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Shocking video shows woman dragged by car in Oakland purse theft

A woman visiting Oakland’s Chinatown Wednesday was dragged by a car down a street when a thief allegedly stole her purse, according to surveillance video circulated widely online.

The victim’s husband told KPIX his wife was wearing the purse crossed around her neck and shoulder and she was pulled 150 feet by the suspect’s car.

“She’s very scared and shaken up,” the victim’s husband, who did not want to be identified, told KPIX. The couple had driven from out of town to go to Oakland Beauty Supply.

The store’s surveillance cameras captured the video showing the woman being pulled on her stomach across the pavement.

KTVU reported the woman was bruised but there were no serious injuries.

The incident occurred on International

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Bephies Beauty Supply is a brand for the unapologetically Black

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If you’re on the search for a new Black-owned brand to add to your roster, Bephies Beauty Supply is a brand you need to know.

The brand — brainchild of designer Beth Birkett Gibbs — is Gibbs’ Bephie brand paired with various offerings by Los Angeles creatives, specifically women, POC and LGBTQIA+ people.

Bephies Beauty Supply was founded in 2020 out of a “desire to involve [the] community in the tangible elements of [Black] culture by highlighting unique brands founded by WOC artists and entrepreneurs who are redefining beauty and fashion as vivid, powerful and individual,” according to the site.

Now on Nordstrom, the brand is

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Events canceled because of COVID hurt Beverly businesses

For the past three years Curtis Barfield operated Benny’s Beauty Supply in Beverly, but the store is set to close this weekend, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am closing the business for a couple of reasons and the pandemic is one of them. My store was damaged from the looting that took place last year,” said Barfield, co-owner of the store. “The store was also closed for three months (last year) since it was not deemed an essential business.” The shutdowns and the fear of another lockdown is the main reason he is closing.

The small, Black-owned store at 11109 S. Western Ave. has two employees. Before the COVID shut-down order there were seven, Barfield said. His business got a $10,500 federal loan from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help with payroll. Barfield said he pays $2,250 per month in rent for the store and

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Motivated by community, these Black-owned business have grown in the pandemic

By relying on community support and faith and fighting for representation, three Black business owners showed how to survive against the odds.

While many businesses were forced to close their doors permanently due to COVID-19, these three owners actually opened their businesses amid the pandemic — and have seen the businesses grow.

“I was set to open in March to honor my mom’s birthday but ended up delaying the opening because of the pandemic,” said Rodesia Scott of Lynn’s Beauty Depot, a beauty supply store in Desoto, Texas.

Scott said she decided to hold her grand opening during the Juneteenth weekend, a holiday celebrating the end of slavery, because the event is widely celebrated across Texas.

In the heart of a historically black neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, sits Leah and Louise, a juke joint. The Southern-inspired restaurant opened in March, just days before North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced

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Beth Birkett of Bephies Beauty Supply on Running a Small Business

Women running their own companies? We love to see it. In our monthly series Small Business Spotlight, we chat with independent fashion entrepreneurs about their journey to be-your-own-boss status. Here, tips for raising funds, developing a marketing strategy, navigating social media, and more—straight from women who have done it themselves.


Beth Birkett is no stranger to the fashion industry: She is a costume designer, a creative director, the co-owner of the iconic Los Angeles streetwear store Union with her husband, Chris Gibbs, and the founder of Bephie, an ultra-cool women’s streetwear line. Instead of baking bread when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the fashion girl took a leap into yet another space: Beauty. She evolved Bephie into Bephies Beauty Supply, an online retailer that serves as an inclusive marketplace for clothing, beauty, house wares, and more, that supports the work of Black women and those in the LGBTQ+ community.

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Beauty supply store owner opens doors for other Black entrepreneurs

A woman who never lost focus of her dream to own her own business achieved her goal through hard work and passion. Her story of perseverance is a tribute to Black heritage and is what’s right with Tampa Bay.

For Pamela Thompson, her beauty supply store, My Shade and Texture, has special meaning.

“It’s more than just a name. It’s an affirmation for women and men who look like me, to love your shade and texture,” she explained. 

Thompson was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Florida Memorial University with a degree in psychology in 2006. She worked as a crisis counselor and a case manager, and then spent more than 10 years working at the U.S. District Court.

But she couldn’t let her dream of being an entrepreneur out

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