• Rebound Jun 17

    Rebound Season 3: Small Business Roundtable

    In season three of NBC’s Rebound, we gave three business owners cameras to document their journey as small Black-owned businesses in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The owners of Chicago’s Lingua Nigra jewelry company, Miami’s hair care brand Kazmaleje and DC’s Goodies Frozen Custard and Treats joined NBCLX storyteller Ngozi Ekeledo to talk about the importance of supporting Black...

  • Rebound Jun 11

    Wrapping It Up: Passing on a Legacy & the Future of Kazmaleje

    Hair discrimination has existed for centuries, but recent legislation, like the 2019 CROWN Act, seeks to change that. LaToya Stirrup, co-founder of Kazmaleje, talks about how Kazmaleje is working to pass on a legacy aimed at supporting and empowering men, women and kids alike, no matter what type of hair they choose to rock.

  • Rebound Jun 9

    Charting New Territory in a Historic Ice House

    After a year of delays amid the coronavirus pandemic, Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats finally opened its first brick and mortar location in a historic ice house in Old Town Alexandria. Owner Brandon Byrd talks about the historical significance of being one of the few Black business owners in the area, which played a prominent role in the transatlantic trade...

  • Rebound Jun 4

    ‘As a Black Creator, I've Had to Take Whatever I Can Get'

    With increased sales in the last year, Chicago-based Lingua Nigra founder and designer Alicia Goodwin hopes to move into a bigger space and expand her team to increase jewelry production. Being a Black, female-owned business, Lingua Nigra was in high demand as a social justice movement saw many around the country seeking to elevate and support Black-owned businesses. But she...

  • Rebound Jun 3

    ‘Trust the Process': Why Embracing Your Hair is a Journey

    Whether you have straight hair, curly hair, locs, waves, braids, a perm, or a wig, everyone’s hair journey is different. But unfortunately, the wide variety of hair types and textures isn’t always evident in mainstream media or marketing. LaToya Stirrup, co-founder of Kazmaleje, shares how the company is trying to break the mold to be inclusive of all hair types,...

  • Rebound Jun 1

    When Dessert Gets Down to the Wire

    Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, a Black-owned dessert truck in the D.C. area, is on its way to expanding its dessert empire by opening its first brick and mortar store in Old Town Alexandria. After an electrical issue delayed his grand opening, the only thing stopping owner Brandon Byrd from realizing his dream is the sign-off from a city...

  • Rebound Jun 1

    The Year Without Photoshoots: Chicago Jeweler Forced to Get Creative with Pandemic Promotions

    Lingua Nigra largely depends on beautiful online publicity to display new and current pieces. Along with travel restrictions and travel fears, founder Alicia Goodwin found creative ways to keep her social media active and even bought an extra set of ears to help get the job done. After not being able to execute a photoshoot for new designs in...

  • Rebound May 27

    How a Miami-Based Hair Care Company is Changing the Self-Care Game

    Juggling motherhood, a hair care business, and the challenges that come along with being a “mompreneur” can be overwhelming — but Kazmaleje co-founder LaToya Stirrup finds a way to balance it all while still prioritizing self-care and mental health. With passion for Kazmaleje’s mission and support from family and friends, LaToya shares how she gets it all done.

  • Rebound May 25

    Building a Brand on Vanilla Custard

    Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, a Black-owned dessert truck in the D.C. area, created a loyal following by focusing on its signature flavor: vanilla custard. As cities begin to open back up from pandemic shutdowns, owner Brandon Byrd is hoping that loyalty follows his business to the new Goodies brick and mortar store.

  • Rebound May 24

    Once Reliant on Mail to Survive Pandemic, Jewelry Business Pivots Strategy

    Lingua Nigra founder Alicia Goodwin recounts last year’s delays with the U.S. Postal Service and explains how she manages sending out orders now. As more craft shows start to open, along with new mask guidelines in place, Goodwin decides to not rely on mail shipments as much. “That’s not a possibility for me,” Goodwin said.

  • Rebound May 21

    Getting to the Root: How a Hair Care Company Grew Through the Pandemic

    For Miami-based Kazmaleje, a business focused on creating hair tools for textured hair, the COVID-19 pandemic hit at an especially inopportune time. Owner LaToya Stirrup was committed to pushing through the challenges, however, and found ways to grow the business during the pandemic, thanks to the greater mission behind the business.

  • Rebound May 17

    A New Start During a Pandemic

    As the coronavirus pandemic collided with a surge in calls for racial equity over the summer, jewelry brand Lingua Nigra gained thousands of followers and new orders almost overnight after being included in many lists of Black-owned businesses to support. With a new increase in orders and a larger following, founder and artist Alicia Goodwin is trying to keep that...

  • Rebound May 12

    Goodies: Frozen Custard Centered on Community

    Goodies is coined as Washington D.C.’s first and only “vintage mobile eatery” that specializes in Wisconsin-style vanilla-bean frozen custard and other comfort treats. Goodies began as a food truck, and is in the process of opening its first storefront in 2021. Brandon Byrd, the owner, is aiming to build a brand centered on the community.

  • Rebound Mar 25

    Rebound: Small Business Roundtable

    NBC gave three business owners cameras to document COVID-19 life as small Black-owned businesses. One thread rang true for all – positivity. In the Rebound Season 2 after-show, two of the business owners get candid about how they fought to keep their businesses alive and rebounded from unforeseen challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Black owned businesses Feb 10

    TJ Douglas: 10 Questions With NBC10 Boston

    In the second installment a Black History edition of “10 Questions with NBC10 Boston” Kwani A. Lunis talks to TJ Douglas co-founder of the Urban Grape about his journey so far and his efforts to bring diversity to the wine industry

  • Boston Black Restaurant Challenge Feb 4

    Boston Black Restaurant Challenge: ZAZ in Hyde Park

    ZAZ Restaurant is a Hyde Park hot spot where the flavors are as bold as the passion behind the business. Chef and owner Olrie Robert’s says for him, it comes down to every detail.

  • Newburyport Sep 14, 2020

    For Black Business Owners on the North Shore, Perseverance Pays Off

    Tye Burrell was working as a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 2000 when her life changed forever. As she was doing rounds that day, she saw a patient who she knew to be at risk of falling and hurting himself trying to get out of bed. Instinctively, Burrell ran to break his fall, but he ended…

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