Rants & Randomness with Luvvie Ajayi

Own the Narrative (with Rich Dennis) - Episode 20

Episode Summary

In this special episode, Luvvie brings you an in-depth interview with Sundial Brands Co-Founder and CEO Rich Dennis. In the interview, Rich shares how he went from selling soaps on 125th street in Harlem to building a business that is now a global conglomerate. He chats about why economic freedom is so critical for the Black community and breaks down the costs of (not) buying Black. He talks about buying ESSENCE Magazine and explains how he had the conviction to insist that Unilever invest $100 million in Black women entrepreneurs as part of this partnership with the megabrand. Last but certainly not least, Rich addresses the controversy surrounding that SheaMoisture ad and whether the formula has changed. Yea, we went there! Do yourself a favor and get into this episode ASAP!

Episode Notes

In this special episode, Luvvie brings you an in-depth interview with Sundial Brands Co-Founder and CEO Rich Dennis. In the interview, Rich shares how he went from selling soaps on 125th street in Harlem to building a business that is now a global conglomerate. He chats about why economic freedom is so critical for the Black community and breaks down the costs of (not) buying Black. He talks about buying ESSENCE Magazine and explains how he had the conviction to insist that Unilever invest $100 million in Black women entrepreneurs as part of this partnership with the megabrand. Last but certainly not least, Rich addresses the controversy surrounding that SheaMoisture ad and whether the formula has changed. Yea, we went there! Do yourself a favor and get into this episode ASAP!

Follow Rich’s fund focused on women of color entrepreneurs, New Voices Fund, on Facebook and Instagram.

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Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company