The 16 Best Acne Serums Dermatologists Actually Recommend

Dermatologist’s Favorite

Glow Recipe Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Acid Serum

Dermatologist’s Favorite

Glow Recipe Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Acid Serum

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  • Reduces oil
  • Evens out skin texture
  • Provides exfoliation

    Garshick’s pick is one that contains known acne-fighting heavy hitters such as salicylic acid, mandelic acid, and azelaic acid to gently exfoliate skin and keep pores clear. She adds that the strawberry helps reduce oil and even tone to help brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of visible pores.

    Dermatologist’s Favorite

    La Roche Posay Effaclar Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment

    Dermatologist’s Favorite

    La Roche Posay Effaclar Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment

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    • Treats hyperpigmentation
    • Clarifies skin
    • Boost skin’s natural radiance

      Engelman loves this acne serum because it clarifies skin, addresses fine lines and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and prevents future breakouts. It contains salicylic acid mixed with glycolic acid and micro-exfoliating lipids, plus niacinamide and La Roche-Posay’s signature thermal water to soothe any irritation.

      Best for Blackheads

      Neutrogena Stubborn Blackheads Daily Acne Facial Serum

      Best for Blackheads

      Neutrogena Stubborn Blackheads Daily Acne Facial Serum

      Now 31% Off

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      • Under $20
      • Lightweight
      • Keeps pores clear

        The key to treating those pesky blackheads starts with this acne serum. It contains salicylic acid to clear clogged pores while the glycolic and mandelic acid provide the exfoliation needed to remove debris and dead skin cells. As an added bonus, it’s oil-free and super lightweight.

        Pro-tip: Garshick recommends using it one to two times daily to keep those blackheads at bay.

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        Dermatologist’s Favorite

        Glo Skin Beta-Clarity BHA Drops

        Dermatologist’s Favorite

        Glo Skin Beta-Clarity BHA Drops

        • Also brightens and smooth skin texture
        • Contains retinol

          Engelman says this is an excellent serum to add to your routine regardless of skin type, but it especially helps those with oil and acne-prone skin keep their complexion clear. It blends salicylic acid, retinol, niacinamide, glycolic acid and witch hazel to clarify, smooth, firm, and brighten.

          Best for Face and Body

          DRMTLGY 24 Hour Acne Serum

          Best for Face and Body

          DRMTLGY 24 Hour Acne Serum

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          • Can be used for both face and body
          • Exfoliates
          • Reduces inflammation

            Garshick loves this serum because it can be used for both the face and the body (yes, bacne be damned). It contains benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid reduce inflammation and provide any needed exfoliation.

            Dermatologist’s Favorite

            iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance+

            Dermatologist’s Favorite

            iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance+

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            • Antioxidant properties to protect skin from environmental agressors
            • Clarifies skin

            Another powerhouse serum that does it all, Engelman recommends using this to keep skin looking smooth and clear. It is made with vitamin A, C, and E to protect skin from environmental aggressors, and olive leaf to reduce inflammation.

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            Best for Sensitive Skin

            Tower 28 Beauty SOS Intensive Redness Relief Serum

            Best for Sensitive Skin

            Tower 28 Beauty SOS Intensive Redness Relief Serum

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            • Gentle enough to use for the most sensitve skin
            • Soothes irritation and inflammation
            • Reduces redness

              If you have both sensitive and oily skin, then Garshick says this is your new go-to acne serum. It contains hypochlorous acid to soothe any redness, inflammation, or irritation caused by acne (or just in general too).

              Dermatologist’s Favorite

              SkinCeuticals SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense

              Dermatologist’s Favorite

              SkinCeuticals SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense

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              • Controls excess oil production
              • Clears pores
              • Minimizes appearance of fine lines
              • Over $90
              • Can be too strong for senstive skin

              This is a splurge that Garshick says is worth every penny. It mixes salicylic acid to control excess oil production and keep pores clear. It also has dioic acid and LHA to reduce excess sebum and decongest pores. Plus, you get the added bonus of glycolic and citric acid that smooth and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

              Drugstore Deal

              CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum

              Drugstore Deal

              CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum

              Now 31% Off

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              • Unclogs pores
              • Strengthens skin barrier

                For your post-acne needs, Garshick loves this drugstore acne serum. It contains retinol to declog pores and smooth out your skin texture, but it also contains licorice root and niacinamide to brighten any post-acne marks, and ceramides to calm the skin and strengthen its barrier.

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                Nearly Persciption Strength

                Skinbetter AlphaRet Clearing Serum

                Nearly Persciption Strength

                Skinbetter AlphaRet Clearing Serum

                Credit: Skinbetter
                • Clears acne and evens out skin texture
                • Reduces inflammation and calms skin

                  According to Garshick, this serum helps treat blemishes and treats any post-acne skin concerns. It contains a patented retinoid technology (AlphaRet) with salicylic acid to clear blackheads and pores while also smoothing uneven texture. And thanks to the blend of antioxidants and peptides, it helps reduce inflammation and support the skin’s natural healing process so that those pesky acne marks won’t be as visible.

                  Under $13

                  The INKEY List Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum

                  Under $13

                  The INKEY List Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum

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                  • Wallet-friendly
                  • Effectively keeps pores clear
                  • Contains zinc

                    If you’re dealing with major congestion on your chin, nose, or wherever, this will help clear it all. It contains salicylic acid to gently exfoliate the skin and unclog pores while zinc helps control excess oil. To combat any dryness, it also hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump skin. And at less than $13, it’s a steal.

                    Editors’ Favorite

                    Renee Rouleau Post-Breakout Fading Gel

                    Editors’ Favorite

                    Renee Rouleau Post-Breakout Fading Gel

                    Credit: Renee Rouleau
                    • Gets rid of dark spots fast

                      For when your deepest breakouts leave behind a mark, turn to this fading gel beloved by Bazaar‘s editors. It contains lactic and glycolic acid to exfoliate and brighten dark spots and has antioxidants to soothe skin.

                      One satisfied customer writes: “I’m a fan of this product. Breakouts are so frustrating because it can take the skin so long to heal once the blemish is gone. This product accelerates that healing / fading process. Be sure to wait until the pimple has popped and there’s no more scab before you start using. You just need a little bit of the product.” — Kristin

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                      Amazon’s Choice

                      Paula’s Choice CLINICAL 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment

                      Amazon’s Choice

                      Paula’s Choice CLINICAL 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment

                      • Contains retinol
                      • Also firms skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines

                        This is an all-time retinol fave. The powerhouse ingredient gets a boost from bakuchiol to exfoliate away dead skin cells, keeping pores clear and to help control excess oil. It also has peptides to firm skin, so you’re just adding anti-aging benefits which is always a welcome bonus.

                        Under $10

                        The Ordinary The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

                        Under $10

                        The Ordinary The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

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                        • Clears up the most stubborn acne
                        • Can be drying
                        • Not for sensitive skin

                        Can a product be both effective and wallet-friendly? With this acne serum, absolutely. Its star ingredient is non other than salicylic acid, which works to clear congestion, exfoliate skin, and smooth texture. Reviews rave how instant you’ll see results and all for less than $7. Sign us up ASAP.

                        One satisfied customer writes: “Cleared up my acne and blackheads almost immediately!!! Absolute must-have in my skincare routine now. My skin feels completely different now, way brighter and smoother than before. Salicylic acid always does wonders.” — rgoertz

                        Great for Melanated Skin

                        Hyper Hyper Even Brightening Dark Spot Vitamin C Serum

                        Great for Melanated Skin

                        Hyper Hyper Even Brightening Dark Spot Vitamin C Serum

                        Credit: Hyper!
                        • Treats acne and prevents future breakouts
                        • Helps brighten complexion

                          If the goal is to get the most radiant complexion when dealing with post-acne spots, this has to be part of your regimen. It is made with vitamin C and E and kojic acid to brighten acne scars and any forms of sun damage. Plus, it is made with salicylic acid and tumeric to treat breakouts and prevent future ones from forming.

                          One satisfied customer writes: “My skin is very sensitive to many products. During the pandemic, I wore face masks 7 days a week. The masks irritated my skin which led to acne and acne “scarring,” in addition to hyperpigmentation. I read online about about Hyper being a black owned business and wanted to support it. I have been using the serum for thirteen months now and it has Read more about review stating Love Hyper!!cleared up my dark spots/scarring. I am from the West Indies so I needed a product that would cater to my skin, and my hyperpigmentation. I follow the suggested regime, using a face scrub once a week, moisturizer and Hyper. I am thoroughly pleased with it!” — Francesca B.

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                          How do you use an acne serum?

                          Engelman says that if you are not experiencing an active breakout but have oily, acne-prone skin, you may benefit from using certain acne serums regularly during your skincare routine; just make sure that they are not too drying or irritating. But she encourages you to talk to your dermatologist about which ingredients and products are best for your specific skin.

                          What ingredients should one look for in an acne serum?

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                          Garshick lists salicylic acid as one of the main ingredients to look for in a good acne serum. “Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that is able to penetrate deep into the skin to unclog pores, regulate sebum (oil) production, and exfoliate the skin, all of which help treat acne and aid in maintaining a clearer complexion,” she explains.

                          Other ingredients to look for, she says, include retinol and niacinamide to exfoliate skin and reduce inflammation.

                          Can you use both an acne serum and a spot treatment at the same time?

                          Engelman says yes, you can use both an acne serum and an acne spot treatment together. “I recommend [doing] this if you are experiencing an active breakout,” she says. She recommends first applying the acne serum to clean, dry skin, and then tapping a spot treatment onto any active pimples.

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                          What else should someone consider in an acne serum?

                          “Choose an acne serum with high-quality ingredients, no added fragrances or harsh chemicals, and a balanced formula that will not overly dry or irritate the skin,” says Engelman. “Treating acne can be a tricky balancing act, as some of the best acne-fighting ingredients tend to be harsh on skin; the goal is to find a happy medium of reducing acne without drying out or irritating the skin barrier.”

                          Audrey Noble

                          Beauty Contributor

                          Audrey Noble is a freelance writer and reporter. She writes celebrity profiles and does deep-dive features about the ways race, gender, sexuality, and other forms of identity impact society via the beauty industry. Her previous work experience includes editorial positions at Vanity Fair, Refinery29, and Allure. Her writing can also be seen in Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR, Bustle, HelloGiggles, and more. You can keep up with her on Twitter.


                          Chile, They Said Dana Chanel Was Out Here Robbing People Blind — And Then She Got Sued

                          Chile, They Said Dana Chanel Was out Here Robbing People Blind — and Then She Got Sued

                          Christian influencer Dana Chanel is at the center of a scandal after she was sued. She has to pay $84,000 in restitution for scamming customers!

                          The gist:

                          • Dana Chanel is a Christian influencer who was accused of scamming her customers out of millions.
                          • Others — including Dana’s sister, Cassandra, and her husband, Prince Donnell were in on it, too.
                          • The State of Pennslyvania filed a lawsuit against Dana and she was ordered to pay restitution.

                          As you scroll your timeline on your preferred social media app, keep in mind that not everything you see on the internet is as it seems.

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                          Accused scammer and self-proclaimed millionaire mentor Ashley Grayson was one of them.

                          Before she was hit with RICO charges, Ashley offered online courses and mentoring. She had social media in a chokehold up until customers came forward with complaints. And she isn’t the only social media star who has been accused of scamming customers. Case in point: Dana Chanel.

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                          Alleged scammer Dana Chanel’s legal scandal explained.

                          Best known for her Sprinkle of Jesus app, Christian influencer Dana Chanel (born Casey Olivera) rose to fame by preaching the gospel to the God-fearing girlies on social media. And she made a lot of money doing it.

                          Along with a credit repair business, Defendant Credit Exterminators, Inc., Dana also had a mobile app-building business called Alakazam. Customers complained that they had paid an upfront fee — not to mention were making monthly payments — to Dana despite being ghosted by the business owner.

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                          Prince Donnell, Dana’s husband, has also been accused of scamming customers with his tax business.

                          This is where Dana Chanel’s husband, Prince Donnell comes in. He and his mom started a credit repair business — Jumping Jack Taxes. But customers said that they never got what they paid for.

                          People were skeptical of Dana long before now and a lawsuit brought by the Pennslyvania Attorney General proved their suspicions to be true. In fact, it’s been proven that sis was out here robbing people blind for years.

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                          Rumor has it — Cassandra April Olivera, Dana Chanel’s sister, was in on the whole thing, too.

                          Apparently, Dana’s scheme was a family affair because her dad, Nakia Rattray, and her sister, Cassaundra April Olivera — both of whom own stake in her businesses — were also named in the suit. You see, Dana and her fam didn’t go for the small con. Nope! They were in the big leagues — that was until 2021 when they got sued by the State.

                          In September of 2023, their victims finally got justice as Dana was forced to settle.

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                          Dana Chanel settled her case and has to pay $87,000 in restitution.

                          A press release from the Pennslyvania Attorney General’s office reports that the influencer will have to pay more than $87,000 in damages to her victims and another $50,000 if she comes up with the money late.

                          “Advertising in today’s world has changed, and people trust personalities they follow online to promote desirable goods,” Attorney General Michelle Henry said in a statement.

                          “In these cases, consumers were misled by the influencer and businesses that did not deliver on purchases,” she added. “My office has taken a hard stance against potential harm inflicted on Pennsylvanians online.”

                          As of this writing, Dana has yet to comment on the controversy, but social media has a whole lot to say about it … In hindsight, she got off really easy.


                          A Time To Support: A Look At The Black-Owned Companies Trading On The Stock Market

                          By Gene Lambey,
                          Special to the AFRO

                          Black-owned companies are getting more shine than ever in the business industry. Many Black business owners are innovators, creating their own unique niche in the market. While Black entrepreneurship is on the rise, there are still too few Black-owned businesses “going public.” That is the term used when “a company undertakes its initial public offer or IPO, by selling shares of stock to the public, usually to raise additional capital,” according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

                          A significant amount of capital is required for Black owned businesses to be publicly traded.

                          Capital by definition is any type of asset that can be used to create more value, including liquid assets like cash, as well as tangible and intangible assets.

                          In a data study from November 2022 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that “140, 918 Black or African-American owned businesses had $141.1 billion in annual receipts with 1.3 million employees, and about $42.2 billion in annual payroll. About 27.5 percent or 38,819 of these businesses were in the health care and social assistance sector.”

                          In comparison to other minority groups, Black-owned businesses are ranked third in the job market, while Asian-owned businesses are ranked first and Hispanic-owned businesses are ranked second.

                          Research done by Investopedia shows that Black-owned businesses are “frequently found in industries with lower earning potential, including beauty salons, childcare, home healthcare services, janitorial services and barbershops.”

                          The Black-owned companies RLJ Lodging Trust, Urban One, Broadway Financial Corp., Carver Bancorp, Axsome Therapeutics and Citizens Bancshares Corporation have gone public and people are able to buy stocks from them.

                          Robert L. Johnson founded of RJL Trust in 2011. The company has gone public and people can purchase shares of the company under the stock exchange listing, (RLJ). (Photo courtesy of RLJ Lodging Trust)

                          RLJ Lodging Trust was founded by Robert L. Johnson and Thomas J. Baltimore Jr. in 2000 and went fully public in 2011. The Black-owned real estate investment trust which works with several hotels across the United States. RLJ’s hotels include the Marriott-owned Residence Inn and Courtyard. This also includes Hilton-owned hotels such as Homewood Suites, Embassy Suites, and separate hotels like Wyndham, Hyatt Place and Hilton Garden Inn.

                          RLJ Lodging Trust has made an estimated $49.7 billion in total assets as of September 2022. According to MarketWatch, buying a share from RLJ Lodging Trust costs as much as $10.05 on the stock market.

                          Urban One is a Black-owned radio and broadcasting company. The company owns TV One, Radio One, Reach Media, One Digital, One Solution and Cleo TV.

                          Cathy Hughes is the first African-American woman to lead a publicly traded media company on the U.S. Stock Exchange. Hughes’ company, Urban One, can be found on the stock exchange as (UONE). (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

                          Urban One, the Black-owned radio and broadcasting company, was founded by Cathy Hughes with the original name Almic Broadcasting. Under Almic Broadcasting, Hughes had only one station, which was in Washington, D.C., called WOL-AM. Hughes has led this company for over 40 years. After selling stocks during the 1990s, Cathy Hughes became the first Black woman to lead and trade stocks with a media company in the stock market.

                          In June 2023, in an earnings report, Urban One made a profit of $484.6 million from December 2022 to June 2023. The net income was $37.33 million . According to the NASDAQ, buying a share from Urban One costs around $5.49 on the stock market, however it may fluctuate.

                          Broadway Financial Corp. is the holding company for First City Bank.

                          Founded by Los Angeles civic leaders H.A. Howard and Dr. H. Claude Hudson in 1946, Broadway Financial Corp made $1.17 billion in total assets as of September 2022. In total revenue, it has made $25.61 million. According to CNBC, buying a share from Broadway Financial Corp costs roughly $0.90 on the stock market, however it may fluctuate.

                          Brian Argrett was unanimously selected to serve as the president and CEO of Broadway Financial Corps since April 1. The company runs City First Bank, which is listed as (BYFC) on the U.S. Stock Exchange. (Photo courtesy of City First Bank)

                          Carver Bancorp is a Black-owned bank holding company founded in 1948 by a group of Black community leaders and small business owners in New York. The main mission of Carver Bancorp is to help finance businesses, increase wealth and maintain assets where their consumers thrive. It is the holding company for the Carver Federal Saving Bank.

                          Micheal T. Pugh is CEO of Carver Bankcorp, founded in New York City by a group of community leaders. The U.S. Stock Exchange lists his business as (CARV). (Photo courtesy of LinkedIn)

                          Carver Bancorp has made $755.72 million in total assets as of September 2022. In total revenue, it has made $13.10 million. According to CNBC, buying a share from Carver Bancorp costs approximately $2.63 on the stock market, however it may change.

                          In 2012, Dr. Herriot Tabuteau founded Axsome Therapeutics as a Black-owned biopharmaceutical firm that studies nervous system disorders and diagnoses, including migraines, narcolepsy, fibromyalgia, major depressive disorder (MDD) and Alzhiemer’s disease complications.

                          Eleven years ago, Dr. Herriot Tabuteau opened a Black-owned biopharmaceutical firm that studies nervous system disorders and diagnoses. The business is listed as (AXSM) on the stock exchange. (Photo courtesy of

                          As of September 2022, Axsome Therapeutics has made $338.96 million in total assets. According to NASDAQ, buying a share from Axsome Therapeutics costs approximately $81.69 on the stock market, however the price may change.

                          Citizens Bancshares Corporation is a Black-owned bank holding company. It is the bank holding company for Citizens Trust Bank and Citizens Trust Bank Services. This business continues to operate, providing commercial banking services to individuals, small businesses and corporate partners.

                          Citizens Bancshares Corporation is one of the oldest Black-owned businesses, operating since 1921, located in Atlanta, Ga. It was founded by a group of Black businessmen known as the “Fervent Five” under the leadership of Heman Perry.

                          Cynthia Day joined Citizens Trust Bank in 2003 and served as executive vice president before ascending to the position of president and chief executive officer. The bank holding company for Citizens Trust Bank is Citizens Bancshares Corporation, which is on the stock exchange as (CZBS). (Photo courtesy of Citizens Trust Bank)

                          Citizens Bancshares Corporation has made $164.67 million in total revenue. According to Bloomberg, buying shares from Citizens Bancshares Corporation costs around $37.90 on the stock market, however the price may change.

                          These successful Black-owned companies are just a sample of the many other Black-owned businesses in the United States. The percentage of Black-owned businesses in the market has dropped slightly over the past three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, they are slowly on the rise due to recent initiatives to promote diversity among business owners.

                          Black-owned businesses tend to have problems with receiving bank loans to start out their businesses. This is especially true for start-up Black entrepreneurs who are also looking for bank loans to start. Interest rates on business loans, bank branch density, local banking concentration in the residential mortgage market, and the growth of local businesses are markedly different in majority Black neighborhoods according to Brookings.

                          There are other challenges Black entrepreneurs continue to face such as limited access to startup capital, less connections to investors, and operating in lower revenue industries.

                          In order for Black-owned businesses to continue thriving, the Black community should work to invest in these businesses. Shopping, sharing and writing reviews, recommending businesses and supporting Black-owned banks are a few of the several ways to invest and support in Black-owned businesses.


                          African American Chamber Of Commerce To Celebrate 30 Years Of Business Advocacy In Black Communities

                          Regina Hairston. Photo credit African American Chamber of Commerce

                          PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The region’s African American Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to celebrate 30 years of dedicated advocacy for economic empowerment in the tri-state’s Black communities.

                          The African American Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1993 in response to a legal challenge by the contractors association, claiming African American firms were not getting city contracts. President and CEO Regina Hairston says an executive order recently signed into law by Gov. Josh Shapiro breaks down some of those barriers.

                          “And it is the African American Chamber of Commerce voice that is leading advocacy to make sure that getting contracts in this region in the city, and the ease of doing business is always conducive to Black firms,” she said.

                          Black owned businesses in the region have grown in quantity through the years, but not in revenue or size.

                          In Philadelphia, prior to COVID-19, there were about 1.8 Black businesses per 1,000 residents, with Black residents representing 44% of the population.

                          “What we don’t see is the businesses that are not represented in that number because they don’t have employees,” Hairston said. “So that’s the SBA size standards of what a small business is. When we look at how many businesses that are actually out there, it’s more of 27% of the businesses in Philadelphia.”

                          Hairston says the goal of the chamber is to not only advance business ownership, but to grow current businesses.

                          Hairston says they plan to grow their programs, like the Invest in Black Philly initiative, which was inspired from the Tulsa Race massacre where dozens of Black owned businesses were destroyed in Oklahoma in 1921, snatching away any chance at generational wealth for those families.

                          “And so we knew that we had to have an initiative that puts a focus on supporting Black businesses, making sure that the Black dollar circulates more than six hours within our communities, which it currently does, and so that means we wanted to be intentional about where our dollars go,” she explained.

                          She says the chamber will continue to help Black businesses thrive in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

                          The chamber will commemorate their 30th anniversary at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 20.

                          Featured Image Photo Credit: African American Chamber of Commerce



                          Target is slammed for selling ‘inappropriate’ ‘Ghetto Gastro’ breakfast food range – but its founders say critics are ‘missing the point’ – and they’re using ‘food as a weapon to make an impact our on community’

                          • Social media users rounded on Target when it said it was selling ‘Ghetto Gastro’
                          • The firm, founded in 2012, brands itself as ‘Food for freedom. Fuel for Thought’
                          • Some took issue with use of the word ‘ghetto’ and the ‘black power’ messaging

                          By Stephen M. Lepore For Dailymail.Com


                          Target has been slammed for selling a woke and ‘inappropriate’ food brand – while its founders say critics are missing the point.

                          Social media users rounded on the store after it announced last month it would start stocking Ghetto Gastro products.

                          The New York City brand, founded by Bronx natives Jon Gray, Lester Walker and Pierre Serrao in 2012, markets itself as ‘Food for freedom. Fuel for Thought.’

                          But some took issue with its use of the word ‘ghetto’ and the ‘black power’ messaging plastered on its packaging.

                          It is not the first time Target has been criticized this year, having been attacked for selling ‘tuck-friendly’ women’s bathing suits in July.

                          Social media users were expressing outrage and confusion over a brand of breakfast food sold by a company called Ghetto Gastro, which according to its founders, aims to ‘use food as a weapon to make an impact on our community’

                          The brand was founded by Bronx natives Jon Gray, Lester Walker and Pierre Serrao in 2012 and advertises itself as ‘Food for freedom. Fuel for Thought’

                          ‘Target seems to have lost their damn minds,’ wrote one Twitter user, upon seeing a photo of their products at one location.

                          ‘Yeah I’m sorry, it’s a no from me. ‘Ghetto Gastro’ is a repulsive name for a product on various different levels,’ wrote another.

                          One Twitter account compared it to Target’s previous backlash for selling rainbow-themed apparel: ‘When the marketing department decides Pride displays are passé.’

                          ‘I can’t. Get your sh*t together, Target!!!’ added another.

                          Not everyone was negative, with one Twitter user angry that the brand’s intention was getting lost in translation.

                          ‘In this thread: white people being offended on the behalf of Black people that Target is stocking products from a Black owned business.

                          ‘One that, after perusing their site, I can’t wait to order from once products like the macha pancake mix are back in stock.’

                          Another simply wanted to know the most important question involving food, asking: ‘But is it good?’ 

                          A user who goes by the name ‘Tribe’ on Twitter put the brand’s toaster pastries side-by-side with generic Pop Tarts and came away disappointed.

                          ‘Those new pop tarts with all the race card marketing at Target are not only double the price for half the amount… they’re also more calories.’

                          Recently, a stir was caused on social media when Twitter users began noticing the company’s partnership with Target. Some found the name controversial, while others insisted it was no big deal

                          The creators explained in a Target press release the name was meant ‘to take the idea of where we’re from to create something special and reinvent the vernacular.’

                          They claim ‘ghetto’ implies ‘resilience, innovation and creativity – it means home and the ‘gastro’ signifies our intention to revolutionize your palate in thoughtful ways.’

                          The group has released a Ghetto Gastro cookbook called ‘Black Power Kitchen,’ which came out to critical acclaim and mentions in the likes of Vogue in 2022.

                          According to their website, the aim is to ‘use ancestral ingredients’ and ‘use food as a weapon to make an impact in our community.’

                          ‘We want to provide more nutritional benefits to communities like ours that have been neglected or systemically engineered to have bad food,’ co-founder Jon Gray told The Root.

                          ‘We want to create content that penetrates the psyche, that shows people what’s good for them without being preachy.’

                          In June, Target got caught in the wave of protests against corporate support of political causes when they caught backlash for selling pride merchandise.

                          In June, Target got caught in the wave of protests against corporate support of political causes when they caught backlash for selling pride merchandise

                          Target lost $14billion in market value since it was revealed that the chain was selling ‘tuck-friendly’ women’s bathing suits.

                          It comes as Stephen Miller’s America First Legal is demanding Target turn over all corporate books and records detailing its promotion of LGBTQ products and its decline in market value.

                          In response, over 200 LGBTQ groups demanded Target restock its controversial Pride merchandise and take a stand against ‘extremists’ within 24 hours.

                          The Human Rights Campaign, along with GLAAD and the controversial GLSEN released a statement Monday, asking the retail giant and other businesses, including Bud Light brewer Anheuser-Bush, to ‘reject and speak out against anti-LGBTQ+ extremism going into Pride Month.

                          Target is slammed for selling ‘inappropriate’ ‘Ghetto Gastro’ breakfast food range – but its founders say critics are ‘missing the point’ – and they’re using ‘food as a weapon to make an impact our on community’


                          Muncie Small Business Owner Says His Car And House Were Hit By Gunfire

                          MUNCIE— On Tuesday afternoon, Schaivon is surveying the damage done to his van.

                          “Just a quick count from the front you’ve got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 shots straight through the hood,” said Nevings.


                          Nevings says on Friday, a shootout happened in front of his home on Jefferson St. in Muncie.

                          Schaivon Nevings

                          According to the Muncie Police Department, they were called to the area of 5th and Jefferson after reports of shots fired around 8:20 pm.

                          The initial calls to the dispatch were a woman had been shot, but officers didn’t locate anyone who had been injured. Officers did find several shell casings in the area and a couple of vehicles and homes that had been hit by gunfire.

                          Nevings says his van, now out of commission, is a key piece to running his small business.

                          “I’m a small entrepreneur and Bob actually stands for black owned business so Bob’s Balloons is the foundation of that. This is my main source of transportation to and from events,” said Nevings.

                          Nevings says insurance also won’t cover the cost of fixing his van and says he’s frustrated this happened in his neighborhood.

                          “I really am grateful for the community I have and also don’t want this to happen to anyone else in my community, so we really have to come together and find some type of solution to make a change here in Muncie.”

                          Muncie now has a multi-agency task force. It formed after the mass shooting in July. A number of stakeholders are coming together to address crime rates and gun violence. They had their first meeting last week.

                          “Of course we discussed some of the events of the shooting last month and how its impacted the city and not just that particular incident you know some of the incidents that have happened in months before and even years before,”said Pastor John Lee.

                          Pastor Lee is a member of the Concerned Clergy and task force. He says part of their solution is presenting a united front and starting conversations.

                          “Inside families, inside churches, addressing some of the issues that have been sort of bubbling up, which is carrying guns, young folks carrying guns. The police sort of gave their insight that it’s easier and easier to have a gun these days so it’s making it harder on them,” said Pastor Lee.

                          The task force is planning on meeting once a month.

                          Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Muncie Police Department at 765-747-4867.

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                          Reed Recognized As National Mayor Of The Year During Atlanta Conference

                          During the 123rd National Black Business Conference over the weekend Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed was named Mayor of The Year. 

                          The award was given to Reed as recognition for the economic development that Montgomery has seen under his tenure. The mayor’s office noted that in 2022 Montgomery led the state in economic development and Reed has been deliberate in creating a welcoming environment for Black-owned businesses. 

                          “In everything we do, our goal is to foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion,” Reed said. “This includes working to close the racial wealth gap by ensuring black owned businesses and entrepreneurs have access to the capital, capacity and information necessary to not only sustain, but grow, their operations.”

                          In a press release from the City of Montgomery celebrating Black Business Month Reed’s contributions to Black business proliferation were mentioned. 

                          “Mayor Reed’s creation of new procurement processes led to a 300-plus percentage increase in Black Owned businesses who participate in City contract process. Under Mayor Reed’s leadership, we have implemented strategies to help black businesses thrive through the “Doing Business with Montgomery” small business initiative and the Heartland Forward Builders and Backers Program. The Black Information Network examined research compiled by and Overheard on Conference Calls and listed Montgomery as the second-best city in the nation for Black entrepreneurs to start or own a business. With 28.5 percent of businesses in Montgomery owned by African Americans, Alabama’s Capital City leads all others listed in NerdWallet’s research findings.”

                          Last month legislators recognized Montgomery for its momentous economic development and job creation. Over the last 15 months the city obtained over 1.7 billion in investments and announced the creation of over 2,000 jobs. Montgomery was also ranked in the Top 10 of the Most Affordable Cities to Buy Home in Forbes Magazine. 

                          Reed also won re-election to his second term as Montgomery mayor last week prior to obtaining his award. Reed won 57 percent of the vote in the contest.

                          Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].


                          Delaware Named Best Black Chamber Of The Year – Hudson Valley Press

                          WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Chamber proudly recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce (DEBCC), naming it the Best Chamber of the Year 2023.

                          This esteemed accolade comes as a testament to the DEBCC’s commitment to fostering economic growth, promoting entrepreneurship, and advocating for the interests of Black-owned businesses in Delaware.

                          Established in 2020 and currently at 627 members, the DEBCC has emerged as a driving force in the state’s business landscape, propelling Black-owned enterprises towards success and prosperity.

                          Under the exceptional leadership of Ayanna Khan, the chamber has demonstrated unwavering dedication and tireless efforts in promoting economic empowerment within Delaware’s Black community.

                          Throughout the year 2023, the DEBCC spearheaded numerous initiatives aimed at empowering Black entrepreneurs, providing them with resources, and connecting them with opportunities for growth.

                          These initiatives encompassed insightful seminars, impactful workshops, and networking events designed to foster collaborations and partnerships within the vibrant business ecosystem of Delaware.

                          Furthermore, the DEBCC exhibited exceptional adaptability and perseverance in navigating and mitigating the challenges posed by the global pandemic. By promptly establishing virtual platforms and digital tools, the chamber successfully transitioned its programs and services online, ensuring consistent support to its members and the wider business community.

                          In addition to its remarkable efforts, the DEBCC continuously strove towards addressing economic disparities by advocating for equitable policies and fostering an inclusive business environment. Through its advocacy initiatives, the chamber consistently engaged with government bodies, local officials, and key stakeholders to address systemic barriers and promote fair opportunities for Black entrepreneurs in Delaware’s business landscape.

                          The National Black Chamber is immensely proud to present the Best Chamber of the Year 2023 award to the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce. Its dedication, meaningful impact, and commitment to empowering Black businesses have set new standards within the chamber community. This recognition symbolizes the DEBCC’s exceptional abilities and their remarkable contributions to the business world in general, and particularly to Delaware’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

                          About the Delaware Black Chambe of Commerce
                          The vision of the DEBCC is to serve the needs of Black owned businesses and provide economic opportunity and support to them as well as the communities they serve. We strive to leave our footprint in the sand of Delaware’s business landscape and forge a path that leads to a steady flow of resources beneficial to our business members through relationships, partnerships and apprenticeships.

                          Our mission is to support the initiatives of Black business owners and foster an enterprise that focuses on success and viability. We endeavor to create awareness and visibility of our efforts at local, state, and federal levels through advocacy. We strive to provide access to education and training that keeps Black business owners in step with the ever-changing requirements of Delaware’s economic playing field.

                          About the National Black Chamber of Commerce
                          The National Black Chamber of Commerce©, NBCC, a 501c3 organization, is the largest Global Black Business Association, celebrating its 30th year anniversary, of advocating to economically empower and sustain African American communities through entrepreneurship, and capitalistic activity within the United States, and globally, via interaction throughout the Black Diaspora.

                          NBCC is on the leading edge of educating and training Black communities on the need to participate in this great capitalist society of global commerce. NBCC is the largest federation of Black Chambers of Commerce in the world and celebrates 30 years of service to Black businesses throughout the United States and internationally. To learn more, visit


                          St. Louis County Parks Hosts Black History Month Expo

                          ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) – St. Louis County Parks hosted a Black History Month expo on Saturday.

                          Vendors sold a variety of things, ranging from food to books to jewelry.

                          The pop-up shop helps support local black owned businesses, like Tommy Wong Select.

                          Owner Tyree Thomas says these kinds of events are instrumental to his business.

                          “For myself coming from humble beginnings, I would like my children to have an opportunity to make some different decisions,” Thomas says. “Not just based on desperation if you will. Creating wealth for our family would definitely help do that.”

                          More than 40 vendors set up shop at the north county recreation complex on Saturday.

                          “We’re literally living Black history,” Thomas says.

                          Recreation supervisor Allen Bender is hoping to expand this event in the future by bringing in even more businesses.

                          “A very strong foundation for the Black community here in St. Louis,” Bender says. “Especially north county. This is where a majority of the residents do reside here in north county. I just wanted to reach out to them and let them know like hey you have a safe haven here.”

                          Color Street stylist Burchell McGhee says this not only uplifts the businesses, but the entire community.

                          “Big businesses they make money hand over fist but we really need to support our economy and it’ll help us in generating and creating generational wealth for our future,” McGhee says.

                          By doing that, McGhee says it keeps the money in the Metro region.

                          “It helps maintain the neighborhoods,” McGhee says. “It keeps the money in our neighborhood to keep our money circulating. We don’t it to be in and out. We don’t want to have to drive far to get what we need.”

                          Bender also wanted to offer an educational aspect to Saturday’s event by bringing in health and wellness advocates.

                          “I wanted to bring that to the forefront for the black community here in St. Louis so they can gain that knowledge and find other resources they may need in their day to day lives,” Bender says.

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                          Black Owned Business Highlight: Ashland Dance Works

                          ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland Dance Works has been serving the Rogue Valley for about 13 years.

                          The studio offers dance classes for all ages such as children, teens, and adults.

                          Aisha Wand, Owner, and Director of the studio said she has been teaching for about 20 years.

                          “I started off teaching mostly children,” says Wand. “But, then I realized it was time to open my own business. And it just started growing and growing.”

                          Ashland Wand is one of the few Black-Owned businesses in the Rogue Valley. Wand said having these businesses is a step toward a more unified community.”

                          “Just like any city,” says Wand. “As we’re growing I think the more community we build, the more people will come to that community and get involved and be a part of it. Definitely, for Black people, I think it has its challenges because we’re pretty isolated and it’s a small percentage.”

                          The dance studio offers Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, and what the organization calls ‘Barre.’ It is a ballet-based fitness class.

                          “Just be able to let go of some of the outside hardships that are going on in the outside world today,” says Wand. Just having body awareness and having the ability to move your body is so important.”

                          Wand believes the more unified the community is, the more unified it will be.

                          “The more businesses that open up here, the more I feel people of color will come to this area,” says Wand. “And see it as more of a diverse unified place. The more we are a community and build community, the tighter we’ll be.”