This is just a starting point. There are so many Black-owned businesses we need to be supporting, but the important thing is that we start somewhere and continue moving forward and doing better. I wanted this list not only for myself, but for others out there who are looking for ways to support People of Color and to be actively anti-racist. (supporting Black-owned businesses is not being anti-racist, but is just ONE of the things we can do to amplify Melanin voices)
I also wanted to make sure businesses on this list were accessible online. Through my research I found countless amazing businesses that were too local to broadcast. (They were not near me and probably not near many readers) Instead, I encourage you to search for local businesses run by POC the next time you are looking to buy. (through a search engine, social media, or word of mouth)
Also know that I am doing the work. A lot of it happens behind the scenes- reading, listening, donating, having conversations, etc. I try to amplify voices that need to be heard through my social media channels, but I also don’t over-post because I am consuming all types of media to be a better ally. Look for another post in the next few weeks about resources the white community can use to become better informed so we can do better. This is a lifetime commitment of doing better and I hope you’ll join me.
I hope to add to this list in the future, but here are 20 Black-owned businesses to support:
Sarina Mantle creates beautiful art: coloring books, illustrations, prints, postcards, greeting cards, and digital downloads. Her website/store name is Wild Suga.
Rachel Stewart is a multimedia artist. She designs fashion, jewelry, and prints/acrylics/originals.
Morgan Harper Nichols is a poet and artist. She runs a blog, podcast, and shop. Sign up to get free poetry and art to your inbox, daily.
Sarah McClain founded Shea Shea Bakery. Within that business she creates all kinds of organic skin care and candle products: scrubs, soaps, masks, and shea butter/creams.
Trinity Simone is the CEO of Black Vibe Tribe (provides a large selection of apparel and home goods) and the founder of The Youth Will be all Write (is a social justice initiative that provides imprisoned youth with an outlet of expression).
Collin Spencer and Austin Green are founders of Minoritees, a t-shirt store that features clever designs.
Jessica Wong is an experienced seamstress who handmakes flattering, gorgeous swimwear for women. Her company is XhaleSwim.
LaNesha Tabb and Naomi O’Brien are two teachers who create resources they sell on Teachers Pay Teachers (click their names to visit their stores). They also created Ebooks that help families talk to their children about how to actively be anti-racist: A White Families’ Guide to Talking about Racism and A Black Families’ Guide to Talking about Racism.
Silver Danielle is an educator and creator, among other titles. Her Teachers Pay Teachers store, Classroom Clapback, features many middle and high school resources.
Upile Chisala is a storyteller with three released books that feature poetry and prose.
Ahyiana Angel is a founder, host, and creator. She authored the book: Quit Playing Small and hosts the Switch, Pivot, or Quit podcast.
Ticora Davis, Esq. is an intellectual property advocate and author. She is also the owner of Business Bakerie, which provides contracts, courses, and resources for entrepreneurs.
Sonia Lewis is CEO of the Student Loan Doctor. It is the first woman-owned and African American-owned student loan debt repayment company in the country. They have an extremely diverse team ready to educate and provide assistance.
Latoya Joy Westbrooks founded the Westbrooks consulting group that prides itself on teaching other entrepreneurs how to develop a better business foundation.
Tomi Makanjuloa is a Nigerian-born culinary entrepreneur who hosts online cooking classes, coaches, and sells cookbooks. She also has a blog- The Vegan Nigerian and Youtube channel which features recipes and more.
Jenné Claiborne is a travel, cooking, and animal lover (also a culinary genius) who wrote the Sweet Potato Soul cookbook and runs a food blog of the same name.
Robin and Andréa McBride are two sisters passionate about wine… so they started their own business around that passion. McBride Sisters Collection is the largest African-American owned wine company in the US.
Eunique Jones Gibson created the hilarious, spirited game: #CultureTags. Essence magazine says it’s “Charades meets Black Twitter w/ this trendy Black-owned game.”
Lisa Terry Cooper is the founder of Cooper’s Travel Agency, providing travel booking services that generally don’t cost the consumer anything, and may even save you money.
Shawn D. Price is the owner of 12th and Sac Films, where he develops and produces projects across film, tv, and digital platforms.
What are some other online Black-owned businesses we can support? Please drop a link below!
Check out some of my posts from May.