August is Black Business Month. Black business owners account for about 10 percent of United States businesses and about 30 percent of all minority owned businesses. According to the United States Census Bureau, that amounts to approximately two million companies owned by African-Americans. Nearly 40 percent of black-owned businesses are in health care and social assistance, repair and maintenance, and personal and laundry services. Other categories include advertising firms, auto dealerships, consulting services, restaurants, barbershops, beauty salons, and more.
Among cities, New York has the most Black owned businesses in the United States followed by Atlanta. The highest ratio of black-owned businesses is in Washington, D.C., where 28% of all businesses are Black owned. The growth of black-owned franchise businesses has been explosive. In 2012, over 30% of franchise businesses were Black owned, up from about 20% five years previous.
In 2012, Joanne "J-Bird" Phillips founded J-Bird Music for the Arts, with the vision of reviving arts programs by providing much needed equipment, instruments, and resources in order to enrich the lives of youths through arts education.
Benjamen Adams is a fashion photographer, actor, producer, and model. When he first arrived in Los Angeles, California, it was suggested that he try modeling. He later thought photography was interesting.
Chris Jasper is a former member of The Isley Brothers and Isley-Jasper-Isley, and is responsible for writing and producing the majority of The Isley Brothers music and Isley-Jasper-Isley music. He is also an Inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Over the last 40 years, Chuck McDermott has left his musical mark on audiences on both coasts of the United States. Over the last few decades, he has devoted himself to energy and environmental policy issues, and working in government.