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76-Year-Old Sue Taylor To Open The First And Only Black-Woman-Owned Dispensary In Berkeley, CA

Seventy-six-year-old Sue Taylor sees great promise in the cannabis sector. During an interview with ABC-7 News, the former Catholic school principal shares her joy in owning a Berkeley, CA, dispensary. She reportedly owns the first and only Black-woman-owned dispensary in the city. “It was quite an honor. To be that representative,” Taylor mentioned to the outlet. “So many African Americans — it’s people of color who were incarcerated for cannabis from the get, right, from the beginning. It was us. And so to have an African-American family open up a dispensary such as this, it gave us a lot of pride.” The feat would not have been possible if she had not adjusted her initial hesitation surrounding the use of cannabis, she says. Only when she witnessed its benefits for seniors combined with the the loss of a dear friend to cancer did she finally understand. “I feel some kind of way in my heart that I didn’t serve her well because my mindset wasn’t on cannabis. Because I was secretly...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 23, 2024

Founder Kristen Wells-Collins Launches Black To The Lab To Help Young Black Girls Learn About STEM Through Beauty Care

This Black woman founder is bridging beauty and science to spark more interest in STEM for girls.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 23, 2024

After Saving Their Earnings From Restoring And Cleaning Shoes, Twin Teenage Brothers Open A Shoe Store In Louisville, KY

Teenage twins Taylan and Tylan Walker have united their individual interests to become entrepreneurs. WAVE 3 News in Louisville, KY, reports the pair was looking to open a brick-and-mortar store to start selling shoes when they completed high school. At the age of 13, Tylan had already started buying and reselling shoes on the market, while Taylan was watering his interest in cameras and videography. As the business of selling shoes grew, it became clear to them it was time to scale the venture. ”When I was in my house I was getting a bunch of shoes, and I was getting more and more shoes until like I was getting to the point where I needed to change locations because I had too many shoes in the house basically,” Tylan told the outlet. This led to the storefront Finest Kicks opening its doors in Louisville. The venture was supported through the brothers’ earnings from restoring and cleaning shoes as well as sales from buying and reselling shoes on the market. View this post on...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 22, 2024

How 2 Morehouse College Graduates Left Corporate America And Secured An Investment To Take The Golf Apparel Market By Storm

Founders Olajuwon Ajanaku and Earl Cooper are shaking up the golf sector. As previously mentioned by AFROTECH, the Morehouse College graduates behind Eastside Golf kicked off 2024 with stellar news, raising $3.4 million in a funding round led by EP Golf Ventures. The investment is based on a partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) and Elysian Park Ventures. The funding will support the founder’s plans to expand their team in light of their New York City, NY, headquarters. Before this, it was announced that the company generated $4 million in annual revenue after initially generating $100,000 within its first year. Reflecting on their growth, Ajanaku shared with AFROTECH, “I feel like the progress that we made last year, the people that we have to hire, processes that we have to put all together, but we clung to that last year, we’ve come so far. It’s honestly remarkable, and I get a chance to run a business with my best friend, and we get to influence...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 21, 2024

Nathan Brown Is Making His Mark In Houston, TX, As A Franchisee Of A New Orleans-Inspired Coffee Shop

Nathan Brown is the proud franchisee of a New Orleans, LA-inspired coffee shop. However, he didn’t grow up as a coffee consumer. Instead, the graduate of Indiana’s Ball State University developed the interest while working for a Big Four accounting firm, which he described as a “grind house.” “Working late hours pretty regularly, a part of the culture developed into a habit, and I became an avid coffee drinker,” Brown, 33, told AFROTECH in an interview. “As the years went by, I got more into quality. So, I started off getting any sugared-down caffeine I could find. Then, I graduated to drinking black coffee. Then, I started to be able to decipher the taste of coffee.” Brown moved from Indiana to Texas in 2015 and became a homeowner four years later. While living in Third Ward, a neighborhood in Houston, TX, he discovered the nearest coffee shop was a 15-minute drive. He then felt led to open a coffee shop closer to home, and it became possible with the help of a family member and...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 21, 2024

Donna Summer’s Estate Accuses Kanye West Of Using AI Or Having Someone Else Sing A Track He Was Denied Clearance To Sample

The estate of legendary singer Donna Summer is not happy with a recent move by Kanye West to sample a song from the late Queen of Disco on his latest studio album.

Shanique Yates

Feb 20, 2024

What Makes People Love Their Jobs and How You Can Too

In the world of work, some individuals genuinely love what they do . It’s not just about completing tasks or reaching a new rank; it’s about establishing a connection beyond the paycheck. There are many nuances to understanding why some people love their jobs and what it truly means when you love them. Those who enjoy their work the most are individuals whose roles harmonize with their passions and strengths. Job satisfaction becomes a natural byproduct when your work holds purpose and meaning. Furthermore, a positive work environment acts as a catalyst, fostering employee joy. The Impact Of Purpose And Meaning For Work The phenomenon of people who love their job is around half of the overall American experience. A recent survey from the Pew Research Center reveals that just about half of U.S. workers report being extremely or very satisfied with their overall job. Additionally, only a minority express high satisfaction regarding training and skills development opportunities. Beyond...

Corinne Dorsey

Feb 16, 2024

What's Next For Verizon In 2024 Following Their Recent Layoffs

Verizon Communications Inc. met with customer service employees last summer, signaling imminent “restructuring” and “streamlining” measures expected to result in substantial layoffs, as reported by The Verge. With over 6,000 employees present during the call, the impact of these consolidation measures may extend beyond initial estimates. Verizon was slated to reveal details about the restructuring plan last summer, as conveyed in a prerecorded message to employees. However, no public updates have since been released. Workforce Reductions Across Companies The reported layoffs at Verizon align with a broader trend of U.S. companies, including Meta Platforms Inc. and Alphabet Inc., implementing workforce reductions due to a demand downturn attributed to elevated inflation and rising interest rates. In April, Verizon fell short of its first-quarter revenue and free cash flow estimates, citing wireless subscriber losses as inflation-weary Americans postponed device upgrades, and the...

Corinne Dorsey

Feb 16, 2024

How Marvin Ellison, One Of The World's Wealthiest Black CEOs, Saw His Stock Market Value Increase By $3.4M In Less Than A Month

Marvin Ellison, one of the world’s wealthiest Black CEOs, is celebrating a multi-million-dollar financial triumph.

Michelle Burk

Feb 15, 2024

LeBron James And Maverick Carter Expand 'The Shop' Series To A Line Of Grooming Products For Men

LeBron James and Maverick Carter are taking their love for the barbershop another step further with the announcement of a new men’s grooming line.

Shanique Yates

Feb 15, 2024

Meet Tanya Hill-Holliday, The First Black Woman To Own And Operate A McDonald's Franchise In Philadelphia

Climbing up the corporate ladder led this Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) alumna to make history in the restaurant industry.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 15, 2024

After Parting Ways With Nike, Tiger Woods Has Inked A New Apparel And Footwear Deal With TaylorMade

After cutting ties with Nike a month ago and being approached by numerous companies, Tiger Woods has officially announced his new home.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 14, 2024

Wallo267 Aims To Use His 'First-Hand Experience' In America's Parole And Probation System As Reform Alliance's New Chief Marketing Officer

Wallo267’s latest move is proof he’s still not allowing the odds to be stacked against him following a second chance at freedom.

Shanique Yates

Feb 14, 2024