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Black Teen Made History When He Became the Youngest Store Owner at a South Carolina Mall

In 2018, 19-year-old Jordan Jackson opened his retail store, Birch & Pen, at Northwoods Mall in North Charleston, South Carolina, becoming the youngest store owner in his town. Now, he organizes numerous pop-up markets featuring his own brand and other local small businesses.Ever since he realized his talent in styling and how he could make money from it, Jackson wanted to have his own business and be a "young boss." Before having his own store, he began by selling clothes via his online store where his fashion and design skills gained widespread recognition.With the help of his supportive mother, Keisha, he launched what was initially known as a clothing and accessories boutique that catered to both men's and women's high-fashion, trendy apparel.While at the mall, Jackson garnered awards and recognition for his achievements. However, after just one year, he decided to close the retail store emphasizing that this closure signifies not an end but a new beginning for a fresh idea."I was here to show you guys that it's possible to follow your dreams," Jackson told ABC News 4. "So definitely be sure and live your life unapologetically each and every day. This is not the end, this is only the beginning."Fast forward to a few years later, Jackson has teamed up with other businesses to open numerous pop-up markets in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. With his passion for design, he organizes inspiring lifestyle marketplaces that feature clothing, home decor, and food from his own brand as well as other local brands.Be sure to follow his brand on Instagram @BirchAndPen and his personal account @JordanJacksvn [...]

Founders of Black-Owned Watermelon Company in NYC Drive 16 Hours a Day to Get Fresh Produce

Meet the Founders of Black Seed Brothers, a popular Black-owned watermelon company in New York City that sells farm fresh, sweet watermelons with black seeds. They also sell fresh watermelon juice and smoothies that the locals rave about. To accomplish this, they have to travel up to 16 hours almost every day to bring freshly picked watermelons straight from farms in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.These brothers, some related by blood and others just good friends, bring in up to 1,000 fresh melons every week from farms in the south, and people from all over the NYC area come to buy their watermelons, available in red and yellow.They sell watermelons with black seeds scattered through the juicy flesh, which packs more flavor and a better texture, unlike the typical seedless variety found in supermarkets. "Real black seeds from the dirt," said Johann, one of the brothers, according to The Curious Uptowner.Tyler, another member of the crew, adds, "When you see the black seeds, you know they're the original."What's more, they are teamed up with My Health Station, a Black-owned food truck business that provides nutritious meals and snacks, to offer fresh watermelon juices. They also deliver within the city via Uber Eats.Be sure to follow them on Instagram @BlackSeedBrothersAlso, you can support the business by visiting its location at 139th St. & Lenox Ave., New York, NY. [...]

Black Woman’s Line of Collard Greens and Chitterlings Spice Blends Now Available at Walmart

Meet Erica Gillespie, the visionary founder of Feisty Spices, a Black-owned line of savory spices and blends inspired by her culinary heritage that stretches from the kitchen of her Alabama grandmother to the cultural rhythms of Ghana. Her most popular products are the Collard Greens and Chitterlings spice blends, and all of her products are available for purchase at Walmart, Amazon, Grocery Outlet, and other local grocery stores.Based in Atlanta, Erica, who is a distant relative of jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie, began her culinary journey with a simple yet profound observation in her grandmother's kitchen, where an array of spices transformed meals into unforgettable experiences.Since its inception in 2020, Feisty Spices has transcended expectations. Starting with a modest $500 and a passionate dream, the brand almost immediately garnered attention and success. Just five months into its launch, Erica received her first $30K purchase order with a major grocery chain committing to distribute the brand to their locations across the U.S.With a passion for versatility and a commitment to offering her culture something different, Erica launched Feisty Spices, a brand that quickly became a kitchen essential nationwide. Rooted in tradition and innovation, her brand boasts unique blends that can be paired with any dish, setting the brand apart as the only one with access to these exclusive recipes."Feisty Spices isn't just a seasoning; it's a cultural necessity," Erica says. She believes that her spice blends are needed for the culture because of health concerns like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure that are so prevalent. Several of her blends are low sodium, keto-friendly, and contain no MSG, providing healthier options without compromising on flavor. Feisty Spices can be purchased from Walmart Marketplace in the U.S. and Mexico, on Amazon Prime, and via its official website at FeistySpices.comThe brand is also available [...]

Rapper Slim Thug's Construction Company Continues to Build Affordable Housing Projects

Rapper Slim Thug, whose real name is Stayve Jerome Thomas, has been making waves outside the music scene as an entrepreneur and co-founder of Boss Life Construction. Since 2015, he has been dedicated to providing affordable housing options for the local Houston, Texas community.Slim Thug has often expressed his concern about the challenges people face because of gentrification, especially in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Rather than just talking about it, he decided to take action. He co-founded Boss Life Construction alongside Cory Crawford and Troy Green.Boss Life Construction has worked on several projects, such as duplexes and townhomes that are affordable without compromising quality. Its goal is to help make neighborhoods work for people of all incomes.Slim Thug's commitment to affordable housing was fueled in part by the recognition of his own day in Houston back in 2014. Inspired to do more for his city, he seized the opportunity provided by the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) lots. These lots allow builders to get the land for as little as a dollar if they commit to constructing affordable homes."So, what we did was we got a couple of lots from them and built on that, but the deal is you gotta build an affordable home, and also if they qualify, we give them the down payment to move in and everything," Slim Thug said according to AfroTech.Learn more about his company via its official website at BossLifeConstruction.comAlso, be sure to follow the company on Instagram @BLConstruction [...]

Founder of The Sistah Shop Celebrates Black Women-Owned Businesses With 2023 Holiday Market in Atlanta

Aisha Taylor Issah, Founder and CEO of The Sistah Shop, a dynamic retail store by the Sistahs in Business Expo, is excited to announce the 2023 Holiday Market, set to take place at Atlantic Station in Midtown, Atlanta, Georgia. This unique market is dedicated to featuring over 40 Black women-owned brands from the metro Atlanta area and beyond, offering a diverse range of products.The 2023 Holiday Market is more than just a shopping experience; it's a celebration of culture, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Shoppers will find a variety of items perfect for gift-giving, catering to all members of the family. This indoor market provides a warm and festive atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for shopping during the holidays. Market Highlights:• Over 40 Black women-owned brands• Live music to enhance the festive atmosphere• A family-friendly environment with activities for all ages• Free parking for the first two hours at Atlantic Station• Located directly across from The Sistah Shop, which features 150+ Black women-owned brands Located in the heart of Atlanta, Atlantic Station is renowned for its vibrant mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, making it the perfect backdrop for the Holiday Market. This event not only offers an exceptional shopping experience but also supports and promotes Black women entrepreneurs, fostering a community of empowerment and success. There are a limited number of vendor spaces still available.Interested vendors can find more information and apply at Event Dates: November 24th-26th (Black Friday Weekend) December 8th-10th December 15th-17th Market Hours: Fridays and Saturdays: 10 AM to 8 PM Sundays: 12 PM to 6 PM Location: Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Ste 14125, Atlanta, GA About The Sistah Shop is a retail initiative by The Sistahs in Business Expo, which aims to provide a platform for Black women entrepreneurs to showcase their [...]

(Black PR Wire) Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), America’s largest electric utility, has signed on as one of the sponsors of the first-ever Florida Beach Bowl, an NCAA-sanctioned intercollegiate varsity football [...]

(Black PR Wire) ATLANTA – The American Cancer Society, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and national Black civic and social organizations Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., National Council of Negro Women, [...]

(Black PR Wire) This year, Howard University and its Department of Political Science welcomed the Association for Ethnic Studies (AES) for its 51st Annual Conference from November 2-4, the first to be hosted on an HBCU campus.   The confere [...]

(Black PR Wire) WHAT: The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of South Carolina Day at the International African American Museum WHEN: Sunday, December 17, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. WHERE: The International African America [...]

(Black PR Wire) MIAMI — The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) Art of Black Miami’s (AOBM) scope has grown this year to engage younger audiences and participation in more traditional art fairs building on its stro [...]

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