Black Mom And Son Duo Make History With New Vegan And Gluten-Free Skincare Line For Kids

Patrice Chappelle and her 13-year-old son, Bron, are the founders of MelanBrand Skin, a pioneering natural skincare company tailored for Black and brown kids. They developed an interest in creating such products when Bron was younger and suffered from extremely dry skin.

“In a market dominated by skincare products for babies and adults, there’s a glaring absence on the shelves for school-age children and teens,” states Patrice, who is an HBCU graduate of Fisk University. Alongside her teen son who serves as co-founder and Co-CEO, they are on a mission to fill this critical gap in the industry.

Reflecting on her own struggles as a parent, Patrice recalls the challenges of finding suitable skincare solutions for her son’s melanated skin during his younger years. “We searched high and low, only to find limited options beyond basic soap, water, and lotion – none specifically designed for kids, let alone those with melanated skin,” she shares.

Driven by this need and her personal journey, Patrice and her son embarked on a quest to create a natural, safe, and effective skincare line tailored explicitly for children and products that were vegan, gluten free, cruelty free, and free from parabens and phthalates. “We recognized the importance of addressing skincare from an early age, not only for appearance but also for instilling lifelong habits,” she explains. Each Starter Kit comes with a MelanBrand Skin my skin is beautiful affirmation as a daily reminder to love the skin that you are in, while taking care of it too.

With MelanBrand Skin, Patrice and Bron aim to revolutionize the skincare industry by providing accessible, high-quality products that cater specifically to the needs of Black and brown children. “Our focus is not just on skincare; it’s about empowering children to embrace and care for their skin with confidence,” she emphasizes.

As the demand for inclusive skincare solutions continues to rise, their products stand at the forefront, offering a transformative approach to skincare that celebrates diversity and promotes self-love.

To learn more about MelanBrand Skin products, visit the official website at

Also, be sure to follow the brand on Instagram @MelanBrandSkin

MelanBrand Skin, LLC proudly leads the skincare industry with innovation as a groundbreaking skincare company owned and operated by a Black mother-son duo. Its mission revolves around crafting safe and natural skincare solutions tailored for Black and brown children. With an unwavering dedication to quality and safety, the brand distinguishes itself from other brands, emerging as the preferred choice for parents seeking trustworthy and effective skincare for their little ones. MelanBrand Skin caters to a wide range of skin concerns, from the most delicate to the most challenging, including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne-prone skin.

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Black-Owned Beauty Academy Partners With Beyonce To Give Away Five $10K Scholarships

Beaver Beauty Academy, a Black-owned cosmetology school, is partnering with Beyonce’s Cécred x BeyGOOD Fund, which provides financial support to cosmetology students and professional stylists within the beauty industry. The founder, Dr. Melanie C. Beaver, says that she is proud to be selected as the cosmetology school scholarship partner for Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Beaver comments, “Fostering talent, promoting professionalism, and supporting entrepreneurship within the hair industry is deeply important to us. That’s why we’re partnering with the Cécred x BeyGOOD Fund, which celebrates the influence professional stylists have on hair health and the critical importance of advocating for the salon community.”

In total, twenty-five $10,000 financial aid student scholarships will be granted across five cosmetology schools with inclusive curriculums in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New Jersey. However, Beaver Beauty Academy has been chosen to give five of those scholarships away to deserving students in the local Atlanta area.

2024 Student Scholarship Criteria
Either currently enrolled in or in receipt of an acceptance letter from one of the following partner cosmetology schools:

• Beaver Beauty Academy in Atlanta.
• Trenz Beauty Academy in Chicago.
• Universal College of Beauty in Los Angeles.
• Franklin Institute in Houston.
• Janas Cosmetology Academy in New Jersey.
• Demonstrates need due to financial hardship
• Completion of the application
• Resides within one of the five cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New Jersey

2024 Student Scholarship Timeline • February 20, 2024 – Application open
• March 20, 2024 – Application closed
• April 20, 2024 – Recipients announced

Applications are now open. To be considered applications must be received by March 20, 2024.

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First Black-Owned Cosmetology School In New Jersey To Partner With Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD Foundation

Jana’s Cosmetology Academy, the first ever Black-owned cosmetology school in the entire state of New Jersey, is celebrating having been selected to receive funding from global icon Beyonce’s BeyGOOD Foundation. The academy will receive essential financial support for cosmetology students and professional hair stylists within the beauty industry.

BeyGOOD, the philanthropic initiative founded by Beyoncé, recently announced the launch of the Cécred x BeyGOOD Fund and through an annual allocation of $500,000, will offer scholarships and salon business grants in five parts of the country known for their vibrant and diverse community of hair stylists. The chosen cities are Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and the exciting addition of New Jersey.

For individuals interested in pursuing a career in cosmetology and making their mark in the beauty industry, Jana’s Cosmetology Academy is now accepting applications. To take the first step towards your dream career, text “BEYXJCA” to 856-733-JCA1 to receive an exclusive application link and start your journey today.

Atiya Johnson, Founder and CEO of the academy, comments, “Join us in celebrating this incredible opportunity to support the next generation of talented cosmetology professionals. Together, we can make a meaningful impact in the beauty industry and empower individuals to succeed in their passion for hair styling and cosmetology.”

About BeyGOOD
BeyGOOD is a global initiative founded by Beyoncé that focuses on making a positive impact in the areas of education, health, and social justice. Through various programs and partnerships, BeyGOOD strives to empower individuals and communities to reach their full potential. Learn more at

About Jana’s Cosmetology Academy:
Jana’s Cosmetology Academy is a leading cosmetology school dedicated to providing high-quality education and training to aspiring cosmetologists and hair stylists. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, Jana’s Cosmetology Academy prepares students for successful careers in the beauty industry. To learn more about this exciting partnership and how you can get involved, please visit or visit in person at 1397 Blackwood-Clementon Road, Clementon, NJ 08021.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact: Devon K. Hall, Director of Community Affairs,, 856-733-JCA1.


Mom, 3 Daughters Open First Ever Black-Owned Beauty Supply Store In Their Town In Oregon

Soulful Strands, a beauty supply and hair care products store owned by Nichole Ashley Moss, is making history as the first and only Black-owned business of its kind in the city of Corvallis, Oregon. It has quickly become a local gem, offering a diverse range of hair care essentials that cater to the unique needs of the community.

The idea for Soulful Strands emerged from Nichole’s own experience when she spent a hefty amount on hair care products at a beauty store in Portland, she told Oregon Live. Frustrated with the lack of similar options nearby, her husband suggested starting her own store.

However, Nichole faced challenges in launching the store. She struggled to secure business loans, leading her to fund the venture through four months of savings, contributions from her husband, and strategic bulk buying to build up her inventory. High rental costs in Albany, where she originally planned to set up the store, also made her change her plans.

She ended up at a location in downtown Corvallis, which has a smaller space. Despite the size constraints, Moss maximized its setup. The store offers a diverse range of hair extensions, conditioners, accessories, and tools strategically arranged on the shelves.

Customers walking in often express gratitude for the existence of this unique store. A lot of Black people around town, Black students from a nearby college, and clients from the braiding salon across the street are her usual customers. Beyond catering to Black hair needs, Nichole aims for inclusivity, offering products for all hair types.

While Nichole currently sources products from China, she aspires to exclusively feature items sourced from Africa in the future. She also envisions expanding her store to include makeup, beauty products, fashion accessories, African prints, and more.

Despite knowing the uncertainties of expansion, Nichole remains optimistic. She sees Soulful Strands as an opportunity to understand and appreciate curly, coily, and kinky hair and promote a positive perception of it.

“Your hair is like a plant. You got to water it, and if you don’t, it’ll die, like a plant. It’s causing me to learn a lot more working here,” Moss said.

Be sure to follow the shop on Instagram @Soulful_Strands_Beauty

Also, you can support the business by visiting its location at 425 SW Madison Ave F2, Corvallis, OR 97333.


Founder Of Black-Owned Beauty Hair And Skincare Brand Remains Resilient And Continues To Thrive

Ebony Roberts, a remarkable individual with a rich and diverse background, is making waves in the world of beauty and empowerment. As a devoted mother of five, a loving wife, an elementary school teacher, the owner of two successful businesses (Ebony’s Beauty Hair and Skin Care and Ebony’s Entrepreneurship Learning Academy, the chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting single mothers in Lafayette and its surrounding areas, Ebony’s passion for beauty and self-care has always been at the heart of her mission – to empower others in discovering their inner beauty.

Ebony’s journey into the beauty industry began at a young age, driven by an innate fascination with the world of beauty and cosmetics. By the tender age of ten, she was already experimenting with various ingredients, honing her skills as a self-taught beauty virtuoso.

Today, Ebony’s childhood passion has blossomed into a thriving global enterprise, offering a diverse range of beauty and skincare products that consistently deliver remarkable results. Her commitment to excellence and her unwavering dedication to her customers’ well-being have earned her a reputation as a true trailblazer in the industry.

Ebony Beauty Roberts serves as a shining example of the boundless potential we all possess when we believe in ourselves and pursue our passions with determination. Her journey is an inspiration to many, showcasing that with hard work and unwavering dedication, one can turn a childhood dream into a reality.

Ebony is a multifaceted entrepreneur, devoted mother, elementary school teacher, and philanthropist. She is the owner of Ebony’s Beauty Hair and Skin Care and Ebony’s Learning Academy and serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a non-profit organization supporting single mothers in Lafayette and its surrounding areas. Ebony’s commitment to beauty, education, and empowerment has made her a respected figure in the community and a symbol of inspiration for those aspiring to pursue their dreams.

Should you wish to contribute to Ebony’s Entrepreneurship Learning Academy, please use the following link to make your donation –

Explore the company’s exquisite product selection online at

Also, be sure to visit her store at 1800 NE Evangeline Thwy C6, Lafayette, LA 70501, located inside the Northgate Mall.

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Black Couple That Landed $400K Deal On ‘Shark Tank’ Celebrate 500% Growth Three Years Later

Meet Yve-Car Momperousse and Stéphane Jean-Baptiste, a couple from Haiti behind the eco-friendly beauty brand Kreyol Essence who secured a $400,000 deal with Kevin O’Leary on Shark Tank. In just three years, the investment not only helped increase their sales by 50% but also got them out of a $300,000 debt.

In 2020, the married couple appeared on Shark Tank to pitch their brand Kreyol Essence, which sells natural products infused with pure Haitian Black Castor oil known for promoting healthy skin, hair growth, and more. The duo shared how they successfully raked in $1 million in 2018 but faced hurdles after losing their biggest buyer and accumulating $300,000 in debt, according to AfroTech.

Momperousse and Jean-Baptiste were seeking $400,000 for 10% of Kreyol Essence. After intense negotiations, they agreed to Kevin O’Leary’s offer of $400,000 for 5% equity and 25 cents in perpetuity.

The investment deal had an immediate impact, driving a significant 50% increase in Kreyol Essence’s sales. Their products gained widespread popularity, now available in major retailers like Ulta, Amazon, JCPenney, and Sprouts Farmers Market.

But the story doesn’t revolve solely around profits. They made a promise that every purchase from their brand would make a positive global impact. Kreyol Essence is on a mission to create sustainable jobs, protect the environment, and empower women. In fact, 90% of their team comprises women.

Moreover, after just 3 years since their Shark Tank appearance, their business reportedly skyrocketed by a staggering 529%. Kreyol Essence made it to No. 44 on the list of Inc. Magazine‘s “Regionals 2023: Southeast” featuring 200 companies making an outsized impact in the Southeast.

Learn more about Kreyol Essence via its official website at


Great-Granddaughter Of First Black Millionaire Madam C.J. Walker Celebrates 100 Years With Brand Relaunch

More than a century later, A’Lelia Bundles, the great-great-granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, has launched a new line of Black hair care products to honor her grandmother’s legacy. The brand, called Madam by Madam C.J. Walker, is already available in over 3,000 Walmart stores and online.

In the 1900s, Madam C.J. Walker built a haircare empire that made her the first-ever Black millionaire in American history. She created her breakthrough product called Wonderful Hair Grower, which was made explicitly for  Black women with natural hair. Since then, it has become a benchmark for textured hair care. It was also the inspiration for the creation of Madam by Madam C.J. Walker which is made for the new generation.

Bundles, who also authored Walker’s biography entitled On Her Own Ground, now serves as the brand historian for Madam by Madam C.J. Walker. She is the one responsible for ensuring that every aspect of the brand reflects the quality and values that the original Madam C.J. Walker products embody.

“I think she’d be pleased that some of the ideas she thought worked more than 100 years ago can still be applied today and have been taken to a new level,” Bundles told Byrdie. “[She believed in] having a great product, using high-quality ingredients, marketing your product, and having a strong team. That’s the DNA of this line.”

Madam by Madam C.J. Walker, which is distributed by Sundial Brands, focuses on the “Scalp to Strand System” that aims to strengthen textured hair from the root and bring confidence in hair styling. It currently offers 11 products including scalp serums, shampoos, conditioners, and curl creams.

Learn more about the brand at its official website at

Also, be sure to follow the brand on Instagram @MadamByMCJW