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When met with hardship, the human psyche responds by reacting, adapting, and recovering. This is especially true for Black and Latinx women entrepreneurs and small-business owners, who are no strangers to experiencing surprises, change, and hard times. Once faced with the global Covid-19 pandemic, we saw these businesses tested, and…

Bea Dixon.

When Target asked Bea Dixon to star in a Black History Month and Women’s History Month commercial to market her menstrual and intimate care business, The Honey Pot Company, she was overcome with gratitude. It was a big moment to raise the visibility of her company and to spread her…

Doing It My Way

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Doing It My Way is a candid ZORA Q&A series with newsmakers and changemakers in our community who are charting their own paths with conviction and defying convention.

When Yvonne Perez Emerson was a young, single mother making homemade lotions, balms, and tinctures for her family, she had no idea…

Sharmadean Reid, Founder & CEO, BeautyStack and WAH Nails, takes part in the How Female Leaders Can Thrive — Panel Discussion during the London Fashion Week Men’s British Fashion Council Fashion Forum at The Ned on June 18, 2019 in London, England. Photo: Tabatha Fireman/BFC/Getty Images for BFC

The war room I am sitting in is pink and soft and large, and it exists because of a bad manicure.

I’m in London, in the conference room of Beautystack, a beauty-booking startup founded by entrepreneur Sharmadean Reid. The office is a hyperfeminine combination of white and pink, with iridescent…

Doing It My Way

Photos courtesy of Chloë Cheyenne

Doing It My Way is a candid ZORA Q&A series with newsmakers and changemakers in our community who are charting their own paths with conviction and defying convention.

Chloë Cheyenne is just getting started. Fresh off the success of an inaugural summit and app launch in September, the CEO and…

The Cake

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Investing is one of those things that often seems out of reach, like something other, fancier, wealthier people do. Even if it’s something you’re interested in exploring, you might have felt like the path to getting there is unclear or inaccessible. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Investors…

The Cake

A view of Fenty Beauty products on display.
A view of Fenty Beauty products on display. Photo: Presley Ann/Getty Images

Global society often borrows or outright steals Black beauty standards and expressions while, more often than not, failing to highlight Black women’s contributions to uphold them. Black women’s influence on global culture and society is palpable. Especially when observing trends in hairstyles and hair culture as well as nail art…

The Cake

A portrait photo of Backstage Capital founder and CEO, Arlan Hamilton, at The 2019 MAKERS Conference on February 7, 2019.
Arlan Hamilton. Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty for MAKERS

My name is Arlan. I’m 38. Black. Woman. Incredibly homosexual. Used to be on food stamps. Used to have a negative bank balance. Used to have no place to live for weeks and months at a time. Today, I am a venture capitalist with more than 130 tech companies in…

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