7 Black Owned Business You Should Check Out
You have probably heard the phrase “Support Black Businesses” used a lot lately. Generally, this is a conversation that exists within the black community (or within other communities of color). The idea is that in order to truly support and combat racism, we should be giving our dollars to our own communities instead of these big wig corporations who make money off oppression communities of color and ripping off our cultures. So rather than giving our dollars to the oppressors, why not give it back to our own communities who are working 10 times as hard and also offer products/services catered to us? We always here the MAGAs of the world complaining “why don’t you just create your own” etc and the reality is we do. We have been for centuries but then white people come along and do shit like burn down black wall street and we have to start over again from the bottom. We do create, white supremacy just loves to come along and destroy our communities anytime we get close to being successful.
That being said, I think this conversation and responsibility shouldn’t just be on the black community. Why shouldn’t white people also be giving their dollars to black business and other POC owned companies? You should, especially if you are a parent of children of color. Teaching to give back is an important lesson, and frankly, there are just some really damn cool companies out here being ran by people of color. I try as much as possible to by black, from a person of color, or at the very least, local. I will go out of my way to go support black companies because I want to see my community thrive and it is amazing to see what they can do for us when we support.
And with that, I give you some of my picks for black businesses you should check out.
I am NOT being paid to mention these. I genuinely just like the products and encourage y’all to support these or any other black business you find.
Listen, it may not sound like much, but having “nude” colors that match our dark skin tones, is actually important. The first time I heard of bandages, shoes and undergarments being made in true nude color that matched ALL skin tones and not just white people, I almost cried. Check out Browndages, ran by a black husband and wife, and get some bandages that match dark skin tones.
2. Headwraps & Bonnets
For all your headwrap and bonnet needs Isoken Enofe, an e-boutique started by influencer Isoken Enofe-Asemota. She offers a wide variety of products for both adults and children in beautiful designs. They are affordable AND they take into account size. Nothing irks me more than these white brands who hop on the natural hair movement but don’t account for basic things like the size of an afro. So check out Isoken Enofe instead.
3. Earrings & Accessories
I discovered HOA (Halls of Art) at Afropunk and ever since, she has been my go-to for all my earring and accessory needs. So many fun, funky, afrocentric designs and at a great price.
4. Blerd (Black Nerd) Gear
5. Cookies & Cakes
Yummy Brothers, also known as Joshua, 11, Isaiah, 9, Caleb, 7 and Micah, 5, is the company of four brothers (and adoptees!) who simply made cookies, people loved them, so they started a business. They now ship nationwide with cookie flavors like lemon white chocolate, chocolate chip and snicker-doodle.
6. Natural Health & Beauty Products
BLK + GRN, is a Natural Marketplace for Black Artisans. It’s like if Amazon was black owned and featured black owned products/company. It’s pretty awesome, if you are in to natural products skip whole foods and check out this site instead.
7. Feminine Care Products
The Honey Pot, founded by BEA FELIU-ESPADA , provides NATURAL products for menstruation, as well as other body care products. Everything is natural, clinically tested, gynecologist approved, cruelty free and designed by women. What more do you want?
Get your wallets out and go support where you can!