The Top Ten Non-Black Owned Products That Black Folk Think Are Black Owned…

in today’s “that shyt don’t match news”

your face on a box does not equate to ownership… it equates to an “endorsement”

Often times, the Black community scratches it’s head when the numbers are heard relating to the TRLLIONS of dollars that are spent YEARLY by the community, but never make it TO the community.

Maybe it’s because the brands you are SO loyal to aren’t owned by you.. a Black face on a box doesn’t equate to ownership people…

Here are the top ten brands that seem to be “Black owned” that Black folks support by the millions without getting any return.

10. Black Entertainment Television

If black is in the name, it must be black owned, right? The network was founded by an African American, Robert Johnson, in the ’80s, but in 2003, BET was sold to Viacom, which also owns MTV and VH1. The sale made Johnson one of the first black billionaires. Ballin’!

9. Def Jam Records
The label, born out of a college dorm room and built on MCs like Run-DMC, Jay-Z and Kanye West, is commonly associated with its co-founder, Russell Simmons, who escaped a financial mishap by selling 50 percent of the label to Polygram in 1994. In 1999, Russell sold his stake in the business to Universal Musical Group for $100 million. No wonder the label’s more Rihanna than raps these days.

8. Marc Ecko
If you’re into urban wear, then you may already know that Marc Ecko is a thirtysomething New Jersey native who never tried to pass for black. Instead the man whose line was once considered “too white” or “too black” for some retailers has attracted multiethnic consumers by cleverly targeting urban markets. But where does the rhino fit?

7. Jimmy Jazz (a Hood mainstay)
The 20-year-old company, which has more than 120 stores throughout the United States, housing lines like Baby Phat, Rocawear and Coogi, was founded by James Kherzie. The young Brooklynite opened the store as an alternative outlet for hard-to-find urban brands. Despite hip-hop’s lyrical mentions of the brand, the name is based on the song ‘Jimmy Jazz’ by punk rockers The Clash. London calling?

notice the cover story “How To Be A Rich Black Woman” .. we can only guess it does not mention owning your own media as an option…. #irony

6. Essence Magazine
The publication that was once the second largest black publication hasn’t been black owned since the remaining minority stake in Essence Communications Inc. was sold to Time Inc. in 2005. The corporation originally purchased 49 percent of the popular African American publication in 2000, leaving the style bible in the hands of a man more partial to Brooks Brothers than Carol’s Daughter.

5. ‘The Game’
The popular CW show, which is set to have second life on BET, was created by Mara Brock Akil, but one of the producers behind the black dramedy is Kelsey Grammer. Grammer is best known for his role on ‘Cheers’ as Frasier, and his production Grammnet was also responsible for the African American comedy ‘Girlfriends.’

4. The George Foreman Grill
Say it isn’t so! The household staple bearing George Foreman’s name is not owned by the former heavyweight champion. The grill’s inventor, Michael Boem, sought out George because he was a burger freak known to consume the item before fights. The money behind the grill? Salton Inc., which was later acquired by Applica, and George sold the rights to the use of his name in 1999 for $127 million and stock options.

3. Church’s Chicken 
No, we don’t think African Americans have a super-size love for chicken but we do know that Church’s is scattered across numerous urban neighborhoods occupied by minorities. The founder targeted areas where Kentucky Fried Chicken, at the time, would not locate. George Church started the no-frills chain in Texas before being acquired by a public company and then sold to a private equity firm. Chuuch!

3 (a) .. Popeye’s Chicken – Honorable mention goes out to Popeye’s in this category… Black folk support this place like the own the farm the chickens were raised on … and yet, not ONE franchise (that we could find) is Black owned or operated.

2. T.V. One
The network that has revived ‘A Different World” is not 1980s BET in the making. T.V. One is primarily a partnership between Radio One’s Cathy Hughes and the mammoth cable company Comcast Corporation. But we do love ‘Unsung,’ though.

1. SoftSheen Carson
If you’re thinking of hair care products, items by SoftSheen Carson probably come to mind. The 46-year-old Softsheen brand was acquired by L’Oreal in 1998 and merged with another minority brand, Carson Products. The company that helps many black women maintain their hair is actually owned by L’Oreal USA, which is owned by the parent Parisian company L’Oreal Group. We knew Kelly Rowland was just the face for Dark & Lovely.

*Editor’s note*  Because our article is being plagiarized to the highest levels. we do maintain that the original list was compiled by an unknown source., but was reblogged on KMBA. The commentary  written here and the list additions were written and researched by the MadMan.  Please don’t steal our shit and not give credit.  For more details about the Plagiarizing debacle click here

82 Replies to “The Top Ten Non-Black Owned Products That Black Folk Think Are Black Owned…”

  1. Shame, shame, shame. Now we are allowing them to infringe on the Natural Hair care industry. “They” already own the hair supply stores and distribution. I know it is all about building your business, then trying to get more profits……but it has to end somewhere. Or begin with our people somewhere.

    1. Now? That’s been going on forever. All we do is CONSUME. We don’t OWN anything but always ready to buy.

      1. That is so true, the sad part about this is even though you educate the black people, these ashy, crispy bastards will still by white.

    2. “Now”? lol
      It’s BEEN like that. Most of the black hair care products on the shelves are NOT owned by us. I am involved with these companies daily, because I’m a beauty supply store owner. WE let it go, THEY picked it up.
      Solution: TAKE IT BACK. Support black owned hair care companies, black owned beauty supply stores (like mine). OPEN ONE YOURSELF, start your OWN hair care line. I will give you AAAALLL my connects.

      1. Could you help me get started with my black owned beauty supply?

      2. I can certainly try to! —
        Send me a message on facebook — look for Empress Beauty Supply.

      3. Really Dr3@MGYRL360, I just ran across your post. I’m trying to open up a beauty supply store in Deltona, fl, I’m getting my team together now just waiting for my home sale to get done and then I’m off to the races. I would love to talk to you and share into some of those Connects your talking about and Since I never done this before. It’s good to have friends with experience.

      4. sure!!! Look us up on Facebook — Empress Beauty Supply!! Send a message and we’ll talk! 😀

    3. Pamela, myself and 200 other women of color offer shampoos, soaps, body butters and such for ‘our’ community and we don’t make jack because 60% of the people that approach us want something for nothing. We don’t patronize with the intent of building up a company For Us By Us. We go in expecting a handout or a hookup.

      1. Ugh, maybe stop putting your customers down and figure out a way to do both. Some of us have the means and are willing to support Black businesses, but we expect quality products AND SERVICE. Your comment makes me wonder how I’d fare on the service part…C’mon, if we’re going to support each other, let’s let that support come from both businesses and customers.

      2. Can you name websites/stores that I may purchase some of the products you mentioned.

    1. Jaylin, The Chandler’s Rose, Lia’s Naturals are just 2 that you can patronize.

    2. Yes, let’s spend more time focusing on WHAT IS rather than WHAT AIN’T

  2. Black people don’t own 99.99% of the products they buy or operate the stores they patronize, so what’s the point of this article? The favorite phrase “our money never makes it back to the black community” is vague and truly has no meaning whatsoever. Can someone explain to me what that means? If you are paying taxes on the goods you are buying, regardless of who is making or selling the goods, the money is absolutely making it back to the black community by the way of free k-12 education, free transportation to school, police, firemen, street repairs, parks and recreation, etc. If the point of this article is to educate, with the hopes of motivating black people to invest their money into black-owned businesses and products, then the author should have provided a list of alternative black-owned businesses and products. Without this information, the article is nothing more than sensational urban rhetoric.

    1. Ricardo, I believe that you are misinformed. The money certainly does not make it back into the black community by way of k-12 education, free transportation to school, police, firemen, street repairs or parks and recreation. Not when in my community schools are being closed almost every week. Most schools do offer free transportation to school. However, its still public transportation meaning our children ride everyday with strangers instead of children in their own age range. They may have more police in the community maybe even a patrol on every corner, but it doesn’t do any good when the police are killing members of the community they’re supposed to protect and serve everyday i.e . our black men and children. Our mayor closed several fire departments in our city so there go that money back. As far as street repairs, we have have plenty of those that never seem to get done, but the majority of the workers are are either Mexican or White. How about the city hire some Blacks and put money directly into our communities and our homes so we can provide for our families?

    1. Not really. As is common practice depending on the districts, and how they are drawn. The African American community is not as likely to receive the benefits of that very same taxed monies.

      1. U can just look at the roads and tell

  3. What I don’t understand is this reason to point out whether or not blacks own these companies that market to blacks. Be happy enough that you’ve been considered to offer a product to. You still call blacks a minority. In 2013, as in the Church’s Chicken story line. I see a majority of blacks everywhere and anywhere I go. Including black men with white women. Maybe there was a black minority in the 1950 U.S.A. but not now. How can you tell your own people that they are still the minority when they clearly are not? Fashions, music, even language is based on being black today. I think it’s quite unfair to still call yourselves a minority these days. Honestly as I see it and being raised non racist, these are racist points of view in this article. If you really expect to have your own products, music, entertainment radio and tv channels, clothing and food, I suggest trying to export your people to another planet and starting off clean of other races other than blacks. Here on this planet, I think we’re supposed to be able to get along and share what life has to offer day by day, good or bad. Stop rebel rousing people of any color to feel inferior.

  4. All I can say is wow! Now we must ask ourselves why do we find the need to sell what we do own outside of our race. Why don’t we teach our children to take over our business when we are no longer able run them. Why are we not financial educated where we are not hit with issues that force us to sell and what do we do with all the money that is generated from outrageous sales to others, that don’t benefit our communities or our race.
    When Robert Johnson owned Bet it was exactly that BLACK ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIVE TV.since the sale it is mostly comedic and not necessarily what our young children need to view to move forward in this global society that we live in. It is not informative for the black community. It is a bunch of reruns with no sense of purpose or information to benefit the viewer

    1. You’re so right but it’s up to us to teach our own children about financial literacy. If we don’t know it then it’s our responsibility as parents to learn and teach our children ourselves. That duty does not lie with the Europeans and their school system. It lies with us.

    1. Woo-Hooo!!! U found one!!! It’s better than nothing. Thanks for the info.

  5. Ricardo, have you ever lived in a neighborhood that’s 98% or more black. Do you notice that there are no restaurants, grocery stores, parks, doctors, dentists, etc., etc. You have to go to white neighborhoods for that. So when we have to buy something, guess who’s neighborhoods that goes to? We do have plenty of beauty supply stores in our neighborhoods, and we don’t own those. Do you think that money stays in the neighborhood, or leave with the store owners?

  6. listen!!! ‘ALL black people are not stupid !! we, (i mean me) know that black people don’t have enough money to own all these business’s but I need the products, so I buy them from whom ever can sell them to me regarless who’s pocket it lands into , its not in mine!!! so it doesn’t matter, I don’t have it anymore and won’t get IT again from “NO MAN” WHITE OR BLACK !!
    just so you know jaio8ja and wyms popeys in Wichita ks is a franchise they bought a franchise not a company .”

    1. Mary, I own a company that creates skin and bath and body care and you know what??? White people are my best customers. They don’t ask for hookups, handouts or trade secrets. They pay what I ask and refer a friend. They don’t have this entitled attitude. If I marketed only to the African-American community then I would have gone out of business 7 years ago. http//

      1. Shit that’s a lie look at all of the Popeyes chicken TV adds

  7. Mack Wilborn, a black man, in Atlanta, GA owns 2 of the most profitable Popeyes franchises in the Country..Just to let you all know..but this is a great article

  8. so what black owned businesses can I support? that would of been nice to know I honestly think black people should support black own business so that black own business can give back to our communities and support our education,building careers, workshops, programs, and develop classes embracing our culture, our history, our principles.

  9. Sometimes things are said to keep you ignorant of the facts, but the only way to overcome these deliberate actions is to educate yourself. The market to us and we market to them. We no-longer have the time to cook the good home made dishes our elders taught us, instead we go to the corner store to buy chicken. By doing so we create a market and someone has to take advantage of the opportunity, Black White Yellow.

    David L. Steward – World Wide Technology Inc.
    Kase Lawal – CAMAC International Corp
    Ronald E. Hall Sr – Bridgewater Interiors LLC
    Janice Bryant Howroyd – ACT-1 Group
    Harold F. Mills – ZeroChaos
    Alex and Feysan Lodde – MV Transportation Inc
    Joseph B. Anderson – TAG Holdings LLC
    Robert L. Johnson – The RLJ Cos
    Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman – Bridgeman Foods Inc
    Don Barden – Barden Cos. Inc

    These companies mentioned are all multimillion dollar companies. Do you want me to go into sports, music or even Oprah.

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  11. Like someone previously said, black folk failed to educate their children about our heritage, the communities that were all black with schools, grocery stores, pharmacies,dentists, doctors offices everything we needed no longer exist because people will dirve ten miles to the mall to buy a product that cost .50 less than it cost in a black owned in the black community therefore those black businesses failed.

  12. You miss the point when you talk about money leaving the Black community, about supporting Black businesses, about Black products. The issue is capitalism, the economic system that arose around the time of the European slave trade. Capitalism demands profit over people. That economic system exploits, oppresses, and insures a wealthy few at the top who determines policy and a majority masses at he bottom who have little power to improve their lives. Many large corporations that influence our government to decide whether our citizens do better or worse started, enriched, and empowered themselves from the free labor that built this so called democracy. Those same corporations can make or break small businesses, Black or white. Some businesses are allowed to survive, but none can compete with the rich and powerful. Don’t have the illusion that Black businesses can grow to wield that kind of power to positively affect the Black community; because the super rich won’t permit it in a capitalist economy. But this economy has not always existed. Early human history tells us that there was a communal economy where the wealth of the community was shared by all. Then, with the development of private property ownership, came a different economic system, the ancient slave system. After that came the Feudal system when royalty (kings, queens and noblemen owned and controlled the wealth. Capitalism developed afterwards. Capitalism has not always existed and will not exist forever. It is not end of economic history. Black capitalists may be considered successful individuals in the capitalist, system, just as black slave holders may have been considered successful in the American capitalist slave system but neither did or will reach the wealth and power of the white capitalists who have had hundreds of years head start. I’ve already forgotten the name of Black chocolate cookie man. He made the best chocolate cookies, in my opinion and to my taste, with walnuts ever.

    1. Great writing but your wrong.because asian buy from asian and Arab by from arab.

  13. No shame here at all. If you noticed the companies that were created by black people were sold to larger corporations for profit and large sums.

    If anything that shows that we as a people can play the corporate game without ending up broke.

  14. we are builder of history and the legacy of our great past must become a light in this world of darkness we can build a better world for the human family once we build a model for ourselves in africa why build it here they have shown in the past they will burn down any thing that they cant control we have what the motherland needs education and money so lets put our minds into action and build a better wold for our children then this one which has them self- destruction we can do what ever we put our minds too

  15. Everything you mention is true that I know of but, I know Hank Aaron own a Popeye’s and Church’s in Atlanta. Overall this is a good post!

  16. Majority of these I already knew. I read through the comments and it’s a lot of division. It seems many of you say teach our children about this or that…it seems after you learn something is not black owned you want to teach children how to be about being black or something. I don’t have to teach my children that, they already know. I want to teach them to be successful in life and be great citizens to the world, not do something because a bunch of “non-black” people are being successful because they were taught that they could do anything they put their minds to or whatever may be the case. People talk about racism and it’s so easy to see…there is nothing wrong with wanting to support ‘black owned businesses’ but not make it seem that if its not black owned its not right….I can only imagine what the world will be like 15 years from now. I just pray for the best.

  17. Here’s the thing…black folks don’t support one another…if you do make it BIG not small but BIG…you make it because of non-blacks (for the most part) supporting what you are doing. sooooooooooo sad!

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  20. Should whites only support white-owned businesses, then? Isn’t that racist thinking?

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  22. Well I’m white and i’ve Ioved Popeyes from the first time I tried it. Then they started featuring a black woman in their ads which sort of ‘implied’ that it was a black owned company. Still loved it. Now you’re telling me it ain’t so. Still love it. Guess folks of all colors probably rate products by their intrinsic value provided, rather than what the folks who own them look like. Now specific individuals may make a difference. Please don’t tell me that Ray Kurzweil,
    Michael Vick or anyone high up in Monsanto have big positions in Popeyes. That would create a conflict. I’d still love the product and hate the company.

  23. For one they need to change the title to Black Owned products that sold to white companies. See this the reason why we don’t have our own we are quick to sell to white owned companies. All of these with the exception of Church’s and Popeye’s was started by blacks but we sold it too whites. Note to black business owners know how to proper market, advertised, and brand yourself so you don’t sell your products to these white companies.

  24. There is a black owned Popeyes in Saginaw Michigan.

  25. That’s crazy,and we as blacks and Native Americans, are the biggest supporters.and we don’t own anything that we patronize, SMH

  26. Unbelievable ! We’ve been bamboozled . Thanx for letting me know .

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