Partake CEO, Denise Woodard, Featured in New Pharrell & Jay-Z Video

With the release of their newest collaboration, Pharrell and Jay-Z have amplified the voices of dozens of small Black-owned businesses, artists and entrepreneurs. The 5 1/2 minute video for "Entrepreneur," released at midnight August 21st, features 35 Black owners, founders and CEOs (by our count) while providing a glimpse at their stories.

You can see Partake CEO, Denise Woodard, around the 3 minute mark. A montage of Denise baking in the kitchen is overlaid with the text "86 investors told Denise Woodard of Partake Cookies, "No." Except Jay-Z." 

When asked about the cameo Denise said, "It's very surreal! If you had told me in 2016 when I started Partake that by 2020 I would be in a Pharrell and Jay-Z video, I wouldn't have believed you. But much like this journey of the past 4 years, the pinch me moments keep coming, and I'm thankful for that." 

In 2020 alone, Partake has expanded our line of gluten-free, allergy-friendly, top 8 allergen-free cookies to 2700+ stores nationwide (including Target and Whole Foods), closed a round of funding led by Marcy Venture Partners, been featured in national publications and broadcast like the Today Show and seen exponential growth in the supportive Partake community

"The support has been overwhelming. Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely process, but I am fortunate to be surrounded by a family, community and team that's rooting for me." says Denise.

Lifting up as we climb is a tenant at Partake, and spotlighting other Black and brown founders and organizations is a priority in Partake's work. To celebrate the release of "Entrepreneur" we've included a list of the other 34 founders below with links to learn more about their work.

This list is just the tip of the iceberg—it's all the hard-working, sacrificing Black entrepreneurs that can fit into 5 1/2 minutes. For more Black companies, organizations and educators, check out our blog post "100 Black educators, organizations and companies."


Featured Entrepreneurs

(in order of appearance) 

Sole Folks

Website | Instagram

 

Compton Cowboys

Website | Instagram

 

Ride On! Bike Co-Op

Website | Instagram

 

Ty Anthony Davis - Vox Collegiate

Website | Instagram

 

Tyler, the Creator

Instagram

 

Vincent & Arlene Williams - Honey’s Kettle

Website | Instagram

 

Iddris Sandu

Website | Instagram

 

Bea Dixon - Honey Pot

Website | Instagram

 

Arthell & Darnell Isom - D'ART Shtajio

Website | Instagram

 

Issa Rae

Website | Instagram

  

Nipsey Hussle

Website | Instagram

 

Neighbors Skateshop

Website | Instagram

 

Alrick Augustine - Keep It Run Hundred

Website | Instagram

 

Six Sev

Website | Instagram

 

Chace Infinite - Harun Coffee Shop

Website | Instagram

 

Chef Alisa - My Two Cents

Website | Instagram

 

Angela Richardson - PUR Home

Website | Instagram

 

Debbie Allen - Tribe Midwifery

Website | Instagram

  

Miss Bennett Fitness

Instagram

 

Black & Mobile

Website | Instagram

  

Trill Paws Dog Accessories

Website | Instagram

 

Third Vault Yarns

Website | Instagram

 

Nicholas Johnson - First Black Princeton Valedictorian 

Princeton Announcement 

 

Robert Hartwell - Broadway Star

Website | Instagram

 

Hugh Augustine’s Hot Bowls

Instagram

 

Simply Wholesome Health Food Market

Website | Instagram

 

Soul Food House

Website | Instagram

 

Nail Xperience

Website | Instagram

 

M I O Prints 

Website | Instagram

 

Caked & Baked 

Website | Instagram

 

Umoja Production

Website | Instagram

 

Avila Diana Art

Website | Instagram

  

The Artisan Grower

Website | Instagram

 

Maison Chateau Rouge

Website | Instagram

 

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