Supporting Black businesses has become a common practice for many over the last few months as people are demanding non-Black consumers to put their money where their mouth is.

As we continue to fight for racial equality in America, Black businesses all over are working to create more economic opportunities that benefit all. In doing so, they also ask for customers to support their efforts to compete with the bigger e-commerce businesses of the world like Amazon, Walmart, Target, and others.

In celebration of Black Business Month, check out the below list of Black-owned businesses to replace everyday essential shopping:

Clothing, Shoes, & Accessories

Nubian Skin

Nubian Skin is an inclusive hosiery and lingerie brand that was founded specifically to cater to people of color and their skin tones. The brand offers intimates for both men and women, including bras, underwear, menswear, swimwear, and more.

Kahmune

Kahmune — a luxury footwear line — was created to match the complexions of all women and reflect a color palette that represents the most diverse regions of the world. Each shoe style offered is named after a different woman who has played a pivotal role in founder Jamela Acheampong’s life.

Love, Vera

Lingerie brand Love, Vera — founded in 2018 — promotes self-love, inclusivity and body positivity as it pertains to Black women. Outside of its offerings, the brand’s mission is to celebrate Black entrepreneurship by creating more leadership and business opportunities in fashion.

Southern Gents

Co-founded by creative director Fola Lawson, Houston-based menswear line Southern Gents is a contemporary yet classic online collection that offers a range of unisex goods designed with Black people in mind.

Ruby Love

Ruby Love — formerly known as PantyProp — is a Black-owned apparel company that incorporates patent-pending technology to help protect women from leaks, stains, and other inconveniences on their menstrual cycles.

Atira Lyons

Entrepreneur and designer Atria Lyons, 20, started her own luxury brand, designing durags, masks, and other headwear items. She recently opened her own durag store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles and plans to expand her brand to include clothing and furniture pieces.

The Wrap Life

The Wrap Life is a headwear brand that offers head wraps and headbands in an array of collections for protective styling needs as it relates to natural hair.

Beauty

BLK+ GRN

BLK+ GRN is an online marketplace that retails all-natural beauty and lifestyle brands created by Black artisans. The inspiration behind the platform stemmed from founder Dr. Kristian Henderson’s desire to help Black women find less toxic products to buy and support Black businesses.

Oui the People

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Our people. You all went 👏🏽 to 👏🏽TOWN 👏🏽 on orders. We can’t thank you enough for the support. We’re hustling to keep up, please be patient with us. A quick update: SUGARCOAT is coming off the production line towards the end of the month. RAZORS are in consistent production and we have monthly deliveries scheduled, matte gold is slated to start shipping next week. FEATHERWEIGHT just sold out today and the next run will be here in August. While we work to get into a back in stock situation it’s still best to reserve via pre-order. As a result we also have newness coming (insert maniacal grin). If you have any order questions, email us hey@ouithepeople.com 👋🏽

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Oui the People — a direct to consumer shaving brand created for women, by women — was created by founder Karen Young to redefine standards of beauty that focus less on flawlessness and more on helping people feel comfortable in their own skin.

Ooli

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Meet Locd'In, Clarify Your Mane, and Magic 17. These products are plant-based and cruelty-free products for #dreadlocks and #locs. ⁠ ⁠ 💖 LOC’D IN™ Leave-in Conditioner is the best leave-in conditioner for dry and dehydrated locs. Locs can sometimes be dry or unhealthy. Use this moisturizer to combat brittle locs and to restore natural moisture.⁠ ⁠ 💖 CLARIFY YOUR MANE Clarifying Shampoo removes all the gunk from locs and makes them clean and pristine. This sulfate-free shampoo features Tea Tree Oil, a natural antiseptic that will keep hair and scalp feeling cleansed and pure. ⁠ ⁠ 💖 MAGIC 17– our 17 oil blend features Sunflower, Rosemary Leaf Extract, and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils. This blend helps #locstars fight thinning and dryness in one step. ⁠ ⁠ Purchase here or visit the #linkinbio for more 💖 #OoliLove⁠ ⁠

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Black-owned haircare brand Ooli offers a full line of natural hair care products specifically for people with dreadlocks. While other companies overlook the needs of those with locs, Ooli prides itself on being a symbol for people to embrace their natural hair.

Lifestyle Pillows

Lifestyle Pillows — created by dentist turned businesswoman Dr. Dawn Jones — are designed uniquely to accommodate natural curls, blowout or salon styles, and improve the quality of life for those looking to maintain healthy hair.

Unsun Cosmetics

Founded by Katonya Breaux in 2016, Unsun Cosmetics provides clean sunscreen products for women of color in an industry that lacks feasible options to protect melanated skin.

Blade + Bloom

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Hi All, how are we doing this December? It’s only May but it feels like we’ve experienced a whole year already and we’re not even halfway through. This shelter in place period has been difficult to say the least but I’m so lucky to have a safe space, food and connection to my family at this time. We unfortunately lost a family member this week (not covid related) and are sad that we can’t come together to memorialize him at this time but will do it later instead. Still, I’m grateful to participate in all the strange isolation challenges, zoom parties, birthday parades and such. I’m especially grateful to all my returning and new customers who have purchased online from my website, www.bladeandbloom.com and online boutiques who have added my products. Thank you so much @shopmelanbird @shopmadisonboutique #madewith. June 1st rich cleansing bars will be back in stock. The availability will be a bit staggered due to production dates but all 6 scents (aka flavors) will be on the site v. soon.

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Blade + Bloom — a Chicago-based natural beauty brand — offers plant-based products like soap bars and candles — created by founder Terri Foster — that uses familiar scents to recreate memories from her childhood.

Lifestyle & Wellness

Lor Tush

Lor Tush —  an eco-friendly bamboo toilet paper company — is a Baltimore-based Black women-owned wellness brand that prioritizes sustainability. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the toilet paper brand donated hundreds of rolls to consumers when store shelves were left bare.

Honeydipped Essentials

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Messy, dirty bathrooms. I can’t! I get grossed out easily, so I try my best to keep them clean… and that’s thanks to Honeydipped’s Sage + Citrus Multipurpose Cleaner (not-so-subtle plug😂). All you have to do is spray to clean and disinfect, and your sacred spaces will be clean and refreshed (with uplifting hints of rosemary, sage, and lemon, too). HD cleaning products are 100% all natural. No harmful ingredients! Also – while you’re reading – arrest the officers who murdered Breonna Taylor. • • • • #themodernmomtrepreneur #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurial #entrepreneurs #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneure #entrepreneurmotivation #entrepreneurwoman #entrepreneurstyle #entrepreneurmom #entrepreneurspirit #entrepreneurquote #entrepreneurslife #entrepreneurwomen #femaleentrepreneur #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodinspired #motherhoodrocks #motherhoodunited

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Honeydipped Essentials is a Black-owned organic and all-natural everything wellness brand that offers cleaning and skin-care products “designed to enhance your mood, reduce stress, and restore your mind and body,” according to their website.

The Black Home

The Black Home — founded by business owner Neffi Walker — is a destination platform that introduces consumers to the Black experience through various home pieces including candles, tableware, and designs.

Love Notes Fragrances

Love Note Fragrances — founded by Brooklyn native Nya Kam — is a Black-owned startup business that sells hand-poured, soy candles custom-made with various scents.

Mama Glow

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Mama Glow – BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH WEEK – Joy as a self-care practice. Reclaiming joy in motherhood is not only about allowing ourselves to experience pleasure but teaching our children the importance of prioritizing their joy. We do this by modeling healthy boundaries. We do this by taking time to do things we love, even if it’s for a brief period of time. We do this by being soft. We do this be embracing. We do this by signing and dancing. We do this by taking time to play. _ There is so much needed focus placed on the challenges black women face in the perinatal period…The systemic failures. The health disparities… But there is also great joy. Let’s acknowledge the joy, the resilience of a people that refuse to be broken. We are spiritually fit and joy is etched in our DNA. It’s it ours. And it is ours to pass on. _ 📷 @chaneensaliee 🙏🏽 _ #mamaglow #blacmaternalhealthweek #bmhw #selfcare #motherhood #health #wellbeing #family #play

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Mama Glow — a maternal-care company — was founded by Latham Thomas to support women before, during, and after their pregnancies. The mission for the company is to dismantle fears around childbirth through advocacy tools and educational resources.

GROUNDED

Grounded is a Black-owned subscription-based plant company created to emphasize self-care through plant care and the importance of the wellness aspect of horticulture.

Bookstores

Loyalty Bookstores

Loyalty Bookstores is an independent Maryland-based bookstore that offers a mix of contemporary and diverse books and events to the community.

Good Books

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Curating custom bulk orders has been bringing me some much needed joy. I just love talking about books and introducing new books to their next reader. 💕 This service is for folks who are interested in building their personal library. This particular customer wanted Black feminist books. It didn't matter the genre or format, so got her a nice mix of novels, poetry, essays, memoirs, and even a cook book!⁣ ⁣ Here's how the process went down:⁣ 1. She DM'd me and told me her interests and budget.⁣ 2. I curated her selection the same day and sent a picture and explanation of the thought process that went into her personal curation.⁣ 3. She approved her selection and sent her payment through Cash App.⁣ 4. I mailed her box of books the next day and sent her the tracking information. ⁣ ⁣ And how she has a great foundation to her Black, feminist library. 💕✨⁣ ⁣ If you're interested in adding to your personal library, DM me with your interests and budget. If you've been thinking about getting a custom order from us but have been on the fence, know that this is the best month to do order because 1) August is Black business month and 2) we just got a huge shipment of really great books. Do not sleep. ⁣ ⁣ One more thing! We do custom bulk orders for adult and kids books. We can even do a mix of both! Our DMs are open 📚✊🏿🖤✨ Have you read any of these already? Let me know in the comments. 👇🏿

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Good Books — located in Atlanta, GA — is an online and pop-up bookstore co-founded by owner Katie Mitchell that amplifies Black authors and voices. The local bookstore uses the motto “all Black books are good books.”

The Dock Bookshop

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#shopthedock #READMORELEARNMORECHANGETHEGLOBE

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The Dock Bookshop — founded in 2008 — is the largest Black-owned full-service bookstore in Texas and the Southwest. According to them, the local store has created a space for community members to lean on in times of crisis.

Brave and Kind Books

Brave + Kind Books — a carefully curated bookshop for kids in Decatur, GA — offers a unique selection of diverse, classic, and artful stories for children to indulge in.

Black Pearl Books

Black Pearl Books is an independent bookstore based in Austin, TX that prioritizes the multi-cultural, multi-generational, and multi-socioeconomic needs of the community. Through its book selection, the store promotes diversity, inclusion, equality, and cultural awareness.

Black Gold Publishing

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BlackGold Spotlight 🔦✨ Talk about art imitating life! In 2019, debut author Dwayne Jenkins released his first novel — “Life Has A Way,” which followed the triumphant journey of Earl, an up and coming writer, turned lyricists, and every obstacle he faced along the way. We at BlackGold, too, also faced our own share of obstacles against outside forces that were trying to prevent this work from being distributed. But we didn’t give up! And neither did Earl, our protagonist, that battled the odds and came out on top as an international rap sensation and superstar! “Life Has A Way…” which has a five star rating on Amazon, won a “Best Character Arch” gavel and has been reviewed by countless reviewers as being “a refreshing and interesting read…” is deserving of its flowers, for coming out on top despite the odds. …which is why we love this portrait, created by Jenkins’ girlfriend (@flowerr_gurl) as a gift and honor to him, because it represents that through it all, love, devotion and passion beats all. And we love to see it. Check out Jenkins’ and his upcoming works @ledwaynejenkins and “Life Has A Way” on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble! #BlackGoldSpotlight #BlackGoldPublishing

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Black Gold Publishing — a Black-owned publishing company based in Hampton, VA — was founded in 2017 by COO Tahara Saron to create more visibility for Black and brown authors in her area. With diversity and inclusion in mind, Black Gold Publishing is creating better opportunities for Black and POC writers.

Food & Drink

Uncle P’s

In response to the recent backlash of food brands Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima, Uncle P’s — created by well-respected mogul Master P — offers an array of food products, including rice, beans, grits, pancake mix, syrup and oatmeal.

McBride Sisters Collection

The McBride Sisters Wine Collection was created by two sisters to merge their passions for wine and culture. Together the duo built a well-known brand that’s made them trailblazers in the wine industry.

Sankofa Beer Company

Sankofa Beer Company — based in the nation’s capital — was founded by childhood friends Kofi Meroe and Amado Carksy who spent a good portion of their lives in Nigeria, Ghana, and Benin collectively. Infusing their home-brewed creations with ingredients from West Africa, the two were able to bring a new culturally-diverse perspective to the craft beer industry.

The Spice Suite

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We don’t do themed SpiceBoxes because that’s boring!! We want to force you to try flavors you’ve never tried. Folks often reach out asking for instructions on how to use a particular spice. — I always tell them “there are NO rules!! If you like it, use it on what you love” just got for it. You’ve been buying bland spices at the grocery store forever without being able to try them first. Don’t get scared now. Let’s have fun!! — I just submitted 6 new recipes to my co-packer and I can’t wait for y’all to experience all of the new flavors we have coming. We legit don’t have space on the shelves, but I’m going to figure something out 😩😩 — Stay tuned for our next SpiceBox. It’ll include our new Cinnamon Maple Sugar and a fun flavored salt. Stay tuned 🖤

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The Spice Suite is a D.C. based interactive spice bar that features a collection of unique infused cooking oils and spice blends. The mission for the brand is to not just be a default in the spice industry, but a new standard to follow and pedestal for Black businesses.

Dope Coffee

Dope Coffee is a Black-owned coffee company that aims to redefine the stigma around premium coffee by creating products inspired by Black culture designed for everyone to enjoy.

Jive Juice Company

Jive Juice Company is a healthy Black-owned lifestyle company that strives to put the fun back in juicing with the motto “greening your life with juice.” The juice company offers organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies available for delivery and retail.