It’s time to support black women owned businesses! It’s no secret that black people are hurting right now. It all started with colonialism. Then slavery aka the capitalism off of black lives in America in 1619. Then after Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement, appropriation of black culture by fashion brands and nonblack people in general. Mind you, all throughout this is the murder of black lives and the intentional disparities in the economic, social and political systems to continue to set them back.
Not to start this on a negative note but time and time again, black people have been seen as less than. Time and time again, white supremacy has shaped the playing field to be an uphill battle for black people. Time and time again, black people are murdered and no matter how hard we fight for equal rights and justice for the lives lost, the justice system continues to fails us.
No wonder black people are fed up. The deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd this past month are the string that broke the camel’s back. All over America, people are finally waking up and seeing the hardships that black people face every single day. There have been peaceful protests, riots, looting and even more police brutality with no end in sight. It’s exhausting and painful to see black businesses get affected during this time.
As a black woman, I can’t help but to feel overwhelmed and helpless. I want to stay in the know and educate myself about the past but it’s emotionally and mentally draining. I’m constantly trying to balance between staying informed and taking a break to make sure that I’m okay when I already know I’m not and honestly, I’m not sure when I ever will be. Unlike nonblack people, I can’t go about my day like nothing is going on.
The inner conflict is real and for the past week, I have been brainstorming on ways to support my people during this time. As a black woman who is building a women empowerment brand, I feel compelled to uplift and shed light on black woman owned business during this tough time so this blog post will be just that. It is so important to be mindful about where you spend your money. Vote with your dollar!
I know that this pandemic has really made a lot of people open their eyes to the fact that these big corporations do not value their employees as much as they value their consumer. They also don’t care to hide the fact that they care less about black people too. During this Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve seen how much theses brands and corporations really care about standing up and doing their part to promote change. Most rather be silent and continue to send their daily marketing emails about a sale or social media post about their products.
It’s honestly been disappointing to say the least. I can imagine that you feel conflicted about what to say and how to do your part but a big thing you can do is be intentional about who you support. Money is power so let’s start there.
Money makes the world go round and it is the foundation of a capitalist country like America. I know in this climate, you may be financially tight but if you can, please support. If you need to put together a new skincare routine, find the right products for your hair, want to buy wardrobe staples, or want to transition to natural feminine care products for your menstruation, this list has it all and then some!
HERE’S A LIST OF BLACK WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESSES FOR YOU TO SUPPORT
Black Women In Hair
Black Women In Makeup
Black Women In Skincare/Bodycare
Black Women In Nails
Black Women In Fashion
Nicole Lynel The Label
Babes and Felines
The Bombchel Factory
Milano di Rouge
Girl Plus God
LAPP The Brand
Cee Cee’s Closet
Lisa Renā Designs
LUV + CO.
Panache Clothing Boutique
Desire By Denise
Black Women In Fitness
Black Women In Marketing
Black Women In Fragrance
Black Spiritual Women
Black Women In Literature
So that’s it. That’s 90 black women owned businesses for you to support right now. If you need a quick template to save, click here for the one I made for the She 3.0 Instagram that started it all. Feel free to add any more in the comments below. There’s never too many and if we all support, we will all win!