Successful Black Women: Tracy Reese

Fashion designer Tracy Reese took her dreams of owning her own company and made them a reality. Her first attempt at entrepreneurship did not go well, and Tracy was forced to shut down her company, only to come back stronger and more profitable after a relaunch in 1996. Now her brands include her Tracy Reese... Continue Reading →


Successful Black Women: Queen Latifah

Sure, Queen Latifah is a model, actress, musician and ESSENCE cover girl, but did you know she’s an entrepreneur? She’s part owner of Flavor Unit Entertainment, a production company specializing in television (it’s behind VH1’s Single Ladies), movies and artist management. Essence

Successful Black Women: Leanna Archer

This Long Island native started her Leanna Inc. haircare line at just 11-years-old. Yes, 11-years-old. Her all-natural organic hair butters and shampoos have helped her earn over $100,000 in revenue. Her small operation thrives with lots of help from her family. Essence

Successful Black Women: Tina Wells

Tina Wells is the CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, an agency that creates marketing strategies for clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. She’s spent nearly two decades connecting influencers and consumers to brand clients, and, since founding her company, she’s built up and managed a network of 30,000 “buzzSpotters”... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Ukonwa Ojo

She has 20 years of experience as a global marketer for brands such as Cheerios and Betty Crocker, but it’s as senior vice president of COVERGIRL that she’s changing what—and who—the world thinks is beautiful. She’s leading the charge to ensure that we’re all represented in the brand’s advertising, with a new slate of multicultural... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Yara Shahidi

The actress, best known for her role on the TV sitcom Black-ish and now its spinoff Grown-ish, has used her platform of celebrity to speak out on a number of social issues, including diversity in Hollywood and President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. She worked on former first lady Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative and founded Yara’s Club... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Zim Ugochukwu

At the forefront of the Black Travel Movement, this creator of digital publishing brand Travel Noire wanted to make international jetsetting more relatable and accessible to people of color and to engage a community of black travelers who helped each other with tips, tools, and the discovery of new destinations. Reaching more than 2 million... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Serena Williams

Her accomplishments on the tennis court are unparalleled: 39 Grand Slam titles; 186 consecutive weeks ranked No. 1, which ties her for the longest; four Olympic gold medals; and more than $84 million in prize money, the most of any female athlete. But she’s also a powerhouse away from her sport. Recently she’s been tackling... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Misty Copeland

This prima ballerina, the first African American woman to become a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, has shattered barriers in the world of ballet and leaped off the stage to become her own brand. She’s a best-selling author; the face of products such as Under Armour, Estée Lauder, and Dannon; she even has... Continue Reading →

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