Protesting, donating, voting - there are many powerful ways to support the efforts to end police brutality and systemic racism worldwide. Another way is to spend your shopping dollars at Black-owned business. Here are a few of our favorites - even some we've worked for! - but there are so many more so let us know some of your favorites in the comments.
Nicole Gibbons of Clare Paint
Ever tried to paint a room and then given up when you were faced by 1,000,000,000 colors at the paint store? Us too. Meet Clare Paint! A new, much easier way to shop for paint with designer-curated colors, mess-free peel and stick paint swatches, and premium, zero VOC paint delivered to your door.
Renaldo Webb of PetPlate
As a consultant in the Pet Food space, Renaldo saw the ugly truth behind how mass-market pet food is made. He knew he couldn't feed his pup, Winston, that food so he set out to create a healthy solution for pups everywhere. PetPlate offers fresh-cooked, vet-designed meals made with human-grade ingredients and delivered to your door. Treat your pup right!
Akosua Afriyie-Kumi of A A K S
Coterie founders are obsessed with these stunning raffia bags by A A K S. Founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, these pieces are handcrafted in Ghana using weaving techniques by local women artisans. The company focuses on ethical product using raffia harvested ecologically from nearby farms and is creating sustainable jobs within Africa. Each bag carries the fingerprint of the person who made it and celebrates the spirit of the brand with bright, exuberant colors, impeccable craftsmanship, and innovative design.
Kimberly Bryan of Black Girls Code
When Kimberly Bryant couldn't find a suitable computer programming class for her daughter, the electrical engineer decided to take matters into her own hands. In 2011, she founded Black Girls Code to provide computer science training to girls of color. Her mission is to change the face of technology, empower the next generation of coders, and correct the under-representation of Black and Latinx women in the technology space.
Trinity Mouzon Wofford of Golde
Tiffany Mouzon Wofford first discovered the power of Turmeric when her mother began taking it to ease her rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. She then set out to create an accessible health and wellness company that harnessed the benefits of all-natural superfoods. Her line, Golde, features delicious latte blends and invigorating face masks for dewy, healthy skin.
Freddie Harrel of RadSwan
RadSwan is a conscious beauty brand built with, and for the global African Diaspora. Created by fashion and beauty entrepreneur, Freddie Harrel, this stunning brand is launching this summer(!) and will revolutionize the Black hair market with a line or premium, synthetic clip-in textured hair extensions and wigs for women of color.