I will admit that I don’t know all of the African Americans that made an impact in the way we live today. I don’t know every inventor or entrepreneur. But I was pretty sure that I knew enough to have a decent, intelligent conversation about certain people. Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas, W.E.B Dubois, Nat Turner, and my favorite Madame C.J. Walker. So when a trivia question was asked about the First African American Female Millionaire, I was the first to answer “Madame C.J. Walker!!!” Wrong!…what do you mean wrong? As the CEO and Founder of Madinina Kiss, a Bath and Body Products Company, Madame C.J. Walker has been my inspiration…still is. She is my role model. But she had one too. Her name is Annie Malone. In my recent blog, entitled The Mother of the Black Beauty Industry, I wrote about Annie Malone who is recorded as the U.S.’s first black female millionaire based on reports of $14 million in assets held in 1920 from her beauty and cosmetic enterprises, headquartered in St. Louis and Chicago.
I am currently re-reading On Her Own Ground which is only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history’s most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon in the beauty industry.
Learning about Annie Malone only confirms what I know: Someone has already started building the bridge on which I will walk. Madame C.J Walker had Annie Malone and I have Madame C.J Walker and Miko and Titi Branch of Miss Jessie’s Products. I am currently reading Madam C.J. Walker: Building a Business Empire and Miss Jessie’s “Creating A Successful Business From Scratch…Naturally” I want to know what they did to make their businesses great. From slavery to millionaire… From South Jamaica Queens, NY (Where I am from) to Millionaire. If they can do it, so can I.
Madinina Kiss recently re-launched its Hair Care System, called Madinina. We currently have the Madinina Conditioning Hair Butter made primarily with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Neem Oil and Kokum Butter, which is a customer favorite.
So in honor of Black History Month, I will be reading about Madam C.J. Walker, the business woman. I cannot wait to learn from her because Madinina Kiss is going to be the next Bath and Body Products Empire!
How are you honoring Black History Month?
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