Black-owned businesses have come a long way over the past few decades. As the scars of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre have been recently laid bare and as the #BuyBlack movement grows larger, Black entrepreneurship is starting to gain more steam.
If you’re looking to join the #BuyBlack movement and give your hard-earned money to Black-owned businesses, here are 15 Black-owned businesses we think you should support.
Alaffia was founded by Togolese native, Olowo-n’djo Tchala, and Prairie Rose Hyde, a U.S.-born Peace Corps volunteer. The company’s award-winning clean and fair trade beauty and grooming collections are made with handcrafted unrefined shea butter, African black soap, and coconut oil using traditional methods by members of the women-led Alaffia Village Co-op in Togo, West Africa.
Alaffia also makes Good Soap, triple-milled, zero waste and gluten-free soap bars. 100% of proceeds are donated to families and communities around the world.
BLK & Bold is the first Black-owned, nationally distributed coffee brand. BLK & Bold sells freshly roasted specialty coffees and loose leaf teas delivered straight to your door. They pledge 5% of their profits to initiatives aligned to sustaining youth programming, enhancing workforce development, and eradicating youth homelessness.
Buttah was founded in 2018 by Dorion Renaud. They unite the best of nature and science in highly effective products for both women and men, formulated to reveal more radiant results. Each Buttah Skin product targets the issues we face every day – dryness, discoloration, oiliness and blemishes with simple, proven-effective, good-for-you ingredients that leave your skin glowing, healthy, and renewed.
Founded by Tope Awotona and based in Atlanta, Georgia, Calendly is an automated scheduling tool that takes the work out of connecting with others so that its users can accomplish more. Calendly uncomplicates scheduling by only offering times that work with your availability across all of your calendars. As of January 2021, Calendly is valued at $3 billion. Calendly is one the few Black-owned businesses that are valued at over $1 billion.
Coco and Breezy Eyewear is a NYC-based eyewear company founded in 2009 by twin designers Corianna and Brianna Dotson. Their eyewear has braced celebrity faces such as Prince, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kelly Osbourne, Nicki Minaj and more. Coco and Breezy believe in creating artistic designs that are functional with great quality. With their attention to detail, they have developed their own unique style with their signature cut-outs and architectural inspired shaped frames.
A mobile banking platform inspired by the early 1900’s Greenwood District, Greenwood is a digital mobile banking platform made for Black and Latino customers. Their services include digital savings and spending accounts, P2P transfers, no hidden fees, a global ATM network, and more.
The Harlem Candle Company is a luxury home fragrance brand specializing in scented candles inspired by the richness of Harlem. Founded in 2014 by travel and lifestyle expert Teri Johnson, the Harlem Candle Company is the manifestation of her love affair with fragrance, jazz, and Harlem.
Founded by Diishan Imira, Mayvenn sells 100% virgin hair extensions in a wide variety of textures and colors. They offer Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian, and Brazilian virgin hair that is machine-wefted and handpicked for quality. Their platform has grown into a nationwide movement of over 50,000+ stylists, hundreds of thousands of customers, and millions of dollars invested back into salons across the country.
Sisters Robin and Andréa McBride have combined the love of their environments and their passion for wine to create The McBride Sisters Collection, a line of wines that reflect each of the Sister’s upbringing on opposite ends of the globe – Robin in Monterey, California and Andréa in Marlborough, New Zealand.
With The McBride Sisters Collection, the pair has perfected two wines from New Zealand – a Sauvignon Blanc and Sparkling Brut Rosé, and two wines from the Central Coast of California – a Chardonnay and Red Blend. The collection is crafted in the Sisters’ signature style, a blend of old world elegance with new world finesse.
Partake Foods makes gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO for kids. The cookies are made with real, healthy, and safe ingredients and they’re free of the top 14 allergens. The company was founded by Denise Woodard and is based in Jersey City, New Jersey. Partake is available in stores across the United States.
Pipcorn was born in 2012, when Jeff Martin was helping his sister, Jen, move apartments. With everything packed up except a bag of tiny heirloom popcorn kernels that Jen found in the Chicago health food store where she worked, they popped batch after batch of the most delicious popcorn they’d ever had! The heirloom corn they use to make Pipcorn products have a distinctly delicious flavor and an especially satisfying crunch. With each harvest, they save seeds to plant the next time around.
Scotch Porter is a brand of Quallis Brands Co., which was founded by Calvin Quallis. Scotch Porter develops multi-purpose beard, hair, and face care products for men that are highly effective and easy to use. Their beard collection’s key ingredients include biotin liposomes, burdock root & white willow to condition and moisturize to promote a healthy, soft, thick-growing beard.
The Sip is an alcohol delivery and membership service founded by two best friends. They offer an array of sparkling wine and champagne from around the world, making it convenient, affordable, and fun to discover new bubbly without breaking the bank. You can discover sparkling wines, by the glass, six times a year to keep your palate fresh and satisfied. They ship to the continental USA with the exception of: Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Hawaii, Alaska and Utah.
Founded by Kobie Fuller, cofounder and GP at Upfront Ventures, Valence is a new platform and community dedicated to unlocking the global combined power of Black professionals to create massive economic and social progress. Their mission is to create new paths to success for Black professionals.
The Wrap Life is a head wrap brand founded by Nnenna Stella and launched online in 2015. They create head wraps that inspire creativity and radical self–acceptance. Their head wraps, bandies, and turbanettes are loved for their comfort, quality, and variety of vibrant colors.
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