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On Black Business and Identity

A big part of who we are as a people, shows through things like our craft, our businesses and the cau
The Mojisola Report
On Black Business and Identity
By The Afropole • Issue #16 • View online
A big part of who we are as a people, shows through things like our craft, our businesses and the causes we decide to pursue— As it should! This week we celebrate our diverse cultures and businesses as African and Afrodiasporans, while seeking to understand what it take to build sustainable ventures. How can we be entrepreneurs with businesses that stand the test of time? We explore the threats and opportunities for our communities PLUS you get all the juicy details of the up coming Wax Print Festival taking place this June in Ghana as part of the Year of Return! As you read today’s issue, we’d love to know your thoughts as well, so catch us on social media!

Great credit scores? Enough access to loans? Why do black-business fail more often?
new report on wealth and black business ownership from the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), a national membership organization focused on microenterprises, examines the successes of and the barriers that the estimated 2.58 million black business owners face in the U.S. These businesses provide 3.56 million jobs and generate $150 billion in annual revenue. Black business owners have 12 times the wealth of black non-business owners, the report found, and it’s not because they started out wealthier; AEO points to one particular challenge too: Even while black individuals are more likely to start a business than the general population, their businesses fail at much higher rates.
... and yet we continue to build and flourish!
The Afropole
We love a #blackowned business breaking boundaries!KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson founded Mented after struggling to find the perfect nude lipstick for their skin tones.Because “when it comes to beauty, no one deserves to be an afterthought.”
Have you tried @MentedCosmetics yet? https://t.co/nATDncUo4J
1:41 PM - 10 Apr 2019
With some help from Suriname’s Saramaccas – Demerara Waves
Passion Twists Are All The Rage & This Is How You Pull Them Off
10 Books by Writers of Color That Embrace Self-Love, Resilience and Authenticity
We are celebrating Afrodiasporan and African ingenuity in business. Will you join us?
A lot of people ask us why we called an event that celebrates all African textiles, “Wax Print Fest”. We tell them, it’s because it represents our power and agency. Our potential to take something controversial and make it culturally meaningful. We welcome this and the many other debates about West Africa’s booming textile industry and we want you to join us for a week of fashion, demos, exhibitions, art, food, film and much more. You DON’T want to miss this experience. Early bird tickets are out now, catch them before it’s too late! https://egotickets.com/events/wax-print-fest-2019
Amma Aboagye
We welcome this and the many other debates abt West Africa's booming textile industry. So join us for a week of fashion, demos, exhibitions, art, food, film and much more. Early bird tickets are out now, catch them before May 15th! #watchthisspace for our amazing collabs! https://t.co/5t1LHZLQYT
10:10 AM - 11 Apr 2019
And it gets better!
Join the Heirloomed Competition ahead of the Wax Print Festival! Transform something precious and familiar into something new and tell us why it matters to you! Winners get VIP all access. Sounds pretty amazing don’t you think? We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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