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Randy Moss Invests In Chick-A-Boom, A Restaurant Chain Co-Founded By A Black Woman

Randy Moss once dominated the football fields with his powerful presence in the NFL as a wide receiver, but now he’s taking his talents to the food industry.

Shanique Yates

Jul 31, 2023

Couple Buys West Philadelphia Restaurant For $3.3M But Will Keep What Makes It Special — 'It Feels Like Home'

This Philadelphia restaurant has new owners, but the vibe will remain the same.

Shanique Yates

Apr 19, 2023

Meet The First Black Woman To Own A Chick-fil-A In All Of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, And Delaware

North Philly is representing with this recent historic move. In November 2022, Sereena Quick opened a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Philadelphia, PA, making her the first Black woman to own a Chick-fil-A in all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware — 6abc Action News reports.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 29, 2022

Milan Rouge Reveals Her Clothing Brand Milano Di Rouge Has Made Over $60M In Direct-To-Consumer Sales

In 2012, Milan Rouge created her clothing line Milano Di Rouge ( “Making Dreams Reality”) . Nearly ten years later, the self-funded, luxury streetwear brand has expanded from being seen around her city of Philadelphia to countless celebrities sporting the gear.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 7, 2022

Comcast RISE Commits $1M In Grants To BIPOC-Owned Small Businesses In Philadelphia

Comcast RISE is staying true to its acronym of “representation, investment, strength, and empowerment.” Congratulations to the TechTown alumni in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park who were each awarded a $10,000 grant from the #ComcastRISE Investment Fund! 👏 View the full list of #Detroit grantees and learn more about the program: — TechTown Detroit (@techtowndetroit) July 29, 2022

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 8, 2022

28-Year-Old Donta Rose Opened A $5M Grocery Outlet In His Old North Philadelphia Neighborhood

“Why work for other establishments when you can build your own?” is the question this young business owner answered for himself. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sharswood Grocery Outlet (@sharswoodgroceryoutlet)

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 1, 2022

Meek Mill And Michael Rubin’s REFORM Alliance And Hire! Philly To Host Job Fair In The City Of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia area job seekers will have the opportunity to get a bag while leveling up their careers. REFORM Alliance and Hire! Philly will host the “REFORM Alliance Philadelphia Job Fair” at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, June 9. While this job fair aims to get people employed, the more profound mission is to help revitalize Philadelphia’s workforce and economy.

Josh Rodgers

May 31, 2022

Meek Mill, Kevin Hart, Micheal Rubin Team Up To Donate $15M To Underserved Youth In Philadelphia

These Philadelphia natives are giving back to the community in a huge way. According to information shared exclusively with AfroTech, Philadelphia 76ers partner Michael Rubin has teamed up with Meek Mill and Kevin Hart to donate $15 million to 110 Philadelphia schools serving low-income students. The donation will assist thousands of students from underserved families during the 2022-2023 school year. The latest move is in addition to plans that are already in motion to continue providing those underserved in the Philadelphia area with the resources needed to thrive.

Shanique Yates

Jan 12, 2022

Meek Mill To Gift Laptops And Tablets In $500K Holiday Giveaway For Philadelphia Families

With the holidays right around the corner, Meek Mill is in the season of giving for his city. On Dec. 14, the rapper announced that he will be donating $500,000 worth of Christmas gifts to Philadelphia families in need. Joining him in supporting the free event, taking place on Dec. 19, are Philadelphia 76ers partner Michael Rubin, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and Roc Nation, according to TMZ. According to Meek Mill, he and the DreamChasers are going bigger than ever for Philly — four times that is. “We stepping BIGGER than ever this year for the youth of the city!” he wrote via Instagram prior to the official announcement.  

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 14, 2021

15-Year-Old Trey Brown's Apparel Brand Lands $300K 'Shark Tank' Deal

The road of entrepreneurship started for Trey Brown at age 12. Now, the 15-year-old’s clothing brand — reportedly projected to bring in $2.2 million in 2021 sales — landed an investment deal set to propel his dream of becoming a billionaire by age 21. Trey Brown is the founder and CEO of Spergo, a Philadelphia-based streetwear apparel brand. During an episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank” — which aired on Nov. 5 — the young entrepreneur pitched to the judging panel and landed a $300,000 investment deal from Daymond John in exchange for a 20 percent stake in Spergo, CNBC reports. According to Brown’s mother and Spergo’s COO, Sherell Peterson, John’s investment will go toward hiring a fashion designer, upgrading the startup’s e-commerce technology and getting further ahead on upcoming production. The deal is perfectly aligned as John himself became a young CEO in the 90s with the launch of his iconic brand, FUBU. The two...

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 9, 2021

15-Year-Old Entrepreneur Trey Brown Opens His Second Clothing Store

This teen entrepreneur continues to level up! According to REVOLT , Philadelphia native Trey Brown has made another major move to expand his growing empire. The 15-year-old CEO and founder of SPERGO, a boutique fashion collection for men, women, and children, is opening up his second store in Pentagon City Mall in Washington D.C. He also announced his partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers as part of their Buy Black Program. “I started SPERGO three years ago, and I never would have imagined that I would be officially stamped a 76ers partner by my home basketball team,” said Brown in an interview with Baller Alert. SPERGO’s first store was opened in his home of Philadelphia thanks to a $25,000 grant from Diddy when they appeared together on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2020. In 2018, Brown used a $178 gift received on his 12th birthday to start SPERGO and now his mother anticipates that the brand will earn $2 million this year. He launched the store to empower youth and to be an...

Shanique Yates

Jun 14, 2021

These Childhood Friends Opened A Pizzeria To Help Ease Employment Hardships For Former Inmates

A Philadelphia-based pizza shop is out here changing lives. According to ABC News, two childhood friends are aiming to reduce the city’s recidivism rates through their pizza shop by exclusively hiring formerly incarcerated men and women. The lifelong friends and now co-founders Kurt Evans and Muhammed Abdul-Hadi have always been passionate about giving back to their community. “We’re changing the quality of life for our community by being the hand that feeds and teaching others to do the same,” Evans said during an interview with “Good Morning America.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Down North Pizza (@downnorth_pizza) After several months of planning, the pair decided to combine their passion to serve and their love for pizza by opening Down North Pizza in the heart of North Philly last month. They’ve witnessed firsthand how incarceration has impacted their loved ones who weren’t able to find employment upon their release from prison. It was a no-brainer for...

Shanique Yates

Apr 16, 2021

This 10-Year-Old CEO Purchased An Old School Bus to Transform It Into A Food Truck

If there’s one thing we are going to do, it’s stan a young entrepreneur. Micah Idris, 10, has a business mindset already as he has launched his own business with a twist. According to Black Enterprise, Micah’s Mixx is a lemonade truck made from an old school bus. The idea came about for the fifth grader in March 2020 when his lemonade stand on the sidewalk became a hot commodity. After his drinks became a hit, the Philadelphia-native, with the help of his mother, Danielle, managed to find an old school bus available for purchase at a private school.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Micah Idris (@micahsmixx) With the cost of the bus sitting at $4,000, Micah and his mother started a fundraising campaign to help him not only expand his venture but get the necessary supplies needed to keep his business running. Despite, starting his business at eight-years-old, Micah’s Mixx really took off last year thanks to donations and support from his community. Today, he offers...

Shanique Yates

Jan 26, 2021

Study: Rent is Higher Than Minimum Wage Pay in These 16 Cities

Rent prices have increased by two percent to four percent nationwide each year since 2011, according to CoreLogic. While gains in federal and state minimum wage rules have somewhat mitigated the bite for lower-wage earners in certain areas, it’s often not enough to compete with the rising cost of housing. Meanwhile, the population of renters has increased, forcing renters to compete for a finite supply of rental housing, which is already pricing out some people. Using data from the Joint Center of Housing Studies and the Economic Policy Institute, MagnifyMoney identified 16 cities where the median rent claims all of a minimum wage worker’s take-home pay, and then some. Let’s take a look at big cities that are more affordable and ones where the rent is too darn high. Key findings Austin, Texas, is the least affordable major U.S. city for minimum-wage workers. Austin’s median rent is equal to 143 percent of take-home pay at the minimum wage. The median rent in Austin is $1,220 per...

Lending Tree

Apr 1, 2020

Support These Black-Owned Businesses While Social Distancing

Let’s face it: These are uncertain times. As a pandemic is taking its toll on the country, citizens are urged to practice social distancing . For those of you unsure, social distancing is a set of physical dissociating actions that help stop the spread of infectious diseases. In this case, that means staying inside to combat exposure to coronavirus. Under such personal and economic stress, what’s beautiful about Black folks is that we’re becoming more connected. We’re scheduling virtual watch parties, sharing emergency resources for funding and, ultimately, supporting one another. However, as major corporations are taking a massive hit, Black-owned businesses are also devastated by closures and significant drops in income. It’s up to us to circulate our mighty dollar within our community. So if you can, spend your money with Black-owned businesses. Many companies have even suspended ground shipping and are offering discounts to promote sales. If you’re looking for Black-owned brands...

Niki McGloster

Mar 20, 2020