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Black History Month: 6 Companies You Should Know

We are revisiting this February 2018 article as part of our ongoing celebration of Black History Month.

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As we continue to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans during Black History Month, the folks over at WeWork have crafted a list of six Black-owned companies you should have on your radar.

The collaborative office space not only provides offices for people and companies in need. Having been around since 2010, WeWork prides itself on being “a place you join as an individual, ‘me,’ but where you become part of a greater ‘we’.”

WeWork put together the handy list below. Browse through it to learn about the six Black-owned companies.

  • Marcus Blackwell, Make Music Count: Make Music Count is the creative mathematics curriculum by award-winning educator Marcus Blackwell that teaches each lesson through learning how to play a song on the piano. Here is a new method teachers can use to excite students about learning mathematics. Blackwell also won $72,000 at our inaugural Creator Awards.

  • Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital: Backstage Capital is a venture capital firm who invests in underrepresented founders, like women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.

  • Wesley Hamilton, Disabled But Not Really: DBNR is a nonprofit that encourages all people with disabilities including spinal cord injuries to get some sort of exercise, regardless of their ability. They raise awareness about Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and show the positive impact that health and fitness can have in disabled communities globally. Wesley was awarded the Community Giver award at our Creator Global Finals this January.

  • Guy Anthony, Black, Gifted & Whole – Black, Gifted & Whole is a revolutionary attempt to change the collective narrative of Black queer men. They empower, educate and mobilize Black queer men by acknowledging, celebrating and affirming their whole selves.

  • Randi Gloss, Gloss Rags: Online clothing and apparel with designs promoting social consciousness, activism and discourse.

  • KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson, Mented: An upscale beauty line, made specifically for beauties of color. Mented is flipping the beauty industry on its head by unapologetically placing women of color at the forefront.

For more information on WeWork, click here.

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