How to support Black-Owned Businesses on a Daily Basis

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.

Snacks:

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.

Sauces:

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.

Soft Drinks:

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.

Skin Care:

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.

Banks:

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.

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

Must-Haves for Moms this Summer

It’s another hot summer and as a new mom I want to be stylish yet practical at the same time. Anything that saves me time and makes me feel great will become my top picks. Below my top three Must-Haves this summer:

  1. Fanny Packs are simply amazing and much more practical than purses. As moms, we mostly only have one hand free because we are either carrying a baby, pushing a stroller or doing something else. Fanny Packs make it so much easier to search for essentials. Whether it’s a chapstick, baby snacks, or credit card. On top they don’t make your back hurt or mess up your posture. These mini bags accessorize most outfits and are en vogue at the moment. You can find really cool ones at Missguided just search for Fanny Pack and you’ll find different options. Use code “Have50” for 50% off EVERYTHING$!

2. Mink Eyelashes are super durable, high quality and give you that Wow Factor at a blink of an eye. Another undoubted advantage is that you won’t have mascara running down your face in this heat. As a supporter of Women-Owned Businesses I love and recommend the Mink Lashes of the 400M Diva Collection created by Track Star Natasha Hasting. In the pic below I wear the style “Anchor Leg” for a natural look with a little drama. My followers and readers receive 15% off with code “June15”.

3. Black Girl Sunscreen is a sunblock made for pigmented skin. Unlike popular belief, YES black people need sunscreen as well. Your melanin might protect you from some UV rays but not all. Also, exposure to the sun will leave your skin dry and increase the chances of wrinkles. Since I’m all about ingredients I checked them out and the Black Girl Sunscreen is Fragrance, Parabens, Oxybenzone, and Octinoxate free and uses natural ingredients such as Avocado, Jojoba, and Sunflower Oil. Just rub it in like lotion and it dries clear, no nasty white residue anymore! We’ve been waiting for an effective sunscreen that doesn’t make us look like we took a dive into white power. Another plus is they have Black Girl Sunscreen for kids now too!!! If you sign up for their newsletter you’ll receive 20% off your first order.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any Must-Haves this summer? We would love to hear from you. So send us a message or comment below!

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

Minority owned businesses you should SUPPORT

Now more then ever it has become very important to support minority-owned businesses. Not only to pour back into the very community we come from but also to be equipped to compete with global players that want to swallow us up for the unique value proposition we offer as well as the strong relationships we’ve built with our customer base. We all have stayed in business because we solve a specific problem that other companies weren’t able to solve in the same manner we do. Why do we invest in a company we have absolutely no relationship with instead of helping build up our fellow minority business owner? I understand that the options will be more limited and might be a little more expensive but it will pay off in the long-run. I strongly encourage you to pour back into your community when possible. I have listed various minority-owned businesses you should consider supporting:

1. Fashion

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Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography

Esé Azénabor’s designs are inspired by the arts and her culture. Whether you need a couture garment for a special event or your dream wedding gown. Nigeria born Esé Azénabor will create a one-of a kind garment just for you. The designer is based in Dallas but serves clients internationally.

William Okpo is lead by sister Duo Darlene Okpo and Lizzy Okpo. The young label offers ready-to-wear designs inspired by the sisters’ love for 90’s hip hop. Their talent even moved Solange Knowles to recruit the designers for a collaboration on a Puma Disc Sneaker.

Jacque M. Handbags is a Dallas based company that prides itself by hand-crafting unique handbags ranging from clutches,  tote bangs and even the most stylish fanny packs. Celebrities such as Kandi Burruss or Draya Michelle have been spotted rocking Jacque M. Handbags.

Hashtag Heels Shoetique  is a Dallas-based company that is passionate about bringing international shoe trends and the most popping style of heels to shoe-fanatics all across the nation. They have a storefront in Dallas as well as an online-store.

2. Hair Products:

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ShaeMoisture is personally my favorite hair care line, the Curl & Style Milk specifically works best for me. Despite the outrage caused by their latest promo video (which was racially too inclusive for some supporters) I still believe we can’t let them hang just because of 1 mistake or 1 misunderstanding. The CEO explained in an interview on The Breakfast Club that the ad had leaked without approval and he repeatedly apologized for offending their core customers. He also pointed out that in order to grow and not be crushed by multi-billion companies they had to start including other markets. Watch the full interview here. I continue to love and support ShaeMoisture! They have sponsored various of my events and are giving back to the community in a major way through their  Community Commerce Program.

CURLS was founded in 2002 in Elk Grove, California by CEO, Mahisha Dellinger. Now greatly expanded, CURLS is available in major retailers such as target CVS, Target, and Walmart. Celebrities and influencers such as Natasha Hastings swear by their blueberry bliss curl selection.

4. Make-Up

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Photo Credits: Neveen Dominic Cosmetics

Neveen Dominic Cosmetics is a Canada based luxury beauty company redefining beauty standards. Hailing from South Sudan the CEO Neveen Dominic struggled with bullying due to her darker complexion all her life. When Neveen saw other dark skinned women turn towards extreme methods such as skin bleaching to fit more Eurocentric standards of beauty, she knew that the issue was more than skin deep. Consequently she created her own Luxury Cosmetics and Skin Care line Neveen Dominic Cosmetics

Black Opal was one of the very first make-up companies that catered to darker skin tones. They have paved the way for other minority owned businesses and reinvented themselves over and over again.

4. Food & Drinks

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Photo Credits: Taylored Wines

Pudding on Smiles is my favorite dessert company in Dallas and run by a married couple. They are the definition of a power couple, she produces the treats he takes care of sales, marketing, events and distribution. Their infamous pudding jars are available at the Grapevine Farmers Market, at Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park, Market Provisions in Dallas, Roy Pope Grocery in Fort Worth and many more.

Elaine’s Kitchen is one of my favorite hole in the wall spots on MLK Jr Blvd in Dallas. The Jamaican cuisine in this particular restaurant is simply off the chain I recommend the jerk shrimp or the oxtails.

Tacos La Banqueta  became my favorite Taco Joint after a very disappointing experience with my former love interest Fuel City. I came across this taqueria after reading an article on D-Magazine about the best tacos in DFW. Unlike Fuel City which is white-owned Tacos La Banqueta is still Mexican-owned.

Sociologie Wine offers a fruit forward Red Blend and a lovely Blushing Rose. The founder and CEO Amy Hampton started off by serving her delicious wine blends to family and friends at various gatherings. Soon after her guests began requesting Amy’s wines by the bottle, she knew she had to turn her passion into a business.

5. Fitness

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Photo Credits: Jacoby Veals FB

Choice Training will satisfy all your fitness needs, whether you’re looking for boot-camps, group fitness or even a pole dancing class. They got you covered!

Veals Fitness is one of your top choices if you need a more intense body transformation and are ready to completely change your lifestyle. Founder and CEO Jacoby Veals went through a drastic physical transformation himself (see picture above) and his clients’ testimonials speak for the quality of his work. He will create custom workouts and meal prep plans for you. If you need daily motivation to live healthier you can also follow his social media @fit_veals :-).

Please share and let me know if this was helpful. Also if you know a minority owned business the world needs to know about please comment below or send me an email.

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded