Young, Black, and Bold: Meet 6 Kids Building Their Own Business Empires

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Young, Black and about that business…

The faces of entrepreneurs are changing every day thanks to a mix of youth who are
shattering glass ceilings with their bold and innovative ideas. Once a foreign concept – to
start and successfully run a company with little to no business experience – is now a reality.
Meet 6 kids who are in charge, focused, and building their own empires with the support of
parents, mentors, and their community.

TigerBeat and Instagram's '19 Under 19' Awards held at Farmhouse

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Moziah ‘Mo’ Bridges, Mo’s Bows
From ABC’s Shark Tank to big figure deals with the NBA, entrepreneur, and designer
Moziah Mo Bridges is changing the face of the business world with his stylish bowtie
business, Mo’s Bows. Since its launch in 2011, Moziah has been hustling tirelessly with the
support of his mother to make sure that his brand of bowties becomes a household name.
Mentored by Shark Tanks’ Daymond John, Moziah learned the skills necessary to thrive in
the men’s fashion marketplace. With a great deal of branding and negotiating experience
under his belt, this Memphis, Tennessee entrepreneur is ready for more money moves and
we are here for it.

Walmart - Kheris Rogers

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Kheris Rogers, Creator of Flexin’ In My Complexion
Motivated to excel after bouts with racism, Kheris Rogers turned mean comments about her
skin tone into a successful clothing line – Flexin’ In My Complexion. The Los Angeles
native, who took lemons and made the sweetest lemonade is now the face of her own fly
line of t-shirts, bomber jackets, and jumpsuits. Supported by her mom and sister, Kheris is
fighting adversity by way of fashion. With her clothing revenue climbing and celebrity
support pouring in Kheris Rogers is on track to do even bigger business. History is being

BET Black Girls Rock!

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Marley Dias, #1000BlackGirlBooks
With her eyes on the prize, activist and author, Marley Dias, the wiz behind the
#1000BlackGirlBooks campaign is still making waves in the literary world. Known as an avid
reader who was frustrated by the lack of black girls being represented in books, Marley took
charge and encouraged her community to collect and donate 1,000 books which featured
young black women as leading characters. Now the author of “Marley Dias Gets It Done –
And So Can You” Marley, the witty and beautiful Jersey girl who is all about equity, inclusion
and social justice is proving to the world why she is history in the making.

BET Black Girls Rock!

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Maya Penn, Maya’s Ideas
Recognized as an eco-friendly designer, activist, author, cartoonist, TED Speaker, and
philanthropist, Maya Penn has been making waves over the last few years because of her
creativity and commitment to making the world a better and more sustainable place.
Featured in a host of media spaces and recognized by Oprah Winfrey and former President
Barak Obama because of her business acumen, Maya Penn is the definition of an
an entrepreneur with a broad range of diverse skill sets.

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Mikaila Ulmer, Me & the Bees Lemonade
Two bee stings turned Mikaila Ulmer into a business phenomenon. Not happy with the pain,
Mikaila looked a bit closer at bees and became fascinated by their role and the ecosystem.
She reached out to her Great Granny Helen for her Flaxseed lemonade recipe and aligned
it with honeybees and history was made. With a business plan in place, Mikaila, with the
support of her family entered a host of business competitions. Today, the brain and beauty
behind Me & the Bees Lemonade can credit the bees for her big business idea.

Walmart - Cory Nieves

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Cory Nieves, Mr. Cory’s Cookies
A love of treats and a desire to make the world a better place inspired Cory Nieves, known
as Mr. Cory to create his own brand of cookies – Mr. Cory’s Cookies. With his vision set and
a supportive mom in tow, the Englewood, New Jersey native spent a considerable amount
of time testing, baking, and getting his cookies to perfection. All the hard work is paying off.
Mr. Cory, the young business professional is now aligned with a host of big brands and
leading companies who can’t get enough of his cookies.

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