• Rebound Jun 11

    Wrapping It Up: Passing on a Legacy & the Future of Kazmaleje

    Hair discrimination has existed for centuries, but recent legislation, like the 2019 CROWN Act, seeks to change that. LaToya Stirrup, co-founder of Kazmaleje, talks about how Kazmaleje is working to pass on a legacy aimed at supporting and empowering men, women and kids alike, no matter what type of hair they choose to rock.

  • Rebound Jun 9

    Charting New Territory in a Historic Ice House

    After a year of delays amid the coronavirus pandemic, Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats finally opened its first brick and mortar location in a historic ice house in Old Town Alexandria. Owner Brandon Byrd talks about the historical significance of being one of the few Black business owners in the area, which played a prominent role in the transatlantic trade...

  • Rebound Jun 4

    ‘As a Black Creator, I've Had to Take Whatever I Can Get'

    With increased sales in the last year, Chicago-based Lingua Nigra founder and designer Alicia Goodwin hopes to move into a bigger space and expand her team to increase jewelry production. Being a Black, female-owned business, Lingua Nigra was in high demand as a social justice movement saw many around the country seeking to elevate and support Black-owned businesses. But she...

  • Rebound Jun 3

    ‘Trust the Process': Why Embracing Your Hair is a Journey

    Whether you have straight hair, curly hair, locs, waves, braids, a perm, or a wig, everyone’s hair journey is different. But unfortunately, the wide variety of hair types and textures isn’t always evident in mainstream media or marketing. LaToya Stirrup, co-founder of Kazmaleje, shares how the company is trying to break the mold to be inclusive of all hair types,...

  • Rebound Jun 2

    ‘You Can Never Be Prepared Fully': Goodies Clears Hurdles to Storefront Opening

    No one knows better than Brandon Byrd that running a business can be precarious: In his journey toward opening a storefront for Goodies, a frozen custard truck in the D.C. area, he’s rebounded from several setbacks. One of them being a worldwide pandemic that hit when he was preparing to remodel an old ice house for his storefront in Old...

  • Rebound Jun 1

    When Dessert Gets Down to the Wire

    Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, a Black-owned dessert truck in the D.C. area, is on its way to expanding its dessert empire by opening its first brick and mortar store in Old Town Alexandria. After an electrical issue delayed his grand opening, the only thing stopping owner Brandon Byrd from realizing his dream is the sign-off from a city...

  • Rebound Jun 1

    The Year Without Photoshoots: Chicago Jeweler Forced to Get Creative with Pandemic Promotions

    Lingua Nigra largely depends on beautiful online publicity to display new and current pieces. Along with travel restrictions and travel fears, founder Alicia Goodwin found creative ways to keep her social media active and even bought an extra set of ears to help get the job done. After not being able to execute a photoshoot for new designs in...

  • Rebound May 25

    Building a Brand on Vanilla Custard

    Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, a Black-owned dessert truck in the D.C. area, created a loyal following by focusing on its signature flavor: vanilla custard. As cities begin to open back up from pandemic shutdowns, owner Brandon Byrd is hoping that loyalty follows his business to the new Goodies brick and mortar store.

  • Rebound May 24

    Once Reliant on Mail to Survive Pandemic, Jewelry Business Pivots Strategy

    Lingua Nigra founder Alicia Goodwin recounts last year’s delays with the U.S. Postal Service and explains how she manages sending out orders now. As more craft shows start to open, along with new mask guidelines in place, Goodwin decides to not rely on mail shipments as much. “That’s not a possibility for me,” Goodwin said.

  • Rebound May 21

    Miami-Based Business Creates Hair Tools to Empower Black Women and Natural Hair

    Hair. It comes in all textures, colors, lengths, types and densities. But for Black women, the topic of hair can be complex — especially when it comes to caring for your natural locs. Enter Kazmaleje, a Miami-based business focused on creating hair tools and products for curly and kinky hair types. The business was launched by three sisters with a…

  • Rebound May 17

    A New Start During a Pandemic

    As the coronavirus pandemic collided with a surge in calls for racial equity over the summer, jewelry brand Lingua Nigra gained thousands of followers and new orders almost overnight after being included in many lists of Black-owned businesses to support. With a new increase in orders and a larger following, founder and artist Alicia Goodwin is trying to keep that...

  • coronavirus pandemic Apr 16

    Mission Critical: Priscilla Chan and the Fight Against COVID-19 in San Francisco's Latino Community

    The pandemic has hit Latino families harder than any other ethnic group in the Bay Area. Now, an all-star team of researchers and community organizers backed by funds from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is working to change that.

  • San Francisco Apr 15

    Mission Critical: Priscilla Chan and the Fight Against COVID-19 in San Francisco's Latino Community

    The pandemic has hit Latino families harder than any other ethnic group in the Bay Area. Now, an all-star team of researchers and community organizers backed by funds from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is working to change that.

  • Rebound Mar 17

    Rebound: There's No Limit With Lemonade

    Vicktor Stevenson founded Gourmonade in 2018. Now, as he finds new ways to sell his gourmet lemonade, we look to the future and meet the customers who’ve kept his business afloat through the pandemic, in the final installment of our 4-part series.

  • Rebound Mar 10

    Rebound: Businessing While Black

    Vicktor Stevenson founded Gourmonade in 2018. Now, as he finds new ways to sell his gourmet lemonade, he reflects on the challenges of being a Black entrepreneur in the third installment of our 4-part series.

  • Rebound Mar 10

    Rebound: Keeping Lemonade Dreams From Turning Sour

    Vicktor Stevenson founded Gourmonade in 2018. Now, he’s trying to keep it afloat as California slowly reopens. In part two of our “Rebound” series, we join Vicktor as he looks for new ways to expand his business while keeping his family safe from the pandemic.

  • Rebound Mar 1

    Rebound: Keeping Lemonade Dreams From Turning Sour

    As the raging pandemic continued to devastate Black-owned businesses, Vicktor Stevenson fought to protect his burgeoning lemonade empire by doubling down with a new brick and mortar location in Oakland, Calif. – but after losing the commercial space, Stevenson realized that in order to keep his business going, he’d need to pivot by expanding his company in unexpected ways.

  • Rebound Feb 28

    Rebound: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

    Vicktor Stevenson founded Gourmonade in 2018. Now, the pandemic is putting the squeeze on his gourmet lemonade business. In part one of our “Rebound” series, we join Vicktor and his family in the Gourmonade kitchen to see how they’re pivoting the business to stay afloat.

  • climate in crisis Feb 5

    Filet for Fido: Pet Food's Growing Carbon Paw Print

    A Bay Area environmental research center suggests our pets could be a significant contributor to climate change — and says the fix could be easier than we think.

  • INVESTIGATIVE Feb 3

    Sewage Disaster at Bay Area Home

    Raw sewage spewed out of their shower and destroyed the first floor of Sarah and Peter Glover’s home. Experts say we may see more sewage backups as seas rise.

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