#BuyBlack: ESSENCE List of 89 Black-Owned Businesses to Shop for the Holidays

December 4, 2017 - This Christmas, ESSENCE wants you to #BuyBlack! According to a ESSENCE/Nielsen Report, Black buying power is close to an  impressive $1.3 trillion! So, why not use your hard-earned money to make an impact in the community? While checking off your list of loved ones on your gift list, spread the holiday cheer and support these Black-owned businesses that need your h... Read more

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25 Black-Owned Businesses to Support on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

December 12, 2017 - Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but very little of this sales revenue goes to Black and minority-owned businesses. In fact, according to federal statistics, Black-owned businesses continue to grow in numbers, but their annual revenues and number of employees continue to lag. Visit for full listing.&nbsp... Read more

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Colin Kaepernick tweets that he wants to join Diddy in buying the Panthers

December 27, 2017 - Just a few weeks ago, Diddy was saying he wanted to buy the entire NFL. That, of course, was never realistic, but with the Carolina Panthers suddenly up for sale, you’d have to think the rapper/entrepreneur would be interested, right? Actually, Diddy has a two-part plan in mind: Buy the Panthers, then sign Colin Kaepernick. When he learned of Diddy’s p... Read more

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Meet the 29-Year Old Entrepreneur Who Spike Lee Wants to Work With

January 3, 2018 - Chad Sanders, a 29-year old tech entrepreneur and rising star, is partnering up with Spike Lee for a new TV series inspired by no other than himself. The series entitled Archer is a sociological thriller with a pinch of dark comedy that revolves around the life of a character described as a "young black Zuckerberg." Visit for full article.... Read more

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9-Year Old Queen Running Her Own Home-Based Line of Bath Products

January 3, 2018 - Jelani Jones from Fredericksburg, Virginia is only 9-years old, but she runs her business... like a queen! In addition to making and selling her own line of bath products, Lani Boo Bath, from her home, Jones is also a straight “A” student in school. How does she do it? “I have a schedule so I can fit everything in,” explains Jones. Spoken like a t... Read more

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Tampa Bay leads state in wage growth among major metros

January 20, 2017 - 
TAMPA — Pinellas and Hillsborough counties had the highest year-over-year wage growth of Florida’s metropolitan hubs from 2007 to 2016. According to data released Thursday, Pinellas, which had the highest increase of any major county, jumped about 25 percent from $37,302 in 2007 to $46,496 in 2016. Hillsborough County rose just over 23 percent from $41,216 in 2... Read more

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Jemele Hill releases statement explaining her departure from ‘SportsCenter’

January 31, 2018 - Jemele Hill did it her way. The now former ESPN SportsCenter anchor set the record straight on why she is leaving to join The Undefeated. Hill tweeted out a brief statement Friday, putting rumors that she was demoted to rest. Joining The Undefeated was Hill’s decision, she says, because she wanted to return to “reporting, writing and... Read more

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Florida consumers haven’t been this confident for more than 15 years, survey says

Floridians are starting 2018 with their sunniest consumer outlook in 16 years, according to research from the University of Florida. Consumer sentiment rose to a score of 99.8 on a scale that tops out at 150. That’s a level not seen since March 2002, when consumer confidence was even a little higher at 102 points. Residents surveyed in January felt slightly better than they did the previous m... Read more

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Philadelphia Eagles players are already boycotting Trump White House visit

After winning the Super Bowl on Sunday night, the Philadelphia Eagles are now set to visit the White House to celebrate their victory. But not all of the Eagles are going. On Monday, safety Malcolm Jenkins told CNN, “I personally do not anticipate attending.” Defensive end Chris Long, who boycotted last year’s White House visit with the Patriots, said he p... Read more

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Jabil to Build New Headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida

February 12, 2018 - 
Jabil will expand operations at its current site at Roosevelt Boulevard and Dr. 
Martin Luther King Street North via a partnership with the City of St. Petersburg. “Jabil has been committed to St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area for 30 years,” said Jabil CEO 
Mark Mondello. “The new cam... Read more

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