Taryn Powdrell, Ruben Harris, and Sydnee Sampson-Blackwell

Millennial Moguls: Young Black Entrepreneurs Making a Mark

Explore the journeys of young, Black entrepreneurs who are redefining success and innovation. Discover their stories and the empires they're building.


Feb. 20 2024, Published 11:46 a.m. ET

In the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, a vibrant cohort of young, visionary Black leaders is dynamically shaping the business landscape. These innovative minds, millennial moguls of sorts, are shifting focus and changing the tide through their unparalleled innovation, unwavering resilience, and resolute determination. This piece takes a look at the standout Black entrepreneurs, unveiling their journey through the intricate challenges of the business realm and their triumphant establishment of empires.

Beyond their accomplishments, these individuals personify tenacity, strategic brilliance, and a distinct brand of Black excellence that is not just noteworthy but profoundly inspiring. Learning from their experiences and following their leads can make it easier for a new generation of game-changers to make their mark on the Black entrepreneurial scene. DopeBlack.org noted in 2023 that "By supporting these businesses, we invest in the future of the Black community and contribute to the economic growth and stability of society as a whole. It fosters a sense of economic agency and self-sufficiency, empowering individuals to take charge of their financial well-being.

Furthermore, supporting Black-owned businesses reinforces the importance of economic inclusivity and diversity in business. It challenges industry norms and promotes a more equitable distribution of wealth and resources."

It is time to explore the compelling stories of these trailblazers, contributing to a narrative of transformative success and entrepreneurial brilliance. Join us as we delve into the inspiring narratives of these young, Black trailblazers.

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1. Meet Tayler Milburn

Owner and founder of Fringe Pilates in New York, Tayler used her healing experience with Pilates and movement-based workouts in her own life. Fringe Pilates offers a variety of fitness classes, including mat Pilates, reformer, and yoga. Her focus is mainly on helping those that identify as queer and/or BIPOC in movement spaces to find a safe and welcoming space.

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2. Meet KJ Miller

Co-founder and CEO of Mented Cosmetics (2017), KJ Miller wanted to fill in the beauty industry gaps that keep darker hues out. To reach this goal, she created pigMented products that are vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic, cruelty-free, and inclusive, showing that beauty can be guilt-free and safe for all. The popularity of her brand continues to remain strong today.

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3. Meet Mo & Michelle Mokone

Mo and Michelle Mokone, the Founders of Mo’s Crib, wanted to create a company that makes a difference by staying true to their South African roots. Mo’s Crib does this by creating high-end quality homeware and decorative pieces inspired by nature using ultra-sustainable materials. Blending creative styles with classic Black Culture inspirations sets them apart from the others in the marketplace.

4. Meet Ruben Harris

The founder of Career Karma, Ruben Harris, wanted to help students and alumna find job training programs in the easiest way possible online and through a mobile app. The Career Karma network has grown to over 150,000 members, and the application’s directory allows job seekers to sift through 9,000 boot camps, and trade schools, and discover training programs meant for professional success.

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5. Meet Courtney Blagrove and Zan B.R.

Sisters Courtney Blagrove and Zan B.R. founded Whipped Urban Dessert Lab, known for making ice cream using oat milk, a popular non-dairy delight, along with plant-free, vegan, and dairy-free ingredients. Starting as a market in Brooklyn, people would wait endlessly to try their signature soft-serve treats. Now, their online storefront has expanded their consumer base to reach even more fans.

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6. Meet Felton Kizer and Amanda Harth

Founders of Monday Coffee Company, Felton Kizer and Amanda Harth connect people one cup at a time with their vibrant brewed beans. From espresso drinks to cold brews, invigorating matcha, and soothing tea flavors, Monday Coffee Co. offers a variety of cups to their patrons. They put community front and center with their coffee club sessions where they explore the coffee culture and a lover of all things coffee.

7. Meet Jordan Walker

Jordan Walker pioneered a voice messaging app designed to reduce the need for calls or meetings called Yac (Yelling Across Cubicles). Originally a walkie-talkie, Yac has transformed into an audio-first, keyboard-free voice messaging application that is used in work settings to ensure that pertinent meeting details aren’t missed and time isn’t wasted.

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Support Young Black Entrepreneurs Today and Make a Positive Impact

Supporting Black entrepreneurs is a crucial step toward fostering economic equity and dismantling systemic barriers. By investing in Black-owned businesses, we contribute to the diversification of industries, ensuring representation and opportunities for the Black community. Empowering Black entrepreneurs not only stimulates economic growth but also promotes innovation, as diverse perspectives drive creativity and problem-solving.

When we support these ventures, it fosters job creation and community development, addressing longstanding disparities. It is a tangible way to challenge systemic inequalities, cultivating a more inclusive and thriving economy. Ultimately, backing Black entrepreneurs is an investment in equality, justice, and the collective prosperity of our society.

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