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PITCH BLACK is a national competition and outreach initiative for Black business owners, startups, entrepreneurs, and creatives that are committed to building social change and economic equality. The event and initiative provides Black professionals a platform to powerfully communicate their story.

The FIVE featured Black business finalists from across the nation are:

Melissa Daley at Orca Intelligence, Barbie Hines at Barbies Love 4 Lashes, Joe James at Agri-Tech Producers, Adia Jamille at Jamille Textiles, and Crystal Rice at Black Economic Exchange Group.

These business owners conveyed their stories through a 3-min pitch video and their missions aligned with the PITCH BLACK application criteria of Potential, Highlight, Focus, Clarity, and Metrics. The finalists’ 3-min pitch videos will be showcased during the virtual event. We chose the centennial of the Tulsa Massacre to spotlight the unwavering resilience of Black business owners, startups, entrepreneurs, and creatives nationally.