speak up on racism and act (Forbes)


Bob Johnson calls for $14 Trillion dollars in reparations (NBC news)

Press Release for Bob Johnson’s reparation plan(PR News Wire)

Where did he get the $14 Trillion from? It’s on his company’s web site. (RLJ Companies). Well thought out and detailed.

The Roosevelt Institute also looks at reparations. (Roosevelt Institute)

General Black Business

Chicago Black Businesses Unite (Chicago Sun-Times)

Neilsen has a great guide to Black spending and Black On-line consumer behavior. Lots of interesting tidbits on young black consumers

Small Business

Blacks struggle to join the weed industry (NBC News)

List of Black Business Directories

List of Black Book Stores


There are few Black leaders at large Corporations(CNN)

The four Black CEO’s at fortune 500 companies speak out (Fortune)

Straight Up Econ

  • Congressional Budget Office released projections for the economy for the rest of 2020 and 2021. Not good. (Congressional Budget Office)
  • Summary: CBO expect about an 11% quarterly contraction (or about 40% yearly) contraction in GDP.  They also expect 26 million fewer people to be working. They also project that by the end of 2021(4Q) unemployment with be about 10% and GDP will be 1.6% lower.

Racial Income and Wealth Gap / Inequality

  • Black income and wealth gap (Philadelphia Tribune)
  • Black White inequality in six charts (CNN)
  • 33 Facts about Black wealth gap (Money)
  • One comentator proposes that the Black wealth gap can be mostly explained by inheritance. (Of Dollars and Data)

Good News / Successful people / In Passing

In Passing

Eugene Lothery, trailblazing African American TV and radio executive, dies at 78. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Good news

Black Owned Pharmaceutical company, Ennid Theraputics, announced it was developing treatments for the coronavirus. The company is run by Danisha Harrison. (Ennid Theraputics)(BET)(Amsterdam News)

Dr. Quintin Bullock discusses the benefits of community college. He is president of Allegheny community college. (Pittsburgh Courier)

Old but still good

Mortgage interest deduction helps rich whites and increase racial wealth gap. (National Low Income Housing Coalition)

Summary: Blacks are 13% of households but receive only 6% of tax benefit.  Some solutions are to cap deductions

Defund the Police (Atlantic)

List of Black Business Directories and Marketplaces

Several readers have asked, given recent events, how they can help support Black Businesses. The coronavirus has shut 40% of Black businesses according to new reports. And protests have spot lighted the economic injustice faced by Blacks in the US.

If you want to help Black business; you must buy from Black business. To help find Black business near you, we have compiled a list of Black Business Directories.

The following websites are for general Black business listings. They may or may not be verified as Black owned and the entry may not be up to date. We do check each directory for basic information in several categories: Restaurants, Bakeries, Hair Care Products, Beauty Salon, Plumbers, Tax Accountants and Web Design.

Black Business Directories

I am Black Business (7000 Listings)National
My Black Receipt (5200 Listings)National
Rebuild Black Businesses (2400 Listings)National
Shoppe BlackNational
SBO — Support Black OwnedNational
Official Black Wall StreetNational
National Back GuidesNational
We Buy Black – Online MallNational
Buy Black 365National
Black WalletNational
M4BL / Backing Black BusinessNational
Where U Came FromNational
Black Business ListNational
Black DirectoryNational
Urban ClickNational
Black GoodNational
BLocal SearchNational
South Florida Black Business DirectorySouth Florida
Black Mall   Chicago
Black Pages InternationalChicago
Black Trade LinesLos Angles
Buying Black Columbus, OH
Houston Black PagesHouston, TX
Delaware Black GuideDelaware
Afro Philly Black DirectoryPhiladelphia, PA
St. Louis Black BusinessSt. Louis, Mo
DC, MD and VA Black BusinessDC Metro
New York City BlackNew York, NY
Black Bronze Business DirectoryUK
Uplift SavannahSavanah, GA
Black Owned Business of PaducahPaducah, KY
blkLSTedBirmingham, AL
BLK BookNorth Carolina
Green Book of Tampa Bay (500+)Tampa Bay

When you put together a list like this, you lots of interesting information about Black businesses.

  • The top categories are: Health & Beauty, Resturants and Clothing.
  • My favorite is the Paducah directory. If they can create a Black Business group on Facebook then anyone can do it.
  • We also like Shoppe Black which comes out with curated category lists every month featuring products sold by Black businesses. During the height of the pandemic, they had a list Black owned face mask companies. Very useful.

Finally, if you want to see how good the lists are then try and look for a big dollar, hard to find category like: Cars, Roof, Furniture or Plumbers. It can be really tough find someone Black.

Selective Lists (Curated)

In the Selective lists category, Beyonce’s list is hard to beat. It has a lot of vendors already.

NameType or Category
Black Parade RouteBeyonce
Shoppe BlackCustomized Black business lists in many categories
Black Owned BrooklynBrooklyn
NY MagazineNew York City
Afro Bella Black Business DirectoryNational
Experience Black HarlemHarlem
Curious UptownerBlack Businesses in Harlem
Forbes MagazineNational
Bold XChangeCurated

Black Restaurant Lists

EatOkraNational (App)
Hungry Hungry HookerGreat List of List compiled from Instagram — National by City
Bon AppetitAnother List of Black Restaurant Lists — National by City
Black Owned RestaurantsBay Area, CA
Black Owned Restaurants (SF Chronicle)Bay Area, CA
In support of Black Owned Eateries (1000 Listings)OC, Seattle, Portland, LA, NYC, NJ, Boston, Bay Area

Black Marketplaces

We Buy Black
Our BOM (Black Owned Market)Beauty
BLK + GRN (Black and Green)Beauty(Green)

Black Business Directory Apps

BAOBOBBay Area Black Businesses
Melanoid ExchangeOnline Shopping Mall

Old / Expired / Unverified or Non-Black

These directories are no longer active or could not be verified

NameLocation Florida
Maggie’s ListChicago
Black PagesNational

We are wondering why there is not national update Black business listing!!! or at least a way for all these websites to work together and standardize the list. When we were growing up, we had “Black Guides” for all the major cities, now there is no national list.

Top Black Business and Economic Stories for Week of May 10th to 17th

DJIA                                            23,679

Unemployment (U-3,U-6)           14.7, 22.8             

US Covid-19 Growth Rate           ~1.0%


Covid-19 hits Black Community Hard in Philadelphia Area (WHYY)
CNBC on health disparities by race (CNBC)
Racial resentment to beliefs about Covid-19 and African Americans (Washington Post)

Black women are affected the most by the COVID-19 crisis
Black Barbershops and Beauty Salons want to open in California
How are Black businesses in Pittsburgh doing during COVID crisis
—Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) / Small Business Loan Program
Charlene Crowell from the Center for Responsible Lending writes about minority business being excluded from the Paycheck Protection program.
Small Business Program short changes Businesses of Color
Black Businesses have trouble getting PPP loans (Newsone)
The SBA released an audit report of the Paycheck Protection Program.

The Paycheck Protection Program does not even mention minority businesses but it does acknowledge it failed to reach them.  In fact even the word “minority” is used only once in the document which quickly switches to the term: “under served.” 
Small amounts of aid to community banks and minority bank during crisis

P. Diddy helps businesses access the Paycheck Protection Program
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs created a website to help Black business access Paycheck Protection Program. You can view the Our fair share website here.

The Network Journal also covers the story (Network Journal) has the story here.

Urban Planning
City Lab has a good story on under investment in Black neighborhoods

Economic News
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell say economy won’t be back for awhile in a sixty minutes interview
Highlights: 25% unemployment, no V-shaped recovery, demand will be low as people save and at least 20% GDP shrinkage. Long interview with some details.  The usual fed speak, but it was 60 minutes, so the fed is worried about the average consumer(worker a little less) 

He did mouth the administration Trope about: “Lowest Black unemployment ever,” so he loses points. The rate was low because they ran out of people to hire.  Check the participation rate and EM ratio. Also wage are the lowest they have been for 40 years.  Plus job quality of work life stinks. So, they might be jobs, but they sure aren’t good jobs. 

Academic Journals
William Darity at Duke University has a new research paper on the Black Middle Class

The Black Economic Alliance has a relief proposal for business affected by Covid-19. (Black Economic Alliance)

Lots of Unemployment stories, so we will pick three good ones
BLS April Unemployment Report

The BLS released the April Unemployment report on May 8th with depression levels of joblessness.  The narrow national unemployment rate was recorded at 14.7%. The boarder, U-6 (everyone who wants to work plus people who want more hours) stood at 22.8%.  More than twenty million payroll jobs were lost.
The unemployment rate for Black spiked at 16.7%, but the Black/White unemployment rate gap narrowed, meaning more Whites were laid off than Blacks (proportionally).Leisure and Hospitality lost a staggering 7.6 million jobs of which 5.5 million were restaurants and bars.
Unemployment payments continue to lag

Unemployment benefits can exceed salaries for some job categories

Joe Biden releases plan for Black America called “Lift EveryVoice”.
The plan address proposes to “improve economic mobility, close racial wealth gaps, improve education, and end health disparities by race. There are also some justice related ideas such as promoting a fairer justice system, increasing voter access and addressing environmental justice issues.
Our View:  The mild plan is a welcome change of tone and direction.While the proposals are certainly needed, it’s a rather small and timid grab bag of extensions to existing programs. 

Interesting People
Real Estate Broker, Tiffany Curry, becomes first Black Berkshire Hathaway Franchise Owner
The Famous Marcus Books in Oakland may not survive.
Pandemic may affect census counts in minority communities

Top Black Business and Economic Stories for Week of May 18th to 24th

Quick Check of Key Economic Indicators:

“Real” Black Employment Rate     24.8%
Unemployment U-3                        14.7%

DJIA                                               24,995

Tyler Perry Plans to reopen studio

Tyler Perry productions plans to re-open it’s TV studio this summer. They plan to start production on at least two TV shows. They will follow strict workplace safety measures. 

Study find Black and Spanish businesses are not receiving PPP loans
Unidos US, Color of Change and Global Strategy Group surveyed 500 Black and LatinX business owners and 1200 Black and Spanish workers.  They found that up to 45% of Black and Spanish business owners may close by the end of the year.  More than half of the business (51%) have applied for assistance ($20,000 dollars or less), only 12% got anything.

Here’s the press release. You can also view a summary presentation here.

Forbes Magazine has a write-up

CBS News has the story also

Working black business drop by 40% 

The Washington Post reports that Black businesses are having a difficult time during the Coronavirus Pandemic. New research show that in April up to 450,000 active Black businesses have closed.

NAACP call for more PPP lending by congress to Minority Communities

NAACP would like to see more minority lending in the PPP program

How to help Black businesses in Baltimore

Wayne Frazier, writing in the Baltimore Business Journal, has some ideas for assisting minority businesses. 

Robert Smith offers advice on getting PPP loans

Robert Smith appeared on the CBS Morning news with Gayle King. Robert Smith, CEO of Vista Equity Partners, is the richest Black Billionaire in the US with a net worth of $5 billion dollars. He is known for paying off the entire student debt of last years graduating class at Morehouse College. 

Reality TV Personality Charged with Bank Fraud

The justice department charged “Arkansas Mo”, real name Maurice Fayne, with Bank Fraud.  He is a reality TV start on Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta.  He owns Flame Trucking. He is accused of misusing a $2 million dollar PPP loan for personal items rather meeting his business payroll.  

Magic Johnson and NAN help loan $100 Million

Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s Equitrust Funds Over $100 Million In PPP Loans For Minority And Women-owned Businesses

Credit denials by race to be collected
CFPB lawsuit settlement forces agency to collect data oncredit access.

President Trump meets with Black leaders in Michigan
President Trump met with Black leaders in the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan before touring the plant.
The president read a prepared statement of accomplishments and generic remarks which included his hits: “China is responsible for the virus” and “Black people had the lowest unemployment rate ever.” He ended with remarks opposing mail-in voting.

C-Span has the video
Several of the leaders work directly for him. One leader is a senate candidate in Michigan. Here is a partial list:

Ben Carson Sr., M.D., Secretary Department of Housing and Urban Development

Scott Turner, Executive Director, White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council

John James, Senate Candidate – Michigan

Ja Ron Smith – Assistant to President for Domestic Policy

Karen Whitsett, State Representative, Michigan

Pastor Darrell Scott

You may have missed

City Lab has a good story on under investment in Black neighborhoods. The City Lab link is here.

Joe Biden released a plan for Black America called “Lift Every Voice”.
The plan address proposes to “improve economic mobility, close racial wealth gaps, improve education, and end health disparities by race.” There are also some justice related ideas such as promoting a fairer justice system, increasing voter access and addressing environmental issues.

Our View: While the proposals are certainly needed, it’s a rather small and timid grab bag of extensions to existing programs. It does not do much to tackle underlying issues.  However, given where we are with the Trump administration, the plan is a welcome change of tone and direction.

Interesting People

United Airlines Appoints Brett J Hart as President

Pioneer black architect, Robert Coles, passes away


The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 500 points this week to 24,995 on the hopes of opening the US economy and a vaccine.  

Top Black Business and Economic Stories for the Week of May 24th to May 31st

Protest Related

Minneapolis has some of the worst inequality in the US. (Washington Post)

UC Berkeley News has a piece about ignoring the advice of the Kerner Commission called “The Road Not Taken: 50 Years After the Kerner Commission.”

Here is the Kerner Commission Report Executive Summary and the Kerner Commission Report.

In 1968, The Kerner Commission Got It Right, But No One Listened(Smithsonian Magazine) — Quick Summary: The riots were caused by segregation(White flight) and lack of economic opportunity. Duh. Add in a dose of Police violence and you get a riot.

Blackout Day is July 7th — Social Media is calling for Blackout Day on July 7th. A nationwide boycott of all spending by Black people. In addition people should spend 15% of their incomes with Black people. The campaign is called Blackout 2020.

The hash tag is #BlackOutDay2020 on Instagram and Facebook.  There are details at the KHOU in Houstion has a write-up.

Camille Squires (Mother Jones) asks the right question: “How much do looted stores really contribute to the local community?”

Marijuana Industry should deliver on social justice (Pot Network)
If any industry owes something to Black people, it’s the Marijuana Industry, which is controlled by rich, White men.


Black New Yorkers hit with high layoffs(NY Patch)
Black business is Boston try to stay open (Boston 25 News)
Black barbers and stylist work from home (LA Times)
Work in the hair industry is difficult with social distancing(ABC News)
Massachusetts business look for equitable development and recovery (Mass Inc)

Racism and Inequality

Racism is the reason the US has such a weak social safety net (NoahSmith writes in Bloomberg opinion)
Older piece from 2019 on same topic (Marketwatch)
Black Wealth 2020 details “equality” policy proposals to lawmakers(Charleston Chronicle). 
Black people invest in the stock market at much lower rates than others. (Investors Business Daily) The stock market since 2008 has been a great investment


Massachusetts Attorney General wins $380,000 settlement with ENE Systems over false claims of hiring minority subcontractors.(WGBH)


Human Rights Watch has produced a report on the Tulsa Race Riot / Greenwood Massacre Reparations study (Human Rights Watch)

General Economics

Many of the problems in US society and Black communities can be linked to de-industrialization. Senator Marco Rubio(R-FL) believes de-industrialization reduced Black opportunities which contributed to covid related deaths among Blacks.

De-industrialization(The Hour)
Sen. Marco Rubio proposes industrialization to close Black White income gap.(The Federalist)


Seventeen medical schools with the highest percentage of African Americans(Yahoo Finance)
A majority of first round NFL picks have Black agents.(Black Press USA)
State budget under huge pressure as Lottery Sales have fallen off(NJ TapInfo)
Andrea Harris, leader of Black economic development, dies (ABC 11 Raleigh – Durham)

History Lesson

Sarah Rector was a Black female millionaire during the 1920s. She made her money when oil was discovered on her family’s land. The US Government forced the land to be given to the family by the  tribe who held her family as slaves.

How native Americans adopted slavery from White Americans. (Al Jazeera). Members of five Native American nations, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole Nations (known as the Five Tribes) owned black slaves.

From last week

Less than 40% of Black Business still open (Jacksonville Free Press)

US National Black Income Estimated at $1.2 to $1.4 Trillion Dollars in 2018

Black people are a significant part of the US Economy. We are essential workers in many employment categories such as nurses, bus-drivers, government workers, teachers and warehouse workers. We are also highly visible as sports figures and entertainers. Blacks work in a wide verity of jobs and geographies. Together, we earn an estimated $1.3 Trillion Dollars.

For some perspective, there are about 47.8 million African-Americans(2018) in the US and they receive, spend or influence between $830 Billion (IRS) and $1.7 Trillion (estimated from personal income accounts[NIPA]). That is larger than ALL the spending in the country of Mexico and four times the GDP of Nigeria. Clearly Black workers earn a lot of money and Black people spend a lot of money.

There are four ways to estimate Black income: Ask on a survey, review tax data, calculate it from US total income data and capture actual spending data from businesses. We want to spend some time looking at each of these estimates. We are using data from the year 2018 which is the last year reported by the US census, the BEA, and the IRS. The two non government sources report yearly.

Earning and spending are different. Black workers reported earning about $1 Trillion dollars in 2018 on four important surveys: Current Population Survey(CPS), American Community Survey, Consumer Expenditure Survey(CEX) and Survey of Consumer Finances(SCF-2016). The CPS and the CEX are conducted by the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics every year. The ACS is done by the US Census. Finally, the SCF is handled by the New York Federal Reserve every three years.

The largest estimate is $1.7 Tillion using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis(BEA). It is based in National Product and Income Accounts(NIPA). The NIPA accounts capture all economic activity in the US economy. The estimate is calculated from the total US national income adjusted for the ratio of Black income to total US income. In other words, the Black share of national income. The ratio, the Black share of US income, is calculated from CPS household income ratios.

Finally, There are two other spending estimates. We are assuming that most spending is based on income (past or future), so the spending would be close to the income. One is from a private company, Neilsen and the second is a University research center, Selig at the Terry business school at the University of Georgia. Both release limited top level data and charge for their research details.

They both estimate US Black spending at $1.3 Trillion in 2018.

Table 1. Summary of Estimates and Sources for 2018

SourceAmount (Billion)YearComment
CPS Individual1,1252018
CPS Household1,0072018Used to calculated split ratios 2007-2018
ACS Individual9702018
ACS Household8882018
SCF-2016*9822015Data from 2015 adjusted for inflation to 2018
BEA NIPA Est*1,7142018Split by CPS Household Racial Income Ratios
IRS SOI Est (2018)*829 2018Split by CPS Household Racial Income Ratios
Neilsen (2018)1,3002018Spending; Private methodology
Selig (2018)1,3002018Spending; private methodology

On the CPS Household survey, Blacks had an estimated income of $1.07 Trillion dollars.

National Black Income

How do define National Black Income ?

Black National Income, Black Income is Black Earning Power or the total amount of money available to Black People in the US. Black Disposable income is what’s left after taxes. Black Spending Power is disposable income minus savings.

Surveys that ask about National Black Income ?

four/five ways to measure national Black income: CPS, ACS, BEA NIPA and IRS SOI. SCF. Ed Note: Survey of consumer finances – 2016. CPS and ACS are from the US census. CPS is annual (December to December) while ACS is a rolling 1-year and 5-year data set. ACS and CPS contain explicit data on race while NIPA and SOI do not. NIPA should capture all income earned in the US.

NIPA data deserves special mention. It should capture ALL economic activity in the US economy since the economy is circular. Someones purchase is another persons sales. A business’s spending is some one else’s earnings. Total Sales = Business Income + Consumer Income = Total Sales.

In other words money flows in a closed loop through the economy. The money we spend has to equal the money we receive. So if we spend ($1.7 Trillion) then we earn $1.7 Trillion. Money does not grow on trees. (At some point we have to discuss MMT)

NIPA and SOI data for Black income were estimated. NIPA and SOI data is not broken down by race, so we used the CPS household income ratios. (Editors note: At some point we will have to go back and recalculate the ratios based on CPS Individual, ACS, and SCF data to see if there is a significant change)

Are there other estimates ?

Yes, Neilsen and UGA Selig center offer estimates. Neilsen is a sales data company, so they have an incentive to make the figures as larger as possible while discussing there expertise in the area. Selig is a think tank.

It’s the middle of 2020 and the data is from December 2018.

Yes, CPS is reported in September for the previous year..

Do people under report income to the IRS ?

Yes, it’s estimated that income could be 30% higher than reported to the IRS.

Do people under report income on the US Census CPS and ACS?

Yes, but the actual amount is unknown. It may also be small. The Congressional Budget Office did a correction for under reported social benefits (probably at the suggestion of a Republican senator) and found very little impact on income from benefits. (Ed Note: double check impact). In addition fringe benefits and imputed rent are not included in the estimates.

What impact would unreported income make? Can we account for illegal profits? What about barter?

In theory “Black” money eventually shows up in the National Income and Product Accounts of the BEA. Everyone goes to the store to buy food.

You you could see an interesting scenario where we get our plumbing fixed and pay cash. The plumber buys weed and pays cash. The weed man goes to the vegan restaurant and pays cash. And the chef pays cash at the organic Black farm. All economic transaction not recorded anywhere, but still workers earning money.

The reality is much different. As soon as someone buys a gallon of gas, a bag of Doritos or toilet paper: bam!, the transaction is recorded. And in the statistics.

Barter is a great idea but almost unworkable in a specialized, branded, advertising driven society. The total amount of bartered goods was estimated at (ed note)


Neilsen is a global marketing research firm. Neilsen’s Black spending data came from two press releases: PR 2018 and PR 2019. The company produces is a yearly estimate of Black spending power as part of a marketing effort to advertisers.

US Census Bureau — Differences Between American Community Survey(ACS) and Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC)