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Madam C.J. Walker's Mansion to Become a Think Tank for Women of Color Entrepreneurs

Walker's property was designed and completed 100 years ago by Vertner Tandy, the first licensed Black architect in New York State, and a founder of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Villa Lewaro / Photo by David Bohl/Historic NewEngland/Courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The former estate of Madam C.J. Walker, who is known as the nation's first self-made female millionaire and beauty pioneer, will serve as the site of a learning institute for women of color.

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Black Entrepreneur Buys Essence to 'Return Ownership by the People It Serves'

SheaMoisture founder Richelieu Dennis acquires the media brand from Time Inc.

Richelieu Dennis

Richelieu Dennis, founder and chairperson of Essence Ventures, purchased Essence Communications, which includes the magazine and its parent lifestyle brand, from Time Inc. The media brand that has been embraced by Black women since the 1970s returns to being ran by an entirely Black-owned independent company.

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