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While Cassius Butts has been a stellar steward for getting resources to the black business community, and a major player representing Black interests in high places, his interests extend far beyond just getting the money, as if that weren’t enough. The economics expert is a relentless advocate for identifying inequities and mitigating their damage in underserved communities. Butts is the founder of Capital Fortitude Business Advisors; a boutique management consulting firm that focuses on access to capital and business development endeavors. The savvy financial expert served in leadership

Corporate branding strategist and media and marketing expert, Danielle Jeter was front and center at the Black Enterprise; 's Disruptor conference held earlier this summer in Atlanta. The Spelman college alum and founder of AOI Events & PR providing a bevy of professional skills and services including; public relations, event production and marketing, brand consulting and social media strategy development to corporate and municipal clients in the robust Philadelphia, Atlanta and Miami, FL markets. A seasoned and savvy communicator, Jeter also helped found the non-profit Women In Media

Roderick K. Hawkins (Credit: Powell Creative Services). In 2024, many emerging leaders are paving the way for future generations to follow in their footsteps. Their impact is improving the community in even bigger and better ways. Roderick K. Hawkins, a Southern gentleman at heart, has achieved numerous accolades. His family's support has shaped him into who he is today: a legendary Black man of excellence who stands for equality for everyone, especially for the LGBTQ community. Southern Roots and Family Values Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 30, 1974,

The Clevealnd-Canton-Akron, Ohio area is among the best-kept Black lifestyle secrets in the Midwest. Enclave after enclave of middle-class Blacks are enjoying relatively good standards of living in the northeast region of the state. With an African American population of only slightly more than 10 percent, minority business owners are managing to thrive in the Akron, Ohio area located on 40 miles south of Cleveland. The Play Beauty supply store is proof of the pudding. Owners Nneka Slade, 49, and her son Kameron Coleman, 25, in only four

Young people are struggling with mental health issues at an unprecedented rate. Coupled with the protracted years of war, school shootings and the pandemic, as well as unbridled access to the internet, young people are taking their lives and suffering mental health maladies in numbers the nation has never witnessed before. Headstream Accelerator, an innovation program that works to improve the mental well-being of adolescents within systematically excluded communities is providing unprecedented financial support in a raging race to get ahead of the curve and identify young people

DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson, Super District 7 is heralded for her positive initiatives in economic development, education, public safety and home ownership. Following Tuesday’s Georgia primary in which Cochran-Johnson finished as the front-runner with 46 percent of the vote, will face former county Commissioner Larry Johnson in the June 18 run-off for DeKalb County CEO. DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson of Super District 7 in the Atlanta metropolitan area is heralded for her positive initiatives in economic development, education, public safety and homeownership. Following the statewide Georgia

Alfred Jordan, the men’s basketball coach at Clark Atlanta University, has been named the Clarence “Big House” Gaines College Basketball Coaches of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. The Gaines Awards will be presented during the NSMA’s 64th awards banquet on July 1, 2024, in Greensboro, N.C. After going 8-20 in his first season at Clark Atlanta, Jordan’s second team showed a marked improvement. The Division II Gaines Award winner led the Panthers to a 22-5 record during the regular season, with the five losses coming by

In his nearly two-decade tenure at ComEd, Nwabueze Phil-Ebosie, also known as Eze, has become a cornerstone of innovation and leadership in the field of electrical engineering.  As the current Director of Engineering, Phil-Ebosie oversees the modernization of the electric grid, ensuring that the people of Northern Illinois receive reliable electric service. His journey at ComEd has been marked by a series of leadership and technical roles, each contributing to the company's mission of excellence. His professional track record and tireless dedication to mentorship is why Phil-Ebosie was selected

Before Tesa Anewishki became the first African and Native-American CEO of Loretto Hospital, she received an early holiday lesson in her youth about the importance of giving and selflessness.  It came via a bearded man — not the one you're thinking of — on a downtown Chicago street when she was around 13. This man had a garbage bag and icicles in his beard. So, Anewishki's mother pulled over, got out of the car, and disappeared into a department store.  An hour later, when her mother returned, there were no

An appearance on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday” is usually an affirmation that the guest is officially recognized as an intellectual or a spiritualist who has transcended ordinary life experiences to join the ranks of the enlightened. They are typically the sages who’ve lead stellar lives and have long been considered pillars of society. But, award-winning author and motivational speaker, Shaka Senghor joins that company social commentators after taking a turn on the path to higher understanding, which lead him to a 19-year stint in prison. Senghor’s incarceration was