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45 Black-owned businesses and organizations to support today and every day
Find everything from clean beauty brands and in-house coffee roasters to business consultants and graphic designers.
We’re at a groundbreaking time in the history of our nation. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and protests for Black lives, let’s not forget that Black and brown lives are affected by both the coronavirus and police brutality at significantly higher rates than other groups. Add to this the negligible amount of federal aid Black-owned businesses have received, and it’s not surprising we’ve seen the closure of many community staples and young businesses alike.
So how can we spend our dollars responsibly? We compiled a list of 45 Black-owned businesses around the country — both seasoned and newbies — across a range of categories, from beauty and fashion to professional services and nonprofits doing great work in their communities.
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Beauty and wellness
Looking good and feeling good from the inside out is a breeze with this roundup of clean beauty and healing essentials, along with fitness and wellness services.
Organic Bath Co.
Founded by partners Gianne Doherty and Jay Weeks, Organic Bath Co.’s product line emerged out of necessity when Doherty had a serious reaction to conventional beauty products.
With a passion for safe skincare that’s accessible for all, their line includes body butters, hand and body soaps, hand sanitizer, body scrub and face moisturizers all made with clean ingredients, including shea butter, coconut and jojoba oils, and a variety of essential oils.
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Growing up with a deep connection to the earth — natural healing specifically — skincare therapist Cassandra Dailey developed and brought BFree Organics to life in 2012.
The line consists of 100% nature-based skin and wellness products, ranging from body oils to natural sunscreen to botanical perfumes, all made in small batches from organic ingredients from her farm in Mount Shasta, California.
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If you’re on the hunt for a shop that has a combination of skincare and lip products, look no further than R41 Skin.
For the face, they offer a charcoal mask, cucumber eye gel, facial mist, CC serum and beard oil for the fellas. And for the lips, they have a lip gloss and lip duo that includes a liquid-to-matte lipstick and lip liner — both available in six shades.
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CBD has been gaining popularity in the wellness community for its relaxing properties, but did you know it can reduce the body’s inflammatory response when applied to the skin? I+I Botanicals’ targeted line includes CBD face serum, dry oil mist, coffee body scrub and bath tea blends — perfect for soaking and relaxing after a long day. All products are non-GMO, gluten- and cruelty-free and made without dyes and fragrances.
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Sacred Vibes Apothecary
Sacred Vibes Apothecary is a community space, selling herbal tinctures and tonics for natural healing. Established in 2009 by master herbalist Karen Rose, the full-service apothecary was inspired by her years of growing up in the country in Guyana, where doctors were limited and people relied on natural remedies from their grandmothers and village elders.
In addition to selling healing products, Sacred Vibes launched the Sacred Rapid Response initiative to collect healing herbs, materials and monetary donations to create tonics and tinctures for those on the front lines of the Black Lives Matter protests and family members of those murdered by police.
A social and wellness club designed to celebrate people of color, Ethel’s Club offers everything from creative workshops and group discussions, to DJ sets and artist Q&As, to guided meditations and fitness classes — both online and IRL.
Membership is available for just $17 a month, and you can even gift a membership to friends and family by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BK Yoga Club
BK Yoga Club’s body-positive studio embodies the belief that yoga is for every body. Founded by Alicia Ferguson and Paris Alexandra, its weekly class offerings — now all on Zoom — include yoga, yogalates (yoga + Pilates hybrid), meditation and community discussions.
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Darian Hall and Elisa Shankle came to found HealHaus at different points in their own healing journeys. Staying true to their ethos that healing is a lifestyle, HealHaus’ live-streamed offerings span a range of modalities, including daily yoga and meditation classes, workshops on everything from ancestral healing to womb wellness, as well as private sessions.
It’s currently offering a free seven-day trial of unlimited live yoga and meditation classes for new customers.
Thrive Health Lab
Offering virtual fitness classes for every level, Thrive Health Lab ‘s philosophy is focused on the principles of empowerment, education and community. Its Thrive on the Go program targets workouts for different areas of the body, as well as custom meal-plan services.
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Founded by certified strength coach Percell Dugger, GOODWRK offers 30- and 40-minute daily virtual fitness group classes for a monthly fee of $40. Duggar also offers free weekly classes on YouTube, along with virtual one-on-one personal training and wellness classes for the workplace.
Fashion and lifestyle
Whether it’s your next pair of shoes, jewelry, candle or a good read, you can find it all here.
Blackstock & Weber
Designed in New York City, Blackstock & Weber is a premium men’s shoewear company offering ready-to-wear and made-to-order pieces. The business model focuses on limited-edition product drops to maintain the integrity of the brand’s designs and the artisans behind them.
It’s also dedicated to giving back to the community by donating 1% of sales each year to charitable organizations that share its same values of educating and empowering future generations.
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Los Angeles–based Waraire Boswell offers ready-to-wear sports and leisurewear, as well as bespoke suits for men and women. It also started producing masks for adults and children in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to its RTW options, it’s raffling off six limited-edition masks, with proceeds benefiting organizations with a mission to enhance the lives of youth in South LA.
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Founded by Angela Arias in Brooklyn, New York, Ariance Jewelry was created as a means of self-care outside of Arias’s full-time career at a nonprofit social service agency. The line offers rings, earrings and necklaces reminiscent of the African diaspora, along with a growing line of coasters for the home.
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Handcrafted in NYC with coconut wax, wooden wicks, essential oils and natural minerals for a slight shimmery look, Spoken Flames is a multisensory candle experience. Its two most recent collections — F, Yes and Straight Facts — offer a little something more with affirming messages on each candle’s exterior.
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University of Dope
Everyone loves a good card game to bring folks together, but did you know there’s one strictly dedicated to hip-hop culture? University of Dope’s General Studies playing cards test your knowledge of trivia like the lyrics to “Baby Got Back” while asking provocative questions, like whose hip-hop career P. Diddy ruined the most. The brand also facilitates virtual game nights, so you can play with old and new friends from near and far.
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This award-winning digital media platform was designed to inspire millennial women to visualize and achieve success in their career and personal lives. Founded by Rhonesha Byng, the site offers everything from business news and entrepreneur interviews to business resource directories.
Her Agenda also hosts events and webinars — both online and IRL — to foster community engagement and spark conversations on topics like female empowerment, navigating workplace microaggressions for women of color and so much more. And its online shop offers prints of motivational quotes to inspire you along the way.
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Husband and wife team Nkrumah and Lindsey Farrar founded Crwnmag to create a progressive dialogue around natural hair and the women who wear it. Their media platform includes the CRWN Mag digital site, the Crwnmag print magazine that’s published quarterly and a compact version of the magazine that’s published six times a year.
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Created as a platform for Black women who are distance runners, RUNGRL is an online resource for guides on training, nutrition and wellness, as well as lifestyle content. The community hosts running playlists along with in-person and virtual running and wellness events with the mission to create meaningful partnerships with like-minded brands and organizations. Support RUNGRL and what it represents by picking up one of its logo tees or digital 5K training plans.
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Food and beverage
Need a little spice in your life — or is it a nightcap? Either way, we’ve got the perfect additions to your pantry and bar cart.
Hot N Saucy Hot Sauce
The brainchild of chef Sam Davis-Allonce, Hot N Saucy’s Beet N Fresno hot sauce is the house sauce at Field Trip, the rice bowl shop she co-owns in Harlem, New York. Her premier sauce is mild for all to enjoy, with spicier offerings due in the near future.
Founded by entrepreneur Riana Lynn, Journey Foods is a hybrid tech–food company comprising scientists, data researchers, food lovers and innovators. It’s on a mission to turn the packaged food industry on its head by developing more nutritious, affordable options — like its high-quality fruit bites available in mango and cayenne spice and strawberry and chia.
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A Dozen Cousins
Inspired by traditional Black and Latino recipes throughout the Americas, A Dozen Cousins offers “soulfully seasoned beans” in three varieties: Cuban Black Beans, Mexican Cowboy Beans and Trini Chickpea Curry. All of its beans are gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and already cooked so that they’re ready to eat in just minutes.
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Taking a nod to their West Indian culture, Cmarty’s Jerk is a catering, sauce and lifestyle company. Its jerk seasoning, jerk powder and peppa sauce can add the right amount of spice to your favorite meat, poultry, fish and vegetable dishes.
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Ten To One
Founded by Trinidad native Marc Farrell, Ten To One is a blended Caribbean rum company, offering a white rum that’s perfect for cocktails and a dark rum ideal for sipping. While its rums are currently available in New York and New Jersey only, it has plans to open up shipping nationwide soon.
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Maison Noir Wines
Founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, Maison Noir offers a line of Oregon wines from Willamette Valley and T-shirts that celebrate street culture. Names, wine labels and T-shirt designs are a nod to pop culture and musical elements from the punk and hip-hop scenes.
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Sip & Sonder
Based in Inglewood, California, Sip & Sonder is a coffee and creative house that roasts its own beans. It offers two coffee roasts and four loose tea blends for purchase on its website. And as a response to COVID-19, it created the Brewing For Good initiative to deliver coffee weekly to healthcare workers at local hospitals.
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Boss Blend Coffee
Designed with entrepreneurs of all types in mind, Boss Blend Coffee’s mission is to give you the fuel to get. shit. done. Offering dark and light roasts as well as cold brew concentrate, there’s something for every boss — or boss in the making.
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Want to help make a difference? Show some love on Instagram, sign up to volunteer or make a donation to show your support for these nonprofits dedicated to enriching the lives of underrepresented communities.
The mission of Our Own is to create consistent, life-changing experiences for underserved communities through its many programs and initiatives. Its Keep It Run Hundred run club, Be Right Back passport program for youth and various COVID-19 initiatives like weekly produce deliveries and distribution of personal protective equipment all aim to promote physical, mental and emotional wellness for underrepresented groups.
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Teens Of Color Abroad
Founded by Lamar Shambley, Teens of Color Abroad provides high school students with enriching language learning experiences through study abroad programs. Language immersion consists of language classes, homestay, cultural activities and team-building opportunities in countries around the world. Though its 2020 summer sessions are held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, it plans to host its Summer 2021 program in Seville, Spain.
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LA Black Investors Club
Created to energize and foster the development of entrepreneurial ventures, LA Black Investors Club provides BIPOC entrepreneurs access to investors, mentors and clients. Events include virtual business pitch competitions, fireside chats with founders of successful startups and learning series on everything from trademarks to startup financials and entity formation.
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LIFE Camp, Inc.
Queens-based LIFE Camp is among the leading violence prevention and intervention programs in the US. Founded in 2002 by activist Erica Ford, its current Summer 2020 Safety Plan provides therapy and wellness services to at-risk youth, summer youth employment, local business recovery and financial support for families affected by COVID-19.
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Hidden Genius Project
As STEM employment opportunities have rapidly grown in recent times, the Hidden Genius Project’s goal is to train and mentor Black male youth in technology creation. Programs include a 15-month holistic mentorship experience, as well as free events and workshops to introduce young Black men to basic computer programming and pathways that lead to careers in technology.
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#RAKE (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere)
#RAKE’s mission is simple: To support the community through random acts of kindness and promote paying it forward. Founded by Ricky Smith in Cleveland, Ohio, some of its programs include #HashtagLunchBag to feed thousands of families in need, Socktober to collect and distribute socks to the homeless during the colder months, and food and medication delivery to the eldery.
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Founded in 2019 by Cameron Flowers and Kheperah Ray, Floreo Labs is a creative technology lab focused on helping entrepreneurs, schools and companies alike bridge the tech gap through education and training.
Offering everything from design and product management consulting to agile coaching to talent acquisition, it works with entrepreneurs and companies of all shapes and sizes to increase their long-term success through creative technology and management solutions.
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MyÜberLife Consulting Group
“Be a wolf about your dream” is the ethos behind MyÜberLife Consulting Group, founded by Kwasi Gyasi, Winston Peters and Jey Van-Sharp. Extensive consulting services include auditing of your entire business makeup, identity development, public relations and customer relationship management, to name a few. It also offers educational services through its Wülf University platform, aimed to empower the next generation of creatives and entrepreneurs.
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Cannaclusive is on a mission to address and solve the cannabis industry’s inclusivity problem. Founded by thought leader and media expert Mary Pryor, it offers a range of consultation services for those interested in getting their start in various sectors of the cannabis business, from stocks to growing to journalism.
And in collaboration with AlmostConsulting, it also created InclusiveBase — a living database of POC-owned cannabis companies that makes it easy to support Black-owned dispensaries, hemp farms, CBD skincare brands and more near you.
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Created by Phe Morgan to fill the void in storytelling she experienced while working in the nonprofit sector, Pheelosophy is a full-service creative agency focused on crafting brand experiences for eco-friendly and socially conscious businesses.
Services include branding, graphic design, and package and web design, as well as social media identity and content creation.
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Founded by award-winning contemporary art dealer Karla Ferguson Esq., Yeelen Group is a global private sales firm specializing in brokering high-profile deals in the realm of fine art, real estate, fine jewelry, home decor and watches.
Located in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, its gallery features 13,000 square feet of exhibition space for art and myriad cultural events. And it has plans to launch its own online store soon.
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Good Friends is an NYC-based multifaceted design studio offering graphic design services for branding and merchandise, with a focus on lifestyle companies.
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As the pandemic forces us all indoors, GSD Solutions has pivoted its branding and consulting agency to highlight its virtual event production services. It’s been producing conferences, trade shows and workshops in the space since 2017.
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Visual art and photography
In search of artful inspiration? These collectives and individuals have just what you need.
Specializing in creating thoughtful visual experiences infused with music and culture, Slug Global is the brainchild of creative director and musician Brittany Bosco. Her artist collective’s client services include branding, animation, video production, illustration, event production and web design, to name a few.
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Aspen Cierra Photography
Los Angeles–based commercial photographer Aspen Cierra focuses on fashion, lifestyle and beauty photography. For brands looking for product photography, she offers a remote option, where you send her products to shoot in advance.
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Form No Form
Form No Form is a 24-hour visual channel highlighting the works of independent creators of color. Viewers can support creators with tips or by buying their artwork, clothing designs and home decor on the Form No Form online shop.
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The Last Days/Legacy Project
“What would you do with your last 24 hours of life?” This is the question that started photojournalist Gyasi Williams-Kirtley’s Last Days/Legacy Project in 2016. Her series features a slew of photographs taken on instant film and answers from musicians, artists and celebrities documented over the years. Her photo book of the same name is available to purchase online.
Dee Williams Photography
Photographer Dee Williams creates imagery designed to make the status quo uncomfortable. You can buy prints of her photography on her VSUAL online shop, with 50% of all sales throughout the months of June and July going to the Trans Women of Color Collective.
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