Black Business Talks Launches in Honor of National Black Business Month

Black Business Talks: Celebrating Black Entrepreneurs During National Black Business Month

In honor of National Black Business Month, the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE) is thrilled to launch an exhilarating limited series called Black Business Talks. This captivating series aims to highlight the achievements of RICE Stakeholders and provide valuable business advice that inspires small business owners on their entrepreneurial journey. Created by the talented Micheal Cortez, a long-standing volunteer and employee at RICE, and produced by Just Eldredge Media, Black Business Talks promises to be an engaging and insightful experience.

Hosted by RICE Internal Communications Manager, Ashley Scott, and the brilliant Micheal Cortez, the Black Business Talks interviews offers a diverse range of perspectives and experiences from RICE Stakeholders specific to their industry. Tune in weekdays at 8 PM on the Russell Center YouTube channel to catch these encouraging conversations.

Black Business Talks has already featured some incredible RICE Stakeholders including David Hailey of Countifi, Chef Chrissy of Epic Flavors, MT Strikland of Metric Mate, and Caiseen Ward of Aesthetic Engineering. Stay tuned for upcoming episodes featuring Tracie Powell of the Pivot Fund, Kyra Solomon of Solomon & Solomon Construction, and Ellakisha O’Kelley of Scire De Jure Legal Firm, and more inspiring Stakeholder stories.

To ensure you never miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the Russell Center YouTube channel and turn on notifications. By doing so, you’ll be the first to know when new episodes are released. We encourage you to engage with the content by liking, commenting, and sharing these positive stories and images of Black entrepreneurs with your entire network. Let’s come together to amplify the businesses and brands that RICE supports.

Not able to catch the full episodes? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. We’ll be sharing bite-sized insights and valuable Black business tips from each episode on our social media platforms. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay updated and gain valuable advice that can help you on your own entrepreneurial journey.

Join us in celebrating National Black Business Month by immersing yourself in the inspiring world of Black Business Talks.

Terri-Nichelle Bradley

Terri-Nichelle Bradley is the Founder and CEO of Play at Brown Toy Box. Bradley believes that Black children should see themselves positively represented in every space the experience regularly, starting with their toybox and the toy aisle. Bradley, an equity in play advocate, is on a mission to disrupt the $27B toy industry by creating a brand that reflects the world we live in today. Launched in 2017 as a STEAM kit, Brown Toy Box evolved into a full-scale educational toy company producing and curating STEAM toys, media, and experiences for centering and celebrating Black children in a manner all children can enjoy, learn, and have fun. Prior to starting Brown Toy Box, Bradley led a communications consultancy working with Fortune 500 companies in campaigns designed to connect with the African American community. Prior to that, Bradley served as the VP of Corporate, Crisis, and Public Affairs for the world’s largest global PR agency. Bradley has been awarded the Civic Impact Award, was recognized as a 2019 Atlanta’s Top 100 Businesswomen of Influence by the Atlanta Business League, acknowledged on the 2020 Who’s Who in Black Atlanta list of influential leaders and most recently named to Inc. Magazine’s 2020 Female Founders 100 list. Brown Toy Box is sold in Target stores nationwide, with Amazon, over 30 museums including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, as well as other independent specialty toy stores and retailers. Learn more at

Stefan Miller

Stefan Miller is the Co-Founder and CMO for Young King Hair Care, which launched in December 2019. Young King Hair Care is a multicultural grooming and lifestyle brand company with tailored offerings catering to specific needs of young men of color. Stefan is a marketing professional with 15+ years of experience across marketing, sales and consulting in the CPG and tech industries. At Young King, Stefan has been featured in over 75+ national publications, was recognized by Mintel as one of the top US brand innovations of 2021, partnered with Disney and Marvel Studios for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and was a participant on Season 13 of ABC’s Shark Tank. Currently Young King Hair Care is available in multiple retail partners, including Target, Walmart, and CVS, selling in over 3,000 stores across the US. Prior to founding Young King Hair Care, he led business strategy and marketing communications, while launching innovations across multiple billion-dollar brands and categories at IBM, Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, Coca-Cola, and Red Bull. Stefan L. Miller Bio Stefan holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with concentrations in Brand Marketing, Media Management and Management in Organizations, and is a proud HBCU alum of Morehouse College with a BA in Business Administration. He currently lives with his wife and co-founder Cora and 2 kids, Kade and Cree in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more at

Ceata E. Lash

Ceata E. Lash, CEO and founder of PuffCuff has emerged as a pioneering figure in the natural hair accessory industry, holding the distinction of being the first African-American woman to secure four US patents in this domain. Her journey to entrepreneurship was built upon a 30-year career as a graphic designer, which laid the foundation for launching PuffCuff in 2013. Ceata’s innovative leadership has earned her prestigious accolades, including the President’s Innovation Award from Sally Beauty and the New Voices + Barefoot Wine Beauty Business Grant. These achievements have placed her among the top female founders featured in Inc. Magazine. Committed to lifelong learning and growth, Ceata has completed the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses National Cohort and was part of the inaugural Amazon Black Business Accelerator Cohort. Her recent completion of the “Building a Successful Diverse Business” program at Tuck Executive Education, Dartmouth, further underscores her dedication to continuous improvement and leadership in the business world. Learn more at