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Black Owned Essentials For March 2024

Check out our list of Black owned Essentials for March!

This month, elevate your grooming routine, adorn your mane with unique accessories, and find activewear that keeps you stylish and comfortable.

We’ve also included a brand of children’s products, a luxurious skincare line, and a convenient, delicious breakfast option.

Black Owned Essentials For March


Black Owned Essentials for March

ICONI is an activewear line that is equal parts fashionable and functional. From stylish matching sets to T-shirts for men and women, there’s a range of pieces to choose from, whether you’re looking for squat-proof leggings or a new workout tee.


Zigleys elevates the art of hair adornment for locs, braids, and twists. Their handcrafted jewelry, made from 18-karat gold and diamonds, transforms everyday hairstyles into luxurious statements.

The Cut Buddy

The Cut Buddy Founder Joshua Esnard on the Rise of the Best-Selling Hair Tool

The Cut Buddy is a tool designed to help you achieve a clean and defined beard or hairline at home. It acts as a template or guide, allowing for precise lining up of hair clippers, trimmers, or razors.

Tom Bullock’s Cocktail Shaker Bar Set

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Enhance your bartending prowess with Tom Bullock’s 5 pc. Cocktail Shaker Bar Set. Crafted from premium stainless steel, this set ensures quality, convenience, and the perfect mixology experience.

Brown & Coconut

Brown & Coconut’s earthy clay mask is infused with deeply purifying plants and herbs that combine forces to calm and clear congested skin.


Spoonful offers convenient, grab-and-go breakfast solutions. Their specialty is pre-made overnight oats packed with natural ingredients, superfoods, and designed for a healthy and delicious on-the-move meal.

Afro Unicorn

The Afro Unicorn brand celebrates Black culture through empowering children’s books and a vibrant collection of clothing, accessories, and party supplies.

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Black Owned Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2024

Valentine’s Day is almost here, making it the perfect time to celebrate love in all its forms. This year, why not make your expressions of affection even more meaningful by supporting Black owned businesses?

We’re excited to present another curated list of unique and heartfelt gifts that not only capture the essence of love but also offer a range of options that resonate with the spirit of love and unity.

Join us on a journey to discover Black owned treasures that promise to make this Valentine’s Day an unforgettable celebration of love.


Balacia “Moissanite Oval Tennis Necklace And Bracelet Set”

ALMASIKA “Universum Pinky Ring”

Yenae “Telsom Dome Cufflink”


American Luxury Unlimited “Ms. Influential Limited Edition Gift Set.”

B Fragranced

Pink Mahogany


Good Girl Chocolate Vegan Chocolate

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Chocolate Therapy

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’57 Chocolate

57 Chocolate U.S. | Raising The Chocolate Bar! – '57 Chocolate U.S.


Beaucoup Hoodoo “Cuffing Season Bundle”

Milky Candles LLC “Dark + Handsome Candle”

Good Day Scents “Black Love” Candle


Maison Noir

iBest Wines

Edelheiss Wine 

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McBride Sisters’ Sparkling Brut White Wine

B. Stuyvesant Champagne

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Viarae Prosecco


Nicole Marie Paperie



The Black Joy Project

Frank Stewart’s Nexus: An American Photographer’s Journey, 1960s to the Present


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SHOPPE BLACK Holiday Gift Guide 2023

We’re excited to present the SHOPPE BLACK Holiday Gift Guide 2023, featuring a curated selection of gifts from Black-owned businesses across a variety of categories.

Whether you’re looking for something for the fashionista in your life, or the sporty one we’ve got something for you.

SHOPPE BLACK Holiday Gift Guide 2023

The Sefed Earing by YENAE

SHOPPE BLACK Holiday Gift Guide 2023

The SEFED EARRING from Yenae is a versatile and stylish earring that can be worn in seven different ways. It is crafted from high-quality 14K gold-plated material, making it both elegant and durable. The unique design allows you to wear it as a simple stud earring, a dramatic drop earring with a dangling chain, a chic hoop earring, a trendy climber earring that hugs the earlobe, a stylish ear cuff that adds a touch of edge, a stackable earring set that creates a layered look, or a mismatched earring set that expresses your individuality. 

Red Tail Series by Emperors Cut Cigars

SHOPPE BLACK Holiday Gift Guide 2023

Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, Emperors Cut Cigars presents the Red Tail Series, four premium cigars that embody the courage and bravery of these American heroes. Each cigar is meticulously crafted with aged Nicaraguan tobacco, resulting in a medium-bodied cigar with notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and subtle spice. The Red Tail Series comes in four different sizes: Robusto, Toro, Corona Gorda, and Churchill, making it the perfect gift for any cigar lover.

Tazama African Tarot Deck Gift Set

Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery with the Tazama African Tarot gift set, a collection of exquisite tarot cards adorned with vintage images of African ancestors. This unique deck seamlessly blends traditional tarot symbolism with the profound insights of African ancestry, empowering and inspiring you to embrace your heritage and illuminate your path forward.

Dame Dash x CEV Collection Limited Edition Sunglasses

SHOPPE BLACK Holiday Gift Guide 2023

Embrace style and empowerment with the limited-edition Dame Dash x CEV Collection sunglasses. Designed by Dame Dash himself, these sunglasses exude both style and durability. More than just fashion accessories, these sunglasses embody Dame Dash’s personal style and his dedication to inspiring others to achieve their dreams.

The Felix Runner by SAYSH

The Saysh Felix Runner is a high-performance running shoe specifically designed by Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix for women of all levels, from beginners to experienced athletes. It features FemiformityFIT Technology for a personalized fit, a lightweight and breathable upper, a cushioned and supportive midsole, and a durable outsole for traction.


The FURI Sport ARMA LITE V2 is a high-performance tennis racket designed for players who want a lightweight and powerful racquet that will help them take their game to the next level. The racquet is made from a proprietary material that is stronger than graphite and provides a smoother playing experience. It also features FURI Sport’s Energy Return Technology (ERT), which transfers energy from the racquet head to the ball for effortless power, added control, and a unique playing experience.

Red Bay Coffee Holiday Gift Set

Get ready to unwrap the joy of the holidays with Red Bay Coffee’s spectacular Holiday Gift Set. Inside, you’ll find a trio of their most beloved 8oz coffee bags: the rich and robust East Fourteenth dark roast, the perfectly balanced Motherland medium roast, and the ultimate espresso experience, Carver’s Dream.

The “Wear Your Legacy” Collection from Adore Adorn

Adore Adorn is a company that creates fine jewelry inspired by family memories. Their pieces are made with semi-precious stones and are designed to be statement pieces. With their new branding, Adore Adorn invites you to “Wear Your Legacy” – a timeless reminder that every Adore Adorn jewelry piece carries the weight of cherished memories and holds the promise of a lasting connection.

Rainbow Plant Wall Hanger – Macrame Plant Hanging by Sweet Home Alberti

Elevate your indoor décor with the mesmerizing Rainbow Plant Wall Hanger – Macrame Plant Hanging by Sweet Home Alberti. This vibrant creation is handcrafted with high-quality, soft recycled cotton, showcasing a captivating array of colors that will bring a touch of joy and vibrancy to any living space.

Sons of Marble Candleholder from Marie Burgos

Marie Burgos’s Sons of Marble Candleholder epitomizes elegance and modernity with its sleek, minimalist design crafted from high-quality marble. Symbolizing strength and endurance, this piece harmoniously blends clean lines and geometric shapes, showcasing a tribute to the enduring legacy of marble in art and design.

The Mason Horse Bit Loafer from Blackstock & Weber

The Mason Horse Bit Loafer is a classic loafer with a modern twist. It is made from high-quality suede and features a gold horsebit detail. The loafer has a comfortable fit and is perfect for everyday wear.


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Black Owned Essentials for November 2023

We’re thrilled to unveil our Black Owned Essentials for November 2023. This collection continues our commitment to showcasing remarkable Black-owned brands across various industries.

We invite you to explore the diverse range of products and services offered by these exceptional businesses. Whether you’re seeking stylish apparel or nourishing skincare, you’re sure to discover something that resonates with your personal style and preferences.

Black Owned Essentials for November 2023

Actually Curious

Actually Curious is a conversation card game that uses the science and psychology of trust-building and emotional connection to bring people closer together.

Piper Wai

PiperWai is a personal care brand that specializes in aluminum-free, natural deodorants. They are best known for their activated charcoal deodorant, which has been featured on Shark Tank. PiperWai products are also vegan, cruelty-free, and made with non-toxic ingredients.

Commit Haircare

Commit Haircare is a hair care brand that specializes in natural hair care products. Their Spring To Life Oil is a blend of penetrating and revitalizing oils that ensure scalp health, moisture retention, and stronger strands.

Nude Barre

Nude Barre is an American lingerie and hosiery brand that offers a wide range of products in shades to match all skin tones.


Black Owned Essentials for November 2023

KAHINDO is an ethical luxury fashion brand based in New York and made with love in Africa. The brand embraces original prints and vibrant colors, paying homage to the rich heritage of African fashion while incorporating a modern aesthetic.

Herb N Eden

Herb’N Eden creates all-natural soaps, skincare products, and body care products including essential oils, botanicals, and clays that are gentle on the skin and effective at nourishing and protecting it.


Black Owned Essentials for November 2023

McMullen is an all-inclusive concept shop for luxury fashion featuring emerging and established designers from around the world. The store is located in Oakland, California, and offers a curated selection of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home goods.

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Black Owned Essentials for October 2023

We’re excited to showcase our October edition of remarkable Black-owned “Essentials”.  Whether you’re looking for eco-friendly products for your space, stylish fashion, or natural beauty products, you’re sure to find something special in this collection.

Each brand in this month’s list carries a unique story, reflecting the dedication and passion of its founders. By supporting these businesses, you’re not only helping them to thrive, but you’re also contributing to a more inclusive and equitable economy.

Stay tuned as we continue to highlight more Black-owned brands in the months ahead!

Black Owned Essentials for October 2023


Balacia is a Dallas, Texas-based custom engagement ring and gift set company. They offer a wide variety of engagement rings, wedding bands, and other fine jewelry, all at affordable prices. Balacia is known for their high-quality diamonds and moissanites.

Daily Paper

Daily Paper is an Amsterdam-based fashion and lifestyle brand. Inspired by the African roots of the founders, the label is known for its ready-to-wear garments and accessories for women and men.


Reel toilet paper is made from bamboo, a sustainable and renewable resource that requires less water and land to grow than trees. It is also free of dyes, inks, and fragrances, and is packaged in 100% plastic-free packaging.


Pagerie is an ultra-luxury fashion house for pets. Pagerie offers a wide range of accessories for dogs, including collars, harnesses, leashes, and toys. The brand is known for its high-quality materials, craftsmanship, and stylish designs.

Berry Bissap

Berry Bissap honors and preserves the traditional recipe of bissap with their own twist. Their ingredients are all-natural, plant-based, caffeine-free, ethically sourced, and free from chemicals, and artificial coloring. 


eu2be is an award-winning skincare brand known for its nutrient-rich biomimetic carrier oils designed to support skin barrier health and well-being for all bodies and skin types.

Blackballed Golf

Blackballed Golf is a clothing and lifestyle brand that offers high-quality, stylish golf apparel. In addition to its clothing line, they also offer a variety of other products including golf bags.

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Black Owned Essentials for September 2023

As we enter September, we’re thrilled to unveil the latest chapter of our series, “Black Owned Essentials.” This collection continues our commitment to showcasing remarkable Black-owned brands across various industries.

From home goods to fashion and personal care, these brands exemplify creativity and excellence. Each brand carries a unique narrative, reflecting the dedication of its founders. Your support not only uplifts these businesses but also contributes to a more inclusive business landscape.

Stay tuned as we continue our mission to celebrate Black-owned excellence in the months ahead.

Black Owned Essentials for September 2023

HBCU Leggings

The HBCU Love Leggings are the perfect addition to your late summer wardrobe. It is one of many stylish and comfortable designs from the company revolutionizing the collegiate apparel space by prioritizing women and offering stylish leggings, tees, hoodies, and blankets.

Evan Alexander

  Black Owned Essentials for September 2023

The MY Morning and Night Beard Kit from Evan Alexander is a comprehensive beard care system that includes four products to cleanse, moisturize, style, and protect your beard. It is made with natural ingredients and is vegan and cruelty-free.

Philadelphia Printworks

Black Owned Essentials for September 2023

The Philadelphia Printworks Free Food Program Hoodie is a stylish and comfortable hoodie that supports a good cause. A portion of all proceeds goes to the All Power to the People Project which funds the programs of The Huey P. Newton Foundation.

Cay Skin

Black Owned Essentials for September 2023

The Caylicious Bundle is a set of three Cay Skin sunscreen products that provide broad-spectrum SPF protection and are infused with skin-loving ingredients. It is a great way to get started with Cay Skin sunscreens or to give as a gift.


Black Owned Essentials for September 2023

UNWRP is a sustainable gift wrap brand on a mission to “create a generation that embraces the joys of gifting as part of self-expression.” UNWRP gift wrap is a great option for people who are looking for eco-friendly and stylish gift wrap.

Pretty Honest Candles

Pretty Honest Candles are free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, and phthalates. The Demeter Goddess Candle is a handcrafted soy candle that is unscented. It is named after Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture and fertility.

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Black Owned Gift Ideas for Father’s Day 2023

This Father’s Day, show your appreciation for the remarkable fathers and father figures in your life by honoring them with thoughtfully selected gifts from Black-owned businesses.

We proudly present our 2023 Father’s Day Gift Guide, featuring an array of exceptional products that not only celebrate fatherhood but also empower and uplift the Black entrepreneurial community.

Bright Black

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Bright Black is an award-winning, Durham-based company that uses scent as an artistic medium for sharing positive stories about Blackness. Use code “ShoppeBlack” for 10% off.

C by Butler

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C by Butler is an artisanal accessories brand featuring limited edition pocket squares, bowties, lapel pins, and more.  This partnership between Butler & Blakely and DJ Commish combines a love of fabric, travel, music, and fashion.


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COMPΛSS is an American-born, Swiss-made timepiece brand that embarks on a mission to inspire the collective to Find Purpose.™ In July 2023, the brand is set to launch with a curated range of timepieces designed to accompany individuals on their transformative journeys, facilitating the pursuit of fulfilling their purpose and leaving a lasting legacy.

Dungeon Forward

Dungeon Forward is a purveyor of precision designed innovative headwear. Founded in 2007 by architect David Castro, their mission is to inspire, uplift, enlighten, and tell authentic cultural stories by crowning the culture.


POWERHANDZ offers performance-enhancing athletic gloves and innovative sports training equipment designed to strengthen hands and arms.



LUV SCRUB is a mesh body exfoliator that is made from 100% recycled materials. It is designed to gently exfoliate your skin without being harsh or abrasive.

Impano Sports

Impano produces functional, performance activewear and athletic apparel geared for sports teams, fitness junkies and the active lifestyle human.

Oyin Handmade

Oyin Handmade is an artisanal manufacturer of moisture-rich personal care products, specially formulated for highly textured hair and dry skin.

Chris Collins

Chris Collins fragrances are designed to capture feelings of attraction, daring, and freedom, whether that means a sweet gourmand or a hypnotic wood.

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Show Some Love With These Black Owned Valentine’s Day Picks

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and finding the perfect gift for your loved one can be a daunting task. Whether you’re shopping for a romantic partner, close friend, or family member, the holiday is an opportunity to show appreciation and affection.

To help you with your search, we’ve curated a list of outstanding Black-owned valentines day gift ideas from brands that offer everything from gifts for your significant other to self-care treats for yourself.

From handmade chocolates, to candles, these brands are sure to have something for everyone.

Black Owned Valentines Day Picks

Helaz Beauty

Helaz Beauty Products are the perfect choice for those looking to celebrate a love-filled and ethical Valentine’s Day. These cosmetics are cruelty-free and vegan, ensuring a guilt-free beauty routine.

Askanya Chocolates

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Askanya Chocolates offers gourmet chocolates made with natural ingredients sourced directly from Haitian farmers and handcrafted in Haiti by women.

B Condoms

black owned valentines dayCelebrate a safe and sexy Valentine’s Day with an odorless, vegan-friendly, and all-natural condom that protects while enhancing your intimate experiences.

“Ebonessence” from Savoir Faire

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Ebonessence represents the varying complexities of love.  The sensuality, comfort and refreshing warmth of this parfum are due to the careful blend of florals and musk.  Made for men and women.

The Koop – “Pillowtalk” Candle

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This modern take on the classic musk contains top notes of bergamot and earthy saffron balance a captivating scent that yields a woodland bouquet of lily of the valley and violets merged with a warm amber core.

Kitsch Noir “LOVE” card

Check out these hand drawn cards from London-based Kitch. Four shades of Black and brown hands creating the letters L O V E…in the name of love.

Ihuoma – “Divine Feminine ” collection

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Ihuoma’s Divine Feminine is the debut collection developed around the darker nude tone, designed using luxurious silks and embroidered French Tulle in deep tonal colors and highlighted with accents of gold and bronze.

The Pleasure Alchemy 

The Pleasure Alchemy gift box is designed to help you enhance your well-being, feel connected to your sensual/spiritual body, and experience joy and pleasure every day.

Moonshot Snacks

Indulge in a snack that’s good for you and the planet. Moonshot Snacks are made from organic wheat grown by regenerative farmers and can be enjoyed with a glass of wine for a romantic night in or as a healthy snack on-the-go.

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Black-Owned Gift Ideas Under $50

Over the years, we have published multiple lists of Black-owned gift ideas ranging from the 2021 holiday season to Father’s day and Juneteenth.

Check out this new list of Black-owned gift ideas for under $50 for the holidays and beyond.

Black-Owned Gift Ideas Under $50

Plant Economy Ceramic “Talk Growth to Me” Planter – $40

This is perfect for the plant lover in your life. Just keep in mind that the plant is not included.

Lelia Mae “Paper Clip Chain” – $47.50

This essential chain is the epitome of minimal luxe. Featuring dainty square Rolo links throughout, that easily compliments any day or nighttime look.

Sassy Jones “Ebony Wooden Bangle Stack” – $47.99

The 4 piece Ebony Wooden bangle stack features a geometric design of matte black and wooden striations.

Black-Owned Gift ideas

Duckie Confetti “Blue Lamb Fur Slippers” – $42

Give someone’s wardrobe a playful twist with these Confetti blue lamb fur slippers with ultra-soft plush footbeds and comfort fit rubber soles.

Bolé Road Pouches – $48

Handmade in Ethiopia., these pouches are perfect for pens, pencils, makeup, or any other small items to organize a bag or purse.

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“Nero Candle Holder” from Souk Bohemian – $44

A unique, artisan-made candle holder is a great conversation piece for any tabletop.

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Black-Owned Jewelry Brands to Add To Your Collection in 2022

As anyone who loves fashion knows, jewelry is the perfect way to add a little personality to any outfit. Whether you prefer dainty or bold statement pieces, there is a jewelry brand that suits your style.

These Black-owned jewelry brands are a great way to add some unique and stylish pieces to your collection. Whether you’re looking for something flashy or understated, there’s a brand with precisely what you need.

So go ahead and add one (or all!) of these fantastic brands to your list, and enjoy the added confidence and beauty that their jewelry provides.

Black-Owned Jewelry Brands

Afro Deco

Handmade pieces by British jewelry designer and visual artist Natasha Lisa. Operating under the name Afro Deco, Natasha channels the stylistic influences of Art Deco and the vibrant patterns of African fabric in her diverse range of afrofuturist-themed Lucite designs.



Yam is a made to order, handmade jewelry brand based in Queens, NY. The brand is dedicated to creating new, yet nostalgic pieces through up-cycled materials and vintage silhouettes. Designs incorporate classic and industrial hardware elements, complimented with cheeky and charming nature motifs and pearl accents.


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Jooel was born out of a desire to curate timeless luxury jewelry pieces for every wardrobe. With a careful blend of trendy and classic pieces, Jooel offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a bling queen or prefer understated lux, Jooel has something for you.


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Leliamae is a New York-based, woman-run jewelry brand that strives to balance integrity and unique style. The artist behind the brand, Lelia, sources quality gold materials that are ethically produced and made to elevate your everyday collection.

HOME by Areeayl

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Each Beads Byaree piece is created with a focus on quality and attention to detail. The results are beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that are sure to make a statement. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or a treat for yourself, Beads Byaree has something for everyone.

Third Crown

The husband-and-wife team behind Third Crown aims to celebrate the merging of two forces coming together to form something new – a powerful pair. They fuse their love of geometric shapes with the details found in their architectural surroundings to create their collection of men’s and women’s jewelry.


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ALMASIKA makes fine jewelry that tells stories across generations and cultures. The sculptural designs are handcrafted using precious metals and shimmering gems. Pieces include the debut ‘Le Cauri Endiamante’ collection – inspired by the rich history and symbolism of cowrie shells – as well as newer styles from the ‘Sagesse’ range, which explores ancient motifs associated with traditional wisdom.

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