REVOLT caught up with Angela and Vanessa Simmons to discuss what it means to be Black entrepreneurs and much more. Were you around to see "Run’s House”? The iconic reality television show debuted in 2005, chronicling the family life of iconic rapper Rev Run of Run-D.M.C. and his family. Not only did the series highlight the outstanding personalities of each individual in the house, but it shed light on the importance of morals. In 2007, both Angela and Vanessa Simmons put on their entrepreneurial hats and launched Pastry under their family’s line of footwear called Run Athletics. With their debut Cake Collection being inspired by their favorite desserts, the ladies were able to partake in their love for fashion . Becoming businesswomen at such a young age, they took the brand worldwide and even Pastry became America’s No. 1 sneaker for professional and university dance teams. Fast forward to 2020, the women are as excited as ever for the launch of their newest venture: Simmons Beauty . REVOLT caught up with Angela and Vanessa Simmons to discuss what it means to be Black entrepreneurs in the fashion/beauty space and much more. Peep the entire chat HERE .
Thirteen year-old Christon ‘The Truth’ Jones, an investor and stock market prodigy, is the perfect example of reaching for the moon and falling amongst stars. He recently made $18,000 within just 3 days when 36 people signed up for his online course on how to invest in the stock market. His original goal was to empower 200 people and earn $100,000, but he was not at all disappointed with his accomplishment. “It was not even half, but it was still something,” said Jones who teaches stock trading courses to children all the way up to adults with PhDs. “My mother encourages me to never limit myself so I am proud I made an effort. I’m disappointed the ads were rejected but I’m grateful I didn’t give up!" He says that he promoted the course by single-handedly launching a grassroots marketing plan by word of mouth and emails. It obviously worked, and he is motivated to keep going. Jones, a motivational speaker and founder of the Truth PlayMakers Awards Honoring Black Excellence in Youth, says he is focused on his mission to empower. “I believe in owning, not borrowing, and giving people the tools they need to impact the community,” he says. “We need to know these movements so that our people can be financially savvy and close the wealth gap.” Through his website, TheTruthJones.com and his Instagram handle @thetruth2024 , he gives life lessons on potential stocks and shows his receipts on his successes. This article was originally written by BlackBusiness.com LESSON: Parents never underestimate your kids, Kids...never underestimate yourself! You all will be surprised when you do what you're passionate about that helps others. What steps have you taken or are planning to take to ensure that our black youth pursue their goals and turn their dreams into reality? Share your experiences or tips for others in the comments!
Meet the 16-Year-Old Beauty Shop Owner Breaking Barriers in the Haircare Industry A few months ago, 16-year-old Paris McKenzie went viral – and for a good reason. The Brooklyn teenager became the youngest owner of a Black beauty supply store in the country. And her initial tweet about her store, Paris Beauty Supplyz, has gained nearly 140 thousand likes – and co-signs from big celebrities like Bella Hadid and Janet Jackson. The idea, though, started because of a problem. As someone who’s “been through every form of a hair journey possibly,” McKenzie said she grew tired of going into beauty supply stores and either being treated like she wasn’t welcome or greeted by workers who had no knowledge of Black hair care. “Paris Beauty Supplyz is an inclusive beauty supply store to push beauty, self-love and self-courage,” she said. “I feel like that’s what really sets us apart and what really differentiates us from other beauty supply stores because they say, yes they focus on customer service, but how can you service the customer if you don’t know them?” The accomplishment of opening her own business at her age is also impressive for another major reason. According to a Business of Fashion report, out of the thousands of Black haircare and cosmetic stores across the U.S., only about 3,000 stores are Black-owned – despite Black consumers accounting for a vast majority of dollars spent. According to Nielsen , in 2017 alone Black consumers accounted for more than 85 percent of the ethnic hair care market, spending almost $55 million. The 16-year-old entrepreneur and business owner about breaking boundaries in the haircare industry all while juggling being a high school student. Check out how she does it all and her perspective on life, goals and taking action on your ideas and capitalizing on your skills Full 30Min Interview w/ Paris McKenzie Do you know any Black Teen Entrepreneurs? Share who they are & what they do in the comments section below so we can put the spotlight on them! Thank you :)