Black Businesses We Love!
While we use and shop these Black owned businesses year-round, we want to kick off Black History Month sharing some of favorites. It has become clear how important it is to support and bring to the forefront these amazing small disadvantaged businesses. That’s what the Federal government classifies and categories businesses who are owned 51% or more by Black business owners. I was actually the Small Business Liaison Officer of my prior corporate company. So, it’s high time I step up and do the same here – seek out and share!
We make a conscious effort to support these businesses throughout the year, to ensure it isn’t a trend for the month. Here’s some ideas if you want to do the same:
- Bookmark and add them to your go to’s for the service or goods they provide. Give them a chance to win you over!
- Get the word out! Tell your friends, family, co-workers, your following, your grocery store clerk. Share with whoever will listen.
- Follow, like, and subscribe! Head over to your social media channel of choice and let them show you who they are. Not a social media fan? They’ve got you! Sign up for their email newsletter.
- Write positive and constructive reviews! This not only helps them to get new customers, clients and followers but can help with their rankings in internet searches.
Oui the People
This is the single-blade safety razor that has changed the game for my underarm irritation (or rather, lack thereof). When I read that Queen Bey recommended them herself, I knew it was worth a try!
The DC Pop-Up
An adorable tent vendor I discovered at DC’s outdoor market this holiday season. This adorable collective of minority-owned and women-owned DMV (DC metro area) based makers. I grabbed up-cycled gifts there and hope they find a permanent home!
The Honey Pot Company
Bea Dixon took matters into her own hands when she was suffering for months. She turned to her ancestors and created an entire plant based feminine care line that anyone will love.
The Tiny Tassel
The Tiny Tassel is a jewelry and accessories brand inspired by the vibrant colors of Charleston, SC. These are some of the only earrings that I can wear and tolerate!
Love how these gentlemen are taking coffee talk to a whole new level. Not to mention a whole line of body and skin stuff!
Lifestyle tea company on a mission to provide you with self love, community and inspiration. Laura’s story is amazing I suggest you take a read.
Opulence MD Beauty
I’ve been researching and trying out fake lashes because kiddo requested them. But the dollar store brand they used to use includes harsh chemicals that are dangerous near the eye. So I read dozens of reviews on various brands. Tried a few magnet-to-magnet types that were too difficult to use. Then I found Opulence MD Beauty! And they are AMAZING! These lashes use a magnetic liner developed for safety by an eye doc. It’s also a black-owned business that gives back. Check out my highlight reel here and tutorial here.
Handcrafted jewelry that brings individuality, expression and beauty to everyone who wears it! I mean the mission says it all, “Our collections combine divine gemstones and precious metals to create jewelry that serves as a wearable reminder of the infinite love and unbreakable spirit of women.”
Lucky + Lovely
Melanie’s shop not only brings light and love to my feed, but she and her amazing staff help me to reward my Beautycounter team for their efforts.
Food & Nutrition
Peanut Butter & Jilly Beans
Jill shares vegan and gluten-free recipes that seem too good to be true!
The ASMR though… love watching her food prep stories!
Clean Foodie Cravings
Come for the amazing food recipes, but definitely stay for the Sunday tea on Instagram. I promise it’s worth the follow!
Chocolate For Basil
Not only does Jerrelle make me drool with every single photo she posts, she brings a whole new level of flavor into everything she makes! Her book Black Girl Baking, won a James Beard nomination!
Jess and Wendy not only have an incredible site with recipes you’ll grow to love. But they run an amazing podcast with topics I can get on board with. Including Health at Every Size!
Inspiration, Education & Fun
This young woman STUNNED the nation with her Inaugural poem a few weeks back. She is doing amazing things including writing children’s books!
I’ve learned so much from the antiracism education Marie provides. She focuses on provoking thought and action while promoting unity and understanding. I’m all about it!
The Black Fair God Mother
Simone pulls together, as an approved non-profit charity, individuals who need support. The community rallies, allowing small donations to have BIG, lasting impact.
America’s Kids Belong
Co-run by Embo, a former foster, youth, this non-profit shares stories from kids in foster homes, and raises money for the vulnerable aged out kiddos through the Dream Makers Project (where you can directly support vulnerable dreams of youth that have aged out of foster care).
Squat for Change
While we’ve been out of the diaper stage for a long time, (hallelujah!) this was an issue for Matt as a SAHD for years. I love that these dads came together to make a difference. Helping to raise awareness that men’s restrooms need changing tables too. Donte even has written a children’s book that’s now out!
Inner Field Trip
Leesa Renee Hall is making waves friends. Her Inner Field Trip workshops are helping people “#stumblebravely® in their quest to protect their energy, stand on the side of justice, and become better ancestors.”
City Fit Girls
I just love these ladies! City Fit Girls was started in 2013 by Kiera Smalls and Takia McClendon. It’s an “inclusive fitness community for women, transwomen, and non-binary folx who want to take control of their mental and physical health.”
Education with an Apron
Lanesha is helping educators in school and at home implement global and culturally relevant ideas to every lesson!
My favorite Peloton instructor and make-up artist. My dream: get her to switch to safer!
Not only do I learn a ton from his Instagram and IGTVs, but I just took a virtual class and learned how to propagate houseplants with him!
A fun and educational Instagram follow for gorgeous plant photos and knowledge.
This LGBTQ+ advocate infuses knowledge with the absolute most fun reels and videos. I found them through Apartment Therapy’s tour of their Brooklyn home, and am obsessed since!
Owned by Plantmom Amsterdamn, both of these accounts give me such incredible inspiration!
Grow in the Light
Rachel sheds light on easy ways to live a green and conscious lifestyle.
The Zen Succulent
Mother daughter team plant craft business based in North Carolina. They’ll ship to wherever you may be! There are adorable things for your home and even some delicious pairings to send with your plants.
I’d love to know YOUR favorites, we’re always looking for more content creators to support – let us know who we missed in the comments!
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