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And the 2021 winners are...
Thank you so much to all who voted and participated in the 2021 Buy From A Black Woman Business Awards. Give it up for the Black Woman Businesses who took home the trophy and click through to learn more about what they do! And if you missed the show, catch the replay here. 2021 Accessory Business of the Year
Accented Glory, Tonya Cross 2021 Beauty Company of the Year
Taupe Coat, Bethany Peak 2021 Beverage Company of the Year
Ivy's Tea Co., Shanae Jones 2021 Book & Paper Good Company of the Year Kindred Paper Company, Savannah Stephens 2021 Clothing Company of the Year The Professional Hoodrat, Kimberly Johnson 2021 Creative Artist of the Year Macon Designs, Denishia Macon 2021 Event & Travel Planning Company of the Year High Table Events, Nnenne Agbai 2021 Food Service Company of the Year Cakewalk Chicago, Lori Parrett 2021 Hair Care Company of the Year Hair Affair Stimulating Growth Oil, Yashika Walker 2021 Health & Wellness Company of the Year Flex-N-Fly, Youmie Jean Francois 2021 Home Goods Business Of the Year DMC Original Art, Danielle M. Chery 2021 Lifestyle Company of the Year Dirt Don't Hurt, Maritza, Kaya & Sativa Murray 2021 Professional Services Agency of the Year Black Girl PR, Nantale Muwonge 2021 Personal Service Company of the Year House of Bawdy, Kathryn Sabir-Beach 2021 Skin Care Company of the Year conditionHER, Wendy Berry & Eugenia Marshall 2021 Business Partner of the Year H&M 2021 Volunteer of the Year
Dr. Renee Quarterman 2021 Community Outreach Partner of the Year
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black women businesses to shop this mother's day
Nothing says you love your mother, aunt, sister, grandmother or wife like a special gift that was created with her in mind. This Mother’s Day, we're sharing 20 Black Women Businesses that will make the lady in your life feel like the Queen she is. 1 Gillian Home of the Chocoberries Offers custom chocolate-covered strawberries, macarons, custom Oreo designs, exquisite rice krispy treat designs and other goodies. 2 lolahSoul Jewelry Unique, one-of-a-kind wearable art & home of The Adinkra Charm Bracelet Collection. 3 T. Nicole Represents pure joy in luxury. In everything we do in life, we are crafting our dreams, choosing our experiences, and creating our own joy. T. Nicole brings genuine leather, hand-stitched seams, and stylish adornments to the hands of individuals who love stylish, functional, and beautiful handbags. 4 Emira's Mamas Care packages for every step of motherhood, from pregnancy to postpartum, and even Mommy & Me boxes! 5 Architecty Studio Handcrafted cement decor items & jewelry. 6 Taupe Coat Luxury nail lacquer for women who love life and work everyday to become better versions of themselves. 7 Two Dough Girls An all natural, sister baking duo that specializes in healthier twists on your favorite classics. Helping to erase the stigma that better for you won't taste good and encouraging conscious eating habits that allow for an occasional sweet indulgence. 8 Sow Cole Creations An online boutique offering handcrafted leather accessories. Creatively manipulating leather to design and handcraft affordable, but luxury leather accessories. 9 DMC Original Art Original marble-like art designs created on home decor items such as coasters, serving trays, mirrors, wall art, and much more! Signature styles of DMC Original Art tend to include gold accents and materials that offer a third-dimensional sense of texture, which symbolizes bringing the art to life, and to light. 10 Bourbon Bohemian Spirits edutainment for the cocktail curious and home bar enthusiast. Specializes in experiences that make the ordinary, extraordinary. Offers seasonal beverage consulting, bespoke travel inspired cocktail experiences and artisanal cocktail kits. 11 Sister Sunflower A mail-order plant shop managed by a life long plant lover! Offering healthy and affordable plants with a side of culture. 12 Pea Pod Pixie Creates artisanal bath and body products such as bath bombs, lotions, scrubs and more. 13 Black Wellness Initiative A company that has prioritized bringing wellness to you! Our mental health can directly impact our immune system so self-care is essential. 14 Ivory B. An Africain Contemporary, Brooklyn NY designed brand crafted in Africa, mixing Mudcloth (African fabrics) with other materials like leather and cotton lining to offer the Simple Africain Elegance. 15 The Artisan Pour Provides a wine concierge service for the socially conscious wine drinker. Will work with you to choose Black boutique wines that you, your family, friends, & colleagues will appreciate. Also curates monthly virtual wine tastings and operates The Artisan Pour Art & Wine Gallery in Sacramento, CA. 16 Diva Queen Jewelry Uniquely created hand crafted jewelry. 17 Oasis Soul Scent Co. Crafts luxury handmade scented candles and home & body treats with natural ingredients & lasting fragrances inspired by soulful music. 18 Baked Chemistry An online and wholesale bakery where they specialize in Elevating Your Experience of Familiar Favorites through mindful baking practices. Specializing in gourmet cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls sold in both baked and Take And Bake options. 19 4 Elements Bath Products Artisan crafted eco-friendly, cruelty free, luxury natural bath and spa products using aromatherapy. 20 Vena Vena Handcrafted Handcrafted leather and vegan handbags & accessories. Made in Los Angeles, California.
4 + 20 green businesses to support this month
With Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Gardening Day, and other GREEN holidays, April is the perfect month to celebrate all things natural and eco-friendly. The increased awareness also makes it a great time to find and support brands and businesses that give back to green causes, practice sustainability, and/ or offer all-natural products to replace chemicals in the home. To make your search easier, we've compiled a list of 4+20 Black Woman Businesses that can help you be a little more green this month: 1 SAUSALITO BLUE Gulit-free shopping! At Sausalito Blue, they collect and preserve textiles & fabrics discarded by upholstery manufacturers and reimagine the materials into #functionalluxury home decor & soft goods to be loved all over again (pillows, tea towels, napkins, coasters, aprons, tote bags, etc). 2 THREADS OF HABIT A collective of vintage clothing and reworked vintage designs that emboldens women to style unique prints and silhouettes into their wardrobes. 3 MOTHER'S NATURE Provides CBD Infused botanical moisturizers. These solar infused oils work for all skin types and ages. 4 FORT NEGRITA A member-cooperative dedicated to increasing awareness of a non-extractive, environmentally-friendly lifestyle by offering opportunities for marginalized people to make a livelihood while living and giving gently on planet Earth. 5 ECODAISY Dr. Priscilla Johnson is a mom & environmental activist with a PhD in water resources engineering. When she couldn’t find 100% natural cleaning products that met her standards she created a line for herself- and for families. 6 PHILLY RESALE QUEEN Focuses on selling new, open box, and pre-loved baby gear & furniture with nationwide shipping. Sells all name brand products for less than retail and offers 24-hour diaper delivery in the Philadelphia region. 7 GREENSTITCH FASHIONS Edgy fashion for women that celebrate culture in a natural way. Hand-dyed pieces created in the US that are unique and make a statement. 8 FLOWER POWER PACKAGES Offers standard and child-resistant marijuana packaging and supplies for cultivators, dispensaries, smoke shops and pharmacies! 9 HERBAL ACCESSION On a mission to teach the community the importance of self sufficiency when it comes to taking care of one's own health and wellness. Currently provides organic and handmade products that promote wellness, peace of mind and self-care. 10 THE GREEN LAUNDRESS Dedicated to providing high-quality, yet reasonably priced, cleaning products with the mission to educate consumers about the importance of using cleaning products that are good for the environment and their health. 11 COBALT HONEY SKINCARE Started by a black veterinarian to share her love of beauty of honey bees. Inspired by a desire to help save the bees. Designed to moisturize, nourish, and smooth your skin. 12 BLESSED DESIGNS Born from a desire to make ethical & sustainable fashion available to women, this brand offers size-inclusive, comfortable and fashionable clothing, while committed to making sure people and the earth aren't being exploited in the making of clothes. 13 MAKING SCENTS Here to help with all your relaxation needs from candles to bath salts and aromatherapy. Cant forget about the CBD candles and new candle melts. Everything is handmade and 100% natural. 13 HEMP HEALS BODY SHOP Provides premium and luxurious CBD infused products that'll help you live a pain & stress free life! Curates handmade CBD infused bath & body products, such as Signature CBD Pain Relief Salve, Oil Drops, Whipped Body Butters, Bath Salts, and more! 15 THE GREEN BAKER An afro-caribbean Queer-owned business that specializes in small batch chef-inspired infused edibles for a discerning consumer. 16 FRONT ROW TRAVELS ® Cultivates travel experiences for cannabis lovers, so that they may learn about and consume cannabis safely and without judgment. Breaking the stigma through travel and education. 17 GOOD VIBES CLEAN A powerful, plant-based, multi-surface cleaner that smells amazing! Clean your home and change the whole vibe. 18 HEMP ENVY CO Aims to help clients live the healthiest lives they can while offering alternative solutions to a multitude of issues affecting people every day. Prooducts are organically grown in the USA, third-party tested, gluten-free, all natural with no metals or harsh chemicals, and THC free. 19 USE PRODUCTS All natural healing hair care company great for all textures hand-crafted by mother & daughter. 20 GÄRDEN A wellness brand co-owned by a black couple with a mission is to empower people to live healthy lifestyles, by providing uniquely crafted herbal blends. 21 Souleva Eco-friendly cute wet-bags for hot yoga. The core of their mission is to offer solution-based products that address consumers' needs while staying conscious of the environment, ultimately aiming to inspire people to elevate their lifestyle through conscious choices. 22 Show & Tell Concept Shop A platform for unique, vibrant, inclusive style that promotes Bold Beauty and Joyful Living. This brand believe fashion should be fun and ethical, and always help you feel like the best version of yourself! 23 Botanical Safari A houseplant shop. 24 Chemaks Delivers natural, organic, and eco friendly household cleaning and body care products. Partners with black owned businesses to provide a market place for products made with non-toxic ingredients; ensuring a safe home for babies, kids and pets.
creating healthy habits with sam of healthy on you
Eating a balanced and healthy diet is directly related to how you feel every single day! Why feel bloated and sluggish by eating sugary cereals or oily empty carbs, when you can feel energized and light by fueling your body with nutritious fruits, veggies, lean meats and healthy fats? I think eating healthy got a reputation along the way of being boring and full of flavorless steamed vegetables and dry pieces of chicken. None of that sounds appetizing, so it’s natural to gravitate towards the things that do. But what if you were able to make those veggies or chicken appetizing and enjoyable to consume? To me, that is a balanced and healthy diet and it can be done! Not sacrificing flavor for health, but finding creative ways to incorporate flavor and fun into wholesome meals has become my passion. My goal is to help it become a passion for others as well. No one should go through life thinking healthy means boring! You deserve to feel full of life and energy, and that can be achieved by making good food choices. It happens to almost all of us-- a few chips as a snack turns into an empty chip bag being thrown into the trash. This is usually followed by feelings of anger and frustration with ourselves and thoughts of having fallen off the wagon again. Then for some (and I’ve definitely been here before) the negative spiral begins of “Well, I’ve already messed up today so I might as well just count this day as a loss and throw in a few cookies”. I’m here to tell you, IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT. Stop blaming yourself, it doesn’t do you any good. Products like chips, brownies, candies, or whatever indulgent treats we consume that throw us off our hypothetical wagon, are created to make it difficult to have only one! And guess what. This also includes all those snacks and treats that say things like “vegan”, “non-gmo”, “low carb”, etc.. So what can you do to combat this? Try not to buy them and have whole food snacks on hand that you find delicious and enticing. I like to add some flavor to boring nuts and seeds by baking them in my spice blends, or whipping up a batch of homemade granola that allows me to control the type and amount of sweeteners used. By having these readily available, it’s become a habit to reach for these items rather than head over to my treats. If you do want a treat now and then, I recommend buying a single serving of whatever it is you’re craving. For example potato chips. Just buy the snack bag size and save yourself the negativity and feelings of having to “hop back on the wagon tomorrow”. It’s all about doing what is in your control and enabling yourself to stay positive! Recently this phrase has become popular, but I truly try to live by it: mindful eating. Getting in touch with your body and feeding it when it’s truly hungry and fueling it with nourishing foods. Mindfulness also encompasses being aware of what you’re eating. Echoing what I said above, incorporating more whole foods into your daily diet will leave you feeling satisfied longer and energized for your day! However, this does not mean muddying up these whole foods with fatty sauces, oils and dressings. By incorporating spice blends into your meals, you can still achieve flavor without adding unhealthy and high-caloric ingredients. What are a few reflective questions readers can use to check in on their current health and diet? Asking yourself probing questions is actually another component of mindful eating. I find I ask myself two questions daily to enable myself to make healthy food choices: Do I feel full of life and energy throughout my day or am I crawling to bed at night? This question allows me to check in and see if I’m fueling my body with complete, balanced meals filled with protein and healthy carbs and fats. Of course, drinking plenty of water also fits into the equation. When I eat, what am I eating and why? This is a great question to ask yourself if you feel you’re overeating or eating when you’re not really hungry. I’ve found when I get into positions where I’m overeating or just eating to eat, I’m typically bored. So by asking myself this question, I can get in touch with whether or not I need fuel or if I’m just bored. Now, when I know I’m just bored, I try to swap out eating for other activities, such as walking or just making myself a cup of tea. Sam Binkley is a Certified Health Coach and founder of Healthy On You, who was introduced to flavorful, fresh food at a young age. She was born in Jamaica, where her Indian/Jamaican mother would grind her own spices to create bold, delicious meals. With the bold and fun combination of flavors associated with Jamaican and Indian food, came loud music. Music would always be playing in the background while Sam ground spices and cooked with her mother. This influence of music can be seen in the names of her spice blends. Additionally, it was important to Sam to maintain the unique aspect of blending her own spices, which she continues to do today. Sam continues to teach in many ways, whether it be through recipes on her blog or virtual cooking classes, where she connects with her customers and provides inspiration for how to cook with her products. Whether you love spending time in the kitchen or don't want to sacrifice flavor for quick and easy meals, Healthy On You organic spice & salt blends will become a staple. For more information about Sam and Healthy on You, visit healthyonyou.com.
building a fitness Lifestyle You Love with nadia of transform with nadia
When I look back at 2020, I think of it as the year that everyone collectively realized what’s important: our mental, physical, and emotional health. It’s more important than ever to adopt healthy habits that nourish us- body, mind, and soul. So today I’m sharing my top tips to build a fitness lifestyle you’ll love. Commit to Moving Every Day. Every single year in January, hundreds of thousands of individuals set fitness goals for themselves. Statistics show that more than 73% of those people give up shortly thereafter. The thing is… Many of our lives are largely sedentary. When you sit constantly, certain muscles begin to weaken from underuse, your metabolism goes down, and your body fatigues more easily. Before you try to build a workout routine, prep your body for movement. Move More. Sit Less. The best thing you can do for your body is to commit to moving a little bit every day. Any type of movement above what you currently do can make a HUGE impact on how you feel. Start Small Aim for a slow progression into a regular exercise habit. If you start too fast, you can burn out and lose motivation. On the contrary, no amount of movement is too small to make a difference. It could be as simple as one of the following: ● Stand up and stretch every hour while you’re working ● Take a 15 minute walk after lunch ● Tune in to your favorite song at the end of the day and dance! When you start small, you give yourself the chance to build consistency. Consistency is what makes a good habit last. Once you feel ready to do more, you can add more structured workouts. Find Workouts You’ll Stick to Workout trends and fads often trick you into thinking that there are certain types of workouts that are “better” for you than others. In the long run, the best type of workouts to complete are those that you’ll do consistently. I tell my clients to choose their workouts based on: how effective they are, how fun they are, or some combination of both. What is an Effective Workout? An effective workout is one that is geared toward helping you achieve your fitness goals. For example, if your goal is to get more flexible, a combination of cardio and mobility work will get you there. If you want to gain strength in your upper body, resistance training with exercises to work your arms, chest, shoulders, and back are your best option. Effective workouts help you see tangible progress over time. Progress builds motivation, which can help you stay consistent. What Makes a Workout Fun? You may think that a truly effective workout can’t be fun. Think again! Even challenging workouts can be be enjoyable if they have one or more of the following elements: ● A coach that inspires you or makes you laugh ● An activity you love (i.e. dancing or your favorite sport) ● The opportunity to socialize with friends or acquaintances ● Great music ● A beautiful location ● The feeling of accomplishment during or after a workout These are just a handful of ways that working out can be fun. I’m sure you can think of more reasons! Make a list of the various ways you can have fun while working out. It will help you choose what activities to do and motivate you to get moving! If you need ideas for your workouts, head over to the Transform with Nadia YouTube Channel. I’ve got a ton of short, effective and fun workouts you can complete on your own at home! Reflection Questions: If you struggle with making time for exercise, get in the habit of asking yourself the following questions daily: ● How does my body feel right now? ● Have I moved today? ● What one small thing can I do to help my body feel good/better? Trial and Error All things considered, if you want to build a fitness routine you’ll love, you have to be willing to explore your options. It takes some trial and error to discover the types of exercise that work for you, the length of workouts that fit best into your life, and the goals that are most motivating for lasting success. Just keep in mind that making fitness a habit doesn’t have to be complicated. Start small by moving more today than you did yesterday. Then move forward from there. Good luck! Nadia Santiago is the founder of Transform with Nadia: Digital Fitness, Nutrition, and Wellness. She’s passionate about helping busy professionals create healthier, happier lives by teaching them how to build a lasting routine of exercise, nourishing eating habits, and positive lifestyle practices. Nadia has a Masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology, is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, an OTA Certified Online Trainer, a Certified Precision Nutrition Coach, and a 500 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher. Her combined expertise, along with nearly 10 years of experience working with clients, is what sets her apart from other online trainers and allows her to create practical, compassionate programming that helps community members transform from the inside out. For more information about Nadia and Transform with Nadia, visit transformwithnadia.com.
easing into the new year with kayla of a place for audre
The past year has been a strain on us individually and collectively. The most important lesson I’ve learned?: Handle you and your space with ease and care. I don’t have to begin with reviewing what 2020 has been for us. We all have intimately felt and have been impacted by the actions and inactions of others. Personally, I lost my job and wasn’t too sure what was going to happen next. After some reflecting and brainstorming, I decided to finally start my business: A Place for Audre. It combines my passions of accountability coaching and home styling. I believe your internal growth should be reflected externally in your space. With the clients that I have worked with so far, the biggest barriers they have dealt with were extending grace for themselves and their home. Our over-culture is extremely focused on productivity and that productivity being directly tied to your worth. Adding the layers of patriarchy and white supremacy, this combined over-culture pressure is felt even harder on Black women. Black women have also been socialized to believe that other people and their needs matter more than ours. That engaging in martyrdom is the ultimate good and noble thing to do. But what if we spent all the energy we spend trying to take care of other people towards taking care of ourselves? What if we honored and listened to our body and took a break? If we slowed down to meet our own needs, then became more resourced to help other people meet their own needs, imagine what kind of structures we could build together! Audre Lorde said it best: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” I want that energy to also carry into your home. Your home is the container where all your life and growing occurs, and usually the relationship we have with our home is connected to our sense of self. Disarray we feel in our lives can manifest in the house via piles that keep stacking up, home tasks that get started but never get finished, items that take up space that we can’t seem to let go…and then the guilt and pressure we apply to ourselves we also apply to our home. Similar to the collective pressure/guilt my clients have felt and I also have experienced that things should still be moving “normally” and that since we have “more time on our hands” we should be able to accomplish all these tasks. But the best thing we can do for ourselves to take the time to slow down and acknowledge how far we’ve come, and then ease into whatever will be coming our way. Honoring ourselves, and taking the time to figure out what need and how we can fill that need is the key to getting through this with peace of mind. Convinced that low and slow is the way to go? Great! Let’s start off with some reflection questions to help us ease into 2021. Reflection Questions There are so many things we can do to add ease to your life and your home. The first step is information gathering! Ask yourself the following questions and journal/reflect on what the best answers are for you: What did younger you need to feel safe in a space? This question can certainly bring up a lot, sometimes it brings up the times when we were younger and unsafe in our space, that’s also information about what we currently need. When you’re experiencing stress, where do you go in your space? Do you have a dedicated room, corner, set of behaviors you do in your home to soothe your nervous system? If not, could creating something add ease to you and your home? If you had no barriers to creating a space that supports your growth what would you do? Even if this isn’t physically/financially possible, you still get to dream! And those dreams can eventually translate into tangible and accessible changes in your home. What’s one thing you can do to shift your space? These shifts don’t have to be elaborate, and they don’t even have to be multiple shifts! Even moving a table or rearranging a room can make a world of a difference. How do you incorporate your senses into a space? Your space should make all your senses happy! How it looks, feels, smells are all important factors. What textures make you happy? What smells instantly calm you down? Make sure those things are in your home. I hope these questions are a great start to you easing into the new year. If you want to explore more I’d love to connect! A Place for Audre combines Accountability Coaching and Home Styling, working on the belief that work done internally should be reflected externally in your space. Kayla, the creator behind A Place for Audre, has a background in Black feminism, anti-oppression work and years as a Social Worker working with marginalized communities. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, she is now currently based in Berkeley, CA. For more information about Kayla and A Place for Audre, visit aplaceforaudre.com.
buy from a black woman 2020 recap
Thank you for making 2020 a year to remember! Let’s take a look back at some things that helped define Buy From a Black Woman this year... We look forward to serving you, our community in 2021. Want to see some more of our favorite moments? Click here to see the whole year in review.
Closed for the holidays
Happy, merry everything! It's a busy time for all, but please remember to rest. We are. Over the next couple of days, we are taking a break to remember our purpose, our mission, and goals. But no worries, you can still utilize the Buy From A Black Woman Online Directory to find great deals that will carry you towards the new year. During our downtime, the Directory will also not be accepting any new businesses. If you are a Black woman business owner interested in joining, please visit the Join page to sign up to receive notification when the application reopens. We are working on something great for the new year! See you soon!
12 of nikki's Favorite Things
We all look forward to Oprah's Favorite Things list, but have you ever wondered what Black Woman Businesses Nikki Porcher, founder of Buy From A Black Woman, loves the most? Here is a list of 12 Black Woman Businesses that Nikki supported in 2020.
november 23 - 29 | This week with Buy From A Black Woman...
The whole month of November we are celebrating Black Women Business Owners everyday! We do that already but this month we are going over & beyond. Each day you can enter for your chance to win a product or service from a Black Woman Business Owner via our Instagram & Facebook Page or catch a live podcast on our YouTube Channel. On our blog we're also highlighting the business owners that are part of the Black Woman Directory. Check back here daily to learn more about the Black Woman Business Owners featured throughout the week of November 16 - 22nd. Monday, November 16 A Place for Audre A Place for Audre combines Accountability Coaching and Home Styling, two of the founder's passions. Working on the belief that the work done together internally should be reflected externally in your space, clients discover through coaching sessions how to get out of their own way, and establish tools that support internal growth. After that, the focus is turned to aesthetics and styling of one's space, figuring out what best honors an individual's needs. Meet Kayla Kayla, the creator behind A Place for Audre, has a background in Black feminism, anti-oppression work and years as a Social Worker working with marginalized communities. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, she is now currently based in Berkeley, CA. When Kayla works with clients, she likes to reflect what an individual is putting out in their home and in their life, and gives them an opportunity to assess what they want to keep and what they want to shift. She advocates for growth, create a safe holding space for that growth, and keeps everyone she works with focused on their goals. Kayla's hope is that after working with her, you will feel more autonomy and breathing space in your everyday life and your home. Shop Directly: www.placeforaudre.com [ Click for More Ways to Connect ] All My Boys Shop All My Boys Shop offers casual, cool, and most importantly, comfortable apparel for little boys. Meet Halima Halima started All My Boys Shop two years ago out of necessity, when she found there to be a lack of fun clothing available for boys. As a mama to three young boys, she wanted to give them something they'd enjoy wearing and also wanted to create an outlet for herself outside of being a military wife and mom. It made sense to her to combine her sewing experience, fashion marketing, and management degree with her passion for creating things. Halima is a lover of all things art, including her first love of fashion design. She is very passionate about spreading love, peace and positivity through her clothing and throughout her life. Shop Directly: www.allmyboysshop.com [ Click for More Ways to Connect ] Tuesday, November 17 harper + charlotte harper + charlotte specializes in handmade books: case-bound, Coptic stitch and leather (both animal and vegan) soft-cover books. From folding to gluing, to stitching, all books are entirely handcrafted and structurally sound. Meet Carla Carla's journey to bookbinder and business owner took a lot of twists and turns. With a master's in higher education administration from The University of Southern Mississippi and over 10 years of experience in the higher education field, she eventually settled in Atlanta. Soon after, Carla met a calligraphy and bookbinding instructor that ignited her current passion for bookbinding. After giving away some of her handmade pieces at a holiday gathering, Carla started receiving questions about pricing and inquiries for orders. At the end of 2019, she did her research and started laying the groundwork for what is now harper + charlotte Handmade Books. Shop Directly: www.harperandcharlotte.com [ Click for More Ways to Connect ] Flowers & Moondust Flowers & Moondust is an African wholistic wellness company that offers high quality African superfoods + beauty products. As a business, they are dedicated to recentering the power of African ancestral healing magic, empowering local African communities and encouraging wholistic wellness journeys. Meet Antoinette Antoinette is the founder of Flowers & Moondust. When she started her freshman year at Colby College, she had every intention of becoming a traditional medical doctor, earning degrees in Biology and African-American Studies while on the pre-med track. However, somewhere along the journey, she took a risk and followed my heart. In 2017, it led her back to her ancestral homeland of Ghana, West Africa where she now operates Flowers & Moondust.⠀ Shop Directly: www.flowersandmoondust.com [ Click for More Ways to Connect ] Wednesday, November 25 Playbox Lashes Playbox Lashes is a purpose-driven beauty brand that was inspired by the idea of uniting people through nostalgia, creativity and self expression through playful use of makeup. Meet Tasha Lee As the owner, creative director and founder of Playbox Lashes, Tasha Lee has always had a passion to help people. Moving around a lot as a kid helped Tasha Lee to understand differences and understand people in a broader aspect. To know what it feels like to “not be included” or “feel accepted” really pushed her to want to create something different. In 2017, Tasha Lee lost everything and was uprooted from her hometown in Providence, Rhode Island and moved to Maryland. The following year she had a vision for her business and knew it was time to create something bigger than herself and use that platform to ultimately reach people. Shop Directly: www.playboxlashes.com [ Click for More Ways to Connect ] Queen Malika Queen Malika is a small online store offering eyelashes, and soon a makeup line. The company operates with the goal to offer their customers the best products and services possible. The name for the business was inspired by the Malika, the founder's daughter, who was born with long, beautiful eyelashes. The name Malika also means "Queen" in several languages. Meet Judith Judith is an entrepreneur focusing on cosmetics, beauty accessories, and fashion. Born in Belgium, having grown up in a French-speaking country in west Africa, and now living in New York, Judith uses her multicultural experiences and background in business from the Fashion Institute of Technology to promote Black and African beauty. Shop Directly: www.queenmalika.com [ Click for More Ways to Connect ] Friday, November 27 Taupe Coat Taupe Coat creates clean, non-toxic beauty products. Its mission is to use nail polish to make a positive impact in its community. Taupe Coat operates a quarterly giving program, the Taupe Charity program, which donates funds, product, or volunteer hours to organizations that serve some of the most underrepresented members of society. All Taupe Coat products are mixed by hand in small batches. We are polish with a Purpose! Meet Bethany By day, Bethany is an attorney in Los Angeles. By night, she’s running Taupe Coat, an independent nail polish brand that blends beauty with wellness by creating low toxin, vegan, and cruelty free nail polish. After being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in her early twenties, Bethany became more mindful of what she put on, and in, her body. Taupe Coat was eventually born out of her desire to support and encourage other women on their journey to live a life of wellness and self-fulfillment. Shop Directly: www.taupecoat.com [ Click for More Ways to Connect ] VigorWicks Candle Co Vigorwicks Candle Co. commits to creating an experience for you through aromas, strategically blended and guaranteed to ignite your senses. Candles are made with the customer in mind, by hand-crafting vegan soy wax, layered with fragrances and essential oils – while paying special attention to various moods. Meet Lee Raised in the Bronx and currently residing in North Carolina, Lee is the owner and creative director of VigorWicks Candle Co. Her mission is to produce quality and draw you in with catchy candle scent phrases that are fun/sexy/thought-driven, and ultimately ‘the sauce’ for inducing nostalgia and setting moods. Shop Directly: www.vigorwicks.com [ Click for More Ways to Connect ] Lauren Simone Publishing House Lauren Simone Publishing House, founded in 2016, is a publishing company in Hartford, Connecticut birthed by two sisters, Olivia Lauren John and Alyssa Simone John. The sisters- who deeply love the arts- act, model, draw, paint, play musical instruments, and most recently started to publish books. Together, with the help of their mom, Dr. Melissa-Sue John, they created the Olivia Lauren book series. They wanted to expose young readers to the things that they had experienced, as well as create a platform for other authors and artists to share their talent and diversity. Meet Melissa-Sue John While Olivia Lauren John and Alyssa Simone John are at school, track, modeling, acting or performing in orchestra, Dr. Melissa-Sue John, their mom, runs the day-to-day operations of the Lauren Simone Publishing House. Dr. Melissa-Sue John was born in Jamaica and grew up with a Black Prime Minister, Black teachers, Black Ministers, Black doctors, so on. There was nothing in her environment that told her she wasn’t good enough or that she couldn’t excel at anything she pursued. When she moved to the US at 18 years old, she realized that Black Americans did not have that luxury and how important it was to have heroes like Martin Luther King, and more recently, President Barack Obama. The reason Dr. Melissa-Sue John and her daughters write is so that children can see themselves in the books they read. Her hope is that Lauren Simone Publishing House books will help children of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, and abilities to feel beautiful, smart, legitimate, and valid in their identity and experiences. Shop Directly: www.laurensimonepubs.com [ Click for More Ways to Connect ] Luxurious Wellniss Luxurious Wellniss transcends the label of being another brand– it is a mission-driven enterprise that seeks to refresh and rejuvenate the routines and products of both men and women of color whose needs have not been prioritized in the wellness realm. Moreover, an integral part of Luxurious Wellniss’ mission lies in empowering brands that are owned and operated by women. Over half of their products are sourced from female-owned businesses and our goal is to see that number swell. Meet Felicia Felicia laid the foundation for the creation of her beauty & wellness website through her undergraduate studies in chemistry and business. With over a decade of experience as a licensed esthetician and two decades in the fashion and entertainment spheres, Felicia has her finger on the pulse of what wellness truly means. She is not simply concerned with cultivating the hottest, hippest products, but more importantly, she understands the science behind what we put on our bodies. Furthermore, as a woman of color, Felicia is profoundly dedicated to illuminating brands that speak to the desires of those who are often underrepresented in the seemingly monolithic wellness world. We are acutely aware of what we put in our bodies, but she want to ensure that what we’re using on our bodies is just as fortifying and nourishing. Shop Directly: www.luxuriouswellniss.com [ Click for More Ways to Connect ] Sunday, November 29 Square L7 Square L7 is a designer ready-to-wear brand based in the Bronx, NY. Giving basics a bit of edge and fusing Coolness and Elegance, creating the brand's identity of "Coolegance", they strive to create Designer Basics that can be added to your wardrobe and styled with pieces you already have or styled with each other. Meet Lu Lu is the owner and Creative behind the line Square L7. As a Bronx native, Lu grew up submerged in diversity and different cultures. Within her family itself you could find a mixture of ethnicities, cultures and traditions. The variation gives Lu her unique point of view creatively and in life in general. Lu was born a Maker and making clothing is just one of the mediums that drives her creativity. She studied Fashion Design at the High School Of Fashion Industries and then FIT in New York, NY and then went on to finish her training at FIT/Polimoda in Florence Italy where she remained for 7 years. In coming back to New York in hopes to jump start her career as a Designer, she was met with many obstacles and had to reinvent herself several times outside of designing in order to be able to work. Becoming a pattern and dress maker only helped to make her work as a designer even better! For Square L7, Lu designs and patterns the pieces herself which ensures that the vision is followed through from start to finish. As a Mother and Wife, the goal here is to create and grow something that her kids can have a hand in building and maybe someday continue if they so choose to. Shop Directly: www.squarel7.com [ Click for More Ways to Connect ] WHEN YOU SUPPORT A BLACK WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER, YOU SUPPORT A WHOLE COMMUNITY.
The 2020 Buy From a Black Woman Grant recipients are...
Last year we said the Black Woman Business Grants Applications were one of the best rounds to date. That was until this year happened. With over 1,700 applications received, our committees had a hard time deciding who would receive what. The Buy From a Black Woman Grant Committees are excited to announce the 2020 Buy From a Black Woman Grants will go to… The Buy from a Black Woman Business Grant Rhonda Cammon, Perfectly Cordial www.perfectlycordial.com With over 20+ years experience in hospitality and nursing, Rhonda pursued her passion to create Perfectly Cordial. A fresh fruit , all natural mixer that combines warm spices and organic cane sugar allowing everyone to make the perfect craft cocktail or mocktail. She is the current Treasurer of the USBG Nashville chapter becoming the chapter’s first African American female board member and a Les Dames scholarship recipient. Rhonda is a Bar Consultant, Media and Publication Contributor, Curated Cocktail Lab Creator, Bourbon and Tequila Educator. Collaborating with brands like Titos Vodka, Pepsi, Patron, and Crown Royal. Rhonda has also been featured in a variety of publications including Women’s Health, Business Insider, Liquor.com, Thirsty Magazine and Cherry Bombe. The Buy From a Black Woman Trademark Grant I'sha Dunston, Izayla https://www.izayla.us I’sha is the youngest of four, born and raised in Fremont, California. After high school, she moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Industry Management and Business Management at F.I.D.M (Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising). Founded in 2017 and in Los Angeles, Izayla is a timeless and versatile ready to wear luxury brand catering to women all over the world. Izayla is a representation of the owner’s personality and style. Izayla was created for women who can be both sophisticated, and conservative, all while being comfortable. The brand encourages women to be one thing: unique. Jamillah R. Gabriel, Call Number www.callnumberbox.com Jamillah R. Gabriel is the founder and curator of Call Number, a library-inspired book subscription box highlighting contemporary Black literature and authors of the African Diaspora. When she is not curating for the box, Jamillah is studying for her PhD in information sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, and has nearly 20 years experience in public and academic libraries as a librarian and library paraprofessional. Additionally, she is the co-host of LibVoices, a podcast that interviews BIPOC librarians and archivists about their experiences in librarianship. The Buy From a Black Woman Copyright Grant Melisa Brown, Melisa Brown www.melisabrown.com Melisa Brown is a Charlotte-based Abstract Artist who evokes expressionism through striking, seamless, thought- provoking works. The goal of her art is to render light in a world that can often times seem dim. Her paintings reflect the inner ability to let things flow and let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. The movement in each piece represents the unexpected twists and turns of life. Since her emergence, Melisa is featured in Pride Magazine NC-Business Edition (May 2020), Voyage ATL (September 2020), and Mahyue Magazine (March 2020). Additional art appearances include SouthEnd Arts Juried Exhibition, West Elm Pop-Up, and Hygge Coworking (West)- Mural Installation. She is easily "one to watch" in the community of artists on the rise in Charlotte, NC. The Buy From a Black Woman Project Grant Stephanie Dean, StepStitches www.stepstitches.com Stephanie Dean, owner of StepStitches LLC, makes and sells Cinnamon Annie Dolls®. These Raggedy Ann style dolls are a diverse and updated modern version of the classic American icon. Cinnamon Annie dolls® are handmade with love in Stephanie's home sewing studio in Decatur, GA. Stephanie is a former elementary teacher and a licensed social worker. Her mission is to create high quality products that make the recipient happy and feel good about themselves. Rayna Smaller, BrownGirl SPACE www.browngirlspace.com Rayna Smaller,MSW aka The Mental Health Advocate Jawn is the founder of BrownGirl SPACE. BrownGirl SPACE was birthed from a traumatic experience leading to depression and self deprecation but was cultivated into a movement of self-love, self worth, and a sense of self. Rayna transformed a painful experience into fulfilling her purpose to serve a cause greater than she by shredding light and giving hope to BrownGirls just like her. BrownGirl SPACE advocates for BrownGirls seeking a safe space to encourage healing by promoting and providing accurate information regarding mental health awareness. In an effort to empower BrownGirls to understand their own mental health diagnosis, personal mental health needs and experiences, while feeling confident in practicing self-care without feeling selfish, insecure or alone. The Buy From a Black Woman Ecommerce Website Grant Amber D. Smith, Farming by Amber Farming by Amber provides the season’s best mix of organic produce and hand-crafted farm products conveniently delivered to your door. Amber is a former STEM Professor, and makes sure she educated her clients on the things they are eating. She also trains children, seniors and those needing workforce development in agriculture, culinary arts and dietetics while growing her business. We want to thank all of the Black Women who applied this year. It was a tough choice with so many amazing Black Women Business being created everyday. We will be emailing a special gift to each Black Woman who applied to help her grow her business.
It's Buy From a Black Woman Awareness Day!
Here at Buy from a Black Woman, we make sure we take time to celebrate the vital role Black Women have played throughout American history, as well as the role we continue to play today. That's why we created a day just for us. Join us today as we celebrate the many contributions that Black Women Business Owner are making, have made & will continue to make. Today is our day. MAKE A STATEMENT Let those around you know that you support Black Women Business Owners. Here are some sample posts that you can use to encourage conscious consumership. Black Women have a difficulty accessing credit and capital to fund and grow their business. I am making a commitment to #BuyFromABlackWoman to support Black Women Business Owners. Learn how you can become a conscious consumer www.buyfromablackwoman.org #BuyFomABlackWoman I am supporting Black Women Business Owners by spending my money in places that will help empower my community. Support the movement www.buyfromablackwoman.org #BuyFomABlackWoman Being a conscious consumer means knowing that the money I spend supports the community I live in. That is why I #BuyFromABlackWoman. Support the movement www.buyfromablackwoman.org SHAREABLE GRAPHICS Share these graphics on social media to help us spread the support for Black Women Business Owners.