Indigenouz Royalty

Indigenouz Royalty

There’s more to a business than just the products or services it offers and we’re here to give you the scoop! In this interview, we learn more about the BOSS behind the business!

Check out our recent interview with Danielle & Edward Humes III!

Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your company, products, and/or services?

A: African American History/Culture-Inspired Tees and Apparel.



Q: Why do you believe your business is vital to your community?

A: My business teaches black people our history in a positive way by highlighting the untold truths of where we come from. We must not leave it up to society to tell our history, especially everything before the “slavery era”; we are so much more than that and there’s more to our story to be told and revealed.


Q: What do you believe makes YOU a BOSS?

A: I would rather say I’m a LEADER because a boss tells people what to do in a controlling way, vs. a leader being someone who motivates and inspires others to follow their lead.


Q: What would you say has been the biggest BOSS move, you’ve made with your business thus far?

A: Signing up for our first pop-up shop on October 27th at the Quarry Event Center, hosted by MimisTotCloset !


Q: What is something that has kept you grounded with your business?

A: Knowing that it inspires growth while respecting our ancestors and all they endured for me to be where I am today!


Q: What is something you would tell an entrepreneur on the rise, to help them be successful?

A: Follow your PASSION and the MONEY will come after that.


Q: What has been the best piece of business advice you’ve received?

A: You’re never too old to learn anything !


Q: If you had $1,000 to give back to your community, what would you do? Why?

A: I would invest in an African American Studies program because I believe you’ll never know where you’re going, unless you truly know where you come from!


Q: How can people support your business and/or vision?

A: Spread the word about what Indigenouz Royalty is about, share posts, like and comment, buy merchandise. Also discuss and research ideas and information about our people and our history with your peers and loved ones- each one teach one!!


There you have it! The scoop of the BOSS behind the business!

Make sure you keep up with Indigenouz Royalty and the success of their business via:
Website: www.indigenouz-royalty.com
Facebook: Indigenouz Royalty
Instagram: Indigenouz_royalty

The Chrysalis Program

The Chrysalis Program

There’s more to a business than just the products or services they offer! In this interview, we learn more about the BOSS behind the business!

Check out our recent interview with Asha Valda Ntim!

OUR LOGO
Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your company, products, and/or services?

A: The Chrysalis Program is a nonprofit that teaches self-confidence, leadership and life skills to African American girls and their parents. Using interactive, character-building workshops, the Chrysalis Program social emotional aspects of students to foster healing and transformation.


Q: Why do you believe your business is vital to your community?

A: The Chrysalis Program is vital to the community as it assist training children when they are young to be leaders, to show empathy for others and have gratitude. These concepts build a stronger for efficient community and bring success to our students as they grow into adulthood.


Q: What do you believe makes YOU a BOSS?

A: Starting as a stay at home, I changed my own fate to become a leader of my own business. As a boss, I create more leaders instead of followers or workers.


Q: What would you say has been the biggest BOSS move, you’ve made with your business thus far?

A: The biggest boss move thus far is developing a plan to create the Power Her Conference. It took courage and resilience to contact celebrities, find sponsors, and sell tickets to women all over the country.


ASHA AND IMANI

Q: What is something that has kept you grounded with your business?

A: What has kept me grounded is the understanding that our girls not only need The Chrysalis Program, but they love the Chrysalis Program. Remembering that some of the girls do not receive the love, and nourishment they need outside the program keeps me focused and grounded. It reminds me that the work I do is God’s work and should be treated with reverence and respect.


Q: What is something you would tell an entrepreneur on the rise, to help them be successful?

A: I would tell an entrepreneur on the rise to never give up. Success is created one step in the right direction at a time.


Q: What has been the best piece of business advice you’ve received?

A: The best business advice I have receive is to prioritize. Decide which alligator is closest to the boat and address it. Finish one each task in its completion. Celebrate small victories. Stay encouraged.


Q: If you had $1,000 to give back to your community, what would you do? Why?

A: If I had $1000 to give back to my community, I would provide a safe space for students to come and learn in a fun, empowering and healing environment. I would hire a counselor to help each student deal with their own trauma.


Q: How can people support your business and/or vision?

A: People can support the Chrysalis Program by becoming sponsors of the program or its fundraising events (such as The Black Hair and Culture Fair and Power Her Conference). Another way to support the Chrysalis Program is to buy tickets to our events or purchase our t-shirts.


There you have it! The scoop of the BOSS behind the business!

If you would like work with Asha, you can contact her via email: thechrysalisprogram@gmail.com
Make sure you keep up with Asha and the success of her business via:

Website: www.thedarkbrowngirl.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDarkBrownGirl/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedarkbrowngirl/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/powerherconference/

Ethnikids

Ethnikids

There’s more to a business than just the products or services it offers and we’re here to give you the scoop! In this interview, we learn more about the BOSS behind the business!

Check out our recent interview with: Precious Mdlalose, Khumo Tapfumaneyi, Mpho Maje, Kgalalelo Nazo & Tina Akuoko!

 Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your company, products, and/or services?

A: Ethnikids is an online bookstore that specializes in Afrikiddies
literature. We sell books that feature protagonists of color in all 11
official South African languages – sourced locally, throughout the
continent as well as internationally. Our mission is to empower and
affirm children by providing them with books that they can identify
with, and relate to.

ethnikids-logo


Q: Why do you believe your business is vital to your community?

A: Our business is vital to our community because finding inclusive and
diverse children’s literature in South Africa is difficult. We believe
representation matters, and would like to instill a love of reading in
our children from a young age. We also serve as a platform for many
independent authors that don’t always have access to markets.


 Q: What do you believe makes YOU a BOSS?

A: What makes us bosses is that we were able to identify a problem, and
instead of just complaining about it – we took it upon ourselves to be
part of the solution.


Q: What would you say has been the biggest BOSS move, you’ve made with your business thus far? 

A: The biggest BOSS move we’ve made with our business thus far is being
selected to be the only book vendor in the ‘family zone’ at the South
African Book Fair. That type of recognition from the greater book
community after just one year in operation is an affirmation that we are
on the right track. We’ve also entered into retail agreements with
kiddies hair salons and in doing so – have partnered with other
fantastic mompreneurs.


Q: What is something that has kept you grounded with your business?

A: What has kept us grounded in the business is our passion for creating
a reading culture, and love for children. There is something very
special about seeing children’s faces light up with joy when they come
across storybooks that interest them.


2017-09-19-PHOTO-00011013

Q: What is something you would tell an entrepreneur on the rise, to help them be successful?

A: We would tell other entrepreneurs on the rise to keep at it, and not
get discouraged. If you really believe in your idea, and value
proposition – work hard and stay the course! Don’t let the negative
opinions of others dissuade you.


Q: What has been the best piece of business advice you’ve received?

A: The best piece of business advice we’ve received was from phenomenal
businesswoman Swaady Martin (who also happens to be a children’s book
author). She advised us to ‘be patient, and be okay with not having
everything happen all at once! It’s okay to have a great idea, and wait
to have it come into fruition’.


Q: If you had $1,000 to give back to your community, what would you do? Why?

A: If we had $1000 to give back to the community – we would buy books to
donate to children that are less fortunate. Literacy is the greatest
gift any child can receive.


2017-12-08-PHOTO-00000312

Q: How can people support your business and/or vision?

A: People can support our business and vision by buying books from us,
following us on social media, attending our book reading sessions, and
speaking to their local libraries and schools about including diverse
literature in their book selections.


There you have it! The scoop of the BOSS behind the business!

 

If you would like work with Ethnikids, you can contact them via email: enquiries@ethnikids.co.za

Make sure you keep up with Ethnikids and the success of their business via:

Website: www.ethnikids.co.za.

Facebook: @ethnikidsco

Instagram &Twitter: @ethnikids_co.

The Goddess Healing™️

The Goddess Healing™️

There’s more to a business than just the products or services it offers and we’re here to give you the scoop! In this interview, we learn more about the BOSS behind the business!

Check out our recent interview with The Goddess Healing™️ !

Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your company, products, and/or services?

A: Founded by Pamela Vazquez, conscious esthetician & beauty artist, and Brown womanist Nicolia Kelly, The Goddess Healing™️ represents bridging and merging both outer & inner worlds that each woman (trans, femme, queer and gender non-conforming) embodies. In this collaborative offering, they enjoin Brown & deaf women to center themselves as Divine, while leveraging this awareness to explore any & all modalities that support alignment with this identity.


Goddess Healling-Wordmark

Q: Why do you believe your business is vital to your community?

A: Our business is vital because we enjoin Brown to expand their identity and consciousness-from the inside out.

With the “Goddess Healing Party: Goddess Save Thyself” that was recently held on September 29th, there was such a beautiful energy as we watched women have “lightbulb” moments about how they first honored themselves and then explored beauty & spirituality in a way never before seen. We were honored & blessed to be a vessel to provide that for them.

The way that one sees themselves permeates EVERYTHING that you do, and the way that you move in the world. In encouraging Brown women to accept that BOTH their outer and inner worlds make them Divine, they are more empowered to live more flexible & fluid lives that are not compartmentalized and fragmented-truly making them WHOLE beings.


Q: What do you believe makes YOU a BOSS?

A: We (Nicolia & Pam) are bosses because we believe in the power of connection and expansion. Our story in founding the Goddess Healing Party reflects this. As a beauty artist & esthetician I (Pam) was only one half-of the equation (the outer world of the Divine), and knew that creating the WHOLENESS of what the Goddess Healing would become required me to reach out to my “yang” (the inner world of the Divine) which Nicolia represents. Bosses understand the power of connecting and expanding (even if that IS outside of themselves.)


Q: What would you say has been the biggest BOSS move, you’ve made with your business thus far? 

A: Our biggest boss move has been creating the first “The Goddess Healing Party” EVER where we center Brown women (deaf & LGBTQIA aligned) AS divine. This event is designed to educate Brown women as to what tools are available that will help them remember, recover, and reconnect to their Divinity.

We are admittedly in a “Goddess” movement era with the term “Black Girl Magic” & #BlackGirlMagic hashtags being commonplace & sometimes overly-used without awareness. But what brand is committed to exploring and discovering HOW to navigate and actualize these phrases in your daily life (using tools that nurture both outer & inner worlds)–all WHILE centering Brown women as divine?! WE ARE!

And we’re excited about it.


GHP Photo

Q: What is something that has kept you grounded with your business?

A: We are both grounded by the fact that Pam & I do this work together. We are present with first ourselves and then each other through every phase of the process. We draw off of each other experiences and expertise in our respective fields. As individuals and as a collective (represented in our respective brands) we are Brown women who are doing the work as we unveil tools for other women to join us for the adventures of realizing their Divinity from the inside out.


Q: What is something you would tell an entrepreneur on the rise, to help them be successful?

A: ALWAYS listen to your intuition & trust that as a Divine “roadmap.” If you don’t understand something that your intuition is “telling” you–explore that. That’s where the answers are. In the process of exploration.


Q: What has been the best piece of business advice you’ve received?

A: Trust each other, and the connection that brought the business alliance together.


Q: If you had $1,000 to give back to your community, what would you do? Why?

A: If we had $1000, We would go to Sam’s Club, buy as many cases of water as possible, load everything in a pick-up truck, and drive to Flint, Michigan to give them to those who STILL don’t have clean water.

Nicolia would probably pass out pocket sized crystals too. . .


Q: How can people support your business and/or vision?

A: People can support our business and vision by following our movement via social media! We are looking to collaborate with those in the beauty and/or metaphysical worlds to feature for future pop-up events or our next Goddess Healing Party


There you have it! The scoop of the BOSS behind the business!

Make sure you keep up with The Goddess Healing™️ and the success of their business via:

Twitter: @thegoddesshealN

 Facebook & Instagram: @thegoddesshealing

 

 

Michele Monét: An April Lyons Collection

Michele Monét: An April Lyons Collection

There’s more to a business than just the products or services it offers and we’re here to give you the scoop! In this interview, we learn more about the BOSS behind the business!

Check out our recent interview with April Lyons!

 Michele Monét An April Lyons Collection

Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your company, products, and/or services?

A: My company is Michele Monét: An April Lyons Collection. I handcraft, custom design, & create fashion accessories, jewelry, & more, for women, men, and children.


 Q: Why do you believe your business is vital to your community?

A: I believe my business is vital to the community because there aren’t enough black owned business within the community, let alone businesses owned by black women, represented within our communities. I feel it is vital to let our little girls know that you can accomplish  whatever you put your mind to.  Let our black women know to not only follow your dreams, but chase them and make them your reality.


Q: What do you believe makes YOU a BOSS?

A: What makes me a BOSS? I would say my drive and determination.  My willpower, my strength even in adversity. What also makes me a BOSS is helping our Queens as well as Kings in any capacity that I can. It’s not always about getting, t’s about giving back as well.


Q: What would you say has been the biggest BOSS move, you’ve made with your business thus far?

A: The biggest BOSS move that I’ve made with my business this far would be transitioning from doing jewelry only, to stepping out on faith and adding fashion accessories to my collection. I want to be different, unique.


April Lyons

Q: What is something that has kept you grounded with your business?

A: My knowing that this is a gift that God placed upon me, He trusted me enough to place this gift in my hands & I dare not take that for granted.  


Q: What is something you would tell an entrepreneur on the rise, to help them be successful?

A: Never give up! Place yourself around people who are rooting for you, who want you to succeed, believe in yourself. Do not let ANYONE deter you from going after what you want. The sky isn’t the limit, there’s an entire universe out there! TRUST YOUR DOPENESS!!


Q: What has been the best piece of business advice you’ve received?

A: Network, promote my brand, and continue to add to & build my brand.


Q: If you had $1,000 to give back to your community, what would you do? Why?

A: If I had $1,000 to give back to my community, I would give it to help women in transition (domestic violence, substance abuse, financially, back to work, caring for an ill loved one, etc).  I have lived through and survived some of the situations listed, that’s why & where I would give back to my community.


Q: How can people support your business and/or vision?

A: People can support my business and vision by following my IG page, promoting my page by re-posting, word of mouth, shares, purchases, tags.  It isn’t always about the money, helping to promote my business is a great support to me!


There you have it! The scoop of the BOSS behind the business!

 

If you would like work with April, you can contact her via email: MicheleMonet.Accessories@gmail.com

Make sure you keep up with April and the success of her business via:

Instagram: @Michele_Monet