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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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In The Middle: Of A ‘Black Parade’

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12 Year-Old Keedron Bryant Signed to Warner Records

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“OOHHH THANK YA” is all Keedron Bryant had to say on social media when news finally came out that he had signed a record deal with Warner Records.

Amidst all the difficult news we’ve been facing these past few weeks, we wanted to give you something to smile about. You might remember Keedron Bryant, the 12-year-old boy who went viral after posting a video of himself singing “I Just Wanna Live,” a song written by his mother that tells of being Black in America and just wanting to live.

Keedron’s performance was noticed by everyone from former president Barack Obama, who referred to him and posted the performance in a statement on the murder of George Floyd, to comedian Ellen Degeneres, who closed her show with his full video. 

Just when we thought this story couldn’t give us any more feels, it was announced that Keedron was officially signed to Warner Records and his viral hit would be released on all platforms Friday, June 19, otherwise known as Juneteenth, a day marking the end of slavery in America. 

Congratulations are definitely in order for Keedron Bryant.

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Netflix CEO Donates $120 Million to HBCU’s

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Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, along with his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million dollars in total to Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the United Negro College Fund. The $120 million will go towards scholarships for the students. Each college will get $40 million.

According to the United Negro College Fund, this is the largest single donation by individuals.

In a statement Hastings and Quillin said, “We’ve supported these three extraordinary institutions for the last few years because we believe that investing in the education of black youth is one of the best ways to invest in America’s future.”

This isn’t Hastings’ and Quillin’s first time donating to HBCU’s and minority education. In 1997, the two began supporting the KIPP charter school network which helps black and latino students. In 2016, Hastings created a $100 million dollar education fund for black and latino scholarships.

“HBCUs have a tremendous record, yet are disadvantaged when it comes to giving. Generally, white capital flows to predominantly white institutions, perpetuating capital isolation. We hope this additional $120 million donation will help more black students follow their dreams and also encourage more people to support these institutions — helping to reverse generations of inequity in our country,” says Hastings and Quillin.

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