When it comes to Black women entrepreneurs, most people are familiar with names such as Oprah Winfrey who, though born in poverty, went on to become a self-made billionaire by creating a media empire. Yet not as many people know about Corvida Raven, public speaker, tech expert, and entrepreneur. Raven strives to make technology accessible to everyone, particularly those in marginalized groups. With her blog, she conveys her teaching simply and conversationally. Her work has earned her recognition and multiple awards. Essence Magazine named her a Power Player, and she’s the winner of the 2012 Women Interactive Digital Vanguard Award.
Born in the segregated South, Janice Bryant Howroyd didn’t allow adversity to keep her from success. She’s recognized as the first Black woman to found and run a billion-dollar business. Her agency, ActOne Group, provides personnel to big companies and helps companies boost performance. ActOne has branches in almost 20 countries. Howroyd credits her success to her parents and honest business practices. A self-made woman, Howroyd believes in giving back and donates to universities and organizations that serve women and minority populations.
Grammy-winning singer Beyoncé is a powerhouse in the music world and is a household name, but not many know the breadth of success her mother, Tina Knowles has garnered over the years. Knowles is a writer and a fashion designer whose styles flatter different women’s bodies and have been highlighted in many popular magazines. In addition to that, Knowles owns one of the most patronized hair salons in Houston. Finally, as a philanthropist, Knowles is the co-founder of WACO, an organization that helps people find their strength. Knowles is not afraid of speaking about social issues and has done so on her Instagram show.
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