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Marian Wright Edelman hit the nail on the head when she said "you can't be what you can't see." I love this quote because it highlights the importance of representation across all career paths, industries, and spaces; it highlights the need for events like Blavity's AfroTech Executive conference. As the name suggests, AfroTech Executive brings together Black startup owners, venture capitalists, and tech moguls with the goal of expanding Black representation in tech leadership. Created from the larger AfroTech conference, AfroTech Executive tailors each session to leaders at tech companies, tech startups, and media moguls - we LOVE to see it!

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Ladies and ladies, Ebony Magazine is backkkkk! And not only are they back, they have arrvied with solid plans to take over media and the Black publication space once again! #comethrough. If you aren't familiar, partner companies Ebony and Jet, found themselves facing bankruptcy after struggling for multiple years. Ultimately, as a decision was being made, they were last published back in 2019. That was until serial entrepreneur Junior Bridgeman, took Ebony and Jet out of bankruptcy in December when his company, Bridgeman Sports and Media, bought the assets of their parent company, Ebony Media, for $14 million.

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Ciara has built a life that many of us admire and envy at the same time. She is a loving wife, mother, and friend with a hugely popping career. She balances all of the above so gracefully, managing to insert 'super' in front of all of her labels. Over time, both her and husband, Russell Wilson, have built an impressive portfolio, from venture funds, to insurance, to charity and more, and now, they are adding 'fashion designer' to the resume, as the duo welcomes LITA by Ciara.

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Entrepreneurs thrive when they are able to work freely and truly focus in on their gifts in building their brands and businesses. But that focus can be tough when the finances are tight, dwindling, or just not available for key parts of the journey like expansion. Well, we've got all our xoNecole entrepreneurs and budding businesswomen covered with millions in funding opportunities that you can literally apply for from the comfort of your computer screen.

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When we think of remote work, there's this sense that the jobs are limited in terms of their nature, the available hours, the employment package, and the upward mobility when compared with full-time, in-office jobs. However, as the work world returns to some semblance of normal, a plethora of remote jobs are still in demand. Many even go beyond your usual hourly, freelance, or customer service gigs and into some big-bag, money-making opportunities with benefits.

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Taking out a small business loan can jumpstart your brand new company or give you the funds to maintain or even grow your business to the next level. Either way, it can feel like you're heading into uncharted waters. But, putting aside your fears can have a huge pay-off. According to Fundera, the average SBA loan amount is $107,000 and the average small business bank loan amount is $633,000.

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