Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Women Wednesday: 5 African American Female Entrepreneurs

So....I missed Black History Month :( and I am smack in the middle of Women's History month :(:( and haven't posted anything about entrepreneurs from either. As an African American woman, that's bad...terrible even *beats self over head* But as a good friend says, "the only way to get better is be better." So here I am, being better with today's post and a new feature: Women Wednesday.

As we continue the month of March, Women's History month, I can't help to be thankful as a woman for the women who became successful and opened the doors for my existence in the business world and in my industry and in the world. As an African American, I can't help but be grateful for the strides in the world that other African American female entrepreneurs have made. Whether you're black, white, tan, olive or whatever, us women need to support each other.

5 (very successful) African American Female Entrepreneurs:

  • Dr. Eunice Mosley Dudley. Born in Selma, Alabama this child of a large family exhibited a spirit for creativity at a young age. It's that same creative spirit that propelled her to become the the co-founder and co-owner of Dudley Products, Inc. Created by her father, Joe Louis Dudley, Dudley Products, Inc makes annual revenue of over $30 million.

  • Oprah Winfrey. You can't talk about successful black women and not add Oprah to the list. She single handedly changed day time talk shows and the media industry. After 25 years, as the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, in 2011 Oprah introduced her very own network entitled...what else...OWN-Oprah Winfrey Network. Did I mention that her net worth is now estimated at $2.7 billion according to Forbes magazine?

  • Linda Johnson Rice. When was the last time you picked up a Jet Magazine or perused an Ebony? How about hiding your blemishes with Fashion Fair cosmetics or taking a seat at the Ebony Fashion Fair Fashion Show? Under the leadership of Rice, Johnson Publishing Company, Inc has remained the no. 1 African American owned and operated publishing company in the world and the Ebony Fashion Fair Fashion show is one of the longest running and most prestigious travelling fashion shows in the world. Since the show's inception, it has raised over $55 million in scholarships and for charity.

  • Tracy Edmonds. The former wife of Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is the President and CEO of Edmonds Entertainment Group as well as a producer for some pretty notable movies and television shows: Soul Food (movie and series), College Hill and Light It Up to name a few. Just because she's behind the scenes doesn't mean she's not making big moves.

  • Beyonce. She always had the start power, entering her first music contest at a young age and starting the group Destiny's Child when she was a teenager, Beyonce has always been destined for greatness. With a net worth of over $87 million this music and entertainment powerhouse has changed the game in music, entertainment, and branding. I think she is the only person I know who can make a straight man and woman go gay for Beyonce. #kanyeshrug

"If a woman is sufficiently ambitious, determined and gifted - there is practically nothing she can't do"
        -Helen Lawrenson

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