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Meet Kya Johnson, The Attorney Who Received A Grant From Beyoncé To Create AR Children's Books

Representation opens the door to a world of possibilities! Attorney turned founder Kya Johnson learned this firsthand by volunteering with elementary children during her spare time. While mentoring children, she would often expose them to positive images. Johnson soon realized helping children in this manner was not only a passion but an opportunity to do more for her community. Nearly two years after visualizing a children’s driven platform, she successfully launched RainbowMe Kids in 2014. The platform aims to increase representation and diversity in children’s media. “I wanted to create the company because I wanted to reach as many kids as possible and present content with positive images of main characters of color,” Johnson told AfroTech.

Mar 24, 2022

NAACP Acquires Ownership Stake In Hello Alice To Empower Black Entrepreneurs

The NAACP has sealed a partnership with Hello Alice, and it’s a pinnacle moment for Black entrepreneurs. In hopes of creating a new future for Black businesses, the civil rights organization will be acquiring an ownership stake in one of the world’s leading platforms to spur development and growth for small Black-owned businesses. “To champion true racial equity, we need to address the long-standing economic inequality that has left Black communities underfunded and undervalued for centuries,” NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson said in a press release. “According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, today there are an estimated 2.6 million Black-owned businesses, and this first-of-its-kind partnership is a pivotal step towards putting Black business at the forefront of our economy and as a result, building generational wealth and economic power for Black communities.” Before the NAACP’s investment, they tapped Hello Alice to launch the Black-owned Business Resources to...

Oct 28, 2021

Beyoncé's BEYGOOD and the NAACP Award $10K Grant to Black-Owned Cannabis Company

Beyoncé’s nonprofit organization BEYGOOD and the NAACP partnered this summer to launch their ow n Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund. Now after over 17,000 entrepreneurs have applied for the grant program, one lucky business has announced themselves as one of the recipients. In an announcement via Instagram, The Gift — a natural health and wellness company that was founded in 2018 — received a grant value of $10,000 from BEYGOOD and the NAACP’s joint venture. The wellness company shared the news in an Instagram Post where they explained how the generous grant will help them grow and expand their business.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by The Gift (@completelygifted) “We are so humbled and grateful to be selected out of 17,000 applicants for a grant from the Queen Bee herself, Beyoncé and BeyGOOD in partnership with the NAACP!” the post stated. “The grant is helping us re-launch our new sustainable packaging, launch a new website, and our education platform...

Dec 7, 2020

Beyoncé's BeyGOOD and NAACP Partner to Fund Small Black-Owned Businesses With $10K Grants

Beyoncé and BeyGOOD initiative have teamed up with the NAACP to establish the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund, the organizations announced . The financial reserve will give $10,000 grants to small business communities directly impacted by the global pandemic. BeyGOOD announces The Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund, administered by @NAACP assisting small business negatively impacted by recent events. — BeyGOOD (@BeyGood) July 9, 2020 “Over the last couple of months, the pandemic and outpours for justice throughout the Black community and across the country has been felt in every imaginable area of our lives, including in how our local businesses continue to operate,” the press release reads. “The challenges of Black business owners navigating in the climate cannot be understated, as the effects of uprisings across the nation have led to many businesses being placed in dire straits due to damages and other small business...

Jul 14, 2020