Education advocates have worked to ensure K-12 curriculums are more in line with real-world expectations for years. One of the most pointed topics for curriculum redesign has been the inclusion of classes related to financial literacy. In 2022, the National Endowment for Financial Education released a report highlighting the nationwide efforts to make this advocacy work a reality for students. And for some who attend a historically Black school in North Carolina, that reality has been leveled up. Hands-on instruction has taken on a new meaning for the students of Hillside High School as it has opened a bank on its campus in Durham.
Jun 6, 2023
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people found themselves pivoting due to the unforeseen circumstances. In Tigo B’s case, the unexpected turn of events happened after he landed a deal with Universal Music Group. As the world slowed down though, so did things for musicians, which led the North Carolina native to ponder what to do while his music was temporarily paused. The brainstorming resulted in a successful business franchise.
May 5, 2023
When your family sets you up for success, it’s only right to step right into it.
Apr 28, 2023
Drake continues to place big money on sports games, but unlike his last bet, the rapper isn’t walking away as happy this go-round. The Toronto native — who partnered with online gambling company Stake back in 2021 — recently disclosed that he placed a total of $100,000 CAD during the NCAA Final Four matchup between the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels, according to reports from Complex. His bets were placed on the losing team, the Blue Devils, who hoped to send the legendary Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) off to retirement with a win after a 47-year career. Drake just put $100K on Duke 🔥 @Drake pic.twitter.com/Lo74vH8OIX — SportsLine (@SportsLine) April 3, 2022 “I’m a Wildcat for life but I’m riding with @getfadedinc team for this one,” wrote the “Hotline Bling” emcee alongside a screenshot of the bet.
Apr 4, 2022
A recent study published by NBC News revealed that North Carolina is the best state to start a business in. But which state is the worst? LendingTree provided their research to NBC News, and their studies concluded that three of North Carolina’s top cities — Raleigh, Charlotte, and Durham — offer the best places for small businesses to get started. Raleigh takes the top spot, while Charlotte is at No. 3, and Durham is at No. 4. “54.8% of Raleigh’s population is in their prime working years between ages 25 and 54, ninth-highest among the 100 metros,” reports the study. Austin, TX, meanwhile, takes the No. 2 spot. In fact, according to the study, the South holds five of the 10 top ten spots in the United States to open a small business. Aside from North Carolina, states like Idaho (with Boise, ID, coming in at No. 5) and Tennessee (with Nashville coming in at No. 9) also made the top of the list. But, which states are the worst states to open a new business in? At the top of the list...
Oct 25, 2021
This Black-owned wine company is a family affair! Ebony Wine & Spirits is Charlotte, North Carolina’s only Black-owned wine and spirits company. Owned by Camillya Masunda, the brand is inspired by her Congolese roots and her way of celebrating the history and heritage of vast Black cultures around the globe. “We are the fresh and free new faces inside the wine industry,” said Masunda in an email interview with AfroTech. “Representation is so important within the wine industry because seeing is believing. A vision or a dream can not be established or realized if something doesn’t trigger a memory or thought that may have been seen.” Grown from a place of love and true unity, Ebony Wine is a family-based team that includes Masunda’s daughter Lanayha, who she considers her partner and inspiration. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ebony Wine and Spirits A single, teen mother, Masunda is using her progression in the wine industry as a step toward generational wealth for her daughter. “Family...
Mar 4, 2021
NBA legend, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Michael Jordan is giving back in a big way to further help his hometown of Wilmington, NC improve its healthcare system. According to a press release, Jordan has donated a generous $10 million to regional healthcare system Novant Health to aid in building two new medical clinics set to open in early 2022. The purpose of these clinics will be to serve both uninsured or underinsured residents of New Hanover County. Novant Health and Jordan have previously partnered to open two Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte, NC with a mission to bring comprehensive primary care to the area’s most vulnerable communities, a press release shares. Now these additional medical clinics will help Novant Health bring its integrated care model to other rural and rural-adjacent communities in Jordan’s hometown. “I am very proud to once again partner with Novant Health to expand the Family Clinic model to bring better access to critical medical services in...
Feb 16, 2021
An all-natural fresh fruit soda brand is now available for purchase, and the best part? It’s Black-owned. Michael Robinson is the CEO and founder of Bingo-Bango Fresh Fruit Soda Company — one of the first Black-owned handcrafted soda brands in the nation, according to Travel Noire. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bingo-Bango Fresh Fruit Soda (@bingobangosoda) Robinson, who is no stranger to the beverage business, worked alongside his brother at wine and beer lounge, Carolina Vineyards & Hops prior to launching his own business. He also has experience working as a Coca-Cola representative for over a year. After putting his family’s juicer to use, Robinson began to craft his own fresh juice, even experimenting with different flavors and ultimately selling them at festivals and local flea markets. “I saw a niche for something, an all-naturally flavored fruit soda,” Robinson told Winston Salem Monthly. Although he has managed to successfully launch Bingo-Bango, Robinson...
Jan 5, 2021
Beyoncé has a track record of allowing young, Black artists to get their shine and it was no different when it came to her cover for British Vogue. Thanks to her, Kennedi Carter made history as the youngest cover photographer in British Vogue’s history. Carter became a fan of Queen Bey at the mere age of three and now at 21-years-old, she is responsible for the stunning cover that the “Black Is King” creator shot with the magazine. “It feels like it dropped out of the sky,” said Carter. “I’m 21…I haven’t really had many opportunities like this.” According to Vogue , Beyoncé specifically requested that the shoot be led by a woman of color. Alongside the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, they came across Carter, a fine art photographer whose work is known for highlighting the “overlooked beauties of the Black experience.” View this post on Instagram Beyoncé by me for British Vogue Credits: #Beyoncé wears an @AlexanderMcQueen jacket, @AtsukoKudoLatex hotpants and...
Nov 2, 2020