Double Up: How Two Founders Are Teaming Up to Build a Brighter Future

For Brian Mays and Kenisha Dennis, giving back has always been of the utmost importance.

With their respective endeavors, the two have set out to launch movements centered around cultivating the lives of black boys and girls – igniting an impact that is not only unique, but necessary.

Founded in 2017, Mays uses Smile Natural Toothpaste (a vegan-friendly toothpaste) as a tool to remedy the disparity in access to opportunities in education. Simultaneously, Dennis is providing the next generation of black girls access to life-changing opportunities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) enrichment, financial literacy, and wellness with Black Girls Can Inc.


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Utilizing their incredible efforts, it comes as no surprise that the two would join forces in a major way.

In partnership with Microsoft, the two will host Brighter Smiles for Brighter Futures. Held at the company’s fifth avenue flagship on Tuesday, April 30th, this purpose-filled event that will introduce underserved teens to the many opportunities coding and entrepreneurship bring. Guest speakers include Antoine Patton of Unlock Academy and Fanesha Fabre, visual artist and daughter of famed Dominican Painter Vicente Fabre.

With his 13-year-old daughter, Patton will share how he taught himself coding while incarcerated, later teaching his daughter upon release. The two have since built a successful company teaching coding and app development. The two will teach an introductory coding course to students apart of Black Girls Can Inc. Fabre will teach young women about entrepreneurship through digital illustration. Concluding the event will be a networking mixer with proceeds going towards a scholarship for a high school student.

For more information and to get involved, check out Smile Natural Toothpaste and Black Girls Can Inc.

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