Founded as a hashtag in 2013, June 1st marks the start of Black Lives Matter Month, an opportunity for all Americans to make a stand against racism and racially-motivated violence. In honor of BLM month and Juneteenth this weekend, we created a list of fantastic and inspiring black-owned businesses to check out.
Sea Moss Transformation is a black-owned and operated business founded by entrepreneur Alexiou Gibson. The brand offers premium wildcrafted Sea Moss gels in raw and fruit flavors featuring all the essential minerals for the human body. Alexiou’s journey to change his lifestyle resulted in a considerable weight loss from 500 pounds. He is now vegan and powers through dips and squats and finds any opportunity he can to coach, inspire, and encourage. Pricing is $27+.
When Ceata decided to change her lifestyle and make the transition from relaxed to natural hair, she discovered that it was impossible to find accessories to accommodate the thickness and texture of her hair. As she became more aware of other African American women making the same transition — all with similar hair texture and hairstyles, it became clear there was a similar need for an easy-to-use styling tool that would help achieve quick looks without stressing the hair. Ceata became determined to create a solution and the concept of the PuffCuff was born. Inspired by the legacy of her loving grandmother, who lived to 99 years old, Ceata was inspired to follow her dreams and experience a full life just like her.
Kubra Kay Skincare – Radiating Body Oil
Kubra Kay Skincare is inspired by different cultures, people and skin care traditions from all of the world! Radiating Body Oil is a lightweight, fast-absorbing, yet deeply hydrating body oil. This body oil is a decadent combination of juicy blackberry buds and rich vanilla, which work seamlessly together to create a warm, playful scent that you can wear year-round. Made from Organic coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil, avocado oil, vitamin e oil, and fragrance oil, it’s great for repairing the skin barrier. nourishing dry, overworked skin and locking in long-lasting moisture. Price: $34.99
Going beyond just a standard flower pot, Rooted Pots pays tribute to everything that makes Black people amazing. Focused on the features that society has tried to minimize and shame, these Afrocentric planters bring much needed black representation and celebration to your life. Each design is customizable to fit your style and vision. Add earrings, necklaces, and nose rings to any pot, like Onileola, and even paint the DIY option to fully represent yourself. A beautiful and artistic way to elevate any home and workspace. These gorgeous pots are also 100% 3D printed! Price: $26.95-$82.49
NOLAs Finest Pet Care, Louisiana’s first bi-black-owned pet business recently launched “Ask the Pet Expert,” a feature allowing pet parents to book a private zoom session and receive tailored advice and tips. Their online shop offers uniquely painted or sketched New Orleans inspired stationery, home décor, clothing, pet gifts, gift sets and more. Twila’s shop is the only business in the area that makes human-grade gourmet pet treats from scratch via Doordash. Twila’s pawesome business is 8a, Hudson, & SEBD certified. Price Varies
Woman and Black owned fashion brand, Taylor Jay, designs with every woman in mind, knowing a woman’s journey is by nature a multifaceted one. Taylor Jay designs with the idea of elevated comfort, a concept of fashion that offers a higher level of comfort and reliability. Fashion that can effortlessly transform and adapt to every woman’s needs, challenges, style, and desires. A single Taylor Jay piece can be combined into multiple outfits and customers keep finding new ways to wear their clothing. Their fabrics are made of luxurious, heavy duty, smart materials that adjust to a woman’s body as if… taylor’d to her figure. It’s no wonder customers keep coming back for more! Price: Varies.
Beauty and philanthropy go hand-in-hand with this certified women-owned and minority-owned brand. This feel-good brand provides the right vegan-friendly ingredients that purposely make taking care of our skin and hair effortless and enjoyable. Adding to this is the knowledge that at the heart of the brand is philanthropy, building water wells in Kenya for every product sold (one product sold equals one gallon of water donated). It has consumers raving about the products and wanting to be a part of giving back to an important cause. Price: Varies
As an African American mother of three and Florida native, Natlyn is the embodiment of strength with a welcoming, yet fierce, entrepreneurial spirit, which led her to launching SheWarrior in 2019. SheWarrior is made from 100% recycled materials and the athleisure brand to shop for all of your summer workout essentials. Pricing varies.
On a mission to celebrate Africa’s vibrance, the diversity of the Diaspora, and The Culture’s influence worldwide, Orijin Culture creates a curated collection of statement pieces, evoking a sense of belonging to each carefully-designed item for both women and men. The brand’s signature unisex Africa Bag Collection is a storytelling focal point and a stunning art piece all on its own. Uniquely designed and detailed with pride & intention, each bag is sculpted in the image of Africa, conceptualizing wearable art in high-quality leather, symbolizing everything that Africa is – “the pain she endures, yet her beauty never gets old.” Price: Starting at $249.99
Source: Orijin Culture, Urban Hydration, SheWarrier, Taylor Jay, Nola’s Finest Pet Care, Rooted Pots, Kubra Kay, Puff Cuff, Transformation factory