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Black History

What Is Juneteenth and Why Do We Celebrate It?

What is Juneteenth? Now that Juneteenth has been declared a federal holiday, millions of Americans will have a day off for an event they know little about. The history of the United States is centuries old, and still, while most people are aware of the significance of July 4, 1776,

19 Jun 24 3 min read

Mattel Is Honoring Venus Williams With Her Own Barbie Doll

In celebration of its 65th anniversary, Barbie is honoring nine trailblazing woman athletes with one-of-a-kind dolls in their likeness, including the legendary tennis star Venus Williams. This initiative by Mattel not only commemorates Barbie’s legacy but also aims to empower young girls by showcasing real-life role models who have

17 Jun 24 2 min read

Meet the Black Entrepreneurs Transforming Shipping Containers into Affordable Homes

Jessica Lewis and Ibrahim Smith are not only disrupting traditional building methods but also pioneering an innovative approach to affordable housing. As the founders of MOBU Enterprises, they are transforming shipping containers into disaster-resistant, sustainable homes, marking a significant milestone for Black-owned businesses in the construction sector. The inception of

13 Jun 24 2 min read

30 Black-Owned Brands You Can Shop at Target

When Black-owned brands make their way onto the shelves of big box retailers, it’s time for us to show up and show out. While it is important to support these brands through their own avenues, showing up at stores like Target sends a different message. It says, yes, we

22 May 24 13 min read

Black-Woman-Owned Beauty Brand Acquired by West Lane Capital Partners

In a significant move within the beauty industry, Mented Cosmetics, a pioneering Black woman-owned beauty brand, has been acquired by West Lane Capital Partners. The acquisition marks a new chapter for Mented Cosmetics, known for its inclusive range of makeup products catering to women of all complexions. Co-founded in 2017

25 Apr 24 2 min read

This Black Woman-Owned Electric Company Secured Six-Figure Deal with Utility Giant

Detroit Voltage, a pioneering Black woman-owned electrical contracting firm based in Detroit, has achieved a significant milestone by securing a six-figure deal with DTE Energy, the largest electric utility company in Michigan. This deal not only signifies a momentous achievement for the company but also highlights the entrepreneurial spirit and

23 Apr 24 2 min read

Jamie Foxx Unveils New Whiskey Brand With Partner

Academy Award-winning actor, comedian, and musician Jamie Foxx has joined forces with spirits incubator WES Brands to introduce a new whiskey brand: Brown Sugar Blend (BSB). BSB Whiskey is not just another spirit on the shelf; it's a labor of love that took over two years of meticulous

15 Apr 24 2 min read

Serena Williams Launches Inclusive Make Up Line: Wyn Beauty

Serena Williams, renowned as the queen of the tennis court, is now making strides in the beauty industry with the launch of her inclusive makeup line, Wyn Beauty. Inspired by her passion for both victory and beauty, Williams introduces a range that embodies her ethos of empowerment and inclusivity. With

03 Apr 24 2 min read

This 14-Year-Old Created A Watch To Detect The Signs Of Stroke

14-year-old Naya Ellis has had a passion for science since childhood, driven by her aspiration to make a meaningful difference in the medical realm. Her journey traces back to the age of 7 when she tended to her mother, battling breast cancer, diligently changing bandages in a gesture of love

02 Apr 24 2 min read

17 Lingerie Brands Made By and For Black Women

Everyone wants to get sexy from time to time. There’s something about lingerie that makes us feel good about ourselves. And whether you’re putting it on for yourself or a significant other, you should feel good when you wear it. Some of the most popular lingerie brands feel

29 Mar 24 9 min read
What's New

The Richest Black Communities in the United States

What do you imagine when you think of Black communities? Society and entertainment still shape Black communities to solely mirror “ghettos.” It’s the 2020s. There is more to Black communities than what you see on TV and film. While shows and movies are showing poverty and crime, that’s

18 Mar 24 6 min read

Four Ways YOU Have Been Wasting Time!

"The major difference between achieving people and average people is how they use their time." - John Maxwell TIME is the most important resource known to mankind. Are You Wasting It? There are hundreds of productive ways to use our time but there was never a class on

14 Mar 24 2 min read
Black History

16 Wealthy Black Americans from Black History

Curated by Irene Smalls, MBA What do a scoundrel, a lady of the evening, a slave owner, an explorer, and businessmen have in common? They all became rich Black figures in American History. From the early days of struggle against slavery to the present era of groundbreaking achievements, Black individuals

23 Feb 24 6 min read

Issa Rae Is Launching A Studio To Create Opportunities For Creators

Issa Rae is expanding her business portfolio with a new up and coming venture.  In a recent conversation with Time Magazine, the multifaceted actress and producer unveiled an array of new projects and ventures coming down the pipeline. Issa Rae is emphatically signaling that she's far from reaching

13 Feb 24 1 min read

Byron Allen Submits Bid To Purchase Paramount Global For $14.3B

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Allen Media Group extended a $14.3 billion offer to acquire the remaining shares of Paramount Global. If green-lit, this deal would encompass Paramount's debt, estimated at around $15 billion. According to the outlet, a statement indicated, "Mr. Byron Allen submitted a

01 Feb 24 1 min read
Black Owned Businesses

18 Black-Owned Wine Brands To Support Today

Did you know that less than 1% of winemakers are Black? Yes, you heard correctly. That’s why we’re excited to bring you this round up of Black-owned brands you can support! But first… Welcome back to Official Black Wall Street, the largest app and digital platform connecting you

29 Jan 24 1 min read
Entrepreneur Spotlight

The 10 Wealthiest Black Entrepreneurs in America

In this video we're going to discuss the 10 wealthiest Black entrepreneurs in America today. These individuals have built successful businesses and have amassed impressive fortunes along the way. Get ready to be inspired by their incredible journeys and the impact they have made in their respective industries.

24 Jan 24 1 min read
What's New

3 Tips to Get Your Small Business Through Tax Season

Tax filing season is here. Most founders would prefer to focus on their business rather than dive into the minutiae of tax forms and filing deadlines. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to get your startup’s taxes completed on time and with as little disruption to

15 Jan 24 2 min read
Business Tips

3 Ways to Make the Best Connection With Customers

No matter how amazing a company’s products or services are, it’s impossible to survive without customers. Whether it’s a steady stream of new customers or a revolving door of loyal ones, forming a strong connection with your clientele is the best way to keep them invested in

02 Jan 24 4 min read

23 Black-Owned Hotels & Resorts for Your Next Vacation

The temperature is dropping and if you're anything like us, you're already planning a trip somewhere sunny. Whether you’re looking to stay in the States and travel across the country or you’re ready to dust off your passport for an international trip, we have

04 Oct 23 8 min read
Entrepreneur Spotlight

Meet The Black Woman Behind The Jewelry Showcasing The Beauty of Human Creativity & Compassion: Emerald Sun Creations

In the enchanting world of jewelry making, where artistry meets adornment, one Louisiana-based entrepreneur stands out with a unique vision and a heartwarming mission. Meet Wendy Turner, the brilliant mind and artisan behind Black-owned brand Emerald Sun Creations, a brand that weaves stories of nature, creativity, and compassion into every

04 Oct 23 6 min read

16 Black-Owned Coworking Spaces Around the Country

In 2022 and beyond, we’re trading in corporate offices for coworking spaces. Most of us have probably had a toxic experience of working in an office. 2020 had many of us working at home or quitting our jobs to start a business. Now that the dust has settled and

17 Aug 23 7 min read

23 Black-Owned Beauty Brands to Shop at Sephora | Makeup, Haircare & More

In recent years, there has been a powerful movement to amplify Black voices and support Black-owned businesses across various industries. Within the realm of beauty, Sephora, a global leader in cosmetics retail, has taken steps to spotlight and promote Black-owned brands, providing an avenue for inclusivity and representation within the

16 Aug 23 7 min read

25+ Black-Owned Swimwear Brands for Your Next Vacation

Bikinis, monokinis, and coverups - let’s just say this will be the attire for the summer. After a year of staying indoors and missing out on beach trips and vacations, we’re all ready to hop back into our favorite swimwear. And what’s better than bringing out an

01 Aug 23 8 min read

Join The Black-Owned Challenge This Black Business Month

How often do you buy Black? Wherever you are, look around you. How many items in your surroundings come from a Black-owned business? Black Business are the essence of Black communities, providing jobs, resources and hope for the future, yet they only receive 2% of our collective $1.3 Trillion

17 Jul 23 2 min read
Amazon Finds

19 Black-Owned Amazon Finds For Prime Day & Beyond

If you're like us, you spend a lot of time and even more money on Amazon than you probably should, especially during annual Prime Day. During those hours of aimless shopping, how often do you think a Black-owned brand comes across the page? Not as often as it

11 Jul 23 8 min read

Here's Why You Don't Want To Miss The 2023 Juneteenth Freedom Fest NYC

Juneteenth is a significant holiday for the Black community as it commemorates the day the last group of enslaved African Americans were freed. This year, thousands of attendees are coming together on Saturday, June 17th to celebrate at the 3rd annual Juneteenth Freedom Fest NYC. Founder and CEO Shequanda Long

10 May 23 2 min read

How Squad Trip is Revolutionizing the Black Travel Movement

The Black travel movement is bigger now than it’s ever been before. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been an uptick in travel — family reunions, destination weddings, squad trips, and more. Black entrepreneurs Darrien Watson and Stevon Judd are revolutionizing how travel agents, small businesses, and trip organizers plan

07 Dec 22 10 min read

Meet The Winners of The 3rd Annual OBWS Black Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

At Official Black Wall Street, Black entrepreneurs are celebrated every day. August was National Black Business Month, and we took it one step further by recognizing and awarding the creative and innovative minds of these trailblazing individuals. Last month, Official Black Wall Street brought the return of the OBWS Black

30 Aug 22 2 min read

Juneteenth 2022 Buy Black Showcase Recap | Here's What You Missed

I know we're not the only ones who wish we could celebrate Juneteenth every month. Last month, Official Black Wall Street celebrated Juneteenth by inviting Black-owned businesses to share their products and services during our OBWS Juneteenth Buy Black Showcase. Participants presented their business to over 200 employees

22 Jul 22 9 min read

This Woman Launched The #1 Discovery App for Black-Owned Businesses

Official Black Wall Street [https://onelink.to/obwsapp], a discovery app for Black-owned businesses, has relaunched its platform to propel the Buy Black movement and increase consumer spending with Black-owned brands. After months of testing and extensive user research, the new iteration features geolocation technology and map searches — two elements

20 Jul 22 3 min read

14 Black-Owned Handbag Companies | Telfar, Brandon Blackwood & More

Handbags are like shoes — you can never have too many. As the weather changes and the temperatures start to rise, we’re looking to refresh our wardrobe with a few new accessories. What better way to do that than with new crossbodies, satchels, and tote bags? If you’re looking

03 Jul 22 7 min read

19 Black-Owned Wine Brands to Add to Your Collection

Is there anything more satisfying than a glass of wine after a long day? If you’re choosing to skip happy hour at your local bar, you can easily pour a glass of wine in the comfort of your home. And what better way to enjoy your wine than with

25 Jun 22 6 min read

7 Ways to Keep Supporting Black-Owned Businesses in 2022

In the aftermath of the events that took place in May 2020, the summer brought on a surge in support for Black-owned businesses. While the patronage allowed many businesses to stay afloat amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be interesting to discover how many of these patrons continue to support.

10 Jun 22 4 min read

29 Black-Owned LGBTQ+ Businesses To Support Right Now

HAPPY PRIDE. It is no secret that the LGBTQ+ community is still striving for inclusivity, understanding, and support, and at Official Black Wall Street, we want this to serve as a reminder that those looking for it can find it here. At OBWS, we make it a mission to amplify

04 Jun 22 9 min read

New Kids on the Block: The Newest Businesses to the OBWS Platform - April 2022

Official Black Wall Street is the largest app and digital platform connecting consumers to Black-owned businesses. With over ONE MILLION consumers who look to Official Black Wall Street to learn about Black-owned businesses they can support, OBWS is the perfect platform to spread awareness about Black entrepreneurs and their business.

29 Apr 22 4 min read

OBWS Reads: 10 Black Authored Books We're Reading This Month

Movies and TV shows are great, but there’s something magical about how authors are able to spin a story through carefully crafted and placed words. Without visible scenery and actors, they still manage to paint a picture. Now, I’m always on the hunt for a good book, and

21 Apr 22 8 min read

The Newest Businesses to the OBWS Platform (March 2022 Roundup)

Official Black Wall Street is the largest app and digital platform connecting consumers to Black-owned businesses. With over ONE MILLION consumers who look to Official Black Wall Street to learn about Black-owned businesses they can support, OBWS is the perfect platform to spread awareness about Black entrepreneurs and their business.

31 Mar 22 3 min read

Our 10 Favorite Black-Owned Products on Amazon

If you're like me, you spend a lot of time and even more money on Amazon than you probably should. I can't help it. During my hours of aimless shopping, how often do you think a Black-owned brand comes across the page? Not as often as

28 Mar 22 6 min read

29 Black-Owned Bars and Restaurants for Your Future Date Night

Some might have different opinions on the workings of a date, but usually, food is involved. With so many restaurants offering outdoor dining, take-out and delivery options, the sky’s the limit with date night ideas. Continuing our date night series, we're bringing you a list of Black-owned

11 Feb 22 6 min read

Why Black History Month is the Shortest Month of the Year

Why does Black History Month have to be the shortest month of the year? When I hear people ask this question, it frustrates me. Why? Asking this question means that you don’t know the history of Black History Month itself. And frankly, in 2022, there is no excuse for

01 Feb 22 4 min read

Issa Rae Lands Five Year, Eight Figure Deal with WarnerMedia

After five successful seasons on HBO, Insecure wrapped up its storyline following Issa, Molly, and Lawrence last month. Although the sun has set on the series, there’s a lot on the horizon for Issa Rae. Last March, it was announced that the actress, writer, and producer signed an eight-figure

18 Jan 22 1 min read

Black-Owned Grocery Stores in the United States to Support | 2022

Eight years ago, Johns Hopkins University conducted a study [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3970577/] that stated food deserts are a disproportionate reality for Black communities. Food deserts are areas that lack access to healthy and affordable food options — fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and more. When Black

11 Jan 22 3 min read

23 Black-Owned Brands Selling Face Masks to Stop Spread of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has yet to end and as cases rise across the country, it’s become apparent that face masks aren't going away anytime soon. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) still recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public where social distancing may be difficult

18 Nov 21 3 min read

Meet Michelle Blue & Join Her on Season 3 of "The Journey With Blue"

Michelle Blue is the creator and host of The Journey with Blue [http://www.thejourneywithblue.com/], a talk show where she leads conscious conversations and coaches women through sharing the spiritual success and mindset principles needed to step into their power to take the leap and create the life and

13 Sep 21 1 min read

Did You Know These Major Companies Have a Black CEO?

Who do you envision when you think of the CEOs of the major companies in the world? I don’t know about you, but I automatically assume that the three words that can be used to describe our money still apply - old, white, male. While this is mostly still

01 Sep 21 5 min read

CLLCTIVLY Holds 3rd Annual Day of Giving for Black-Led & Black-Owned Organizations

CLLCTIVLY has announced that they will hold their 3rd Annual Day of Giving for Greater Baltimore Black-led organizations. CLLCTIVLY launched in 2019 and has invested over $300,000 into Black-led social change organizations! Jamye Wooten, founder of CLLCTIVLY, speaks about access to capital and the importance of funding Black-led organizations

05 Aug 21 3 min read

The Black Athletes We're Watching in the 2020 Summer Olympics

The only time you’ll ever catch me close to a “USA! USA!” chant is every four years when the Summer Olympics roll around. This year, Team USA is headed to Tokyo, and if you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’d know that there’s already been

23 Jul 21 5 min read

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with 26 Black-Owned Ice Cream Shops

This summer has already seen record high temperatures, and we’re certain there are even more hot days to come. Nothing beats cooling off with some ice cream except maybe if the ice cream came from a Black-owned business. So whether you’re in the Northeast, South, Midwest or on

18 Jul 21 6 min read

Here’s How OBWS Celebrated Juneteenth 2021

Juneteenth 2021 was one to remember! Off the recent news of Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday, Official Black Wall Street, in collaboration with Clover, kicked off celebrations with The Warm Up at The OBWS Virtual Park. We packed music, cocktails, trivia, virtual vending and prizes into 90 minutes for the

14 Jul 21 2 min read

11 Black Companies You Can Invest In Right Now

BUY BLACK, BUY BLACK, BUY BLACK. With the surge of support we’ve seen for Black-owned businesses, it’s necessary to recognize that this isn’t the only way to demonstrate it. You might think you are investing in the future of these companies, but you can literally invest in

12 Jul 21 3 min read

34 Black-Owned Brands to Shop for the Perfect Father's Day Gift

Black men are consistently working to disprove the myth and stereotype that they, as a whole, are absentee fathers. They continue to be present and show up for their children, and now, it’s time to show up for them. Father’s Day is here, and before you gift him

12 Jun 21 7 min read
Black History

The Race Riot That Destroyed Tulsa's Black Wall Street

June 1st, 1921 will forever be remembered as a day of great loss and devastation. It was on this day that America experienced the deadliest race riot in the small town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ninety-four years later, that neighborhood is still recognized as one of the most prosperous African American

31 May 21 4 min read

Danielle Morgan & Darryl Page Close the Gap for Black-Owned Grooming Products

Danielle Morgan has always enjoyed being an entrepreneur. Even while holding down a full-time job in corporate America, the proud Detroit native has still maintained several businesses through the years. Since 2008, she has operated clothing stores and currently runs AN Custom Creations [https://www.etsy.com/shop/ANApparel]. Danielle

20 May 21 6 min read

Save The Date: Get Your Money Right with Morgan Stanley on April 29

April is Financial Literacy Month, and it’s never too early to start saving and investing - and here is where you begin. Official Black Wall Street is partnering with Morgan Stanley to bring you one step closer to planning for the future and being “where the money reside.” The

26 Apr 21 1 min read

4 Tips to Get Your Startup Through Tax Season

Tax filing season is officially here. If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, trust us, you aren’t the only one. Most founders would prefer to focus on their business rather than diving into the dullness of tax forms and filing deadlines. Fortunately, there are a few steps you

15 Apr 21 3 min read

Official Black Wall Street Relaunches Site with Brand New Look and Features

New look, who dis? Official Black Wall Street is serving new and improved with the relaunch of its website and multi-dimensional platform. Over a year in the making, the new OBWS platform features updates for both consumers and businesses, making it easier for consumers to find, support, and promote Black-owned

01 Apr 21 2 min read

Five Steps for Starting Your Journey to Financial Freedom

Whether consciously or subconsciously, you probably find yourself comparing your finances to that of your personal and professional peers. Don’t. When it comes to money, everyone is starting at a different place. And that’s perfectly fine. Money comes and money goes, no matter who you are, so it’

05 Feb 21 4 min read

Darlyng & Co. Creates the First Black-Owned Gift Registry for Kids

Darlyng & Co. [https://www.darlyngandco.com/], a lifestyle tech-enabled kids brand, creates the first Black-owned gift registry for children. With products ranging from everyday essentials such as skin care, hair care, toys, and more, this will allow parents to create gift registries with over 100 Black-owned, invented, and designed

21 Dec 20 3 min read

26 Black-Owned Health & Wellness Brands to Get Your Life Right

What do you think of when you hear “health and wellness?” Most probably think of physical fitness, and while that is essential, it goes beyond that. It spans to mental health. It includes feminine and internal health. Several Black-owned brands are emphasizing health and wellness and creating safe spaces for

28 Nov 20 8 min read

7 Effective Ways to Support Your Staff Through the Pandemic

Many words have been used to describe the COVID-19 pandemic. Unprecedented is one, difficult is another. While the coronavirus has had an impact on health and medicine, this is closely followed by the stresses of work and employment. With millions of people currently unemployed, millions more are worried about job

03 Nov 20 4 min read

Brother and Sister Join Forces To Create Puzzles For Us, By Us

The last decade ushered in the rise of the smartphone. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have an iPhone or Android stuck to their hip. While we can all praise the advances of technology, the increase in “screen time” has made life a lot less personal.

29 Oct 20 2 min read

Meet The Black-Owned Business Putting African High Culture Jewelry on The Map

For Haby Barry, a proud Guinean American of Fulani descent, it was important that she represented her upbringing and culture when creating her signature jewelry line, Fulaba [http://www.fulaba.com]. While in search of and having trouble finding jewelry, particularly African jewelry, made with precious metals, Haby decided to

27 Oct 20 4 min read

This Entrepreneur Is Keeping Newlyweds Out of Debt With New Wedding Platform

Serial entrepreneur, Ruka Curate, knows what it takes to succeed as a Black woman business owner. OBWS first connected with the Brooklyn native in September 2019 [https://blog.obws.com/black-owned-nanny-tiny-treasures/] to learn about her start-up, Tiny Treasures Nanny Agency [https://www.tinytreasuresnyc.com/]. Since then, Ruka has gone on

20 Oct 20 5 min read

Meet The Winners of The Inaugural OBWS Black Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

At Official Black Wall Street, Black entrepreneurs are celebrated every day. August was National Black Business Month, and we took it one step further by recognizing and awarding the creative and innovative minds of these trailblazing individuals. Last month, Official Black Wall Street introduced The Inaugural OBWS Black Entrepreneur of

02 Sep 20 2 min read

Meet The Black-Owned Brand Providing Eco-Friendly Bamboo Sheets

Prosper Heights [https://prosperheightshome.com] was founded in the small town of Prosper, Texas, and already created a tremendous buzz about their organic bamboo sheets! One blogger wrote, “Their linens are soft to the touch and make it so hard to get out the bed!” Prosper Heights has created a

21 Aug 20 2 min read
Entrepreneur Spotlight

HBCU Grad Continues Self-Care Journey For Black Women & Girls With Latest Journals

In December 2018 [https://blog.obws.com/hbcu-coloring-book-black-women-self-care/], OBWS had an opportunity to chat with entrepreneur and author, Latoya Nicole, to discuss her “Entrepreneurs Color Too” [https://entrepreneurscolortoo.com/] coloring book series. Since that time, business has skyrocketed for the Raleigh, NC native. She has gone on to produce several

14 Jul 20 6 min read

The West Coast's Last Black-Owned Bank Narrowly Avoids Hostile Takeover

What is the West Coast known for? Some might say Hollywood. Others would tell you about the coffee. The West Coast is also considered the hub for technology. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for Black-owned banking. The West Coast states (California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska) are the home

25 Jun 20 3 min read

Starbucks Cancelled? 10 Black-Owned Coffee Brands To Support Instead

May I have a venti low-fat Iced Caramel Macchiato with four shots, six pumps, and extra caramel drizzle? Or not. Following the murder of George Floyd, tons of corporations took to the Internet to pledge their support of the Black Lives Matter movement and their stance against racial injustice. Starbucks

13 Jun 20 4 min read

Buy Black With The Official Juneteenth 30-Day Challenge

Do you buy black? Wherever you are, look around you. How many of your belongings come from a Black-owned business? One? None? How often do you support local Black-owned businesses and restaurants? There are thousands of Black entrepreneurs that deserve your support. These times are calling for us to support

12 Jun 20 2 min read

Here's How You Can Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Black lives matter. Whether it was at the height of Jim Crow in 1963 Alabama, or in 2013 when a 17-year-old boy was murdered on his walk home, or now in 2020 when a Black man was pinned beneath three police officers until he lost consciousness and ultimately, his life,

04 Jun 20 3 min read

5 Keys to Navigate Tax Filings And Your Stimulus Check During COVID-19

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been some confusion regarding tax filings, payments and extensions (myself included). Thankfully I have my sources. As of March 20, 2020, the Department of Treasury made a few announcements, and the IRS confirmed such changes on their website. There are a few curveballs you

06 Apr 20 3 min read

Official Black Wall Street Privacy Policy

Last Updated: March 2024 Official Black Wall Street (“Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and ensuring that your personal information is processed fairly and lawfully in line with all relevant privacy legislation. The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to set out the

01 Mar 20 10 min read

HBCU Grads Created Holiday Wrapping Paper Featuring Black Santa

Unable to find diverse holiday gift wrapping paper for their son’s Christmas gifts, husband and wife duo Shaun, a Morehouse College grad, and Jacquelyn Rodgers, a Clark Atlanta University grad, decided to take matters into their own hands. The couple founded Greentop Gifts [https://www.greentopgifts.com/store/], a

25 Nov 19 4 min read

Buy Black: The 2019 Black-Owned Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of the year again! Every holiday season there are major talks of buying Black and supporting Black-owned businesses, especially during Black Friday. Let’s get ahead of the curve by investing our holiday money back into our community. We've rounded up amazing Black

01 Nov 19 7 min read

This Black Entrepreneur Built A Global Designer Watch Empire

Millennial entrepreneur and London-native William Adoasi is no stranger to the startup life after launching his first company at the young age of 19. Ten years later, William quit his job as a consultant and combined his love for watches with his desire to give back to create the watch

21 Oct 19 5 min read

New Black-Owned Brooklyn Restaurant Has 24K Gold-Infused Lobster Rolls

On August 17th, 2019, Bk Lobster officially held it's grand opening at its new location in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The brand new eatery will be headed by Restaurateur, Latisha Jefferson; Promoter, Day Hampton; Soul Food Chef, Tequila Silva; Marketing & Advertising Strategist, Jamila Boyd; Investment Strategist, Tony Brooks;

11 Sep 19 1 min read

Black-Owned Businesses to Support This Valentine's Day

It's that time of the year again... Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means the pressure is on to find the perfect gift for that special person in your life. We've got you covered with a list of Black-owned businesses to support

01 Feb 19 5 min read

Two Things All Black Business Owners Eventually Need

Are you a small business looking to learn more about health insurance? Join Oscar Health, and small business coaches Angelina Darrisaw-Cheeks and Roberto Martinez as they discuss the latest strategies for navigating the competitive labor market to attract and retain talent in New York and LA. They'll examine

21 Sep 18 1 min read

How Three Black Women Accomplished Their Dream of Owning a Lingerie Boutique

We all have great ideas that consistently live on the backburner right? For Kerlyne, Helene & Stephanie, that was The Fitting Curve [https://officialblackwallstreet.com/biz/the-fitting-curve/], size-inclusive lingerie shops with high-quality lingerie and the expertise of bra fittings. In 2016 that dream became a reality. With Kelly based in

24 Jul 18 4 min read

Announcing The Launch Of Our New App Making It Easier To Buy Black

We're beyond excited to announce the launch of the Official Black Wall Street app [http://onelink.to/obwsapp]! The highly anticipated app combines social impact and tech, allowing people to seamlessly discover Black-owned businesses and circulate the Black dollar. Some of the app's most notable features

27 Oct 17 1 min read

53 Black-Owned Hair Care Brands You Can Support

With Black women and men purchasing nine times more [https://blog.obws.com/black-owned-beauty-supply-stores/] beauty and grooming products than any other ethnic group, yet owning less than 1% of that market share, it’s only right that we support the brothers and sisters who have stepped into the industry and

25 Apr 17 6 min read

Black-Owned Cannabis Businesses You Should Know

As the number of states legalizing marijuana steadily increases, African Americans are slowly but surely carving out their own space within the billion dollar industry. Since Blacks have been disproportionately criminalized [https://blog.obws.com/wanda-james/] for marijuana possession for decades, it's refreshing to see more take hold

20 Apr 17 4 min read

Grow Your Brand Using PR Tips From Publicist & Business Owner Eddie Desormeau

Since launching her firm DE|1989 [https://www.de1989.co/] two years ago, Eddie Desormeau has secured countless mentions and features for her clients who are budding Entrepreneurs, Fashion Designers, and Artists. Her current client list includes, Indie Artist Callistus [https://soundcloud.com/callistus], popular contemporary clothing brand RUE107 [https:

11 Apr 17 3 min read

African-Owned Fashion Brand Highlights Ghanaian Royalty Through Swimwear

Ashanti Swimwear launched a £50,000 ($60,788) Kickstarter [http://bit.ly/AshantiSwimwearKickstarter] campaign - to their social media community. The ‘Swimwear with Culture’ campaign - tells the story of royalty from the Ashanti kingdoms of Ghana. With less than 20 days to hit their goal - Ashanti Swimwear continues

15 Mar 17 2 min read

Black, Millennial, Female-Owned Marketing Agency Launches in New York

RUPTURE Marketing, Inc. co-founders, Delfine Kernizan and Nelly Gedeon, will announce the launch of RUPTURE and current and upcoming projects. RUPTURE Marketing is a disruptive, integrated marketing agency delivering innovative print, digital and social campaigns for clients across various industries. RUPTURE is an African-American and woman-owned business based in NYC,

23 Jan 17 1 min read

Meet Mandy Bowman, the Founder of Official Black Wall Street

We've gotten a few questions about Official Black Wall Street (OBWS) and the person behind the brand, so what better way to answer them than to have the founder herself walk you through a few of our most frequently asked questions. If there's anything else you&

19 Sep 16 6 min read

Summer Series: Black-Owned Fitness Businesses

This Summer, take your health and fitness to the next level with these Black-owned businesses! If you know of a business that should be added to the list, add it to the comment section below. Fitness Foods Anger Management Nutrition Supplements [http://www.angermgmtfitness.com/] More Info: Fast working, and

05 Jul 16 7 min read

Watch Jesse Williams' Powerful Speech From the 2016 BET Awards

Jesse Williams was without a doubt the real MVP at last night's BET Awards. After being presented the Humanitarian Award "for his continued efforts and steadfast commitment to furthering social change," the 34-year-old Grey's Anatomy star took to the stage and gave an inspirational

26 Jun 16 3 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Millionaire Success

If you want success, emulate success. If you want to be a millionaire, study millionaires. Through countless hours of reading and watching YouTube interviews, I've discovered hidden secrets and documented what it takes to become a millionaire. Allow me to reveal the elite secrets to success from the

11 May 16 23 min read

52 Black-Owned Beauty Supply Stores You Should Know

For decades, the hair care industry in the Black community has been dominated by Asian entrepreneurs and larger corporations like Strength of Nature and L'Oréal. Both brands have had a strong hold on the "ethnic" beauty market especially after acquiring numerous brands from Motions to Softsheen-Carson.

27 Jan 16 7 min read

4 Reasons why Success is not a Goal... It's your Responsibility!

What is the meaning of achievement for our generation today? Coming up with one autonomous definition can be tricky. Why is money always the ultimate indicator of someone's success? I mean, although it's possible, nobody would look at a millionaire and call him a failure. However,

10 Jan 16 2 min read
Black History

Unbought And Unbossed: Shirley Chisholm, Ahead Of Her Time

Recently President Obama presented the distinguished Presidential Medal of Freedom to several deserving recipients, and although posthumous Shirley Chisholm’s name was rightfully one of those to top the list. She was an unflinching champion of minority education and employment opportunities for all. Shirley Chisholm didn't get into

21 Dec 15 1 min read

10 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Never Worry About

I believe we all have an entrepreneurial spirit! Why? Because we all desire more time, more freedom, and more happiness! I didn't become a full-time entrepreneur until recently, but when I look back, the signs were there. 1. I never liked working for other people, 2. I was

16 Dec 15 3 min read
Monday Motivation

Jewell Jones: Young, Black And Seated On The City Council

While most adolescents in the state of Michigan are still trying to figure out their place in society, Jewell Jones is fighting for justice from within the City Council and bridging relations between the African American community and those who police them. Serving the people is nothing new for Jewell

07 Dec 15 1 min read

5 Ways To Become More Likable At The Workplace

Why do so many of us go through life not liking certain people, or even worse, not being liked by many? Sadly half of us don't even know why. The fascinating part is, we hardly ever take the blame or ask ourselves "why?" someone thinks we&

02 Dec 15 3 min read

Black Friday Boycott: Sales Down By $1.2 Billion

Black Friday is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, serving as the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season. With racial tensions high, black consumers nationwide used the weekend to protest the unfair treatment of African Americans with their money. After a weekend of shouting #NotOneDime and urging

29 Nov 15 1 min read

7 Ways Black Businesses Can Prepare For Black Friday

Black Friday is only a few days away. African American community advocacy groups and "leaders" everywhere are urging people to support Black owned businesses or not spend money altogether in protest of the continued mistreatment of African Americans, who it seems this country tends to forget are actually

24 Nov 15 5 min read

11 Black Kidpreneurs Leading The Way For The Next Generation

Can you remember what you were doing at the age of 11? Chances are you weren't running a lucrative business or trying to save the world one meal at a time. These black children and teenagers have accomplished a major feat by pursuing their passions and becoming business

06 Oct 15 6 min read
Black Owned Businesses

Weekly Round-Up 9/25: Job Openings

If you’re a black-owned business and would like for your current openings to be featured in the next weekly round-up, contact jobs@officialblackwallstreet.com. Liberty & Justice/UNIFORM [http://libertyandjustice.com/] Industry: Fashion & Apparel, Non-Profit Location: New York, NY Position: President [http://jobview.monster.com/President-Job-New-York-City-NY-US-155719974.aspx?WT.

25 Sep 15 2 min read

Weekly Round-Up: Job Openings at Black-Owned Businesses

If you're a black-owned business and would like for your current openings to be featured in the next weekly round-up, contact jobs@officialblackwallstreet.com. Black Enterprise Industry: Media Location: New York, NY Position: Editorial Assistant [http://www.blackenterprise.com/career/be-jobs/editorialexecutive-assistant/], Manager [http://www.blackenterprise.com/career/

04 Sep 15 2 min read

9 Black-Owned Ice Cream Shops You Should Know

Today is National Soft Ice Cream Day, so it's only right that we share some of our favorite black-owned ice cream shops around the country. The following businesses serve the best in all things frozen from soft ice cream to frozen yogurt and custard. If you know of

19 Aug 15 3 min read
Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation - Khanyi Dhlomo

"... Failure is an opportunity to learn and to do better next time. It’s part of the path to greatness, which was never meant to be smooth." - Khanyi Dhlomo Meet Khanyi Dhlomo, the South African entrepreneur who took the media and fashion industries by storm. As a

17 Aug 15 1 min read
Entrepreneur Spotlight

Meet The Brothers Behind the Diverse Emoji App, WeMojis

With their growing popularity, emojis have become a second language for black millennials whether shared through texts, memes, or tweets. Through Apple’s latest update, we were finally able to use emojis that look like us, but something was still missing – culture. The Howard graduates and brothers Trey and Donovan

13 Aug 15 5 min read
Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation - Robert L. Johnson

"First of all, you have to believe you can do it no matter what anyone else says. You have to put on blinders to people who say that it can't be done. Secondly, you have to be willing to dedicate yourself to the agenda of running a

10 Aug 15 1 min read

20 Black-Owned Wine + Spirit Brands You Should Know

From Virginia to California and beyond, you'll find some of the richest and most flavorful wine and spirit brands owned and even produced by African Americans. Although less than 5% of the wineries in the United States are black-owned, the number is steadily growing. Of course, with such

05 Aug 15 6 min read

KweliTV: The Black Netflix We've All Been Waiting For

While Hulu and Netflix are great for binge watching the latest in mainstream media, they often don’t cater to the black community’s need for content starring… us. Surf through either platform and you'll be lucky to find a wealth of series or movies that reflect your

30 Jul 15 1 min read
Entrepreneur Spotlight

Meet Jasmine Lawrence, Owner of EDEN BodyWorks

Beginning a successful business at any age is no easy feat, but the founder and CEO of EDEN BodyWorks [https://officialblackwallstreet.com/item/eden-bodyworks/] managed to do that and more at the young age of 13. Frustrated with products that were damaging her hair, she set out to find her

24 Jul 15 4 min read

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