While other products tend to focus on baby, The Stork Bag offers curated products, which help mothers throughout their pregnancies and postpartum period. It's been loved by mothers throughout the world -- including Joanna Gaines, Khloe Kardashian, to name a few -- since November 2014.

The Stork Bag is the only pregnancy subscription product to have received OBGYN certification. And, it was a labor of love, for sure.

Perry launched The Stork Bag after obtaining her Master's degree, while pregnant with her third son and working full time in the nonprofit sector. On top of that, Ericka recently published a pregnancy journal called "9 Months of Happiness: Maintaining a Blissful Pregnancy," and helps her husband run his self-help YouTube channel YouAreCreators, Inc.

At the end of the day, Ericka is an inspiration for women to reach for the stars, focusing on what makes them the happiest.

To get a sense of what Ericka's like (and her amazing personality), please see her reel, and a link to one of her TV appearances.

DOOPLEX: What was your inspiration for starting the business?

PERRY: My biggest inspiration was mothers, in particular, pregnant mothers. I'm a mom and have many friends and family members who are also mothers. Catering to women during such an important time in their lives was and still is the driving force behind my business.

DOOPLEX: What have been your greatest achievements and biggest challenges?

PERRY: My greatest achievements have come in the form of customer satisfaction and word of mouth brand recognition growth. Knowing that not only are people purchasing The Stork Bag, but are also spreading the word about it makes me proud. I've faced many challenges with growing The Stork Bag but the biggest would have to be in the arena of scaling. Scaling a subscription based business can be challenging until you find what works for your business. This is because many sub-based businesses rely heavily on other brands, we've learned to work around this challenge by implementing processes that help us align with the right brands and provide exclusive content.

DOOPLEX: Advice to women who want to start a new business?

PERRY: My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs would be to Just Do It. As a consultant, I often times come across clients who have a really great idea but are too afraid to step on the gas. I always tell them to Just Do It, put it out there and tweak it along the way. Too much overthinking can lead to failure without even trying.

DOOPLEX: What are your plans for the future of your business?

PERRY: My plan is to grow The Stork Bag into the premier pregnancy gifting brand. Our vision is not only The Stork Bag being the "go-to" pregnancy gift, our goal is for our brand(s) to be synonymous with pregnancy.

DOOPLEX: Being a black woman business owner? What are some of the specific challenges?

PERRY: I don't necessarily see challenges related to being a black woman business owner. My outlook sees far beyond barriers and capitalizes on opportunity. I encourage all female entrepreneurs to do the same, especially AA female entrepreneurs. We're not victims, we're leaders who can create magic if we knew our potential and focused only on opportunity; image what we could create!

DOOPLEX: What do you love and struggle with when it comes to your hair/skin?

I love my skin color, growing up with darker skin was sometimes hard and when I became a young adult and started wearing make up, it was a struggle to find the right foundation. Luckily, I've never struggled with acme prone skin but oil prone skin was a headache!

Candy Schibli graduated college with a degree in engineering and then graduate school in environmental sciences—natural resource management, which led her to Costa Rica and with that, enlightenment and a new career.

In December of 2016, she made a conscious effort to move forward in doing something that afforded her more time with people, food, agriculture and the equatorial lifestyle. She chose coffee and opened Southeastern Roastery, in Washington, D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood.

"I view it as food...as a basic substance that when given good attention can offer so much pleasure, Schibli said. "It's an agricultural product that spans culture with a rich and complex history that mirrors trade, travel, and mixes local and international sentiments. All of these things drew me into the coffee industry."

You know we had to ask her about her hair... Schibli says, "My relationship to my hair and skin is not complex or out of the norm I think. My hair is mine; I don't dislike it and I work with what I've got. I've shaved off completely, twice, I've relaxed it, pressed it, bleached it, loc'd it. I'm not wed to it, and don't have any hang-up about it. It's really not something I think about every day."

Beautifully southern, the brand is committed to promoting the cultural exchange, open dialogue, and collective creativity that coffee communion has historically and internationally nurtured.

"I am building cross-border relationships through this common ecosystem using what I have gained throughout my life. This opportunity is my gift from the universe, from which I am ever learning and ever growing. And, even at its tumultuous and unpredictable times, I compassionately accept and look forward to sharing its beauty," Schibli says.

Women play an integral role in Southeastern Roastery. Not only is the business woman-owned and operated, one of Schibli's main focuses is to seek out and incorporate women from importers to producer-based social programs that place an emphasis on woman's health and well-being. Southeastern Roastery currently imports from both international and more local green coffee growers with which Schibli builds a close relationship.

Female importers represent Paisa Coffee out of Colombia and Chiru Coffee of Kenya. Southeastern Roastery also imports from Keffa Coffee and Gold Mountain Coffee (to which Schibli conducted an origin trip in January 2017) which focus on supporting and implementing programs for women and girls in Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Nicaragua. Schibli is constantly researching constantly to make more connections like these in the industry.

The beans utilized from Southeastern Roastery come from coffee producers that adhere to standards of the Specialty Coffee Association, which means that they place a high value and emphasis on social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Farming practices and payments are implemented such that roasters receive the best taste out of the beans and the farmers are paid higher wages for their quality work.

Southeastern Roastery currently roasts their beans onsite at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe located at 2475 18th St NW. Coffee is sold daily by the cup and whole bean by the bag, and is available world-wide online. Coffee Tastings are held the first and third Sunday of each month from 8-11 am at Songbyrd.

Noëlle Santos is a millennial, Afro-Latina, hailing from the Bronx in New York City.

In October 2014, Bronx native and resident, Noëlle Santos, joined over 3,000 protesters to save the only existing bookstore in the borough, Barnes & Noble, from displacement. This effort by Bronx readers galvanized property owners to extend the chain store's lease through 2016.

Through this initiative, Noëlle discovered that the Bronx would remain grossly underserved even if the northeast bookstore was allowed to renew its lease; recognizing an opportunity to create a sustainable, more accessible bookshop, that addresses the shortcomings of big-box stores: reflecting and serving the unique needs of the communities they operate in.

The Lit. Bar will be just as multifaceted as me: a bookstore/wine bar/community center. I dream of a graffiti and chandelier theme, much like my life.

It seemed innocent enough. A black woman gets her hair done live on the "Today Show." Then something went horribly wrong.

In an attempt to give the model a side pony, the "one minute summer hair" segment took a turn for the worse when it became obvious the stylist at work was clueless about how to work with the model's hair.

In comes two women, Jihan Thompson and Jennifer Lambert, who created an app called Swivel Beauty -- a tool that black women can use to find expert and vetted stylists in their cities or wherever they travel.

Friends from Washington D.C. who travel extensively for work, and constantly face the extreme challenge of finding a stylist knowledgable in the ways of and workings of black hair, the Swivel ladies have put their efforts into saving other black women from the tragedies of the model on the Today Show.

"Black women have curly, kinky, textured hair that is just not easy for every hair stylist to do," Lambert said in an interview with Fast Company. "It requires special training that isn't generally taught in beauty school."

Sorry ladies... the only rub is that Swivel Beauty only offers info on salons in D.C. and N.Y.C. Booooo!!!!

"This acquisition of ESSENCE represents the beginning of an exciting transformation of our iconic brand as it evolves to serve the needs and interests of multigenerational Black women around the world in an even more elevated and comprehensive way across print, digital, e-commerce and experiential platforms," ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks told Business Wire. "In addition, it represents a critical recognition, centering and elevation of the Black women running the business from solely a leadership position to a co-ownership position."

Essence Ventures was founded and is chaired by Richelieu Dennis, who also is founder of Shea Moisture.

" . . . [W]e are excited to be able to return this culturally relevant and historically significant platform to ownership by the people and the consumers whom it serves, and offer new opportunities for the women leading the business to also be partners in the business," Dennis said in a statement.

Richelieu added: "The strategic vision and leadership that Michelle has provided to ESSENCE over the years have been exemplary, and we are thrilled to work with her and her talented team to provide the necessary resources and support to continue to grow the engagement and influence of the ESSENCE brand and transform this business.