On today’s Juneteenth holiday and as protests continue to seek justice for Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and countless others, there’s never been a better time to put the uncontested power of the black dollar to use.
While Sunkist Stalin thinks that “no one heard of Juneteenth” till he “made it famous”, that’s simply untrue and a gross inaccuracy. Across the nation but especially in the South, Juneteenth has been a holiday of reflection and celebration of our ancestors who were informed of their freedom from slavery.
On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, Union troops in Galveston Bay, TX informed the enslaved that they were actually free. An estimated 250,000 Africans rejoiced and celebrated their first taste of freedom. Some say that the slaves “threw their rags into the river” and dressed as freedmen, hence why on the Juneteenth holiday some dress their best to partake in festivities.
Juneteenth is truly a day to celebrate your blackness, as it’s our true Independence Day.
For today’s Juneteenth holiday, BOSSIP’s compiled a list of some of our fave brands to pour our black bucks into.
We previously shared 15 black-owned fashion brands to support and this list is an extension of that. BOSSIP’s “Best In Black Owned” includes makeup, skincare, clothes, alcohol, home goods, accessories, and more.
This list is not comprehensive and is consistently being updated; let us know in the comments other black-owned brands to support!
Let’s share so these businesses can continue to flourish.
Makeup & Skincare:
With a message that “pigment is their passion”, Mented Cosmetics is best known for its true nude lipsticks that compliment brown complexions. The “made for you” collection ranges in colors from “Peach Please” to Dark Night.”
Glow Skin Enhancement—The “Skin God” Charlotte Wilson’s brand promises glowing skin for all skin conditions and skin types.
By now you should know about the super pigmented black girl-friendly products from The Lip Bar. Created by former Wall Street financial analyst Melissa Butler, the brand was initially dissed by “Shark Tank” businessman Kevin O’Leary who told Melissa and her partner that they’d be “crushed like colorful cockroaches.” That’s racist and it’s also clearly untrue.
Since then the brand has blossomed into a booming business that’s stocked at Target. The Lip Bar recently released their summer color, the Dream Chaser lip gloss.
Yup, they’re still black-owned, and yes they’re still the “experts in curls.” Created in a Brooklyn brownstone to honor Miss Jae Mae Branch, Miss Jessie’s has a loyal following for their Curly Pudding, Curly Buttercreme, Curly Meringue and more. The brand’s been going strong since 2004.
Koil Kween Tracee Ellis Ross debuted “her baby” Pattern Beauty in 2018. The line offers products that work specifically well for 3B-4C coils and kinks and features shampoo, condition, leave-in, and serums for “juicy and joyful” tresses.
Tracy’s Nailz-–Gel Polish
The founder of “Tracy’s Nailz” says she was inspired to develop her own gel line after trying a well-know brand and knowing that she could do a better job herself.
“I put all of my knowledge into developing something big, said Tracy. “Countless late nights went into testing samples. There was a lot of frustration. I was really picky. Chemists were sick of me. I was sick of myself. But I had committed to an idea; if I still needed to use other gel brands after developing my line, it meant that my production wasn’t good enough. I needed my brand to be strong enough for the best artists.”
Stay Pressed By RELLA–Press On Nails
Sassy Nails Studio—Press On Nails
Press Me Pretty-–Press On Nails
You’ve Been Jeweled—Press On Nails
Mischo Beauty—Nail Polish
Pear Nova—Nail Polish
Ethereally Touched Nails—Press On Nails
OOO Polish—Nail Polish
OOO Polish has a goal to “diversify beauty in nail care.” Its founder began hand-making her own polish and created unique colors that radiate on every skin tone but especially on underrepresented skin tones. The vegan cruelty-free brand has 80+ handmade African-inspired shades.
Launched in 2015, Midget Giraffe was founded by Nigerian designer Linda with a goal to “boldly use fashion to embrace the cultural diversity of the world by using traditional fabrics in an urban context.” The line features jumpsuits, dresses, two-piece sets, and more.
Phat Girl Bouteeque-–Plus-size boutique by blogger Maui Bigelow
Blessed AF—Tees, Ski Masks
Ashli James Collection –Head Wraps & Face Masks
Shapes Design Company-–HBCU, Black Movie & TV Show Inspired Buttons
Dungeon Forward offers “crowns for the culture” with some that pay homage to iconic blackness like the fictitious McDowell’s from “Coming To America.” Worn by the likes of Von Miller, Jason Derulo, and Dennis Rodman, their HBCU capsule collection has also caught the eyes of black college grads who’ve attended the likes of FAMU, Howard, and Hampton. They also sell face masks.
Created by award-winning Atlanta food blogger Erica Key of “Eating With Erica”, EWE home features luxury food inspired candles. The candles are eco-friendly 100% soy wax, have 100% cotton wicks, and fragrances infused with essential oils. Scents include Mimosa and Mandarin, Pineapple and Cilantro, and White Tea and Berries.
Karibe Company-–Black-owned cookware, the “Cookware Company With The Culture” offers cast iron skillets, sauce pots, and signature recipes.
Founded by Denequa Williams-Clarke who turned her side hustle into a booming business, Lit Brooklyn is a luxury fragrance company specializing in candles. Denequa’s personal favorite is her “HOME” candle that smells fresh and clean. Recently she released a “JUSTICE” candle with 100% of proceeds that went to purchasing gift cards for other Black-owned businesses.
This Georgia based craft beer company is owned by Chris Reeves and William Allen Moore who both share a penchant for high-quality brews and call their brand an “experience.” Heralded as Georgia’s first Black-owned and operated craft beer company, Down Home’s logo features Reeves’ late grandfather Hershel Thompson. During its initial 2017 launch, the logo was met with controversy from people who scoffed at the idea of a black man’s face on a beer can and dubbed it “racist” and a surefire way to kill sales.
Fast forward to 2020 and people are continuing to “go down” with this brew that has three flavors; Georgia Hooch IPA, Down Right Hazy IPA, and T-Pom Pomegranate Wheat Ale, an absolute standout.
Craft beer makers Jay Westbrook and Sam Ross have released their “Harold’s ’83 Honey Ale” via Haymarket Brewing reports The Chicago Sun-Times. The beer is named after a fictional Harold’s Chicken Shack location number and for the year Chicago elected its first Black mayor, Harold Washington.
Have you heard of HAIRBRELLA? If not, let us introduce you. This unique invention from Tracy Pickett, ESQ. is ingenious and a #1 Amazon bestseller. It’s a rain hat that’s waterproof, satin-lined, and has UV protection. No more wearing plastic bags on your head when it’s storming outside!
Canna Haute—Black-owned CBD oil
Monte’s Collectibles—Black books from an adolescent entrepreneur
B. Condoms—The only Black-owned condom brand
B. Condoms’ CEO Jason Panda has a goal of expanding his high-quality, competitively priced contraceptive products to the black community. “B Cool, B Safe, B Yourself, is what the brand stands by.
The condoms are;
Thinner Than Average
Premium Exclusive Lube
SnacJunki Vegan–Vegan Cookies
Simply Pure–Black-owned CBD brand
Couricreates—Black owned motion graphics
Honeypot, the black-owned feminine care brand, was the subject of controversy after a select group of whiny women were offended by the brand’s founder stating that she hopes her company does well “so the next Black girl that comes up with a great idea could have a better opportunity.” [Insert racism claims here]
Luckily Honeypot’s sales have actually increased, and their products are continuing to be lauded by women who love their plant-based feminine hygiene products.
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