Movie stars Kevin Hart,Shaquille O'Neal, Tyra Banks and More Team Up For 'Black Entrepreneurs Day' Special


Kevin Hart,Tyra Banks and Shaquille O’Neal are among the celebrities taking part in a live-streamed special intended to boost  Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurship.

Daymond John of TV’s “Shark Tank” will host “Black Entrepreneurs Day” from New York City’s Apollo Theater on Oct. 14 (7 p.m. EDT). It will be available through John’s Facebook page and across Facebook channels.

The goal is to “learn about how to persevere in business through insightful conversations and stories that celebrate our successes while confronting our failures,” John, founder of the apparel company FUBU, said in a statement.

Other participants include Michael Strahan, Marcus Samuelsson, Rev Run, Janice Bryant Howroyd and Khalid, who is scheduled to perform.

Black entrepreneurs and small business owners nationwide are eligible to seek a share of the more than $200,000 contributed by the event’s corporate sponsors.

The application window for about eight NAACP-administered grants is open through Sept. 28 at Black Entrepreneurship Day with recipients to be announced during the event.

Black-owned businesses saw a surge of attention and support following last year's nationwide protests against police brutality.

Yelp introduced a search attribute for shops to identify as Black-owned. And the customer review company added a list of places to choose from. A Yelp spokesperson said searches for Black-owned businesses on the platform increased 35-fold amid protests against police brutality.

UberEats also kicked off an initiative to support Black-owned businesses. The delivery company began waiving delivery fees for restaurant orders placed at Black-owned restaurants in the United States and Canada.

Good initiative yeah?

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