An unlikely situation turned into the creation of friends and then family. Now, they’re ready to close the chapter on where it all began.
Nov 27, 2023
Shalanda Armstrong is a managing partner who wants to push for firms to be more intentional about investing early on in companies led by diverse founders rather than waiting for them to embark on an IPO. During her time as an undergrad in computer science, the Hampton University alumna leaned into her longtime curiosity about learning who funds startups. Then, she went on to shift her inquisitiveness into action. “Coming out of business school, my goal was to get into venture capital — not really realizing at the time that it was such a small industry and it was very hard to get in, so to speak,” Armstrong told AFROTECH.
Oct 25, 2023
A Washington, D.C. native took matters into his own hands when it came to his business.
Oct 10, 2023
Eamoni Collier wants to lead the charge in bringing more diversity to the craft beer industry.
Sep 19, 2023
The saying “lift as you climb” is often heard among entrepreneurs. However, in addition to the importance of building fruitful connections, Angel Gregorio is amplifying the imperative need for affordable commercial space for Black business owners, especially Black women.
Jan 17, 2023
There is so much power in investing in your dreams. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Uncle Dell’s Mambo Sauce (@uncledellsmambo)
Dec 15, 2022
Loyalty Bookstore, founded by Hannah Oliver Depp, is a space where Black people, people of color, and queer people can build community through their shared love of diving into books. While Good Morning America highlighted the Black and queer bookseller’s bookstore for Black Business Month, her mission is to champion Black and diverse voices each day it opens its doors. Located in Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, MD, Loyal Bookstore shines a light on the plethora of stories being told while also catering to local residents. "We want to make sure everyone knows there's a multiplicity of Black stories." In honor of Black Business Month, we're paying a visit to Hannah Oliver Depp, the owner of @Loyaltybooks , who is writing a new chapter for her community in Washington, D.C. ❤️📚 pic.twitter.com/S1Bwcp68AY — Good Morning America (@GMA) August 15, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
One of the most highly anticipated entertainment events recently made its official comeback. Annually, Broccoli City — a Black-owned social enterprise — holds Broccoli City Festival in Washington, D.C. Coming in on its tenth anniversary after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, May 7 and May 8 was a time to celebrate. With the event being more than just about music, many of the artists on its lineup share a similar view of the bigger picture at hand as they work to connect with their fans in multiple ways. For instance, Masego has expanded from just being in music to tech. In March, the multi-faceted talent told AfroTech about dropping his debut NFT collection on OneOf. Following his amazing set at Broccoli City Fest, the Grammy-nominated artist shared with me more about the new experience, as well as what’s next in the cards for him tech-wise. Courtesy of Masego “I think it was good because when it comes to Web3 and crypto, I just want people to participate,” Masego told...
May 17, 2022
Seeing residents from your area and the community itself thrive is what majority of people dream for. However, what ultimately makes that dream a reality is being right at the frontline for change. It’s the premise for what Broccoli City has been building in being a part of raising awareness about sustainability in Black communities. Over ten years strong, the Black-owned social enterprise’s co-founders Brandon McEachern, Darryl Perkins, Jermon Williams, and Marcus Allen have brought over 20 million millennials and Gen Zers together for the cause of creating opportunities for progress through the heart of music, art, and social impact. The mission has birthed one of the nation’s biggest entertainment events: Broccoli City Festival. After briefly being placed on pause due to the pandemic, the Washington, D.C.-based music festival is back on May 7 and May 8 for its eighth annual event. Broccoli City Festival’s lineup features some of the DMV’s very own, including Wale, Ari Lennox, and...
May 2, 2022
A new vegan bakery is headed to Washington, D.C. this weekend! Chanice McClover-Lee launched Baked by Chanice at farmer’s markets in her hometown of South Florida in response to the pandemic. Now the 19-year-old Howard University student is taking her business talents to a food hall and commercial kitchen in D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood, VegOut reports. “What started as a quarantine hobby last March quickly, and unintentionally transformed into a successful business,” McClover-Lee shared with AfroTech. “I began having bake sales on the weekends where people would place orders to be picked up from my house and I would sell out of hundreds of cookies at farmer’s markets. I originally said I wasn’t trying to start a business or do anything large scale, but that didn’t happen as we can see.” She further explains that the expansion happened so quickly that eventually, she had to move from baking at home to operating out of a commercial kitchen where D.C. residents could pick up their...
May 21, 2021
This high school teacher goes above and beyond for his students! According to Good Morning America (GMA), Jonte Lee is a chemistry and physics teacher at Calvin Coolidge High School located in Washington, D.C. who has completely transformed his home kitchen into a chemistry lab to effectively conduct experiments virtually for his students during the pandemic. “The reason why I turned my kitchen into a chemistry lab is for the love of my students,” said Lee in an interview on GMA. After the pandemic hit, it was only right that Lee began to stream those normal lab experiments throughout social media and in the virtual space for his students. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jonte Lee (@jonterlee) In honor of National Teacher Day , GMA highlighted and celebrated those teachers who stepped up and went above and beyond for students adjusting to school at home in the midst of the pandemic. For Lee, the demonstrations have helped students to remain engaged on a personal...
May 10, 2021
This new vegan cookbook for children was inspired by this father’s little girl! Black Enterprise reports that Chef Anthony Thomas is a private chef based in Washington, D.C. who like many others was forced to spend more time at home thanks to the pandemic. For him, this became a blessing in disguise because he was able to bond with his daughter Ashlyn who he says, thanks to the grocery store, gave him the idea to create a healthy cookbook for kids. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chef Anthony Thomas (@chefanthonydc) “She lights up when we are in the grocery store,” said Chef Thomas. “I can recall spending a whole morning in the grocery store, literally explaining every fruit and vegetable to her. I thought to myself, I’m sure many parents find themselves explaining the entire grocery store to their child, so what better way to do it than having a book that touches on everything.” He created “The Little Vegan Chef” for kids which includes a collection of simple...
Jan 21, 2021