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Publisher's Message


he Black Business Association along with our publishing component The Black Business News Group offers this Shopping Gallery to our members, friends and supporters as a reminder, a convenience and, hopefully, a facilitation tool. This is the nationwide season for encouraging people to spend money on gifts, toys and Earl “Skip” Cooper, II celebrations - not a problem, Pubisher/Editor-In-Chief not a complaint. There is this consideration though - in how many ways do we, The Black Community - benefit from the annual economic flurry. Our position, as an agency that advocates for the success and protection of black-owned businesses and black entrepreneurship, is that we fully participate in the season. We encourage you to Shop Black in every way possible during the celebration season. Our celebration season includes: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years, Dr. King's Memorial and Black History Month November through February. We must employ Black Dollar Buying Power ($1.3+ trillion) in our businesses and communities to empower our quest for sustainable economic development. The articles on pages 8 and 9 offer profiles of our collective economic power and force. But each one of us has to harness our little bit of that economic power and direct the force for full effect on our local communities. Buy products and services from your local artists and crafts community, your restaurant owners and caterers, your toy makers, your clothing designers, your travel agents, your hotel owners, your book stores, your cultural entrepreneurs and on and on. Remember back when your aunts, uncles or grandparents would open a savings account in your name to get you started on saving for the future. Open bank accounits in local Black-owned banks in the names of your young relatives this holiday season. No Black Bank in your neighborhood - bank via the Internet. That's what technology is for. We now have the means to focus our little bit of economic prowess locally, nationally and internationally. Most of the black-owned retail companies promote their products and services somewhere online. Check the Shopping Gallery displays for email and website addresses. The Shopping Gallery publication does not even scratch the surface of what our business owners,

Black Business News Group P.O. Box 43159 Los Angeles, CA 90043 USA 1-323-291-7819 Fax: 1-323-298-5064 PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Earl “Skip” Cooper, II

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The mission of The Black Business News (BBN) is to inspire and inform public and private sector industry representatives on the importance of smart small business growth. As a versatile source of socioeconomic development activity news, the publications of the Black Business News Group (a division of the Black Business Association) impart current local, national and international industry and social trends and news affecting small businesses across the United States of America (USA), providing guides to greater access to financial capital, management efficiencies, business education, mentorship opportunities and social media networks. The goals of the Black Business News Group include: •

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providing an affirmative influence for emerging entrepreneurs by sharing innovative design and creative cultural content that exposes them to the history of black enterprises and urges them to participate in the USA’s future.

advocating and promoting on behalf of black-owned businesses by promoting the need for expanding an economic foundation that supports an unfettered and self-sustained urban society with USA job creation and economic opportunity, where blacks work, live and operate viable business enterprises.

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Publisher's Message


Season's Greetings


Top Holiday Season Digital Trends


The Black Consumer: Value & Trends


Holiday Shopping - 11 Young African American Entrepreneurs to Support this Holiday Season


Holiday Shopping - Ancestry and History


Holiday Shopping - Toys Toys Toys


Holiday Shopping - Create Your Look


Holiday Shopping - Dolls, Dolls, Dolls


Holiday Shopping - Create Your Style


Holiday Shopping - Adorn My Space


Holiday Shopping - Set The Table


Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken is Incredibly Good


Holiday Shopping - Books To Consider


BBA Master Planner


Resource Vault

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Publisher's Message entrepreneurs and creatives have to offer for holiday gift giving and celebration. You may have to do a little research, talk to your friends, find a local black business directory or search using Google Maps and Facebook, etal. Do whatever you have to do to support your local black businesses and entrepreneurs. This buying system only has real value if everyone in the

often says "We all do better when we all do better."

economic circle participates appropriately. That means that the business owners and entrepreneurs must also Shop Black and Hire Black. Some of the profits from the season should be placed with your local or regional Black Bank, to hire and train people from your community to work in your business, to retain a Blackowned legal service, use a Black-owned accounting service, support local community service programs and more. As Senator Corey Booker

Throughout our publications we place the reminder for all of us to "Buy Black, Invest Black, Educate Black, and Bank Black." Our reminders are not intended to be anti-any other community and are not part of a reactionary movement. They are very positive affirmations about Black love, Black support, Black conciousness and reminders that we can take responsibility for our economic well-being.” Whether you shop at NiemanMarcus or Wal-Mart. We have a present and future to build. We can build wisely if we learn from our past and work together for our futures. And, we can share a little joy in the process. Happy Holidays to all of our friends, supporters and members.

The Economic Turn Around in the USA is in Our Hands •Buy Products Made or Assembled in the USA •Hire One New Employee •Eat an Extra Meal Out Each Week •Start/Grow a Business to Generate Wealth & Jobs

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Season's Greetings

Top Holiday Season Digital Trends

By Sue Yasav

he holiday season is nearly in full swing. How will it be different than past seasons? The most striking difference is not in what consumers are buying, it’s how they are shopping. Consumers have been gravitating toward digital over the past decade, but this year, shoppers have indicated that they will pass a new threshold. For the first time, they anticipate making the majority (51%) of their holiday purchases online, according to a study by Synchrony Financial*. This has been steadily increasing over the past three years, up from 47% in 2015 and 49% last year. Which devices will they be using to make these purchases? Consumers indicate that one in five holiday purchases will be made on their mobile device. So, not only is shopping trending toward online purchases, many shoppers are planning to do it on-the-go. Shoppers like mobile because, quite frankly, it’s easy and always around. The mobile device is with the shopper continuously. Whether riding on a bus, waiting in line for coffee or binge watching your favorite Netflix show. If you think of the perfect gift for Aunt Helen, you can order it immediately. And, not to worry about keeping track of your purchases — half of mobile shoppers say they use mobile because they can easily view the confirmation in their email. And, discount hunting via mobile is ubiquitous. More than onethird (36%) of shoppers say they will shop via mobile during the

holiday season because they can more easily link their email offers and coupons to their purchases. So, bargain hunters don’t have to worry about missing out on a good deal. The ability to scan available coupons and download offers gives shoppers confidence that they are getting the best price. With the ease of shopping online and the widespread availability of next-day shipping, consumers may

be “hunting for a deal” on specific days like Thanksgiving, Black Friday or Cyber Monday. This is perhaps due to the prevalence of deal hunting throughout the season. Consumers have been less hooked on shopping on specific days, if they are certain they can find the best price on any given day. How are retailers responding to these trends? One way is having websites that are optimized no

be less rushed to get their shopping done early this holiday season. Only 44% of consumers say they will be shopping earlier this year. Last year, 53% said they would be shopping earlier than in the past. And, shoppers are less likely to

matter which device consumers use — laptop, tablet or mobile. Retailers are spending time and resources building websites that are easy to navigate and intuitive. The experience is important — the top reason shoppers delete a retailer

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The Black Consumer: Value & Trends


lack Americans are just 13 % of the U.S. population, and yet, we’re on trend to have a buying power of $1.4 trillion by 2019. A new Nielsen study hints that marketers may want to start developing a better consumer-producer relationship with African Americans if they want to make big bucks. Titled “The Multicultural Edge: Rising Super Consumers,” ( reports/2015/the-multicultural-edgerising-super-consumers.html) the

report finds that the Black American sweet spot, in terms of buying power, lies in ethnic hair and beauty aids (surprise, surprise). African-American dollars make up a whopping 85.8% of the industry. The next product consuming Black American money is hot sauce. Yes, hot sauce. Sriracha and its ilk enjoy a 25.4% share of AfricanAmerican dollars. Yum. While we’re talking about food, when it comes app is due to poor functionality, according to the Synchrony Financial 2017 Digital Study. Also, shipping will be a big element of the online shopping experience this year. Many retailers have graduated from two- to threeday shipping to one-day, or nextday shipping. And, since shoppers say they will be shopping later in the season, this will be a big deal this year. Finally, and perhaps most

to unprepared meat, seafood and poultry, Blacks account for nearly 18% of the industry’s dollar volume. And here’s an interesting tidbit: We are the only ethnic group who take up a significant share of the molasses, table syrup, and sweetener industry — 14.4%. This is reflective of Black Americans’ proclivity to the “tastes and traditions of the American South.” Third, hygiene products and toiletries — such as soap, body wash and fresheners — win about 17% of our hard-earned cash. While knowing what Black Americans are inclined to buy is valuable, it’s also important to understand what motivates us to make a purchase. According to the Nielsen, nearly 40% of AfricanAmericans expect the brands they patronize to support social causes. A whopping 78% of Blacks say that their cultural and ethnic heritage is an essential part of who important, bargain hunting remains a key ingredient in the shopping habits of consumers, whether they are early bargain hunters or last minute deal seekers. The ability to check product reviews, compare prices and use coupons is a key part of the holiday shopping experience. If the consumer can do it all on one website, great! If not, off they go to the next retailer. 

they are, which, in turn, can affect the purchases they make. Nielsen adds that people of color have always been influential in attracting U.S. mainstream consumers to “ethnic traditions and tastes” such as hip-hop/rap music and fashion. The study pointed to TV’s cultural relevance shift, citing FOX’s Empire and ABC’s Blackish and their marketability. If advertisers were smart, Nielsen concludes, they will start to move away from appealing to the usual demographic cues. “Savvy marketers who have noticed this shift are responding with marketing efforts that recognize ethnic identity as much more malleable, fluid and contextual, while content providers create media strategies to reach these consumers with cross-cultural and linguistic dexterity,” the study said. To wrap it all up, the study says the ROI for consumers of color are greater than the majority group. “Culture is a key element in any effort to reach today’s diverse consumer markets,” the study concluded. “You can connect with […] a growing percentage of new mainstream non-Hispanic whites who share multicultural attitudes which are reflected in their viewing and shopping behaviors.”

9167bf658408191e7c49140a9aa&utm_ source=today-%40-target-marketing&utm_ medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=201711-16&utm_content=top+holiday+season+ digital+trends-3 *Note: The views expressed in this blog are those of the blogger and not necessarily of Synchrony Financial. All references to consumers and population refer to the survey respondents from the Synchrony Financial 2017 Pre-Holiday Study (http://newsroom.synchronyfinancial. com/press-release/research-analytics/ holiday-shoppers-merry-about-financesyet-motivated-manage-budget) unless otherwise noted.

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Holiday Shopping

11 Young African American Entrepreneurs to Support this Holiday Season By Natural Hair Kids author/admin/


just want to start off by saying that this is an article that you definitely want to read with your children if they are expressing interest in entrepreneurship. It’s never too early or late to develop an enterprising child. Children who think like entrepreneurs will develop leadership skills, heighten their creativity and become excellent problem solvers. In fact, there are plenty of kids in the African-American community who are making waves in the business world. Here are some that you should definitely support this holiday season:

Gabby's Bows Invented by a seven year-old and her Mom, Gabby’s Bows solves the age-old problem of disappearing barrettes and has now transformed into a highly successful barrette business for this mother/ daughter duo. Gabby is very involved with the day-to-day operations of the business, including: tackling inventory, data entry, sales tax coding, filling orders, writing thank you notes, etc. “She gets upset if I conduct any business without her.” Her mom says. It’s no surprise that Gabby was also recently named SC Young Entrepreneur of the Year (the youngest to ever receive this award). GaBBY Bows come in eight colors and are available for purchase in nearly 100 Walgreens, Bilo and Once Upon a Child stores in SC, GA and NC. Shop online or find a store near you at

BeeSweet Lemonade The world first learned of Mikaila Ulmer when she fearlessly entered ABC’s show Shark Tank with her BeeSweet Lemonade. At just 10 years old, she secured a sweet deal with investor Daymond John, who put up $60,000 for a 25% stake in the company. But the deal didn’t end there, in addition to his investment, Daymond stated that he would mentor Mikaila. But Mikaila has been enterprising for a long time. She got

bit by the enterpreneurial bug at just four years old, when her family encouraged her to enter a children’s business competition. Not only is Mikaila serious about her business, she’s also serious about providing a sustainable life for others. She makes her BeeSweet Lemonade with local honey, and a percentage of her earnings go towards saving the honeybee. Support Mikaila’s business at


E & C Popcorn Company Ethan and Collier run an online store that specializes in gluten-free gourmet caramel popcorn. There parents set out to teach the two about entrepreneurship and thus, the E & C Popcorn Company was born. Their popcorn contains only the freshest ingredients with no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. Their popcorn is also air-popped making it free of fatty oils. Yum! Get your popcorn fix at

Super Business Girl Asia Newson, aka Super Business Girl, started her candle business when she was just five years old. She learned how to make candles from her father, and instantly began turning her creations into profit. As the youngest entrepreneur in Detroit, she would eventually gain worldwide recognition when 20/20 cameras caught her selling her candles to people on the street. Asia states that her goal is to “recognize the potential in every child and develop intrinsic security that makes optimum use of their individual talent.” Today, Asia’s business Credit:ellentv has expanded into a fullfledged empire. In addition to candles, she now sells t-shirts, accessories and more on her online store. You can also catch Asia giving motivational speeches

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around the world. View and support her store www.

her entire collection.

Mr Cory’s Cookies

Moziah Bridges, also known as Mo, started his company Mo’s Bows at nine years old, when he struggled to find fun and fashionable bow ties that suited his personality. He took initiative and created his own, using his Granny’s scrap fabric. You may have seen Mo on ABC’s Shark Tank. He didn’t secure a deal, but Shark Tank investor Daymond John was so impressed with Mo and his business that he offered to mentor Mo for free. Mo states that bow ties make him look and feel good, but more importantly, he believes designing the bow ties allow him to help make the world a better place. View Mo’s Bows at

Credit: Mr Cory’s Cookies Mr. Cory is such a little gentleman. He takes his business so seriously, that he called himself Mr. Cory, and this was just at nine years old! Mr. Cory knew that he wanted to make the world a better place. He figured out a way to do this by combining his two favorite passions, sweet treats and business. And thus, we now have Mr. Cory’s Cookies. The cookies, which practically melt in your mouth, are all-natural and only made from high quality ingredients. Satisfy your sweet tooth at www.mrcoryscookies. com.

The Honey Bunch Kids Chental-Song Bembry, a teenpreneur, is a creative force to be reckoned with. She’s the writer and illustrator of the extremely popular book The Honey Bunch Kids. It’s an animated series that follows the lives of a group of middle school kids, as they learn the true meaning of friendship. Chental’s business is truly a family affair. Her mother helps her run her business which now includes a lifestyle brand of book bags, home items and clothing. Check out her Zazzle Store: honey_bunch_kids.

Maya's Ideas Maya Penn is representing for the natural hair kid entrepreneur community. She’s a lady with many talents. Some of her many job titles include business owner, illustrator, animator, artist, designer, writer and philanthropist. She began her foray into business at eight, when she started designing ribbon headbands for friends and family. Her business then took off! Maya now offers an entire retail brand of handcrafted accessories and eco-friendly clothing from recycled fabrics. Visit to see

Mo’s Bows

Women’s Rabbit Association Laetitia Mukungu has a true charitable spirit. She founded Women’s Rabbit Association at just 14 years old. It’s a nonprofit organization that combines her love of education and agriculture. The organization farms rabbits for profit, in order to help women of Kenya pay for the children’s educational needs. Though she is now 18, her passion for entrepreneurship continues to thrive and her business remains successful. Read more and give your support at

Essynce Couture What girl doesn’t like to play dress up? Essynce Moore began her career early on,when she started designing clothes at six. Essynce has always loved beauty and creativity. She took that passion to the next level with the launch of a clothing line in 2013, Essynce Couture. In addition to overseeing her fashion line, Essynce is a stylist, motivational speaker and author. Update your wardrobe at These kidpreneurs are a true inspiration and we’re incredibly proud of them. Please support them and the other Black businesses in the Shopping Gallery starting on page 119. 

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Ancestry & History Holiday Shopping - Ancestry and History

Holiday Shopping - All Ancestry Tests Are Not The Same!

Dear Friend,

All Ancestry Tests Are Not The Same! The holidays are fast approaching and I am sure that you are seeing lots of deals for ancestry tests at highly discounted prices. If you make a decision solely on price, you are doing yourself a disservice. Too many people call us disappointed by tests that they purchased from other companies. So, I want YOU to know the differences between the ancestry tests out there so that you make the best decision for yourself....the first time. Here are the Top 5 Reasons to choose • We are the ONLY company that can tell you which African tribe you descend from. • We are the ONLY company that can tell you which African country you descend from. • We have the largest database of African samples with over 33,000 lineages. Our closest competitor has 621 African samples, which signficantly impacts their specificity and accuracy. • We don't sell, share or research your genetic information. Our lab destroys your DNA once we determine a result to protect your privacy. • We are 100% Black-owned and the only company with Black scientists, along with a 14year track record of excellence.

Here is a HOLIDAY SPECIAL just for YOU! If has the test for you, I have a pre-holiday offer for the whole family! Purchase a maternal or paternal ancestry test kit for yourself (or as a gift) and you'll SAVE 10% plus receive four (4) free additional personalized result certificates so family members to share in the experience! Use promo code: EARLYBIRD at checkout here: (https://shop. c35e).

BUY YOUR KIT NOW! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. If you believe that another company is right for you, we still love you! But will you do me a favor and please forward this email to your friends and family so that too will be informed? If you have any questions that I can answer as you are making your informed decision, please call me directly at!

Thanks, Gina Paige, African Ancestry Maternal Country of Ancestry: Nigeria

Maternal Tribe of Ancestry: Fulani

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Holiday Shopping - Commemorative Coins & Medals

Toys Toys Toys Holiday Shopping - Toys Toys Toys

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Ibtihaj Muhammad & Barbie


lympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history in 2016, when she became the first member of the U.S. Olympic team to compete in hijab. Now she's making history again by teaming up with Mattel to create a Barbie designed after her. But this is more than a special-edition doll: It's the first-ever Barbie to wear a hijab, which makes it a crucial win for inclusivity and representation. Mattel released the doll as part of its “Sheroes” collection, which features a line of Barbies modeled after a diverse range of accomplished women. Gabby Douglas (Olympic Champion), Ava DuVernay (Director, Author, Documentarian), Ashley Graham, and Misty Copeland (Prima Ballerina) are among the famous figures who have been given the Barbie treatment.  womenintheworld/2017/11/14/in-afirst-mattel-introduces-a-hijab-wearingbarbie-doll sheroes-dolls Ava DuVernay & Barbie 31  2017  Black Business News  Shopping Gallery  1-323-291-7819

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Artwear Handpainted Handbags, Skirts, Tees, Accessories, Calendars, Wall Hangings & More! or Find Gbaby Products at the “Collective� 280 Elizabeth Street, Atlanta, GA

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The Diamond Hanger seeks to answer, “How many amazing memories can one dress bring?” After one amazing memory, most items are placed in a cleaner’s bag waiting to be worn again. The Diamond Hanger gives designer clothing a second chance and makes them more affordable for all women to own. Finding each and every piece is similar to finding a diamond in the ruff. Some of The Diamond Hanger’s items are new, some vintage, while others are just a season away. Unique and different, most cuts will never be released by that designer again. Keep your eyes peeled for hundreds of new arrivals weekly….and remember, dreams do come true! Consign your special clothing with us. Give them a second chance to make a memory.

Shop Beyoncé Beyoncé is getting into the holiday spirit with her own line of gifts this year. She’s embellished everything from hoodies to onesies with slogans: “I

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The Queen of Wearable Art

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Legacy Men’s Boutique 4655 S. King Drive Suite 103 Chicago, IL 60653

Tuesday through Friday 5:30-8:00 pm Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m A Resale Shop geared speci cally for men. Prices such as $25 suits, $12 dress pants and a $1 rack are what owner Mandene T. Muhammad calls affordable. The shop offers suits, slacks, jeans, jackets, ties, shoes and accessories, with many of them under $25, but some items have higher price tags. Clothing donations are welcome.

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Set The Table

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Holiday Shopping - Set The Table

Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken is Incredibly Good By Shirley Hawkins


f you like biting into juicy, succulent, mouth watering chicken just dripping with fall-off-the-bone flavor, look no further than Honey’s Kettle Chicken located in downtown Culver City. People travel from miles around just to savor Honey’s Kettle Chicken, voted “Best Chicken in L.A.” by Los Angeles Magazine and the Huffington Post. And no wonder—its owner, chef Vincent Williams, has spent 45 years frying up millions of pieces of chicken just oozing with that unmistakable Southern flavor. Founded 17 years ago by husband-and-wife team Vincent and Arlene Williams, the duo only uses farm-fresh, hormone and antibiotic-free chickens dipped in a secret-recipe batter and fried in 100% peanut oil. The result is a light and crispy

battered fried chicken is nongreasy and made from scratch. ‘I fry about 600 pounds of chicken a day,” boasted Vincent, who said that he uses only the finest quality ingredients. He always keeps his ingredients top notch because one of his goals was to build “one of the greatest restaurants ever made.’’ The chicken will knock you out-but don’t forget to order Honey’s magnificent sides. If you like handmashed potatoes, freshly prepared. coleslaw, lip-smacking macaroni and cheese, sautéed green beans, scrumptious catfish, delectable corn on the cob, tasty pecan pie, iceshaker lemonade and homemade biscuits dripping with honey, make a bee-line to Honey’s. There is always a lunchtime crowd eagerly lined up and trailing out the door, patiently waiting to get their Honey ‘fix.’ Customers have been known to tear open their orders in the paper bag and start munching the crackling, golden pieces right there on the curb. Fans have even driven from as far away as Las Vegas and San Diego to bite into Honey’s famous bird, and celebrities such as rapper Kendrick Lamar, singers Keisha

Cole and Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and former model Tyra Banks have all ordered from Honey’s. Believe it or not, William’s business was not an overnight success. “I went through 30 straight years of pure hell,’’ Williams recalls in his efforts to keep his business afloat. ‘’But my goal now is to build a multi-billion dollar company and to make sure to keep it in the family.” Williams is a long-standing member of the Black Business Association. ‘’The chicken is outstanding,’” said Earl ‘Skip” Cooper II, publisher and editor of the Black Business News and the CEO and president of the Black Business Association. “Their sides, including their mashed potatoes and green beans, are outstanding. And I really have a thing for their original blueberry biscuits.” Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken is located at 9537 Culver Blvd. in Culver City. Open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Phone: 1-310-202-5453. Website: 

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Downtown Culver City: 9537 Culver Blvd. 310-202-5453 Open Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm

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Krispy Kruchy Chicken is in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Los Angeles. Krispy Krunchy Chicken is a cajun-style chicken (bone-in and tenders), served fresh, never frozen and fried in zero trans fat oil. Their menu also includes signature dishes of Traditional Wings; Krispy Wings; Cajun Sweet & Sour Wings; Cajun Tenders; Red Beans and Rice; Jambalaya; Boudin Bites (Cajun rice balls); Krispy Shrimp and Honey Butter Biscuits. For additional information, please call Krispy Kruchy at 1-323-293-3332 or visit www. 62  2017  Black Business News  Shopping Gallery  1-323-291-7819

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Parker House Sausage (www. was started by Chicago entrepreneur, Judge H. Parker who came to Chicago from Montgomery County, Tennessee with little more than the conviction that there was a potential market for homemade sausage products prepared according to his mother’s recipes. By 1919 Judge Parker began selling his unique blend of herbs and spices mixed with flavorful, savory sausage from a horse drawn cart on a retail basis. Recognized as one of the oldest family owned businesses in the U.S. In 2014 Parker House expanded its product line to include chicken products including breakfast sausage, hot links, and smoked sausage.

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ince people from all walks of life really enjoy Down South cooking, NFL Pro Reggie Kelly thought, why not bring a piece of the South to their homes. Reggie and his wife founded KYVAN® FOODS. KYVAN® Foods is a supplier to great customers like Kroger, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Firehouse Subs, Performance Foodservice, Hot Shots Distributing and more. As stated by Reggie, “It’s my goal to pass down to my kids (Kyla & Kavan) and to everyone the gift passed down to me… An Appreciation Of Good Food.” Thanks and God Bless! Website: Shop Online: Store Locator:

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Not Just Cookies NJC is a cookie company providing, natural desserts superior in quality and taste. Our cookies and pies are made with the nest ingredients. We offer select gluten free and vegan desserts that are rich in taste. Not Just Cookies is a certi ed Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) founded by Johnathon Bush.


e can cater for any event or party. We offer custom packaging for all of our cookies and pies to suit any need. Cookie platters also available. Corporate gis, company parties, restaurants looking to outsource pastries, we're here for you. e menu: Turtle Cookies, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal, Butter Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin, Brownies, Snickerdoodle, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Ginger Cookies, Vegan Brownies, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip, Sweet Potato Pie, and Fruit Pies (apple, cherry, blueberry or peach). Visit for online shopping, store locations, shipping and catering details. Talk to us by calling: 1-800-833-4541 or send NJC an inquiry at:

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Books to Consider...

I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual


by Luvvie Ajayi

ith over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie. com, Luvvie Ajayi has become a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I'm Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives—from the cultural importance Luvvie Ajayi of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma's wake on Facebook. With a lighthearted, rapier wit and a unique perspective, I'm Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some "act right" into our lives, social media, and popular culture. 

Hacks: The Inside

Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House


by Donna Brazile

n the fallout of the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee-and as chaos threatened to consume the party's c o n ve n t i o n- -D e m o c r a t s turned to a familiar figure to right the ship: Donna Brazile. Known to millions from her frequent TV appearances, she was no stranger to high stakes and dirty opponents, and the longtime Democratic strategist had a reputation in Washington as a onestop shop for fixing sticky problems. What Brazile found at the DNC was unlike anything she had experienced before-and much worse than is commonly known. The party was beset by infighting, scandal, and hubris, while reeling from a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence the presidential election. Plus, its candidate, Hillary Clinton, faced an opponent who broke Donna Brazile every rule in the political playbook. Packed with never-before-reported revelations about what went down in 2016, Hacks is equal parts campaign thriller, memoir, and roadmap for the future. With Democrats now in the wilderness after this historic defeat, Hacks argues that staying silent about what went wrong helps no one. Only by laying bare the missteps, miscalculations, and crimes of 2016, Brazile contends, will Americans be able to salvage their democracy. 

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Just Mercy: A Story

of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice— from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time

Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True


by Gabrielle Union

abrielle Union gives us a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman. The forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies—instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting when in 2016, with honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: "It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real." In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and selfdiscovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.  dp/0062693980


r y a n Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. 

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The Smart Money Woman by Arese Ugwu

Meet Zuri. She’s living a fabulous life. Great car, gorgeous apartment, well paid job. Meet Zuri. Broken down car, an apartment she cant afford, a job she’s about to lose.

Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law


What’s a broke girl to do?


ith her best friends T a m i (the flighty fashion designer), Lara (the tough oil and gas executive), Adesuwa (the conservative lawyer), and Ladun (the fabulous housewife), Zuri grows a little, learns a lot and navigates her way to making better financial decisions and building wealth. This book tackles, debt, spending, the consumerist culture of the African middle class, the Arese Ugwu fear and misconceptions surrounding money and the lack of it, love, friendships, cultural and societal pressures and the roles they play in success. With each chapter comes a Smart Money Lesson, there to help you work your way up the financial ladder. 

by Nikole Hannah-Jones

ore than forty years after President Johnson signed the landmark Fair Housing Act into law, residential segregation in America remains unresolved. Designed to help dismantle the nation’s racially divided housing patterns, the act has gone largely ignored by every presidential administration— Democrat and Republican alike—since 1968. In Living Apart, ProPublica investigates this failing, particularly how subsequent leaders, following President Nixon’s lead, have declined to use the billions in grant dollars awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as leverage to fight segregation. Their reluctance to enforce a law passed by both houses of Congress and repeatedly upheld by the courts reflects a larger political reality. Again and again, attempts to create integrated neighborhoods Nikole E. Hnnah-Jones h a v e foundered This ebook includes an exclusive afterword by the author, as well as an appendix of original documents dating from the Nixon administration, revealing the internal politics swirling around the Fair Housing Act shortly after its enactment. 

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Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together


by Van Jones

an Jones burst into the American consciousness during the 2016 presidential campaign with an unscripted, truth-telling style and an already established history of bridge-building across party lines. His election night commentary became a viral sensation. A longtime progressive activist with deep roots in the conservative South, Jones has made it his mission to challenge voters and viewers to stand in one another’s shoes and disagree constructively. Now, in Beyond the Messy Truth, Jones offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change. Tough on Donald Trump but showing respect and empathy for his supporters, Jones takes aim at the failures of both parties before and after Trump’s victory. He urges both sides to abandon the politics of accusation and focus on real solutions. Calling us to a deeper patriotism, he shows us how to get down to the vital business of solving, together, some of our toughest problems. “The entire national conversation today can be reduced to a simple statement— ‘I’m right, and you’re wrong,’” Jones has said. But the truth is messier; both sides have flaws. Both parties have strayed from their highest principles and let down their core constituencies. Rejecting today’s political tribalism, Jones issues a stirring call for

a new “bipartisanship from below.” Recognizing that tough challenges require the best wisdom from both liberals and conservatives, he points us toward practical answers to problems that affect us all regardless of region or ideology: rural and inner-city poverty, unemployment, addiction, unfair incarceration, and the devastating effects of the pollution-based economy on both coal country and our urban centers. In explaining how he arrived at his views, Jones shares behind-the-scenes memories from his decades spent marching and protesting on behalf of working people, inspiring stories of ordinary citizens who became champions of their communities, and little-known examples of cooperation that have risen from the fog of partisan conflict. In his quest for positive solutions, Van Jones encourages us to set fire to our old ways of thinking about politics and come together where the pain is greatest. 

On Becoming


by Toke Makinwa

oke Makinwa never envisaged that she would be a successful media personality. She began her journey as a bubbly child but grew into a lonely teenager after the devastating loss of both her parents. For so long after, it seemed as though she would never find herself. On Becoming is the real Toke Makinwa telling us what it is like to be one of the most talked about celebrities in Nigeria. She reveals the truth behind her 14-year relationship with the man she finally married. A marriage that ended in an atrocious scandal that nearly brought her to her knees. In the wake of the peaks and troughs that characterise Toke’s experiences, she now shares her struggle with blinding betrayal, finding forgiveness and drawing strength from her faith in God. On Becoming is Toke’s journey through pain to victory.  ref=pe_2571790_260497570_em_1p_0_des

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2017-2018 Financial Literacy Training & Workshops

April 2018

Local banking and financial institutions in collaboration with the BBA provide financial literacy All About Supplier Diversity training for its members and aspiring Youth Entre- Certification preneurs. For general particiation and information Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs learn visit and call 1-323-291-9334.  about supplier diversity certifications, which certifications they are eligible for, how to apply; and how to leverage certifications for contracting opportunities. This workshop is conducted in collaboration with Thomas & Webster. For particiation and sponsorship information visit and Black History Month Annual call 1-323-291-9334.  Awards Dinner & Celebration

February 2018

June 2018

In recognition of Black History Month, the annual awards dinner highlights the achievements of African American entrepreneurs and the government Salute To Black Music agencies and corporate entities that provide support for African American businesses. For particia- In recognition of Black Music Month, the annual tion and sponsorship information visit www.bbala. celebration highlights the achievements of African American performers and entrepreneurs and the org and call 1-323-291-9334.  corporate entities that provide support for African American entertainment businesses. For particiation and sponsorship information visit www.bbala. org and call 1-323-291-9334. 

March 2018

Annual Salute to Black Women Business Conference, Vendor Faire & Awards Luncheon In recognition of National Women’s History Month, this conference highlights the achievements of African American women entrepreneurs, along with workshop, including a workshop designed especially for young ladies between 13 and 18 years of age, entitled “Role Models for Success.” This conference also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote and sell their goods and services in the Vendor Faire. A favorite feature of the annual Salute is the African American 87  2017  Black Business News  Shopping Gallery  1-323-291-7819

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