HOW TO CELEBRATE BLACK CULTURE 365 DAYS A YEAR
Each February we honor the greats that paved the way in literature, art, technology, and civil rights. We get excited. We remember. We reflect. We should do this all year round.
This past Black History Month, I went to the annual Black Joy Parade in Oakland, CA. As a Mississippi native, this was a very new experience for me. There were African dancers, whites carrying “Black Lives Matter” signs, beautiful African inspired clothing, and many many other signs of effortless black excellence. This got me thinking. How can we celebrate and uplift the dopeness that is Black Culture every day of the year?
The easiest way to uplift our brothers and sisters: Support them, duh.
First things first, support Black owned businesses and brands.
Yea, you’ve heard this one before. But seriously, when it comes to industries like beauty, fashion, art, etc., there are so many black owned businesses in the game, how could you not support them? Why not buy from them?
Like the great Kendrick Lamar said, “There’s a difference between Black artists and whack artists,” I 💯 agree with this brilliant statement. However, if you know where to look, finding useful, well crafted products isn’t hard to find.
Second, don’t just love them in silence. Shout your support from the mountain tops!
Or at least share a tweet or something.
Here are a few of my faves and my faves’ (like @vicstyles) faves too. Don’t forget to follow them, buy from them, share them with your friends, and help them be great.
Heavenly Scent: With lotions, face masks, and other skin care products “created with black girl magic”, this beauty company provides an array of natural and organic products created to “uplift the mind, body, and soul.”
ONYXBOX: A monthly beauty subscription service curated with “melanin in mind”, Onyx offers an easy way to try new products made for black women. @weareonyx, shop.weareonyx.com
Sorrella Boutique: Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve seen the instafamous pink Girl’s Tour wall in LA. This boutique is online too, and you can grab your fave LA looks with no flight required.
Vetudejoy: With bold, unique prints, the Brooklyn based online store gets you ready to travel to tropical paradise…. Or just to brunch. @Vetudejoy, vetudejoy.com
Amazin’ Apparel: This line reminds you to embrace your dopeness with every printed t-shirt. Use code “ikonic” at checkout to save some coins. @amazin_apparel, amazinapparel.co
Sisters and Suitcases: This boutique travel company “provides a vibrant global travel community for women of color.” Let’s get more black women traveling the globe. @sistersandsuitcases, sistersandsuitcases.com
Afropolitan: A company with an experience that “promotes cross-cultural exposure, connectivity and access.” They also throw parties and event unlike any other. @afropolitansf, afropolitansf.com
What are some of your favorite black brands and businesses? Shoot me a note on why they’re dope, and they may be featured next!