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How ‘Black on the Block’ Highlights Black-Owned Businesses and Celebrates Black Culture
March 29, 2023
Jennifer Hudson loves to support Black-owned businesses, so she was thrilled to meet the founders of Black on the Block!
Lanie and Char Edwards are two sisters who founded Black on the Block, a monthly event series that aims to celebrate Black culture by organizing a vendor village composed entirely of small Black-owned businesses. There’s also food, music, dancing, and more!
Both Lanie and Char are small business owners themselves, so they know the struggle of trying to build a business from the ground up. When they moved from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, they participated in several pop-up events and realized they were often the only Black-owned vendor in attendance.
“The statistics aren’t in our favor for small Black-owned businesses,” Char explained of what motivated them to start Black on the Block. “Eight out of 10 fail in the first 18 months, we’re less likely to get bank loans, and we get financing at higher rates.”