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Black-Owned Strands Of Faith Receives Contract From Premier Inc. To Distribute Textured Hair Products To U.S. Hospitals

This new partnership is working to address disparities for medical patients. Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) has awarded Strands of Faith, a clean haircare brand, with a contract to supply 4,400 hospitals across the U.S. with textured hair products, according to a press release. The partnership marks one of the first haircare companies in the new category “Ethnic, Scalp, and Skincare” to receive the contract. What’s more, the press release notes that Strands of Faith will now expand its distribution network and increase its visibility in the healthcare industry.

Ngozi Nwanji

May 17, 2023

Black Woman-Owned Organic Feminine Brand Femly Expands To CVS Stores

A Black-owned feminine care brand has gone from selling online to being stocked in a leading retail corporation.

Ngozi Nwanji

May 12, 2023

Meet Hannah Ferguson, The Entrepreneur Behind The First Black Woman-Owned Cidery In Ohio

The mission behind this entrepreneur’s wine and cider company is shared in the essence of its name.

Ngozi Nwanji

May 9, 2023

Serena Williams, Black Founders Matter Invest In Black Woman-Owned Healthcare Startup HUED

Black woman-owned healthcare startup HUED is getting plenty of community support to bet on its revolutionary mission in the health industry. According to CNBC Make It, HUED — a company that aims to diversify patient-physician experiences with culturally competent providers — has announced the raise of $1.6 million in seed funding that will be used to help address the racial disparities in health plaguing communities of color. Among its investors includes Serena Williams’ venture capital fund Serena Ventures, Black Founders Matter, Female Founders Fund, Osage Venture Partners, Northwestern Mutual, Gingerbread Capital, angel investor and health industry leader, Halle Tecco and others. The idea behind the digital health company — which was founded by ESSENCE senior editor Kimberly Wilson in 2018 — was inspired by Wilson’s own personal experience with the healthcare system after she received an improper fibroid diagnosis in 2017, CNBC Make It reports. With issues of bias and...

Njera Perkins

Aug 10, 2021

CEO Tesla La Touche Leads The First Female-Focused Company In The Psychedelic Medicine Space

The psychedelic medicine industry is expanding rapidly, with areas like Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Massachusetts decriminalizing magic mushrooms in recent elections. This Black woman-led biotech company recently launched to show how psychedelic medicines can be used for women’s health. Aphrodite Health — a woman-focused biotech company — is introducing psychedelic medicines to address women’s mental and physical health challenges often overlooked by modern medicine. The startup launched on May 31 and is led by CEO Tesla La Touche, a Black woman healthcare professional with 20 years of experience. La Touche is clinically published and brings a wealth of experience in the surgical, biopharmaceutical and advanced, clinical technologies sector to her team. S he was confident in her work as she was launching Aphrodite Health. Still, she takes a lot of pride coming into this space as the first Afro-Indigenous CEO in the psychedelic medicine industry. “I have very intimate knowledge...

Michelai Graham

Aug 5, 2021

This Black Woman-Owned Rideshare App Prioritizes Women, LGBTQ Safety

In an effort to provide safety for women and the LGBTQ+ community, one Black woman-owned rideshare app was launched in the south. Atlanta native Kiersten Harris grew up on the southside of the city and has always been committed to the betterment of her community. The 22-year-old entrepreneur is now the co-founder and CEO of what’s said to be the first female-friendly rideshare app in the south , HERide, according to Reckon. “Our motto is ‘Choose to be unbothered,’” said Harris in an interview with Reckon. “We wanted to create a platform for women to feel safe and welcome. Our drivers and passengers come first. Here’s how you can stay safe during this time of COVID-19. Stay updated by following @CDCgov for tips and updates. If you are showing symptoms please inform a medical professional. — HERide™️ App (@getheride) March 15, 2020 On top of providing safe, reliable transportation for members of the LGBTQ+ community and women, Harris had the vision to create...

Shanique Yates

Oct 9, 2020