100+ Dope Black-Owned Businesses

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COCO AND BREEZY

@cocoandbreezy

Coco and Breezy Eyewear was founded in 2009 by twin designers Corianna and Brianna Dotson. Their early designs were an instant hit in the entertainment and fashion world, and can be found in most major publications, e.g. Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Coco and Breezy's designs have ranged from the "third-eye" sunglasses for the late Prince to recent collaborations with Hershey's, Ciroc, and SIX:02. The twins DJ and create visual art.

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YEMA - Good Joyful Humans 

@yemacalif

Founder Yema Khalif, is from the Kibera slums in Kenya (the largest slum in Africa) and met his love and co-founder, Hawi Awash, a refugee from Ethiopia, while attending university in California. Now they are educating orphaned children through thier fashion start up YEMA.

20% of everything you purchase at YEMA directly goes to orphaned kids in Ethiopia and Kibera slums in Kenya. Follow their journey as they build a brand that supports the future of African children.

Dope style. Dope purpose.

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Brother Vellies

@brothervellies

Brother Vellies was founded in 2013 with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices, and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. Now handmade artisanally across the globe, Brother Vellies creates luxury accessories that celebrate cultural histories and timeless design. 

Toronto-native and New York City-transplant, Creative Director and Founder Aurora James amassed an impressive resume of fashion industry experience prior to starting Brother Vellies. Her background in fashion, journalism, art, music, photography, and horticulture joins a forever-passion for artisanship, design, and humanitarianism to create truly one-of-a-kind pieces that will remain in your wardrobe forever.

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BLK + GRN - An All Natural Marketplace by Black Artisans

@blkandgrn

At BLK + GRN, all Black artisans are carefully chosen by Black health experts who know what an all-natural product truly looks like.

We've seen firsthand the damaging effects harmful ingredients and practices have had on our community.

The marketplace connects Black people with natural lifestyles to high-quality, toxic-free brands that share in our mission of health, wellness and community cultivation.

We promise to maintain that connection by curating, crafting and consuming consciously for you.

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TLB The Lip Bar - Challenging Beauty Standards

@thelipbar

In 2012, Melissa Butler launched The Lip Bar now TLB because everywhere she looked, the media was telling women that beauty looked a certain way. So she started making lipstick in her kitchen because she believed beauty shouldn’t compromise health and because she was determined to change the way people thought about beauty. There is no standard! You are the standard.

The Lip Bar now TLB is a vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand that exists to help change the way you think about beauty.  Every day people are being told how to be beautiful - so we’re here to remind you that you don’t have to change. You Are Enough!

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Naaya

@naaya.wellness

Naaya, which is the Shona word for healing, roots BIPOC in their well-being through decolonizing wellness. We want to be a brave space for BIPOC to show up for their wellbeing in the fullness of their humanity.

Naaya exists to redefine this narrative into one that centers BIPOC folks. Because we know the beauty and the trauma that exist in our experience of living in BIPOC bodies. 

We aim to root you in your well-being by making you feel seen and—most importantly—heard. 

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Illuminature

Founded by Nadia Anderson, Illuminature is a wellness company founded on the healing-justice model. This means that we strive to provide offerings that lift up our collective resilience and well-being ––emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally.

We recognize that it is only in supporting healing within our communities that we may attain the collective social justice we seek.

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Ayana Therapy

@ayanatherapy

Ayana provides instant mentalhealth services for marginalized and intersectional employees across the globe, erasing stigma, eliminating barriers.

The user-friendly app enables matching marginalized communities with compatible licensed therapists based on their unique experiences and identities across race, gender identity, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability. It allows for flexible, convenient and anonymous online communication (text, call and video call) and addresses barriers to care such as transportation issues, busy schedules and mobility challenges that people may face.

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Rayo & Honey - Goods With Positive Intent

@rayoandhoney

Handcrafted home goods by Roachele Negron in Brooklyn,combining pop-culture,literature, affirming phrases & a clean design aesthetic

The pennants Raachele sells have been spotted on the Instagrams of Tracee Ellis Ross and the Women’s March, and in the background of a New York Times photo of Deana Haggag. They’re on the walls of Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, and even featured at the Schomburg in Harlem.

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ANTIK LAKAY - Minimal & Zen Home

@antiklakay

ANTIK LAKAY is a minimal & zen home wellness brand focusing on enhancing the wellness experience. We use a high quality of coconut and soy blend paired with subtle fragrances to create beautiful candles and room fragrances. We truly hope our products will allow you to create your own zen space in the comfort of your home!

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McBride Sisters Wine Collection

@mcbridesisters

Newly found sisters who had been raised across the world from one another, Robin and Andréa’s love affair with wine was planted within them from an early age while growing up in two of the world’s most iconic wine-growing regions.

In 2005, the sisters found themselves together in California, fueled by a shared passion for all things wine, wine-making and a desire to shake up the industry with a blend of old-world elegance and new-world finesse. It was then that the McBride Sisters Collection was born.

Since 2005, The McBride Sisters’ mission has become clear—to transform the industry, lead by example, and cultivate community, one delicious glass of wine, at a time. 

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Maison Noir Wines

@maisonnoirwines

Founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, both ends of Maison Noir incorporate a trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture.  The wines are unique and distinctive garage wines, initially created for some of the New York's best restaurants for whom Mack was a sommelier and now available nationwide.  Maison Noir apparel is inspired by WINE LIFESTYLE/STREET CULTURE of the punk and hip-hop scenes while reminiscent of independent skateboard company apparel of the 1990s

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MiShawn Williams - Wine Concierge

@vinovie.the.wine.life

MiShawn Williams is a Certified Wine Executive and an independent Founding Wine Ambassador with Boisset Collection.  She helps Event Planners experience ease and confidence when using her wines and services for any size event.  Wine Enthusiasts appreciate that many of her wines can not be bought in stores and are proud to cellar them or share them with friends.  She exclusively represents the finest French and California wines from Boisset Collection's portfolio of over 20 historic and iconic wineries, including small production, luxury and rare wines. MiShawn has helped fortify private collections, stock wine cellars and curate wines for special events including for some of Hollywood's finest talents such as an award-winning writer/director, Sharon Osbourne and Pharell Williams.

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Malik Books 

@malikbooks

Book stores have been crushed by the COVID pandemic but black-owned bookstores saw a ray of light during the traumatic summer of 2020 following the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor protests. While the impetus was bittersweet, these establishments offered an outlet for education and dialogue around racism and a way to channel energy into anti-racist work.

Consider pre-ordering Amanda Gorman's earth shattering inaugural poem The Hill We Climb (out in April) or Sister Souljah's sequal Life After Death to her best selling fiction debut The Coldest Winter Ever.

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Other Bookstores To Check Out 

(by state, see full list at Oprah Mag)

Grassrootz Bookstore - Phoenix, AZ

Ashay by the Bay - Vallejo, CA

Eso Won Books - Los Angeles, CA 

Marcus Books - Oakland, CA

Shades of Africa - Long Beach, CA

The Collective Oakland - Oakland, CA

The Multicultural Children's Bookstore - Richmond, CA

Shop at Matter - Denver, CO

Key Bookstore - Hartford, CT

MeJah Books, Inc.. - Claymont, DE

Dare Books - Longwood, FL

For Keeps - Atlanta, GA

Afriware Books, Co. - Maywood, IL

Da Book Joint - Chicago, IL

Lushena Bookstore - Bensenville, IL

Semicolon - Chicago, IL

The Underground Bookstore - Chicago, IL

Akoma Books - Evansville, IN

The Brain Lair - Sound Bend, IN

 

 

Between the Lines Bookstore - Baton Rouge, LA

Community Book Center - New Orleans, LA

Frugal Bookstore - Roxbury, MA

Olive Tree Books-n-Voices - Springfield, MA

Vision Christian Store - Clinton, MD

Wisdom Book Center - Gwynn Oak, MD

Blackstone Bookstore and Cultural Center - Ypsilanti, MI

Source Booksellers - Detroit, MI

Black Garnet Books - Minneapolis, MN

Willa's Bookstore - Kansas City, MO

Liberation Station Bookstore - Raleigh-Durham, NC

Aframerican Bookstore - Omaha, NE

Source of Knowledge Bookstore - Newark, NJ

Official Connections Books - Brooklyn, NY

Sister's Uptown - New York, NY 

The Lit. Bar - Bronx, NY

Elizabeth's Bookshop & Writing Center - Akron, OK

Fulton Street Books and Coffee - Tulsa, OK

Harriet's Bookshop - Philadelphia, PA

The Tiny Bookstore - Pittsburgh, PA

Uncle Bobbies Cafe and Books - Philadelphia, PA

Turning Page Bookshop - Goose Creek, SC

Alkebu-Lan Images Book Store - Nashville, TN

The African Place - Memphis, TN

Black Pearl Books - Austin, TX

Enda's Booktique - Duncanville, TX

Books and Crannies - Martinsville, VA

Harambe Books and Artworks - Alexandria, VA

Estelita's Library - Seattle, WA

L.E.M.S Bookstore - Seattle, WA

Loyalty Bookstore

Mahogany Books

Niche Book Bar - Milwaukee, WI