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:


Alevri & Co. Vegan baker @alevrilife


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


By Dami Studios, Fine Stationery + Gifts @bydamistudiosnyc


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


Healthy On You – Delicious Spice Blends @healthyonyou


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


Kristen Griffith-Vanderyacht with Wild Bloom, Florist   @kristengvy


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


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


Becoming, by Michelle Obama


The Heart of a Woman, by Maya Angelou


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, By Maya Angelou


Letter to my Daughter, by Maya Angelou


More Myself, by Alicia Keys


More Than Enough, by Elaine Welteroth


What I Know For Sure, by Oprah Winfrey

More books to read:

Afro-Vegan by, Bryant Terry


All About Love, by Bell Hooks


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


Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue


The Bluest Eye, By Toni Morrison


Cane River, By Lulita Tademy


The Color Purple, by Alice Walker


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


Gordon Parks: Collected Works: Study Edition


Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde


The Sun Does Shine, by Anthony Ray Hinton


The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates


White Fragility, by antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo


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


Books For Children:


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


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


The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats


Sulwe, by Lupita Nyong’o