As children everywhere make a return to the classroom, parents are snapping up those back-to-school supplies to prepare their kids for success. This year, why not upgrade their swag while keeping it blickedy black with these 6 black-owned business creating dope school supplies for the culture.

1. Innovative Supplies

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Owned by a millennial black woman, Innovative Supplies is an online retail store that offers custom made notebooks and apparel showcasing black art by black artists. In addition to creating dope products, the company offers a creative outlet and job training opportunities for the high school students it employs.

2. Brown Girls Stationery

With a tag line like, "We make cute things for sassy lil brown queens," Brown Girls Stationery is your go-to shop for backpacks, t-shirts, and accessories clad with cute quotes and affirming imagery.

3. DeyGana



For custom stitched Kente cloth and Afrocentric backpacks, visit DeyGana.

4. Makeba Designs



Mississippi native and founder of Makeba Designs, Makeba Griffin creates fashionable backpacks featuring black characters for boys and girls.

5.Oh So Paper

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Specializing in fun, colorful and functional hand drawn planner stickers, notebooks and printable planner inserts, Oh So Paper, Co. is the one stop stationery shop for your planning needs.

6. Blended Designs

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With apparel and accessories clad with positive images and uplifting messages, Blended Designs seeks to elevate, empower, and educate by donating a portion of every purchase to educational nonprofits and their very own scholarship fund.

Now, go forth and be dope!