“The future is black. and female” was a tweet on my timeline a few days ago. Aware of the fact that we’ve been sprinkling black girl magic everywhere lately, I responded to let him know that the present is just as black and just as female. In 2015, we were named the “fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs.” While the overall number of woman-owned businesses grew by 74%, the number of businesses owned by African-American women grew by 322%. We have also added roughly 340,000 jobs to the economy while employment at companies owned by men continue to decline. Although Georgia, Maryland and Illinois are where most of the black girl bosses reside, girl bosses everywhere generate $1.6 trillion in revenue. I’d say we’re doing the damn thing! However, let’s not get too caught up in the stats and forget that the future can only be what we make it.
Here’s 13 Black Woman-Owned Brands That Need Your Support
Bene Scarves – “In 2013, Bené was born, a collection of scarves… providing an education to girls in Ghana by sponsoring tuition, books, supplies and the uniforms for the girls to continue their education and fulfill their dreams.”
The Wrap Life – “TWL is about cultivating a life abundant with color, texture, and handmade goods.”
Fashion Fair – “A trusted brand by many, Fashion Fair Cosmetics remains deeply rooted in the African-American experience.”
Alero Jasmine – “ALEROJASMINE is a unique UK based handmade clothing line inspired by travels, African heritage and intricate patterns.”
Haute Hope – “We make it easy for you to gift well + do good.”
TracyChambers Vintage – “TracyChambers Vintage was born out of the love for vintage treasure hunting, and is named after Diana Ross’s character in Mahogany, one of the most iconic fashion movies of all time.”
The Lip Bar – “…I started making lipstick in my kitchen because I believed beauty shouldn’t compromise health and because I was determined to not change the way I looked to fit into some superficial or trendy beauty standard. Fuck that. There is no standard.”
Coco & Breezy – “Over time, Coco and Breezy have refined their design and production process, engaging in increasingly ambitious design projects ranging from designing “third-eye” sunglasses for the late Prince…”
Don’t Sleep Interiors – “Don’t Sleep Interiors started from a desire to combine interior decor & culture from the African Diaspora with social & political consciousness.”
Posh Candle Co. – “All of our candles are 100% soy based, which burn cleaner than other wax based candles and we hand-pour in small batches to ensure quality and consistency.”
LilyEmme Jewelry – “Here at the LilyEmme Jewelry studio, we try to be different by being as “green” as possible and crafting precious metals jewelry with the highest attention to quality and endurance.”
Tribesman International – “Organically grown in Jamaica’s Blue Mountain volcanic soil through the cool mountain mist and fog is some of the worlds best single origin luxury coffee.”
Alana Ladson Art – “Pins, Paintings, Prints and Stickers of Women of Color and Other Magical Beings”
What black woman-owned brands do you think need more support?
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