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Black Women Caught On Their Best Business Behavior At Marketing Mastermind

July 31st, 2015 - By Kara Stevens
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Last week, Ella Rucker, entrepreneur coach and co-producer of #MentorMonday with Paul C. Brunson, hosted a Marketing Mastermind event to give entrepreneurs strategies and tips for promoting their respective brands. My cousin was visiting from London and I felt responsible for ensuring she had a good time — though Americans and Brits all speak English, sometimes things still get lost in cultural translation.

I’ve been to networking events where the atmosphere was tepid at best and chilly at worst. In those situations, I’ve had to deal with women, of all colors, who seemed much more interested in seeing what you could do for them than discussing opportunities for collaboration. But Ruckers’ Marketing Mastermind was the complete opposite and such a shining example of Black women on their best business behavior.

Not only did these African American women embrace my cousin as a “sistergirl from around the way,” regardless of national origin, they took interest in her experience as a brown girl in Britain and found ways to connect. They shared beauty secrets about hair and compared notes about the struggles that, sadly, unite Black women living in white patriarchal countries.

According to the “2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report” commissioned by American Express Open, the number of businesses owned by African American women has grown 322% since 1997, making Black females the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S. Women now own 30% of all businesses in America, accounting for some 9.4 million firms. And African American women control 14% of these companies, or an estimated 1.3 million businesses. These are the statistics that don’t make it across news circuits. The educated, warm, thoughtful, and enterprising Black woman that loves herself and women like her isn’t one of the prominent actors of the American cultural narrative or in discourses about race. This Black woman is neither celebrated nor recognized in popular culture. But she exists.

Smart, ingenious, welcoming Black business women exist. We’re not unicorns. And if you are one of us or see another one of us at an event, a coffee shop, or on your social media timeline, don’t keep it to yourself. Spread the word. Please be active in promoting and drawing attention to these images and ways of being that replace the broken and distorted representations of Black women with their fuller and fleshed-out counterparts. If we’re ever going to completely deconstruct the negative archetypes of Black women that continue to persist and, once and for all, achieve equal respect and recognition in the entrepreneurial realm the work has to start with us.

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Oprah Taps Modern Day Matchmaker for New Dating Show

January 13th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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OWN’s executive producers said we might be seeing more brown faces on the network and it looks like they’re following through. The Oprah Winfrey Network has hired Modern Day Matchmaker Paul Carrick Brunson, also known as he “the real-life Hitch,” to co-host the biggest dating challenge in TV history, as part of a new show called “Lovetown, USA.”

The program is one of three new original series being added to the network’s 2012 lineup, and will follow Brunson and co-host Kailen Rosenberg, as they transform Kingsland, GA, into “Lovetown USA.” The matchmakers will take over the city for 30 days to help eight singles find love, and producers promise everyone from the mayor to Kingsland’s local residents will be involved.

Paul Carrick Brunson is the first and only full-time black male matchmaker in the world so this gig is a huge deal for him. Filming for the show is expected to begin in the coming months. Check out the promo residents sent in to qualify for the show.

Will you check out Lovetown USA on OWN?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

Black Men Who Refuse to Date Black Women: TODAY on “Life Changers”

October 27th, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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UDPATE: This show will be broadcasting on Friday, Oct. 28 at 3:00 and 3:30 pm.

Dr. Drew’s set is going to explode tomorrow. On his talk show “Life Changers,” an audience of all black men and women will be crammed into one tiny studio to discuss not just interracial dating, but black men who refuse to date inside their race. Yes. The beating up of the single black woman in the national media continues.

The short preview of Part 1 of the episode below doesn’t show much, but a few typical comments in the interracial dating debate can be heard. For example:

A black female guest tells the men “we’re feeling rejected,” and “we’re tired of it.” A black male guest gets in her face and says, “I don’t like your attitude.” Yes, we have tread these tired waters before. Most of us are over this.

But I feel sorry for this particular woman actually, because she still cares. I remember when I used to feel rejected when I’d hear a black man make a comment to the tune of “that’s why I’m going to get a white girl,” or “that’s why I stopped dating black girls.” The idea that a white woman has something better to offer over a black woman just didn’t sit well with me at all until I finally realized:

That’s his problem, not mine.

Am I really missing out on a guy who puts his fingers in my face or who has to be held back by a panel member (who by the way is the only black male matchmaker, Paul Carrick Brunson), in front of a live studio audience? Is a man who says he prefers white women over black women because they are more subservient really for me? Do I really want to procreate with a man who is more concerned with the texture of his future children’s hair than the mental and spiritual qualities his partner possesses? If a black man can so easily write us all off for the transgressions of black women from his past before getting to know us as individuals, isn’t he the one in need of help?

Is Talking Too Much a Turn Off?

October 18th, 2011 - By madamenoire
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Is Talking Too Much a Turn Off?

Perhaps the stereotype that women love to talk rings true for some of us. But will your gift of gab act as a turn off when it comes to the fellas? Find out what relationship expert Paul Carrick Brunson had to say about this topic over at Your

Is Divorce in My Future?

October 17th, 2011 - By Veronica Wells
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With over half of marriages ending in divorce are you destined to go down that daunting path? Not necessarily. (Yay!) Check out this explanation from relationship expert Paul Carrick Brunson.

Even if you’re no where near getting married watch the video anyway–boyfriend is too cute! (But just looking. He is married!)

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