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Betting On Black Is Making A Mark in Black History

Betting on black looks like…providing chic and stylish hair accessories without the effort while supporting women entrepreneurs in Ghana who make a portion of our products.” – Tomara Watkins, founder of Loza Tam

 

Loza Tam was born in 2016 out of a frustration that many women experience when it comes to looking for high quality head-wraps and headbands. There weren’t many hair accessories that had a great fit and didn’t contain that pesky silicone strip. I couldn’t understand why it was so difficult to find quality headbands that didn’t rip your hair out. Or why head wraps came with more operating instructions than a new car. After months of working on the design and fit, we launched our first product: the satin-lined headband. It was satin-lined to protect the hair and strong enough to stand up to the toughest hot yoga class and the biggest of curls. Months later, the satin-lined turban was launched. 

 

You can join Tomara in betting on Black by visiting LozaTam.com today. Stay tuned for more stories from Black founders.

“Betting on black means investing my time, energy and support to elevate black causes. I will always count on the ingenuity of Black people to rise to the occasion when called upon.” – Edward Summers, CEO of The Thinkubator

I was born and raised in the South Bronx during a time when the life prospects for a Bronx youth were slim to none. Our options were jail or death. Despite this grim outlook for youth of color in the Bronx, I was able to find individuals, educators, and support systems to overcome the barriers. I was able to obtain a college degree, travel the world, obtain employment and eventually earn a Ph.D. I’ve built a Bronx-based organization focused on bringing power to Bronx youth voices [by] providing work-based learning opportunities. We supported more than 100 youth over the past year and more than 800 over a three year period. I truly believe that I was given a chance at life and want nothing more than to elevate other Bronx youth and provide them with opportunities to thrive. 

 

You can join Edward in betting on Black by visiting TheThinkubator.org today. Stay tuned for more stories from Black founders.

Betting on Black means committing my personal agency to sustaining and paving a way for individuals who have managed to thrive despite the injustices of colonization, slavery, and systematic racism.” – Damola Omotosho, CEO of CardCraft

 

I feel it is my duty as the first son of Nigerian immigrants to not only embody my ancestors’ wildest dreams but to succeed as a role model, advisor, and champion for Black and Brown causes all over the world. I started [CardCraft] out of a deep personal desire to bridge the distance between my family and myself as we live on opposite coasts. Creating a platform for loved ones to connect via racially inclusive content, that resonates with who they are, is also a driving force behind CardCraft. In this way, we open up many pathways when it comes to “Betting on Black.”

 

CardCraft offers customers access to a selection of artist-designed cards that feature Black and Brown forward content. We balance the playing field in an industry that remains saturated with whitewashed imagery. CardCraft dually serves as a marketplace for artists to submit their designs. We support Black and Brown creative voices and link them to customers who value and derive joy from their artwork. We unite the client, artist, and recipient with the ultimate race inclusive, relational expression.

 

You can join Damola in betting on Black by visiting CardCraft.io today. Stay tuned for more stories from Black founders.

Betting on Black means protecting black women’s health by lowering our exposure to toxic chemicals in our beauty products that are negatively affecting our reproductive health and cancer rates.” – Robbin Turner,  Botanical Formulator and founder of Violet Botanical Skincare

 

In 2014, I began researching natural remedies to help relieve my husband’s and son’s eczema. Slathering themselves in steroid creams filled with toxic petrochemicals and synthetics was not an option. After extensive research, I learned that Black women’s health was disproportionately affected by toxic chemicals in our beauty products. Sadly, there are not many “cleaner” options for us. I reflected on my grandmother’s homemade remedies, African remedies passed down from generation to generation. Guided by time-honored formulations, I handcrafted my first body butter, and Violet Botanical Skincare was born.

 

You can join Robbin in betting on Black by visiting VioletBody.net today. Stay tuned for more stories from Black founders.