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Black on Shelf

English, Finance, 2 seasons, 38 episodes, 1 day 15 hours 47 minutes
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The Black on Shelf podcast episodes will inspire and empower you as Tenaj chats with emerging Black and Brown founders who will share their compelling stories, as well as leading Black and Brown industry experts sharing insights on how to build your brand and get your business retail-ready.Tenaj will also feature a special solo series titled “The Check-out” to share reviews on new, trending, and interesting products that she discovers during her product hunting trips in-stores and online! The Black on Shelf podcast will also open up the floor to the Black on Shelf community to share their personal favorite Black and underrepresented product finds! We tend to go for products and services we can easily relate to...things created with us in mind. It is time to put an end to the struggle of finding these products. It is time to champion and uplift the true VIPs and get all things black and brown on the physical and digital retail shelves!
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EP 37: Psyche Terry, Urban Hydration - When Business Creates Global Impact

It is a beautiful thing to do life with your loved ones while impacting the world. In this episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with Psyche Terry, CEO and Founder of Urban Hydration, a Black and family-owned beauty brand. Thirteen years ago, Terry and her college sweetheart, now husband, Vontoba, decided to create a solution to address their struggles with dry skin and hair. Their solution was Urban Hydration, effective and affordable clean beauty products. Terry started off by selling her products in church parking lots, and today, Urban Hydration is sold in more than 30,000 retail stores.For Terry, Urban Hydration is more than a business, it is also an avenue to give back and one of Urban Hydration’s most significant milestones was building clean water drinking wells for communities in Kenya.This episode will equip you with the wisdom to live a full life while chasing your dreams. Tune in and discover how to leverage relati
31/08/202250 minutes 14 seconds
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EP. 36 Marx & Amber Succes, Côtier Brand - Bringing the Fun and Games to the Party

It is often said that failure is a crucial part of success, and my guests, Marx and Amber Succes, can definitely relate. This dynamic duo shares their story of launching Côtier, a party goods company. Their success story is far from a walk in the park. Through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, Marx & Amber have a lot to say about what it takes to walk the path to finding one’s niche and excelling at it. Marx and Amber started as college sweethearts and have blossomed into great business partners. Though their journey started in the corporate world, they’ve both always wanted to own something of their own. As their family grew, Amber decided that she needed a more flexible schedule and with Marx’s support, she waved goodbye to corporate America and started the entrepreneurship journey.For the full show notes, visit our website: https://www.blackonshelf.com/episodesStream Black on Shelf NOW o
17/08/20221 hour 29 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep 35: Renaldo Webb, PetPlate - A Fresh Perspective on Pet Food

A dog is a man’s best friend, and we see that sentiment reflected in how we invest in the care of our pets, from medical care and clothing to accessories and pet food. Today’s guest is Renaldo Webb, Founder and Chief Product Officer at PetPlate, a fresh-cooked dog food company. Today’s episode is filled with insights for anyone who is ready to make a difference in uncharted territory. Renaldo passionately shares how planning, research, mentorship, and collaboration are vital to scaling a successful business. For the full show notes, visit our website: https://www.blackonshelf.com/episodesStream Black on Shelf NOW on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcast, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeartmedia, and Pandora!About Renaldo Webb:Renaldo Webb is Founder and Chief Product Officer at PetPlate. Inspired by his dog Winston, Renaldo founded PetPlate after deciding that he did not want
10/08/20221 hour 9 minutes 48 seconds
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EP 34: Brittany Golden, IGL Nails - Press-on for the Culture

Today’s guest is Brittany Golden, and one word that describes her is &quot;survivor&quot;. She teaches us that even though life is full of curveballs, and tough times don’t discriminate, resilience will lead you to a state of thriving. That mindset took her through a healing process after a painful series of life experiences that ultimately led to the brilliant idea to start It’s a Golden Life aka IGL nails, a premium press-on nails brand. Enjoy today’s episode and learn how to turn pain points into success stories!For the full show notes, visit our website: https://www.blackonshelf.com/episodesStream Black on Shelf NOW on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcast, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeartmedia, and Pandora!To connect further with IGL Nails:Visit the IGL Nails website: https://iglnails.com/Follow IGL Nails on Instagram: <a href=
03/08/202253 minutes 22 seconds
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EP 33: Bianca Rush, Sassy Caps - Protecting Hair Versatility

Today’s episode is sure to keep you engaged! My guest Bianca Rush is a go-getter who knows what she wants and goes for it! Her parents were very instrumental in her financial goals, and they ensured that she understood the value of a dollar. By the fifth grade, she already had a financial goal she was determined to reach by a specific age.Sassy Hair Cap produces hair and length inclusive satin caps for all hair textures and lengths. In this episode, Bianca discusses vital information about getting your business trademarked, finding a manufacturer, and her goal to help one hundred women launch and scale their beauty business.For the full show notes, visit our website: https://www.blackonshelf.com/episodesStream Black on Shelf NOW on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcast, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeartmedia, and Pandora!To connect further with Sassy Hair Cap:Visit the Sass
27/07/202258 minutes 36 seconds
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EP 32: Chef Liz Rogers, Creamalicious - Flavor Inspired by Southern Culture

It is not unusual to hear a rallying call for individuality and the message that you have the freedom to become who you want to be. Fulfilling the dream of one’s parents is often frowned upon, but in Chef Chef Liz’s case, it has been one of the best decisions she’s ever made. Raised by a single mother who worked as a welder, Chef Liz described her mother as a hard worker, a strong woman who never gave up and a mother who sacrificed everything to take care of her children.And while her mother was busy working, Chef Liz had to step up to the plate to take care of her siblings, and her role included cooking. Her mother taught her how to cook savory dishes, and her grandmother taught her how to cook sweet dishes. Stepping up to the plate and learning from the matriarchs of her home laid a great foundation for who she is today and what she does. You’ll discover Chef Liz&apos;s story of resilience; her strength and passion are palpable. After being told that her dream
20/07/20221 hour 1 minute 44 seconds
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EP 31: Calvin Quallis, Scotch Porter- Finding Fulfillment in Entrepreneurship

 In this episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with Calvin Quallis, Founder and CEO of Scotch Porter, a men’s personal care brand. His journey to entrepreneurship can be traced back to his childhood working with his mom who owned a one-stop-shop featuring a beauty parlor, barber shop, and a beauty supply store. He credits the long hours spent doing chores in his mother’s shop as a foundation for what he currently does. After college, while working at a job he didn’t enjoy, he had the brilliant idea to start a one-of-a-kind barbershop. It was like deja vu! He remembered how customers would come into his mother’s shop and leave feeling better about themselves. Calvin recreated that experience through his barbershop by providing a community hub for men and creating products that met their personal care needs. This episode is loaded with wisdom that will inspire you to step out in faith and go for your dreams!For the full show notes, visit our website: <a
13/07/202258 minutes 29 seconds
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EP 30: Jasmin Foster, Be Rooted - Representation in Business

Life does not always go as we plan, but when you are walking on purpose, it will always make sense at the end of the day. For this episode, I chatted with Jasmin Foster, founder of Be Rooted, a stationery company creating a space for women of color to see themselves in places they are not usually represented. Jasmin&apos;s love for stationery started as a young girl and she remembers the thrills she felt at the sight of stationary and artwork. Amidst the pandemic and the social injustice movement of 2020, she took the bold step to launch her business without a logo. Instead, she focused on the product first and then worked on the branding later. Jasmin is the definition of courageous and highlighted throughout our conversation is how she boldly takes non-traditional routes. Jasmin’s story shows us that sacrifices surely do pay off; she has made many, leading to a thriving business that meets a need in the marketplace. In today’s episode, you wi
06/07/20221 hour 13 minutes 25 seconds
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EP 29: Brianna Arps, Moodeaux- Pioneering Clean Luxury Fragrance

Failure is never the end. You can turn losses into wins.In today&apos;s episode, I chatted with Brianna Arps, Founder of MOODEAUX, a clean luxury fragrance label that combines scent and skincare. After being unexpectedly laid off from her dream job as a journalist, Brianna was depressed. Life as she knew it took a drastic turn, and she turned to a daily self-care routine of applying fragrance to uplift her and ease her stress.During her routine, she realized that putting on perfume always made her feel better. The simple whiff of a familiar fragrance served as a friendly reminder that she was still worthy! Brianna’s discovery led her to research the connection between scents, memory, and emotions. From her research, she noticed two gaps: there weren’t many Black founders in the fragrance industry, and there was limited information about the connection between scent and its impact on emotions. This episode will inspire you! You will learn about
29/06/202255 minutes 32 seconds
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EP 28: Akua Netty, Berry Bissap- Starting to Scaling in Beverage

Starting small is not a crime! In today’s episode, I chatted with Akua Kyerematen Nettey, Founder and CEO of Berry Bissap, a company producing all-natural West African spiced hibiscus drinks. Akua’s story is one for the books. Simply put, starting small is not a crime! Born in Oklahoma City to Ghanaian immigrants, Akua grew up cooking Ghanaian meals with her mother and the meals were often accompanied by a refreshing glass of bissap. A drink that not only tastes good but is also good for you because it is rich in antioxidants. The desire to share the goodness of bissap, bring African representation to the shelves and create generational wealth, which Akua describes as the freedom to live the life of your dreams, gave birth to the idea for Berry Bissap. For the full show notes, visit our website: https://www.blackonshelf.com/episodesStream Black on Shelf NOW on Apple Podcast, Spoti
22/06/20221 hour 10 minutes 58 seconds
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EP 27: Jayne Allen, Black Girls Must Die Exhausted - Navigating No

Don’t take no for an answer! Bridge the gap between your dreams and your reality.In today’s episode, I chatted with Jayne Allen, a writer, serial entrepreneur, and Harvard-trained attorney. I am almost certain that you may be wondering how one person could do and be so much! During our amazing chat, she shared her unconventional path to bringing her dreams to life.Jayne is a go-getter who does not accept “no” once she catches a glimpse of her vision. For Jayne as an entrepreneur, getting a “no” is part of the journey. Her unique journey from being an attorney to becoming a writer is proof that nothing is impossible if you keep going until the “nos” transforms to resounding yeses!For the full show notes, visit our website: https://www.blackonshelf.com/episodesStream Black on Shelf NOW on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcast, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeartmedia and Pandor
15/06/20221 hour 7 minutes 28 seconds
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EP 26: Wendy & Eugenia, ConditionHER - Inspiration From a Personal Pain - Point

Who would have ever thought a night out with friends could inspire a revolutionary intimate skincare brand?In today’s episode, I chatted with Wendy Rose Berry, CEO and Co-founder of ConditionHER, and Eugenia Marshall, COO and Co-founder of ConditionHER, an intimate skincare brand that features a natural moisturizing cream that reduces ingrown hairs and chafing irritation, soothes razor burns, and treats vulvar dryness.Wendy and Eugenia are a dynamic duo who shows us how you can work with your best friend, and thrive as professional working women while wearing many hats. This episode will have you laughing while educating you on intimate skincare, business building and making boss moves while working in corporate America.For the full show notes, visit our website: https://www.blackonshelf.com/episodesStream Black on Shelf NOW on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcast, Amaz
08/06/20221 hour 10 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep 25: Barbara Jacques, JACQ'S Clean skincare- Journey to Sustainable & Self-funded

On today’s episode, I chatted with Barbara Jacques, Founder and Creative Director of JACQ&apos;S, a vegan and clean beauty skincare line for women of color. Barbara shared how her childhood, past experiences, and a health diagnosis propelled her into founding JACQ&apos;S. Her journey to a sustainable and self-funded brand is genuinely inspirational. Through the ups and downs of each phase of the brand, Barbara has kept her eyes on the prize - creating clean products for women of color.Barbara shares her experiences building a sustainable and self-funded brand and her wisdom for turning losses into life lessons. From creating products in her kitchen to becoming one of the first Haitian brands on Target shelves, you are guaranteed to learn a thing or two.For the full show notes, visit our website: https://www.blackonshelf.com/episodesStream Black on Shelf NOW on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube, Google
01/06/20221 hour 26 minutes 5 seconds
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Ep 24: Jory Luster & Resa Luster, Luster Products, Inc - Evolving With Shifting Times

Building a multi-generational business takes intentionality and an unrelenting vision. In today’s episode, I chatted with Jory Luster, President and CEO of Luster Products, Inc., the world’s leading African-American-owned manufacturer of premium personal care products and Resa Luster, Senior Brand Manager of Luster’s Pink. If you’ve been around for the last sixty-five years, I am almost certain that you’ve heard of Luster’s Pink Lotion! It was a staple hair product for me while growing up in the Bahamas. It is amazing that they have lasted for three generations! Sixty-five years later and still going strong. Luster Products, Inc is a prime example that family and business can mix as long as respect and business goal alignment exist. For the full show notes, visit our website: https://www.blackonshelf.com/episodesStream Black on Shelf NOW on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube, Google
25/05/20221 hour 16 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep 23: Hannah Diop, Sienna Naturals - Creating Clean High-Performance Hair Care

Growing up in a community where textured hair is misunderstood and labeled difficult to tame is an experience many textured hair women can relate to. In today’s episode, I chatted with Hannah Diop, Founder, and CEO of Sienna Naturals, a clean, planet-based textured haircare brand. Hannah’s story is quite intriguing, and we chatted about how her hair care journey led her to create a solution for the challenges many textured hair women experience.In today’s episode, I chatted with Hannah Diop, founder, and CEO of Sienna Naturals, a clean, planet-based textured haircare brand. Hannah’s story is quite intriguing, and we chatted about how her hair care journey led her to create a solution for the challenges many people who have textured hair experience. I call Hannah and her brand sleeping giants because she has been in business for about nine years and still going strong. She is the prime example of a forerunner. She dared to be different and brought her vision of re
18/05/202249 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep 22: Ibraheem Basir, A Dozen Cousins - The Business of Taste, Health, and Culture

Our childhood experiences have major influences on our present and future, and although some of our childhood experiences were not pleasant, we can always chart a new course by learning from the past and shooting for the stars aiming for greater days ahead.  Our guest’s on this episode is Ibraheem Basir, founder of A Dozen’s Cousins, a brand bringing you yummy, good for you, and soulfully seasoned beans, bone broth rice, and seasoning sauces all while retaining authenticity Ibraheem and I chatted about the role of food in his big family while growing up. He has nine siblings and a good meal was their way of showing love and celebrating milestones. Nothing beats a good home-cooked meal bursting with authentic flavor. Ibraheem Basir combined inspiration from his upbringing and knowledge from work experience in corporate America to found A Dozen Cousins.For the full show notes, visit our website: https://www.
11/05/202250 minutes 34 seconds
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Ep 21: Nyakio Greico, Nyakio Beauty & Thirteen Lune- Building Inclusive Beauty Brands

Nyakio Greico, is a serial beauty Entrepreneur, Founder of Nyakio Beauty  and Thirteen Lune. In this episode, Nyakio and I talked about her resilient twenty-year journey in the beauty industry, and how she is not afraid of making mistakes, because pitfalls and blunders are essential for growth and can inspire creativity.For the full show notes, visit our website: https://www.blackonshelf.com/episodesStream Black on Shelf NOW on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcast, Amazon Music, Stitcher, and Pandora!To connect further with Nyakio Grecio and her Brands:Visit Nyakio Beauty websites: https://www.nyakio.com/us/en Visit Thirteen Lune website:  https://thirteenlune.comFollow Nyakio Grieco on Instagram: <a href='https://www.instagram.com/nyakio/?hl=e
04/05/202244 minutes 59 seconds