According to the department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, just one-fourth of minority-owned businesses belong to black people. One of the ways to empower black people, is to patronize black businesses. So this holiday season, make a point to #buyblack and support your community.
Here are a list of seven black-owned companies to give as gifts this holiday season:
Beauty & Fashion
Malaika Apparel Co
Created by Rita Bunatal, this company “aims to embody a distinguishable form of revolution” and to celebrate and empower the Black/African diaspora. The company sells caps, jewelry, tote bags, beanies and much more.
Curvaceous Couture Boutique
This company sells fashionable items which are designed for women who wear sizes 12-24. Their selection of products includes body-con, maxi and mini dresses, as well as jumpsuits, leggings, jeans/shorts, and plenty of other accessories.
This company is known for the wide range of colorful products. Check out their website for an amazing collection of eyeshadow palettes, brushes, bundles and blushes.
Colour U Cosmetics sells 12-hour lip paints, blush, dual powders, glitter, lip gloss, slim line lipsticks and much more. Visit their website for more information about their products.
Pooka Pure & Simple
Not only does this amazing company have an incredible selection of hair products, skin moisturizers, body scrubs, shower gels and foot care butters—they also offer workshops where you can learn how to create your own moisturizing products.
All their products are organic and hand-crafted. They also have a wide range of products from vitamin-rich facial scrubs, bath & body salts, shea butter and a unique collection of fragrances, including “Fresh Rain”, “Tranquility” and “Fresh Linen”.
According to their website, Tropical Naturals currently employs over 200 Nigerians and women make up 40% of their senior management positions! If that’s not enough to win your support, they sell shea butter, moisturizing lotion and Dudu Osun Black Soap, which is handmade from natural ingredients and herbs.
Having trouble finding more black owned businesses to support? Many smaller companies prefer to advertise on social media because it’s much cheaper than other forms of advertisement, so use social media to scour out some businesses. If you find a particularly good business, don’t forget to share it with a friend or leave a positive review on their website. It’s not all about the presents either. If you decide to eat out this holiday season, try eating at a black-owned restaurant or fast-food joint.
“While some have described her as overly opinionated, Grace much prefers the terms headstrong and passionate. She is a voracious reader, a dog-lover and a self-professed pop culture junkie. Her other hobbies include watching sappy romantic comedies, consuming too many strawberry-filled doughnuts and people-watching. Grace currently attends university, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Pre-Law.”