Morgan Debaun | Who Rocks! Next

Blavity founder Morgan Debaun is a true business mogul. Here's her story, making million-dollar moves!

Published September 9th

If you’re an African-American millennial who’s into digital media, you’ve probably heard of the Black-owned media site Blavity. And you're probably familiar with sites like 21Ninety and Black conferences like Summit21 and AfroTech. Each of these brands were created to empower Black millennials, and Morgan Debaun is a part of each one. 

From an early age, Debaun has been an entrepreneur. The Blavity co-founder has always been able to find solutions to problems and capitalize on them. At the age of 13, Debaun sold snacks to her classmates due to the lack of vending machines at the school. She knew that she had a knack for business and entrepreneurship. Fast forward a couple of years and Debaun is a founder of multiple companies.

While attending Washington University in St. Louis, Debaun and her co-founders coined the term "blavity," a combination of the words black and gravity. It wasn’t until post grad that they decided to use the term to create a media brand for multi-cultural millennials. Debaun hasn’t always been into media, though. After graduating from Washington U., she acquired a tech job in Silicon Valley. While the pay was great and she was doing what she loved, she felt the need to create something that could help people in her community.

In 2014, Debaun and her co-founders, Aaron Samuels, Johnathan Jackson and Jeff Nelson, created Blavity. Unlike most traditional media sites, Blavity focuses on empowering multi-cultural millennials and highlighting important topics within the community. Blavity’s growth has been immense and now populates over 1.8 million unique visitors monthly and has recently received $6.5 million in funding. The company has gone on to acquire the popular travel site Travel Noire and opened many other businesses. Debaun has even created a women’s lifestyle site called 21Ninety as well as a conference called Summit21.

Debaun is a tech girl at heart and loves to provide services to help businesses grow. She assists entrepreneurs and startup companies with strategies to achieve their goals. The 28-year-old aims to empower multicultural women by giving inspiring advice. She has even founded her own skin-care line, M.Roze Essentials. And it doesn’t seem like her reign is ending anytime soon: She is a young business mogul who’s career is only going up!