Yet again, Black Ambition has played a pivotal role in strengthening the pathway for Black entrepreneurs.
Nov 13, 2023
For many people, their first introduction to Teyana Taylor was during her appearance on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16″ in 2007. For nearly two decades since the episode’s release, the Harlem native has blossomed into one of today’s top multi-hyphenates as a singer, dancer, actress, creative director — you name it. Taylor has found great success in all of her endeavors. However, the early stage of her career as a teenager appears to have started off on rocky ground.
Apr 24, 2023
Back in 2022, Felecia Hatcher shared with AfroTech that the 2023 Black Ambition Prize was on its way. Now, she and Pharrell Williams’ nonprofit initiative has returned with not only the prize competition but also a new program for Black and brown entrepreneurs.
Mar 1, 2023
Pharrell Williams has been named the newest men’s creative director of Louis Vuitton.
Feb 14, 2023
Sometimes you just need to take a chance on others. Pharrell Williams applied this advice to support T.I. for his debut album.
Feb 13, 2023
Jamie Turner was one of five NAACP leaders who recently had their student loan debt cleared by Pharrell Williams.
Sep 19, 2022
After receiving $100,000 from Pharrell Williams’ Black Ambition Prize, a group of peers launched a browser extension to encourage shoppers to buy Black. Courtesy of Shea’d
Sep 16, 2022
Many people would consider Pharrell Williams a creative genius, and the music producer is taking that notion and putting it into the community. Williams has partnered with public relations firm Edelman to launch Mighty Dream, a new creative agency.
Sep 14, 2022
Pharrell Williams has added a new investment to his growing portfolio. The music mastermind’s nonprofit Black Ambition has invested in Trend — a curated content creator network — according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jul 14, 2022
Pharrell Williams’ winning streak continues. This time the legendary producer has been tapped to lead as the chief brand officer of the Doodles NFT project. The news comes on the heels of a successful second installment of his Something in the Water festival during the Juneteenth holiday weekend. It was also just a week after he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside his partner of The Neptunes, Chad Hugo. Now, Decrypt reports that the “Happy” singer will help to build the larger Doodles team “from the core community outward.” Pharrell shared a video statement in which he expressed that he is a “big fan” of Doodles and is happy to also join the company’s board along with his new role.
Jun 22, 2022
Pharrell is committed to exposing underserved youth to educational opportunities, especially in tech. The music vet’s education equity nonprofit YELLOW has teamed up with Cisco for YELLOWHAB — a microschool set to provide educational tools and technologies — Complex reports.
Jun 16, 2022
Kandi Burrus’ “legs and hips and body, body” may have the internet in a proverbial chokehold right now just ahead of the summer, but that’s no competition for the viral hype of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Kandi Burruss Rhoa GIF from Kandi Burruss GIFs As we head into Memorial Day weekend activities, we couldn’t leave you without some insight into the latest collections to join the NFT community. Check out the newest NFTs we’ve been watching.
May 27, 2022
Pharrell Williams is taking a look at the bigger picture with the growth of blockchain technology. At VeeCon 2022 — the first-ever NFT -ticketed conference — the music mogul shared with attendees his belief that Web3 could possibly hold the power to create real global change, Decrypt reports.
May 26, 2022
In 2021, producer-turned-entrepreneur Pharrell made the news because of his decision to open up private schools for low-income students. The Virginia native has frequently spoken up for those without a voice and has given back to his community as well. “If the system is fixed and unfair, then it needs to be broken,” he said about his investment. “We don’t want lockstep learning where so many kids fall behind; we want bespoke learning designed for each child, where the things that make a child different are the same things that will make a child rise up and take flight.” Since that time, Pharrell and his vision continue to be impactful. According to WAVY-TV, other companies have helped take up his cause with the Virginia school system, as well. In February 2022, Virginia Natural Gas made a huge donation to the schools — to the tune of $100,000 — with the proceeds going to fund healthy food options as part of the “Nourish Youth” initiative. “We support programs that enrich the...
Apr 6, 2022
Collaboration is one of the most powerful forms of currency, and the proof is evidenced by Pharrell Williams and HEINEKEN USA. In a recent press release, HEINEKEN USA announced a partnership with Pharrell’s nonprofit venture, Black Ambition. In 2020, the nonprofit was founded to help close the wealth gap through entrepreneurship. According to the company’s website, Black Ambition “invests capital and resources in high-growth startups founded by Black and Latinx HBCU students and entrepreneurs.” To date, Black Ambition has awarded $3.2 million to 34 business owners in the sectors of technology, goods and services, healthcare, and design.
Apr 5, 2022