Co-President, Bashiri Durham, just wants to make a difference. His life has been dedicated to that humble end. His hope is that all of his prior accomplishments and experiences in both the academic and professional arenas will have equipped him to optimally serve his community. He avidly contends that failure neither has to be final nor fatal but with the right posturing and poise can ultimately be educational..
Blair first found her fist () as an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech. The university, plagued by social ills that disproportionately affected the black student population, was a microcosm of the larger society. There, Blair honed her skills as a student leader and received numerous accolades, stipends, and appointments for her work. She was instrumental in founding an alliance of students, teachers and concerned community persons to resist oppression, raise money and change campus policies. She developed history-focused programs and services and helped to develop a successful campaign to overturn a critical decision by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors to remove race from the anti-discrimination clause. In the 11 years since that time, Blair has served in public and proprietary education, social work, mental health counseling and retail management but believes founding Black Brand is a matter of fulfilling destiny. She is committed to the mission of the organization and works with excitement and passion to bring about change.
Tiffany is a wealth of energy and information. As an entrepreneur, cosmetologist, mentor and high school history teacher, she provides a standard of excellence within the Black community. She is a certified holistic health and wellness nutritionist and has started a company to begin rendering these empowerment services to our communities.
CEO, Arifay Tahirah Joyner, is a native of Portsmouth and Chesapeake. Arifay graduated from Indian River High School and Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Apprentice Program. She has over 16 years of Federal Government service and 12 years of Leadership and Project Management experience. Her community involvement includes but are not limited to volunteer work with the CHROME and math tutoring program through the Portsmouth public school system, and the Community Outreach Program at NNSY. She is also owner and CEO of The Hub Link, and director of Public Relations with The Legend Foundation.
Bert has been a student of entrepreneurship since witnessing his mother selling toys door-to-door as a child. He has participated in several large scale construction projects such as the Sentara Heart Center, McArthur Mall, Mid-Tunnel, and currently, Norfolk Prime Outlet Mall. A serial entrepreneur, Bert has Co-founded Whereblackbiz, The Sankofa Business Network and the Community CashMob. Each of these are organizations that encourage cooperative economics. Bert is a firm believer that the price of freedom must be renewed by each generation, and that the blueprint for economic empowerment has already been drafted; therefore, it is our duty to pick up the torch and run with it.
Keisha is best defined as kinetic. She puts things in motion and believes in the power of community. Keisha is the CEO of K&R Communications, a digital public relations firm. With her extensive background in communications, she uses her expertise to advance small businesses, churches, start-ups and individuals with the passion to succeed in the digital realm. In her spare time, she volunteers her efforts to her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and to her church where she serves as a core member of the Innovation and Technology Ministry. She is also an adjunct professor at Hampton University, motivational blogger of SundaysWithKeisha.com and Co-organizer of EmpoweringHerBrunch.com
Reneldo Randall is Chair of Black Brand’s certification and training program. His goal is to speak to the necessary education, proper preparation, and networking tools necessary to move forward with strengthening the economic flooring for black people. He holds an MBA, works in university administration, manages a successful international business, and runs a local nonprofit geared toward youth mentoring.