HBCU Businesses

This week on Historically Black Friday – It’s Already Summer

HBCU Alumni Owned Businesses-

This week on we have to acknowledge that the seasons are changing. For those of us who can remember our time on the yard / the set / main campus, depending where your Alma Mater lies on the map it’s almost that particularly challenging time of year.

Now I know that we didn’t all attend school at the same time or even the same place, but the number of campuses I’ve visited is larger than the list of those that I haven’t. I know for sure that we have more in common than our differences, so you’ll understand me when I share this experience.

On the campus of Howard University, for the first few years of undergrad, before I got into my core classes, many of my introductory classes were held in Frederick Douglass Hall, with windows that opened up directly onto the yard. This is a problem when you’re 18 years old, away from home and surrounded by beautiful people.

There comes a time in the spring semester when the sun begins to shine, and a warm breeze rolls across the yard, and because at the time that Douglas Hall had no air conditioning those windows opened up… and ALL of the student’s attention went outside with the hot air.

That’s spring on an HBCU campus. It’s a alert that summer is approaching and soon we’d be wearing more revealing clothes. For some it signified the return to the gym, or running, eating better, you name it.

This week on HBF is dedicated to our health, wellness, and becoming the best version of ourselves. And here are a few HBCU alumni owned businesses that can help you reach your goals.



Shayla Cornick – Spelman College
Shayla Cornick
CYCLED! is a boutique, indoor cycling studio located in downtown Silver Spring, MD. At CYCLED!, we ride to the invigorating beats of the latest music, and provide a full-body workout while challenging your endurance and maximizing your caloric burn. CYCLED! classes are suitable for all levels.
Find out more about CYCLED here >>>


Eating For Abs Nutrition and Training

Be Moore – Howard University
Coach Be
Eating For Abs is a multifaceted wellness brand delivering results through scientific method, up to date research, and backed by years of experience. We’re committed to improving the health and happiness of our students, their friends, families and communities worldwide. We achieve this through nutrition informed education, mentorship, and fun activity.
In addition to providing world-class nutrition and physical training in our life-changing online course, we consistently partner with organizations whose missions are to make the world a healthier, happier place.

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Find out more about E4A here >>>


Princess Mhoon Dance Institute

Princess Mhoon – Howard University
Princess Mhoon
At PMDI we believe that dance and movement are for everyone, those seeking a professional career, as well as the novice. Our training institute emphasizes a balance between serious study and fun. We are a team of highly trained and nurturing faculty who look to help you discover your highest level of artistry. We are committed to providing high quality dance and movement instruction to young students, adult professionals, serious adult dancers, and the adult novice who takes a special interest in using dance as fitness.
Find out more about PMDI business here >>>

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This Week on Historically-Black Friday – To Protect and SAVE

It’s TAX Season, and according to Rich

If money could talk, it would say “Goodbye.” -Pryor

Richard Pryor

For many people that would be the case, but the topic this week is “to protect and SAVE,” …our money that is.

To that end lets talk about a few HBCU-alumni who are in the business of helping your money NOT fly away, but instead, hang around, grow, and be there when you want it.

First of all let’s get taxes out of the way and planned for in advance.

L&B Tax Service

Brian Joubert
Brian Joubert, alum of Southern University, owns L&B Tax Service and has been in business going on 20 years shortly. Don’t fall for the gimmicks you hear on the commercials. Spinning rims, and money giveaways don’t equate to high quality, knowledgable service.

Once that’s taken care of, it’s time to plan FORWARD. Put that money to work. Save for college, plan for retirement, even budget for family vacations. Whatever it is you’re working to accomplish consider getting professional advice:

Destiny Financial Group

Troy Young
Troy Young, Howard University alum, has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry. A significant portion of that time was with two of the nations largest financial service companies. For the past 4 years he has been in private practice as an independent financial advisor. Troy’s community activities include serving as Elder at his church, membership in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Board Member of Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Find out more about Destiny Financial Group on >>>

Lasting Legacy Wealth Management

Dana Branham
Dana Branham, also an alum of Howard University has been a financial advisor since 2006. She began her career in the brokerage industry with AXA Advisors and Edward Jones, but spent most of her previous career with Lexmark International, a global technology company. Dana is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a trustee at her church. She is also the founder and adviser to God’s Girls, a faith-based enrichment program for teen girls.

Find out more about Lasting Legacy Wealth Management on >>>

(And for some odd reason I created this photo of Mike Tyson flipping his pigeons, using the flying money Emoji to replace the pigeons… It was late at night. Don’t judge me.)

Have a wonderful week! For those of you enjoying the CIAA tournament, travel safe!

As always, if you know of a business owned by an HBCU alum, help us promote them by encouraging them to submitting their listing on

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This week on Historically Black Friday – The Yin and the Yang

This week on Historically-Black Friday we ordered and received our order of pecan pralines, from Rose Mary’s Pralines.

The Yin.

Rose Mary's Pralines

I’m not a huge candy guy. I think the only time I’ve ever had pralines was in ice cream. But with Valentine’s Day approaching and having read the history of the recipe and seeing the beautiful photos I had to give them a try. The first word that comes to mind is decadent. They’re on the luxury end of the candy spectrum according to taste, and are absolutely made to be shared.