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Thanks to the Women Behind Ski Travel Company Mount Noire, Diversity is Hitting the Slopes

For years, the historical notion around Black people and snow has been the consensus that we don’t ski. Thanks to London-based ski travel company Mount Noire, the startup is working to bring more Black representation to the slopes. Following trips with some of her close college friends and avid skiers — Tobi Adegboye, Wenona Barnieh, Blessing Ekairia, Simisola Oke, and Adeola Omotade — Oke and her group bonded over the relatable experiences of the many stares from others while on the ski slopes. After a ski trip to Chamonix, France back in 2018, Adegboye recalled being asked, “What are you girls doing here, I didn’t know Black people skied?” “It is very common while traveling as a Black person to be asked to pose in a photograph with strangers,” she explained to Condé Nast Traveler. “That happened a few times on the slopes.” Their love for travel encouraged Adegboye, Oke and their friends to create Mount Noire — a boutique winter sport travel agency — in December 2019 with a mission...

Njera Perkins

Feb 18, 2021

How Macro-Influencer Ari Fletcher Monetized Her Social Platforms to Build a Million-Dollar Empire

Many people have the misconception that social media influencers and entrepreneurs are two separate entities, but the influx of influencers over the last few years has brought on the rise of influencer-entrepreneurs. Social media’s added value plus a strong following/presence on its platforms has given influencers the power to impact brands in ways that ultimately help boost their business, including brand awareness, a growing customer base, added market value, and more. Of the many successful social media influencers, Ariana Fletcher — better known online as @therealkylesister — has become one of the most influential of them all, utilizing her social media presence to help brands make millions and in turn made herself into a multi-millionaire. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KYLESISTER (@therealkylesister) Fletcher started her entrepreneurial journey back in 2016 when she started her hair company called KYCHE Extensions. Though she had no formal experience, she learned...

Njera Perkins

Oct 7, 2020

How Ayesha Curry Turned a Passion Project Into a Growing Business Empire

Before her career start as an entrepreneur, Ayesha Curry was a mother and a wife just trying to get her family and friends to eat healthier. Now six years later, she’s managed to turn a passion project into a growing business empire with several barbecue-focused chain restaurants, a best-selling cookbook, her own series on the Food Network, and a newly announced lifestyle magazine. Curry didn’t fade into her husband’s shadow, she created her own businesses and opportunities all from scratch. She took her video-blogging hobby of cooking and grew it into a YouTube channel with over half a million subscribers. This would eventually lead to a successful cookbook that turned her into a well-respected businesswoman running a holistic lifestyle brand. Curry realized the value of what would come to be her business empire when she started receiving gifts in the mail from various companies. “There’s this business called Freshly Picked Moccasins, and I was obsessed. I got a box one day, and it...

Njera Perkins

Apr 8, 2020

Black Women Talk Tech is Disrupting the Industry by Creating a Safe Space for Black Businesswomen

For years Black women have fought for a seat at the table in their respective industries. People of color are often excluded and neglected in the tech industry thus proving it difficult to find safe spaces to convene together. The disparity for Black women in tech has made it a struggle to level the playing field across the board, but these three founders created a platform to disrupt the lack of diversity in tech and empower Black women looking to grow billion-dollar enterprises. Esosa Ighodaro, Lauren Washington, and Regina Gwynn all recognized the challenges that many Black women face trying to launch and maintain businesses when they first met. They then banded together to create Black Women Talk Tech (BWTT), an organization founded to connect Black women in the tech industry and provide them with the tools they need to be successful business owners. Established in 2017, the organization has grown to expand into 10 local chapters in cities across the country with one overseas in...

Njera Perkins

Mar 24, 2020