Black Owned Brands 2020

For Us, Now BUY Us: BOSSIP’s Best in Black-Owned 2020

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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.

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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:

Mented Cosmetics

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.”

Lena Lashes 

Pat McGrath Labs

Pnkdigger

The Glamatory

Black Opal

I Am Organic

Glow Skin Enhancement—The “Skin God” Charlotte Wilson’s brand promises glowing skin for all skin conditions and skin types.

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Cream Blends

Kubra Kay Skincare

SDOT Beauty

Juvia’s Place

Uoma Beauty

The Baddie Supply—Lash Tech Tools
The Crayon Case

Vera Moore Cosmetics

IMAN Cosmetics

JD Glow

Coloured Raine

The Lip Bar

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.

Haircare:

Miss Jessie’s

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.

The DOUX

Camille Rose Naturals

Nancy’s Kitchen Products

Karen’s Body Beautiful

Oyin Handmade

Mielle Organics

EDEN Bodyworks

Alikay Naturals

Jane Carter Solutions

Design Essentials

“Brush with the Best”

Pattern Beauty

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.

Nails

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

Pressologie—Press On Nails
Leluxx Beauty—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.

Clothing:

Midget Giraffe
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.

L’AVIYE

Ofuure 

MATTE Brande

Babes And Felines

Sorella

Fe Noel

Pyer Moss

Suakoko Betty

Melange Mode

Phat Girl Bouteeque-–Plus-size boutique by blogger Maui Bigelow

Wear Brims

Amp Wata 

Kay Dupree
Dopeaholics

So Atlanta Scene

Simply Ma’am

Curl Mob

Ephemeral Eternal

Nubian Skin Hosiery & Lingerie

Fruition Hat Co.

Blessed AF—Tees, Ski Masks

Ashli James Collection –Head Wraps & Face Masks

Support Black Colleges

Shapes Design Company-–HBCU, Black Movie & TV Show Inspired Buttons

No Reputation—Hoodies

Misses Brie–Swimsuits

Curvy Fox–Swimsuits

BFyne—Swimsuits

The Natural Swim–Swimsuits

The Lavish Brand—Lingerie 

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.

Home Goods 

EWE Candles

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.

Harlem Candle Company

Nine Candles Galore

Jungalow

The Zen Succulent 

Lit Brooklyn

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.

Alcohol

Down Home Brewing

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.

Brown Estate Wines

Khonso Brewing

La Fête Rosé

McBride Sisters Wine

Uncle Nearest

“Harold’s ’83 Honey Ale” via Haymarket Brewing 

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.

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Other:

HAIRBRELLA 

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!

Bohten—Black-owned eyeglasses

Canna Haute—Black-owned CBD oil

Glow By Daye— Bonnets 

For Keeps Bookstore

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books

Medu Bookstore

Monte’s Collectibles—Black books from an adolescent entrepreneur

Community Book Center New Orleans

 

B. Condoms—The only Black-owned condom brand

B Condom

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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;

Odorless
Tasteless
Vegan Friendly
All Natural
Paraben-Free
Thinner Than Average
Premium Exclusive Lube

B Condom

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SnacJunki Vegan–Vegan Cookies

PeaceImages Jewelry

Grillz By Scotty

Savoir Fare Fragrance

Simply Pure–Black-owned CBD brand

Couricreates—Black owned motion graphics

That Brown Girl—Hummus & catering
Honeypot

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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