Lip Bar Founder Makes Leap from Wall St. to Target

By Charise Wallace, Special to the AFRO Straight from Detroit, Michigan, founder and CEO of The Lip Bar, Melissa Butler went from working on Wall Street to landing her own beauty line in Target, but she wouldn’t be...

‘Breaking Big’ Set to Showcase Success

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO “Come here boy, you need a hug.” In a previous interview with another publication, Carlos Watson revealed that this was the way his mother would greet him on the...

Walgreens Stores to Sell More Groceries in African American Communities

After the success of its pilot program at 10 Chicago stores last fall, Deerfield-based Walgreen’s announced recently they will be adding more “expanded food selection” items to their stores in African American communities, according...

iPad Signals New Era in Business

Self-proclaimed digital advocate Mario Armstrong could turn even the most unprepared tech person into a computer whiz. Besides serving as the technology commentator for National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” the long time techie moonlights...

New CRL Consumer Survey: High Pressure Tactics, Confusion Lead to Customers Choosing Overdraft

In August 2010, the Federal Reserve Board directed banks to seek customer approval before enrolling them in high-cost overdraft coverage.  Now nearly a year later, a new survey by the Center for Responsible Lending...

Starbucks CEO Apologizes to 2 Black Men Arrested

By RON TODT and JAY REEVES, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Starbucks sells itself as a community gathering spot as much as a coffeehouse, a welcoming place with comfortable chairs for lingering, trendy music and...

The Art of Picking a Tax Accountant

By Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFRO Anthony Moon, CEO and president of Baltimore-based ATPAC accounting and tax services (also, full disclosure, the guy who does my taxes), says that people should be careful about who...

Remembering Lerone Bennett, Black Press Giant

Lerone Bennett Jr., a long time editor at Ebony magazine, died earlier this year. Bennett, who wrote numerous books on African American history, such as Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America and Great...

Black Love Experience Promises a Passport to Wakanda in Southeast

In a small corner of Anacostia where the vestiges of D.C.’s Chocolate City remain, lovers of everything black, beautiful and wondrous gathered to dance, mingle and heal. The Black Love Experience in its 5th year...

New Docu-Series Promotes DC’s Entrepreneurs

By Christina Sturdivant Sani, Special to the AFRO As Washington’s creative economy thrives, four D.C.-area natives want newcomers to know that the city was cool before #madeindc was a slogan branded on t-shirts and coffee mugs. For...

Local Entrepreneurs Turn Part-Time Jobs into Full-time Profit

As part of a three-part series, the AFRO is profiling up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are growing popular businesses while juggling traditional nine-to-five careers, spouses and children. This month, Baltimore-based shoe designer Cash Hollis shares how...

Hip-Hop Mogul Simmons Still Has Magic Touch

Throughout his storied career, New York-born media mogul Russell Simmons has helped bolster the image and scope of hip-hop culture. Now in his 50s, the multifaceted maven shows no signs of slowing down. With...
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