If you haven’t haired of this new show – Queen Boss, its a new reality competition shows airing on Centric and debuted on January 14. Each week a group of three African American women will complete to see who has what it takes to be queen boss. They will pitch their businesses idea to a panel of three judges.
One person will be eliminated at that round and the remaining two will go on to the business challenge. One woman will be the winner of that round but that doesn’t mean they will automatically go on to the semifinals.
Overall there will be 18 women fighting to become one of the six to win the crown of Queen Boss and received $25,000 to use to either start or grow their business. Now lets get to the recap.
First of all I was totally surprise at every turn. The eliminated parties and the winner of the business challenge shocked me. In this episode we had a new judge join then panel and her name is Rakia Reynolds, the founder of Skai Blue Media, a major multimedia public relations agency. I like her but my favorite is definitely Lauren Lake.
She always comes with the tough questions and play no games. The three contestants for this week were Regina Gwynn who has an at-home beauty service business called Tresse Noire. Basically instead of spending time at the salon, you can book a stylist who come to your home and does everything for you.
Our second entrepreneur was Nailah Ellis-Brown the founder of Ellis Ice Tea. I actually saw a write-up about her a while back in a magazine (might have been Black Enterprise, can’t recall for sure). Our third pitch was made by Mandy Bowman of Official Black Wall Street.
From the sneak peak from episode one I though I knew who was gong to cut first but to my surprise it was Mandy who I believe had the best pitch presentation of all.
However the judges didn’t believe that she could make money from her business. I totally disagree. Subscription base business models are big right now from what I can see. If she price it right I believe she could have a very viable business.
I know of at least one similar business online right now, so there must be something there.
Regina and Nailah moved on to the business challenge round which had me screaming at my television. They were tasked with creating a photo centered around a bracelet. The winner was selected by who’s picture got the most likes when it was posted to Tracy Edmond’s Instagram page.
It wasn’t until the very last minute that it click in Regina’s head to use the model standing next to the table. That would have been my first choice. I didn’t follow Nailah ideas and thought for sure that she was going to lose.
I also give two thumbs down to both women expressing that they couldn’t do this challenge because someone else handles their social media. It’s perfectly okay to delegate tasks that you are not good at but you but must know what you are paying someone else to do.
I personally wouldn’t have like a photo of a bracelet sitting among branches of trees. I identify more with seeing it on a person. However, I was wrong and the Nailiah photo received the most liked. Then I was hit with another shocker, Regina was told to take her business else where.
I couldn’t believe it. I thought Regina’s presentation was definitely better then Nailiah. The hair industry is huge and is definitely in need of more black people that space. Again the judges thought diffidently. I think her presentation, her looks and not the pitch was what got her eliminated.
Although I think there is something else amiss. I don’t have much evidence so I am not going to show my hand just yet. We will have to wait and see what happens in episode three. Well, that’s my two cents.
If you feel like I do and want more positive images of women, especially African American women on television please support this show. Queen Boss airs on Saturdays at 10pm EST.