The clothes you wear serve a function, yes. But beyond keeping you comfortable on a day-to-day basis, the items you sport and the style you convey sends a message. Through fashion we can express things about ourselves that make us individuals. You can wear your heart on your sleeves and pay homage to the people, places and things that inspire you. And although we’re all quick to throw on the jersey of our favorite sports teams, one brand is creating fashion that speaks to something deeper — our roots and culture.
MIZIZI started as an idea in the dining halls of the University of South Florida in spring of 2014. Paakow Essandoh and his friend George Kariuki (who later left the company for other business endeavors) noticed the lack of African pride displayed in Florida and decided to work to change that. They saw the lack of representation in Florida and thought about how Africans might be affected by the same thing globally. The duo would spend hours brainstorming ideas for patterns and designs that could be marketable.
“We wanted to uplit that African self-esteem within everyone and give them something they can wear stylishly and take pride in,” Essandoh says. The line officially launched in the summer of 2015.
But before MIZIZI, the current CEO wasn’t an experienced fashion industry expert. His background was limited to retail and food service and he was working as a pharmacy tech at CVS. Launching the company marked a sharp career shift and a shift in the way people can display their pride for where they’re from.
MIZIZI literally means “roots” in Swahili. The name, though simple, represents the connections the brand aims to make every day.
“Africa is the only continent whose children leave and never come back,” Essandoh says. “With the lack of representation we tend to lose touch with an entire dimension of our identity because we’re not exposed to it.” But having a connection to where you came from, even one as small as a wristband with flags on it, can serve as an important connection.
He finds, through his own experiences and customers, that people get excited to represent their identity. People are proud of where they’re from. They want to represent their history. And that’s why they want clothing from MIZIZI.
The pieces are for anyone and everyone from the African diaspora.
No matter if you’re African, African-American, Caribbean, Afro-Latin, etc., you’re connected to Africa. And as a member of that club, you’re a part of the movement to display pride and show love to the cultures that made you who you are. Essandoh wants you to think of MIZIZI as “The Black Nike.” They’re industry leaders bringing you fresh sportswear, but this brand has cultural context that can’t be matched. “We want to create a movement making Africa the ‘cool’ thing to be connected to,” Essandoh says. “We’ve always known it — now it’s time for the rest of the world to catch up.”
And grabbing some gear from MIZIZI guarantees you’re supporting black-owned businesses and a “for us, by us” model instead of some major brands that take advantage of culture by simply appropriating it for profit. Within all of MIZIZI’s designs are little Easter Eggs of knowledge that relate back to the respective country’s culture. This makes each item a conversation piece, prompting customers to learn more about their country and share that knowledge with others.
“We identify with our customer because we are them,” Essandoh says. “It’s a company built for the African Diasporic community by people who are part of that community.”
Not sure where to start when browsing the site? How about their dope Black Lives Matter hockey jersey? Bring a message to a cut and style perfect to transition you into fall and winter.
And the brand’s most recent campaign, “The MIZIZI AfriKan Games Campaign,” includes a basketball jersey for every single African country, as well as “African” and “African-American” options. The designs are full of important details and can be effortlessly styled like any other jerseys you’ve worn before — but these have a special meaning and cultural tie that sets them apart.
Check out the commercials showcasing the collection’s innovative styles below:
The striking videos take place in Dallas, Texas, and shooting them demonstrated the kind of community that MIZIZI pulls together. “A lot of the local Africans came out to be a part of it and show love,” Essandoh says. “In true African style, it somehow turned out to be a small block party — we had a DJ and everything.” The commercial was directed by Ugochukwu Onwuzurike, co-directed by Obiaura Anozie, and produced with the assistance of Devy Stonez and Anthony Sarden.
But this video is just one of the new ways the brand is connecting with consumers. Regarding what’s up next for MIZIZI, Essandoh says he can’t give too much away, but that they’ve got some game-changing moves up their sleeves.
“It’s honestly becoming bigger than me and bigger than I had expected,” he says, “MIZIZI itself is becoming a movement, and it’s a blessing to be able to witness this growth.”
Check out MIZIZI and shop the AfriKan Games collection. Although temporarily on backorder, it’s still available for purchase up until August 21.
*This post is sponsored by MIZIZI. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter.*
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It's no secret that when it comes to cosmetics, we're often challenged to find products to match our varying hues. As a black woman who faced this challenge while rummaging through beauty megastores such as Sephora, Angie Coleman decided to create a digital solution to that problem and many more.
BuyBlack is a Chrome extension that helps online shoppers find black-owned alternatives to more popular brands. Here's how it works: Simply go to a shopping website using your Google Chrome browser, click on the black fist in the top right corner and out scrolls a list of black-owned alternatives for your needs.
Although the advent of her new Chrome extension provides a practical solution to a prevalent problem, it also serves the larger purpose of driving black dollars to black-owned businesses. Her goal is to eventually allow users to submit businesses to the database and even select their personal favorites.
Coleman is no stranger to digital activism. She is the programs and outreach director for the Reboot Safety Hackathon. The Hackathon brought together coders and entrepreneurs in San Francisco and New York to work toward creating new tools and companies to end police violence and other social injustices. Leveraging technology to advance social justice in a way that focuses on economic empowerment is something she is very passionate about.
In an interview with Fusion, Coleman expressed her belief that a strong black economy will help the community fight police violence and other forms of injustice. “No one else is supporting us,” she said. “So we have to support ourselves.”
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YouTube beauty vloggers Alyssa Forever and Alissa Ashley started a unique challenge to support #BlackLivesMatter and Black Businesses at the same time. Their challenge, the BOMB (black-owned makeup brands) challenge, urges people to purchase beauty products from black-owned beauty brands. Another beauty guru, Jackie Aina, took the challenge one step further.
Aina thought it would be a good idea to directly ask non-black YouTubers to do the same. In her video titled "Calling ALL Non-Black YouTubers! New Makeup Challenge!," Aina challenged her peers to only use black-owned makeup brands in their videos.
In the video, Aina also addresses a concern about the beauty industry — vloggers shy away from using black-owned makeup brands for no particular reason at all.
"It just doesn't make sense that people shy away from beauty brands because they're black-owned," Aina said in the video. "Because apparently people only think that black people can use black beauty brands. That's not the case."
The challenge is simple. Although it takes a little more digging to find black-owned makeup brands than many major retailers, they're out there. And they're making great products.
In the video description, Aina provided a list of BOMBs to start off with. Here are a few:
Heat Free Hair Extensions
The Virgin Hair Fantasy
And if makeup and beauty products aren't your thing, consider supporting other black-owned businesses!
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Black-owned beauty brands have taken the cosmetics world by storm. Not only are black-owned companies making high-quality products, they're making them for us, filling a gap in the beauty industry that other companies aren't dedicated to filling. Check out the following list of black-owned skincare lines to help you stay glow'ed up with or without makeup this summer, and smile at the fact that you'll be supporting black businesspeople along the way!
Founded by the model Iman, this brand was born out of her frustration with the cosmetics industry ignoring women of color. Since its launch in 1994, the brand has become a staple for makeup and skincare.
Beija Flor Naturals
This is an organic body care line that believes the best cures can be found in nature. Their products are vegan and vegetarian and free of harmful chemicals.
This brand founded by Dawn Fitch, who realized that many skincare products were extremely unnatural and unhealthy. She used her love for aromatherapy and its healing attributes to create Pooka.
Jamyla Bennu founded Oyin Handmade after being inspired by her personal use of natural products to start the unisex hair and body line.
Founded in 1994, Black Opal has always addressed the beauty concerns of women of color.
Founded by Tristan Walker, Bevel revolutionizes shaving for people with curly hair. As a part of Walker and Co., Bevel aims to make health and beauty simple for people of color.
Vera Moore created her cosmetics line after realizing there were not enough products for women of color. Her makeup and skincare line is now one of the most prestigious lines globally.
Eunice W. Johnson, founder of the Ebony Fashion Fair Show, founded Fashion Fair in 1973. It's now one of the largest black-owned cosmetics companies in the world.
This is a collection of artisan spa naturals that's inspired by the subtropics, providing a broad range of beauty remedies for every skin type.
Balm & Co
Launched in 2014 by poet and author Alex Elle, this is a non toxic, holistic and vegan skincare line made with 100 percent all-natural ingredients.
This clinically-formulated therapeutic skincare line is great for sensitive skin. Founded by esthetician Mildred Bell, this line makes products that are fragrance- and alcohol-free.
Jacq's Organics was founded by Barbara, who, after finding out she had an ovarian tumor, realized how pervasive toxins were in many of the beauty products she used. She then created Jacq's Organics, an all-natural plant-based skin and body care line.
This is an 100 percent natural and handcrafted skincare line. Terese, the founder, makes products with dry, damaged and discolored skin in mind.
Founded by blogger and DIY expert Nikisha Brunson, this is an all-natural skincare line, free of parabens, sulfates and fragrances.
This all-natural bath and body skincare line founded by Jashiro Dean, makes products that rejuvenate the body, clear the mind and center the soul.
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There was a time when being 'hoodrich' was the thing to be. No Limit Records and Cash Money Records were at the top of the music game and personified the term. They could probably be categorized as proliferators of the idea. But actor and activist Jesse Williams gave an amazingly authentic and timely speech at the 2016 BET Awards, and whether folks agreed with him or not, he's got people talking. Part of his speech particularly stood out to me:
"Now, the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money that alone isn’t going to stop this. Alright? Now, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back. To put someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies and now we pray to get paid with brands for our bodies. There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There’s no tax they haven’t levied against us. And we pay all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. You’re free, they keep telling us, but she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so free."
Williams was speaking to the mostly wealthy (or at least well-to-do) celebrity audience, and I appreciated him addressing his peers directly about the way we engage money as a people. Celebrity engagement has probably the deepest implications among our generation, as everyone tries to keep up with the proverbial "Joneses" now more than ever. Check out Urban Dictionary's definition of 'hoodrich' and ask yourself: Does this sound like anyone I know? Does this sound like ME? Although several accounts continue to report the consistent increase of black buying power, we have to ask ourselves what we're doing to strengthen our own financial state. It's not enough to have a Michael Kors bag with nothing in it, and what does it mean when you're rocking Manolo Blahniks, but can't keep your phone on?
Trying to look cute for one another for no other reason than some vapid attempt at social status is cancelled.
You might not be able to buy a mansion, but you can work toward the financial literacy that can lead to home ownership. That's one way to combat gentrification. You might not be able to build a Trader Joe's in your neighborhood right now, but you can create a community garden and stop buying fast food. You might not be able to afford that Michael Kors bag, but you can recycle your black dollars with lots of black-owned businesses. Then, there's the one thing many of us avoid:
You can stop spending money you don't have.
The thing is, we all want to look good. We all want to feel good. We all want to have things. And what this boils down to is long-term planning and discipline. I totally get the psychology behind having nothing for so long that when you finally DO get something, you want to floss. You must stunt. Stuntin' is a habit. But it's a bad habit that can keep us in a position of disenfranchisement. So, although we fight the good fight to break down the systemic and institutional barriers that were built for our detriment and destruction, we can also fight the war with ourselves that says we have to "keep up." Being hoodrich is played. In the epic words of Queen Bey, "don't play yourself."
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Creative Society wants to help you get fresh this summer. I put together this list of black-owned fashion lines you should check out to broaden your horizons. Support these alternative and creative clothing lines by checking out their work below.
1. The Brooklyn Circus, founded by Ouigi Theodore, is a brand inspired by iconic American fashion.
2. Daily Paper is an Amsterdam-based clothing label founded by three friends, Hussein Suleiman, Jefferson Osei and Abderrahmane Trabsini. Daily Paper combines inspiration from African prints and contemporary fashion.
3. Belgian pop star Stromae recently dropped Mosaert, an unisex clothing line inspired by prep and African prints.
4. Most known for their Real Friends hat, KnarlyDB and Jazerai Allen-Lord created God Bless the Fresh.
5. Joe Fresh Goods and Vic Loyd created well-known and loved line, DBM.
6. Rahyma is a Toronto-based, African-print-inspired clothing line founded by Rahyma A.
7. Philadelphia Print Works, widely recognized for their 'School of Thought' line, has a beautiful array of conscious tees, hoodies and crewnecks.
8. Nakimuli, founded by Tennille McMillan, is a clothing line that aims to empower women of all shapes and sizes by offering clothing that is affordable, accessible and fashion-forward.
9. Monif Clarke created the line Monif C, a plus size clothing line that is inspired by her Barbadian roots.
10. Rue107, founded by Haitian-born, Marie-Jean Baptiste, aims to give women the opportunity to express themselves authentically.
11. Desiree D’Aguiar combines her love of fashion, art and beachwear by designing the beautiful swimwear line Winifred Taylor.
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Raise a glass to black winemakers! There's nothing like a great glass of wine to end the day, to celebrate a birthday, or to ... well, a glass of wine is great for just about any occasion. The next time you think about buying a bottle or a few bottles (hey, no one's judging), try some vino from one of these black-owned vineyards and distributors.
1. Taste Collection Cellars
Based in Houston, TX, Chef Rhonda Russell is "internationally known as the executive chef of wine arts" and is a certified wine sommelier, winemaker and certified personal chef. Russell is also the only African American wo chef of wine arts in the United States.
2. Brown Estate
Founded in 1980 by a husband and wife team, Brown Estate is now run by their children, Deneen, David and Coral. 2015 marked 35 years in the Napa Valley, and in fall 2016 they'll produce their 20th vintage of Brown Estate Zinfandel.
3. Black Coyote Chateau Winery
The Black Coyote Chateau Winery specializes in rare wines and also hosts events in Napa Valley. Founded by neurosurgeon Dr. Ernest Bates and three additional partners, the winery is considered a premier winery in the region.
4. Esterlina Vineyards and Winery
Esterlina Vineyards and Winery is a "multi-generation family-owned winery which specializes in making fine, limited quantity wines." The vineyard is a fan favorite for wine enthusiasts from their "world-class, award-winning Pinot Noirs" to their Cabernet Sauvignon. Their wines have even been served at the White House.
5. Theopolis Vineyards
Ms. Theodora Lee founded Theopolis Vineyards in 2003 and is known as "Theo-patra, Queen of the Vineyards."
6. Rideau Vineyard
Rideau Vineyard was founded in 1997 by New Orleans native Iris Rideau. Rideau is also the first black female winery owner in the U.S. In 2012, the vineyard was featured in Wine Enthusiast Magazine for its memorable wine and the combination of wine and Creole food.
7. Charles Wine Company
Charles Wine Company is "family-owned and managed with a portfolio of premium wines representing the rich diversity of the Western States: California (Northern, Central and Southern), Washington and Oregon appellations". They make and distribute wines under three labels: Paul Charles Series, Cherise Sparkling Riesling and Symphony.
8. Marke Wines
Marke was born in Sierra Leone and is a graduate of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California-Davis. He also has an MBA from Sonoma State University.
9. Earl Stevens Selections
Earl Stevens Selections is owned by veteran rapper and wine connoisseur, E-40.
10. Branwar Wine Distributing Company
Branwar Wine Distributing Co. was established by father/son duo Wayne and Warren Luckett has become "the preeminent distributor of South African wines offering the most diverse portfolio in the market." The company serves as an importer and wholesaler for international wine distribution across the Texas market.
11. Flo Brands
Named to USA Today's list of 10 Best Celebrity Wines, FLO Brands is a lifestyle company created by Marcus Johnson, an "internationally renowned, Billboard Top 10, NAACP Image Award-nominated jazz musician and entrepreneur from Washington, D.C."
12. Abbey Creek Vineyard
Fitness-trainer-turned-winemaker Bertony Faustin is the state's first Black winemaker and will be featured in an upcoming documentary, Red, White & Black about minority winemakers in Oregon.
13. Mouton Noir Wines
Founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, Mouton Noir "incorporates a trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture" inspired by skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop cultures.
M'Hudi is the first black-owned wine estate in South Africa. The name (pronounced 'moody') is derived from the Setswana word 'mohudi,' meaning 'harvester.'
15. Myx Fusion
Myx Fusions offers both Moscato and Sangria wines in various flavors infused with fruit juices. Myx is owned by Nicki Minaj and entertainment business woman Mona Scott-Young.
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It's never too late to start a business and the purpose behind the first major Black-owned eco-friendly laundry detergent company, True Products, is the founder's desire to leave a legacy. Before launching in November 2012, founders Ali B. Muhammad, Malik Saleem, and Abdur-Rahim Muhammad had already made a name for themselves individually as restaurateurs, veterans, business owners, and consultants. Together, they each lent their business know-how to create the True brand in hopes of leaving an impact on their families and respective communities.
The True Products company prides itself on providing quality products that "always exceed the value" and in keeping that motto, they have recently re-launched their website upgrading the engagement with customers. If you check out the True Products Instagram account, you'll see True Product's connection with consumers and how quickly the brand built a following of dedicated users.
#Repost @art_ere_love ・・・ I received same day delivery on my first @buysfi order this week! I've already washed a load of laundry using the @thetrueproducts True laundry detergent. Since it's concentrated, I didn't need to use much. My garments came out clean, fresh and so soft w/o using any fabric softener. I'm a True convert! 😍 #VeteranOwned #BlackOwned #MadeInAmerica #AmericanMade #BuyBlack #BlackBusiness #TrueLaundryDetergent #TrueProducts #TrueDetergent #GoGreen #EcoFriendly #WeBuyBlack #SensitiveSkin #WorkOutClothes #GymClothes #BlackWallStreet #BlackExcellence #LaundryDay #DoForSelf #GymFlow #CashMob #BlackHistoryMonth @WeBuyBlack WeBuyBlack.com A photo posted by True Laundry Detergent (@thetrueproducts) on Apr 21, 2016 at 1:35pm PDT
To further that community, Malik Saleem-co-founder of the brand told blacknews.com, “We would like to make True detergent one of the best known detergents in the world while creating job opportunities for our community.” Currently, the company based out of Atlanta, GA is in the works to create a hand sanitizer, dish detergent, air freshener, and body wash to accompany the True Products line-up.
The true story of the True Products brand is defined by the tenacity and perseverance of the founders themselves. According to the website, one of the founders, "Abdur-Rahim lives by the concept that success and failure are determined by effort. His formula for success is proper preparation, discipline, and an unwavering sense of purpose." Judging by the success of the True Products brand the founders are definitely putting that formula into heavy rotation and giving everything they have to ensure the sustainability of their brand. Not only is the True brand a service for the people, but it's a testament to the true purpose of what it means to always strive for more in life.
Have you tried the True Products laundry detergent? Tell us in the comments if you'll buy black and give their products a try.
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A few years ago, Eboni Merriman hosted a girls-night-in for a few friends visiting from Florida. What she didn’t know is that their conversations would result in her running her own jewelry company.
Merriman is the founder of Lost Queens, a jewelry company dedicated to letting women feel “unapologetically free” with every piece. Founded in 2014, Lost Queens has grown immensely. Their pieces have been seen on stars such as Orange is the New Black actress Vicky Jeudy, and Love and Hip Hop star Tara Wallace.
Merriman always loved fashion, but it was a journey to get there.
"I was a kid growing up in Queens," she says. "I used to rip pages out of my magazines and get in trouble for sketching fashion illustrations,”
She even started her first jewelry line at the age of 16 called Ancient Beauty Collections, but the business flopped. She tried many other roles throughout the years as a fashion design major, blogger, freelance writer and office assistant. However, those roles never quite felt right and depression started to hit.
"I had really good jobs on my resume," she says, "But I couldn’t keep the job because I was depressed. My depression got the best of me. It would hard for me to get out of bed. I would call out frequently.”
When she felt like she was going to lose her job, she decided to sell items on eBay to save some money. Later on, Merriman hosted her friends and the conversation of women came up.
"As they came to visit, I was talking on how society views women, the limit they put on us," she says, "So I just went for it and bought the domain name. I had the idea and the sisterhood just being around my friends, it just felt right."
Throughout the process of creating Lost Queens, Merriman was inspired by strong women. In fact, she got the name from Pharell's song, "Lost Queen," in which he describes a supernatural woman who he feels is from another planet and who he wants to serve. The song also helped Merriman cope with depression.
"I just took it as a self-love kind of thing," she says, "I don’t need anyone to validate me. I don’t have to wait for anyone to bring me flowers. I can do this for myself. Because we tend to lose that. That Queen. That part we push to the side to tend to daily life. I wanted to reclaim once again.”
The theme of unapologetic women even goes to the jewelry pieces themselves, for they are named after women such as Assata Shakur, Tracee Ellis Ross, and even Michelle Obama.
"From the very beginning, I knew that one of the premises of the brand I wanted to have is each piece to be named after a queen," Merriman says, "At first, it was queens in general. Goddesses, Greek Goddesses. But when the second collection came out, I did domestic violence victims. I wanted to name my pieces after them. That made me think of naming all my pieces after black women. I’m a black woman. This is my experience. This is the experience of my friends of my family. It had to be authentic. I was sourcing names and it wasn’t connecting for me. Of course, there were a lot of Goddesses and Queens out there. But I wasn’t connecting with the piece unless it was a black woman.”
Even though each piece is named after an influential black woman, Eboni Merriman wants every kind of black woman, from the bougie to the afro-centric to the hood chick and all in between, to feel empowered by her pieces. That’s what being unapologetically free means to her.
"I think black women, specifically, are told to be a certain way," she says, "You know they have the wars, the Cardi Bs against the Ayesha Currys. Or how women are supposed to be one thing. I don’t subscribe to any of that. They expect me to be very afro-centric, very hippie, very positive and I am those things of course. But I”m not those things all the time. Women are so multilayered that we don’t need a box. I could be hood one day. I could be prim and proper the next minute. I can be anything at any time. Women can be anything at any time. And I want lost queens to be a celebration of that,” she says.
As for her journey to being an unapologetically free woman? It’s ongoing, thanks to her work with the company.
"I feel like Lost Queens is definitely my journey into falling in love with myself. I love it because all of the collections, all of the campaigns are just like true to where I’m at in my life. So, it kinda grows with me,” she says.
Eboni Merriman, Photo: Instagram.com/lost.queens
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Usually when I decide to shop with someone I look for a few things. Is it convenient? Do they have great customer service? Are their products reliable? Did I feel welcomed when I walked through the door? I am so used to stores I shop with being owned by the majority I don’t even think twice about where the money I spent was actually going. Rarely do I see a store owned and operated by people who look like me. As consumers, we usually shop with these conglomerate stores that could care less how we feel unless it affects their bottom line.
Did you know that the black community buying power is $1.3 trillion? Yes, a whopping $1.3 trillion dollars. Crazy, right? I know. We as a minority make the least in income but spend the most annually. These corporations know this and target the black consumer because of this. The problem arises when these trillions of dollars don’t actually circulate back into the African-American community the way they do with other minority communities. So where does this money go? Not to us and not with us. Imagine what could happen to African-American wealth if even a portion of those trillions was spent back into our own communities.
Social entrepreneur Dr. Dionne Mahaffey has created an app that allows you to literally buy black.
The WhereU Came From app is harnessing the $1.3 trillion in African-American buying power by merging technology with the need to handle poverty, crime and other social ills in the black community.
Dr. Mahaffey says, “The fact is that there are 2.6 millions black-owned businesses in the country and while growth is encouraging there is still a lot of work to do to increase profit of black businesses.”
Dr. Dionne Mahaffey and her company the CPAI Group created this app to help circulate the dollar longer in black communities and this could generate one million jobs for African Americans. Currently, a dollar circulates in Asian communities for 30 days, in Jewish communities approximately 20 days, white communities 17 days, but, in contrast, a dollar circulates in the black community for only six hours.
“Just 2 cents of every dollar an African American spends in this country goes to black-owned businesses. If higher income Black consumers spent at least $1 out of every $10 on black-owned businesses it would generate one million jobs for African Americans, according to researchers,” said Mahaffey.
“It will take all of us across all socioeconomic statuses to build black wealth. We’ve got to invest in our own community. When we start to embrace the diaspora-view that our community is wherever we find our people, then we will be more inclined to support one another, even if it means taking a long drive,” Mahaffey stated.
The WhereU app is here to help make buying black as simple as possible, from everything such as house cleaning, plumbing, catering, lawyers, doctors, graphic designers, restaurants, beauty salons and more, the app’s referral and location-based system helps you start your search among the most trusted black professionals and businesses.
Their development team has added several thousand businesses for the app launch. Business profiles can be submitted from the website or within the actual WhereU Came From app. The app can also help majority, non-black corporations meet their diversity objectives by finding minority businesses to support.
Some of the app’s unique features include access to the top 10 most referred pros and businesses under a category even without Internet connection, ability to find the pro nearest you through geo-location technology, reliable listings with verified contact numbers and the ability to easily refer trusted pros to friends and family through the referral function.
If you're like me and want to shop within your own community but don't know where to buy from, now the WhereU app makes a click away to spend your hard-earned money with the people in your own community, versus spending it with someone who doesn't care if your neighborhood is prospering. Let's support our brothers and sisters and shop black!
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If you've ever heard of Restaurant Week, you know that it's an awesome way for food lovers to explore eateries across the globe. But wouldn't it be dope to expand the palates of foodies everywhere while highlighting black-owned eateries in the process? I DON'T DO CLUBS, which caters to black professionals that are seeking social outings outside of nightclubs, began highlighting black-owned businesses cross-country and created the first ever Black-Owned Restaurant Month NYC last year. This year, IDDC is celebrating Black-Owned Restaurant Month nationwide.
From April 4 - 27, select black-owned eateries are treating guests to three-course fixed-price ($30) dinners on certain days of the week. If you love food, trying new things, supporting black businesses and getting an awesome deal, check out the participating restaurants below and book your reservations ASAP.
186 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
A sophisticated take on classic American cuisine and modern, colorful decor. Read about their Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
Suite Food Lounge
375 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
This restaurant is for its use of fresh, organic meats and ingredients from local farmers. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
19 Dennis St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
A taste of Soul Food and Southern cuisine can be found at Delta's Restaurant in NJ. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
189 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Amarachi is a sleek eatery with African, Carribbean and American cuisine. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
The Edge Harlem
101 Edgecombe Ave, New York, NY 10030
This warm and inviting place serves Jamaican, English and American food. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
1179 Elton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11239
Fushion East is a bright, welcoming getaway with Caribbean and Soul Food. Read about their Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
LoLo's Seafood Shack
303 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026
If you're hoping for a Cape Cod/Caribbean mashup, LoLo's is the answer you've been looking for. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
960 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Milk River provides patrons with a delicious mix of Asian and Caribbean cuisine. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
5610 Clarendon Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11203
This warm and inviting restaurant serves modern Caribbean cuisine. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
135 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Sweet Science provides guests with tasty modern American soul food and an impressive beverage lineup, including frozen drinks and cocktails. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
Therapy Wine Bar
364 Lewis Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233
Therapy Wine Bar is often referred to as "Bed Stuy's Living Room," and is a cozy getaway with wine, cocktails and American cuisine. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
Allean’s Southern Cuisine
5 Lake Carolina Way, Suite 130, Columbia, SC 29229
Allean's Southern Cuisines serves crowd-pleasing barbecue in Columbia, SC. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
Calabash Teahouse & Cafe
1847 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Vegans rejoice! Calabash Teahouse & Cafe serves not only organic tea, coffee and kombucha on tap, but also vegetarian desserts. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
Esencias Panamenas Restaurant & Catering
3322 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20010
Esencias Panamenas Restaurant & Catering is where you need to go for authentic Panamanian food (made from scratch) in the DMV area — and the food is gluten-free with vegetarian options. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
The Park at 14th
920 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
For those who want American cuisine with a Caribbean flair, The Park at 14th is for you. Read about its Black-Owned Restaurant Month menu here.
What restaurants do you plan to visit this Black-Owned Restaurant Month? Let us know in the comments below!
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