Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network Is Launching A New Voting Initiative For The 2020 Elections

This week media mogul Oprah Winfrey‘s television network, OWN, has announced that it will be launching the “OWN Your Vote” as a bipartisan initiative to encourage Black women to go out and vote in the critical 2020 election in November.

“We find our nation on the precipice, a true tipping point,” said Winfrey in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Our audience has a powerful voice. I am proud to be a part of this movement that will create the change we want to see for our country.”

The network will be partnering with various local grassroots and voting rights organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Advancement Project, Fair Fight Action, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Black Women’s Roundtable in addition to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, to provide necessary resources to inform voters on the upcoming 2020 elections.

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How micro-businesses have blunted the economic impact of COVID-19

Digital businesses  — from part-time side hustles selling homemade jewelry to local restaurants that started fulfilling orders online during the pandemic — have helped U.S. communities weather the economic storm caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Orders placed on such websites almost doubled between January and April, as stay-at-home edicts caused consumers to move spending online.

The upshot is that communities with a higher concentration of these web-based micro-businesses tended to lose fewer jobs at the peak of the unemployment crisis. 

These and other findings are part of a new dataset from Venture Forward, a multiyear research project that combines information about GoDaddy’s millions of U.S. web domains with data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and similar sources.

Of these “ventures,” roughly 75% are businesses and the rest are a mix of nonprofits, civic groups and personal sites. Because many of these ventures aren’t incorporated or don’t have Read the rest

Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson Charged With Embezzling $600,000 in Federal Funds, Faces 20 Years in Prison

Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson, 39, is being accused of stealing more than $600,000 in grants from the healthcare company she founded and has been federally charged with theft and embezzlement involving government programs and wire fraud. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the charge this past Wednesday, according to a press release.

Robinson allegedly used the funds for “a vehicle for her daughter; clothing, accessories, and hair and beauty products; expenses related to her wedding and honeymoon, and later, legal fees for her divorce; payments on her personal debts, including credit cards, store charge cards, student loans, and other personal loans; travel and entertainment for herself and her family; improvements to her personal residence; expenses related to a body aesthetics business she owned and a snow cone business operated by her children; and an event for her State Senate campaign.”

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25 money-making small business startup ideas

Do you ever watch a show like “Shark Tank”and find yourself yelling at the screen, “Hey! That’s my idea!”? You’re not alone. Over the years, I’ve personally filled notebooks with thousands upon thousands of small business startup ideas with high hopes of making the big bucks. From starting a T-shirt and apparel business to planning out a food truck in Boston to building an app for expecting and new dads, my imagination ran wild with ways of making a lavish life for my family.

Now that I run my own digital marketing agency and speak for Google on a national stage, I write even more ideas in the Notes app on my iPhone because of the interactions I have with a wide variety of entrepreneurs. I’m sitting on a gold mine of small business startup ideas, but there’s just not enough time in the day.

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Lenny Kravitz Opens Up About the First 25 Years of His Life in Upcoming Memoir

Rock icon Lenny Kravitz‘s autobiography, Let Love Rule, will chronicle the first 25 years of the legendary Grammy-winning musician’s life. The book, published by Henry Holt and Co., is scheduled to hit shelves on October 6.

“Writing this memoir has been a beautiful and interesting experience taking me through the first 25 years of my life, from birth to the release of my first album,” Kravitz said in a statement. “That journey, full of adventure, was where I found myself and my voice. Through that experience, love was the force that paved the way and love became my message.”

Taking its title from Kravitz’s first album (and hit song), Let Love Rule covers a vast canvas of the musician’s time growing up in New York City to the years he spent living in Los Angeles, France, England, and Germany. The book unveils the story of a wildly creative kid … Read the rest

How to set up an international WooCommerce store: 5 steps for success

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from our friends at Weglot.

Taking your WooCommerce store international can open you up to a huge potential customer base that’s interested in purchasing your products or services.

If your offerings are familiar and have appeal across different countries then the benefits of being able to sell to those customers hardly need to be elaborated on.

The only question is: how do you go about doing that?

In this post, we’ll go over the five key steps you need to follow in order to get started and set up a fully-functional WooCommerce store that can cater to customers across different countries, currencies, and languages.

The best part is that you can do all of this without setting up multiple sites, negatively impacting your site’s SEO, or incurring huge up-front costs.

How to set up an international WooCommerce store

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Meet The Founder of Melanin Meetups, A Think Tank For Black Professionals

In a time where more conversations around race are occurring across the country due to the recent Black Lives Matter protests, many people have called for more hubs for Black professionals and entrepreneurs.

One entrepreneur answered the call by creating a space for Black professionals to network, thrive, and make change. Kirk Brown started Melanin Meetups in 2016 as a way for more Black professionals to network to obtain more opportunities in their respective fields.

“I started [the company] as a call to action to fortify my community’s narrative in this country in response to the 2016 election and impending events that would come after,” said Brown in an email interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE.

“Given my family is from the Jim Crow south, I saw how malleable my identity was through their narratives in relation to mainstream American narrative taught to us in school. As a result, I’ve always questioned … Read the rest

Which business entity is best for an ecommerce company?

Disclaimer: This content should not be construed as legal or tax advice. Always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation.

Consumers spent $601.75 billion online with U.S. merchants in 2019, up 14.9% from the year before, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. With online sales sure to increase in the coming years, it’s prime time to get moving on the ecommerce idea you’ve been itching to start. However, just like brick-and-mortar businesses, ecommerce companies also have legal and tax issues to consider when choosing a business entity type. Which business structure will offer the most advantages depends on a number of factors.

Which business entity is best for an ecommerce company?

Here are the options available to you and what to think about when structuring your new ecommerce business. There are also some insights on where to turn for help when making … Read the rest

The Chamber of Commerce Urges Banking Committee To Pass Diversity Bill

The Chamber of Commerce has sent a letter signed by more than 15 banking groups to the Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs urging them to pass H.R. 5084.

According to the letter, the Chamber is asking committee chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) and ranking member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to pass the “Improving Corporate Governance through Diversity Act of 2019.

The Act will require certain issuers of securities to disclose the racial, ethnic, and gender composition of their boards of directors and executive officers and the status of any of those directors and officers as a veteran. The bill would also require the disclosure of any plan to promote racial, ethnic, and gender diversity among these groups.

The bill passed the House with bipartisan support in November, less than a week after it was introduced, but has been stuck in the Senate since.

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Are Brands Capitalizing on the #BLM? Black Influencers Weigh In

Over the years, Black influencers have worked hard to lend their voices to social justice causes near and dear to their hearts, including advocating for racial equity, opportunity, and an end to systemic racism.

They have carved out unique spaces for themselves. They have built powerful platforms to speak on their experiences and issues affecting their communities, while simultaneously building their brands and flexing their entrepreneurial muscles.

Many have built their followings around these causes and have consistently shared their views and thoughts to spur change. 

However, in the wake of the untimely and senseless murder of George Floyd, many were left feeling helpless, angered, and frustrated. But they remained resilient and continued to use their platforms to speak out about racial injustice.

This time their cries seemed to be heard, as many corporate brands also began to finally speak out against and denounce racism. 

Are brands really committed to

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