Norfolk, VA— On Sunday, August 5, the fourth installment of EmpoweringHER Brunch was held at the Courtyard by Marriot in downtown Norfolk at which time a proclamation was read marking the first weekend in August as EmpoweringHER Weekend. EmpoweringHER is a women’s empowerment brand for business and self-care. Its mission is to empower women to…

The organization is learning a thing or two about building relationships as it works to establish its programming arm in the Hampton Roads region. Blair  Durham, co-president of Black BRAND, Hampton Roads Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, recalls her initial meeting with Aleea Slappy of the City of Norfolk. “It just felt right,” Blair says…

As founder of the National Negro Business League, Booker T. Washington evidenced a commitment to the development, growth and sustainability of Black-owned businesses. That’s just one of the reasons Black BRAND, Hampton Roads Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, has committed itself to piloting a program that instills the principles of entrepreneurship at Booker T. Washington…

  When entrepreneurs throw the weight of their influence toward addressing social-ills, nothing short of magic happens. That is exactly what happens when Blair Durham decided to donate her birthday to local non-profit Clever Communities in Action, she knew it could happen but wasn’t sure how the community would respond. As Co-President of Black BRAND,…

Chris Harrison grew up in inner-city Trent, NJ. He attributes his academic success to his mother’s choice to enroll him in programs that stimulated his intellect and helped him developed professional skills and business contacts from an early age. He excelled academically, becoming class president his junior and senior years in high school. There he began…

When Donald Trump called Haiti a #$%#^$@! country, like many others, I was outraged, embarrassed and puzzled. I also realized how vastly ignorant #45 is on culture, community, and of course culinary offerings. With his bad cholesterol off the charts, his Neanderthal diet of baby animals grilled blood-ooozingly extra rare has obviously ruined his palate.…

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