Stories Feb 8th to 14th 2021

Top Stories

CT-Based Entrepreneur Creates First Black-Owned Cereal During Pandemic (NBC New York). Nic King is the founder of Proud Puffs, a vegan, gluten free, black owned cereal brand.

Facebook Launches New Platform to Highlight the Work of Black Creators, and a New Guide for Businesses (Social Media Today)

This map shows the last time each state raised its minimum wage (Business Insider). 74 states, counties, and cities have raised their minimum wage to $15 or higher.

Dealing Detroiters into legal marijuana industry won’t be easy (Detroit Free Press). The goal is to introduce recreational marijuana businesses in Detroit.

With New Digital Banking Offerings, Greenwood Aims To Close Racial Wealth Gap (Forbes)

Three ways the Biden administration can promote economic security for Black Americans (Brookings Institute)

Atlanta Beltline

The Atlanta Beltline shows just how difficult it is to make big improvements for a large number of people when a small, vocal group of citizens opposes the change. The value created is immense and the losers are small.  But getting even the small number of losers to give something up is almost impossible, especially land or money (taxes).

Beltline moves to fulfill promise of job creation with loop’s completion in southwest Atlanta (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

Atlanta BeltLine Seeks Funding to Complete Trails Before 2030 (Beltline) – PR release.

New Avenues of Funding to Finish the Project (Beltline)

Stories

Jobs / Workers / Unemployment / Gig

The Congressional Budget Office says raising the minimum wage to $15 will kill jobs. That’s not the whole truth — here’s why. (Business Insider)

Latina and Black women lost jobs in record numbers. Policies designed for all women don’t necessarily help. (Washington Post)

US jobless claims fall slightly to 793,000 with layoffs high (Associated Press)

U.S. State Jobless Claims Ease While Federal Programs Swell (Bloomberg)

This map shows the last time each state raised its minimum wage (Business Insider). 74 states, counties, and cities have raised their minimum wage to $15 or higher.

Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Some Black-Owned Businesses Are Turning To New Banks For Paycheck Protection Loans (NPR)

Second round of PPP promises to prioritize underserved businesses. Is it working? (News & Observer) — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes Black entrepreneurs face socioeconomic and capital funding obstacles when starting and expanding a business

Jobs / Workers / Unemployment / Gig Economy

Inequality / Systemic Racism / Economic Justice

How Can You Truly Make a Difference for Black History Month? (Entrepreneur) –

CEO of Kanarys wants to see more organizational change during Black History Month

Inequality, discrimination part of Black History (Boston Herald)

Race & Equity: Why tackling inequality is everybody’s problem (San Francisco Business Times) – A universal case to close the racial wealth gap.

Black and Latino-owned businesses facing economic peril get $1.1M in relief from Nonprofit (AMNY)

Black Business

Black Business General / Interesting Businesses Stories

Kamala Harris and Black business leaders collaborate on economic plan (The Grio)

Black-owned businesses, New Era Las Vegas create ‘safe zones’ for those in danger (News 3) — A local community activist is teaming up with Black-owned businesses across the valley to create safe zones for people who find themselves in dangerous situations.

Black businesses are still struggling. This Black S.F. leader says it’s time to change the narrative. (San Francisco Business Times)

Britain’s Minority Businesses Punch Above Their Weight But They Need Help (Forbes)

The Fall And Rise Of Black Businesses In 2020 (Forbes) — Access to capital became a roadblock for the survival of black owned businesses.

Black History Is Our History: Black Business Owners Hope Their Example Inspires Other African Americans To Become Entrepreneurs (CBS New York)

Richland woman creates a new program to help minority-owned businesses (NBC Right Now)

Black Business Specific

CT-Based Entrepreneur Creates First Black-Owned Cereal During Pandemic (NBC New York). Nic King is the founder of Proud Puffs, a vegan, gluten free, black owned cereal brand.

Collier Brothers Auto Body, among the oldest Black-owned businesses in St. Louis, to mark 75 years (STL Today)

Big Business / Corporate America

PepsiCo rebrands Aunt Jemima as Pearl Milling Company, coming June 2021 (Fox Business)

Facebook Launches New Platform to Highlight the Work of Black Creators, and a New Guide for Businesses (Social Media Today)

BET And Facebook Elevate Partner For Fireside Chat Series On Black Entrepreneurship (BET)

During Black History Month, T-Mobile Launches Programs Focused On Driving Opportunity For Students, Tech Workers And Business Owners (KXRO)

Pascale Sykes Foundation commits $1M to help expand opportunities for Black business enterprises (roi-nj.com)

Update on McDonalds: Lawsuits and changes at the company (Business Insider)

Reparations / Affirmative Action / Diversity / Inclusion

Filling The Industry Gap (Orlando Business Journal) — Three local Black executives in tourism, sports and related services share their insight on how to welcome more diversity in the workplace.

SmartSteps microlending program helps minority, women-owned businesses (WTXL)

Black-owned e-tailers are creating a ‘one-stop shop’ for BIPOC-founded beauty (Glossy)

For Black Women Entrepreneurs, Access to Resources is as Crucial as Cash (Triple Pundit) — Companies led by women of color CEOs score far less than 1 percent of all venture capital funding.

Economics

Black Economics

Four ways to help close the racial wealth gap in the U.S. (Axios). JP Morgan Chase is helping to close the racial gap by increasing the Black homeowner rate, Black businesses, and helping with financial goals.

Chandler, Mesa among cities where Black Americans fare best economically (AZ Big Media)

Black-owned metro bank helps communities of color develop financial clout, build Wealth (Fox 4)

Research shows minority businesses have lower loan approval rates compared to their white counterparts (KXXV)

Access to credit for Black and African American small businesses (Chamber

Business News) — More than one third or 35% of Black and African American business owners said they had some level of difficulty accessing credit.

Citi’s $2.5 Billion Bond Issuance Levels Up With Black-Owned Firms (Forbes)

South Africa’s black business lobby hails Tourism Equity Fund as a ‘good start’  (Africa Report) — South Africa’s Tourism Equity Fund (TEF) is a good start to advance black economic empowerment in the sector.

Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce leader Larry Ivory: ‘We have a serious

problem’ (Journal Star) — Ivory estimated less than 1% of the businesses in Peoria are owned and operated by African Americans.

Straight up Econ / The Economy

This map shows the last time each state raised its minimum wage (Business Insider). 74 states, counties, and cities have raised their minimum wage to $15 or higher.

Putting student loan forgiveness in perspective: How costly is it and who benefits? (Brookings Institute)

Industry Stories

Sports / Media / Entertainment

How Black Communities Shaped The Internet (The Verge)

Alta Adams Restaurant Kicks Off LA Clippers’ Promotion Of Local Black-Owned Businesses (Forbes)

Alcohol / Marijuana / CBD / Gambling

Dealing Detroiters into legal marijuana industry won’t be easy | Opinion (Detroit Free Press). The goal is to introduce recreational marijuana businesses in Detroit.

First local Black-owned brewery owner: ‘Set out to make really good beer’ (Dayton)

The Drink Black Movement Must Tap the Source (WineMag) — In the wine and spirits industry, Buy Black soon turned into Drink Black.

Beauty / Fashion / Retail

Sharon Chuter’s “Make It Black”: Here’s All You Need to Know (Teen Vogue) — Brands have repackaged some of their cult products in all-black.

Retailers Pledged Action on Diversity. Delivery Is Proving More Elusive (Business of Fashion)

Technology / Apps / Innovation

The Making Of The First Black-Owned Computer Brand (Forbes)

How Kerin John’s online platform is making it easier to find Black-owned businesses in Toronto (Face2Face Africa) — A Canadian entrepreneur has launched an online store and database to help people easily find Black-owned businesses in the city of Toronto.

African Americans Can Now Find Black-Owned Businesses & Events Nationwide With a Click of a Button (Cision) – Press Release

Finance / Investing / Venture Capital

  • Phyllis Newhouse, founder and CEO of Xtreme Solutions in Atlanta, will lead a $250 Million dollar SPAC, Athena Technology Acquisition Corp., making her one of the few women who serve as SPAC CEOs. (Atlanta Business Chronicle) – Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation is a fund raising tool, like an IPO, without the underlying company.  It is a bet on the owner to buy a company to run.
  • Robert F. Smith, Vista Equity Partners: How some bets on Minnesota companies paid off for investor (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
  • With New Digital Banking Offerings, Greenwood Aims To Close Racial Wealth Gap (Forbes)

Cities / Urban Planning / Local Government

The Atlanta Beltline shows just how difficult it is to make big improvements for a large number of people when a small, vocal group of citizens opposes the change. The value created is immense and the losers are small.  But getting even the small number of losers to give something up is almost impossible, especially land or money (taxes).

  • Beltline moves to fulfill promise of job creation with loop’s completion in southwest Atlanta (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
  • Atlanta BeltLine Seeks Funding to Complete Trails Before 2030 (Beltline) – PR release.
  • New Avenues of Funding to Finish the Project (Beltline)
  • How city planning broke up a Black business district (News Observer) — The effort to redevelop Rauhut Street was among countless examples of government-sanctioned efforts to relocate Black-owned businesses.

Politics / Government / State and Local

  • Three ways the Biden administration can promote economic security for Black Americans (Brookings Institute)

HR / Personnel / Human Capital

It’s not a Black woman’s job to be less threatening in the workplace. (Business Insider)

Education / Healthcare

9 HBCUs join $130M economic mobility plan to boost South (University Business). IU Kelley School of Business receives $1M donation to support minority recruitment program (Indy Star)

coalition will spread to seven cities and will help Black businesses who are struggling the most during the pandemic.

Farming / Agriculture / Food

  • Black Restaurant Challenge: How MIDA Is Giving Back To The Community (GBH) – Challenges seeks to help Black restaurants gain exposure
  • ‘One of the Best Years of My Life’: New Gainesville Black-Owned Food Businesses Flourishing (WUFT)
  • Chicago Black Restaurant Week Partners With Uber Eats (Chicago Eater)
  • Chicago Black Restaurant Week Starts Sunday (NBC Chicago)

Science / Math / Statistics / STEM

NASA hosts panel celebrating Black leaders at NASA (Click Orlando)

People, Careers and All Other

Career / Professions / Entrepreneurship / Businesses You Can Start

Celebrating Black History: Highlighting Black entrepreneurship in Mississippi (WLBT)

People / Motivation / Leadership / Success Stories / Ideas

CT-Based Entrepreneur Creates First Black-Owned Cereal During Pandemic (NBC New York)

Successful Black women in Jersey City (The Hoboken Girl) – Plus their favorite, local Black business

QueenCare To Open New Location, Seeks To Help Inspire Resurgence In Black Business Development (Seattle Medium)

Black-owned businesses: Stow engineer turns car detailing passion into secondary Income (Akron Beacon Journal) — Mobile Foamzone & Detailing is a mobile interior and exterior vehicle cleaning service that will travel to Akron and surrounding communities.

Caribbean / Africa / International

Businesses led by ethnic minorities contribute £74bn annually to UK economy (Yahoo Finance)

Ethnic minority firms excel ‘against the odds’ in the UK (Reuters) – Ethnic minority entrepreneurs perform strongly in tech, innovation and efforts to combat the coronavirus.

COCA-COLA SA TO TRANSFER AN ADDITIONAL 10% OF SHARES TO EMPLOYEES (Eyewitness News) – South Africa.  Coca-cola transfers share to meet Black ownership goals.

Workers to own 20% of Coca-Cola as part of BEE deal (MoneyWeb) – South Africa. A great model for the United States.

Travel / History

Asheville Black Wall Street: Reflecting on 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre (Citizen Times)

Opinion

Opinion: Removing the barriers to local Black economic development (Boston Business Journal)

Black Business Stories for Feb 1st to 7th 2021

Top Stories

  • Why Are There So Few Black Economists at the Fed? (New York Times)
  • ‘Better Business Bureau meets Consumer Reports’: Black Dollar Index ranks companies by support of Black America (USA Today).
  • Two Biden Priorities, Climate and Inequality, Meet on Black-Owned Farms (New York Times). Black run farms account for 2% of the nation’s farms, down 12% from 1920. 
  • Columbus moving company, America’s oldest running Black-owned business, celebrates 140 years (10 TV)
  • ‘Better Business Bureau meets Consumer Reports’: Black Dollar Index ranks companies by support of Black America (USA Today).
  • Black Philadelphia renters face eviction at more than twice the rate of white renters (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Two Biden Priorities, Climate and Inequality, Meet on Black-Owned Farms (New York Times). Black run farms account for 2% of the nation’s farms, down 12% from 1920. 

Stories

Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

  • What it means to return to a “pre-pandemic” economy (Marketplace)
  • Minority-owned small businesses hit harder during pandemic (KSHB-TV)

Jobs / Workers / Unemployment / Gig Economy

  • New Department of Labor statistics show racial disparities within unemployment and job loss (WWLP)
  • About 275,000 women left workforce in January in ‘critical’ pandemic trend, experts say (NBC News). The unemployment rate for Black women in January was 8.5%.
  • Raise the minimum wage—and stop subsidizing corporations that underpay their workers (Fortune)
  • Google CEO and HBCU leaders discuss talent pipeline for Black tech workers (News Channel)

Inequality / Systemic Racism / Economic Justice

  • Zuckerberg Part of $100M ‘California Black Freedom Fund’ (US News) — Five-year initiative will provide resources to Black-led organizations in the state that are seeking to eradicate systemic racism.
  • How urban revitalization was used to break up a Black business district in North Carolina (Times News)
  • Why the Richmond Fed has zero Black Ph.D. economists (Virginia Business) — Bank working to improve talent pipeline, mentorship opportunities

Black Business

Black Business General / Interesting Businesses Stories

  • Tale of survival: Documentary tells story of extraordinary Black community in Tulsa (Albuquerque Journal)
  • ‘Better Business Bureau meets Consumer Reports’: Black Dollar Index ranks companies by support of Black America (USA Today).
  • Why Minority-Owned Businesses Struggle to Survive Amid Pandemic (Investopedia)
  • 6 Effective Ways To Team Up With Local Businesses (Forbes)
  • The cities with the most minority-owned startups (SCNOW)
  • St. Louis program seeks Black and Latinx entrepreneurs to invest in and elevate their business (KSDK)
  • ‘It’s not just a fad’: Black-owned businesses lack support months after George Floyd movement (Global News)
  • Orlando attraction features ‘bright futures’ for Black History Month (Click Orlando) — Wall Crawl hopes to highlight amazing women who are struggling to stay afloat
  • Why Black-owned businesses are struggling to stay afloat (CNBC)
  • Will Support for Black-Owned Businesses Continue in 2021? (5280)

Black Business Specific

  • Columbus moving company, America’s oldest running Black-owned business, celebrates 140 years (10 TV)
  • Local historian relaunches Detroit tour company after battling COVID-19, losing mom in 2020 (WXYZ)
  • Ellicott City woman provides local, global jobs while creating beauty products for Black women (Capital Gazette)

Big Business / Corporate

  • Honoring the legacy of Black-owned businesses in the U.S. (Google). Google announces a new shopping feature that will make it easier to find Black owned businesses. 
  • Black CEO Ranks Dwindle With Ken Frasier’s Exit (Bloomberg)
  • Gap Join 15% pledge (Bloomberg)
  • Google adds Black-owned business label to product results (Search Engine Land)
  • Honoring the legacy of Black-owned businesses in the U.S. (Google Blog)
  • Target expands Black History Month collection (Star Tribune)

Discrimination

  • Boston spent $2 billion dollars over 5 year but only 1.2% went to Black and Latino businesses (Boston Globe)
  • Racism in real estate? Major Realtors’ association confronts the issue (Miami Herald)
  • Black restaurant servers were tipped less than others in retaliation for enforcing social distancing, report says (Washington Post)
  • The Navy’s Racial Bias Report (KPBS)
  • Crain’s survey of businesses in northeast Ohio: Black-owned businesses say they’re at a disadvantage (Crain’s Cleveland business)

Reparations / Affirmative Action / Diversity / Inclusion

  • Reparations, Six Months Later: So Far, Empty Promises (Blue Ridge Public Radio)
  • There are no Black execs at the top of Britain’s biggest companies (Philadelphia Tribune)
  • ‘We need to see ourselves’: Md. woman uses business to uplift Black women entrepreneurs (WJLA)

Economics

Black Economics

  • Why Are There So Few Black Economists at the Fed? (New York Times)
  • Why the Richmond Fed has zero Black Ph.D. economists (Virginia Business) — Bank working to improve talent pipeline, mentorship opportunities
  • There’s a ‘credit gap’ between Black and white Americans, and it’s holding Black Americans back from building wealth (Business Insider)
  • Black households were concentrated in distressed areas of Northern cities years before the federal government created color-coded maps to indicate investment risk. (NBER)
  • The Economist Placing Value on Black Women’s Overlooked Work (NY Times) — Community activism by Black and other marginalized women goes under looked.
  • MLK Lecture connects King’s legacy with economic responsibilities today (Emory)
  • ‘The second way’ to close the wealth gap (American Banker) — Here’s what banks and government can do to stimulate small-business growth.
  • The Importance Of Social Capital, According To One Black Female Founder (Forbes)

Industry Stories

Sports / Media / Entertainment

  • A 50th anniversary conversation with Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. of Black Enterprise (The Business Journals) – Sponsored conversation by JPMorgan Chase
  • Orlando Magic’s Esu Ma’at shares how NBA team recruits Black executives (Orlando Business Journal)
  • From James Brown to Joe Armstrong, Black-owned WJBE promotes the ‘unity’ in community (Knoxville News)

Alcohol / Marijuana / CBD / Gambling

  • Portland distillery gets a boost from Beyoncé (KGW)
  • Get to know Nayana Ferguson, the first Black woman to operate a tequila brand (Face 2 Face Africa)
  • Pot Push to Put Social Justice in the Spotlight: Cannabis Weekly (Bloomberg)

Beauty / Fashion / Retail

  • How Black-owned haircare brands scale up (Vogue)

Technology / Apps / Innovation

  • Chicago Tech Incubator called “1871” help black Entrepreneurs deliver on ideas (Chicago Sun Time)
  • Google Highlights Black-Owned Businesses On Shopping Tab (PYMNTS)

Finance / Investing / Venture Capital

  • Black-Owned Banks and the Communities They Serve (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
  • Largest Black Owned Bank Focuses on Closing the Racial Wealth Gap (Chicago Defender)
  • Top-Ranked Minority-Owned Finance Firm Invests in Future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Intrado Global News Wire)
  • What Biden needs to get right about closing the venture capital racial gap (Quartz)
  • Female-Founded Fintech Makes It Easy To Invest In Minority And Women Entrepreneurs (Forbes)
  • Bitcoin And Black America With Isaiah Jackson (Bitcoin Magazine). Link to a podcast episode.
  • 19 Black owned banks and how to support them (Black Star News)

Real Estate / Finance / Development / Housing / Segregation

  • Black Philadelphia renters face eviction at more than twice the rate of white renters (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Racism in real estate? Major Realtors’ association confronts the issue (Miami Herald)

Politics / Government / State and Local

HR / Personnel / Human Capital

  • Google CEO and HBCU leaders discuss talent pipeline for Black tech workers(CNN) – Not as easy as everyone thinks. If only people would do just like I did, they would be successful.

Farming / Agriculture / Food / Restaurants

  • Two Biden Priorities, Climate and Inequality, Meet on Black-Owned Farms (New York Times). Black run farms account for 2% of the nation’s farms, down 12% from 1920. 
  • What is the future of Boston’s Black-owned restaurants? (Boston Globe) –
  • Restaurants are a major sector of Black-owned businesses lost to the pandemic.
  • This TikToker is on a mission to make Black food history more accessible (Today)

Transportation / Logistics / Trade

  • A Black woman will be the world’s top trade official for the first time (CNN)

People and Careers

Career / Professions / Entrepreneurship / Businesses You Can Start

  • Black-Owned Plant Shop Sees Business Bloom During Pandemic (WTTW) – Chicago
  • Black Women Entrepreneurs, Not Banks, Helped Me Keep My Company Going During the Pandemic (Entrepreneur)
  • Marcus Samuelsson Speaks out on Being a Black Cook in America (5280)
  • Black Entrepreneurship: The Opportunity Gap Explained (Forbes)

People / Motivation / Leadership / Success Stories / Ideas

  • Black leaders offer several key steps to help close the racial wealth gap (CNBC)
  • Good Morning America asked influential Black Americans to nominate Black people making history in 2021. (ABC News)
  • Meet Marques Brownlee – YouTuber & Tech Geek. (BlackEconomics.co.uk) – Another profile of Brownlee.  You have to watch him in action on You Tube.
  • Black Celebrities Who Uplift Communities and Give Back in a Big Way (People)
  • Calendar Honors Black Leaders (Greenville)
  • Black History Month: African Heritage Entrepreneurs in Gilded Age Newport – Andrew J. Tabb (WUN) — Tabb’s accomplishments represent the essence of African heritage “Creative Survival” during a time of enslavement
  • Legendary hotel magnate Herman Roberts provided first class entertainment, housing (Chicago Crusader)

Good News

All Other

Caribbean / Africa / International

  • There are no Black execs at the top of Britain’s biggest companies (CNN)
  • The Unfortunate Truths Of Fundraising While Black in Britain (Forbes)
  • Coca-Cola’s South African bottler to increase black ownership stake to 20% (Reuters) – Employees will increase ownership under Black Empowerment scheme to reverse decades of exclusion under apartheid.

Travel / History

  • Black Women Who Have Run for President (History). Eleven Black women have run for president since 1968.
  • 100 years after the Tulsa Massacre, entrepreneurs revive spirit of ‘Black Wall Street’ (USA Today)
  • The Plan to Build a Capital for Black Capitalism (New Yorker)
  • The National Guardian Life Insurance Company Black History Project, Part 1: The Founders (Madison365) – Madison, Wisconsin
  • William Grose, pioneer, worked the Underground Railroad and founded Seattle’s Black Central District (KUOW)
  • Black-owned businesses boosted by tourism authority (Royal Gazette)
  • Lawmakers hear plan to reconnect historic Black neighborhood (AP News)
  • Great Migration transformed Toledo as blacks from South sought better life (Toledo Blade)

Classic / Old stories but good stories

  • Who’s Donald Sterling? (Vox) — Or how to get rich by descriminating in Real Estate

Conservative / Alternative

Opinion

  • The Country Needs To Do Much More About Unemployment (Forbes)
  • As a Black woman, Tubman on the $20 does nothing for me (Milford Daily News)
  • My history is Black history (Allied News) — too often is the poverty that has plagued Black people for centuries in America and Africa depicted, says Carolina.

Other / Interesting

Stories For Jan. 25th to 31st 2021

Stories Jan 25th to 31st 2021

Top Stories

  • The mirage of the Black middle class (Vox)
  • Inside the Marijuana Growing Facility of a Historically Black University (WGNO). Southern University is the first HBCU to launch a line of THC products as part of its agriculture program.
  • Did Clubhouse achieve their $1BN valuation by exploiting or empowering Black people? (Irish Tech News)
  • Raising minimum wage may prevent infant deaths — and every dollar counts, study finds (News Observer). Each additional dollar of the minimum wage reduces infant deaths by up to 1.8% each year in major urban U.S. cities.
  • Medical school applications surge as COVID-19 inspires Black and Latino students to become doctors (USA Today)

Stories

Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

  • BADG’s Obsidian is a futuristic concept house powered by Black creativity (Business of Home) – Obsidian showcase ranges from interior designers to architects to artists
  • U-M Study Reveals Lack Of Coronavirus Aid For Black-Owned Businesses (Patch) –
  • Black business owners are about 30 times less likely to receive government assistance than white business owners
  • Black-owned businesses hope this round of PPP won’t fail them (CNBC)

Jobs / Workers / Unemployment / Gig Economy / Minimum Wage

  • Biden’s plan for a $15 minimum wage could mean one in 5 Americans earns more. Nearly a third of Black workers would get a raise, research suggests. (Business Insider)
  • Former Obama Official Tapped to Lead OneTen Black Jobs Coalition (Bloomberg)
  • GOP Sen. Rand Paul says that Biden’s push for a $15 minimum wage reflects a ‘hate’ for Black teenagers (Business Insider) – The libertarian belief in “free” markets is pretty fanatical and can cloud your judgement.
  • Amazon Union Drive Takes Hold in Bessemer Alabama (NY Times)

Inequality / Systemic Racism / Economic Justice

  • Preservation can promote equity for Black communities, report says (Philadelphia Inquirer) — Preservation can be a tool to stabilize neighborhoods and to foster equitable growth in Black communities.
  • Black business owners are facing ruin. They need help now (CNN) — Economy stands to gain $8 trillion by 2050 by eliminating racial inequalities
  • How can businesses eliminate workplace ethnicity inequity in 2021? (HR Director) — Targeted action to address mid-level BAME advancement can release a significant burst of talent and energy.
  • New York City expands street vendor program. (NY Times)

Black Business

Black Business General / Interesting Businesses Stories

  • Richard Patterson former Tesla designer of the Model S makes history as the first black manufacturer and designer of a Supercar (Cision/PRWeb)
  • Master P teaming with ex-Tesla engineer to develop first Black-owned supercar (The Grio)
  • Black Owned Cosmetic Company talks about skin color and More. (WAOK)
  • Black Girl Ventures to host inaugural Birmingham pitch competition (Birmingham Business Journal)
  • Black Americans helped make barbecue a cultural phenomenon. Charcoal company Kingsford is helping to preserve that legacy (CNN) –New fellowship program to honor the contributions Black Americans have made to the legacy of American barbecue
  • Sephora’s Planning To Promote Black Owned Brands (Forbes) — Black people are known to contribute revenue at a rate greater than their proportion to their population in the beauty industry
  • Houston’s first Black-owned coffee shop downtown just opened (Chron)
  • Houston leads the way as a top metro for minority-owned startups (ABC News 13)
  • The 2021 Black Lens Symposium (Online) (Indy) —
  • Conversations around black duality, black centricity, black history, black business, black reciprocity, and the future of being black in America.
  • Photos: Black Business Expo celebrates local black entrepreneurs and businesses (York Daily Record) – Pennsylvania. Cute.

Big Business / Corporate

  • Apple introduced a limited-edition Black Unity Apple Watch collection for Black History Month (Business Insider)
  • Why Did Companies Take So Long to Divest from White Supremacy? (Harvard Business Review) – American corporations responded to protests with statements and commitments to reduce racial inequality.
  • AT&T : Exceeds $3 Billion Spending for Black-Owned Businesses (Market Screener)
  • Amazon Seeks to Block Resolution Calling for Racial Audit (Bloomberg) – Amazon is asking U.S. regulators to block a shareholder that asked the company to conduct an audit on racism and diversity.
  • Target apologizes after 3 Black teenagers were wrongfully detained at a California Store (Business Insider)
  • California Capitol Watch: New Law Requires Corporate Board Diversity (Davis Vanguard) – All corporate boards must have a member of an under-represented group by the end 2021.

Discrimination

  • Black Comedy Central employees felt tokenized and used as a ‘taste tester for racism’ by the network, while it showcased diversity on TV (Business Insider)

Reparations / Affirmative Action / Diversity / Inclusion

  • Exploring reparations for Black Americans is ‘necessary,’ says NAACP president (CNBC)
  • Diverse talent leaving accounting jobs due to ‘lack of inclusion’ (Accounting Today)
  • WRIGHT: Diversity statements need to be tossed away (Daily Targum) — Blanket statements that personal relations teams create seem to be an attempt to appease.
  • Bill would allocate 23% of state contracts to woman- and minority-owned businesses (Virginia Business) — Only 13% of Va. contracts went to certified minority- and woman-owned firms, study says
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Supply Chain: How to do More Than Lip Service [Infographic] (GritDaily)
  • W. Arthur Lewis: Intellectual author of CARICOM’s blueprint for reparatory justice (Gleaner)

Economics

Black Economics

Straight up Econ / The Economy

Industry Stories

Alcohol / Marijuana / CBD / Gambling

  • Inside the Marijuana Growing Facility of a Historically Black University (WGNO). Southern University is the first HBCU to launch a line of THC products as part of its agriculture program.
  • As Sports Gambling Debate Ramps Up, Casino Commits to Minority Business Partner (Maryland Matters).
  • Can the cannabis industry be an agent of social justice? Or is it just another big
  • business? (Washington Post)
  • Kalamazoo’s new cannabis cultivation site growing local economy, diversity and sustainability (MLive.Com)
  • Detroit residents hope pot business opportunities don’t elude them (Michigan Advance)
  • This is Michigan’s first Black-owned brewery (Midland Daily News)

Beauty / Fashion / Retail / Amazon

  • Can Made in Africa transform the continent’s leather industry? (Vogue) — To grow
  • Africa’s leather industry, tanners and manufacturers cannot focus solely on getting Western designers and luxury houses to use their leather
  • Activists Pushed Retailers to Back Black-Owned Brands. Here’s How Nordstrom Responded. (Business of Fashion)
  • Six months ago, BIPOC jewelry professionals put out a call for greater equality and diversity in the trade. How much has changed since then? (Diamonds.Net) – Lots of information about the Jewelry Industry.
  • ‘A new wave’: Kamala Harris elevates black designers on world stage (Guardian)

Technology / Apps / Innovation

  • Did Clubhouse achieve their $1BN valuation by exploiting or empowering Black people? (Irish Tech News)
  • Interview: Facebook group lends a helping hand to struggling Black-owned businesses during pandemic (Fox 40)
  • These Food Delivery Apps Are Built for the Community by the Community (Bon Appetit)
  • Apple Celebrates Black History Month With Maps + More (Cool Hunuting)

Finance / Investing / Venture Capital

  • Black and Hispanic Americans on the U.S. financial system: “The odds were always against me,” new Credit Sesame survey finds (PR Newswire)
  • How one mother is building generational wealth for her young son (NBC News)

Real Estate / Finance / Development / Housing / Segregation

  • This time, let’s actually fix the affordable housing market (NY Daily News)
  • HUD nominee Marcia Fudge to push for rental assistance, affordable housing amid coronavirus crisis (Washington Post)

Politics / Government / State and Local

  • Biden administration revives effort to put Harriet Tubman on $20 bill (Washington Post)
  • Pittsburgh leaders encouraged by Biden memo to correct Black housing inequities (Trib Live)
  • “A Step Forward”: Black Lives Matter Protests Forced Biden to Push Racial Equity, But More Is Needed (Democracy Now)
  • Biden signs executive orders on stimulus checks, food stamps and minimum wage(CBS News)

Education / Healthcare

  • Porsche launches new scholarship and guest lecture series at Morehouse College (PR Newswire). This scholarship will expose HBCU students to the auto industry.
  • Raising minimum wage may prevent infant deaths, study finds (News Observer). Each additional dollar of the minimum wage reduces infant deaths by up to 1.8% each year in major urban U.S. cities.
  • Medical school applications surge as COVID-19 inspires Black and Latino students to become doctors (USA Today)
  • Walgreens’ vaccine rollout will be led by the only Black woman to run a Fortune 500 company (Washington Post)

Restaurants / Food / Food Production / Farming / Agriculture

  • Biden’s Agriculture deputy choice, Jewel H. Bronaugh, may reflect minority critics (The Daily News Online) – In spite of opinionated headline, a good discussion of Ms. Bronaugh’s background and Tom Vilsack, head of the department of agriculture. Vilscak, also worked under Obama, and fired Shirley Sherod based on an edited speech she made.
  • Mashama Bailey, Chef at Grey in Savannah has a cook book (LA Times)

People and Careers

Career / Professions / Entrepreneurship / Businesses You Can Start

  • Celebrating black entrepreneurs: James Smith and J&E Grocery, 1964-2001 (Rochester First)
  • Forbes: For The Culture To Explore State Of Black Entrepreneurship In Year-Long Interactive Project (Forbes)
  • This Year Has Been Devastating For Mental Health Professionals — Especially If They’re Black (Refinery29)
  • Walgreens’ new CEO Roz Brewer on bias in the C-suite: ‘When you’re a Black woman, you get mistaken a lot’ (CNBC)

People / Motivation / Leadership / Success Stories / Ideas

  • ‘Black Women Built My Business’: Pantora Bridal Designer Andrea Pitter Brings Her Brand of Black Love to The Knot’s Spring Cover (The Root) – Famed retailer to carry Pitter’s designs
  • Detroit Is THIS Podcast: Roslyn Karamoko CEO of Détroit Is The New Black on Building and Growing a Retail Business in Detroit (Detroit is It)
  • Black Sands Entertainment’s Manuel Godoy Reflects on Running a Black-Owned Comic Publisher (CBR)
  • Meet The Black Female Founder Making Superfood Wellness Affordable (Forbes)
  • Doctors, Patients Reflect On Dr. Justina Ford Day, Honoring Denver’s First Licensed Black Female Doctor (CBS Denver)

In Passing

  • Bettyjean C. Murphy, City’s first woman, African-American developer, ‘never backed down, never gave up’ (Baltimore Afro-American)

All Other

Travel / History

  • Emmett Till’s brutal murder changed America. Now his home is a historic landmark. (Washington Post)
  • 7 destinations to visit in the US to learn about Black history (Business Insider)
  • How the Tulsa Race Massacre Was Covered Up (History)

Conservative / Alternative

  • A $15 Federal Minimum Wage: An Anchor on Struggling Businesses (Heritage.Org)
  • Is ‘Stakeholder Capitalism’ Newspeak for Economic Fascism? (FEE.Org) – Same stuff: Individuals collectively act in societies best interest and markets are the best way to transmit information for decision making in society.
  • Government’s ‘help’ is not great for minorities (Pittsburgh Tribune)

Opinion

  • How Biden Can include social science research in Executive branch policy making (Washington Monthly) – Features Dr. Alondra Nelson.  The case for a presidential social science council.
  • The facts might lead to uncomfortable conclusions about race in the United States.

Stories Jan 18th to 24th 2021

Top Stories

  • Biden claims his $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan will cut child poverty in half — here’s how (CNBC). This plan is expected to have the greatest impact on Black and Hispanic families.
  • Jay-Z raises $10 million for a fund designed to invest in minority-owned cannabis businesses following the industry’s largest-ever SPAC (Business Insider)
  • The case for buying climate tech from BIPOC and women-owned suppliers (Green Biz). Being committed to climate justice includes buying from Black and women-owned suppliers.
  • How one mother is building generational wealth for her young son (CNBC
  • GOP Sen. Rand Paul says that Biden’s push for a $15 minimum wage reflects a ‘hate’ for Black teenagers (Business Insider)
  • The Trump economy left Black Americans behind. Here’s how they want Biden to narrow the gaps. (Washington Post)

Stories

Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

  • Biden claims his $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan will cut child poverty in half — here’s how (CNBC). This plan is expected to have the greatest impact on Black and Hispanic families.
  • Lawsuit Over Minority-Owned Colorado Business Relief Prompts Expanded COVID Bill (Patch)
  • Q&A: U-M researcher says Black businesses shorted in first PPP loans (Bridge)
  • Raleigh’s new black-owned Black Friday Market thriving downtown despite COVID-19 downturn (CBS17)
  • The inequities of PPP: Megachurches receive money ahead of small businesses (ABC7)

Jobs / Workers / Unemployment / Gig Economy

  • How the American Unemployment System Failed (New York Times)
  • The Future Is Female And So Are The Job Losses: Women Impacted As 900,000 File For Unemployment (Forbes)
  • Black, Asian and minority-ethnic UK workers hit worst by Covid job cuts (Guardian)
  • CEOs are driving an initiative to hire, train 1M Black workers over next 10 years (Fox Business)
  • Joe Biden pledges to address pay, systemic racism: ‘Black and Latino unemployment gap remains too large’ (USA Today)
  • The case for buying climate tech from BIPOC and women-owned suppliers (Green Biz) — The climate-friendly transition could provide an opportunity to create a more just workforce — one that includes more women and underrepresented people of color at all levels of leadership and ownership.
  • Apple commits $100 million to racial equity programs while disclosing its own diversity hiring record (Dallas News)

Inequality / Systemic Racism / Economic Justice

  • The Trump economy left Black Americans behind. Here’s how they want Biden to narrow the gaps. (Washington Post)
  • Maryland’s House speaker crafts ambitious ‘Black Agenda’ to close equity gaps | COMMENTARY (Baltimore Sun) – Black Agenda is racial equity plan aimed at closing the race gap in areas such as homeownership, health and wealth.
  • Women and Minority Founders Still Vastly Underfunded, New Report Finds (Entrepreneur)
  • We are learning more about diversity at tech companies, but it isn’t good news (Market Watch) — Tech companies are struggling to increase percentage of underrepresented races while entangled in high-profile controversies related to how minority employees are treated

Black Business

Black Business General / Interesting Businesses Stories

  • Black entrepreneurs in Tulsa’s Greenwood district feel threatened (Washington Post)
  • More attention placed on minority-owned startups (News-Press Now)
  • In a survey, minority business owners say local chambers ‘too white’ (VT Digger) – State’s chambers of commerce aren’t doing enough to make minority business owners feel welcome.
  • Mentorship program for Black women in business starts during pandemic (CBC)
  • Family owned and operated business in Norfolk working to help increase Black wealth in the community (Wavy)
  • KC’s Black-owned business are much more than restaurants (Kansas City Business Journal)
  • Ryerson Student Creates Black-owned business directory, app to Launch Next Month (Eye Opener)
  • D.C. Black-owned businesses prepare for inauguration week amid threats of violence (The Grio)
  • Funeral homes forced to adapt during COVID-19 pandemic (WCJB)

Black Business Specific

  • How a ‘love affair with Black literature’ kept Lansdale’s Black Reserve Bookstore alive (WHYY)
  • How a Black-owned glassware company found success during the pandemic (CBS News)

Big Business / Corporate

  • Brands Want to Tell Stories of Inclusion. Marketing Leaders Should Listen Instead. (Entrepreneur)
  • Many Brands Stay Committed To Amplifying Black-Owned Businesses (Digital Media Solutions)
  • Google CEO to meet with Black college leaders following racism allegations (Philly Tribune)

Discrimination

  • Experts: Racial Income Gap Still Wide (Memphis Flyer)
  • Race in South Africa: ‘We haven’t learnt we are human beings first’ (BBC News) — Legal discrimination along racial lines in South Africa ended with the demise of apartheid but racial categorisation is still being used by the government for monitoring economic changes
  • In ‘battle for the soul of Salem,’ a Black business owner is targeted (Washington Post)
  • New York’s smallest businesses will no longer be supervised by police (Quartz)

Reparations / Affirmative Action / Diversity / Inclusion

  • CEOs are driving an initiative to hire, train 1M Black workers over next 10 years (Fox Business
  • Black Lives Matter: A call to action for HR (HR Executive) — MBA students at historically Black colleges and universities, want business leaders to hear their vision for an all-inclusive workplace of the future.
  • Will Vice President Kamala Harris change how corporate America sees and treats Black women? (USA Today)
  • 3 women of colour on how to boost diversity from the outside in (World Economic Forum) – Kind of behind the US.

Economics

Black Economics

  • The Federal Reserve starts to consider racial impact of policies (Morning Brew)
  • Biden Day One: Economic Recovery (UDaily) — Biden-Harris administration’s top four priorities: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change.
  • Obtaining grant funding a challenge for many Black-owned businesses (Times Weekly)
  • Black Girl Finance: Raiding her son’s account inspired Selina Flavius to help minorities manage their money (I news)
  • Maryland lawmaker pushes for a state bank to help bridge wealth divide (Baltimore Business Journal)
  • Digital Black-owned bank aims to tackle economic injustice (ABC News)
  • The new plantation: Black people in Asheville’s economy today (Citizen Times) — Out of $118 million in contracts in 2018, only 0.5% went to African Americans.

Industry Stories

Sports / Media / Entertainment

  • Former Oakland A, Dave Stewart, makes $115M bid for Oakland’s Coliseum site share (NBC Sports)
  • Sean “Diddy” Combs Invests In Digital Platform That Celebrates Black-Owned Beauty Brands (newsone)
  • Why so few black skiers and ballet dancers? (AAAS) – New book: The color of culture

Alcohol / Marijuana / CBD / Gambling

  • Jay-Z raises $10 million for a fund designed to invest in minority-owned cannabis businesses following the industry’s largest-ever SPAC (Business Insider)
  • New Michigan marijuana taxes, stock market proposed to boost minority business investment (mLive)
  • Jay-Z starting $10 million fund for minority-owned marijuana businesses (NY Daily News)
  • Pot in Seattle is too white: Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force shaping plan to create new opportunities in state’s retail marijuana industry (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog) – If you want to start a business, Marijuana is it.

Beauty / Fashion / Retail

  • The Creator of Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Night Dress on Supporting Black Designers (Time)

Technology / Apps / Innovation

  • Innovative All-Woman Tech Startup Creating First of Its Kind Interactive Mobile App On Black History (The Register Citizen). This app is designed to shine a light on America’s rich Black history using Augmented Reality.
  • The case for buying climate tech from BIPOC and women-owned suppliers (Green Biz). Being committed to climate justice includes buying from Black and women-owned suppliers.
  • This Nigerian-American Launches “MelaninPeople” A New Social Media App for Black and Brown People of Color Worldwide (EIN)

Finance / Investing / Venture Capital

  • Repairing Blacks’ pathway to wealth (NY Daily News)
  • More than 50 years after the Civil Rights movement, Black Americans still face discrimination in banking. But pro sports teams can help change that. (Business Insider)
  • How one mother is building generational wealth for her young son (CNBC

Real Estate / Finance / Development / Housing / Segregation

  • For Black homeowners, a common conundrum with appraisals (Washington Post)
  • Survey shows rent debt to be disproportionately distributed among minorities (Kirkland Reporter)
  • A D.C. developer received a presidential pardon. Now, a neglected neighborhood hopes he will show mercy to a cherished community hub. (Washington Post)
  • ‘Controlled Destruction’: How Urban Renewal Changed Nyack Permanently (Nyack News & Views) – Shaped by a hidden legacy of racism.

Cities / Urban Planning / Local Government

  • Cantrell promises better minority contracting in ‘most Afrocentric city in US’. (4WWL). New Orleans Mayor is revamping the Office of Supplier Diversity, making sure diverse businesses receive at least 35 percent of city contracts

Politics / Government / State and Local

  • Black-owned businesses to get aid under Biden Administration (Erie News Now)
  • What Minority-Owned Small Businesses Can Expect From A Biden-Harris Administration (Forbes)
  • Some Black activists skeptical about mayor’s racial alliance despite recent directive (Lansing State Journal)
  • Black politicians launch training program called Black Bench, for next generation (Chicago Sun-Times)

Education / Healthcare

  • Study: Life expectancy in African Americans decreased due to pandemic (WSOCTV)
  • How Black barbers have become mental health advocates for African American men (CNN). The Confess Project Barber Coalition is a non-profit that allows Black men to deal with racial issues and become better versions of themselves.
  • How Atlanta’s historically Black colleges and universities landed millions from Apple, Southern Co. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
  • Understanding the Role of Race in Business (Pittwire) — While business schools traditionally have addressed race in the context of interpersonal relations, Harper’s course takes a much broader perspective
  • Walker’s Legacy, Howard University Launch Scholarship Fund For Women Entrepreneurs (Newsone)

Farming / Agriculture / Food / Restaurants

People and Careers

People / Motivation / Leadership / Success Stories / Ideas

  • Charlene Izere: Empowering the Lives of Black Women in Entrepreneurship and Transforming Their Lives for the Better (London Daily Post) – Charlene Izere owns three successful businesses that help to equip and support black women, all of which have propelled her to the forefront of the entrepreneurial world and the black community.
  • Meet the economist charged with keeping Biden’s promises to women and people of color (Washington Post)
  • Even in retirement, Ron Leeper is focused on making Charlotte better. (QCityMetro)

All Other

Travel / History

  • The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project tackles the past, present (Baltimore Sun)

Conservative / Alternative

  • GOP Sen. Rand Paul says that Biden’s push for a $15 minimum wage reflects a ‘hate’ for Black teenagers (Business Insider)

Opinion

  • Opinion: We can advance real social equality in Washington (Puget Sound Business Journal) — Research from McKinsey & Co. demonstrates that diversity in the workplace creates more resilient and profitable organizations
  • This MLK Day, Congress should remember Dr. King’s economic agenda (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Stories for Jan 11th to 17th

Top Stories

  • Good News For Minority-Owned Businesses: Community Banks Get First Crack At The New Round Of PPP Loans (Forbes)
  • New PPP Regulations to Prioritize Minority-Owned Business Applauded By Black Business Owners (Food & Beverage) — A third round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) opened on Jan. 11, prioritizing minority-owned businesses and community lenders.
  • TikTok Launches ‘Black Creatives’ Program to Foster New Talent (TikTok Newsroom)
  • The Work Diary of an Executive Who Must Find Just the Right Words (New York Times) — One of the youngest Black C-suite executives on Wall Street, Ms. Patrick, 31, has rocketed through her field since graduating nine years ago from Princeton as a classics major.
  • Bitcoin’s roller-coaster ride shows why people should be cautious before investing in cryptocurrency (CNBC). However, buying in the long run can lead to financial freedom for African Americans. Bitcoin is a good savings ‘Plan B’ for Black investors, says Isaiah Jackson (CNBC). Same story as above, slightly different perspective.
  • The Basic Facts About Children in Poverty (Center for American Progress) – Long with all the details.  A great resource on child poverty.

All Stories

Protest / Social Justice

  • Fast food workers go on strike in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. (CNN)

Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

  • Good News For Minority-Owned Businesses: Community Banks Get First Crack At The New Round Of PPP Loans (Forbes)
  • NC leads nearby states in vaccine distribution to African-Americans (WWAY 3)
  • BIPOC-owned businesses get an early shot at third round of PPP loans (Fox 9)
  • What Will 2nd Round Of PPP Loans Mean For Charlotte’s Black Businesses? (WFAE) — Businesses can begin applying for another round of Paycheck Protection Program loans this week. Only a small fraction of Black-owned businesses has received loans as part of the CARES Act.
  • New PPP Regulations to Prioritize Minority-Owned Business Applauded By Black Business Owners (Food & Beverage) — A third round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) opened on Jan. 11, prioritizing minority-owned businesses and community lenders.
  • More Businesses Will be Able to Apply for PPP Loans Next Week (The New York Times) — After giving small lenders a head start, the Paycheck Protection Program will open for all applicants on Tuesday, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.
  • PPP Loan Program Reopens with Emphasis on Minority-Owned Businesses (NBC Miami) — The third round of the loan program is prioritizing applications from small community financial institutions on the first days of reopening.
  • COVID-19 job losses will worsen L.A. homelessness by 2023, new report says (LA Times) – There are and estimate 129,000 homeless people in California and 66,000 in LA County. The report by the Economic Roundtable is here. – Report has lots of statistics but focuses on low wages causing homelessness.

Jobs / Workers / Unemployment / Gig Economy

  • Once again, job losses fall unequally across the US economy (Boston.Com)
  • When Identities Collide: Being A Black Woman Working Alongside The Police (Madame Noire)
  • Netflix has doubled its Black workforce since 2017, but says it still needs to hire more Latinos (Philadelphia Tribune) — The company’s new demographic data shows its Black US employee population grew from 3.8% of its workforce in 2017 to 8% in 2020.

Inequality / Systemic Racism / Economic Justice

  • The Basic Facts About Children in Poverty (Center for American Progress) – Long with all the details.  A great resource on child poverty.
  • How social networks impact economic mobility in Racine, WI, San Francisco, CA, and Washington, DC (Brookings)

Black Business

Black Business General / Interesting Businesses Stories

  • Black-owned businesses on San Antonio’s East Side to host socially distanced MLK Day block party (SA Current) — The MLK Day march may be virtual for 2021, but several local businesses are offering a socially distanced in-person celebration on the city’s East side, mySA reports.
  • Looking ahead for local Black business owners this Martin Luther King Day (Standard Examiner) — As Black business owners continue to look ahead this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there are some key considerations that can be made to plan for a future where certainty is categorically uncertain.
  • Innovative Black Business Incubator Brings New Opportunities to West Louisville (Spectrum News 1) — An exciting, innovative Black business incubator is bringing new opportunities to West Louisville.
  • Manasota Black Chamber, USF partner to highlight opportunities for small businesses (Bradenton) — The Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce and the University of South Florida are partnering on an online seminar for small business owners to learn how to register as a vendor to do business with USF.
  • PenFed Foundation wants to jump-start Black veteran owned businesses (Connecting Vets) — A challenge supporting Black veteran, active duty, Guard, Reserve, and military spouse entrepreneurs has been launched by the PenFed Foundation.
  • Local online website designed to help Black-owned business expands nationwide (ABC 7) — Spicy Green Book started off as a website designed to help local Black-owned businesses, now it’s a nation-wide guide and there’s even an app.
  • 61 Must-Try Black-Owned Restaurants in the U.S. (Woman’s Day) — Support the Black community by patronizing any one (or all!) of these Black-owned restaurants.
  • 36 Years of Vegan Soul Food: How Simply Wholesome Built A Black Utopia of Wellness in L.A. (LA Taco) — Everything about Simply Wholesome feels like a small Black utopia of wellness.
  • Here’s how large companies are helping minority-owned businesses in Charlotte (WCNC Charlotte) — Minority-owned businesses in Charlotte now have a new chance to grow their business thanks to some of the city’s biggest names.

Black Business Specific

  • Local woman launches magazine to support Black-owned businesses (Kansas City)
  • Young pastry chef develops successful online bakery business (Khon2) — A young pastry chef in Brooklyn, New York is mixing her love of baking and a keen sense of business to create a unique virtual business.
  • Local entrepreneur launches magazine to support Black-owned businesses (The Kansas City Star)
  • Ashley Walker open Smoothie business in former Ice Cream shop in Riviera Beach, FL (WPTV)

Big Business / Corporate

  • Starbucks pledges $100 million to help small businesses and Black communities (CNBC)
  • Fiserv offers grants to Metro Atlanta’s minority-owned small businesses in Metro Atlanta (MDJ Online) — Back2Business program is offered by Fiserv Inc., a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based payments and financial services technology company.
  • Apple invests $10 million in venture capital firm focused on diverse founders (CNBC)
  • TikTok Launches ‘Black Creatives’ Program to Foster New Talent (TikTok Newsroom)
  • Apple to Open Developer Academy, Provide Funding for Minority Entrepreneurs (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Black Girl Ventures Reveals Plans for Nike’s $500,000 Investment (WWD) – Shelly Bell, founder and chief executive officer of Black Girl Ventures, has set in motion plans to allocate the $500,000 investment from Nike Inc.
  • Sephora’s plan to combat racial bias: Fewer security guards, more Black-owned brands, and new protocols (Philadelphia Inquirer) – Sephora outlines its plan for more inclusivity.
  • Comcast program to help boost Black-owned Memphis businesses (Memphis Business Journal) – Comcast helping Black Businesses during a time when they need it most.
  • Fluent Announces Recipients of Inaugural Business Empowerment Program to Support Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (Yahoo Finance) – Fluent announced the recipients of its first Business Empowerment Program.

Reparations / Affirmative Action / Diversity / Inclusion

  • In First Act of New Congress, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Introduces Reparations Bill (Seattle Medium)
  • Organizers Of D.C. March For Reparations Say They Won’t ‘Cower In Fear Of Terrorist Threats’ (DCist)
  • Netflix has doubled its Black workforce since 2017, but says it still needs to hire more Latinos (CNN)
  • HP Unveils Bold Goals to Advance Racial Equality and Social Justice (3BL Alerts) – HP strategy involves identifying and executing on the biggest opportunities we have as a company to drive societal change, first in the U.S., then globally.
  • Expert: Targeted relief needed for minority business owners (WCBS 880) — Black and brown business owners are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic in ways that makes general government relief harder to obtain and be effective.
  • What 10 Black and Latinx entrepreneurs say they need to succeed in Philadelphia (Technically) — More easily accessible resources, mentorship, earlier institutional support, better representation among decision makers and support for capacity building all emerged as calls from these local founders of color.
  • Richmond Office of Minority Business Development Offers Opportunity To Participate In Diverse Supplier Mentoring Program (Patch)
  • Bowling Green Program Aims to Level Playing Field for Minority Owned Businesses (WKU)
  • James Beard Foundation Opens Food and Beverage Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans (FSR Magazine)

Economics

Black Economics

  • Can a ‘Guaranteed Income’ for Black Entrepreneurs Narrow the Wealth Gap? (Bloomberg) — Monthly cash payments, no strings attached.
  • Black owned businesses essential to continued economic growth in Massachusetts (WWLP) — State Senator Eric Lesser held a livestream discussion with Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) executive director Segun.
  • Black Philanthropy Initiative Requests Video Proposals for Impact Grants Program (Yes Weekly) — The Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) is now accepting applications for its Impact Grants program. Organizations may apply for grants of up to $1000.
  • The US economic recovery is skipping Black and Hispanic women (Quartz) — The American economy is slowly recovering, but Black and Hispanic women are being left behind.

Industry Stories

Sports / Media / Entertainment / Arts

  • D.C. United Names Danita Johnson President of Business Operations, First-Ever Black President in Major League Soccer (Afro Tech)
  • NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks Announces Joint Initiative to Empower Black Entrepreneurs Nationwide (Afro Tech)
  • Why do some NFL teams never hire people of color as GMs and coaches and others do? (USA Today)
  • Minnesota’s pro sports teams pledged $40 million to social justice causes. Where is it going? (Star Tribune) — George Floyd’s death spurred an aggressive commitment of financial support and athlete involvement. 
  • FC Dallas launch program to aid local Black and minority-owned businesses (MLS Soccer) — The Hometown Partner Program will provide five certified Black and minority-owned businesses a $100,000 FC Dallas/North Texas SC customized sponsorship package.
  • ‘Invisible Men’ chronicles pioneering Black artists of the early comic book industry (Detroit Free Press)

Alcohol / Marijuana / CBD / Gambling

  • Illinois sitting on $62 million in cannabis revenue meant to foster businesses and help neighborhoods hurt by poverty and violence (Chicago Tribune)
  • Nano Hydrate, Inc. Black-Owned CBD Manufacturer, Launches Product Development Services Using Innovative Technology (PR Newswire)
  • Black-Owned Pot Businesses Remain Rare Despite Diversity Efforts (Pewtrusts) — Left-leaning state and city leaders nationwide have embraced social equity marijuana licensing programs, which aim to make amends for decades of aggressive policing of low-income, minority people and help them thrive in the multibillion-dollar legal pot industry.

Beauty / Fashion / Retail

  • ‘I just like women to feel beautiful’. Woman opens Black owned nail salon in Canton, Ohio. (Alliance Review)

Technology / Apps / Innovation

  • LA Times Today: Entrepreneurs behind ‘Blacktag’ – a streaming service for Black creators (Los Angeles Times)
  • Local online website designed to help Black-owned business expands nationwide (ABC 7)
  • She uses tech to make matches (Chicago Business) — Shaniqua Davis of Noirefy, which maintains a database of diverse candidates looking for corporate jobs, is busier than ever.
  • How Black users are saving Clubhouse from becoming a drab hangout for tech bros (CNBC)
  • The app MelaninPeople connects social, business and professional people of color from all over the world. The MelaninPeople service offers a social media app, e-magazine, podcasts and business listings.

Finance / Investing / Venture Capital

  • Why life insurance plays a key role in closing the racial wealth gap, according to a financial advisor (Business Insider) – Not so sure about this one.
  • Bitcoin’s roller-coaster ride shows why people should be cautious before investing in cryptocurrency (CNBC). However buying in the long run can lead to financial freedom for African Americans.
  • Bitcoin is a good savings ‘Plan B’ for Black investors, says Isaiah Jackson (CNBC). Same story as above, slightly different perspective.
  • Eli Lilly chips $30M into VC fund aimed at minority-owned healthcare companies (Fierce Biotech) — Companies are tackling the issue on multiple fronts, including diversifying their workforce and making sure they’re testing their drugs in diverse populations.
  • Duke Energy invests in minority business through S.C. bank (GSA Business) –Duke Energy deposited $5 million into Black-owned Optus Bank to amplify the company’s support for minority-owned business and low-income communities at the end of 2020.
  • Thirteen Lune, a Marketplace That Promotes Black- and Brown-Owned Beauty Brands, Seeks Seed Funding (Business of Fashion) — Thirteen Lune is calling on venture capital investors that have been vocal about a commitment to meaningful change and representation of diverse founders

Real Estate / Finance / Development / Housing / Segregation

  • Home Value Disparities Between Races Are Shrinking, but Remain Very Wide (Zillow). Original story from Dec. 19th.

Cities / Urban Planning / Local Government

  • Daytona Beach’s Midtown is profiled (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
  • Madison to deliver $250,000 for Center for Black Excellence and Culture (Wisconsin State Journal) — Center is envisioned as a place to develop Black-owned businesses, celebrate Black culture and history and become a landmark at the prominent city gateway at the Beltline and South Park Street.
  • New Downtown Venture a Success (Spectrum News) — “Black Friday Market” is a store for multiple small businesses that do not have a physical store front.

Politics / Government / State and Local

Education / Healthcare

  • Fed Presidents Reiterate Calls for Addressing Race in Education (Bloomberg)

Farming / Agriculture / Food

  • James Beard Foundation to Provide Grants to Black-Owned Food Businesses (Barron’s)
  • The Sausage-Making to Revive a Black-owned Sausage Factory in New Orleans (Next City)
  • List of Black Owned markets in New Orleans (Big Easy Magazine)

People and Careers

People / Motivation / Leadership / Success Stories / Ideas

  • The Work Diary of an Executive Who Must Find Just the Right Words (New York Times) — One of the youngest Black C-suite executives on Wall Street, Ms. Patrick, 31, has rocketed through her field since graduating nine years ago from Princeton as a classics major.
  • Black-owned business Kanarys gets a $3 million investment (Lake Highlands) — With this chunk of change, Mandy Price and Star Carter, two of the three founders, join 91 other Black women that have raised over $1 million in venture capital funding this past year.
  • Zerina akers is Helping Black-owned Businesses Take Center Stage For Years To Come (Coveteur) — With Black Owned Everything, the celebrity stylist is taking on the role of a founder.
  • North Bay artist-turned-designer co-launches luxury clothing line (North Bay Business Journal) — Black fashion designer Andrew Akufo would be the first to say he’s color blind at the suggestion he would create a clothing line for one race.
  • Central City Is Home To Lousiana’s Only Black-Owned Winery: Ole’ Orleans (Very local New Orleans) — As a working mother, a schoolteacher and an African-American woman, Kim Lewis isn’t the typical picture of a wine vintner. 
  • Rihanna Just Invested in This Vegan Black Woman-Owned Business (Live Kindly) — Rihanna just invested in Partake Foods, a Black- and woman-owned vegan cookie business.

All Other

Travel / History

  • The iconic American inventor is still a white male — that’s an obstacle to race and gender inclusion (Salon)

Opinion

  • Opinion: Reparations are needed for Black Americans and California is leading the way. Here’s how. (San Diego Tribune

Other

Black Business and Economic Stories for Jan.4th to 10th 2021

Top Stories

  • Rep. Jackson Lee proposes commission to explore reparations for Black Americans (The Grio)
  • The Boston Red Sox just hired Bianca Smith — the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball history (CNN)
  • Mortality rate for Black babies is cut dramatically when they’re delivered by Black doctors, researchers say (Washington Post) — You can expand this idea to just about everything: Dentists, Lawyers, Teachers and Businessmen in a positive way.
  • Who’s Employed in the Early Months of the COVID-19 Recession? An Analysis by Education, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank) – Black male employment in the region dropped from 63% to 42% between May and October. Look at the charts, it’s insane.
  • Fed’s 2015 Records Show Yellen Misjudged Room for Job Gains (Bloomberg) – So millions more Black people could have had jobs?  The fed seems to be missing the huge under employment problem.  There is NO wage inflation.
  • An insider’s view on African American art collecting (Coastal Point)
  • Yes, Reebok Is Ready for Black Ownership — But It Will Need More Than That to Be Successful (Footwearnews)
  • Op-ed: I broke barriers as Black woman in tech without a degree. Hire more workers like me (CNBC)
  • 7 months after George Floyd’s death, corporations are still ‘diversity washing’ instead of making actual changes (Business Insider)
  • His parents weren’t homeowners, so this Minnesotan has dedicated his life to Black homeownership (Star Tribune) — Throughout his 25-year lending career, Trent Bowman has specialized in first-time home buyers and programs.

Stories

Protest / Social Justice

Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

  • Here’s What The New Round Of PPP Loans Means For Black-Owned Businesses (Forbes)
  • 3 ways to access the $117 billion in stimulus funding for minority businesses and those with 10 or fewer employees (Business Insider)
  • Small-Business Loan Program Will Restart Monday, but Not for All (New York Times) — Black- and minority-owned small businesses will have a head start in tapping Paycheck Protection Program funds when the program reopens next week
  • Analysis of Paycheck Protection Program shows Black, brown businesses were at back of the line for COVID-19 relief (newsradio KYW) — Black and brown businesses were at the back of the line when it came to disbursement of COVID-19 relief funds, according to recent analysis of federal data.
  • Expert fear huge wave of evictions (New Jersey Monthlyn)

Jobs / Workers / Unemployment / Gig Economy

  • Women accounted for 100% of the 140,000 jobs shed by the U.S. economy in December (Fortune)
  • U.S. women, workers of color bear brunt of December job losses (Crain’s) — The U.S. labor market lost jobs in December for the first time in eight months, while women and workers of color
  • The US lost 140,000 jobs in December. All of those jobs were held by women. (Business Insider)
  • Black and Hispanic workers feeling brunt of pandemic recession according to Philly Fed (WHYY)
  • Who’s Employed in the Early Months of the COVID-19 Recession? An Analysis by Education, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank) – Black male employment in the region dropped from 63% to 42% between may and October. Insane.

Inequality / Systemic Racism / Economic Justice

  • Resources abound to help entrepreneurs of color overcome generations of obstacles (Buffalo Business First) — What’s holding back businesses of color from growing in the Buffalo region? Area resources abound, but potential business owners must overcome generations of obstacles.
  • Investors still engage in racist redlining. Why haven’t we done something about it? (Fortune) — Mariah Lichtenstern describes her experience working in the tech startup world.
  • Philly produce market fights to serve the community while facing hardship (6abc) — The African American Chamber of Commerce says 75% of Black-owned businesses were forced to shutdown for months, and many – like West Phillie Produce – are having difficulty with government assistance because of the application process or meeting qualifications

Black Business

Black Business General / Interesting Businesses Stories

  • Crowdfunding helps save Black women-owned Philadelphia cafe amid COVID struggles (Good Morning America) — Thanks to community support, a one-of-a-kind cafe that has offered connection and positivity amid the pandemic will survive to open it’s doors another day
  • The Pivotal Paradigm Project emerges from chaos of 2020 with growth plans ahead (Buffalo Business First) — Jasmine Fluker’s business found a ready source of demand this year, and employers sought to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion in their workforce policies.
  • Organize Your New Year Routine With a Minimalist Planner From This Black owned business (225 Magazine) — Alter Planning Co. (Read More Here)
  • Applications Open For Genesis Block’s Small Business Accelerator (Wilmington Biz) — Small, minority and women-owned businesses can apply by Friday for the opportunity to be chosen to participate in the 16-week, Back on the Block Minority Accelerator program.

Black Business Specific

  • Siblings launch jigsaw puzzle business focused on Black representation (CBS News)
  • Meet The Black Men Who Launched Tulum’s Most In Demand Yacht Charter Service (Essence)
  • Allergy-friendly cookie company Partake Foods gets $4.8M to fuel expansion (Food Dive) — Newest round of investors includes both prominent Black funders and celebrities, but also big names in natural and organic food.
  • Black Farmers Rewrite the Narrative Around Picking Cotton (Spectrum News) – Tillery and other Black farmers around the state work to educate and uplift rural minority communities and recontextualize southern crops and their painful history.
  • How Sylvia’s, Harlem’s iconic soul food restaurant, is fighting for its community (CBS News) – Told by Tren’ness Woods-Black, one of the founder’s 18 grandchildren and the restaurant’s vice president of communications and strategic partnership.
  • KC woman to launch magazine to help Black-owned businesses (KSHB) — Kansas City, Missouri, entrepreneur Patricia Mitchell is launching a magazine called All Black Everything to help struggling Black businesses and be a community voice for the Black Lives Matter Movement, the arts, entertainment and health.
  • Black Owned Food Markets in New Orleans: An Alternative to Breaux Mart and Rouses (Big Easy Magazine)

Big Business / Corporate

  • Former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl, other Charlotte leaders launch investment firm for minority-owned businesses (The Business Journals)
  • PepsiCo launches Dig In initiative, hopes to bring $100 million in business to Black-owned restaurants over 5 years (Restaurant Hospitality)
  • Aveeno Launches Skin Health Startup Accelerator For Black Female Entrepreneurs (Essence)
  • Pepsi Launches “Dig In” Platform + Consultancy Program to Support Black-Owned Restaurants (The Spoon) — PepsiCo recently announced the launch of “Dig In“, a consumer-facing platform aimed to highlight the importance of supporting Black-owned restaurants throughout the U.S.
  • Cummins Invests in the Future of 12 Black Female Entrepreneurs Through Grant Program (MarketWatch) – 12 interesting businesses win grants
  • NIKE, Inc. Announces Economic Empowerment Partnership with Black Girl Ventures (Nike) – Press release

Discrimination

  • Police investigating after racist note found outside Black-owned Oak Park café (Chicago Tribune) — Oak Park police are investigating after a brick with a note containing racist language was found Wednesday morning outside a Black-owned café on Oak Park Avenue.

Reparations / Affirmative Action / Diversity / Inclusion

  • Rep. Jackson Lee proposes commission to explore reparations for Black Americans (The Grio)
  • Joe Biden could send a message to Black Americans with this reparations bill (WEAR TV)
  • Mercado on Fifth awards $21,000 in grants to minority-owned businesses (QC Times) — Awardees include restaurants, cleaning companies and retail businesses owned by Black, Latinx, Asian and women entrepreneurs.
  • Movements that matter: Focusing on anti-racism and Black experiences in the workplace (HR Dive) – experiences of Black professionals may feature distinct complexities even as the entire workforce is navigating unprecedented, challenging conditions-
  • The Enterprise Center’s $1M initiative aims to transform Black and brown cleaning businesses into certified disinfectors (Generocity) — While ‘Pro Disinfect’ seeks a very specific outcome, it holds potential as a replicable and scalable model for racial equity, says ImpactPHL guest columnist John Moore.
  • This Local Entrepreneur Is Putting Black-Owned Businesses in the Spotlight (San Diego Magazine) — Duane Johnson launched Tuloko to make Black businesses more accessible
  • Black-founded Kanarys raises ‘historic’ $3 million in funding for diversity and inclusion technology (Dallas News) — Kanarys, a Dallas diversity and inclusion business founded by two Black women, is getting a $3 million boost to ramp up its technology, hiring and sales and marketing efforts.
  • Trader Joe’s Spotlights Black-Owned Suppliers (Winsight Grocery Business)
  • How Do We Sustain Organization Diversity? (Harvard Business School) — James Heskett reflects on one company’s high-profile struggle to bring in more Black executives.
  • 7 months after George Floyd’s death, corporations are still ‘diversity washing’ instead of making actual changes (Business Insider)

Economics

Black Economics

  • U.S. trade policies have disproportionately harmed Black and Latino workers, not just the White working class Trump courted, researchers find (Washington Post)
  • What Black Women Need To Know About Business Loans (Essence)
  • Black Wallstreet Grand Rapids aims to create thriving ‘Black business districts’ (mLive) – Sain wants to create a vibrant commercial corridor that complements existing businesses and brings new restaurants, coffee shops, fitness centers, bookstores and more to the strip.
  • For an Equitable Economy in 2021, We Must Center Black Women. Here Are Four Ways How. (Ms Magazine) – Our economy should work for everyone especially Black women.
  • Investment firm Bright Hope Capital buys RJ Leeper Construction Financing for BIPOC companies in region (The Charlotte Post) — Three Charlotte business leaders have launched an investment firm to establish and bolster Black and Hispanic-owned businesses in the Charlotte area. 

Straight up Econ / The Economy

  • US trade deficit jumps to $68.1 billion in November (Associated Press). General story but still interesting. The trade deficit is not as important as you think. We get cheap prices but lose jobs.
  • Fed’s 2015 Records Show Yellen Misjudged Room for Job Gains (Bloomberg) – So millions more Black people could have had jobs?  The fed seems to be missing the huge under employment problem.  There is NO wage inflation.

Industry Stories

Sports / Media / Entertainment

  • The Boston Red Sox just hired Bianca Smith — the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball history (CNN)
  • Allan Houston, NBA Cares brings national crowdfunding program for diverse entrepreneurs to Louisville (Louisville Business First) — An innovative new crowdfunding platform is going to help get early-stage capital in the hands of Black founders in Louisville, thanks in part to a unique partnership involving basketball star Allan Houston and NBA Cares.
  • Suzi Analogue Wants Black Women in Experimental Music to Never Compromise (New York Times) – The music industry is a business that has relied on Black talent onstage without investing in Black executives behind the scenes;

Marketing / Advertising / Sales / Consumer Behavior

  • An insider’s view on African American art collecting (Coastal Point)

Alcohol / Marijuana / CBD / Gambling

  • There aren’t many Black-owned cannabis businesses. These 3 entrepreneurs say that can change. (NJ.com) — The November vote in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana in New Jersey was just what the owners of Roll Up Life, a CBD distribution company, say they have been waiting for.

Beauty / Fashion / Retail

  • Yes, Reebok Is Ready for Black Ownership — But It Will Need More Than That to Be Successful (Footwearnews)

Technology / Apps / Innovation

  • Op-ed: I broke barriers as Black woman in tech without a degree. Hire more workers like me (CNBC)

Finance / Investing / Venture Capital

  • Treasury to Make a $9 Billion Down Payment on a More Decentralized Banking System (Next City)
  • Black-Owned Private Equity Firm, East Chop Capital, Raises $4 Million and Announces Closing of its Inaugural Fund (Business Wire)
  • Jamaican fintech company receives massive boost from Black-led Florida firm (Face 2 Face Africa) — A Black-led investment firm Blue Mahoe Capital Partners Inc has acquired a 40% equity stake in Jamaica-based microfinance company Sprint Financial Services Ltd (SFS). SFS is operated virtually, providing loans and customer solutions to Jamaicans.
  • Black-Owned Businesses Are Still Struggling to Find Investors (CrunchBase Blog)

Real Estate / Finance / Development / Housing / Segregation

  • His parents weren’t homeowners, so this Minnesotan has dedicated his life to Black homeownership (Star Tribune) — Throughout his 25-year lending career, Trent Bowman has specialized in first-time home buyers and programs.

Cities / Urban Planning / Local Government

  • New constable hopes to create program that gets young people interested in law enforcement (CBS 19). The goal is to build a greater trust between minorities and law enforcement in Dallas.
  • Portland will build new homes, apartments, business incubator designed to benefit Black Portlanders (Oregon Live) — The Portland City Council unanimously approved a plan Wednesday to pump millions of dollars into affordable housing and economic redevelopment that proponents hope will benefit families displaced from Portland’s historic Black neighborhoods.

Politics / Government / National, State and Local

  • With Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock wins, Biden could raise taxes and boost health care (USA Today)
  • Cuyahoga County Equity Report Calls For Confronting Systemic Racism (IdeaStream)
  • Biden introduces nominees for his economic team (WPSD)
  • Black-Owned Jackson Businesses See Million-Dollar Boost (Jackson Free Press) – good long article Rockfeller Opportunity Collective program.
  • Portland will build new homes, apartments, business incubator designed to benefit Black Portlanders (Oregon Live) – “ Very White” shows what it takes to support a Black community.

Law / Legal / Non-profits / Philanthropy / Non-Profit

  • Mexican-American and two white business owners sue Oregon for racial discrimination after $62M in COVID relief funds were set aside for black-owned businesses and residents (Daily Mail) — Oregon’s COVID-19 relief fund that earmarked millions for black residents and business owners has been halted due to lawsuits led by one Mexican-American and two white business owners who allege racial discrimination.

Education / Healthcare

  • Mortality rate for Black babies is cut dramatically when they’re delivered by Black doctors, researchers say (Washington Post)
  • Harvard Business School partners on initiative to build ‘pipeline of Black corporate talent’ (HR Dive)
  • Dominion announces $10M scholarship program for minority students (Virginia Business) — Richmond-based Dominion Energy Inc. announced Wednesday a six-year, $10 million initiative to provide scholarships to minority students who reside in the company’s service area, which includes Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • New startup Blackbook University aims to reimagine the Black student experience in higher ed (Portland Business Journal) — Entrepreneur Ibrahim Balde launched the startup with four co-founders and will be building it from his new Portland base.
  • Mortality rate for Black babies is cut dramatically when Black doctors care for them after birth, researchers say (Washington Post)

Farming / Agriculture / Food

  • America’s Grand Bargain on Agriculture Is in Danger (Bloomberg) — U.S. farm policy has long held urban and rural interests in delicate balance. Can David Scott, the first Black chairman of the House Agriculture committee, maintain it?

People and Careers

Career / Professions / Entrepreneurship / Businesses You Can Start

  • Must-have Tips For Starting Your Own Beauty Supply Store in 2021 (Influencive) — Now more than ever, Black-owned beauty supply stores are being bought by young African-American entrepreneurs that are becoming more interested in the hair care and beauty industry.
  • Forbes Announces The Forbes Fellowship For Business Journalism For Emerging BIPOC Journalists (Forbes) — Forbes today announced the Forbes Fellowship for Business Journalism, created to prepare and support young Black journalists and journalists of color from historically Black colleges and universities pursuing a career in business journalism.

People / Motivation / Leadership / Success Stories / Ideas

  • Exclusive: Black Female-Founded Partake Foods Raises $4.8 Million In Funding From Investors—Including Rihanna (Forbes)
  • Entrepreneur’s Hair Products Empower Black Women (Practical Ecommerce) — KinkyCurlyYaki, Kaye’s company, sells hair extensions, wigs, and more — all to empower Black women with confidence and beauty.
  • They-re Making History as the Youngest Black Women to Co-Own a Property Under a Major Hotel Chain. (Because of Them We Can) — Two former college roommates just closed on an $8.3 million hotel, making history as the youngest Black women to co-own a property under a major hotel chain
  • These Black Women Are Now The Youngest To Own A Hotel Under A Major Chain (Travel Noire) – Another view of the same story because it’s so good.
  • Black Owned 607: Shuna’s Hair Studio (Binghamton) — This week’s Black Owned 607 segment features a hair salon owner who is eager to share what’s she’s learned with young stylists.
  • How founder Rachel Rodgers hit a $1 million-month after Covid upended her business (CNBC) — While women, and especially women of color, are driving forces behind the growth of small businesses in America, just 2% of women-owned businesses bring in $1 million in revenue in a given year.
  • The Cut Finds Its New Top Editor at Teen Vogue (The New York Times) — Lindsay Peoples Wagner will leave her job as the editorial leader of the Condé Nast publication to take over New York Magazine’s style and culture site.
  • Siblings launch puzzle business focused on Black representation (Yahoo Finance) – Puzzles of Color finds artwork depicting Black culture created by artists of color and puts them on puzzles.

Gone but not forgotten

  • Guinevere Redd of Redd’s Funeral Home passes away (Baltimore Sun)

All Other

Caribbean / Africa / International

  • South Africa’s black middle class has prospered under democracy (The Economist)

Travel / History / Arts / Culture

  • The Black Market: A guide to art collecting by Charles Moore (Bookshop.org) – A guide to collecting black art.

Conservative / Alternative

  • Candace Owens: ‘Black’ categories on Netflix, Uber Eats are ‘segregation’ (New York Post)

Opinion

  • Op-ed: I broke barriers as Black woman in tech without a degree. Hire more workers like me (CNBC)

Black Business and Economic Stories for Dec. 28th 2020 to Jan. 3, 2021

Top Stories

  • How new stimulus package can help minority businesses (The Philadelphia Inquirer) 
  • First year of legal marijuana in Illinois generated big bucks but no new minority license holders (Chicago Tribune). The Illinois market is limited to just 21 growers’ licenses, which restrict supply of growers, especially minorities. 
  • Black-Owned farm allows individuals to rent spaces to grow crops (WKBW). The goal is to provide fresh produce for people in the community.
  • The “She-cession” Is Very Real for Minority Women (Bloomberg) – Black and Latina women are affected the most.
  • Tulsa begins race riot remembrance (Baltimore Sun)
  • Minority-owned companies waited months for loans, data shows (AP)

Stories

Protest / Social Justice

  • Year 2020 marked by pandemic and protests (The Bay State Banner) — George Floyd murder kicked off wave of social change

Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

  • December stimulus package includes $12B for minority-owned businesses (News Channel 20)
  • PPP data shows Black-owned businesses received fewer loans, despite efforts (The Business Journals)
  • Minority-owned companies waited months for loans, data shows (AP)
  • How new stimulus package can help minority businesses (The Philadelphia Inquirer) 
  • Black Lives Matter calls for ‘monthly’ stimulus checks for families crushed by pandemic (Fox News
  • The Second Stimulus Still Won’t Show Many Blacks the Money (EurWeb) — The COVID stimulus disparity was nowhere more evident than in the plight of small Black-owned businesses.
  • Faith in COVID-19 vaccine facing uphill battle in Black community (San Jose Spotlight) — Chapman and Black organizations across the Bay Area have joined forces to create COVID-19 Black, a project that aims to help educate and protect African Americans through the pandemic.
  • 5 changes to PPP loans that will affect your business’ eligibility (Business Insider) – Potential changes to PPP loans include Improved access for women- and minority-led businesses
  • State Selects Black LA Firm to Disburse $500 Million in COVID Relief Grants (Sacramento Observer)

Jobs / Workers / Unemployment / Gig Economy

  • How the Pandemic Has Been Devastating for Children From Low-Income Families (New York Times)
  • Black Homeowners Struggle to Get Insurers to Pay Claims (New York Times)
  • Unemployment Claims Remain High as Millions Still Struggle to Find Work (New York Times)
  • The “She-cession” Is Very Real for Minority Women (Bloomberg) – Black and Latina women are affected the most.
  • Black Lives Matter calls for monthly stimulus checks amid pandemic (NY Post) — A one-time $600 stimulus payment isn’t going to cut it, according to Black Lives Matter — which is demanding the government issue monthly checks instead.
  • Minimum wage goes up in South Bay — with mixed reaction (San Jose Spotlight) — The pandemic has crippled much of the service industry, which employs a disproportionate number of low-wage and minimum-wage workers, many of whom are Black and Latino.

Inequality / Systemic Racism / Economic Justice

  • The racial divide of Black and white (Dawn) — In 2016, the median net wealth of white households in America was $171,000 whereas for Black households it was $17,150, according to a statistic by Glassdoor.
  • Coronavirus Woes Close Decades-Old Diner In Brooklyn (Patch) — Mega Bites diner on Dekalb Avenue has been closed “indefinitely” since Christmas Eve.
  • A winning attitude (The Bay State Banner) – No Black baseball entrepreneurs will be compensated for their losses inflicted because of racist policies.
  • Cryptocurrency startup underpaid women and black employees, data shows (Silicon Valley Business Journal) — The fast-growing cryptocurrency startup Coinbase has been rattled in recent months by tensions between executives and employees who said they were being treated unfairly because of their race or gender.
  • What the pandemic has done to racial inequality in North Carolina (Charlotte Observer)

Black Business

Black Business General / Interesting Businesses Stories

  • To expand the economy, invest in Black businesses (Brookings)
  • Shelley Nelson column: COVID-19 colors local news (Superior Telegram) — In the face of a pandemic, new entrepreneurs found their opportunity to fill gaps where restaurants had closed.
  • For Black-Owned Businesses In Kansas City Hit By The Coronavirus, This Nonprofit Has Been A Lifesave (KBIA) — G.I.F.T., which stands for “Generating Income for Tomorrow,” hopes to dole out $180,000 in grants by the time its fiscal year ends in April.
  • 2020 Utah County businesses persevere during COVID-19 pandemic (Daily Herald) — Podium and the Utah Black Chamber announced a partnership in July to create Utah’s first directory intended to find and connect consumers with local Black-owned businesses.
  • Black-owned local boxing gym selected for program to keep them rolling through the punches (News 4 Nashville) — Businesses had to apply and nine black-owned businesses were selected as winners in Middle Tennessee for the program. Four of them are from Nashville.
  • Best of 2020: Minority businesses: Wounded by COVID, but key to inclusive revival (CT Mirror) – Tia Woods created what she called a “modern consignment boutique” called “ITS the Room,” a kind of mini-mall where minority entrepreneurs, crafters and artists could set up shop.
  • Miami Times spotlights Black Business in 2021 (The Miami Times) – Links to various Black Miami businesses
  • NAACP Stimulus Fund Aids 20 Black-Owned Businesses (Pasadena Now) — The NAACP Stimulus Fund has awarded $2,000 checks to 20 Black-owned businesses, according to a press release.
  • Black Is Beautiful initiative brewed up by Weathered Souls cofounder still going strong (San Antonio Report) —
  • Black Business Directory Launched By Color of Change (Black Star News) — Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, recently launched the Black Business Green Book.
  • City of Jackson to develop program aimed at helping disadvantaged minority business owners (Clarion Ledger)
  • Barnes & Noble sold few Black authors, so Cocoa couple opened Brevard’s only ‘urban’ bookstore | Rangel (Florida Today) — Essence of Knowledge, Brevard County’s only bookstore specializing in Black authors and stories, was born out of a market need, a dream and pain.
  • Asher & Bee owner will open Pensacola’s only Black-owned grocery store in January (PNJ) — In one month, Pensacola’s only Black-owned grocery store will open up its doors on North Ninth Avenue.
  • Inspirational Kwanzaa Coffee Blend Released by Small New Harlem Coffee Company (PR Newswire) — New Harlem Coffee is a small Harlem based coffee company sourcing the finest coffee beans in the world to produce the New Harlem Family Reserve brand of coffee.
  • Leaven Kitchen in Decatur provides a space for minority entrepreneurs (Decaturish) — Stan Sugarman and his business partner, Krystle Rodriguez, opened Leaven Kitchen as a collective kitchen to provide a work space for small businesses, especially minority entrepreneurs.
  • Organizations partner to assist minority-owned businesses in applying for federal funding (Philadelphia Tribune) — Five local organizations are encouraging minority-owned businesses to be prepared to apply for the next round of Paycheck Protection Program funding.
  • A special outdoor dining pavilion in Harlem supports Black-owned businesses (6sqft) – An area once home to prominent, wealthy African-American performers, artists, and professionals is now home to a new outdoor dining and recreation corridor that supports Black-owned businesses
  • BIPOC Businesses That Thrived in 2020 (Forbes) – Businesses founded by people of color have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. But many have been able to figure out a formula for success during Covid-19.

Black Business Specific

  • These three brothers have opened the first Black-owned distillery in Kentucky (Face2Face Africa)
  • How This Fair-trade Hair and Skincare Brand Is Making a Difference in West Africa and the U.S. (Travel and Leisure)  
  • Food Writer On The Future Of Black-Owned Restaurants In The Bay Area (NPR
  • Startup Spotlight: RichWine offers delivery of organic wines within the Richmond region (Richmond) — Lance Lemon and Kristen Gardner Beal founded their startup wine-selling business, RichWine, with the goal of bringing a wide selection of clean-farmed wines to a diverse audience in the Richmond region and Virginia.

Big Business / Corporate

Reparations / Affirmative Action / Diversity / Inclusion

  • Employees at center of racial controversies at tech companies speak out (Market Watch). Former employees of Pinterest, Google, and Uber speak about their experiences related to diversity in the tech industry.
  • Forbes Diversity & Inclusion Awards 2020: The 2% Solution To Racial Inequality (Forbes)
  • Philly to pay $9.8M to man exonerated who spent 28 years in prison after wrongful conviction for murder (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Sister Cities Project fighting racism by building relationships between Black and White neighborhoods (San Diego Union Tribune). The goal is to encourage the sharing of support, resources and cultures. 
  • Diversity Is Great But Will Organizations Be Ready For Inclusion In 2021? (Forbes) — Black business consultants can add immense value to organizational development.
  • UNLV Newsmakers 2020: Social Justice (UNLV) – A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.
  • Having Faith: Giving Back in the Spirit of Imani, the Seventh Day of Kwanzaa (Yahoo Life) — The following places focus on providing faith, health, and encouragement to the members of the Black community.

Economics

Black Economics

  • Texas Southern creates program to develop tomorrow’s bankers (Houston Chronicle) — Of the 90,000 Black-owned businesses in the city, about half are considered “unbanked” or “under-banked,” meaning they have minimal or no working relationship with a commercial lender or bank, Scroggins said.
  • Smart VCs Recognize That Black Female Founders May Lead The Next Unicorns (Forbes) – Keen observers realize Black women are sparking a wave of innovative startups with the potential of becoming unicorns.
  • Black Economic Council receives $1.5 million in donations (The Bay State Banner) — BECMA launched its Greenwood Challenge, aimed at raising $1 million to help black-owned businesses in the state not only survive a tough time, but grow.
  • Sadie Alexander: Meet the First Black Woman Economist in the U.S. (Teen Vogue)

Straight up Econ / The Economy

  • Study looks at patterns of racial segregation, poverty in North Eastern Pennsylvania (Times Leader)

Industry Stories

Alcohol / Marijuana / CBD

  • But that’s exactly what Councilor-at-large Moises Rodrigues did during a contentious three-hour city council meeting.
  • Virginia-based National Black Farmers Association supports adult-use marijuana legalization in Commonwealth (WTKR)
  • First year of legal marijuana in Illinois generated big bucks but no new minority license holders (Chicago Tribune). The Illinois marketThe Pantagraph) — The expungement process is limited to just 21 growers’ licenses,part of the state law that legalized licensed sales of marijuana starting in 2020. It’s meant to reduce the impact of the war on drugs, under which restrict supply of growers, especially minorities. 
  • Shawn Kemp is lighting up Seattle again (Washington Post). Kemp vows to diversify the marijuana industry for cannabis crimes, despite similar reported rates of usage.
  • Hayward looks to be more inclusive with cannabis business permits (East Bay Times) — The city could require half of any future cannabis businesses to be minority-owned as part of an overhaul of how the industry operates in Hayward.
  • The Push to Diversify Colorado’s Cannabis Industry (5280) — Changes to licensing in Denver, slated for early 2021, could help make the marijuana business more accessible to entrepreneurs of color.

Beauty / Fashion / Retail

  • Barnes & Noble sold few Black authors, so Cocoa couple opened Brevard’s only ‘urban’ bookstore | Rangel (Florida Today) — Essence of Knowledge, Brevard County’s only bookstore specializing in Black authors and stories, was born out of a market need, a dream and pain.
  • Asher & Bee owner will open Pensacola’s only Black-owned grocery store in January (PNJ) — In one month, Pensacola’s only Black-owned grocery store will open up its doors on North Ninth Avenue.

Technology / Apps / Innovation

  • Tech platforms vowed to address racial equity: how have they fared? (The Guardian) – Tech companies issued statements in response to Black Lives Matter this year but did they follow through ?
  • Black-owned food delivery app service expands to Detroit (Metro Times)
  • What we can do about technology widening wage gaps (The Hill)
  • Vernon Coleman founded Realtime, is an invite only app for video chatting (Business Insider) – He got $4 million in funding.

Finance / Investing / Venture Capital

  • Access Denied: The financial media (American Banker) – Podcast plus nice set of links
  • Women of color sweep business accelerator competition (KUSI)
  • 20 Minutes With: Wole Coaxum, Founder and CEO of MoCaFi (Barrons)

Real Estate / Finance / Development / Housing / Segregation

  • How Philly’s biggest 2020 real estate deal could create opportunities for Philly students (WHYY)

Politics / Government / State and Local

  • Biden Administration Likely To Increase Contracting Opportunities for Small and Minority-Owned Businesses (Government Executive)
  • Push is on for NJ Governor Murphy to deliver for minority (NJ 101.5) – Surprised to see this story since NJ 101 went “Barstool Conservative.”
  • Howard Historian To Lead New U.S. Commission (HBCU Buzz)

Education / Healthcare

  • Some HBCUs are seeing record increases in enrollments, but still grapple with funding challenges (CBS News).
  • Four Reasons Why 2020 Was The Year Of The HBCU (Forbes)
  • College student loans: another injustice for the Black community (Lansing City Pulse)

Farming / Agriculture

People and Careers

Career / Professions / Entrepreneurship / Businesses You Can Start

  • A New Scholarship for Black Students Aims to Help Longhorns in the Business World (Alcalde) — This fall, two Longhorns will enter the McCombs School of Business with a unique support system.

People / Motivation / Leadership / Success Stories / Ideas

  • Cathy Hughes Shares How Better Banking Habits Help Black Consumers And Businesses Generate Wealth (Forbes
  • Beyoncé celebrates the end of year with “Cheers to 2020” recap video (Revolt) — In the video, Beyoncé highlights the charitable actions of her BeyGOOD foundation, including providing $5,000 grants to those who are facing eviction or foreclosure due to the pandemic.
  • In Her Own Words: Judi Townsend’s pandemic partnership bridges business, race and RBG (Biz women) – A friendship built on hopes for social justice overrides age, geographical, and race gaps.
  • How this single mom went from serving overseas to opening her own gelato shop (ABC News) — This gelato shop isn’t only known for its healthy take on the popular dessert. It’s also owned by a female Black veteran.
  • African-American Chamber of Commerce names Regina A. Hairston new president (Philadelphia Business Journal) – New president of the AACC is looking forward to championing Black-owned businesses.
  • African American woman becomes the youngest female franchisor in the U.S (NJ.Com) – Custom Stretching

All Other

Travel / History

  • Oklahoma begins Tulsa race massacre centennial remembrance (8 News Now)
  • Tulsa begins race riot remembrance (Baltimore Sun)

Opinion

  • Op-ed: What I learned about white privilege through 150 interviews across America (Chicago Tribune).
  • Opinion: Canceling student debt would narrow racial wealth gap and stimulate economy (The Detroit News)
  • Reclassifying ‘gig’ workers is a bad idea | Busby (App) — As COVID-19 and the massive economic downturn change the lives and livelihood of every American in this country, we know firsthand Black businesses are hit the hardest.

Black Business and Economic Stories for December 21 to 27th 2020

Top Stories

  • Guaranteed Income Is Coming To New Orleans, Here’s What It Could Look Like (WWNO). New Orleans is one of nine U.S. cities expected to launch or expand guaranteed income in 2021 in partnership with Mayors For A Guaranteed Income (MGI).
  • This new subscription service is helping people find and support local Black-owned restaurants (CNN). Brava is the subscription service that provides its users with digital gift cards to different Black owned restaurants.
  • Oprah Winfrey Sells Most of OWN Stake to Discovery for $36 Million (Bloomberg)
  • Black Men Have the Shortest Lifespans of Any Americans. This Theory Helps Explain Why. (ProPublica). Stress is a big contributing factor to this.
  • Former NBA player Junior Bridgeman to buy bankrupt Ebony for $14 million (Chicago Tribune)
  • The reluctance of Canadian businesses to collect race-based data needs to end (Globe and Mail) — Not asking for race, gender and ethnicity data while trying to stop bias and systemic racism is like not testing for COVID-19 and tracing contacts while trying to stop the spread of the virus. Canada is unwilling to face racial discrimination. In fact they scared of even collecting the data. Just like the US.
  • Former NBA player Junior Bridgeman to buy bankrupt Ebony for $14 million (Chicago Tribune)

Protest / Social Justice

  • Black Lives Matter vs. Loblaws (Corporate Knights) — Sitting on the fence has itself become a risky option in an age when companies’ performances are increasingly judged by more than quarterly earnings.

Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Paycheck Protection Program(PPP)

  • Non-profit Black San Diego gives thousands to families in need during pandemic (10 News) — Non-profit Black San Diego started up in September with the goal of bolstering Black-owned businesses and giving them tools to succeed.
  • Analysis shows Black and Hispanic businesses lagged in access to PPP loans (Portland Business Journal)

Jobs / Workers / Unemployment / Gig Economy

  • Shake Shack offering up to $400 holiday bonus to hourly workers (Market Watch)
  • Guaranteed Income Is Coming To New Orleans, Here’s What It Could Look Like (WWNO). New Orleans is one of nine U.S. cities expected to launch or expand guaranteed income in 2021 in partnership with Mayors For A Guaranteed Income (MGI).
  • New Signs of Economic Distress Emerge as Trump Imperils Aid Deal (New York Times). Person income falls, consumer spending decreases, and unemployment continues to rise.
  • The federal eviction moratorium expires in January. It could leave 40 million Americans homeless. (USA Today)
  • How Black Parents Survived 2020 (New York Times)
  • Deadliest jobs in America statistics reveal racial disparities (Detroit News) – Workplace deaths are increasing much faster for African American, Latinx and Asian American workers.
  • Black Workers in Baltimore Hit Hard by the Pandemic (Fox 5 News) — According to the report “The State of Black Workers in Baltimore,” Blacks make up 56.5% of the overall workforce in Baltimore but a disproportionate amount of the low-wage workforce, 67.3%.

Inequality / Systemic Racism / Economic Justice

  • ‘There was no hospitality.’ Black couple claims they were wrongfully denied entry to Trump hotel. (Washington Business Journal) — Curtis “Trey” Carswell and his girlfriend, Markita Gibson, were out on an evening walk in September in downtown D.C. when they came across the Trump International Hotel — and wanted to see the inside for the first time
  • How Reimagining Employment Practices Can Advance Racial Justice (Forbes) — Black Americans face a long history of disconnection from the mainstream economy and workforce, and the disparities in education and employment are stark.
  • How Racism Ruined Black Santa Monica (LAist) — Many Black-owned small businesses suffered since most white people wouldn’t patronize them, according to Jefferson.

Black Business

Black Business General / Interesting Businesses Stories

  • Has 2020’s spike in support for Black-owned business carried through to the holidays? (Marketplace)
  • Access to grants, ability to transition online makes all the difference for Black-owned businesses (CBC)
  • Black People Eats’ Jeremy Joyce Is Highlighting Chicago’s Black-Owned Restaurants (Travel Noire) — Jeremy Joyce founded Black People Eats in 2017.
  • North Omaha development moves by Gov. Ricketts draw welcome, plus suggestions (Omaha World-Herald) — The State of Nebraska plans to open an Department of Economic Development field office in North Omaha, at 5319 N. 30th St., and is making changes in state procurement and contracting in hopes of increasing its business with minority and small businesses.
  • How an L.A. indie bookstore’s GoFundMe inspired a small business lifeline (Los Angeles Times) – In partnership with Pacific Community Ventures and TMC Community Capital, the owners of skin-care company Dermalogica decided to launch Found/L.A. Small Business Recovery Fund, a $1-million grant program to help small minority-owned businesses in Los Angeles County stay open during the pandemic.
  • Small company puzzles out delivery logistics with sudden demand (Marketplace) — The idea for puzzle company grew out of Matthew’s personal experiences as a Black parent shopping for his young children.
  • These were Delaware’s 10 most-read tech and business stories of 2020 (Technically) — Unemployment, WFH burnout and Black-owned businesses were among the big topics Technical.ly Delaware readers cared about this year.
  • Comcast RISE lifts Black-owned businesses (Miami Times) — A reboot of Comcast Corporation’s RISE program. Black businesses in Twin Cities get a boost from Comcast RISE program (Twin Cities) —
  • Retail Business Services joins, donates to minority supplier council (Store Brands) — Retail Business Services is donating $100,000 to the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s Business Consortium Fund and will become a member of the organization.
  • How A San Jose Firm Is Opening Doors For Minority-Owned Businesses (Patch) – A San Jose Firm is looking for new ways to embrace the community and tear down barriers.
  • Self-care, motivation and networking at the St. Pete Fall Black Business Expo (Weekly Challenger) — “Empower,” “invest,” “network” were the themes on display during the St. Pete Fall Black Business Expo, held last month at Lake Vista Recreation Center.
  • Comedian X Mayo On The Importance Of Supporting Black Businesses (Forbes) — By Black is an incredible series that highlights Black entrepreneurship while educating viewers on the barriers these specific brands and products have had to overcome.
  • Giant Food Introduces Shelf Labels to Spotlight Products Owned by Minority Businesses (Prince William Living) — Giant Food is helping customers identify products owned by minority based businesses through updated shelf labels.
  • Six Black, women-owned businesses to support (that will take your fashion game to the next level!) (NBC News) — Wardrobe stylist and founder of Blueprint for Style, Monica Barnett, gives Know Your Value her top picks.
  • Jessica Winnie showcases Black products with MN Black Box (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Black Business Specific

  • This new subscription service is helping people find and support local Black-owned restaurants (CNN). Brava is the subscription service that provides its users with digital gift cards to different Black owned restaurants.
  • Black and Mobile, delivery app for Black-owned restaurants ramps back up in Detroit (Detroit Free Press)
  • Louisville’s first Black-owned distillery to open in West End (Louisville Business First) — Trio founded the bourbon brand out of a desire to produce quality bourbon whiskey in an industry that has thus far remained largely inaccessible to minority entrepreneurs
  • Connecticut Man Creates Proud Puffs – A Black-owned Cereal Brand (Because of Them We Can) — Connecticut father used social media to crowdfund the production of the Proud Puff cereal.

Big Business / Corporate

  • Giant Food to spotlight women- and minority-owned brands with new labels (Grocery Dive)
  • Only 3% of the brands in Sephora are Black-owned—Here’s how the retailer is changing that (Fast Company)
  • How Pepsi Plans to Help Black-Owned Restaurants Generate $100 Million in Sales (Adweek) – Yikes, this can’t be healthy?
  • Companies Have Promised $35 Billion Toward Racial Equity. Where Is the Money Going? (Wall Street Journal) — Corporations say they are using their financial might to narrow racial wealth and opportunity gap; tracking those efforts can be tough.
  • American Express Donating $2.5 Million to Black-Owned Business (Hypehair) — With the economic crash due to Covid-19, many small businesses have been suffering, and black-owned businesses have been hit especially hard
  • PayPal (PYPL) Pledges Additional $5M to Support Racial Equity (Nasdaq) — In line with PayPal Holdings, Inc.’s PYPL stance against racial discrimination, the company further announced an extra $5 million in grants in a bid to support black and minority-owned businesses.

Discrimination

  • McDonald’s class-action lawsuit grows to nearly 80 plaintiffs (Chicago Crusader)
  • Black Tech Entrepreneur Fights to Empower Minorities after Facing Discrimination (Black Star News) — Joseph Heller, wants to help Black business compete with major retailers.

Reparations / Affirmative Action / Diversity / Inclusion

  • A Black woman called somebody racist. She’s now fighting a defamation suit headed to the Nevada Supreme Court. (This is Reno)
  • How Inclusion Helps Companies Succeed (Wharton)
  • Companies promise more diversity after George Floyd, but will change happen this time? (Columbia Dispatch)
  • The history of Black dolls and why it was once so hard to find (WMC) — Americans spent over 3 billion dollars on dolls last year according to the Toy Association. However, for years, Black dolls were very hard to come by in stores.
  • Invisible Chapters: Writing The Black Community Into The Stories Of Libraries, Bookstores And Publishing (KJZZ)
  • Making amends for a massacre nearly 100 years ago may be a model for reparations (Washington Post) — As each new year approaches, Ebony Pickett looks back to the dark history of the massacre that began in the little-known majority-Black enclave in Rosewood, Fla., on Jan. 1, 1923.
  • Aurora James Is Helping Companies Invest In Accountability With The ‘15 Percent Pledge’ (Forbes) — The 15 Percent Pledge urges major retailers to commit at least 15% of their shelf-space to Black-owned businesses, offering consulting services to help these corporations reach that goal.
  • 5 ways businesses can embrace diversity, equity and inclusion (Albuquerque Business Journal) — In a year of personal and professional hardship, businesses have been confronted with an urgent need to evolve and adapt to an ever-changing environment.
  • 7 ways to make year-end charitable donations supporting racial equity. ‘If there was ever a time to give generously, it’s now’ (Market Watch) — As Americans make their year-end charitable contributions, many are likely reflecting on the suffering the country has witnessed in 2020.

Economics

Black Economics

  • Personal Finance Columnist Michelle Singletary Examines Race, Wealth Gap For Black Americans (WBUR)
  • How Business Can Boost Human Rights In 2021 (Forbes) – 2020 was a year headlined by a global health crisis, profound economic distress, and high-profile examples of racial inequality.
  • 2020 In Review: The Story Behind ‘The Color Of Public Money’ (WGBH) – Reporting shows minority firms not getting government contracts.
  • Black leaders urge action to match Janet Yellen’s words on race (Financial Times) – Yellen was unusually frank for a Treasury Secretary about considering race when fixing economic problems.
  • Minnesota can do better on Black economic inclusion (Star Tribune)

Straight up Econ / The Economy

  • U.S. consumer confidence stumbles as Covid saps economic momentum (CNBC)
  • Borrowing hits record high as talk of “double-dip” recession grows (Evening Standard)

Co-Ops / Employee Owned / Cooperative Economics (UJamaa)

  • In the time of COVID-19, Kwanzaa goes virtual (Chicago Sun Times) – Kwanzaa event, that usually focuses on Black businesses and artisans offering handcrafted items, is now virtual this year.
  • Kwanzaa celebrates African-American heritage. Here’s how it came to be—and what it means today. (National Geographic)
  • History of Kwanzaa (LA Progressive)
  • Savannah holding first Kwanzaa Krawl (WTOC 11)

Industry Stories

Sports / Media / Entertainment

  • ‘Soul’ Features Pixar’s First Black Lead Character. Here’s How It Happened. (New York Times)
  • Oprah Winfrey Sells Most of OWN Stake to Discovery for $36 Million (Bloomberg)
  • Ravens Star Calais Campbell Donates $125K for Baltimore Black Businesses (Baltimore Times) — Baltimore Ravens star Defensive End and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, Calais Campbell has teamed with The Rockefeller Foundation to help struggling Black businesses in Maryland survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • DC United’s new head of business operations will be first Black president of an MLS team (Washington Post) – DC United appoint Danita Johnson as head of business operations.
  • Chicago Bulls and BMO Harris Bank Team Up to Support Local Black Owned Businesses (Bulls.com) — As a continuation of the team’s social justice efforts, the Chicago Bulls and BMO Harris Bank have partnered to launch a program supporting Chicago Black owned businesses.
  • NBA star Moe Harkless donates rent money to 50 NYC families (The Grio)
  • Jrue Holiday Donates His Salary To Black-Owned Businesses (Def Pen)
  • Former NBA player Junior Bridgeman to buy bankrupt Ebony for $14 million (Chicago Tribune)

Marketing / Advertising / Sales / Consumer Behavior

  • Black Diamond Caters to Growing Population of Black Gun Owners (Queen City Nerve). 58.2% of Black men and women bought more guns in the first six months of 2020 than in previous years.

Alcohol / Marijuana / CBD

  • What a Decade as an African American in the Cannabis Business Has Taught Me (Green Entrepreneur) – Wanda James, CEO of Simply Pure Dispensary, stands on top of a successful, vertically-integrated, socially-conscious cannabis company.

Real Estate / Finance / Development / Housing / Segregation

  • US existing home sales drop for the first time in 6 months amid rising prices and record-low supply (Business Insider). General story but interesting data.
  • Mortgage rates slide to historic lows for third time this month (Washington Post)
  • Proposed fund would help Black, Indigenous and people of color buy property (VT Digger)

Construction / Jobs / Discrimination / Architecture / Design

  • The Hampton House Motel: The Real History of the Hotel Where Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown Famously Converged (Architectural Digest)

Politics / Government / State and Local

  • Aurora mayor tapped to lead state’s new commission to improve the lives of black males (Daily Herald)
  • Black votes should be represented in Congressional staff member (Daytona Times)

Education / Healthcare

  • ‘Already Behind’: Diversifying The Legal Profession Starts Before The LSAT (NPR). While African Americans make up 13.4% of the U.S. population, they make up only 5% of all lawyers.
  • Black Men Have the Shortest Lifespans of Any Americans. This Theory Helps Explain Why. (ProPublica). Stress is a big contributing factor to this.
  • Some good colleges still keep tuition low. Give their students higher Pell Grants. (Washington Post)
  • Stimulus bill a boon to historically Black colleges and universities, with $22 million in debt forgiveness for Philander Smith (Arkansas Times)
  • Canceling student debt would narrow the racial wealth gap and stimulate our economy (Sun Sentinel
  • Canceling all student debt makes great economic sense for America — here’s why (Business Insider)

Farming / Agriculture

  • ‘We wanted to work the land with our kids’: the Black US farmers reclaiming the soil (Guardian) – An effort to address lack of Black farmers and lack of fresh food in Black communities.

Rehab / Re-entry / Corrections / Police

  • Tom Gores’s Prison Investment Drags NBA Into Controversy (Bloomberg) – Phone calls in jail and prison are unfairly expensive. Gores own Securus Technology which provides phone services.

People and Careers

People / Motivation / Leadership / Success Stories / Ideas

  • Don Charlton has raised millions from VCs. He shares his best tips for Black founders on how to overcome investing bias and succeed in Silicon Valley. (Business Insider)
  • COVID-19: Beyoncé donates $500,000 to people facing eviction due to housing crisis (Sky News)
  • Interview With Kristal Hansley: The First 90 Days As The First Black Female CEO In Solar Energy (Her Agenda) — The internet went into a frenzy after hearing about, Kristal Hansley, the first Black female CEO in the solar energy arena.
  • Black-Owned Brands Whose Businesses Skyrocketed Amid COVID-19 (Afrotech) — Some businesses managed to prevail in the midst of the global health crisis, even more so exceeding expectations no one could’ve imagined.
  • Web Capital Helps Businesses Achieve Success Even During the Pandemic (Menafn) — Berry Moise is the owner and CEO of Web Capital , a Black-owned digital marketing company that’s helping business owners transition their enterprises online and remain viable.
  • Google tapped this 29-year-old producer to create its Year in Search song and he brought together over 80 Black artists, engineers, producers, and managers (Business Insider) – Music Producer Peter CottonTale highlights the struggle of Black Americans after being tapped by Google.
  • Madison entrepreneur featured in national ad campaign (Madison Magazine) — Syovata Edari, founder and owner of CocoVaa Chocolatier, is featured in a national advertising campaign and initiative encouraging support of Black-owned businesses this holiday season.
  • Rap start 21 Savage worked with Black website BlackStanta.Com, to sell Christmas Hoodie Benefiting his own Leading By Example Foundation (Respect Magazine)

All Other

Caribbean / Africa / International

  • China to leapfrog U.S. as world’s biggest economy by 2028, report says (The Japan Times) — Important
  • The reluctance of Canadian businesses to collect race-based data needs to end (Globe and Mail) –
  • The reluctance of Canadian businesses to collect race-based data needs to end (Globe and Mail) — Not asking for race, gender and ethnicity data while trying to stop bias and systemic racism is like not testing for COVID-19 and tracing contacts while trying to stop the spread of the virus. Canada is unwilling to face racial discrimination. In fact, they scared of even collecting the data. Just like the US.
  • Pandemic Squeezes South Africa’s Already Tight Middle Class (Voice of America News)

Travel / History

  • Afro-Latinos in Latin America, Caribbean is the focus of this travel show (NBC News)

Black Business and Economic Stories for December 14th to 20th 2020

Top Stories

  • Darien man launches Black-owned ‘legacy’ cereal brand (Darien Times)
  • Blacks fail to make inroads into high-paying, senior-level city jobs under Kenney (Philadelphia Tribune). African Americans accounted for nearly 37% of the senior leadership positions in city government under Mayor Jim Kenney.
  • I wanted a Tesla. Then I found out the company doesn’t hire enough Black people (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • The Bankruptcy Code Is Stacked Against Black Families. Elizabeth Warren’s New Bill Would Change That (Forbes)
  • Six policies to address social problems affecting Black boys and men (Brookings) – If you’re playing along at home, see if you can name the six solutions.  Times up. Education, Employment, Criminal Justice Reform, Segregation, Mentoring and Reparations
  • Persistent residential segregation is sustaining racial and economic injustice in the U.S (Brookings) – Part of a larger series examining the fundamental economic issue in the US: Real Estate. Everything important is tied to Real Estate: jobs, education, race relations and wealth. Part of “The Great Real Estate Reset” from Brookings.
  • Economist Lisa D Cook: Pandemic’s pain deepens wealth gap (Detroit Free-Press) – Nice piece on Lisa D Cook from Spelman

Stories

Protest / Social Justice

  • Community Talks Race Issues (Wilmington Biz) — Genesis Block launched this year to create programs to help minority- and women-owned business­es, including a searchable directory of Black-owned businesses in the region. 
  • ‘The most lopsided economic event imaginable’: Wave of evictions threatens Black, Latino tenants (Politico)

Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

  • Americans could get $600 direct payments, $300-a-week federal unemployment in next stimulus (Philadelphia Inquirer) — Congress’ first round of PPP loans largely excluded minority- and women-owned companies.

Jobs / Workers / Unemployment / Gig Economy

  • GM First Automaker to Join OneTen Coalition (The News Wheel) – The goal is to provide one million jobs to Black people by 2030.

Inequality / Systemic Racism / Economic Justice

Black Business

Black Business General / Interesting Businesses Stories

  • 2 Chainz Is Donating To Black Entrepreneurs In New Series (BET). The ‘Money Maker Fund’ will be hosted for HBCU students and graduates
  • Serena Williams calls on Silicon Valley investors to back more Black women entrepreneurs (The Business Journals)
  • Official Black Wall Street Founder on the future of black entrepreneurship (Yahoo Finance)
  • Founder & CEO Of Official Black Wall Street Mandy Bowman Wants Everyone To Understand The Power Of The Black Dollar (Essence)
  • Up Against Wall Street Bond Giants, Minority Firms Want More (Bloomberg)
  • Black, Latina Women Confident About Financial Goals (Think Advisor)
  • $1M donation hopes to bring some relief to struggling Black, brown owned restaurants, workers (ABC 7 Chicago)
  • New Tattered Cover owners defend claims of Black ownership amid national outcry (The Know) – Owners of Denver’s Tattered Cover book stores have watched as reactions to owners claim that it is the  nation’s largest Black-owned book store.
  • Meet 30 Black Owned Businesses You Can Support In 2021 (Forbes) — One of the most impactful ways to positively impact Black communities is through supporting businesses founded by black founders who can then positively impact their communities.
  • Fueling a diverse supply chain in the Twin Cities: An executive discussion (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal) — As we look to drive an inclusive economic recovery in the Twin Cities in a post-Covid world, the link between corporations and minority-owned businesses needs to continue to strengthen.
  • Building a more equitable region for minority-owned businesses: An executive discussion (Puget Sound Business Journal) — In addition to not having the same access to capital, BIPOC business owners generally don’t have that social capital that facilitates business relationships
  • Some Black-Owned Businesses Thrive Despite Pandemic (Spectrum News 1) — A number of Columbus Black-owned businesses that are a part of a Facebook group, have seen their customers triple
  • From near bankruptcy to boom: Walnut Hills restaurant rebounds amid pandemic (Cincinnati Business Courier) – Encouragement from landlord and smart business moves helped restaurant stay afloat.
  • Green Book of Tampa Bay founders share more than 100 local Black-owned businesses you can support right now (CL Tampa Bay) —
  • Jasper Kuria (425 Business) — Eastside businessman has idea to help Black-owned businesses that involves white CEOs pledging to lead by example, and help level the playing field.
  • Local black-owned businesses surprise kids, families hit hardest by COVID-19 (CW 39) — Local black-owned businesses recently teamed up with schools from the Acres Homes area to surprise those hit hardest by the pandemic with Christmas presents.
  • Local businesses look for boost from city’s Black Business Fridays (Chestnut Hill Local) — The 2020 holiday season is an opportunity for residents and visitors to strengthen Philadelphia communities by shopping with Black- and Brown-owned businesses
  • Louisville asking for public input on proposed incubator for minority-owned businesses (WDRB) — Lack of access to capital and overall support prevent Minority-owned businesses from enjoying the same economic benefits and financial stability as other businesses.
  • Voya offers fee break for minority-owned firms (Pensions & Investments) — Voya Financial is giving minority-owned businesses a break on retirement plan fees given the heavier financial toll these businesses have endured from COVID-19.
  • ‘200 years behind’: Racial wealth gap impedes Black business ownership in Louisville (Courier Journal) — As a Black business owner in Louisville, Thurston is among a small group — one that has dwindled over the years.
  • EY launches business accelerator for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs in Atlanta, U.S. (Atlanta Business Chronicles) — Minority entrepreneurs receive so little support … but closing this gap requires more than capital alone
  • BIPOC Renton small businesses owners may now apply for support from Comcast RISE (Renton Reporter) — Comcast RISE will help thousands of small businesses over the next three years by offering grants, marketing and technology upgrades.
  • Black Owned Businesses Tour of Downtown Macon (41 NBC) — Newtown Macon and several downtown businesses partner to bring a Black-Owned Businesses Tour to residents.
  • New website launches to help Louisville residents shop locally (Louisville Business First) — The site will also offer curated collections, like locally crafted, $25 gifts and Black-owned businesses, as well as a way to shop by neighborhood.

Black Business Specific

  • Darien man launches Black-owned ‘legacy’ cereal brand (Darien Times)
  • Denver’s Tattered Cover Becomes Nation’s Largest Black-Owned Indie Bookstore (NPR).
  • Charlotte black-owned business finds success with fun family card games (NSJ) – Sales and searches for card games spike due to pandemic.
  • Black Game Creators: Changing the Gaming Scene for the Better (Black Girl Nerds)
  • Black-owned fudge shop thrives in heart of pandemic (ABC 8) — A new fudge business is thriving in the midst of a pandemic. The owners are a Black father and daughter duo who make sweets during these tough times.
  • Local businesses look for boost from city’s Black Business Fridays (Chestnut Hill Local) – Plus link to local Black Owned Businesses here. Chestnut Hill Black Owned Businesses

Big Business / Corporate

  • “I wanted a Tesla”. Then I found out the company doesn’t hire enough Black people (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Netflix donates $25M to help end housing discrimination (Reality Biz News). Netflix partners with the non-profit Enterprise Community Partners on this initiative. 
  • PayPal Announces Additional $5 Million Grant Program for Black-Owned Businesses as COVID-19 Crisis Continues (PR Newswire) — rants extend PayPal’s $530 million commitment made to support and empower Black-owned businesses, strengthen minority communities and fight economic inequality
  • Brands need to speak out in support of the Black community (Martech Today) – Some brands do not have enough courage to say something that could really move the needle, says Ekechukwu.
  • National Black Chamber of Commerce announces Amazon Business partnership (Chicago Crusader) — The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) is partnering with Amazon Business to help Black-owned businesses achieve their business goals, by supporting and highlighting Suppliers or Sellers in the Amazon Business store.
  • LISC’s Black Economic Development Fund reaches $175 million with $50 million investment from PayPal, $12.5 million from HubSpot (PR Newswire)
  • Exclusive: The Visa Foundation Commits $4.8 Million To Women- And Black-Owned Small Business Initiatives, Including Pharrell Williams’ Black Ambition (Forbes) —
  • Ernst & Young launches Twin Cities minority-business support program (Star Tribune) — Ernst & Young, the accounting and consulting firm, will support 12 small Black- and Latino-owned businesses in the Twin Cities as part of a multicity business accelerator program it calls the Entrepreneurs Access Network, or EAN.
  • Google to coach Black, Latinx small businesses in New Orleans (New Orleans City Business)

Reparations / Affirmative Action / Diversity / Inclusion

  • More US churches are committing to racism-linked reparations (Associated Press)
  • County Board passes Juneteenth ordinance — ‘first step in the healing process’ for Black Americans (Chicago Sun Times)
  • Nina Ahmad, Brittany Alston, Michael Coard, and Congressman Dwight Evans discuss reparations (Chestnut Hill Local)
  • Black entrepreneurs lack opportunity, not skills. Other businesses hold the power to change that (The Globe and Mail)
  • Supplier diversity needs to focus on industries of today and tomorrow (Chicago Business) — Black companies became pigeonholed in low-margin endeavors such as janitorial, landscaping, delivery and construction.
  • B-to-b diversity can help us achieve racial equity and economic justice (Chicago Business)

Economics

Black Economics

  • Economist Lisa D Cook: Pandemic’s pain deepens wealth gap (Detroit Free-Press) – Nice piece on Lisa D Cook from Spelman
  • Economists are rediscovering a lost heroine: Sadie Alexander (Economist)
  • Nixon and Black capitalism (Chicago Business)
  • I’m a Black woman writing about money and race. Here’s what I see. (Washington Post) – Column aims to address in a very personal way some commonly held misconceptions about Black people.
  • Jacksonville Native Inspires Facebooks #BuyBlack Friday Program: Sheryl Sandberg (Jacksonville) – Rachael Hawk came up with the Facebook campaign to support the Black community in response to the feelings of dismay and grief many of us felt during the incidents of racial injustice last summer.
  • Despite Pandemic, Baker’s Cabinet Agencies Boosted Spending With Minority Businesses (GBH) — Executive branch agencies in Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration boosted their spending with minority-owned businesses by nearly $20 million in fiscal year 2020

Straight up Econ / The Economy

  • Race and Financial Security Play Central Roles in Student Loan Repayment (Pew Charitable Trusts)
  • The Bankruptcy Code Is Stacked Against Black Families. Elizabeth Warren’s New Bill Would Change That (Forbes)
  • How the Economy Is Actually Doing, in 9 Charts (New York Times)
  • 12 charts show the wild ride US employment took in 2020 — and just how far we still have to go to recover (Business Insider)
  • Press release of Janet Yellen and Wally Adeyemo’s Meeting with Racial and Economic Justice Organization Leaders (Biden Harris Transition) – No details but the list is impressive.  All the names to know in progressive economics.

Industry Stories

Sports / Media / Entertainment

  • Packers, Brewers, Bucks aim to help Black, Latino startup businesses (Wisconsin State Journal) — Wisconsin’s three major-league professional sports franchises are banding together to help Black- and Latino-owned startups secure investment money and other resources.
  • Basketball is back, but the Hawks are still going beyond posting a black square (Peach Tree Hoops) — $35 million loan was the first time a group of Black banks has partnered with a professional sports franchise.
  • Baltimore Ravens player Calais Campbell, Rockefeller Foundation support Black biz fund (Yahoo News) — Rockefeller Foundation has pledged $75,000 to support the program alongside Campbell, who will be donating $125,000

Marketing / Advertising / Sales / Consumer Behavior

  • Black And Up In Arms (NPR). This is a podcast episode from Code Switch that talks about what it means to be a Black gun owner.
  • Could Gen Z Consumer Behavior Make Capitalism More Ethical? (Harvard Business Review) — Large companies like Netflix and Twitter have begun moving cash to Black-owned banks as a sign of support for racial equity.

Alcohol / Marijuana / CBD

  • Virginia lawmakers focus on racial equity as they debate marijuana legalization (Virginia Mercury) — As lawmakers prepare to take up proposals to legalize recreational marijuana, questions about how to address past racial inequities and prevent new ones from cropping up in a legalized marketplace have figured prominently in early discussions.

Beauty / Fashion / Retail

Technology / Apps / Innovation

  • Google offers Nola Black and Latino business owners free online training (NOLA)
  • Pinterest’s $22.5 million gender discrimination settlement is another example of how Black women are ignored, say senior women of color in the tech industry (Business Insider) — Both Pinterest and Brougher agreed that a further $2.5 million would go to programs supporting women and underrepresented communities in tech.

Finance / Investing / Banking / Venture Capital

  • $5M Wells Fargo grant will provide capital to Black entrepreneurs in St. Louis (The Business Journals)
  • Yelp Deposits $10 Million of Cash Reserves with Black-Owned Financial Institutions to Support Underserved Communities (Business Wire)
  • Packers, Bucks, Brewers to team with Microsoft on fund to invest in minority-owned businesses (The Business Journals)
  • Baltimore to receive $1M from Rockefeller Foundation to fund capital access, economic empowerment (The Business Journals)
  • Rockefeller Foundation donates nearly half million to Black businesses in Florida (Miami Herald)
  • To back diverse entrepreneurs, keep these 6 things in mind (MIT Sloan) — Expanding access to capital for women and entrepreneurs of color requires deliberate and concrete action, not optics.
  • Unequal Access To Banking And Loans Works Against Black Business Owners (Iowa Public Radio) – Nice story about a father & daughter construction company in Des Moines, IA.
  • Commercial lending push at Black-owned banks gets results (American Banker) — After decades of operating on the periphery of financial services, Black-owned banks are beginning to find seats at the tables where corporate transactions are brokered.

Real Estate / Finance / Development / Housing / Segregation

  • Persistent residential segregation is sustaining racial and economic injustice in the U.S (Brookings) – Part of a larger series examining the fundamental economic issue in the US: Real Estate. Everything important is tied to Real Estate: jobs, education, race relations and wealth. Part of “The Great Real Estate Reset” from Brookings.

Construction / Jobs / Discrimination

Cities / Urban Planning / Local Government

  • Blacks fail to make inroads into high-paying, senior-level city jobs under Kenney (Philadelphia Tribune). African Americans accounted for nearly 37% of the senior leadership positions in city government under Mayor Jim Kenney.

Politics / Government / State and Local

  • Ken Ebie’s focused mission for New York City Black entrepreneurs (Amsterdam News) – He is the first executive director and chief development officer of Black Entrepreneurs NYC.

Taxes / Tax Policy

  • Racial gap in homeownership (Axios)
  • The rental housing market’s “Black Tax” (Axios)

Law / Legal / Non-profits / Philanthropy / Non-Profit

  • Fund for Black Oregonians put on hold during litigation (Portland Business Journal) — A $62 million fund for Black Oregonians will stop providing grants to residents and businesses during pending litigation and deposit its remaining $8.8 million with a federal court.
  • Attorney Zulu Ali, Founder of the Largest Black-owned Law Firm in California’s Inland Empire, Has Been Renamed Top Lawyer by the National Black Lawyers Top 100 (PR Newswire)
  • Remaking the Economy: COVID-19, Recovery, and the Black Community (Non-Profit Quarterly)
  • MacKenzie (Bezos) Scott
  • MacKenzie Scott, Jeff Bezos ex-wife,  Announces $4.2 Billion More in Charitable Giving (The New York Times). Overarching story to the ones below.
  • Lincoln University receives $20 million gift as part of $4 billion giveaway by ex-wife of Amazon founder (The Philadelphia Inquirer). MacKenzie Scott gives Craft3 $10M (The Business Journals)
  • Prairie View A&M University gets $50M from MacKenzie Scott, largest in its history (Houston Chronicle)
  • UMES receives $20 million award, the largest single gift in its history, from MacKenzie Scott (Delmarva Daily Times)
  • MacKenzie Scott gives $30 million of Amazon wealth to two Philly institutions that serve low-income communities (Philadelphia Inquirer). MacKenzie Scott gifts a financial lifeline for HBCUs | COMMENTARY (Baltimore Sun)

Strategy / Management

  • Harvard Business School and the Executive Leadership Council Team Up to Build Pipeline of Black Executives (Harvard Business School)

Education / Healthcare

  • Preservation Delaware initiative documenting oral histories of African American schools (Dover Post). This initiative is a part of the Brown v. Board of Education project.

Farming / Agriculture

Science / Math / Statistics / STEM / Tech

  • How to Build an Inclusive Digital Economy, and Why We Must (Entrepreneur)

People and Careers

People / Motivation / Leadership / Success Stories / Ideas

  • Brian Lee, the business executive on a mission to create one million Black millionaires (Face2Face Africa)
  • Meet Vernon Coleman, one of the youngest Black entrepreneurs in tech, who just raised a seed round topping $4 million that included Alexis Ohanian (Business Insider)
  • Pharrell Williams on His Nonprofit Black Ambition and the Importance of Artists’ Rights in the Music Industry (Variety) – Pharrell says underrepresentation of Blacks  in our nation and the world is due to not having enough ownership.
  • How This Founder Turned Her Blog Into a Lifestyle Brand With $5 Million in Sales (Inc) — Nicole Brown took her passion project and turned it into one of the fastest-growing businesses in the U.S. by cultivating a space for Black women to celebrate themselves.
  • Serena Williams: Silicon Valley is wrong about Black women entrepreneurs (Philadelphia Tribune) — Black female founders exist at the intersection of many challenges, making it exponentially more difficult for them to get the funding they need.
  • Program focused on African American leaders gets $1 million grant (The Business Journals)

All Other

Caribbean / Africa / International

  • Black entrepreneurs lack opportunity, not skills. Other businesses hold the power to change that (Globe & Mail)
  • Ontario Investing in New Opportunities for Black Youth (Government of Ontario)
  • Black employees earn 20% less at Britain’s biggest bank. It’s trying to fix that (Philadelphia Tribune) — Lloyds Bank has become the first UK lender to disclose the pay gap of its Black employees, shining a light on the dearth of Black people in senior positions

Travel / History

  • Let Us Put Our Money Together: The Founding of America’s First Black Banks (Kansas City Fed) – You can download the book for free here.

Opinion

  • Passing New Jersey’s bill to legalize cannabis is a historic step toward racial equity (NJ.com)
  • It’s payback time for our support; Biden should nominate a Black U.S. attorney for South Florida (Miami Herald)

Other

Black Business and Economic Stories for Dec. 7th to 13th 2020

Top Stories

  •  CEOs of Big Companies Pledge $100 Million for Initiative to Hire 1 Million Black Workers (Barrons)
  • Several top companies vow to hire a total of 1 million Black people over 10 years (NBC News)
  • Families of Color Are Now Facing an Economic Disaster (NY Magazine)
  • ‘Black is back’: A new grassroots effort aims to revitalize north St. Louis (St. Louis Today) – Great long article.
  • U.S. cities and states are discussing reparations for Black Americans. Here’s what’s key. (Washington Post)
  • Black Labor Has Built America Through Centuries (WDET) — Carnegie Mellon Professor and Author Joe Trotter about Black Labor
  • Google silences and then fires a Black artificial-intelligence expert (Columbia Journalism Review)
  • ‘Buy Black Downtown Macon’ tour to help businesses struggling during pandemic (13 WMAZ) — The whole goal of this event is to shine light on local businesses that have struggled during the pandemic.
  • The Spirits Business Is Stacked Against Black Owners — But That Can Change (Vine Pair) – In a room full of BIPOC industry leaders, there was only one person with an ownership position.
  • Pandemic is leaving students of color behind, creating long-term impact on their earnings and health (CNBC)

Stories

Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

  • How Alabama’s PPP loan approval totals varied by race (The Birmingham Business Journal)) — New data from the SBA shows how different races fared in terms of PPP lending.
  • Families of Color Are Now Facing an Economic Disaster (NY Magazine)

Jobs / Workers / Unemployment / Gig Economy

  • Black Labor Has Built America Through Centuries (WDET)
  • CEOs of Big Companies Pledge $100 Million for Initiative to Hire 1 Million Black Workers (Barrons)

Inequality / Systemic Racism / Economic Justice

  • “Unspoken” Docuseries Sheds Light On Systemic Racism In Entrepreneurship (Ideastream) – 4-part docuseries tells real stories of Black entrepreneurs facing systemic racism.
  • Black employees earn 20% less at Britain’s biggest bank. It’s trying to fix that (CNN Business) — Lloyds Bank has become the first UK lender to disclose the pay gap of its Black employees.

Black Business

Black Business General / Interesting Businesses Stories

  • Serious help may be on the way for America’s black entrepreneurs (The Economist). Black-owned businesses earn just 0.3% of total business receipts.
  • South Bay’s Black-owned businesses turn to networking to survive pandemic (San Jose Spotlight)
  • Black staff at Lloyds are paid 20% less than their peers, bank reveals (The Guardian). This number can be attributed to a lack of black staff in top roles.
  • Grow Michigan fund to provide $100 million in loans to minority-owned businesses (Crain Detroit Business)
  • Virtual Halle-Bration focuses on supporting Black-owned businesses (WCPO) — Halle-Bration is going virtual this year due to the pandemic, and this event will focus on supporting Black-owned businesses
  • Young Black Professionals spark new local movements (Dayton Business Journal) — One young professional group is uplifting the Dayton-area Black community with new initiatives
  • She hired her first employees a week before the pandemic arrived. How has business fared since then? (Q City Metro) — Destini Gilliam’s story is indicative of a much bigger narrative that has impacted Black businesses, specifically those owned by Black women.
  • Birmingham chefs sign on with Black Restaurant Week (Birmingham Business Journals) — This year, Black Restaurant Week LLC, the organization celebrating the flavors of African-American, African and Caribbean cuisine with a series of regional cultural events, will be in the spotlight in both Alabama and Birmingham.
  • Black business owners see opportunity at Avondale Town Center (WCPO) – Several prime commercial spaces facing Reading Road are under lease, and a majority of new establishments are owned by African Americans.
  • Black businesses in Austin navigating new challenges (Austin Talks) — Liz Abunaw, founder and owner of Forty Acres Fresh Market, attributes the influx of customers to conscious spending.
  • Minority Business Partnership expands its offerings (Dayton Business Journal) — Belinda Stenson has led the Minority Business Partnership for eight years but none quite like this current year.
  • Shop for the holidays & support Mid-South Black businesses through virtual Black Christmas Expo (Local Memphis) — Black Christmas Expo is a three-day weekend where you get to support and shop with 100 black businesses from the comfort of your own home.
  • ‘Buy Black Downtown Macon’ tour to help businesses struggling during pandemic (13 WMAZ) — The whole goal of this event is to shine light on local businesses that have struggled during the pandemic.
  • Black-Owned Outdoor Market (Miami Times) — New Richmond Heights market highlights local businesses
  • Want to support Macon’s Black-owned businesses? (Macon) – Take a tour.  Press release.
  • On the up in 2021: Three Black business owners growing revenue, staff and real estate next year (Knox News) — Meet three Black entrepreneurs who are coming out of 2020 stronger than ever, and are moving into 2021 with a growth mindset.
  • Black Business Support Collective mapping a post-Covid future for Black-owned businesses (Minneapolis Business Journal) – The Black Business Collective looks to navigate a post-COVID future for Black Businesses
  • Building wealth through Black Businesses (Chicago Crusader) — As part of an ongoing sponsored series on Black financial health, the Chicago Crusader is exploring the racial wealth gap, its impact on our community, and what’s being done to address it
  • New Platform Spotlights Black-Owned Businesses in Raleigh (Spectrum) — The Black Friday Market may look like any other store, but it’s a business model different from the rest
  • Englewood Shop That Helps Local Entrepreneurs Needs Support After Car Crashes Into Building (Block Chicago Club) — Justice Collins opened Culture Connection 360 to give local entrepreneurs a helping hand 12 years ago. Now, Collins needs a hand himself
  • Campaign urges holiday shoppers to patronize Black-owned retail stores (The Champion Newspaper) – Campaign aims to give a new meaning to Black Friday in an effort to uplift Black Businesses
  • Black Sunday Holiday Expo Showcases Small Businesses With Big Ambitions (KPIX 5) — The annual Black Sunday Holiday Expo featured an outdoor marketplace of small businesses with big ambitions.

Black Business Specific

  • Two High School Friends Open the First Black-Owned Toy Store in Carson Mall (NBC Los Angeles). Feon Cooper and Kareem Burton are the owners of the toy store called Black Star Collectibles.
  • Black-owned theater opened in the pandemic. Next year, it plans to be a permanent drive-in. (NJ.com)
  • How a new community is supporting Richmond’s Black entrepreneurs (The Business Journals)
  • Stylist Zerina Akers and Thrilling Are Putting Black-Owned Vintage Shops Front and Center (Vogue) — Akers has curated a special collection of her favorite vintage pieces from Black-owned businesses on Thrilling
  • 5 Local Black-Student-Run Businesses to Support this Holiday Season (The New Paltz Oracle)
  • Colorado Activewear Brand ICONI Featured In ‘Oprah’s Favorite Things’ (CBS Denver) – This small black-owned business found a following and eventually caught the attention of Oprah Magazine.

Big Business / Corporate

  • Starbucks Names Black Businesswoman Mellody Hobson, Chair of the Board (The Tennessee Tribune)
  • BMO Harris launches new program for minority-owned small businesses (NWI Times) — program is designed to increase small businesses’ access to capital through customized lending criteria and offers, educational resources, coaching and networking.

Discrimination

  • Google silences and then fires a Black artificial-intelligence expert (Columbia Journalism Review)
  • Student Athletes at Black Colleges and Universities Sue NCAA Claiming “Intentional Discrimination” in Academic Performance Program According to FeganScott Law Firm (Business Wire)
  • Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against McDonald’s Grows (Patch)
  • Racial slurs painted on Black-owned business in Tower District (ABC 30) — Racial slurs as well as a skeleton with a noose around the neck on one of the gym doors discovered by employee.
  • Why Mastercard is publicly trying to fix its gender and racial pay gaps (Fortune)

Reparations / Affirmative Action / Diversity / Inclusion

  • Several top companies vow to hire a total of 1 million Black people over 10 years (NBC News)
  • A new book discusses not just why, but how the U.S. should pay reparations to Black Americans (Washington Post) – Discussion of “From Here to Equality” with William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen.
  • How to Hold Your Company Accountable to Its Promise of Racial Justice (Harvard Business Review) — Many companies expressed their solidarity with the Black community and the Black Lives Matter movement after the killing of George Floyd. Here’s how to hold them accountable.
  • More US churches are committing to racism-linked reparations (AP)
  • Decades after her mom’s pot conviction, a daughter fights for marijuana reparations in N.J. (NBC News)
  • Amherst pursues reparations to Black residents (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
  • Wilmington could get a task force to study reparations (Delaware Public Media)
  • U.S. cities and states are discussing reparations for Black Americans. Here’s what’s key. (Washington Post)

Economics

Black Economics

  • A huge wealth gap makes economic recovery harder for Black Americans (Marketplace.org)
  • The Black-White Wealth Gap Left Black Households More Vulnerable (The Hamilton Project) – The latest data on the wealth gap between Black and White households.
  • Closing the racial wealth gap requires heavy, progressive taxation of wealth (Brookings)
  • Boston’s Greenwood Challenge, named after ‘Black Wall Street,’ surpasses $1M goal (Boston Business Journal) — Six months after launching a philanthropic fund to help close the racial wealth gap in Greater Boston, the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) has raised $1.5 million
  • How you can help dismantle America’s economic apartheid (Triangle Business Journal) — Whatever success Black professionals enjoy comes despite the fact that most white Americans practice a kind of economic apartheid.
  • Google honours Sir W Arthur Lewis: All you need to know about the economist (Business Standard)
  • Cecilia Rouse on Track to be First Black Chair of Council of Economic Advisers: “The Safety Net Has Frayed (Ms. Magazine)
  • Biden economic team faces challenge in delivering help to Black communities (The Hill)

Straight up Econ / The Economy

  • The U.S. Child-Care Crisis Is Torturing Parents and the Economy (Bloomberg)
  • How to make the housing market more equitable (Wall Street Journal)
  • The original paper from Brooking is here. “The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods: The case of residential property” (Brookings)
  • Are Home Prices in Black Neighborhoods Underpriced? (The Street) – Readers debate Andre Perry’s contention that Black Neighborhoods are underpriced by $156 billion. Most argue the market is always right and Black neighborhoods are crime infested without considering discrimination.
  • Noted Black Conservative Economist, Opponent of ‘the Welfare State’, Prof. Walter E. Williams Dead at 84 (CBN News)
  • Why Walter Williams was the People’s Economist (Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
  • Walter E. Williams, Black Voice of Libertarian Economics, dead at 84 (Atlanta Daily World)

Industry Stories

Sports / Media / Entertainment

  • Atlanta Hawks Announce Agreement with Black-Owned Banks (Respect Magazine) – Hawks refinance a sports medicine complex with Black banks.

Marketing / Advertising / Sales / Consumer Behavior

  • No stories. Strange given how much we consume. Maybe Covid ??

Alcohol / Marijuana / CBD / Gambling

  • Cannabis equity advocates preview bill to create $100M Oregon program (The Business Journals)
  • Billionaire Jay-Z becomes the latest cultural influencer to launch his own cannabis brand (CNBC)
  • Black-owned cannabis businesses move forward (Bay State Banner)
  • How Black businesspeople were left out of Washington’s green gold rush after marijuana was legalized (Seattle Times) – It has been an uphill battle to create racial equity in the cannabis industry.
  • The Spirits Business Is Stacked Against Black Owners — But That Can Change (Vine Pair) – In a room full of BIPOC industry leaders, there was only one person with an ownership position.
  • We must participate in Richmond casino (Richmond Free Press) —  by Alfred Liggins, CEO of Urban One, Inc.
  • Black-owned cannabis businesses move forward. City and state equity programs fast-track marijuana shops (Bay State Banner) – Massachusetts

Beauty / Fashion / Retail

Technology / Apps / Innovation

  • Squire, a barbershop tech startup, triples its valuation to $250M in latest round (Tech Crunch) – We are wonder how much of the company they still control?
  • Serving Black and Latinx Communities, Banking Platform Greenwood Continues Upward Arc (ADWeek)
  • Startup Spotlight: Katika makes the connection to Black-owned businesses (Philadelphia Business Journal) — App and online marketplace connects consumers with Black-owned businesses, with ultimate aim to see Philly become a Black Silicon Valley.

Finance / Investing / Venture Capital

  • Black Americans donate a higher share of their wealth than Whites (Washington Post) — Despite lower net worth, Black Americans have a culture of charitable giving. They are philanthropists investing in their communities.
  • Commercial lending push at Black-owned banks gets results (American Banker) – Black banks are doing more commercial and industrial (C&I) loans.
  • Advocates Urge NJ Lawmakers to End Racial and Economic Bias in Auto Insurance Rate Setting (Insider NJ)
  • Atlanta Hawks become first sports team to secure financing from Black-owned banks (The Atlanta Voice)
  • Black-owned banks band together to finance pro sports facility (American Banker)
  • Black women and Latina entrepreneurs get less than 1% of venture capital (Chicago Sun Times)

Real Estate / Finance / Development / Housing / Segregation

  • Black Millennials Responsible For Increase In African American Homeownership (BET)
  • Thousands of languishing vacant and abandoned properties with unpaid taxes harm Black neighborhoods and suburbs. Cook County treasurer says program aimed at fixing the problem is not working. (Chicago Tribune)
  • How To Make The Housing Market More Equitable (Wall Street Journal). Homes in Black neighborhoods are underpriced by about $156 billion.
  • Black Millennials fueled a surprising 2020 home-buying surge for African Americans (CNN Business) — Cohort of Black adults between the ages of 26 and 39 spark a nationwide rise in the overall home ownership rate for African Americans.
  • How to Diversify Trump County (Bloomberg City Lab)

Construction / Jobs / Discrimination

  • City Council approves Philly construction tax and changes to property tax abatement in busy year-end session (The Philadelphia Inquirer). This legislation is aimed at protecting Black and brown workers in the service industry.

Cities / Urban Planning / Local Government

  • Philadelphia City Council approves pandemic-era ‘Black Workers Matter’ protections (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Created to promote job security.
  • ‘Black is back’: A new grassroots effort aims to revitalize north St. Louis (St. Louis Today) – Great long article.

Politics / Government / State and Local

  • Biden Cancelling Student Loans Could Close The Racial Wealth Gap (Forbes)
  • Georgia’s political revolution: Who will lead the new Black capital of America? (The Hill)
  • Biden-Harris Administration Commits to Ensure Government Spending with Black and Minority-Owned Media Businesses (Milwaukee Courier)

HR / Personnel / Human Capital

  • How to build a more diverse, inclusive technology team (Fast Company) – Sort of an advertorial from capital one credit cards.  Capital one is the largest issuer of credit card to Black people in the US.
  • How Madam C.J. Walker Built Racial Equity into Her Business (Harvard Business Review) — Walker built her venture, the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, during the turn-of-the-twentieth century Jim Crow era and used it to lift up Black women amid a system of sexism and racial discrimination

Education / Healthcare

  • College board gives $18M to address African American unemployment in Ill. (23 WIFR)
  • Connecticut is 1st state to require high school courses on Black and Latino studies (News 19)
  • A wave of Black students takes presidencies at top-tier universities (NBC News)
  • A New York businessman donated a $1 million art collection to Morehouse College (CNN)
  • JPMorgan Chase awards $1 million to Delaware State University for Advancing Black Pathways initiative (WMDT.com)
  • Pandemic is leaving students of color behind, creating long-term impact on their earnings and health (CNBC)
  • Student loan cancellation ‘is a matter of racial and economic justice,’ Democratic Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley argues (Yahoo Finance)

Farming / Agriculture

  • Tall Grass Food Box Project Helps Black Farmers Struggling During The Pandemic (NPR)

Rehab / Re-entry / Corrections / Police

  • Activists criticize level of funding for Pittsburgh Police Department in 2021 budget proposal (Pennsylvania Capital Star) – Links to police budget in Pittsburgh

Science / Math / Statistics / STEM

People and Careers

Career / Professions / Entrepreneurship / Businesses You Can Start

  • Black Girl Ventures CEO on how to start a business: ‘Revenue is your validator’ (Yahoo Finance) — Shelly Bell launched Black Girl Ventures in 2016 to help minority women find capital to launch their businesses.

People / Motivation / Leadership / Success Stories / Ideas

  • 2020 Women Who Mean Business honoree: Brit Fitzpatrick (Cincinnati Business Journal) – Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country.
  • Maurice Davis couldn’t find a book with Black entrepreneurs. So he wrote one (The Gazette) — Maurice Davis wanted a book about entrepreneurship with characters looking like his 3- and 4-year-old sisters. So he made one.
  • Person of the Year: Aurora James (Retail Drive) — As retailers fretted about how to take action on systemic racism while people took to the streets for Black Lives Matter, a designer clarified things for them.
  • How brand strategist Ty Edwards is helping Black-owned businesses become global brands (Face2Face Africa) — An African-American branding expert with 17 years of experience in the field is chipping in to assist Black-owned businesses taking off.
  • Canela Lopez: It’s Time for Non-Black Latinx People to Talk About Anti-Blackness in Our Own Communities (Eur Web) — As the fastest-growing ethnic group in the US, Latinx people, in particular, must acknowledge the legacy of anti-Blackness in our communities, says Canela López (Read More Here)
  • With Grand Opening, ‘Communion’ Ushers In Community, Family, And Food For All (South Seattle Emerald) — a shimmering gold ribbon was cut, marking the opening of Communion Restaurant & Bar.

All Other

Caribbean / Africa / International

  • Black, Female-Owned Enterprise Flourish with Pragma’s Backing (Mining Weekly) — Mettle Petroleum has grown from a small business employing only four in 2017 to a company delivering projects over R2.5milion with 17 employees to date.
  • First black business hub launched in Liverpool as combined authority announces £200,000 fund for racial equality projects (Business Live) – Fund looks to identify and tackle barriers that negatively impact on the economic position of Black, Asian and Minority (BAME) communities.
  • Ottawa claims diversity is our strength. So why is it being sued by Black civil servants? (Globe & Mail)

Travel / History

  • International Black Business Museum press release (IBBM)
  • Visit Philadelphia Launches Initiative for Black- & Brown-Owned Businesses (Black PR Wire)
  • How Black-Owned Record Stores Helped Create Community (JSTOR Daily) – Black-owned record stores formed a consumer culture in which African Americans found respect, community, and a vibrant public life.

Opinion

  • ‘Separate approaches for seeking Black reparations don’t have to further divide us’ (The Atlantic Voice)
  • Opinion: Marijuana legalization may get a big push next year if only for the fact that governments could really use the tax cash (MarketWatch)

Other

  • International Black Business Museum Created to Honor the Genius of Black Entrepreneurs and Inventors (Send2Press Newswire)