Preserving the legacy of black owned businesses

Originating in the United States, February marks the start of Black History Month, a federally recognized celebration of the contributions African Americans have made to this country and a time to reflect on the ongoing pursuit for racial justice.

Supporting and shopping Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs is one way to celebrate and show your support this Black History Month. In the past, black owned businesses served as a gathering place for black communities. As businesses increasingly sell online and local presence goes global, I wanted to highlight some black-owned brands and influencers driving commerce forward and creating economic opportunities in the black community.

  • Mission: Greatness is a mindset, a work ethic and a belief system that has fueled humanity to achieve the unachievable. G.O.A.T. Fuel® provides a lifestyle and health-forward products to help consumers fuel the best version of themselves. G.O.A.T stands for “greatest of all time” and our proprietary blend with guarana, green tea with EGCG, ginger, amino acids and cordyceps mushrooms, is just that. We provide the energy you need to keep going on your path to achieving greatness in whatever you do.
  • Giving back: they offer a special discount to first responders
  • Mission: Our customers are BOLD. They’re different. They’re the outsiders on the inside. Our customers are the rebels, rulers and queens who express themselves through next-level beauty, where only the finest formulas and most-pigmented shades will do. Our customers are women. Our customers are men. Our customers have skin tones in the fairest fairs to the deepest darks. We believe in inclusive beauty, and The Tribe is where we celebrate our customers that come to us from all walks of life
  • Giving Back: they offer a $50,000 grant for 6 black owned businesses
  • Mission: To empower people to express themselves in a unique way
  • Giving Back: Charity:Water, Water Aid, and EduCare Benin are three charities that D’IYANU gives back to.
  • Charity:Water works with local experts and community members to find the best sustainable solution in each place where we work, whether it’s a well, a piped system, a BioSand Filter, or a system for harvesting rainwater. And with every water point we fund, our partners coordinate sanitation and hygiene training and establish a local Water Committee to help keep water flowing for years to come.
  • WaterAid works with local partners to deliver clean water and decent toilets, and promote good hygiene, and campaign to change normal for everyone, everywhere.
  • EduCare Benin awards scholarships in Benin to orphans and children whose parents cannot afford their school fees. EduCare Benin also provides school supplies such as backpacks, books, and other classroom utensils.
  • Mission: We aim to showcase high-quality content (independent film, news, web shows, kids programming, documentaries and more) produced by independent, globally diverse and unique filmmakers and journalists who aim to share their stories and truths with the world.
  • Giving Back: 60% of our revenue goes to our 300+ content creators every quarter. A large portion of your subscription supports the filmmakers who create the content you watch on kweliTV!
  • Giving Back: We believe that all humans with vaginas deserve menstrual care, which is why we’ve partnered with Happy Period, an organization that provides menstrual hygiene kits to those who are homeless, low income, or living in poverty.
  • Mission: EleVen is a fashion-forward activewear brand creating tennis and everyday apparel for every life moment. Designed with attitude and confidence for peak optimum performance, we never compromise on quality, fit, or comfort.
  • Giving Back: Venus has a personal charity organization with her sister Serena, The Williams Sisters Fund: Tennis stars, Venus and Serena Williams just recently launched the Williams Sister Fund, to support and help finance philanthropic efforts. Their first plan is to open the Yetunde Price Resource Center in their home town, Compton, Los Angeles. The resource center is named after their late sister, who was a victim to gun violence. The resource center will serve the Compton community as a place for residents who are affected by gun violence to connect. The store doesn’t directly have a tie to charity or a community cause, however they are dedicated to using products that are safe for the planet: “As an athlete and professional tennis player I’ve spent most of my life outdoors, so I was compelled to create a suncare collection I could count on to protect me daily. EleVen by Venus is all about the relentless pursuit of your best self. Safe for our planet and perfect for people of all skin shades and types, I hope to inspire others to get outside, be active and stay healthy.”
  • Giving Back: she ultimately wants to give back to Nigerian children who — like her — weren’t able to nurture creative instincts while young. “I want to go back and build my own creative academy, maybe 10 years from now or whenever the money comes in. It’ll be a place where kids like me, who were gifted at art, a place to learn. I want to grow to the point where I can give and continue giving and not feel bad about how much money I have left in my bank account. I want to be like the black Martha Stewart.”
  • Giving Back: Davis is a founding member Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.
  • Giving Back: Cofound Harlem is a non-profit incubator on a mission to incubate over 100 companies north of 96th street. The ambitious economic development project has garnered support from top caliber advisors and organizations since its inception. Cofound Harlem offers startups an initial $50,000 stipend, free office space and mentorship. The accelerator doesn’t take any equity from its cohort of startups, but instead requires each startup to commit to operating in Harlem — where the unemployment rate is twice the national average — for at least four years.
  • Giving Back: Founder of Sad Girls Club and Sad Boys Club, inclusive communities for men and women (of color) of all ages to promote mental health online
  • Giving Back: Announced a Campaign that Gives Americans Easy Ways to Fight Child Hunger and Triggers Meal Donations from ConAgra. For every view, like or share of Kid President’s video through July 31, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, up to one million meals.

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