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Black Owned Essentials for August 2023

Welcome to the August installment of our highly anticipated series, “Black Owned Essentials”. Once again, we are delighted to present a curated selection of extraordinary Black-owned brands that encompass a diverse array of industries, from home goods to fashion and personal care.

Stay tuned for the exciting lineup we have in store for the coming months as we continue our mission to elevate and celebrate the exceptional contributions of Black-owned businesses.

Black Owned Essentials for August 2023

Bermuda Born 

Bermuda Born is a luxury leather handbag, accessory, and gift brand that was founded in Bermuda in 2013 by designer Patrice Morgan. The brand’s designs are inspired by Bermuda’s culture and vibrant landscapes, and they can be found in select retail boutiques in Bermuda and online.

TMPL is a skincare brand that was created specifically for men of color. Their products are made with natural ingredients and are free from sulfates, parabens, and animal testing. TMPL offers a variety of products, including cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and face masks.


Black Owned Essentials for August

LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls are a reusable, energy-saving alternative to dryer sheets. They are made with 100% domestic wool, which is naturally hypoallergenic and non-toxic. LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls help to reduce static cling, prevent wrinkles, and dry clothes more quickly.

STZY Footwear

Black Owned Essentials for August

STZY [Strength Through Zeal & Youth] is a footwear brand that was founded in 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. They specialize in socks, and their products are designed to be comfortable, stylish, and affordable. STZY’s mission is to positively impact the lives of student athletes in need all over the world one step at a time.

OUI The People

Oui The People is a beauty brand that was founded in 2016 by Karen Young. The brand is known for its vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic products. Oui The People’s products are designed to be effective, yet gentle on the skin.


Black Owned Essentials for August

FAVR is a skincare brand founded by actor and singer, Rotimi. The brand is known for its use of Dead Sea minerals and other natural ingredients. FAVR’s products are designed to be effective, yet gentle on the skin.


Diarrablu is a conscious contemporary lifestyle brand founded by Diarra Bousso in 2016. The brand is known for its luxurious, yet sustainable clothing and accessories. Diarrablu’s designs are inspired by Bousso’s Senegalese heritage and her travels around the world.

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New Year, New Brands: Black-Owned Brands To Start Your 2023 Right

Black-Owned Brands To Start Your 2023 Right

The Glamatory

Black-Owned Brands To Start Your 2023 Right

The Glamatory is a vegan makeup line founded by Mimi J – well-known for her work as a professional makeup artist and beauty influencer.

Her mission is to provide products that enhance a woman’s natural beauty and confidence, no matter her skin color, making The Glammatory the perfect Black-owned brand to shop from if loving yourself more is one of your #2023goals.

 Frances Grey

Frances Grey was founded by Debbie Lorenzo, a Jamaican-American born and raised in Queens, New York. Her great-grandmother, Frances Grey, was a seamstress whose history and dedication inspired Debbie’s pursuit of millinery and the creation of her own custom, luxury hat brand.

If you want to upgrade your wardrobe with aesthetic, sophisticated pieces, then shop Frances Grey. 

Silver & Riley

Black-Owned Brands To Start Your 2023 Right

Silver & Riley is a women-led luxury bag brand created by Lola Banjo. She takes pride in producing high-quality travel and fashion accessories in the same factories, with the same premium materials, as other high-fashion labels, and sells them at a fraction of the cost.

Shop smart, shop Black, and elevate your travel this year when you utilize Silver & Riley products.


In 2020, Dr. Juliette Nelson created Nurilens, an environmentally friendly eyewear brand. The company specializes in hand-crafted wood frames with polarized, high-index lenses that include blue light and UV protection. Nurilens empowers you to protect your eyes and the environment, all while looking chic.

Best Life Organics

Shadora Martin created Best Life Organics along her personal journey into elevated self-love. She started making natural, non-toxic, cruelty-free body-care products in her own home and continues to handcraft each of the products she shares with the world today. Best Life Organics allows you to support a small, Black-owned business and support yourself at the same time. 

Mercia Moore 

Black-Owned Brands To Start Your 2023 Right

Art and culture collide at the Mercia Moore artisan studio. Merica, the founder, and creator behind the brand shares her studio creations through the shop and lends her skill via her active social media. Find African-inspired jewelry and homeware, and take up a new artistic hobby with your own Mercia Moore silicone molds.

Dressed in Joy

Black-Owned Brands To Start Your 2023 Right

Be bold, and step out in statement-making style this year when you wear Dressed in Joy apparel. The founder, Mikaela Pabon, wanted to create an apparel brand that makes customers feel like they’re adorned in the personification of joy. The brand focuses on athleisure, inspiring comfortable confidence.

Instead of “new year, new you”, these Black-owned brands aim to elevate the unique qualities you already have.

With this list, we empower you to adorn yourself with culture, history, and joy and carry yourself with confidence and excellence everywhere you 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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Fathers Day’s Gift Ideas That Support Black Entrepreneurs

Sunday, June 20th is Father’s Day. To help you celebrate that special father or father figure, we’ve compiled a list of some cool gifts from some excellent Black owned businesses.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Torpedopot™  is a containerized self-growing gardening system with a built-in fully automated pressurized plumbing system that waters the plants, flowers or food that Dad planted.

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Husband and wife duo-owned Redstone Firearms is a firearms store in Burbank, California that sells firearms accessories, ammunition, and tactical gear. They also provide firearm educational resources nationwide. Get Dad a gift card to start his online classes!

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On Point Arms is a well-known firearms sales shop in northern Colorado. They offer a wide selection of outdoor and camping equipment. Enjoy a discount by using code FATHER1 at checkout.

Tres Lindas Cigars is a brand curated by two Afro-Cuban twin sisters. The company has three blends, each representing the skin tones of Black women. Their Father’s Day Black Tie Sampler is suited, booted & ready for gifting. Free shipping on all orders!

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Benson Watch was founded on the principle that “Time Should Be Spent Doing What You Love”. Get 50% off with code SHOPPE.

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SWAV Eyewear offers handcrafted eyewear created to inspire you. The quotes on the inside of the temples will remind you to Never Give up on your Vision.

Black owned Fathers Day

Nubian Hueman is a social impact brand that specializes in sourcing and curating unique goods, fashion, and art by creatives representing the global Diaspora. Get Dad tickets to BLACK DADS DESERVE: An uninterrupted evening of joy in the company of Black Fathers, Brothers, Fathers-To-Be, and Father Figures.

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AfriSocks is a Ghanaian brand putting a modern twist on traditional Kente and Ankara designs. They offer designer socks, ties, and facemasks. Afrisocks ties and masks are locally made in Accra, Ghana. Get free express shipping for orders over $60

Black owned Fathers Day

Some fly headwear from WearBrims will help Dad improve his wardrobe instantly. Everything from a button-down, to a simple T-shirt, will look that much better. 25% OFF everything on the website.

Help Dad enhance his home bar’s atmosphere with a hand-blown glass decanter and glass set from Estelle Colored Glass

Soap Distillery creates soaps inspired by cocktails, beer, wine, and spirits. Everything is made from small batches, and is made from scratch. While the products are inspired by liquor based creations, they will NOT make you smell like you’ve been drinking 🙂

Barn Owl offers a nine piece stainless steel garden tool set that will make gardenining a wonderful experience. Use code Barnowl15 for 15% off 

The Undefeated is a love letter to Black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. This purchase will also support Black owned Harriets Bookshop.

This glass Loose Leaf Tea Tumbler with Infuser and Bamboo Lid from Brooklyn Tea is a revolutionary solution to combining brewing, filtering, and enjoying tea all at once.

MadeBeyoutiful offers a great way to tell Dad he’s your hero. Get him a superhero mug perfect for coffee, tea, hot chocolate or any other beverage he wants.

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Juneteenth Gift Ideas That Support Black Entrepreneurs

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

It is also a time for rejoicing and for planning the future. Rejoicing involves sending a thoughtful gift to spread some Juneteenth joy. Planning for the future involves empowering Black entrepreneurs to create generational wealth in our community.

That being said, we’re extremely excited to present our first Juneteenth Gift Guide.

Juneteenth Gift Guide 2021

Sewit Sium makes statement jewelry, imbued with African living history, culture, spirit & indigenous technologies.


BLK MKT Vintage is a Brooklyn, NY-based antique/vintage concept shop, specializing in collectibles, cast-off’s and curiosities, which represent the richness of Black history and lived experience.

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Nappy Head Apparel is a lifestyle brand that believes there is power in the messages that we put on our bodies. We’re Always Black, and Never Sorry: we use fashion as a way to tell ourselves, and the world, that our Blackness deserves to be celebrated loud and unapologetically. CODE JUNETEENTH2021 for 20% off your order. 

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Humanize My Hoodie creates sweatshirts that make a powerful statements that debunk racist myths, invites conversations, and empowers marginalized communities to be seen, heard, and valued.

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Mud2Millions is a beginner’s cheat code guide, by early millionaire Ayesha Selden, on how to build wealth through ownership.

This New York Times bestselling book by America’s fave financial education, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, is the perfect companion for your financial journey. If you’re ready to master your money holistically, Get Good with Money is the 10-step plan that you need.

Sistah Scifi is the first Black owned bookstore focused on Science Fiction and Fantasy casting spells to uplift literature written by Black and Native American women.

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Everybody Eats is a colorfully simple board book, and an introduction to hip hop’s culinary lyrics. From Notorious BIG to Cardi B, parents and caregivers will enjoy rapping some of their favorite lyrics to their little ones.

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Neter Gold is an all natural body care brand that only wants the best for you and your family. We just want you to feel better about yourself so you can change the world in your own way; you’re enough, you’ve always been enough. We’re just here to help you see it. Use Code: ShoppeBlack for 20% off One-Time Purchase & 35% off Subscription purchase

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Green Heffa Farms  grows medicinal plants that we use in our custom-blended teas. Our new blackiTEA blend is in honor of the contributions Black farmers have made to agriculture. Use code JUNETEENTH for 15% off any purchases of $25 or more.

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Herban Farms specializing in growing small batch herbs and hot peppers used in a variety of culinary expressions. Offer: 21% off any food products from now until June 20th. Code: BLACKCODE21


Herb’N Eden is on a mission to create holistic bath and body products that help maintain skin health. Our products are made with botanical ingredients that are known to do just that!

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Bright Black is a Durham-based company that uses scent as an artistic medium and candles as a platform to share positive narratives about Blackness. Offer: 10% off all orders with code: SHOPPEBLACK.

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Posh Candle Co. is a Los Angeles based home fragrance brand with products that inspire you to stay lit with their catchy phrases and unique scents. They offer a fresh take on pampering and self-care for a vibe you can’t find anywhere else. Take 15% off your order until June 30th with the code: SHOPPE15  

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Ronald Sippio Jr is known as The EDC Guy, and is the author of Erica’s Big Day, a book about unattended firearms and firearm safety for children. He is also the owner and head instructor of The EDC Guy Academy, firearms training for the everyday simple individuals based in South Florida.

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Wardrobe Architect specializes in stylish and versatile yet discreet EDC belts that can hold the weight of a full size handgun. Our belts provide a precise fit for a fast and secure draw 24/7. Offer: 25% off EDC belts promo code is: 061921
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kweliTV  is a streaming platform that celebrates global Black stories through 500+ curated films and shows that amplify the Black experience in the US, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Australia. kweliTV is $5.99 per month. The first 7 days are free!

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Black Owned Gift Wrapping Companies You Should Know

Gift-giving is a cherished tradition that transcends mere transactions; it’s a heartfelt expression of love, appreciation, and thoughtfulness. And what better way to enhance this meaningful gesture than with exquisite and personalized gift wrapping?

We’ve curated a collection of exceptional Black Owned Gift Wrapping Companies that are sure to elevate your presents, whether for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or any occasion that calls for a touch of elegance.

Black Owned Gift Wrapping Companies

Midnight Reflections

Venus Island

Black Paper Party

Greentop Gifts

Black Wrapped

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Culture Greetings

Mask On

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Welcome to our SHOPPE BLACK Gift Guide for 2020. This time of year, many of us will be shifting focus from the uncertainty and stress of the pandemic to celebrating the holidays and the promise of our return to a better tomorrow.

If you’re interested in spreading some joy with a gift from a Black owned business, we’ve got some ideas for you.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020


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Philadelphia Printworks is a conscious clothing company that creates T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other apparel with designs inspired by social issues.

Offer – Use code “SHOPPEBLACK” to save 15% until December 31st, 2020 at 11:50 pm EST.

Trubaker empowers communities of color by providing fashion apparel that promotes concepts about Africa and the rich cultures within the continent.

Impano Sports provides African inspired quality sports apparel designed specifically for athletes, runners, and the active lifestyle community.

Solely Fit intends to capture the beautiful narrative of a woman’s body and the core of who she is while empowering her to be all that she is inherently destined to be.

Offer -Use Code “Strong20”  for 20% off and get $50 off your $150 dollar purchase with Code “strong50”

BAOBAB – “As Seen on Shark tank”. The perfect polo.  Made using our custom premium BaoTECH™: Incredibly soft, Blocks stains, neutralizes odors, prevents collars curl, resist fading and shrinking.

Offer- Use Code: TREEOFLIFE to save 15% and free shipping on all orders of $150 



Beyond Interior aims to provide a full range of unique interior pieces like no other. Their candles, Bré, Tolani, and Gina, are the perfect addition to your home this season to level up your space and create a home within a home.

Tackussanu Senegal offers beautiful decorative storage baskets for the home. Woven with stunning colors & unique patterns, also with genuine leather trim. They work with a small group of Artisans ethically sourced items with natural eco-friendly materials.

Offer – Use code “Tackussanu” for 10%off

Reflektion Design is an Afro modern lifestyle brand for people who love culturally driven decor and accessories that reflect who they are. They work with artisans in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda to produce an assortment of handmade decor, jewelry, clothing, and more.

Offer – 15% off discount code: SBHOLIDAY


54Kibo offers unique and exclusive selections of contemporary African design and home accessories that are inspiring the global design landscape.

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Blondery is a direct-to-consumer virtual bakery that offers 4 core flavors and seasonal flavors that solve the question of what to give when you want a unique and delicious gift for yourself or others.

Powerbites! – Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and made with organic ingredients, PowerBites! offers nutrition and great taste, making them ‘a delicious decision’ to have on the run, in the office, between meals, and to share!

Offer – Use Code HAPPYHOLIDAYS10 for a 10% discount

Chocolate Therapy is a chocolate shop, dedicated to providing you with remarkable, locally produced chocolates, as well as their unique handmade collection. 


Steep & Sip Teas is an organic tea company that promotes health and wellness without compromising taste. They are offering a holiday bundle this year featuring three teas, Apple Spice, Berry Bliss, and Maple Chai, available through Jan. 15th. 

Tea Please is a dessert flavored loose leaf tea company that is designed to satisfy your sweet cravings without intaking any additional sugar! So therefore you can indulge without the guilt!

Offer –  Free Mug on Orders Over $75 with code: BlackFriday


Bea’s Wellness Teas offers a variety of organic herbal blends with your health in mind.

Offer – 20% off through 12/25 using code SHOPPEBLACK


People of Color is a non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free nail polish brand made to complement the various shades of brown skin as the first thought, not an afterthought.

Offer – 15% off with code: SHOPPE15

Bossy Cosmetics is an affordable luxe beauty brand that ignites confidence in ambitious women through high-quality, beautifully packaged cruelty-free cosmetics.

Offer – Use code SHOPPEBLACK for 15% off



Best Life Organics is a conscious beauty and wellness brand featuring natural skincare essentials and bath + body goods for your daily self-care.

Offer – Free Shipping On All Orders over $50…Free Shea + Avocado Lip Balm with all orders over $75


Neter Gold is an all natural body care brand that focuses on uplifting your spirits. Neter Gold also has a plethora of hair care accessories designed to help detangle and revitalize your natural hair like never before.

Offer – 30% off all November long with code: ASHVEMBER 


IYOBA is an environmentally conscious clean beauty company that offers handmade all-natural products for body and home.

Offer – 10% off  Discount code – ShoppeBlack 



Benson was founded on the principle that “Time Should Be Spent Doing What You Love.” They are committed to developing beautiful creations to inspire anyone who comes in contact with the brand to pursue their passions!

Offer – Use code ‘BLACK’ to get 30% off any item on the website. 


SPGBK watches aim to challenge the norm, by developing purposeful watches that are more affordable, more sustainable, and more ethnically inspired.


ASO ROCK ™ is a luxury affordable lifestyle watch brand inspired by Africa. They believe in making premium timepieces available to everyone at fair prices. They value access over aspiration and expression over status.

Offer – Use code Shoppe20 to get 20% OFF 


Raquel Denise Handbag Boutique specializes in affordable, one-of-kind handbags, purses, clutches, tote bags and more. They aspire to inspire everyone to live authentically in their purpose while carrying a bag that speaks volumes while “Securing the Bag”.

Offer – 15% off your first purchase with code: RDTY15 (Discount ongoing) 35% off  Wednesday – Friday (11/25 – 11/27), with code: SHOPPE35

ASHYA is a contemporary design label focused on belt bags and travel-friendly accessories for the modern day explorer.
Whitney Manney translates the aesthetics of street art and the effects of cultural movements on the current urban landscape into ready-to-wear wearable art and textile design.
Offer – Black Friday 11/27: 25% off your purchase of $75 or more …. Small Biz Saturday 11/28: Gift with Purchase over $60- Laser Cut Ornament 
Status Co. is committed to providing high quality, handcrafted leather products that are ethically made, durable, and earth-friendly.  Their curated collection of full-grain leather bags and accessories compliment every lifestyle.
The Looke started in late 2016 as a hat brand of 6 hats and has now grown into more than 30 different colors and styles. TheRichAuntie was born as a reminder to be RICH in all aspects of life.
Offer – Black Friday Discount Code: BONBF for 5o% off the entire site tarting 11/28 12:00am – 11:59pm 

Sewit Sium is a designer of historically and culturally inspired African jewelry; each piece is a modern heirloom imbued with story, statement and sentiment.

Lorraine West Jewelry is an independent, contemporary, designer jewelry brand that evokes elegance and power through every design.

Lingua Nigra jewelry is meant to evoke a timeless feeling that can be worn everyday, because this form of art should be shared by wearing.


SWAV Eyewear is an inspirational eyewear brand that sells stylish sunglasses & frames to inspire you to never give up on the vision you have for your life.

Offer – Receive a free matching crewneck with your purchase of any pair of frames. 

Vontélle offers handcrafted glasses designed to pay homage to our African ancestry with traditional colors and patterns that channel our African, Caribbean, and Latino heritage. Vontélle also offers prescriptions for single vision, progressives, and readers!

Offer – Use Code “WOW10” for 10% off until November 29th…Use Code “CYBER20” for a 20% Discount for Cyber Monday – Through Xmas



Entrepreneurs Color Too is a coloring book company promoting self care and stress relief while providing positive representation for women of all ages.

Offer – Purchase the “Inspirational Colored Pencils” and get the digital downloadable copy of the 6 page Self Care Coloring book for free through December.

Culture Greetings will print, stamp, and mail greeting cards directly to your recipients. They also offer same-day greeting card pickup in partnership with Walgreens!

Offer – Use code “culture10” for 10% off. 


My Filibo – Inspired by the African and Caribbean heritage, My Filibo provides apparel, stationery, lapel pins, and other products designed with deep-rooted meaning.

Offer – 10% off with code SHOPPEBLACK, expires Dec 31, 2020.


We Are Maud is a whimsical shopping experience complete with a range of gifts that will bring the unexpected to any special occasion.


Nia Ballerina offers two amazing music boxes and designs, which will make the perfect keepsake gift for any little ballerina. In addition to this, they have a Black ballerina doll complete with a pink ballet outfit and shoes, and pink rucksack.


Puzzle Huddle offers jigsaw puzzles for children featuring aspirational and affirming images. The puzzles are designed for conversation, learning, and having a delightful interaction with the children in your life.

Offer – 20% off everything during the holiday shopping season

Cozy N Cute Kids Boutique provides cute and comfortable everyday clothing for children sizes newborn- 7T.

Offer – Buy 2 Items, Get a 3rd Item Free!


Chez Bébé is a premium collection of children’s bedding designed for kids, by kids.

Offer – A free gift (inspirational print)with purchase. Also, free shipping over $50 and up to 40% off sale

HBCU Pride & Joy Children’s Boutique is your go-to for high-quality, adorable HBCU apparel and accessories for babies and kids.

Offer – BLKXMAS 10% off orders (not valid with other discounts). Valid until 12/31/2020


Teni and Tayo Creations makes toys, books, and workshops for kids to inspire the next generation of innovators, creative thinkers, and problem solvers. Plus, each product is infused with a pinch of African culture making for an extra special experience!

Offer – Get 10% off when you use code SHOPPEBLACK at checkout. Expires Dec 15


Sir Dogwood is an inclusive community for swank pups and their sartorially-minded owners. They feature a highly curated selection of quality dog wear and accessories from the freshest and most innovative designers in the US and abroad.

Offer – Use code SHOPPEBLACK for free US domestic shipping (valid through 12.31.21)


Ava’s Pet Palace is a company based in greater Chicago that focuses on organic, non-GMO pet treats for dogs and cats. Ava’s Pet Palace was started by Ava Dorsey, a 13-year-old kidpreneur, at just 8 years old.


Tres Lindas Cigars is the only Afro-Cuban, woman owned cigar brand in the U.S. Blended with the finest Cuban-seed tobacco. Cultivated and aged to perfection.


Emperors Cut Cigars was conceived as a lifestyle cigar for men and women to enjoy during their leisure time with friends and family.



“Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity” presents and celebrates individual dandy personalities, designers, and tailors, movements, and events that define contemporary dandyism.


Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful – In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used photography to popularize the political slogan “Black Is Beautiful.” This exhibition tells the story of a key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.



Brilliant or BS? is a hilarious 4-6 player bluffing trivia party game to play with friends and family. Be brilliant and know the answers or BS your way to victory!



Savoir Faire balances sexy yet soft confidence and swaggering sensuality. The fragrance celebrates the unique individual ability that you have which allows you to thrive in various social circles regardless of skin color, religion, education, or crypto portfolio.


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Father’s Day Gift Ideas From Black Owned Businesses in 2020

Father’s Day is the day we celebrate and honor fathers, fatherhood, paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society.

If you’re looking for a special gift for a special guy, here are some great Father’s Day gift options from some Black owned businesses!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas


Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style highlights the stories and images of Black dandies around the world who are redefining what it means to be Black, masculine, and fashionable.

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Black: A Celebration of a Culture: With over 500 photographs from every time period from the birth of photography to the birth of hip hop, this book is a truly joyous exhibition of Black culture.


Talley & Twine offers a luxury brand at an affordable price.  Use CODE “DAD” for 10% off

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SPGBK  is the world’s most creative and culturally-inspired watch company. Use CODE “SPGBK15OFF” for 15% off your purchase.

Benson Watches was founded on the principle that time should be spent doing what you love. Use CODE “HISANDHERS” to get a free bracelet with a watch. (Must add both to cart).

Aso Rock Watches offers affordable lifestyle watches inspired by Africa, designed in Nigeria, made in Japan.  Use CODE “HFD25” for 25% off your purchase.


Solo Noir  is a creative and distinct blend of products that offer cutting-edge technologies that unify organic and all-natural ingredients. Get 20% off everything on their site between June 14th – 20th.

Neter Gold offers a variety of natural body care products ranging from toothpaste to hair & body oils. Use CODE “daddylove” for 20% off of all orders.

365 Body Love  is a family brand that creates all-natural skincare products for you to “Try•Love•Repeat” 365 days of the year. Get 10% off using CODE “FATHERSDAY10”

Nature Boy specializes in all-natural products crafted to nourish, soften, and assist in the grooming of men’s facial hair.

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Leather Goods

Made Leather Co. offers classic handmade leather bags and accessories for business and travel use. Get 20% off with CODE “shoppeblack”. 

ZAAF  is a collection of luxury handbags and accessories handcrafted in Ethiopia. Get 15% off with CODE “FD15”


Fashion Accessories

Rook and King offers luxury handcrafted lapel pins that are truly unique.

SONSON offers handmade bowties in a variety of styles and textures. Use CODE “SBDAD” for 10% off the Bow Tie Collections. 

WearBrims is a fedora brand that inspires confidence for the everyday lifestyle. Use CODE “BRIMSFATHERSDAY” for 10% off.

KoshieO brings new life to everyday wear by combining Ethnic inspired prints with contemporary designs.

Bohten produces beautiful prescription + sunglass frames using recycled materials sourced from West Africa. Use CODE “FD25”  for 25% off + free shipping at check out.

Backtrack SD is a premium vintage retailer that offers a completely unique shopping experience.  Get 20% off with CODE “DADSDAY”.


Tres Lindas Cubanas is Miami’s first Afro-Cuban, woman-owned cigar company. They have a cigar for every occasion. Check out their special Tuxedo Father’s Day Sampler!

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Emperors Cut Cigars are made for the seasoned cigar devotee on the chase for an exceptional smoke or the newcomer with a creating sense of taste. Use CODE “SBEC10” for 10% off.



Savoir Faire is a complex olfactory statement for those of many layers. It is a character far beyond common sense and offers a feeling far beyond most common scents.

Chris Collins is for the sophisticated consumer who travels the world and appreciates the finer, more exclusive things and experiences in life. Get a free Discovery Set with any full 50ml bottle purchase.

Father’s Day Cards

Culture Greetings offers custom made cards. You pick a card and add a personal note. They print, stamp, and mail the cards to your recipient! Use CODE “LoveDad2020” for 10% off of Father’s Day cards.

Fun & Games

Brilliant or BS is a 4-6 player party game for know-it-alls and big fat liars!  Use CODE “SB15” for 15% off for the entire month of June.

Very Puzzled is a 100 pieces puzzle of Africa that has been designed to provide a fun and educational way for Dad to have quality time with the family.

Fun Weird Science Kit will provide Dad with an awesome opportunity to engage with the kids and support their scholar’s mastery of STEM skills. Use CODE Father for a %10 discount on their online course.


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Gift Ideas for Bae on Valentine’s Day

Before you hit up the usual suspects for your Valentine’s day gifts, check out these Black owned businesses that offer “romantical” products and services.


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P is for Pussy is a raunchy alphabet picture book of double entendres. The creation of artist and curator, Elissa Blount-Moorhead and illustrator Meltem Sahin, it’s a hilarious tongue-in-cheek illustrations that are fun for parents…and for unsuspecting kids.

In The Spirit of Intimacy, Sobonfu Somé shares ancient ways to make our intimate lives more fulfilling and secure. Need we say more?

All About Love is a Bell Hooks classic. She examines her own search for emotional connection and society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love.


Jewelry & Watches

Lorraine West is a trained Illustrator turned Jewelry Designer and Jeweler. Her mission is to empower and make her clients look and feel extraordinary. Her nipple bangles above are sought after. We know firsthand how dope her work is.

Sheryl Jones started out working for a diamond manufacturer in New York City. Now she is currently the only woman of color operating her own jewelry business in NYC’s ‘Diamond District.’

Banneker Watches was founded by Derrick Holmes. This brand was created to “Pay homage to Benjamin Banneker by Integrating luxury woods into every watch and clock design.” History and fashion. Great combo.


Moijéy is the creation of Daniel Moijueh, a Sierra Leone native and Iraq war veteran. His company adhere’s to a strict zero-tolerance policy for conflict diamonds.

Randy D. Williams named Talley & Twine Watches after a neighborhood in Virginia that had a dark past but now revitalized, has a great future. “Talley & Twine represents that future.”

Pleasure Products


Nenna Joiner, owner of Feelmore Adult Gallery, is a sex educator and adult film director. Her business is “more than just traditional adult sex store, its a place that allows you to love on yourself not just with products but with an awareness of your needs.” Feelmore is located in Oakland, CA.

Nerissa Irving created NatuRotica Wellness to promote women empowerment and educate the community on healthier alternatives as well as sexual liberation. Her website offers products and unique insights related to this topic.

V for Vadge is the brain child of Kimi LeVadge. She created this web platform in order to educate men and women of all ages on sex, sexual health and sexuality. Her website also offers products and product reviews.





Bijte was founded by Diana St. Louis for the busty girl. She designs halters, flouncy babydolls, plunging neckline camisoles and more. “All designed to fit a full bust and a generous bottom.”


Candles and Smell Goods



A Proud Mother Candle Co. is a Detroit, MI based business owned by Bernetta Waller. Their products are hand poured with 100% soy wax. Their factory is located in an impoverished neighborhood and provides jobs as well as entrepreneurship mentoring.

Spa Creations by Christal is an artisan candle and soap company located in Medina, TN. As a retired Cosmetologist of over 21 years, Christal truly has a passion for creating beautiful things. “Our goal is to provide high quality products with respect for our environment and a healthy lifestyle.”

Mallang Candles is based in Hammond, IN and is founded by Katrina and David Jasper. In 2003, Katrina received a gel candle as a gift from her Mother. She was so impressed by it that she told David that she had found a new hobby. “My husband suggested I that I buy the material and make a couple. Those first few candles ended up being beautiful Mother’s Day gifts for my mother and mother-in-law that year. Those gifts were so well received, from that point a business was born.”

Wax Candle Co. was created by Howard University grad, Jennifer Bryant. This is a Washington, DC based boutique candle company that pairs all-natural soy candles with DJ curated mixtapes to create a unique aromatherapy listening experience.


No.9 Candle Co. is the passion project of best friends and business partners, Yasmine Parrish and Alicia “ChaCha” Rodrigo. All No.9 soy blend candles are custom made and hand poured with love in sunny Los Angeles, CA.

Nikki Makes Scents candles are all hand-crafted along with most of their Bath & Body products. They offer over 600 candle scents to choose from. They are described as a “small American company has the big candle factory feel.” Nikki started this business in 1998 in her native New York.

Houston-native, Shanquita Greggs started Simply Scents Candle Co. by making her candles in her grandmother’s kitchen and selling them out of the trunk of her car. Simply Scents Candle Company has several different products that consist of triple scented candles, room fragrant sprays, electric burners, bath and body products, accessories, and more. 


February 5, 2015 - Philip Ashley Rix creates designer chocolate candy made in a wide variety of shapes, colors and flavors with names such as Lotus Flower Bomb, What's Up Doc, Naughty Red Dress, and Bleuboi. (Brandon Dill/Special to The Commercial Appeal)

Phillip Ashley Chocolates is located in the Historic Cooper Young District in the heart of Memphis, TN. Founder, Chef Phillip Ashley Rix left a corporate job to become an entrepreneur and owner of one of the most popular chocolate brands in the country. His one of a kind combinations will have you scratching your head and reaching for more.

CamiCakes is named after Camille, daughter of founder, Andra Hall. Andra was inspired to bake at a young age by her grandmother and her Easy Bake Oven. “CamiCakes specializes in yummy gourmet cupcakes to enjoy daily or for birthdays, weddings, showers, and many other special celebrations.” They have several locations in Florida as well as Georgia. You can also order online for pick up or delivery.

Vivere Chocolates was created by Robert Bowden. Robert works with seasoned chocolatiers to produce handcrafted fine chocolates for luxury gifts and catered events. Their chocolates are made using a premium blend of all natural 70% chocolate and fresh cream ganaches made from cacao beans form Africa, Central America and South America.


Kristina Maury created LuxeLollies to prove that candy can be as elegant and beautiful as it is delicious. Bored with the traditional candy flavors, she decided to create a line of gourmet hard candies in more sophisticated flavors like Pear Rosemary Champagne Spritzer (best-seller), Lavender Vanilla Mint and Pistachio Rose Cardamom. 

Chicago native Maya-Camille Broussard (and Shantrelle’s linesister 38-A-00) picked up the art of baking from her late father, criminal justice attorney Stephen J. Broussard. Inspired by his love of both justice and sweets, she launched Justice of the Pies. Her pies, made from scratch are absolutely delicious.(First hand knowledge)


Bed and Breakfast


Akwaaba Inns is the upscale lodging collection owned by husband and wife team Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood. This couple owns a mini bed-and-breakfast empire! 

Don and the late Rose Hubbard built The Hubbard Mansion over 15 years ago. The mansion is an elegant Greek revival home located in New Orleans.

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New York-based illustrator, Instagrandmaw is the creator of some of the most hilarious and creative cards in the “creative card” game. Her hip hop/ pop culture inspired cards will definitely help you convey your message and give “bae” a good chuckle.

Ally Elle Cards is comprised of “A creative duo made up of two girls who cuss like sailors and create awesomeness in their individual fields.” Owner, Elle Lewis says “Ally Elle Cards started when yet another holiday passed and I felt I didn’t have the right card.” These works of art will have you clutching your pearls, LYAO, and applauding the ingenuity and wit behind them.

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Otis Richardson formed LavenderPop to offer a range of cards to celebrate relationships, friendships, love and pride. “Lavenderpop is inspired by pop culture, Black aesthetic, critical thinkers, revolutionaries, and a celebration of diversity.” Otis studied painting and illustration and obtained a Masters of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University.



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Tres Lindas Cubanas is named after a Cuban song and celebrates the beauty of the Cuban woman. Founded by two Afro-Cuban, twin sisters, and two African-American cigar enthusiasts.

Started purely as a passion project by Founder and President Sean Williams, El Primer Mundo (EPM) Cigars has become one of the premium cigar market’s classic small-batch boutique brands. 


Don Abram Harris Cigars are the creation of Abram Harris. The brands corporate office in Lexington Park, MD and its plantation and manufacturing crew are all located in Puerto Rico.




Mouton Noir Wines, founded by iconoclastic sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, which incorporate his trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture. 

Theopolis Vineyards is a small lot vineyard and hand-crafted winery located in California’s prestigious Yorkville Highlands of the Anderson Valley. 


Charles Wine Company is based in Inglewood, CS. The founding members are Cherise, Paul, and De’Ondre Charles. Before starting the company, Charles and his wife Cherise did their research driving back from Florida to California and stopping at wineries across the country.

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