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Ludacris And 'Karma's World' Help Black-Owned Hair-Care Businesses Land Their First-Ever Licensing Deals

Ludacris is among the list of rappers who have found great success outside of the music business. As previously reported by AfroTech, he has established a lucrative portfolio for himself including Karma’s World Entertainment. “Karma’s World,” the Netflix series, was released in 2021 and is inspired by his oldest daughter, Karma. Now, Ludacris’ company behind the children’s show has helped two Black companies reach a new milestone.

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 21, 2023

Why Founder Ciara Imani May Initially Declined Venture Capital Funding For Her Plant-Based Hair Startup Rebundle

Black women’s hair is the epitome of versatility. From knotless braids to frontal wigs, the possibilities for hairstyles are endless. Coming from her own experience of going through different hair phases, Rebundle founder and CEO Ciara Imani May tapped into alleviating some of the hassles that come with the process. As previously shared by AfroTech, the St. Louis-based company creates and sells hair extensions made exclusively from plant-based materials. The core material for the extensions is banana fiber.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Rebundle (

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 22, 2023

Madam C.J. Walker's Great-Great-Granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles Brings Hair Care Line That Honors Her To Walmart

Naturalistas can now get their hands on hair products from Black hair care royalty. The Root reports that the family of pioneer Madam C.J. Walker — the first African American woman millionaire — has created a reboot of her iconic hair line that has launched at Walmart. View this post on Instagram A post shared by MADAM by Madam C.J. Walker (@madambymcjw)

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 20, 2022

After IVF Caused Hair Loss, Gabrielle Union's Haircare Line Relaunch Is A Valuable Lesson In Black Ownership

Earlier this week, Gabrielle Union announced the launch of Flawless by Gabrielle Union , an affordable, moisture-rich haircare line for Black hair. However, this was not her first journey into the world of African American hair care. In fact, Union’s first attempt at launching the line came in 2017 but she quickly halted the project when she began to lose her own hair as a result of IVF treatments. “When we first launched in 2017, the brand coincided with a lot of hair loss due to my fertility journey and having multiple rounds of IVF. From ear to ear, where a headband would sit, I was bald,” Union tells Harper’s Bazaar . “When you’re launching a line called Flawless and you feel anything but flawless, you actually feel like a fraud. I didn’t feel confident or transparent, and the investors and ownership group we had at the time didn’t want to wait for my hair to grow back in. They only cared about deadlines, and I wasn’t being listened to.” It was then that Gabrielle Union had to...

Stephanie Ogbogu

Aug 5, 2020

The Owner vs. The Brand: Meet The Melanated Faces Behind These Black Beauty Brands

Current world events have called for many to begin investing in Black-owned businesses, seeking ways to be an asset to the Black community. In light of this sudden realization, a trend on social media ensued this week that inspired users to reveal the owners behind some of our most beloved beauty-based brands. The owner The brand — jamika (@jmaack) June 9, 2020 While some were shocked to find out that many brands were not fully Black-owned as previously assumed, the viral trend was adopted by Black owners as a way to uplift their business and applaud others as well. If you’re looking for wholesome Black-owned brands to invest your dollars in, reference the list below: Richelieu Dennis , CEO of Shea Moisture Photo Credit: The Network Journal Meet Richelieu Dennis, the brains behind Shea Moisture – one of the most popular hair care lines on the market. According to Fast Company , Dennis’ company, Sundial Brands, is the umbrella company that...

Njera Perkins

Jun 12, 2020

Black Hair Care Industry Takes a Hit Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus has proven to be a multi-layered nemesis with its effects spanning far beyond that of physical sickness. Not only has it taken a toll on the stock market, but now Black hair suppliers in Maryland and Washington, D.C. are being affected by its pandemic reach. According to WUSA 9 , hair care businesses are facing challenges securing hair shipments from their wholesalers located in Asia. District Cheveux, located in Bowie, Maryland, depends on weave and wig shipments from China to fulfill customer orders, but due to the coronavirus, the company has taken a hit. “I just never imagined coronavirus would affect me, being in the states,” District Cheveux stylist, Shannel Wallace told WUSA 9. “Not directly as far as being sick, but my business,” she said. Hair shipments to District Cheveux have also been extremely delayed. Wallace said an order she placed in January still hasn’t arrived. “They [the vendor] finally reached back out to me and said due to the virus, everyone,...

Devin Crudup

Mar 4, 2020