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5 Black Owned Businesses You Should Shop at This Holiday Season

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This holiday season there are literally thousands of brands to choose from. However, this year I have been on a mission to buy from more black owned businesses. I have been sampling different items and I’ve compiled a list of my 5 favorite black owned companies that you should try.

1. Indigo Cosmetics

Indigo Cosmetics is an all-inclusive makeup brand which caters to all hues. Launched in February 2016 by the fabulous sister duo of Danielle De’Saussure and Brittany Coleman, Indigo offers the best in high quality liquid HD foundations, advanced long wear concealers, liquid matte lipsticks and more. All products are reasonably priced with matte lipsticks starting at $10 USD and offer quick standard delivery. They have been featured at the Ultimate Women’s Expo and the Professional Hair and Makeup Expo (PHAMExpo). All products are available exclusively through their site www.indigocosmetics.us

Indigo Cosmetics

 

2. Bevel

Bevel is a men’s grooming company that brands itself as having the first end to end shaving system designed to reduce irritation and razor bumps. Founded by Tristian Walker, Bevel caters to men with coarse, curly hair who have struggled to find products to suit their specific needs. In 2016, Bevel won GQ’s Best Grooming Award. And ladies, this is great for shaving your legs too. I have dipped into my husband’s stash more than once. You can purchase their products directly from their site at www.getbevel.com or at Target stores nationwide.

Bevel Shave System

 

3. Shea BODYWORKS

Founder Saidah Pearsall started Simply Saidah’s in June 2014 which produces Shea BODYWORKS, an all-natural skin and body care line. All products are plant-based, non-toxic, cruelty free and eco-friendly. The line includes body shines (scented and unscented), hand and feet balms, facial oil and lip balm with prices ranging from $5 – $39 USD. Shea BODYWORKS can be purchased directly from their site at www.sheabodyworks.com and at Whole Foods Markets (check your local store for availability).

 

4. Napp 2 Reality

Napp 2 Reality sells products featuring the artwork of Nancy Coretta Scaife-Mullens. The site sells everything from art prints to backpacks, clothing and much more. All products are adorned with Scaife-Mullens’ beautiful images of black beauty. I bought a backpack for my niece back in August and not only is it beautiful, but it has proven to be incredibly durable. All products are available exclusively through their at site www.napp2reality.com.

Napp 2 Reality

 

5. J. Cooper Classic Neckwear & Accessories

J. Cooper Classic Neckwear & Accessories offers the best in high quality, hand-crafted accessories for men. Owner and founder Jamol Cooper believes that every man should take care of how they look and they’re helping every man achieve that by providing exquisite neck ties, scarfs, pocket squares and socks just to name a few. All items are nothing but luxurious and one of a kind. All products are available through their site at www.bjcloth.com.

J. Cooper Classic Neckware & Accessories

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LeBron James Opened an $8 Million School?!

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LeBron James just opened an $8 million public school called I Promise, where kids will have access to free bikes, free meals, free uniforms, free transportation within 2 miles, and much more! The school is for at-risk students in Akron, Ohio who are usually overlooked.

Twitter loved this news. A few even called for LeBron to replace Betsy Devos, the current Secretary of Education.

While many celebrated the opening of this school, many also rightfully noted that no one person should have access to that much money or be in control of the lives of that many students. This led to many discussing socialism and what this type of school could look like if not funded by a private citizen.

 

What are your thoughts on the school? This is overall a great thing, but do you think celebrities, or any rich person, should be able to hoard enough money to do this on their own?

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Huffington Post’s ‘Black Voices’ Gets Called Out For Having White Writers

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Lara Witt—editor of the feminist publication, Wear Your Voice Magazine—pointed out on Twitter that majority of the writers for the Huffington Post’s Black Voices editorial are…white.

The editor for Black Voices, Taryn Finley, is a Black woman, a Delta, and a Howard University graduate. How is it that the company felt comfortable enough hiring what seems like a token Black person to run the site, but did not feel the need to pay other Black writers to be a contributor? Black Voices claims to be sharing “our news” and “our voices,” but this cannot be true when it is non-Black people who are writing the stories. No matter how much Taryn edits for them, the stories are still not ours.

We have seen time and time again how white people will slap the word “Black” on a source of entertainment and feel justified in keeping their voices centered in that space. We’ve seen it with Viacom through BET and now we see it through Black Voices, which is owned and, apparently, operated by white people. If Huffington Post wants to fix this, they need to hire Black writers. There is nothing else to it.

 

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A Black President Before A Black Photographer: Vogue, This Ain’t It

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126 years and Vogue has never had a black cover photographer… The United States of America and all of its racism elected a Black president before Vogue allowed a Black photographer to shoot for their cover.

I’m not sure if this is even something we should celebrate. Congratulations to Beyoncé for getting on the cover of the September issue of US Vogue and reportedly having “unprecedented access” to create whatever she wants apparently. But had it not been for this, when would Vogue have decided it was time for a Black photographer?

The United States of America and all of its racism elected a black president before Vogue allowed a black photographer for their cover. Click To Tweet

Come to find out this may be Anna Wintour’s last cover as CEO, according to Huffington Post. Beyoncé has hired Tyler Mitchell, a 23-year-old from Atlanta, GA. He will be the first Black photographer to shoot a cover in Vogue’s 126-year history. The photographer and filmmaker has worked with several known brands from Mercedes Benz to Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. This is an amazing opportunity for Mitchell and I’m confident that he will shake the f*ck out of the table in September.

To learn that he will be the first is a proud and sad moment for me. When first hearing the news and the details, I was ecstatic and wanted to know what Bey would be cooking up for the girls this fall, but then I sat in my bed and read some of the titles again and “first Black” and “126 years” kept coming up. I sent a quick text to Taryn Myers—an editor and writer for KingofReads.com—and told her how I felt. It didn’t come to her at first, but the wheels started to turn and she shared something important: “Vogue has been one of the primary messengers about what beauty, wealth, fashion and culture is right?” So to know that they’ve been pushing what is beauty for many years, even in this supposedly “progressive” state we’re in now, and we’re just now getting a Black photographer cover in 2018 speaks volumes.

“The First Black” I expect when we’re talking about government, since America has been ran and founded by white men. I shouldn’t be surprised since most of the publications are ran by those who are for Black and Brown people when capitalism calls them to it. These companies don’t truly care about us because and I don’t think they all of the sudden got it or it hit them. The beautiful Beverly Ann Johnson was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue in 1974 and even she probably wasn’t allowed to hire a Black photographer.

Nonetheless, Beyoncé and Tyler will create some Black magic for the September cover and Vogue will think that they have done something “progressive” to help them sleep in their white sheets at night not realizing that given tardiness is about as damaging as white sheets with two holes in it.

 

 

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