These Black entrepreneurs are taking over, one project at a time.

Since stepping onto the scene, Black entrepreneurs have changed the industry and forged a path for aspiring creatives. The following individuals have ushered in new eras and ideas within their respective fields. 

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Kimberly Bryant – Founder of Black Girls CODE and CEO of Ascend Ventures and the Black Innovation Lab

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2. Olamide Olowe – Founder and CEO of Topicals

3. Derrick McCray – Senior Owner and CEO of McCray’s Backyard BBQ & Seafood 

A third-generation pitmaster, Derrick McCray has continued his family’s legacy as one of Florida’s leading barbecue masters. Founded in 1934 by McCray’s great uncle, the barbecue joint has weathered the test of time, witnessing segregation and the civil rights movement. McCray’s Backyard BBQ & Seafood restaurant has always been a refuge for Floridians, who often visited in the past seeking comfort and good food. Now, it has cemented itself as a West Palm Beach cultural staple and possibly even a national treasure. Since taking over, Derrick McCray has served the likes of Venus Williams, Magic Johnson, and President Joe Biden. The eatery has also become an NFL favorite. The entrepreneur continues to work hard to give back to the community that has kept his business afloat for generations, using his influence to help those in need.

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4. Austin Owens (Ayo The Producer) – Music Producer

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5. Shonda Rhimes – Television Producer and Screenwriter

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6. Lisa Price – Founder of Carol’s Daughter

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7. Robyn Rihanna Fenty – Savage x Fenty and Fenty Beauty 

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8. Angelica Nwandu – The Shade Room

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