We all know what’s going on. Blacks are being killed by the police and sent to jail every day at a disproportionately high rate. If you have doubts and question if white privilege really exists please watch this video or the 13th on Netflix. The protests were great, but only account for about 2% of the work that needs to be done in order to dismantle systemic racism. We have to maintain the pressure on elected officials and companies that profit off black communities. I truly believe that change is coming and that we have to organize and stick together in a major way.
We all know that money talks! The black buying power is worth $1.3 Trillion according to Nielsen. Unfortunately, we don’t invest much into our own community. A dollar circulates in the African-American community for approximately only six hours, whereas the lifespan of a dollar in the Asian community accounts for 28 days, and in the Jewish community for 19 days (News One Now). If current economic trends continue, the average Black household will need 228 years to catch up to the wealth of their white counterparts.
Now more than ever we have to invest into our own communities. I know it is a little bit harder to find black owned products in your local store but they exist and most of them ship. I see it like buying organic it might be a lil bit more expensive but the quality is higher and you’ll be supporting a bigger cause. I want it to make it as easy as possible. If you’re a white ally this is also your chance to show your commitment to the black community by investing in black owned companies.
Coffee and Teas:
Blk& Bold they offer a variety of coffees and teas and can be found in target, WholeFoods, and on Amazon. They also offer reusable coffee pods for your Keurig since they sell loose coffee in either whole beans, medium grounds, coarse grounds, or fine grounds for espresso. This De Moines based company also donates 5% of sales to at risk youth and the homeless.
Cleaning and Laundry:
Pure Home provides natural, non-toxic Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent and Household Cleaners products.
True is a collection of powerful laundry detergents and softeners that are 4x concentrated and allows consumers to use less soap. The brand is available online and at various locations throughout the U.S.
Partake Foods offer a variety of vegan, gluten-free, and allergy friendly cookies. You can find them at your local target, WholeFoods, or wherever you get healthy foods.
Sanaia Apple Sauce re-imagined childhood treats for adults with exotic flavors such as guava, lavender pear, or ginger. Including only plant-based ingredients we are in for a healthy treat.
LoAdebar is a natural, certified organic energy bar.
Pipcorn expanded its snack portfolio from just healthy popcorn, to cheese balls and corn dippers. Named one of Oprah’s favorite snacks you can grab those delicious bites either online or at your local WholeFoods or Sprouts.
G Hughes offers gluten-free, preservative-free, and sugar-free BBQ Sauces, Ketchup, Steak Sauces, Salad Dressings, Marinades and Dipping Sauces. They are delicious and you can find them at Walmart, Kroger, and Tom Thumb.
Wine & Liquor:
McBrides Sisters Wine Collection provides premium wines from California and New Zealand made in an Old World style with New World finesse. They also offer cute wine collections screaming black women empowerment with labels such as “Black Girl Magic” or “She Can”. Another perk they offer a subscription based wine club that ships with recipes and pairing suggestions for each wine.
44 Degrees North Vodka offers a variety of plain and flavored vodkas.
Ciroc doesn’t need any introduction, created by Mogul P. Diddy it positioned itself as one sexiest liquor brands on the market.
DeLeon Tequila was launched in 2009 by Sean Combs and the world’s largest spirits company, Diageo. It has distribution nationwide
Ten to One Rum offers dark and white rums from Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and the Dominican Republic.
Me and the Bee Lemonade was created by child entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer and is available in all major retailers.
Ellis Island Tea was founded in 2008 by Nailah Ellis-Brown a Tropical Tea, an all natural, antioxidant-rich hibiscus tea.
Live Alkaline Water is the first black owned bottled water company carried in Walmart.
Camellisa Alise is a Houston-based full service Skincare and Wellness Company which provides high quality, natural skincare solutions, services and beauty education that enhance your skin’s radiance. The company uses Camellia Oil in all its products which has proven to help with sensitive skin and ingrown hairs.
OneUnited Bank the nation’s largest Black-owned and FDIC insured bank – is leading the movement to BankBlack® and Buy Black.
Citizens Trust Bank is extremely committed and continues to promote community economic growth and stability.
Join me in the My Black Receipt campaign from June 19th until July 6th. This effort asks us all to buy from black owned businesses and upload the receipt at www.myblackreceipt.com. Our goal is to reach $5 million in sales. If you know a black owned business we can support comment below or send me an email.