"Queen Bee" Gives Rise to a New Wave of Female Entrepreneurs

The highly successful SWSI (smart women, smart ideas) "Queen Bee" webisode has been turned into a TV series by Black Entertainment Television Network (BET). "Queen Boss" premiered January 14 and Marci Weisler, cofounder of SWSI  a company that develops original programming featuring female founders — compares it to that of "Shark Tank."

Hosted by Tracey Edmonds, TV personality and business woman, 18 women will compete for one $25,000 prize and the winning title of "Queen Boss." Celebrity business-owner judges include Angela Benton, Kandi Burruss, Lauren Lake, Carla Hall, Rakia Reynolds, Vanessa Simmons, Mikki Taylor, and Robin Wilson, Forbes reports.

"Black women are and have always been pioneers and titans of industry — from Madame CJ Walker to Lisa Price of Carole's Daughter (one of the guest judges on "Queen Boss"). We are proud to help nurture the next wave of women taking over," Zola Mashariki, Executive Vice President, Head of Original Programming, BET Networks told Forbes.

"Queen Bee" works to change the statistics that note male characters as playing the role as leaders twice as often as female characters by empowering black, female entrepreneurs.

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