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  • February 25, 2021 4 min read

    Top Image:  Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, The Hours Behind You, 2011

    As a Black female entrepreneur, creative, and small business owner, I understand the importance of community, coming together, and showing up for one another. Oftentimes, small strides in the right direction can leave big impacts for a brighter path.  Considering how essential Black History is to American History, we are definitely in the camp that appreciation and support for Black Culture is a year-round thing, and there is so much to celebrate and learn! If you're seeking ways in which you too can show up for Black communities and BIPOC, here are a few things I suggest. Keep scrolling for brands, creatives, and inspiring examples of Black Excellence that I personally love, and non-profits that you can support right now.

    #freshupyourfeed: Inspiring Instagram accounts


    Image: Castro NYC


    A creative like no other, Castro's unbelievable
    one-of-a-kind treasures blow us away every time. 

    Image: Antwuan Sargent


    Antwuan Sargent, a stylish art critic and writer
    is always turning us on to inspiring artists and creatives.


    Image: The_UrbanHistorian


    A great source for African and African-American History,
    compiled by writer and researcher Michael Hope.

    Image: @Hereweeread


    This one's for the kids! Books focused on
    diversity of all kinds, curated by working mom-of-two
    and literacy advocate, Charnaie Gordon.

    #BUYBLACK: Black-Owned Brands We Love

    Brother Vellies
    Image: Brother Vellies

    Brother Vellies

    Incredible designs, Incredible mission -
    to keep traditional African traditions alive and
    create sustainable artisanal jobs.Additionally,
    founder Aurora James continues to inspire
    with her game-changing 15% Pledge,
    calling on major retailers to committo stocking
    BIPOC-owned brands. Pieces from Brother Vellies
    are splurges you can feel good about on so many levels.

    Image: Dehiya


    This Moroccan-inspired beauty brand
    is all about the tools. Their signature Mihakka,
    a traditional exfoliating tool, looks as good as it feels. 

    Image: Hyper Skin

    Hyper Skin

    Formulated to focus on hyperpigmentation
    from sun spots, age spots, and blemishes,
    Hyper Skin was founded by Desiree Verdejo
    after her personal struggle with acne-related dark marks. 

    Image: Flamekeepers Hat Club

    Flamekeepers Hat Club

    You can never go wrong with a good hat
    and Flamekeepers Hat Club, based in Harlem, NYC
    has stylish ones in spades, as well as super cool
    "conversation pieces" like this gorgeous silk pocket square

    #Netflixandchill: Powerful Films for nights in

    Image: Amazon


    One Night in Miami - (Amazon)

    Seasoned Hollywood vet Regina King's directorial
    debut hits right in the heart with her fictionalized retelling
    of the true story of the fateful night Malcolm X,
    Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke spent
    together celebrating Ali's World Championship win in 1964.

    Image: The Ringer

    Judas and the Black Messiah (HBO)

    The incredible true story behind the FBI's plot to bring down
    Fred Hampton, the charismatic leader of the Chicago chapter
    of the Black Panthers, which involved an undercover informant
    posing as one of Hampton's most trusted deputies.

    "She Had An Inside And An Outside Now And Suddenly She
    Knew How Not To Mix Them," by Amy Sherald, 2018.

    Black Art: In the Absence of Light 

    (HBO, free at this link)

    Inspired by the late David Driskell’s landmark 1976 exhibition,
    “Two Centuries of Black American Art,” the documentary 
    Black Art: In the Absence of Light offers an illuminating
    introduction to the work of some of the foremost
    Black visual artists working today. 

    #Onrepeat: My Heavy Rotation right now

    Image: Arlo Parks

    Arlo Parks, Collapsed in Sunbeams

    Full of lyrics centering on mental health, the optimistic sonics
    of Arlo Parks' calming voice and breezy instrumentationmakes
    this album the perfect balance for these pendulum-swinging times.


    image: Pink Sweats

    Pink Sweats, Pink Planet

    First of all, we always love a man who loves pink.  But color
    preferences aside, Pink Sweats' modernpop-inflected
    RnB has us boppin all day.  His voice is silky and his hooks are catchy. 
    Listening to his album feels like Friday,even when it's a regular ol' Tuesday.

    Image: Discogs

    Joseph Boulougne, Chevalier de Saint Georges

    Giving us all the Bridgerton vibes (and fantastic for working
    concentration music), this incredible virtuoso violinist
    (as well as the first known classical music composer of African descent) 
    was the real toast of the town in Parisian society during the time of Mozart
    - his charisma and popularity even rivaled the iconic composer,
    as Chevalier de Saint Georges was much more established
    during Mozart's early years.  But his amazing music wasn't his only
    achievement — Boulogne was a world-champion fencer,
    and commanded the first unit of black soldiers in European history.

    #giveback: Organizations to support 

    Image: The History Makers
    So much important African-American greatness
    has been overlooked or undertold, depriving
    subsequent generations of knowledge of the excellence
    that came before them. The History Makers
    is on a mission to preserve the stories of
    African American groundbreakers for all to learn from.


    Image: The National Civil Rights Museum

    The National Civil Rights Museum 

    Creating Exhibitions that continue to tell the story
    of the ongoing fight for Civil Rights in America.


    Image: Black Girls Code

    Black Girls Code

    Founded by Kimberly Bryant, to counter the dearth of women
    in color in technology fields, Black Girls Code introduces
    programming and technology programs to a new
    generation of coders-pre-teen and teen girls of color.

    Image: The Innocence Project
    Founded 25 years ago, the Innocence Project exonerates
    the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms
    the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice

    Image: The Obama Foundation

    My Brother's Keeper Alliance

    Launched in 2014 by President Barack Obama,
    My Brother's Keeper works to address persistent opportunity
    gaps facing boys and young men of color and to
    ensure all youth can reach their full potential.