Life, Love & Photography :: 50 + Inspirational Black Owned Businesses to Support

June 9, 2020

50 + Inspirational Black Owned Businesses to Support

Amplifying the voices of my sisters and brothers in the Black community. I share in your pain for recent tragic events, the untimely deaths of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who have lost their lives for the color of their skin. I see the injustice, I hear your cries and I stand by your side.

Below I’ve included a list of petitions to sign, places to donate, videos to watch, incredibly inspiring and authentic businesses, phenomenal artists and powerful books to check out. This is a start, so many amazing resources here so take your time. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, please email me.

Below is a list of incredibly inspiring Black owned businesses and phenomenal artists:

 

Alex Williams, Jamaican Born Visionary Marine Artist. @AlexWilliamsArt

 

Alex M. Sorapuru, Artist @al.roux

 

AMINAH ABDUL JILLIL @ aminahjillil

Luxury Shoe Brand. Aminah’s shoes are known for a bold yet feminine design aesthetic.

 

Andrew Roby Events, Corporate, Weddings and Social Events. @andrewrobyevents

 

Beautiful Kreations, Marcia Villiers Florist & Designer @beautiful.kreations

 

Black Pepper Paperie Co. A Design & Maker’s Studio @blackpepperpaperieco

 

BLKGRN An all-natural marketplace by all black artisans. @blkandgrn

 

Bolé Road Textiles @boleroadtextiles

Brooklyn based designer Hana Getachew started Bolé Road Textiles out of a desire to merge her love of Ethiopian handwoven fabrics with her career in interior design.

 

Brooklyn Blooms, LaParis Phillips, Florist. @brooklynbloomsnyc

 

Brother Vellies @brothervellies

Designed in Brooklyn, handcrafted sustainably with artisans spanning Nairobi to New York Founded & Designed by @aurorajames

 

Cassandre Snyder, Event Planning & Design @cassandresnyder

 

Couture Cakes by Sabrina @couturecakesbysabrina

 

Erica Taylor Haskins, Event Planning, Design & Production @tinseldesignnyc

 

Effie’s Paper, Kalyn Johnson @effiespaper

Stationery & Whatnot is a lifestyle brand setting the trend for the cool accessories to buy, how to travel in style and how much coffee it’s chic to drink on a daily basis.

 

Eli Reed, Photographer @ elireedmagnum

 

Fallon Carter Events, @falloncarterevents

 

Foot Nanny Foot Care, Essential Hand and Body Products. @footnanny

 

Forty Acres Fresh Market @fortyacresfreshmarket 

 

Geomyra Pollard, Coaching for Creatives @coachforcreatives

 

Golde, Superfood health and beauty for every body. @golde

 

Gordon Parks , Photographer @gordonparksfoundation

 

Guerdy Abraira, Flowers & Events @guerdydesign

 

Harold James, Hair & makeup artist @harold_james

 

Honey and Vinyl, Music Curators. Live Music + Sonic Branding. @honeyandvinyl

 

Hope For Flowers @hopeforflowersbytracyreese

The collection designed and produced following 3 guiding principles of sustainability: the health of people, planet, and equity in profit.

 

Hostell, Founded by Bianca Brasdorp  A boutique hostel for women in Amsterdam. @hostelle_amsterdam

 

The Inner Circle Experience, Sade Awe : Connecting Leading Luxury Entrepreneurs. @theinnercircleexperience

 

Jungalow @thejungalow

A lifestyle brand and go-to source for jungalicious design, goods and inspiration.

 

Kawania Wooten, Event Planning and Design @hweventsdc

 

Kunbi Sij-Ó, Lawyer for Passion-Fueled Businesses, Founder of Perfête @kothecurator

 

Leslie Short, The Cavu Group @thecavugroup

Serving as your external partner to assure you have unlimited visibility as you expand beyond your current culture

 

Lisa Zachery, Papered Wonders connoisseurs of paper . God’s Girls . authors of Stationery-quette . event brand mavens . @paperedwonders

 

Mark Ingram, Atelier – Bridal and Evening Wear Collections @markingrambride

 

Mary Harris, Event Planning @maryharrisevents

 

Mateo New York, Modern, relatable fine jewelry at an approachable price point. @mateonewyork

 

Michelle Gainey, Event Design, Creative Business Mentorship @iammichellegainey

 

The McBride Sisters Wine, @mcbridesisters

The McBride Sisters Wine Collection is a story of two sisters and their passion for wine.

 

MYAVANA @myavanahaircare

The perfect blend of technology & science to reach your hair nirvana.

 

Nadine Jervis, Event Producer, Living Turkoise LLC. @livingturkoise

Destination Events, Streamlining Execution, Improving Overall Production & Consulting.

 

Natty Garden @nattygarden

Natty Garden opened in 2008, selling a small selection of plants, shrubs, soil and pots.

 

Partake Foods @partakefoods

Super delicious cookies that are also gluten-free, vegan, & allergy-friendly

 

Peace and Riot , Gift Shop. @peaceandriot

 

P I N K L O M E I N , Artist@pinklomein

 

Pottery by Osa Handmade Terracotta Pottery by Osa. @potterybyosa

 

Precious Thamaga-Mazibuko, Planner & Event Designer @precioustheplanner

 

Preston Bailey, Event Design @prestonrbailey

 

Red Bay Coffee Roasters @redbaycoffee

Founded in 2014 by Keba Konte, a renowned artist and successful food entrepreneur with deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area specialty coffee and hospitality industry.

  

See Line Ceramics @seelineceramics

A side project from Brooklyn-based journalist Nikita Richardson, featuring functional and affordable ceramics that look good in the kitchen, on the mantel, or at the table.

 

Simon T. Bailey, Breakthrough Strategist @simontbailey

 

Ujuu Media @ujuumedia

Celebrating multicultural women by building high powered ecommerce brands. Curated by Zuvaa founder @kelechiujuu Shop our brands at UjuuMedia.com

 

The Vegan Nest, café + Market Family owned. @vegannest

Love their: mōCa Coffee Alternative : Capomo Maya Nut coffee substitute

 

VM Groupe, Addia Cooper Henry @vmgroupe

A leading creative agency specializing in brand building & storytelling for beauty, fine jewelry & everything luxury. Elevating brands since 2006.

 

Yaël & Valérie Fabrics @yaeletvalerie

Haitian High-End Fabrics, Wallpapers & Home accessories combining in perfect harmony, Art, Elegance & African Cultural Heritage.

Below is a list of books I have loved reading throughout the years with links to purchase from Black owned bookstores:

 

The Awakened Woman, by Dr. Tererai Trent

https://tererai.org/index.php/product/awakened-book/

 

Becoming, by Michelle Obama

https://www.braveandkindbooks.com/products/becoming-michelle-obama?_pos=1&_sid=52eb08473&_ss=r

 

The Heart of a Woman, by Maya Angelou

https://pyramidbooks.indielite.org/book/9780812980325

 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, By Maya Angelou

https://www.events.sankofa.com/blank-2/i-know-why-the-caged-bird-sings

 

Letter to my Daughter, by Maya Angelou

https://www.loyaltybookstores.com/book/9780812980035

 

More Myself, by Alicia Keys

https://frugalbookstore.net/search?q=alicia+keys+

 

More Than Enough, by Elaine Welteroth

https://bookshop.org/books/more-than-enough-claiming-space-for-who-you-are-no-matter-what-they-say/9780525561583

 

What I Know For Sure, by Oprah Winfrey

https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9781250054050

More books to read:

Afro-Vegan by, Bryant Terry

https://www.africanbookstore.net/proddetail.asp?prod=afro-vegan

 

All About Love, by Bell Hooks

https://harambeebooks.org/shop/ols/products/all-about-love-new-visions-all-bt-lv-new1

 

All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto, by George M. Johnson

https://pyramidbooks.indielite.org/book/9780374312718

 

Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue

https://brainlairbooks.handseller.com/home/bookdetailsin/0525509712

 

The Bluest Eye, By Toni Morrison

https://www.afriwarebooks.com/store/p1329/The_Bluest_Eye_by_Toni_Morrison.html

 

Cane River, By Lulita Tademy

https://bookshop.org/books/cane-river/9780446615884

 

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

https://www.blackstonebookstore.com/book/9780143135692

 

Dreams From My Father: A Story Of Race And Inheritance, by Barak Obama

https://www.eyeseeme.com/products/dreams-from-my-father-a-story-of-race-and-inheritance?_pos=14&_sid=af45357f0&_ss=r

 

Gordon Parks: Collected Works: Study Edition 

https://www.esowonbookstore.com/book/9783958292628

 

Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde

https://experienceonekin.co/collections/the-sisters-uptown-bookstore/products/betty-before-x

 

The Sun Does Shine, by Anthony Ray Hinton

https://bookshop.org/books/the-sun-does-shine-how-i-found-life-freedom-and-justice/9781250309471

 

The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

https://www.blackstonebookstore.com/book/9780593168196

 

White Fragility, by antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo

https://www.cafeconlibrosbk.com/product-page/white-fragility

 

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? By, Beverly Daniel Tatum

https://brainlairbooks.handseller.com/home/bookdetailsin/0465060684

  

Books For Children:

 

Hidden Figures, by author Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrator Laura Freeman

https://www.dtr360books.com/books/

 

I Love Me From My Head to My Feet, by Keanna O’Quinn

https://honeychildbooks.com/collections/all

 

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

https://www.africanbookstore.net/proddetail.asp?prod=snowy_day

 

Sulwe, by Lupita Nyong’o 

https://ashaybythebay.com/products/sulwe?_pos=1&_sid=c92a63726&_ss=r