Many of us were saddened and angered by the recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. George was an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck. While this kind of police brutality is nothing new, the incident lit a spark and there is now a palpable desire in countries across the world for real change.
One of the best, and most practical, ways to address the systemic, racial inequalities that exist within our society is to actively support and promote black-owned businesses.
Below is a list of 10 great ones you can support right now. Understandably, not all of us can afford to offer financial support at the moment but there are still ways you can help. Follow black business owners on social media and share their posts. Research black-owned businesses in your local area and recommend them to your friends and family or put them on your list to buy from when you are in a position to do so.
Jacaranda Books is an award-winning, UK-based independent publisher of adult fiction, non-fiction & YA. Their ethos is simple – they are dedicated to publishing ground-breaking writing with a focus on creating space on the bookshelf for diverse ideas and writers. Check out some of their books and if you’re not based in the UK, don’t worry they ship worldwide.
Twitter: @JacarandaBooks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacarandabooks
Niema, based in the South-East of England, describes herself on her Twitter profile as “a small-town home baker making people happy through cake!” At a time when there is a lot in the news to make us anxious, a bit of joy through baked goods seems like no bad thing.
Twitter: @NiemaBakes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NiemaBakes/
L’Aviye is a clothing line specialising in designs that centre bold, African prints. If you want to turn heads, they have stunning floor length dresses guaranteed to make you the star in any room. If you are looking for something more subtle, however, they have accessories that will add a pop of colour to a simple outfit. They ship worldwide so you can treat yourself to something from their collection wherever you are.
Twitter: @laviye Facebook: https://facebook.com/laviye
Tabitha Bianca Brown is an American illustrator whose work includes prints depicting black women in a variety of settings. In her Etsy store, Thepairabirds, you’ll find images that are vibrant and uplifting, celebrating all things black and beautiful.
Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/thepairabirds
New York-based company Effie’s Paper believes the future is female and shaped by the power of Black Girl Magic. You can see this reflected in their curated selection of stylish desk, stationery, travel and gift accessories. It is a certified MWBE (Minority Owned Women Business Enterprise) and founder Kalyn is a recent graduate of the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. You can support by ordering online and they ship worldwide.
Twitter: @effiespaper Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/effiespaperstationery
For Bezaritz owner Kariin when it comes to making jewellery, it’s all about passion and meaning. Their aim is to tell a message through their conceptually inspired jewellery. It’s a creative brand producing conceptually inspired pieces that each buyer connects to. Bezaritz has identified the need for creativity in the jewellery industry and aims to deliver pieces that stand as a beacon of hope and tranquillity.
Instagram: @bezaritzjewellery Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BEZARITZ
For many women of colour, finding suitable skin-tone hosiery and lingerie has not been an option. Nubian Skin founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’. Nubian Skin launched with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to meet the essential underwear needs of women of colour. Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide and looks forward to growing the company’s offering and expanding its reach.
Twitter: @nubianskin Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NubianSkin
Beautystack is a next generation beauty booking app. Their mission is to economically empower women by giving them the tools to power their independent beauty businesses. Their clients can upload photos of their latest nail art or hair style, browse Beautystack’s editorial content, and book their next treatment with the best in the beauty business.
Twitter: @beautystack Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beautystack/
LoveRems Natural Skincare
LoveRems is a natural skincare brand based in the UK. They provide natural & chemical free skincare for all skin types. You can support them by buying online and they ship to the UK and Europe. Their aim is to provide eco-friendly, luxury skincare to nourish the skin. All of their products are chemical free & vegan. They use glass jars for many of their products as they are eco-friendly and can be reused for storage or recycled after use.
Blavity, Inc. is a media tech company, home to the largest network of brands specifically serving black millennials through original content, video and unique experiences. Blavity Inc’s brands each focus on a different aspect of media and include: Blavity News, Blavity Politics, Afrotech, Shadow & Act, Travel Noire and 21Ninety. Everything this brand stands for is summed up in their slogan: “Blavity Inc. Connects the world to Black culture through experiences”.
Twitter: @blavityinc Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlavityInc/
Written by Rachel Matthews