Second Act Showdown: ‘Little Black Girl’

Author Brittany Green is the first contestant in our weeklong competition to award $5,000 to an up-and-coming entrepreneur.
4:07 | 08/04/20

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All week long we're meeting entrepreneurs who traded in their day jobs to start their own pursuits and now they're competing for $5,000 to take their business to the next level and today we're kicking off a little competition called the "Second act showdown." CEO and founder of curls beauty brand mahisha Dellinger, will share her business advice with today's contestant. At the end of the week, she'll choose whose company she'll support with $5,000. So today's contestant found herself wondering, what's next? After the company she worked for went bankrupt and in the midst of picking up the pieces she found inspiration to per sue her passion. Let's meet our first entrepreneur. My name is Brittany green. I currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I'm the author of a children's book called "Little black girl" that's written for and about my daughter. The book is really to inspire just children of color. I had lost my job and one night I was really just thinking about my daughter and I just started journaling and it turned out to be this poem that I wrote and that was just the spark that turned this little love letter I wrote to my daughter, turned into a book that other parents can share with their daughters, it was a bit of a process to get it off the ground. I just feel like I want to be a part of that group of people who really help bridge the gap of diversity in literature. All I can say, god was supposed to happen and he made it happen. What a beautiful story. Brittany is with us now. You were able to make the best of a bad situation, creating your book after your company went under and now we're very excited that you have a chance at $5,000 to take your vision even further. So why don't you tell mahisha why you should get that money for your business. Take it away. Thank you so much for having me. "Little black girl" is a love letter to remind who they are, what they can become. I'm so excited that the boy version of this book will be out later this fall. The university of Wisconsin, Madison put our their yearly diversity in children's book statistics that showed 71% of children's books that came out in 2019 featured a character that was either white an inaminate object or an animal. That gets significantly lower when you go by race. So I think it's really important for all children to have the opportunity to open a book and see themselves in everyday situations and with your backing I'll be able to put out more children's books that feature diverse characters and representative of all of America's children. Mahisha, what is your advice for Brittany to grow her business with her books? First of all, Brittany, I'm a fan. Representation is so important for your children. Thank you for what you're doing. First and foremost, I need you to take advantage of the climate that we're in, it is time for you to pitch, pitch, pitch. People are looking for ways to be inclusive, to level up their diversity, and with black history month coming around the corner, people are buying for that time of the month, it's time to get you in front of the key decisionmakers to get your product and your book on the so that's my advice to you. So focus and hone in on your pitching skills and to start booking those meetings. That's what I need you to do like right away. Great advice, mahisha and Brittany, thank you so much for joining us today, for sharing your beautiful book with us. And we'll have you back on at the end of the week with all of our contestants when mahisha will choose the winner of our second act showdown. So mahisha, thank you. We'll see you again tomorrow when we meet the next contestant.

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