meet the black women
Deaundra "Audrey" Cash
Level3 Yoga & Fitness Studio
Deaundra Audrey Cash is often referred to as a soul flow teacher. She has a passion for connecting the physical practice, mindfulness, and inner awareness. Her students consider her greatest teaching strength as her ability provide a challenging class that is approachable and inspiring. Audrey is the owner of Level3 Yoga, a yoga and fitness studio located in East Atlanta Village. Along with her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification, Audrey has completed trainings in Yin Yoga, Grounded Kids Yoga, and is a certified instructor through the Yoga Alliance. She has been teaching since 2015 and formerly served as a studio manager at CorePower Yoga.
Space Alchemist, Public Speaker, Owner
Duafe Holistic Hair Care
Since 2011 Syreete Scott has been a trendsetter in Holistic Haircare with Duafe receiving a “Best of Philly” award for the stylists’ expertise and excellence in customer service for two consecutive years. More than a salon, Duafe is a lifestyle brand that is rooted in the community. Syreeta also believes in helping other small businesses throughout the world and has traveled as far as Ghana to work with local women business owners who create beautiful clothing and accessories. Syreeta is the first to admit however that you can’t have success with a vision.
"No obstructions can slow you or me down! Don’t ever give up."
Nana Achiaa, a robotics and controls engineer, feel connected to her Ghanaian roots when she wears African print clothing or adds a headwrap to my outfits. This love and passion for african prints fueled her pursuit to create youthful styles using African print fabrics which led to the birth of Amania Afrik.
Instagram Live Interview
Alex Johnson started her ceramics journey after a grueling 2-year battle with Lyme disease. After spending two years inside of her house, and suffering both mental and physical pain, her body started to gain strength and she started taking a ceramics class at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and fell in love.. After realizing just how peaceful creating on a potter's wheel was, she decided to use her are as a way to heal.
Found / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF,
Anthonia Akitunde is the founder and editor-in-chief of mater mea, a platform and community that celebrates Black motherhood. A journalist who graduated from The University of Chicago and Northwestern University, Anthonia's work has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, Fortune.com, The Root, and The Huffington Post.
Herbalist & Founder
Ivy's Tea Co.
Shanae Jones is the herbalist and founder of Ivy’s Tea Co., a pop culture and Hip-Hop inspired herbal tea company. With Ivy’s Tea Co. she makes herbalism more relatable and brings first time tea drinkers to the holistic health beverage industry using Hip-Hop culture as a vehicle to build relationships with customers as well as those interested in herbal tea and herbalism. She is a graduate of Bowie State University and Sky House Herb School; has graduated from the accelerator program 1863 Ventures; and is the first recipient of The Buy From A Black Woman Business Grant. Shanae has been featured in Madame Noire, Black Enterprise, and World Tea News. When she’s not blending tea, she’s foraging for herbs and memorizing Migos ad-libs (it’s really hard work).
Buy from a Black Woman
"I'm doing my best because I'm counting on you counting on me."
If you see a Black Woman Business Owner, you can bet Nikki Porcher is somewhere cheering her on. With a background in marketing and design, she knew that her passion would guide her to her life's purpose, empowering, educating and inspiring Black Women Business Owners and the people who support them. Nikki started Buy from a Black Woman, Inc. in 2016 and is grateful for the amazing support that both Black Women and Men have shown her.
Owner & Therapist
Talk Therapy LLC
New Orleans, LA
“You get to write this book and don’t let anyone scribble in it.”
Cathy Green-Miner, a licensed professional counselor, certified counseling supervisor and board certified tele-mental health provider, is the Director of Counseling Services at St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana where she supervises practicum and internship students and provides counseling services for middle and high school students, faculty and staff.
Ft. Lee, NJ
Erika Oldham, owner of Chic Sugars, graduated from Charleston Southern University in 2004 with a degree in Criminal Justice. After trying her hand at law school, social work, Wall Street, and a host of other things - baking & caking fell into her lap in 2009. With no formal training, she set out to teach herself via YouTube and trial & error how to bake and decorate cakes. As she has built her portfolio over the years, she has created thousands of cakes for her clients some of which include celebrities and major corporations like Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, VH1, & Atlantic Records to name a few. In July 2017 she opened her first storefront bakery in Fort Lee, NJ where in addition to continuing to grow the business she has begun teaching others her skill and how to run a successful cake business.
tamika s. Washington
“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.
Tamika S. Washington is a work-from-home/remote worker who started her journey of entrepreneurship all because she needed a space to work outside of the home while feeding the need for a productive, collaborative environment to grow personally and professionally. With a leap of faith, she and her husband created ConverSpace. The space has transformed to a space for women to gather and network through coworking days & events; for individuals to hosts events such as book signings, brunches and paint parties; and for groups to have professional trainings.
Stop Telling Women to Smile
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Black/Iranian visual artist and Oklahoma City native. She is a painter whose work ranges from the gallery to the streets, using visual art to address the daily oppressive experiences of marginalized people through beautifully drawn and painted portraits. Her street art series, Stop Telling Women to Smile, can be found on walls across the globe, tackling gender based street harassment through portraiture and storytelling. Tatyana has been profiled by the New York Times, NPR, MSNBC, the New Yorker, Time Magazine, and listed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential people by Brooklyn Magazine. She is a 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient. She has lectured at the Brooklyn Museum, New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, several universities including Stanford, Brown, USC, and Pratt Institute. Tatyana's work can currently be seen on Spike Lee's Netflix series, She's Gotta Have It, for which she is also the show's Art Consultant. She is currently the inaugural Public Artist in Residence for the New York City Commission on Human Rights. A year long residency that will present the experiences of racism and sexism from New Yorkers through public art. She is working on her first book, Stop Telling Women to Smile, with Seal Press. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Latched and Hooked Beauty
Latched and Hooked Beauty
Tiffini Gatlin is a former Assistant Vice President of Consumer and Small Business Banking. She
entered into entrepreneurship nine years ago and has since become a two time beauty founder.
As a mom of four, she could not find synthetic hair extensions that her and her daughters could enjoy without scalp irritation. In 2015, Tiffini decided to take on the half a trillion dollar black beauty industry and became a pioneer in beauty by designing and manufacturing the first itch-free, pre-curled and looped crochet hair to match the hair texture of African American. Now, the style can be seen worn by millions of African American women around the world. In 2018 her first beauty company, Curlkalon Hair, was acquired. The Clark Atlanta University graduate is now the CEO and Founder of Latched and Hooked beauty where she has expanded her quest
to create hair and beauty products that are “better for you”. Tiffini’s drive for creating clean beauty products has also led her to start the Facebook group Black Consumer Beauty Protection, a collective of over 250 minority women advocating to ensure there is adequate consumer education and transparency , consumer advocacy and policy, and consumer education in beauty.