$125K In Donations Pour In As Oldest Black Publishing Company Suffers Devastating Flood

Last year marked the 55th anniversary of Chicago-based Third World Press Foundation, the oldest, independent, continuously operating Black publishing company in the nation. The Foundation marked the momentous occasion in the Fall of 2022 with gusto and invited their supporters, friends, authors, and family to celebrate with them at headquarters.

Unfortunately, shortly after in December, a water pipe burst beneath the headquarters building and the entire basement was quickly flooded. “The flooded area housed the major portion of Third World Press’ book inventory,” said American Book Award winner and Third World Press Founder Haki Madhubuti. “Our loss has been overwhelming and financially crippling.”

In another disastrous turn of events, the flooding occurred right in the middle of the Foundation’s busy season as they were preparing to fill holiday orders for the Kwanzaa and Christmas gift-giving season. “Our lost inventory consisted of many of our best sellers,” said Third World Foundation Board Member Dr. Keith Gilyard during an interview with NBC Chicago. “To say that we are devastated is an understatement.”

The Foundation is seeking donations to cover their losses—including damaged books, furniture, computers, bookshelves, and the relocation of salvageable books to the first floor. The Foundation was already forced to close for two weeks during its busiest season, thereby losing sales for the year-end holidays and fundraising. If Third World Press Foundation is to survive this catastrophe, they need the public’s help. The Foundation is classified as 501(c)3 nonprofit status, so all donations are tax-deductible. No contribution is too small! $125,000 has been raised so far but donations are still being accepted online via their GoFundMe page at https://gofund.me/e98d712c

Third World Press Foundation provides quality literature that primarily focuses on issues, themes, and critiques related to the African American public. Their mission is to make this literature accessible to as many individuals as possible. Their goals are to cultivate a broader readership of individuals who want to gain greater insight into African American cultural traditions; to reach individuals that are younger and/or less scholarly-focused, and to reach that customer who just did not know that they existed.

For press inquiries, contact twpbooks@thirdworldpressfoundation.org or 773-651-0700.


HBCU Grad Turned Multi-Millionaire Reveals How Broken Pieces Of Life Drove Her To Success

Earica Alexander Cole, an HBCU graduate of the Univ. of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the first black multi-millionaire of Paparazzi Accessories, motivational speaker, philanthropist, financial advisor, and credit expert has written her first book. A memoir on her life’s journey thus far. Her book, Broken Pieces Created My Purpose, is filled with testimonials of experiences throughout her life. The release of the book is accompanied with a Self Guided Journal to Healing Your Broken Pieces.

Sickle Cell Anemia, racism in Corporate America, divorce, bankruptcy, Hurricane Katrina, miscarriages, and family tragedies have been the fuel to this young woman’s life purpose of helping others.

Topics dealing with grief from the tragic loss of her sister, the obstacles of Corporate America, divorce and learning to love again, infertility, becoming a step parent as well as overcoming childhood trauma, all while living with a disease she was told she would die young from. Doctors counted her out for a normal life but she’s taken the challenge and succeeded beyond any of their expectations.

Earica is an HBCU graduate who attended Florida A&M University her freshman year in college and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She is active with community outreach, helping with voter registration and committed to supporting multiple non-profit organizations. In her book, Earica reveals the broken pieces of life that has driven her to the success she has today.

Earica’s book tour will be throughout the Spring of 2023, including her embarkation of Purpose parties (virtual and in-person). Her desire is to create a movement of people no longer saying, ‘Why me?’ but ‘Why NOT me?’ Using their pain and past experiences to help others fulfill their destiny and purpose. Get connected with Earica and her team today at EaricaCole.com to make your 2023 and your life filled with PURPOSE!

For press inquiries, contact leadlikeaboss@gmail.com


Best Friends Who Made $2M In Two Years Now Helping Others Get Started In Billion Dollar Hair & Beauty Industry

Khat Rabbani and Ashley Williams, best friends and the founders of Hair Are Us, a successful line of hair extensions that generated $2 million in revenue in just two years, have launched a new curriculum to teach other entrepreneurs everything they need to know about the Black beauty industry.

As entrepreneurs, they themselves went through the frustration of the daily grind, working day-in and day-out struggling to make enough money to live without worry. When they decided to change their lives and start a hair extension business, they faced many challenges at first. However, not scared to take risk, they took the last money to their names, which was a $1,000 each and turned an idea into a million dollar empire. They went from selling hair out of the trunks of their cars to having several retail locations and a seven figure e-commerce business with products sold globally.

Their curriculum which currently consists of digital guides is designed to reduce challenges for those starting a hair business as much as possible; giving you the tools to build a successful company without experiencing all the mistakes they’ve made along the way. Along with their master courses that will be released in the near future, their curriculum is everything that aspiring entrepreneurs to get a piece of the mult-billion dollar hair and beauty industry.

For their entrepreneurial accomplishments, Khat and Ashley have been featured on The Profit with Marcus Lemonis as well as countless other news outlets highlighting their journey in the hair industry including Black Enterprise, Essence, Yahoo News, and they have been featured on CNBC’s The Profit and BET.

For more details about their curriculum on how to be a successful entrepreneur in the beauty industry, visit BeautyBizDepot.com

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