BOTWC - Weekly Roundup https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/blogs/newsletter BOTWC Weekly Roundup Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:03:27 GMT Ohio Father Son Duo Are Now Proud Owners In Billion-Dollar Hair Industry https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/ohio-father-son-duo-are-now-proud-owners-in-billion-dollar-hair-industry https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/ohio-father-son-duo-are-now-proud-owners-in-billion-dollar-hair-industry Wed, 21 Sep 2022 18:05:26 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com They have the first Black male-owned wig line! A Columbus, Ohio father-son duo are now proud owners in the billion-dollar hair industry, BlackNews.com reports.  41-year-old Dante Lee and his 15-year-old son, DJ, are making history as the first Black father and son duo to own wigs and extensions. A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, Lee launched the business in 2022, acquiring BlackHair.com from its former owners who were of Asian descent. The... They have the first Black male-owned wig line! A Columbus, Ohio father-son duo are now proud owners in the billion-dollar hair industry, BlackNews.com reports.  41-year-old Dante Lee and his 15-year-old son, DJ, are making history as the first Black father and son duo to own wigs and extensions. A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, Lee launched the business in 2022, acquiring BlackHair.com from its former owners who were of Asian descent. The company proudly promotes the tagline, “Where Beauty Meets Royalty,” selling high-end 100% human hair wigs and extensions that come in an array of styles and lengths.  “Looking for a total hair transformation? We can help! We are a Black-owned trusted provider of high quality 100% human hair wigs…We offer complete hair transformations that will leave you looking and feeling your best. Leave the hair to us – Trust us to give you the look you’ve always wanted!,” a statement on the site reads.  Ohio father son duo are proud owners in billion-dollar hair industry. Photo Courtesy of BlackHair.com   The site boasts more than 16 selections in four different textures: natural straight, body wave, tight curly, and loose curly. They also have a ready-to-wear headband wig line that includes colors like salt and pepper gray. For Lee, the business was a no brainer; he and his son both decided to have ownership in an industry that regularly caters to a predominately Black demographic. Whether as a protective style, for added length and volume, or for medical reasons, Black women are the perfecters of the hair extension. As Black men, what better way to support the sisters than by supplying the one thing they’re likely to purchase.  “We love to see Black women wearing natural hairstyles, but we also recognize that millions of Black women around the world enjoy a variety of hairstyles and others have medical conditions that affect their hair. For this reason, we were motivated to establish ourselves as major players in this industry,” Lee told reporters.  According to a 2019 report by Nielsen, African-Americans continue to dominate in the consumer space, accounting for nearly 90% of spending in the ethnic hair and beauty category. With a trillion-dollar buying power, it’s no wonder so many other racial and ethnic communities target Black buyers, specifically those of Chinese and Korean descent who are the majority manufacturers and owners of Black beauty products and supply stores. According to Fortune Business Insights, as of 2020, the global hair extension market was priced at about 2.35 billion USD, expected to grow to about 3.43 billion by 2028. Lee and his son are ensuring they aren’t left out of the market.  “We are very determined to offer the absolute best quality and the most modern styles of Black women in the U.S., Canada, UK, Caribbean, and in all African nations,” said Lee.  Ohio father son duo are proud owners in billion-dollar hair industry. Photo Courtesy of BlackHair.com   The father and son now join a league of Black entrepreneurs stepping into the beauty space to offer their own hair care products geared toward Black consumers. The new hairpreneurs include 9-year-old Zoe Oli, founder of Beautiful Curly Me, Cora and Stefan Miller, owners of plant-based natural hair care line Young King Hair Care, and celebrities like Tracee Ellis Ross, creator of Pattern Beauty. Black entrepreneurs are now working overtime to reclaim an industry that was once ours while paying homage to those who paved the way like Jheri Curl pioneer and Afro Pick promotor Willie L. Morrow.   Who knows Black hair better than Black people? For that reason alone, it’s high time that we took ownership in a sector we stand to benefit and support most — and that’s exactly what Lee and DJ plan to do. To learn more and support their growing business, visit www.BlackHair.com.    Congratulations guys! Ohio father son duo are proud owners in billion-dollar hair industry. Photo Courtesy of BlackNews.com Black Woman-Owned Contact Lens Manufacturer Is First Of Its Kind In The World https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/black-woman-owned-contact-lens-manufacturer-is-first-of-its-kind-in-the-world https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/black-woman-owned-contact-lens-manufacturer-is-first-of-its-kind-in-the-world Mon, 19 Sep 2022 18:06:37 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Black and brown consumers are their primary focus! A Black woman-owned contact lens manufacturer is the first of its kind in the world, POCIT reports.  Black Pearl Global Investments is an asset management firm that was started in 2019 by CEO Dr. Shanté Williams, a former Therapeutics Scientist who found her passion in investments. Since the launch, Williams and her team have been able to grow the firm’s assets exponentially,... Black and brown consumers are their primary focus! A Black woman-owned contact lens manufacturer is the first of its kind in the world, POCIT reports.  Black Pearl Global Investments is an asset management firm that was started in 2019 by CEO Dr. Shanté Williams, a former Therapeutics Scientist who found her passion in investments. Since the launch, Williams and her team have been able to grow the firm’s assets exponentially, focusing primarily on health innovation technology in North America, Africa, and the Caribbean. The firm’s team of innovative leaders includes Chief Investment Officer and Founding Partner, Dr. Carl Smart, Head of Technology & Operations and Founding Partner, Marlon Joris, Director of Caribbean Deployment Strategy, Daniel Smart, and Head of Africa Development & Strategy, Amartey Nuno-Amarteifio. Currently, the firm focuses on distributing a wide array of funding, including “venture capital, private equity, and private lending” across the globe. Not only does Black Pearl focus on providing the capital for those innovating in the health sector, but they also have a strategic mission of making sure they accelerate the deployment of funding needed for entrepreneurs to get their companies to the next level.  In 2019, Florida-based contact lens manufacturer, Hydrogel Vision Corp, was acquired by Clerio Vision, now owned by Black Pearl Vision. The company is known for its Extreme H20 contact lenses that provide the ultimate hydration for wearers and its variety of lens options for those with smaller or more narrow eyelids. As investors, the company has now made history as the only Black-owned and woman-owned contact lens manufacturer in the world.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Black Pearl Vision (@blackpearlvision)   Williams spoke about the investment acquisition, set to be finalized this September, and how the firm feels it will impact customers everywhere. Their goal is to increase the wide distribution of vision products while also focusing on the research and development aspect of the business.  “Globally, we want to help more people see clearly, including providing better diagnoses, accessing providers, and delivering medications. So we will continue to push forward with research and development on the material as well as the manufacturing process,” said Williams.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Black Pearl (@blackpearlglobal)   Black Pearl joins a growing number of Black-owned investment firms looking to help out entrepreneurs innovating at the intersection of health and technology. Earlier this year, Marcus Whitney, co-founder of Jumpstart Health Investors (JHI), helped raise $55 million in seed investment for healthcare companies founded or led by Black entrepreneurs.  “The healthcare venture capital industry has missed out for decades on investing in America’s brilliant Black innovators, and this has been a loss for us all. Jumpstart Nova’s strong start and incredible group of limited partners validate the need to capitalize and support the vital solutions from the untapped talent base,” Whitney told reporters. JHI was able to garner support from healthcare companies and institutions across the nation, such as HCA Healthcare, Meharry Medical College, Pinnacle Financial Partners, and Vanderbilt University. As of March, they had already invested in four Black-led healthtech companies, selecting 17 healthcare startups for their accelerator program.  Holly Rachel, president of a local chapter of Blacks in Technology, spoke about the importance of what Black investment firms like JHI are doing, saying funding is the number one need for growing startups.  “Capital is a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to startup success, especially when we are talking about tech startups. Typically, Black founders only receive about 1 percent of venture capitalist investment each year, and that number just isn’t representative of the potential that exists within the Black startup community. The existence of funds like Jumpstart Nova provide the opportunity for Black founders to grow their startups,” said Rachel.  With the Clerio deal, Black Pearl is focused on expanding operations and acquiring the Food and Drug Administration’s 33.926 square-foot facilities in Sarasota, Florida with hopes of allowing the space for other businesses to use the building to conduct research, manufacture, and develop their products. Once the deal is finalized, Black Pearl will also focus on launching a new line of products catering to Black and brown customers.  “We’re looking forward to helping to deliver more responsive vision products for people of color and bringing more diversity to the optometry space,” Williams explained.  To get your Black Pearl Vision products, click here.  Black woman owned contact lens manufacturer is first of its kind in the world. Photo Courtesy of Black Pearl Global Meet the Impressive 13-year-old Who Competes Against College Track Stars https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/news/meet-the-impressive-13-year-old-dominating-on-and-off-the-track Wed, 21 Sep 2022 17:27:28 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com This young athlete is a powerhouse! This 13-year-old Nebraska teen is going viral for her athleticism and agility.  Kevin Patillo and his wife, Lt. Col. Sheree Patillo, have four children — their youngest daughter, Jaiya Patillo, is the one dominating the track. Her father told Dayton Daily News “I noticed that Jaiya started to try to run as a baby in her walker, I knew she would be a runner... This young athlete is a powerhouse! This 13-year-old Nebraska teen is going viral for her athleticism and agility.  Kevin Patillo and his wife, Lt. Col. Sheree Patillo, have four children — their youngest daughter, Jaiya Patillo, is the one dominating the track. Her father told Dayton Daily News “I noticed that Jaiya started to try to run as a baby in her walker, I knew she would be a runner all her life.” Off the track, the Nebraska native is an actress, social media influencer, and model for Justice for Kids & Walmart. She’s even participated in a number of beauty pageants. On the track, she’s a 200 and 400-meter sprinter. Patillo has become a 14-time Jr. Olympian, and the 2022 USATF & Nike National Champion, and she's doing it all at the young age of 13! She trains at the Offutt Air Force Base's Field House where her mother is stationed. Her support system is unbreakable; her godmother is Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee! The teen’s father speaks on his daughter's talents in awe saying, “Jaiya has been running track since she was 7 years old. The very first time she ran competitively, she earned a medal and went straight to the nationals. She is just uber-talented.”   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jaiya Patillo (@jaiyapatilloofficial)   Earlier this year, Patillo entered an open meet at Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex for the SDSU Last Chance meet; she ran in the 400-meter race amongst many older competitors. She finished the race in first place, scoring a 57.60. Although the competition took place back in February, the video footage of her race is still sweeping the internet and gaining media attention. Gathering over 100 million views and more than 10 million likes for her videos across various social media platforms, her comments are saying stuff like, “Just a matter of time until you get to represent Team USA in the Olympics!” and “One of the future faces of USA Track and Field!” That wasn’t the only time one of her videos blew up though; there’s another TikTok of her running 17 MPH on a treadmill that attracted the attention of ESPN and Sports Illustrated, but she recently broke her own treadmill record and can now run 19 MPH. The seventh grader told KMTV-News 3 Omaha, “It was an open track meet that we ended up running at, and it was really crazy running with college athletes. It was a lot different than running with my age group. And you think about how it’s more competitive when you’re running against college because they’re not just running. They’re running for their scholarship or whatever it is that they’re running for, so it’s a lot more competitive.” December will mark her eighth year being a track runner. The young track star is aiming high with hopes of attending the upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris, France. Next year she plans to begin running in the 60-meter dash after taking a three-year absence. In her spare time, she’s a hard-working student and artist; she loves to draw and create oil paintings which she sells online. She donates the proceeds to children’s charities like The Shriners Hospitals and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The teenager is also super humble, telling Dayton Daily News, “I’m good at running in general and always have been, but it took a lot of work to get the form and technique down. I have natural speed, but I have to practice everything else.” Keep making strides, Jaiya! Photo: Patillo Management/  Black Ambition Prize Winners Just Made It Easier For Everyone To Shop Black Businesses https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/news/2021-black-ambition-prize-winners-develop-software-making-it-easier-to-shop-black Wed, 21 Sep 2022 00:39:04 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com They’re building something we can all use! The 2021 Black Ambition prize winners have developed software that makes it easier to shop Black, Yahoo! Finance reports.  At the end of 2020, music mogul Pharrell Williams announced the launch of his “Black Ambition” initiative. The program was designed to create a professional pipeline for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs building startup companies. The endeavor included two prize competitions, the Black Ambition HBCU Prize... They’re building something we can all use! The 2021 Black Ambition prize winners have developed software that makes it easier to shop Black, Yahoo! Finance reports.  At the end of 2020, music mogul Pharrell Williams announced the launch of his “Black Ambition” initiative. The program was designed to create a professional pipeline for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs building startup companies. The endeavor included two prize competitions, the Black Ambition HBCU Prize and the Black Ambition Prize, each offering participants mentorship and funding.  In 2021, competitions were underway, and Williams awarded his first set of prize recipients. One of the awardees included the all-minority leadership team behind Shea’d. Mya Harvard and co-founders Ibrahim Conteh, Nashawn Chery, Faisal Gedi, and Simrun Mannan are the brains behind Shea’d, pronounced “shade.” The company first began when the co-founders relocated to the Bay Area from Atlanta, GA. In an effort to build community in their new city, they created a directory for the Black community. To their surprise, it was a success! Within a year, Shea’d boasted 3,000+ iOS downloads, more than 2,000 active audience members on social media, 200+ newsletter subscribers, and a glowing 4.8 rating.  To keep the momentum going, they decided to find a niche need for the community they’d built, settling on the online business market.  “As we got more traction, we wanted to expand and realize[d] the best way to do that was to focus on online businesses and making shopping Black even easier with a browser extension,” Harvard told reporters.  The idea was money in the bank and the group won $100,000 from the Black Ambition prize competition. Since then, they’ve been able to grow the company, developing a free browser extension that aims to simplify the process of finding Black-owned products. Using artificial intelligence (AI), the Shea’d extension gives users the best recommendations for Black-owned products given their current shopping history.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shea’d - The Easiest Way to Buy Black (@buyblackwithshead)   Williams' contributions to young Black entrepreneurs are vital to creating more Black and brown representation in the startup space. This past summer, the music mogul brought the Black Ambition initiative to his Something In The Water festival in Washington, DC, partnering with UPS to co-host the “Pull Up & Pitch” competition. Together, they gave away more than $20,000 in grants to Black entrepreneurs willing to deliver an on-the-spot 60-second pitch to a panel of judges. In total, four winners were chosen for the prize winnings, including DMV-based craft cocktail company, BOTL'D, an African-inspired home decor company, HVS Home, a powdered sea moss company, Zion Roar, and Rendered, a sustainable fashion brand boasting an eco-friendly reusable utensil pack.  “With Black Ambition, the goal is to help strengthen the pipeline of talented entrepreneurs and close the opportunity and wealth gaps derived from limited access to capital and resources,” Williams previously explained.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shea’d - The Easiest Way to Buy Black (@buyblackwithshead)   The rapid expansion of companies like Shea’d is proof that Williams' investments have the potential to be lucrative. With the growing demand for more spotlight on Black-owned businesses, this kind of socially informed software is right on time. Currently, Shea’d is focused on giving recommendations for Black-owned fashion products, with Harvard rolling out the capabilities one customer interest at a time. By distilling the vision, the team has been able to ensure they’re giving their users the best possible experience before expanding. For Harvard and her team, it’s about creating a solid infrastructure for boosting Black economics.  “Shea’d was built with one goal in mind: to make it remarkably simple to connect with Black-owned brands and businesses. We achieve our mission by elevating Black creativity, emphasizing inclusion, and underpinning Black economic empowerment,” a statement on the website reads.  Users can download the free Shea’d extension now to save time while shopping for trending styles directly from Black-owned brands. At the moment, it is only available for laptops or desktops via a Google Chrome extension. Happy shopping folks! 2021 Black Ambition prize winners develop software making it easier to shop Black. Photo Courtesy of Spelman College/Yahoo! Finance 5 Viral Videos That Had Us In Our Feels This Week https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/the-feels/5-viral-videos-that-had-us-in-our-feels-this-week Thu, 22 Sep 2022 16:27:52 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com We couldn’t get enough of these feel-good stories! Every week the internet is rife with content. There is some good and of course some bad, but here at Because of Them We Can, we specialize only in the good stuff. Week after week, we sift through endless hours of content to bring you the stories we are most moved by, and boy are they good. But our absolute favorite stories... We couldn’t get enough of these feel-good stories! Every week the internet is rife with content. There is some good and of course some bad, but here at Because of Them We Can, we specialize only in the good stuff. Week after week, we sift through endless hours of content to bring you the stories we are most moved by, and boy are they good. But our absolute favorite stories to cover are those that come with viral videos.  Sometimes the videos are adorable stories such as the one that shows tennis phenom Serena Williams giving her daughter Olympia pointers on the court. Other times they’re hilarious moments that the culture absolutely has to see, like the grad student who got crossed over on campus by his HBCU president. Then every once in a while, there are other videos that are straight tearjerkers, similar to the one published this past summer of the Louisiana dad who surprised his visually impaired son at school.  Whatever the story, it’s necessary. It’s the hug you needed during the day, the laugh that makes you forget all the stress you’ve been under, or the quick reminder you needed to just be grateful. We figured it would be a good idea to give you a round-up every now and again of those heartwarming stories. Below is a list of 5 viral videos that had us in our feels this week.     Hard Work Pays Off Our first pick of the week goes to a video we’re renaming “Hard Work Pays Off.” In the clip first posted to TikTok, you can see a woman visibly emotional as she wipes her tears. A little Black girl sits on her lap in support. Overlaying the video is context to the emotional moment, the woman writing “When you finally see that RN behind your name that you worked so hard for.”  Just rewatching has us feeling like someone is cutting onions. We feel you sis! Pat yourself on the back.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Because of Them We Can® (@becauseofthem)   Spider-Dad The next one goes to this committed dad who we are officially dubbing “Spider-Dad.” Not only does he do all the regular things fathers do during the day, at night, he assists the kid in becoming a superhero. The video, posted by a giddy and supportive mom, shows Dad as he makes his son’s dream of becoming Spider-man come alive. He carries his son across the house, the ecstatic kid climbing from wall to ceiling and pillar to pose in his Spider-man costume. The icing on the cake comes at the end as Dad puts him down.  “Thank you Daddy, you’re my hero,” he says with a big hug.  The waterworks. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Because of Them We Can® (@becauseofthem)   Dreamgirls Our third pick of the week goes to this legendary duo for giving us two generations of Black excellence. Fresh off of her Emmy win, legendary actress Sheryl Lee Ralph visited EGOT winner Jennifer Hudson’s new daytime talk show. The original Dream Girl, Ralph first starred in the Broadway play during its opening show 41 years ago. Hudson starred in the movie rendition of the musical, earning an Oscar for her role as Effie White. The two women put on their fur boas to give a hilarious reenactment of a Dreamgirls performance number, Ralph guiding Hudson in the choreography along the way. The two women ended the moment in an embrace. “I’m so proud of you. Do your thing girl,” Ralph told Hudson. “Oh my God, I can’t believe I just got to have that moment with you. That was a dream,” Hudson replied.  We love to see it! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Because of Them We Can® (@becauseofthem)   Sailor Mom Then there was this heartwarming moment between a mother-son duo. Both sailors, the son showed up to pay tribute to his mom during her retirement ceremony. Saluting his mom face to face, he was right there as the Master Chief signed off after three decades of duty to her country. The two ended their salute with a big bear hug as the audience erupted in applause. She’s left an awesome legacy and the torch her son is carrying is already burning bright! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Because of Them We Can® (@becauseofthem)   Grandma’s House And our very last favorite viral video this week goes to grandma’s house. One of the grandchildren of a very large family took to social media to share his family’s beautiful story. Highlighting a crowded house full of laughter and love, he started the video off with a quick note of the obvious, writing “we clearly outgrew Granny’s old house.” However, since crowded means nothing to a Black family, Grandma quickly had to devise a way to keep the gatherings at her house.  In response, Grandma began upgrading her whole home, renovating it to add more space for all of her descendants. The result was a new and improved house with much more room for generations to come. The entire family came together during the building to write scriptures on the foundation of the home and of course, when it was all said and done, they threw another get-together. Ain’t nothing like a Black family!  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Because of Them We Can® (@becauseofthem) Don’t you feel good?! Don’t you feel happy?! Go spread this Black positivity into the world. Because of you, we can. 5 viral videos that had us in our feels this week. Photo Courtesy of @nonprofitcartel/Instagram A Young Boy Was Surprised With Michael Jackson On Broadway And Now He’ll Never Forget His Trip To NYC https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/the-feels/this-little-boy-was-surprised-with-the-greatest-trip-to-nyc Thu, 22 Sep 2022 17:54:20 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com We know he’ll be the talk of the classroom! Here at Because of Them We Can, we love the moments that make you feel happy inside — especially surprises. We also love the great Michael Jackson and seeing people express their love for him, such as 5-year-old Carter who dressed up as the singer for his birthday or Gabby Matsuoka, the teen who wore a Jackson-inspired dress to prom. Today, we’ve... We know he’ll be the talk of the classroom! Here at Because of Them We Can, we love the moments that make you feel happy inside — especially surprises. We also love the great Michael Jackson and seeing people express their love for him, such as 5-year-old Carter who dressed up as the singer for his birthday or Gabby Matsuoka, the teen who wore a Jackson-inspired dress to prom. Today, we’ve got a new feel good Michael Jackson story about Phoenix Dudley that we hope makes you feel happy inside when you’re done reading about it.  Producer of “The Chi,” Derek Dudley and owner/founder of the Lucky Lotus Juice Bar, Chantel Jiroch, became the best parents ever after surprising their young son Phoenix Dudley with a NYC trip of a lifetime! The eager mom took to TikTok to document the adventures from the plane ride to arrival, titling the video, “I surprised my son with a trip to New York City.” The boy's mom describes him as “the biggest Michael Jackson fan.” Once they arrived, he was decked out in his best “Smooth Criminal” costume and whisked away to walk the NYC streets. The Michael Jackson stan had no clue what would come next!  “What is that?” Phoenix asks as they walk towards the theater. As they got closer to the digital billboards, his curiosity grew stronger. “What does it say?” When the MJ: The Musical lights got brighter and clearer he began to get super excited. “What is it?” his mom asked him. “Michael Jackson!” he yelled. The surprise was clear: the young king was about to witness his favorite musical artist being played on Broadway! Once Phoenix knew he was attending the show, his turn up began. “Let’s go!" he said as he danced to the Michael Jackson hits that were being played outside as they waited for entry. He was so pumped that he asked his mother if he could go on stage. When the show began, he was sitting on the edge of his seat and screaming with excitement. From the looks of it, he could even recite all of the icon’s lyrics! But the surprises didn’t stop there.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chanteljiroch (@chanteljiroch) At the end of the show, Phoenix was met outside by the one and only Tony-winning, Bowie State University alum Myles Frost. Frost plays the main character, MJ, in the Broadway show. His hard work paid off; not only making his mother proud, but pleasing his university and county when he won Best Lead Actor at this year's 75th annual Tony Awards. The 22-year-old also made history as the youngest solo Tony Award winner for best lead actor in a musical. Frost greeted the young boy with his best Michael Jackson stance and Phoenix served him up one better with a spin and Michael Jackson dance moves. The video finishes with the little boy showing off his best poses to the NYC anthem Empire State Of Mind, and photos of Phoenix and Myles. All in all, this little boy had a great trip to NYC, an experience he’ll never forget. Shoutout to these dope parents for the surprise and you know how we feel about Black boy joy…WE LOVE IT! MJ: The Musical is a family show, recommended for children 8 and up. The show has received a great response since its opening on February 1st. People left reviews describing the musical with words like “genius,” “gorgeously executed,” and an “adrenaline rush of a show.” People are also praising Myles Frost for his realistic dancing and acting.  To learn more about the show or purchase tickets visit the site here. Photo: Instagram/ChantelJiroch 5 Places To Visit in NYC if you want to learn more Black history https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/culture/5-places-to-visit-in-nyc-if-you-want-to-learn-more-black-history Sun, 25 Sep 2022 17:20:16 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Historical landmarks and museum exhibits are some of the main ways we learn Black history. There are many around the United States that are dedicated to Black pioneers and heroes, such as Fred Hampton's Chicago home, Saint Elmo Brady's National Historic Chemical Landmark, and Rosa Park's statue in Montgomery, Alabama. Pieces of our history are still being acknowledged today; Ruth W. Whaley, the first Black woman to practice law in the state... Historical landmarks and museum exhibits are some of the main ways we learn Black history. There are many around the United States that are dedicated to Black pioneers and heroes, such as Fred Hampton's Chicago home, Saint Elmo Brady's National Historic Chemical Landmark, and Rosa Park's statue in Montgomery, Alabama. Pieces of our history are still being acknowledged today; Ruth W. Whaley, the first Black woman to practice law in the state of North Carolina, was honored with a historical marker, a New Jersey Heritage Trail is in the works, and there was a recent unveiling of Dr. Mary McLeod's statue. In New York, however, there are a number of landmarks and museums that you can visit if you want to learn more Black history. Below are 5 that you should consider, courtesy of Thrillist:  Photo: BLKReader 1. Little Caribbean  In 2017, Shelley Worrell created the caribBEING movement to have the neighborhood renamed Little Caribbean. This area includes Flatbush, Church, Nostrand, and Utica Avenue and is known as “the largest and most diverse Carribean-American-LatinX community outside of the West Indies,” making up 20% of New York City’s population. The area is home to a wide range of people, restaurants and small businesses. Caribbean culture is often amplified and celebrated in this area, especially through festivals. One of the biggest immigrant groups in Flatbush, the Haitian community, was recently commemorated with the renaming of Newkirk Avenue Station to “Little Haiti.” Photo: National Park Services 2. The African Burial Ground National Monument The African Burial Ground National Monument is located near the Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall in Lower Manhattan, and it’s one of the largest and oldest known excavated burial grounds in North America. With over 10,000 remains of enslaved and free Africans, this burial site represents the role slavery played in building New York City when Africans were brought over by the Dutch in the 1600s. What was once a small area is now a five-acre national historic landmark. Photo: Epicsunwarrior 3. MoCADA The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) was designed to create social change through performing arts, community events, and art exhibits. Founded in 1999 by Laurie Cumbo, its overall goal was to create an African diaspora museum that contributed to the revitalization of central Brooklyn “economically, socially, politically, and aesthetically.” 2020 marked twenty years of cultural initiatives and a year prior, they celebrated the addition of a new home known as L10. Photo: Historic Districts Council 4. Archie Spinger ParkLocated in southeast Queens is where you can find Archie Spinger Park, formerly known as Addisleigh Park. Developed in the 1930s, this neighborhood of 650 homes went from an all-white neighborhood to “New York City’s premier African-American enclaves” by the early 1950s. This area was home to icons like Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and many more. In 2007, the Historic Districts Council partnered with the Addisleigh Park Civic Organization to launch a project that added architectural and social significant pieces to the land. Brief summaries on each property, documentation of some of Addisleigh Park’s famous natives, and an informational brochure detailing the council's findings were all added. In 2022, it was renamed to honor Black jazz celebrities.  Photo: Louis Armstrong House Museum  5. Louis Armstrong House Museum The home of one of the most remarkable entertainers, Louis Armstrong, is available to tour in Corona, Queens. After the death of Lucille Armstrong in 1983, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation gave the house to the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and is currently operated by Queens College. In 2003, the home of Louis and his wife Lucille was preserved as a historic landmark and world-class museum. While touring, you have the opportunity to view Armstrong’s archives and memorabilia. Concerts, film screenings, exhibits, and various workshops are held here to educate and inspire the public. 9 Black Owned Businesses That Deserve Your Support This Season https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/culture/9-black-owned-businesses-that-deserve-your-support-this-season Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:06:20 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Just about everyone loves to shop. Even if we leave the house with zero intention to spend money, a dollar somehow always manages to get spent. According to Sunmark Credit Union, the average daily spending by Americans of all ages is $164.55. Based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2020 alone the buying power of African-Americans rose to $1.6 trillion. In order to keep the Black... Just about everyone loves to shop. Even if we leave the house with zero intention to spend money, a dollar somehow always manages to get spent. According to Sunmark Credit Union, the average daily spending by Americans of all ages is $164.55. Based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2020 alone the buying power of African-Americans rose to $1.6 trillion. In order to keep the Black dollar circulating in the Black communities, companies like WeBuyBlack stepped up! Now they are one of the largest online marketplaces connecting consumers to Black-owned businesses. These Black Ambition Prize winners created a browser extension you can download that curates Black-owned products based on your shopping habits. We listed a few Black-owned businesses with great products that you can extend your dollar to this season.  Hanifa The Baltimore-based designer, Anifa Mvuemba, is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the owner of Hanifa, an online boutique that went viral for their virtual fashion show during the pandemic. The pieces are stylish and fit for any occasion!   Telfar  2020 was deemed “The Year of the Telfar” because in that year people went crazy over these colorful shopping bags! Telfar bags created by Telfar Clemens were selling out with every drop and soon became quite difficult to purchase. Resellers quickly took advantage of the releases and began overpricing them until Mr. Telfar, who prides himself on his brand slogan, “Not for you –for everyone,” stepped in and put a stop to it. Over time, the bags became readily available along with new colorways hitting the market. He’s not only limited to bags, this designer is selling hats, belts, and jewelry.  Milano DiRouge MilanoDiRouge created by entrepreneur, influencer, author, and real estate investor Milan Rouge is a Philly native who started her business in 2012 selling t-shirts. Now, she's a full fledged multi-million dollar empire. Her clothes are catering to women of all sizes and offering the hottest designs. By supporting her brand she can continue to show people it's never too late to follow your dreams.    Black and Mobile After realizing it was difficult to support Black-owned businesses through traditional delivering apps, twin brothers Aaron and David Cabello decided to create and launch Black and Mobile, an app which became the first ever Black-owned delivery service in Philadelphia. This app brings the Black-owned food to your doorstep in select cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem/Manhattan, Los Angeles, and Queens with more cities coming soon.  QuikLiq If you’re 21 and over, looking for a good time, or trying to secure some last minute alcoholic party favors, QuikLiq is the way to go! Created by three HBCU alums, this tech-forward digital marketplace is bringing the finest selection of beer, wine, and spirits to wherever you're at. They currently service the city of Miami/Miami Beach and other areas of Florida and Atlanta, GA.  The Hoot / EarthlyMart / PUR Home Sundays were made for cleaning and you can do so with products crafted by Black people! The Hoot is an all natural, all-purpose cleaner that’s not only affordable, but safe for the whole family. Earthlymart provides natural and hypo-allergenic products for households and businesses, and PUR Home offers laundry detergent and multi-purpose cleansers.    Brown Estate Wines  You can support this Black-owned business on the ground or in the skies when flying with Delta Air Lines. Brown Estate wines started as an estate winery in California's Napa Valley until they secured a partnership with the Atlanta based airline in 2019. The Local Green / CurlCap If you are a Disney fan, boy do we have the business for you! If you’re ever at Walt Disney World, take a visit to the first Black-owned food truck, The Local Green. Serving primarily plant-based menu items, this restaurant-turned-food-truck is owned and operated by husband and wife Robyn and Zak Wallace. Their main goal is to keep people healthy, and it all starts with what you eat. If you love Disney merchandise, then check out CurlCap. Created by Britney Crowell, this Amazon bestseller made history as the first Black woman-owned apparel company to sell licensed Disney merchandise. Crowell created these caps for all hair types and textures, keeping you cool from the sun and allowing your curls and fros to flourish!   Soul Cap Now for our Black swimmers, you won’t want to miss this! The cap that was banned from the Olympics is now available for all and officially approved for professional use. Soul Cap, created by two best friends in London, was designed to cover big hair and can be used to keep your tresses protected from chlorine damage.  All these Black-owned businesses are booming and can continue to take off with continuous support. These business owners are also inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.    Photo: Facebook/ShopBlackOwned