Shark Tank For Black Women: Queen Boss

We’ve seen recent reports showing the wage gap between men and women. When it comes to black women and white men the gap grows. Black women earn just 67 cents for every dollar white men earn. Black women have begun to even the playing fields by becoming their own boss and investing in themselves.

SWSI (Smart Women. Smart Ideas.) highly successful ‘Queen Bee’ webisode series was licensed by Black Entertainment Television Network (BET) and turned into a TV series called ‘Shark.’ It premieres Saturday, January 14, at 10pm ET (9pm CT) on both BET and Centric (BET’s women-focused network).

“Black women are and have always been pioneers and titans of industry — from Madame CJ Walker to Lisa Price of Carole’s Daughter (one of the guest judges on ‘Queen Boss’). We are proud to help nurture the next wave of women taking over!” said Zola Mashariki, Executive Vice President, Head of Original Programming, BET Networks.

We all know how hard the economy was hit by the recession. Parts of the country have still not fully recovered. “African-American women are not sitting around waiting for opportunities to fall in their lap,” said Mashariki. “Whether it’s an online blog or a cupcake baking business or a multinational importing company, we aspire for more than just climbing the corporate ladder. Black women are choosing to bet on themselves and see their dreams through so they can grow real wealth.”

Queen Boss’ is somewhat like  ‘Shark Tank but not quit.  This is a competition between 18 women who all compete to advance to the semi-finals then the final. Of course, there can only be one winner, that woman will get crowned ‘Queen Boss’ and wins $25,000. So who are our awesome host? There are so many successful women entrepreneurs we could choose from.

The host will be TV personality and businesswoman Tracey Edmonds. Celebrity business-owner judges include Angela Benton, Kandi Burruss, Lauren Lake, Carla Hall, Rakia Reynolds, Vanessa Simmons, Mikki Taylor and Robin Wilson.

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