Pictured, Boyede Sobitan, co-founder of Oja Express
Written by Mike Orie of Afrotrak.com

Chicago entrepreneur Boyede Sobitan was having a hard time finding ethnic grocery stores in his city. His frustration led him to creating the app, Oja Express.
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The app has one goal, to allow you to order your favorite African and Carribbean groceries from the comfort of your home. Customers order their food through the Oja Express app, schedule a delivery and then a sprinter delivers the product at the scheduled time.

Sobitan, Nigerian, spoke with Ebony.com in the latest series called "In Our Cities." According to their site, the video series aims to "combat the negative images the mainstream media highlights in Black communities across the country by showcasing a fuller picture of people, places and projects aimed at improvement."

Like many others who find a voice through entrepreneurship, Sobitan was frustrated with some of the difficulties Nigerian families living on the SouthSide had finding key recipes to make some of their favorite dishes.

"The local stores here don't have the full compliments of ingredients we use to make our cultural dishes," said Sobitan. He cites Ghana yams as an example of a particular item that's been really hard to find.

Oja Express is available to download for free.


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Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the founder of www.afrotrak.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie

Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com

Reports show that Jay Z has sold 33% of his stake in Tidal to Sprint for $200 million.

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Jay Z and the companies owners including Kanye West, Beyonce and other artist owners will still keep their stake in the company. The new deal will make Tidal available to Sprint's 45 million retail customers, partnering to release exclusive content. Sprint's CEO Marcelo Claure has also joined the Board of Directors. You can read his statement below on the partnership.

"Jay saw not only a business need, but a cultural one, and put his heart and grit into building TIDAL into a world-class music streaming platform that is unrivaled in quality and content," Claure said in a statement. "The passion and dedication that these artist-owners bring to fans will enable Sprint to offer new and existing customers access to exclusive content and entertainment experiences in a way no other service can."

What are your thoughts on this new partnership between Tidal and Sprint?
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Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie


by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Fortune Magazine calls black women "the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in America." An estimated 1.3 million businesses in the United States are controlled by African American women.

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Centric, the first network designed for black women, takes aspiring businesswomen a step further with Queen Boss, the first business competition reality series for Black female entrepreneurs.

“Black women are and have always been pioneers and titans of industry — from Madame C.J. Walker to Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter. We are proud to help nurture the next wave of women taking over,” Zola Mashariki, executive vice president, head of original programming, BET Networks, told Forbes Women.

Eighteen women will showcase their products, potential, and passion through a series of challenges testing their elevator pitches, networking skills, and social media knowledge. A panel of self-made celebrity judges, including host and CEO of Edmonds Entertainment Tracey Edmonds; reality show star and co-founder of the shoe line Pastry, Vanessa Simmons; lawyer, author, and star of Paternity Court Lauren Lake; businesswoman, singer/songwriter/producer and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss; Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew; the former beauty director and cover editor of Essence magazine, Mikki Taylor; founder and CEO of Carol’s Daughter Lisa Price; public relations mogul Rakia Reynolds; founder and CEO of NewME Accelerator, Angela Benton; and interior designer and author Robin Wilson decide who has what it takes to be the ultimate #bawse.

“We as the judges are very particular about our brand of inspiration,” says judge Lauren Lake. ”It’s not just about the business of it all, but also about connecting on a spiritual level and helping these women grow and challenging them. We’re giving them the tools needed to truly pitch and grow their product.”

The winner will take home $25,000 for her business and the title of “Queen Boss.”

Who will take the crown? Watch Centric's Queen Boss on Saturdays at 10pm.

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Tiffani Greenway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani's work at mymommyvents.com.


by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike.

New Edition was the soundtrack of a generation. 80's babies still jam to "Cool It Now," "Candy Girl," and "Mr. Telephone Man," embarrassing their kids on the way to school.

BET is helping us relive the era with the New Edition Story, starting on Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00pmEST. Headed by producer Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood, Soul Train Awards) and award winning director Chris Robinson (ATL), the three night event stars
Luke James as Johnny Gill, Woody McClain as Bobby Brown, Elijah Kelley as Ricky Bell, Empire's Bryshere Gray as Michael Bivins, Algee Smith as Ralph Tresvant, and Keith Powers as Ronnie Devoe.

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“I want people to see the sacrifices that [Tresvant] made,” Smith says. “It was New Edition against the corrupt business, and they came through it. They all stayed as brothers.”

Producer Jesse Collins says he came up with the idea for the film after working with the iconic group for BET's 25th anniversary show. “I grew up a fan just like everyone else,” said Collins. "“They were very cautious. They only get one shot at doing this and it was about finding the right script, the right producer and the right time to put their business in the street. They wanted to tell the real story of their relationship. They didn’t want to sugarcoat it.”

Spanning the group's humble beginnings in Boston’s Orchard Park projects to their meteoric rise to fame, The New Edition Story gives viewers an in depth look at the group's, drug use, money problems, and departure of Bobby Brown--giving rise to New Jack Swing and the birth of Bell, Biv, Devoe.

After watching a screening of the film at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills in December, Bobby Brown was emotional.

“I was sitting in the chair over here and got a little crying on,” Brown said during the screening's Q&A. “Watching and being alive to be able to see what my life was and has become and where my life is going from this point on? It’s special, man. These kids put their hearts and souls into this, just like we put our hearts and souls into our lives.”

Dance along in your living room starting Tuesday at 9pm!

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Tiffani Greenway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani's work at mymommyvents.com.

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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

The countdown is on. In just a few days, we'll be forced to say goodbye to the best president some of us have ever known.

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And while we'll miss Barack, we'll really miss Michelle. A wife, a mother, a lawyer, a fashionista, and a champion for women. "Through her four main initiatives, she has become a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls education." (whitehouse.gov)

In his farewell address, President Obama recognized her as he held back tears. "You have made me proud, and you have made the country proud," he told her.

She was our Jackie O. The definition of #blackgirlmagic. She set trends, put new designers in the spotlight, and always made us proud. "She had the air of a woman who could balance a checkbook, and who knew a good deal when she saw it, and who would tell off whomever needed telling off," said Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, describing the First Lady's regalness in a New York Times article.

When they went low, she went high. She never responded to the racist taunts or the comments about her body. She was always the picture of elegance, dignity, and class. "Eventually, she spoke up about the pain of the racist assumptions directed at her, but she waited until her husband could no longer be politically punished for her honesty....a tall, strong, elegant and seriously smart woman who happened to live in the White House," said Gloria Steinem. "She managed to convey dignity and humor at the same time, to be a mother of two daughters and insist on regular family dinners, and to take on health issues and a national food industry addicted to unhealthy profits."

Her ivy league education and her eloquent speeches showed she could hold her own in any room. "You can go to Princeton and Harvard, you can rap with Missy Elliott, you can be a mother and a lawyer and a powerful orator," said Rashida Jones. "You can champion the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, while also caring about fashion. You can dance with Ellen and also fearlessly remind people, on live television, of the reality of your position..."

As the Obamas leave the White House, Michelle Obama's impact is clear.

Black-ish star Yara Shahidi said it best. "Our FLOTUS has made a large impact in the initiatives that she's taken up, but her social and cultural impact has also been enormous. She's not just a gorgeous human inside and out, but also somebody that is effecting change and is as integral to the Obama administration as anybody making policy changes. That's why I love her. From the Let Girls Learn initiative to her Vogue covers, she slays it all."


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Tiffani Greenway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani's work at mymommyvents.com.