Black Artists, Creators and Businesses You Can Support

Prior to this last year when I looked around my home, in my closet or in my vanity I never stopped to think about who was making the goods that surround me. Of course, there were some personal items or family heirlooms that have special meaning behind them, but nothing outside of that that was purchased understanding the ripple effect of that transaction. Who made this? Who was benefiting from this purchase and supporting their dreams? How was I making a positive change in someone’s life with my dollar?

I learned a lot during 2020 and one of my biggest take-aways was the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses and Black creators so that we can bridge the racial wealth gap. It made our family more conscious of how we spend our money, support inclusivity, equity and diversity.

I hope you will do the same by taking time to read about this issue and support black-owned businesses and creators. Below is a list of some amazing companies and individuals that I know you will love:

Artwork + Home Decor

Mister Michelle // Art by Michelle Robinson

Jungalow // The wallpaper prints are gorgeous and if I could own every single decor item I would!

Pretty Honest Candles // The goddess candles are a must, as is a follow on IG.

Worthy + Badass // Creator of the “Lizzo + Lattes” tee, Justine creates unique home decor, accessories and gifts. Shop online or in-store at Charlotte Collective.

MKoby Art // The prints are incredible!

Candice Luter // WOW her fabulous boho rope and fringe artwork makes a statement!

Tal & Bert // The coolest geode vessels, planters and tea light holders.

Loohoo Wool Dryer Balls // I add a few drops of lavender essential oil to mine and *chefs kiss* it’s fabulous.

Fashion

The Summer North // Black Women Owned + Size Inclusive

Kingsley Leather // Gorgeous hand-crafted small leather goods and accessories.

Good American // THE best jeans I have ever owned. Period.

Zelie for She // The leisure pieces look so comfortable!

A.Au // Each top, dress and bottom deserves it’s own vacation.

Beauty

Briogeo // Their powder dry shampoo is clean and one of my favorites!

Dehiya // Plant-based skincare brand.

Loving Culture // I can’t wait to try the Revitalizing Organic Hair Oil.

LaPierre Cosmetics // “10 Free” nail lacquer formula is safe, comes in beautiful shades, fabulous packaging and top notch quality!

Content Creators

Tomi Obebe @goodtomicha

Hayet Rida @hayet.rida

Ayana Lage @ayanagabriellelage

Essie Golden @essiegolden

Sierra @eclectickurves

Check Your Privilege @ckyourprivilege

Makeda @glamazondiaries

Ruthie Ridley @ruthieridley

Becca Ashmon @beccaashmon

Megan Pinckney Rutherford @shadesofpinck

Kiah @ajourneyideserve

Abisola Omole @abimarvel

Jaimmy @jaimmykoroma

Charlotte Restaurants + Services

KeenDog Training // The best dog trainers around! They have created a wonderful, supportive community and we are thankful to be a part of it.

Leah + Louise // James Beard -nominated Chef Greg Collier and business partner (and wife) Subrina Collier serving modern southern cuisine.

Two Scoops Creamery // Who doesn’t love ice cream?! This is a must in the QC!

Coordinates Coffee // The cutest espresso bar on wheels!

For MORE BLACK-OWNED CHARLOTTE BUSINESSES please check out these extensive lists: 50+ Black-owned businesses you can support right now by Axios and 100+ Black-owned restaurants and local businesses in Charlotte by Charlotte Observer.

Olivia’s nursery was the perfect opportunity to start taking action in our home. It began with this beautiful print by Michelle Robinson. Titled “Home” the print reminds me that raising a child takes a village and that home is where your heart and your community is. Michelle Robinson’s artwork is incredible and I hope to own an original piece one day.

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