Original article by Njera Perkins – AfroTech Supporting Black-owned businesses over the last year has become more than a trend. Now, consumers, corporations and online platforms are turning this full-fledged surge of support into a consistent lifestyle change with more intentional ways to champion these brands. Among those who have made financial and systemic pledges most recently…

Written by Dave Clark, CEO, Amazon Worldwide Consumer Amazon’s new Black Business Accelerator provides access to capital, business guidance, mentorship, and marketing support to help Black business owners succeed as sellers in Amazon’s store. Amazon is launching the Black Business Accelerator (BBA) to help build sustainable equity and growth for Black-owned businesses. The initiative—which explicitly targets barriers to…

This year’s Memorial Day weekend will be extra special for residents of Tulsa, Okla.  From May 28 to 30 at the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival, a series of community-led events will be held to commemorate the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The festival will be centered in Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District —…

Introducing the Maine Black Business Pledge Black Owned Maine and Portland Buy Local have teamed up to create a local call to action. Retail shops: Allocate 10% of your shelf space to local, independent Black-business. Consumers: Allocate 10% of your spending power toward local, independent Black-businesses, nonprofits, and professionals. Why 10%? This number roughly represents…

2020 has been a crazy year. First we have the COVID19 pandemic resulting in 200,000 deaths in the US and a net loss of anywhere from 10 million-40 million jobs… a string of protests due to police brutality and were heading into election season which can be a volatile time. My heart goes out to…

Original Story: NY Times Two Black-led banks are merging in a deal that will create the nation’s largest Black-owned depository institution insured by the federal government and the first with assets of more than $1 billion. Broadway Federal Bank, a Los Angeles-based lender founded in 1946, will combine with City First Bank in Washington, which opened in…