African-American Mikaila Ulmer is an 11-year-old on a mission.
She started BeeSweet Lemonade at the age of 4 for a Children’s business competition (the Acton Children’s Business Fair) and Austin Lemonade Day. She now sells-out of her BeeSweet Lemonade at youth entrepreneurial events while donating a percentage of the profits from the sale of her lemonade to local and international organizations fighting hard to save the honeybees. That is why she touts: Buy a Bottle…Save a Bee.
At the age of 10, she landed a $60,000 Shark Tank Deal and her lemondade is in 55 Whole Food stores in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, and is available at a growing number of restaurants, food trailers and natural food delivery companies..
African-American Maya Penn is a serial entrepreneur who started her first company at the age of 8.
Maya Penn first came up with a cartoon called “Malicious Dishes“, an animated series about computer viruses, after trying to clean viruses off her computer. She thought, “What if viruses in my computer have personalities?”, and drew an animation about the stories of these viruses, who travel via USB drives around a computer world that humans are unaware of. Penn also drew another series called “The Pollinators” about bees and other pollinators and their impact on the environment.
At 10-years-old, she realized that all her work came from ideas, she set up her website, Maya’s Ideas, which she coded on her own by learning basic HTML.
This homeschooled entrepreneur has been on Forbes’ list of “Sixteen Grade School Entrepreneurs”, been featuredon CNN, Wired, Essence, NPR, The View, Redbook, Ebony, Fox 5, IBM, Black Enterprise, and more. Now 15, she is working on a project with her nonprofit where she has created eco-friendly sanitary pads for girls in developing countries. MedShare has partnered with her to distribute the pads. Her latest book, ‘You Got This’ helps guide budding entrepreneurs on ways to find their path and change the world.
Cory Nieves started Mr. Cory’s Cookies because he was tired of having to catch the bus since his family didn’t have a car.
In 2009, Mr. Cory told his mother he was tired of taking the bus to school and he wanted to buy his mom a car. He crafted the idea to sell hot cocoa to raise the funds. Mr. Cory put all his spare time into selling hot cocoa at the Roman Inn in Englewood, NJ, and later in front of his home.(Source: Mr. Cory’s Cookies). He was 9 years-old.
His cookies are made with 75% all natural ingredients and have no preservatives. Once his mother realized how serious he was, she encouraged him to continue selling hot cocoa to save money for college. Not only did Mr. Cory keep at it, but he began selling lemonade and cookies to expand options for his loyal customers. Every item available was just $1.00, and his small customer base began expanding as word spread of his inexpensive and delicious treats – mostly the cookies. Despite needing a car, they give a majority of thei back to local shelters.
In 2014, Ellen Degeneres decided to help him build his business. She gave him $10,000 and a car and a sign to advertise his cookies.
Haitian-American Mabou Loiseau is an eight-year-old polyglot genius girl who speaks, writes, and reads 9 languages (French, Creole, English, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Sign Language, Japanese and Russian) and plays 8 musical instruments (Piano, Violin, Guitar, Harp, Clarinet, Conga, Drums and the Flute).
She swims, ice-skates, dances, acts, draws, paints and SINGS! At the age of five she was already speaking 7 languages. At the age of 7 she was solving 9th grade division problems. She is currently working on college-level algebra and seems to enjoy it.
It is also of note that she was homeschooled by her mother who was not satisfied with the educational options that were available to her child. It seems to have been very good for Mabou, who ended up testing in the 99th percentile on the city test for gifted and talented schools.
In an interview with her father for StoryCorps (a national nonprofit that gives people the chance to interview friends and loved ones about their lives. Learn more, including how to interview someone in your life, at StoryCorps.org), it’s cute to hear the simple questions that she asks her father, and reminds us that beneath that genius exterior, is a little girl with a child’s view of the world.
African-American Diamond Shakoor started playing chess when she was 7 years old. At age 8, she was the youngest African-American female to go undefeated in a Chess National competition.
By 12 she had played 250 matches. In 2011 her peak rating was 1416.
She currently ranks 71st percentile nationwide and 73rd percentile in the state of Missouri. When it comes to female players, she has a high ranking and sits in the 90th percentile area.
Diamond is a straight A student. She held her first annual Diamond Shakoor Chess Festival in 2003. The Festival is free, and is open to players from kindergarten to high school. Kudos to her for reaching back and helping others discover a love of chess.
Kudos to African-American Thessalonika Arzu-Embry who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the age of 14.
She started college at the age of 11 after her mother who was homeschooling her noticed how quickly she grasped material. Not wanting to hold her back, she encouraged her to go forward at her pace.
As if this achievement is not enough, she has received numerous awards and certificates, is a member of her school’s honor college, and served as a student senator. We look forward to hearing more about her in the future.