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What Are Your 10 Favorite Black Owned Businesses? We Want To Know!

Hey Family!

For the past two years, Tony and I have been collecting info about Black owned businesses, not just in the U.S. but internationally. We’ve made a few informal asks but now we’re officially asking you: tell us your top ten all time favorite Black-owned businesses – anywhere around the world! We’re not asking you to complete a long survey. We tried that approach. It didn’t work.

Our first ask: Give us your TEN favorite Black owned businesses. Not the place with the horrible customer service or the spot you hope will close down because the food is so bad.

What are we looking for? Your favorite restaurant, dentist, therapist, contractor, graphic designer, florist, attorney, bed and breakfast, architect, plumber, interior designer, midwife and doula, stylist…we want to know it all!

You don’t have to give us everyone in your rolodex (but if you’d like to, we’re not going to stop you).

Our second ask: send the survey to TEN of your friends. That’s it! Our goal is that 1o00 people will complete and send this survey to ten of their friends with an ultimate goal of receiving 10,000 responses.

We’re working on something major. You’re going to love it. And you’ll thank us later.

Fill out the survey HERE.  Send this link to your friends: Then stay tuned for more info.


Photo Credit: Terrence Jennings

Video Production: Electric Suns

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: #BLACKSPENDINGMATTERS

Once again, due to gross state sanctioned violence against our communities, thousands of people are calling for other economic strategies to resist the consistent wave of oppression that we face. We’ve called for and participated in these acts of resistance before. #NotOneDime was the most recent national and international call after there was a non-indictment verdict in the Ferguson case. Once again, various groups and individuals are calling upon Black people to put their dollars in our own communities, in response to the perpetual disregard for our lives.


For the week of July 10th – July 16th, organizers are calling for the following

7.10.16: Boycott Big Chain and Department Stores (Walmart, Target, Macy’s Sam’s, Nordstrom’s, etc…)

7.11.16: Boycott Fast Food Restaurants, that most of us shouldn’t be eating at anyone because of the high blood pressure, diabetes, carcinogenic crap they serve (McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, Popeye’s, Chipotle, Starbucks, etc…)

7.12.16: Boycott Online spending (Amazon, and any online sites).

7.13.16: Boycott Supermarkets (Pathmark, Winn Dixie, Shop Rite, Harris Teeter’s, Rite, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, etc…)

7.14.16: Repeat Days 1 & 2

7.15.16: Repeat Days 3 & 4


The Alternative: Shop at and support Black owned businesses, both in the U.S. and abroad. 

Earlier today, Saint Heron listed more than 21 Black-owned banks in the U.S. and urged followers to remove their money from mainstream institutions and place their assets in our own instead. There are other groups and individuals who have taken similar steps in the recent past and who are calling for the same.

ShoppeBlack is one startup of many platforms and initiatives that focuses on our collective economic power. We’ll continue to push this agenda, in the belief that this war will be won on many fronts because in reality, #blackspendingmatters.