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LaMelo Ball Is Partnering With The Only Black Woman-Owned Sports Training Product Tech Platform

2021 NBA Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball is taking his talents off the court with a brand new unique sports partnership. Today, POWERHANDZ — the only Black woman-owned global athletic training and rehabilitation product tech platform in existence — announced its merger with PH Innovation Holdings, Inc. and partnership with Ball where the Charlotte Hornets guard will serve as a general partner, brand ambassador and board member of PH Innovation Holdings, Inc. and The Power to Give Foundation, a press release reports. Ball has been using POWERHANDZ’s products since 2019 and his affinity for the brand is what helped him and his manager find a way to become a part of the company’s success. “Training is my lifestyle. Using POWERHANDZ during training and pre-game warm ups, just activates everything. I feel more explosive on the court,” Ball said in a statement. “I liked the overall vision so much, I didn’t want to just be a customer, I wanted to be a major partner, have ownership to create...

Jul 8, 2021

Dallas Company 'You Go Natural' Headwraps Raises $2M Seed To Expand And Innovate The Beauty Market

The natural haircare beauty market will soon have a new go-to source for its next innovation. Black women-owned beauty brand You Go Natural (YGN) headwraps has announced the close of a $2 million seed funding round as it looks to expand its operations. According to a press release shared with AfroTech, the funding round was led by Brand Foundry Venture Partners as well as other investors such as Capital Factory, Willow Growth Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners. YGN has shared that its next plan of action for the funds includes the round expanding its Dallas-based production facility from 1,500 to 7,500 square feet and growing its staff to reach over 100 employees. “As a Black female founder, I have unique market insight into the world of ethnic beauty,” founder Monique Little shared in a statement. “I know where the industry is way oversaturated, and I know where there are gaps in innovation and solutions that have yet to be introduced. The vision of YGN goes way beyond...

Apr 22, 2021

7 Black Women Founders Behind the Brands That Move Us

The mass call to support Black-owned businesses has seen a tremendous response from the public over the last year. This large spotlight has both attempted to boost American consumers’ morale and recognize how important Black entrepreneurs are to the economy. Above all, it’s not just important that we show our support to these businesses through the power of the internet, it’s also crucial that we amplify the Black founders — especially the Black women — behind these brands. According to the 2019 State Of Women Owned Businesses Report, it found that Black women-owned businesses earned an average revenue of $24,000 per firm vs. women-owned businesses overall that pulled in $142,900 — pointing out that the disparity gap between Black women-owned businesses and all women-owned businesses’ average revenue is the largest out of any minority. Many Black women founders have established successful brands because of their moving origin stories and impactful brand missions. It is now our job...

Mar 16, 2021

Two Sisters Just Made History as Owners of the World's First Oat-Milk Ice Créme Shoppe

These Black women are whipping up something special! Courtney Blagrove and Zan B.R. are the sisters behind the world’s first oat-milk ice créme shoppe located in New York’s Lower East Side — Whipped – Urban Dessert Lab. According to a press release, after seeing the struggles of their family and the other 75% of Black people who face living with lactose intolerance, they decided to find a solution through dairy-free ice cream. Thanks to Blagrove’s background in research, her Ph.D. in metabolism and nutrition, and her own woes that come with having a nut allergy, the sisters were able to create a dairy-free option that makes it difficult to tell the difference between plant-based and dairy cream. Oate™ was birthed from this creation and this hard scooped ice crème™ is made entirely using oat-milk! Photo Credit: Courtesy of Whipped – Urban Dessert Lab “The goal was to create an indulgent frozen dessert using oat milk that even dairy lovers couldn’t resist,” said Blagrove in a press...

Feb 11, 2021