black business month

Chip Smith – Third-Generation Leader of Harrison Ross Mortuaries

In celebration of Black Business Month, the L.A. Sentinel shines a spotlight on William “Chip” Smith III, the CEO of Harrison Ross Mortuaries in Los Angeles. As a third-generation leader of this esteemed Black-owned family business, Chip continues to uphold the legacy established by his grandparents, Leon Harrison and Emma Ross.

Meet The Artist Dom of Human and Divine  

Self-taught artist Dom is sharing their gifts with the Crenshaw District. Through youth workshops, custom designs, and abstract art pieces, Human and Divine is a unique brand that celebrates the trials and tribulations of life.

The Snoball Shop Has Been Serving the Community for 17 Years

On the corner of Slauson and Overhill, directly across from Simply Wholesome, sits an iconic lot with a trio of New Orleans inspired eateries. With a small cameo in Issa Rae’s “Insecure,” The Snoball Shop has been a staple in the Windsor Hills community since 2006.

Celebrating Black Business Month: A Call to Act

August is Black Business Month – It’s a time to celebrate Black-owned businesses and honor the rich heritage of Black entrepreneurship. It’s a call to continue to empower Black business owners in our communities and advocate for economic inclusivity for all. Black Business Month was started in 2004 by historian Jordan William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan, Sr. who quickly realized how limited financing options were for Black entrepreneurs. Their goals were to “drive the policy affecting 2.6 million African American businesses” and bring awareness to and eradicate the systemic inequities that Black business owners have faced throughout history