50+ Black Businesses to Support This Month (and Every Month)
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Support the Black community all year long—and score some seriously amazing items in the process.
Black people have contributed to American society and culture from the beginning of this country’s founding, and of course, Black History Month is a good time to acknowledge that. After all, you probably never learned about many of the Black inventors who made all of our lives easier or entrepreneurs like Madam C.J. Walker and Annie Malone, who revolutionized the hair industry. But while it’s important to honor and commemorate these contributions that have been a part of the fabric of our economy for generations, it’s also essential to support the Black entrepreneurs who are currently in business—and for more than just one month.
By regularly supporting Black-owned businesses, which have traditionally faced more obstacles and have also been particularly hurt by the pandemic, you’ll be giving the Black community a boost while also scoring some phenomenal finds. The companies on our list offer stellar items and services that you’ll love, from Black-owned beauty products and apparel to top-notch wine and tea. Get ready to find your new favorite things!
Tennis phenom Serena Williams has always been a woman who lets her actions do the talking, and when it comes to her jewelry line, her character shines through. Williams has partnered with global diamond manufacturer K.P. Sanghvi to make sure that her products feature conflict-free diamonds. When you purchase a necklace from her Unstoppable collection and more, you can rest assured that you are promoting a truly ethical and responsible brand.
Founded by Dana Bly in 2010, Pardon My Fro was inspired by Bly’s natural hair journey and her desire to find beautiful, bold, and expressive imagery featuring Black women. When she found the marketplace lacking, she decided to create her own brand. From pretty silk scarves and brightly colored umbrellas to funky shower curtains to wall art, her designs that feature Black women can add a distinct flair to a home or wardrobe.
Mocha Mane creates hair clips specifically with Black culture in mind, and founder Helecia Williams had one overarching goal when designing them: She wanted Black women, and women in general, to embrace their textured hair. Her inspirational and bedazzled clips have words such as kinks, curls, and coils on them, and the brand deliberately showcases women of color of various complexions in its marketing materials.
Founded in 2014 by Nnenna Stella, this Black-owned business is perfect for women who appreciate a vibrant head wrap. But the brand doesn’t just offer head wraps—you’ll also find incredibly wearable bandies and turbanettes for different looks. Bonus: The website includes incredibly helpful tutorials on different ways to wrap your hair and use these products.
Get ready to fall in love with this legacy-inspired jewelry. Founder and designer Sasha V comes from a long line of self-taught designers and creatives, and on her website, she writes: “I design jewelry that pays homage to the creative forces that allow me to exist in this space. The stories of these jewels are a snapshot of my heart.” At the core of each piece? History, culture, and family. For example, her Missy Ring was designed to honor the legacy of her aunt. The brand also donates 15 percent of net sales to organizations that work directly for the betterment of the community.
Izzy & Liv is all about culture, confidence, and soul. It includes accessories, clothing, stationery, umbrellas, planners, wall art, and more that highlight images with an important message: Be confident about being Black. Make a statement with this 18-karat-gold-plated “Still I Rise” script necklace, which features the inspirational words of Maya Angelou.
This jewelry line understands the importance of giving back. With its Gems & Jewels program, it gives girls ages 10 to 18 an opportunity to pursue their dreams through a mentorship and arts education program. And, of course, let’s not forget about the jewelry itself. With a modern and chic aesthetic, it’s perfect for millennials and beloved by celebs; in fact, Beyoncé collaborated with the brand to create pieces such as the “Black Parade” nameplate necklace. Choose from personalized necklaces, city-inspired and Africa-inspired jewelry, and other beautiful baubles.
Beauty and Cosmetics
Founded in 2003 by Olowo-n’djo Tchala, Alaffia offers a wide variety of personal-care products that are vegan and cruelty-free. You’ll find curl-enhancing shampoos, triple-milled soap, shea-infused bubble bath, and much more. A particular standout is the all-in-one unscented Authentic African Black Soap, which has more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. And you’ll feel extra good about buying Alaffia because the brand gives back to African Togolese communities with its Empowerment Projects that focus on education, maternal health, and environmental sustainability.
Excellence through simplicity is at the heart of the London Grant Co., a body-care brand founded by Tiffany Staten. The products—which include rich creams, polishes, and scrubs—are handcrafted in Atlanta and are non-toxic, 100 percent natural or organic, cruelty-free, plant-based, and eco-conscious. You’ll definitely want to try the best-selling Cocoa & Jojoba Body Soufflé.
One of our favorite Black-owned makeup brands, Beauty Bakerie was founded by Cashmere Nicole in 2011. After overcoming a battle with cancer, Cashmere began to research more health-conscious beauty and makeup brands, and the Beauty Bakerie was born. You’ll fall in love with the variety of beauty and makeup products created with high-quality, well-researched ingredients, like this beloved Flour Setting Powder. You’ll also love that this brand is dedicated to giving back. Cashmere’s initiative Sugar Homes, which she founded in 2016, helps orphaned children all around the world.
Inspired by Christina Tegbe’s Nigerian upbringing, this brand promotes natural beauty by focusing on nourishing the skin. The ingredients that go into these products are grown on African soil and ethically sourced from cooperatives and artisans across the continent. Some stand-outs included the shea butter (with ingredients from Ghana and Uganda), as well as various oils sourced from Morocco, South Africa, and Egypt. These beauty favorites also happen to be among Oprah’s favorite things.
The first Black-owned K-Beauty (Korean beauty) brand, Dr. Gio Cosmetics was made with people of color in mind. The brand is deliberate about creating foundation in rich warm and dark hues, as well as some lighter shades.
According to the Mented website, founders KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson “want all women, from light to tan to dark skin tones, to feel like they have makeup that actually works for their complexions, so we’ve created the shades to help accomplish that.” Like many other Black-owned businesses, this desire was born out of need—and in this case, after a conversation between the two women about why it was so hard for them to find the perfect nude lipstick. They created their own wide range of shades and then expanded into products for the eyes, skin, brows, and more. Browse their products on Mented’s website or on Amazon.
Based in Decatur, Georgia, this neighborhood bookshop offers a carefully curated selection of children’s books online. Its picks focus on diversity and inclusion and encourage empathy—all things we want our little ones to learn. Also check out these 13 books about race to read to your children.
Black Pearl Books was created with equity and cultural awareness in mind. This Texas-based shop is a community space and bookstore that stands on the Biblical principle of John 13:34, which states, “Love one another, as I have loved you.”
Brown Sugar & Spice Books specializes in true stories about people of color. For this bookstore and community, Black History is not just celebrated in February—it’s celebrated all year long. Looking to expand your knowledge? Pick up these 15 essential books for understanding race relations in America.
Sister Uptown Bookstore, located in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, is more than a bookstore. It’s a community that is committed to elevating the consciousness of the community. According to founder Janifer Wilson, the shop’s goal is to “nurture their minds, hearts and souls with present and past works of gifted African American authors and other great authors and intellectuals including masters of spoken word.”
The Lit Bar is the only indie bookstore in the borough of the Bronx in New York. Owned by Noelle Santos, this shop offers hip, cultured, and artistic events throughout the year—and, of course, plenty of must-reads in-store and online.
Matter is an independently Black-owned bookstore in Denver that specializes in resistance, typography, design, and love-centered books. According to its website, this bookstore serves “the book needs of all revolutionaries, designers, and other thinking persons.” While we’re on the subject, check out these powerful quotes that speak volumes in the fight against racism.
Named after Harriett Tubman, this Philadelphia-based bookshop features books by women authors, women artists, and women activists. In addition to its diverse collection of books, it sells other merchandise and hosts cultural events. Don’t miss these other great Black-owned bookstores located throughout the country.
Neon Kisses offers modern, hip clothing for kids, tweens, and adults. It combines a vibrant, fun city vibe with that added hipster appeal, featuring—you guessed it—neon accents! You’ll find flouncy skirts with graphic prints for girls, bold leggings, sports-inspired gear, whimsical accessories, and more.
Founded by Crystal Etienne in 2015, this underwear and swimwear line provides protection from leaking during that time of the month. It includes game-changing swimsuits, underwear, and exercise clothing that all women can feel secure and confident while wearing.
Bring a little high fashion into your daily life with this women’s clothing brand inspired by founder Fe Noel’s Caribbean heritage. Featuring bold colors, vibrant prints, and flattering silhouettes, it was designed with the well-traveled, cultured, and glamorous shopper in mind, and its gorgeous pieces can help you upgrade your wardrobe in an instant.
Founded in 2009 by twin sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson, this Black-owned business features eyewear that is both practical and fashionable. Since its inception, it’s been wildly popular in the fashion world and with celebrities, and when you take a look at the site’s fun frames, you’ll see why. Here are more of the best places to buy glasses online.
Phenomenal was founded by mom, entrepreneur, author, and lawyer Meena Harris, who also happens to be the niece of Vice President Kamala Harris. The company’s stated goal is to “[bring] awareness to issues affecting underrepresented communities,” and you’ll find apparel that features inspiring messages rooted in female empowerment and taking action. Speaking of amazing messages, check out these 15 inspiring Kamala Harris quotes.
This women’s ready-to-wear clothing line does not shy away from red carpet-level looks. The pieces are feminine yet bold, and they definitely stand out. Pair this Jade Geo Dress with a pair of high black boots and you’ll be ready to take on the world.
Got a little fashionista in your life? This adorable baby and children’s line, which offers both clothing, essentials like bibs, and nursery decor, merges a beautiful “African aesthetic” with a modern look. Created by Temidayo Adedokun, the brand was inspired by her desire to find African-inspired nursery decor and clothing after she had her first baby.
Food and Beverages
BLK & Bold is a Black-owned specialty coffee and tea brand that is distributed nationally—and you’ll find the perfect gifts for coffee lovers here. It was founded by two childhood friends, Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson, who are committed to making a social impact; they donate 5 percent of the company’s profits to causes that help fight youth homelessness. You can also shop BLK & Bold on Amazon.
Founded by mother-daughter duo Sandra and Sanaa, this tea company partners with female farmers in Haiti to create economic opportunities and give back. The products are 100 percent natural, grown in Haiti, and come in a variety of flavors.
As one of the largest Black-owned wine businesses in the United States, the McBride Sisters brand prides itself on being “inclusive, accessible, socially aware, and sustainable.” Check out two of the collection’s newest offerings: Black Girl Magic 2018 Merlot and Black Girl Magic 2018 California Zinfandel. Aside from producing some serious magic, sisters Robin and Andréa are committed to making a larger impact with the She Can Professional Development Fund, which they established in 2019.
This lovely little tea company sells 100 percent organic loose-leaf tea that’s also ethically sourced, as well as pretty tea sets. Choose from flavors like New England Pumpkin Spice, Casablanca Street, and Ginger Tumeric Blend, or try LaRue’s best sellers in the Queen Charlotte’s Court collection, a smartly packaged set inspired by the addictive Netflix series Bridgerton. So, was Queen Charlotte really Britain’s first Black royal? We investigated.
This Oregon-based vineyard was established by Bertony Faustin, who, in 2008, became the first Black winemaker in Oregon. His goal was to make his vineyard feel like a home, which is the same feel you’ll get from the wines’ fun descriptions on the website.
When is a picnic not just a picnic? When Pretty Luxe Picnics is in charge of it. This Atlanta-based events company specializes in intimate dinner parties, wedding proposals, beautiful brunches, and more—and trust us when we say that the results are uniquely picture-perfect, romantic, and gorgeous.
“Braid better” in every way with the products from this eco-conscious hair-supply company founded by Ciara Imani May. The plant-based braiding hair that Rebundle sells is non-toxic and made with extracted banana fiber, something that’s extra important since plastic synthetic hair often irritates scalps. It’s a great way to make sure you’re not accidentally aging your hair.
Launching a line of products at the start of a worldwide pandemic wasn’t what Tonya Thompson and Sharie Wilson had in mind, but they ended up helping women everywhere who were suddenly homebound and away from their favorite salons. Their Healthy Hair System, which involves the protective style of a weave and is monitored by stylists, is all about growing beautiful, healthy hair, but you can get your own healthy, luxurious locks at home (for any type of hair) with this starter kit.
After having her first child and experiencing postpartum hair loss, Candera Thompson decided to create a natural beauty brand after researching ways to get her hair to grow back healthy. Her hair-care products are natural, organic, and vegan-friendly, and they focus on providing intense moisture and protection from breakage for multi-textured curly hair, though they work for all hair types.
Bread Beauty Supply aims to make caring for natural hair and curls less complicated. From their beloved wash kits that include all of the essentials to sensitive shampoos and moisturizing hair masks that you can buy separately, Bread is all about making hair-washing super easy.
Whether you have wavy, curly, coily, kinky, or straight hair, you’ll fall in love with Camille Rose’s natural hair products that feature good-enough-to-eat products like the uber-popular Honey Hydrate leave-in conditioner. And founder Janell Stephens’ story is pretty great, too: The mom of five whipped up her original products in her own kitchen as she was looking for a way to deal with her children’s chronic eczema. Now the brand also offers face products and self-care items. Check out these other mom-invented products that are pure genius.
Mental Health and Wellness
Founded by Lestraundra Alfred, this Health podcast and digital platform is designed to empower Black women by connecting them with health experts and experts in the mental, social, and spiritual health space. The business showcases the positive benefits of embracing community and finding strength in numbers in the spirit of unity.
BEAM stands for Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective. Through education, advocacy, training, and the creative arts, BEAM aims to provide Black people with more accessibility to emotional health care and the proper resources for healing, as well as create a community of like-minded individuals who are committed to the overall mental and emotional health of those in Black communities. This tool kit can get you started at home.
Ethel’s Club is a social and wellness club based in Brooklyn, New York. It supports inclusion, offers safe spaces for healing, and embraces community mindsets. Its mission? To welcome those who “believe that centering community is power.” Speaking of which, these charities and organizations that directly help the Black Lives Matter movement need your support, too.
Inner Outer Beauty Market, which features brands and products that are toxicant-free, was birthed as a result of self-care coach Dixie Lincoln Nicols’ popular blog. The company is committed to giving back and has partnered with the reforestation organization One Tree Planted to plant trees in Haiti, Rwanda, Florida, and even the Amazon Rainforest. If you love this idea, don’t miss these other great gifts that give back.
Freedom Apothecary is a Philadelphia-based sanctuary dedicated to holistic wellness and inclusion. Its goal is for all women, but especially women of color, to find community and genuine support and become immersed in an atmosphere that is conducive to self-discovery and growth. Cofounded by Morrisa Jenkins and Bonkosi Horn, the Freedom Apothecary supports and sells women-owned brands such as Honey Belle, Baby Mama, and Moon & Jai.
Founded by author and producer Tonya Lewis Lee, Movita Organics specializes in vitamins for women. Here, you’ll find beauty vitamins, prenatal vitamins, and multivitamins—and they’re all created using whole food, not synthetic ingredients. Shop on Movita’s website or on Amazon.
Textiles, Gift Wrap, and Stationery
CrateJoy specializes in creating unique subscription boxes designed specifically for, well, anyone. You can find subscription boxes that focus on pregnancy, jewelry, men’s grooming, sports, kids’ crafts, and so much more. For Black History Month, the brand has curated fun and unique boxes like the Black Girl Magic Box, Curly Queen Kit, and Peace Box. All include products and brands that are Black-owned. Here are more ways to celebrate Black History Month.
Looking for sophisticated planners, journals, notebooks, stickers, and other fun stationery items? Cloth and Paper is the place you’ll want to be. It’s the perfect brand for paper-and-pen lovers who like to keep things simple and chic, and the site also offers subscription boxes.
Founded by Kalyn Johnson Chandler, Effie’s Paper is a stationery company that also sells desk items, lifestyle accessories, and a collection called Black Girl Magic. Subscription boxes of curated products are available as well.
This brand was inspired by founder Ariel Young’s and her mother’s thoughtful attention to wrapping gifts. What began as a wrapping paper and gift tag company has become a company that now includes greeting cards, notebooks, accessories, and paper goods, as well. The brand is also deliberate and proud to promote images of Black people that reflect positive representation, especially Black families and Black traditions.
This gift wrap brand is committed to showcasing the Black aesthetic. Using eco-friendly, stone-paper products, Folkus blends together sophistication, innovation, and Black culture—beautifully and unapologetically. Each gift wrapping selection is double-sided and features unique artwork, designs, and prints. This Nana gift wrap, for example, features a bold design on one side and the words thank you on the other. Just consider yourself warned: You’re going to have a hard time deciding between all of the gorgeous offerings.
Black Paper Party was created to provide culturally relevant paper goods and to spread joy to Black families during the holidays. Owned and curated by Black women, its goal is to create products that merge Black imagery in the paper-goods industry (where it is sorely lacking) and their love of Black culture. Stock up now with this multipack—which includes our personal favorites, the “Three Wise Women” and “Naughty? Nice? I Tried!”—and you’ll be all set for next year! Looking for the perfect gift? In addition to the products above, check out this gift guide featuring more of our favorite Black-owned businesses.