(BALTIMORE – September 18, 2021) – Join us for our next event, Black Wall Street CENTRAL CITY, on Wed., Sept. 22, 2021 from 6 to 8 pm at 4 S. Central Avenue. RSVP to https://BlackwallstreetCentralCity.eventbrite.com.
Special thanks to our sponsor, Michael Haynie of Global Training Centers, LLC.
The event will feature a book signing (“I Am Black Wall Street” by Doni Glover) and the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards where we celebrate Black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. To date, we’ve honored nearly 1,800 individuals in 12 US cities. The goal is to encourage entrepreneurship in the community.
Honorees include Paris Brown.
WHO IS PARIS BROWN?
For over 20 years, Paris Brown has been an independent sales and marketing consultant focused on business growth for new and emerging business enterprises with a passion for promoting, supporting, and helping black-owned enterprises.
Paris has forged opportunities in the United States retail market for African-based artisans. She credits her success to understanding consumer buying behavior, emphasizing the importance of collaborative relationships, and sharing the story behind the artist, inventor, designer, and manufacturer. She says of her work, “Sharing the story is important to me personally as an interior designer. People of the African Diaspora are a talented and gifted people. We see the product but often do not realize the creative process behind its development. Sharing the story is like taking the journey with the brand from its inception to completion. I find that there are so many things that inspire a brand, our rich history, our struggles and triumphs [against racism, lack of access to capital and other issues that can plague black businesses and hinder their growth], and daily challenges and experiences, including lack of product inventory to meet the need and demand by consumers of color. Most importantly, seeing the manifestation of our natural God-given gifts and talents is an exciting thing to behold and telling the store is sharing the spirit (words) part of it with the world.”
Building sound, respectful and mutually satisfying business relationships is important for business success, and Paris approaches each project she inaugurates with this collaborative perspective, always asking the question: “How can we both benefit from this relationship”. It is with this business philosophy in mind that she initiated the social/entrepreneurial alliance with Macy’s and her beloved Strivers’ Row community, a historical enclave for African Americans in Harlem USA, and collaboration that raised funds to support the historical preservation efforts of that community with a city-wide promotion tour.
Passion met opportunity when Ms. Brown began a collaboration with Design South Africa, an initiative of the Department of Industry and Trade of the Republic of South Africa. In this capacity, she represented African artisans and was responsible for retail and wholesale placement in the US market. Her sales and marketing efforts created opportunities for African artisans in major retail outlets such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Starwood Hotels and Walt Disney World, and the now-defunct Barney’s New York.
Ms. Brown co-founded Twenty-First Century Group, Inc. (21st Century), a public relations and marketing firm with Adrian Lee Harpool, now doing business as Adrian Harpool Associates. 21st Century group’s projects included the promotional campaign for Ghana Airlines service from Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport, production of the first African American Tourism Guide for Baltimore City and expanded the minority business directory for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore to increase the utilization of black-owned businesses by the local Baltimore business community with the support of the Small Business Administration. Clients included American Heart Association, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Cordish Company (Hard Rock Café and Barnes & Noble), Housing Authority of Baltimore, State of Maryland, and other local companies. Paris left 21st Century Group to pursue other endeavors.
Brown joined the team of The Baltimore Times this year as project manager where she is focused on promoting small businesses, supporting the development of The Baltimore Times digital platform, and supporting the creative development of various projects.
Paris Brown is CEO and founder of the African American Shopping Network and executive producer of its streaming media production: Black Boutique TV. Launching in 2022, African American Shopping Network, Inc. and Black Boutique TV represent the culmination of Paris’s lifelong work to provide a platform to promote, support and help black businesses. Black Boutique TV will debut as the world’s first multi-channel digital streaming shopping destination for Black brands created by and for people of color. The OTT streaming service will debut as a FREE 24/7 video-on-demand feature on the ROKU-TV Channel, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV streaming platforms. In addition to the global streaming platform, Black Boutique TV’s companion e-commerce website platform will allow customers to explore the brands and to shop.
Paris is an alumnus of Howard University and a graduate of Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She holds a BBA in marketing specializing in retailing and sales and is also a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID).