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She Still Smiles, Inc.

Operating under a vision to provide hope, inspiration, and support to breast cancer survivors in the DMV area, Sherita Lyons brings to life She Still Smiles, Inc., 501c3 organization, since April 2019. The mission: To inspire hope, educate, provide moral support, and financial assistance to breast cancer survivors and their families in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. After discovering a small pea-sized knot in her right upper breast area, her personal journey with stage 2 breast cancer. She continues to use her personal story to inspire other survivors and victims of breast cancer through education, support and assistance.

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Canvas Beauty

As a suicidal college student, CEO and Founder, Storm Steele received the vision of Canvas Beauty as a company and brand. The brand prides itself on being "deeper than vanity." 'Canvas" is meant to represent blossoming and becoming the highest version of yourself. The YOU that you are designed to be. With a mission to create top tier products, Canvas Beauty reminds all its customers of their own power that they possess while continuing to change lives and build confidence through each product.

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Chef Shu Washington

Originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Chef Shu Washington is the proud owner of Sankofa Catering and Special Events in Douglasville, GA where he services his valued clients through healthy meal preparation and weekly corporate and social events. Some of his clients include members of the television and film industry along with high profile Georgia politicians. When he's not cooking up some of the best meals the Atlanta area has to offer, he's a loving husband to his wife of 17 years, Akua, and father to his 3 wonderful daughters.

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B Luxury Essentials

B Luxury Essentials is a line of biodegradable and disposable towels, bedding, and more, as an efficient solution for prioritizing sanitary solutions while traveling. The brand provides products for those who want to protect themselves and their families. From disposable bedding and towel sets to luxurious home fragrance perfume, B Luxury Essentials has promoted conversations surrounding stopping the spreading of diseases, infections and viruses.

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Susan G. Komen

Founded in 1982, the Susan G. Komen organization has been dedicated to work towards an end to breast cancer. Nancy G. Brinker made a promise to her dying sister, Susan, that turned into a global movement for breast cancer awareness. With over 3.3 billion dollars being raised for research, advocacy, community health outreach and more, The Susan G. Komen organization has programs in over 60 countries. These efforts have reduced deaths caused by breast cancer by over 40% and promises not to stop until the mission is fulfilled.

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Dr. Jocelyn Slaughter

As a Chicago native, Dr. Jocelyn Slaughter, MD is the owner of The Healthy Woman, an Ob-Gyn and Primary Care office which opened in metro Atlanta in 2016. She owns 4 offices where she is a board certified ObGyn who loves delivering babies, doing surgeries, and helping women through the most intimate times in their lives.  She is not only a member of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, but a Howard University and Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine graduate. When's she's not catering to her patients, she is enjoying family time with her husband, Benjamin Moore, and 3 daughters, Janice, Brooke and Raven.

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The Dovetail Project

Founded by non-profit leader, social entrepreneur and trailblazer, Sheldon Smith, The Dovetail Project is dedicated to providing young men with the tools they need to be better fathers. With a 12-week curriculum established with their signature program, The Dovetail Project educates fathers about their roles, rights and responsibilities of fatherhood while driving home the understanding of the impact and importance they play in the lives of their children. They encapsulate every aspect of being a Black father through law enforcement, financial literacy and more!

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Curlmix

This Chicago-based brand is here to help you master your curls. With a strong belief in natural haircare for individuals with curly hair, Curlmix continues to serve their community with simple ingredients to promote even more simple haircare routines. As a true Black-owned and operated company, you can expect high-quality solutions in order to achieve, and appreciate, your beautiful curls. from wash-and-go systems, to masterclasses, to real life testimonials, Curlmix has everything you need to take care of your natural hair in the best ways possible.

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World Wildlife Fund

Around the world, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) supports community management of natural resources and helps them to protect those resources against outside threats. As an organization, the WWF supports the benefits nature provides to the people and the role of Indigenous people and local communities as stewards of their own lands.From the Arctic to the Eastern Himalayas, WWF works on every continent to halt and reverse declines in wildlife numbers and the unsustainable use of our natural resources. WWF believes people can both prosper and use the planet’s resources in a sustainable way!

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Girls For A Change (GFAC)

Incorporated as a non-profit in 2004, Hair For a Change was created to empower young women to design, lead, fund and implement social change to tackle issues young women face in their community. With a belief that Black girls are more vulnerable to face prejudice, poverty and a lack of resources within their communities. While providing consistent support for girls fro youth to young adulthood, this organization ensures these young girls are ahead of the learning curve.

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Teleport Watches

Based in New York, this designer watch company is the luxury watch-maker you never knew you needed. With "Teleport" representing your journey and destination the company's hope is that when you wear this watch, you are looking forward towards your journey that lies ahead. You'll recognize any of their pieces with their signature number "7" displayed, representing perfection and completion. This is a black-owned company you want to have in your collection.

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Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours

With Deborah VanTrece as the head chef, Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours was opened in 2014 and was ranked among the best new openings in Atlanta by Thrillest. The restaurant has spanned to have distinctive clients including the Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, the government of Fulton County, Alston & Bird and the Bureau of Cultural Affairs. Chef VanTrece has been featured as a award-winning chef while her recipes are showcased at the James Beard House.

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Eva Jane Bunkley

Eva Jane Bunkley is an Atlanta-based two-time Emmy® Award Winning Makeup Artist and the inventor of “The Makeup Bullet® - HiDef Cosmetic Finger Sponge". After working as a professional makeup artist for nearly 30 years, Eva has gained notable clients including President Jimmy Carter, Usher, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jennifer Holliday, Charles S. Dutton, Cicely Tyson, and Jamie Foxx, and more. Eva is also an award-winning filmmaker with two first-place documentary film projects to her credit and continues media production through her production company Eva-Lution Studios, LLC.

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The King Center

Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) is a historic beacon of excellence and inspiration as visitors pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy. Squarely-focused on serving as both a local and global resource, the King Center is dedicated to educating the world on the life, legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while strengthening the causes and empowering change-makers who are continuing his efforts today.

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Jackson Inspirations

Jackson Inspirations was founded by Dr. Cynthia Jackson, driving her purpose of using farmland to feed the hearts, minds, and bodies of children. Centered around the belief of being the village for all people, this organization is dedicated to seeing humanity, providing necessary health resources, advocating for equal access to healthy foods, and offering free educational programming for children. Dr. Jackson stands firm on her value that through service, we collectively make a greater impact.

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Chinwé Foster

As a native of Columbus, Ohio, Attorney Chinwé Foster is the proud Founder and Principal attorney at The Foster Law Firm, LLC. A seasoned attorney, Chinwé majored in Criminology at The Ohio State University and attended Howard University School of Law. She's been living and practicing law in the Atlanta area since 2005 and shows no sign of slowing down. When she's not working, she dedicates her time to mentoring underprivileged young girls in the Columbus, Ohio area.

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KeenaBela

This Atlanta-based premium loungewear and sleepwear brand offers the highest quality in its apparel. KeenaBela works to maintain femininity, naturalness and sophistication with each piece while giving customers everywhere the opportunity to experience luxurious self-care necessities. Designed with very special attention to detail, KeeneBela continues to exude excellence in its products, a commitment its founder, Myriam Belasse, shows no signs of eliminating. Rooted in 30 years of fashion industry experience, KeeneBela looks forward to you joining the family.

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BLAIR + JACK

Board-certified surgeon, Dr. Bimpe Ayeni and her husband, Ade Ajayi, founded the company Blair + Jack which provides products for healthy, clear skin along with irritants of the skin from shaving. Their product range spans across day and night formulas, cleansers, moisturizers, spot correctors and more. They've even created a skin regimen, specifically for men who shave to prevent inflammation, irritation, dark spots, and acne. Their process not only helps men all over with a happy and healthy skin routine, but improves the overall skin quality.

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Ginger Yums

What a delight! Ginger Yums was founded in the kitchen of Angela and Karl in late 2018 as a way to combat stomach issues. As a natural ginger juice company, Ginger Yums makes each and every customer feel good on the inside while being a tasty delight during the day. Self-proclaimed as the "Feel Good Taste Good Drink," Ginger Yums supports all the health and wellness benefits that ginger provides and encourages customers to try the amazing benefits for themselves. From booster shots to gallons, Ginger Yums provides a variety of flavors for the perfect ginger mixture.

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Womenful Voice

With a mission to empower women to advocate and address the needs of vulnerable girls and women, Womenful Voice is all about talking women through policies, education, and health to achieve long-term positive outcomes. This organization envisions a world where women can harness their potential, voice their matters safely, and independently attain their socio-economic welfare. Through their many work and projects, Womenful Voice stands on their belief that women are capable of doing anything they dream and desire while living a happy and fulfilled life.

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Bespokuture

Bespokuture® believes that when you know you look good, you feel good, and people will notice. A Bespoke Suit is not just any suit, it's a custom design  experience that goes through a 45-step process that includes meticulous hand stitching. Every order starts with a new pattern drawing from scratch. This ensures accurate and lasting measurements for all clients while in order to create the very best fit and drape, master tailors utilize a blend of wool and horsehair in all chest canvassing. With experts walking you through the design of your custom pieces step by step, Bespokuture® is blowing past all of the competition by providing a better custom suit experience.

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Hairbrella

Most women know the plight of messing up their hair when stepping out into the rain. Founded by Tracey Pickett, Hairbrella is a hat combined with an umbrella that is not only fashionable, but also functional. After going through countless prototypes, this hat is used to protect various hair types and textures from humidity and moisture. After being started in 2016 with a kickstarted campaign, Hairbrella shows no signs of slowing down as the need for proper hair care is always a necessity.

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Girls Who Code

As an organization dedicated to girls and women in computer science, Girls Who Code is trying to bridge the gender gap of women in entry-level tech jobs by 2030. With bravery, sisterhood and activism as their main values, this organization reaches their audience through their online resources, books and advocacy work. So far, they've served over 450,000 girls with in-person programming and have made diversity, equity and inclusion a pillar in order to fulfill their overall mission.

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Black Women Film Network

Established in 1977, Black Women Film Network (BWFN) prepares Black women to enter the film and television industries. Founded By Sheryl Riley Gripper, the organization has a mission to preserve the  voice of these women through film and educational programs meant to empower and inform. As a 501(c)3 non-profit the Black Women Film Network provides student scholarships, hosts screenings and workshops as well as honoring individuals who excel in the industry.

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Kendall Miles Designs

Since 2015, Kendall Miles has been committed to offering high-quality, luxury footwear. As a family-run, independent company that has remained faithful to only manufacturing and producing internationally in Florence, Italy, Kendall Miles Designs continues to partner with family-owned vendors to ensure all products are handcrafted using only the finest ethically sourced, sustainable materials. The designs feature custom-dyed leathers, exotic skins, voluminous furs, and semi-precious hardware.

Kendall Miles was built on the belief that luxury footwear should be designed with you in mind.

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Dr. Lattisha Bilbrew

Being born in Birmingham, England, Dr. Lattisha Bilbrew is a skilled Orthopaedic Surgeon with an inspirational journey to medicine. With immigrant Jamaican parents, Dr. Bilbrew is no stranger to adversity and dedicates her life to being a living example of resilience, determination and courage. When she's not working on the joints of her patients, she embraces her newfound passions as an author, mentor, and entrepreneur. You're sure to see more of Dr. Lattisha Bilbrew with her newly launched website and first book coming soon!

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Authentic Marriages

Authentic Marriages is a faith-based, relationship ministry, designed to promote emotionally and spiritually healthy marriages globally. Founded by married couple, Jared and Kaara, they bring over 20 years of professional experience in the mental health field, specializing in healing emotional trauma in individuals, families and couples. They strive for an honest, vulnerable and REAL setting for all clients while opening the door for true transformation and blessings to take place.

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Feeding America

Serving their overall vision of an America where no one is hungry, Feeding America is an organization that is dedicated to ensuring equitable access to nutritious food with their partnerships to food banks, policymakers and supporters. Their programs help provide meals to children, seniors, families, and survivors of natural disasters in underserved communities. Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs.

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Avis Howell

As a native of Georgia, Avis Howell leads her clients with both passion and care. Through her business, 1st Choice Insurance Group, takes the overwhelm out of exploring the best insurance plans for all elements of your life. Whether auto, home or life insurance, Avis, as a licensed insurance broker, guides the process of selection through her intense attention to detail, servant leadership and first-hand experience. When she's not catering to her valued clients, she's being a wife to her husband and a mother to her two sons, whom she enjoys spending quality time with. Avis takes pride in her passions along with the ability to help the masses.

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Step Up For Students

Step Up For Students is a state-approved non-profit organization founded in 1998 a young Tampa venture capitalist named John Kirtley. After discovering the lack of educational options available for low-income children, he decided to take action and create privately-funded scholarships for low-income children to attend a K-8 school of their choice. With a mission of empowering families to pursue and engage in appropriate learning options for their children, Step Up For Students helps public education fulfill the promise of equal opportunity.

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Samia Gore

As an American Author, CEO & Founder of Body Complete Rx. Not only is she one of the first Black female CEOs in this male-dominated nutritional supplemental industry, Samia is a full time advocate for the ultimate healthy lifestyle. When she's not taking over the health and wellness industry, she's being a mother to her beautiful 4 children, which kickstarted her journey through entrepreneurship. She shows no sign of slowing down in making a positive impact in the world by encouraging the masses to get active and take care of themselves from the inside out.

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Agatha Achindu

As a wellness architect, Agatha Achindu is the founder and lead coach of Life Unprocessed™, a boutique wellness coaching and consulting firm for high achieving  professionals. Originally from Cameroon, West Africa, Agatha dedicates her life to speaking passionately about organic food and farming, children's health and nutrition, business development, marketing, supply chain and more. Her platform represents what it means to live a whole, full and vibrant life that nourishes the mind, body and soul.

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Dr. Randy Hines II

This board-certified family medicine physician is a Port Author, TX native with a passion for helping others. When he's not on call at the clinic, he's on call virtually through his podcast, "On Call with Dr. Randy" where he, alongside his notable guests unpack topics such as COVID-19, ideal diets for wellness and a host of other African American-related health topics including childbirth mortality rates, blood pressure management and more. As not only an esteemed medical doctor and podcast host, he's a published author who enjoys musical debates, movies, sports and adding to his shoe collection.

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Deepa Purushothaman

This former Senior Executive redefines leadership, success and power. Deepa Purushothaman is a Senior Partner for Deloitte who is dedicated to pioneering women's initiatives of leadership and executive transformation. She continues to make strides for diversity and inclusion as an Indian-American woman in leadership while also being the youngest person to make partner at the firm. She is not only a professional pioneer, but an accomplished author, TED and SXSW speaker and founding board member of India's first leadership academy exclusively for young women.

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Chef Byron "Chef B" Hailey

As a recent graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Chef Byron "B" Hailey is traveling chef, author and entrepreneur with is sights set for greatness with his business, Everybody Eats B! As a North Carolina native, he is a true southerner who believes his purpose is to share his gifts in the kitchen. From cooking with his grandmother at the tender age of 10, Chef B is just getting started with his private catering company, recently launched in the Summer of 2021.

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Dr. Barbara Joy Jones-Parks

Dr. Barbara Joy Jones-Parks is a board-certified family physician and sought after on-air medical contributor and HLN COVID-19 expert. Along with teaching young resident physicians she practices comprehensive whole person medicine through her newly launched private practice, The Healthy Woman Primary Care. She also enjoys modeling, playing basketball and being active through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

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