There are many ways to support the fight against racial injustice and police brutality. Whether you choose to protest, donate to organizations, or educate yourself and others, support can show up in many different forms. Another way to directly and continuously support the Black community is by shopping from Black-owned businesses regularly.
“It’s so important to support black-owned businesses right now, because we are doing the work,” Danielle Mullen, owner of Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery tells CNBC. “It’s supporting the actual communities where injustice occurs.”
We’re sharing Black-owned businesses across the home, beauty, wellness, and food industries that you can support by making a purchase, if you’re able to. This is by no means a complete list. There are over 2.6 million Black-owned businesses in the U.S to support. What other businesses do you love? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll update our list with your favorites.
The Koop NY is a Brooklyn-based candle company founded by Kristen Rose, a former hospitality Marketing Manager. The coconut and soy wax candles are hand-poured by a team of four and feature delicious phthalate-free scents and cotton wicks. Currently, 50% of all proceeds will be donated to the BrooklynBailFund.org.
Follow @thekoopnyc on Instagram.
Aya Paper Co. is a sustainable stationery brand featuring minimalist illustrations and modern typography. Founder and Creative Director SaVonne Anderson is an advocate for environmental justice to combat issues like climate change and pollution, which disproportionately impact communities of color. The collection includes cards for every occasion, all-natural soy wax candles, and calendars.
Follow @ayapaper.co on Instagram.
Clare is a startup founded by Nicole Gibbons, an interior designer who wanted to offer an easy and convenient way to shop for paint that’s healthier for the home. She has been featured on HGTV, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Good Morning America, Elle Decor, and more. The paints are free of toxic solvents to support cleaner indoor air.
Follow @clarepaint on Instagram.
In 2017, Trinity Mouzon Wofford and Issey Kobori founded Golde, a Brooklyn-born brand that makes superfood-boosted health and beauty essentials. Top sellers are the Cacao Tumeric Latte blend, Pure Matcha Powder sourced and grown in Uji, Japan, and the Clean Greens Face Mask that soothes sensitive skin. Products are certified organic, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Follow @golde on Instagram.
Zula is a CBD wellness brand created by Carla Joseph, a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, after she experienced the self-care benefits of CBD. The brand offers THC-free, vegan CBD gummies and oils in flavors like Strawberry Lemonade and Mint. A portion of revenue is donated to The Loveland Therapy Foundation.
Follow @zulaessentials on Instagram.
Pivot Cosmetics is a CBD beauty line developed for women of color founded by Doni Brown. Brown started the brand when she realized there was an influx of CBD brands on the market with a lack products that catered to the specific skin needs of WOC. The line includes a body luminizing oil, face serums, and sheet masks.
Follow @pivotcosmetics on Instagram.
Activist and academic Rachel Cargle launched Elizabeth’s Bookshop, a literacy center with a mission to amplify marginalized voices through collections that highlight own voices’ narratives. A percentage of all sales will be donated to The Loveland Foundation, which is committed to bringing therapy and healing to communities of color.
Follow @elizabethsofakron on Instagram.
Semicolon Bookstore is a Black woman-owned bookstore and gallery space based in Chicago started by Danielle Mullen. The shop is run by a team of four and dedicated to raising literary rates in Chicago and beyond. They also ship their books nationwide when ordered online.
Follow @semicolonchi on Instagram.
Lyani Powers is the founder of Modern Herbal Apothecary, a clinical herbalist practice offering organic and locally sourced remedies for women. The holistic care line encompasses custom tea blends, salves, tinctures, and aromatherapy products. A percentage of profits will go to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
Follow @modernherbalapothocary on Instagram.
Kris Christian is a former Wall Street Analyst turned serial entrepreneur who started Chicago French Press, a company that produces premium, organic coffee that is single-origin, and flavored by hand. Chicago French Press empowers communities across the U.S. and donates a portion of sales to social impact partners.
Follow @chicagofrenchpress on Instagram.
Not a coffee drinker? Ivy’s Tea offers organic, handcrafted teas, with a portion of proceeds donated to charity every month. Founded by first-generation herbalist, Shanae Jones, the brand launched in 2016 to introduce African holistic health remedies to the wellness industry and make the tea market more inclusive.
Follow @ivysteaco on Instagram.
For additional information on how to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement, please see our list of racial justice resources.