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Holiday Gift Guide: Last-Minute But Totally Perfect Black-Owned Gifts For Your Favorite People

By now, you’re probably scrambling to find the perfect holiday gift for several people in your life—your tech-obsessed bestie, your book-loving bae, and your neighbor who helped you stay sane during the pandemic. Either way, here’s a list of last-minute gifts from Black-owned businesses that you can shop right now (except Telfar, of course!).   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by kimberly not kim (@museummammy) Black Futures, $40 Authors Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have curated a collection of Black works—from compelling essays to dazzling art to provocative memes—to present what it means to be a Black creator today. Get one for you and your fav book lover.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Yo Soy AfroLatina (@yosoyafrolatina) Yo Soy Afro Latina Negrita Mug, $20 Coffee, tea, or eggnog, this ceramic mug is the best way to drink your beverages.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Moonlight Roller (@moonlightroller) Moonlight Roller Skates,...

Dec 15, 2020

These Two Black Female Founders Are Creating Safe Spaces For Black Creatives

The onus to create safe spaces for Black creatives has always been on other Black people. Before the public health crisis, these welcoming locales, where creatives could openly exist and express without the judgment of white gaze — whether virtual or IRL — were precious and rare. Founded by Naj Austin, Ethel’s Club is one of these sacred centers: a social club where members of the Black community have access to healing through “conversation, wellness and creativity.” Following the pandemic, Austin pivoted to an all-virtual membership, offering the same much-needed resources and space to her members. “We understand that lots of people are currently out of work, have no idea if that work will even come back and still need some semblance of peace and space,” she says. “Amid all of that, we started offering free group healing sessions once a month or twice a month to provide for people who, you know, need a space to then talk to someone, meet a therapist, whatever it may be, because the...

Jul 28, 2020

Coworking Spaces Aren't Inclusive. Ethel's Club Wants To Change That

Coworking spaces are popping up around the country to serve different niches of business owners, creatives and everything else in between. These alternative offices are helping entrepreneurs build their networks and grow their businesses, but founders of color are finding that some of these spaces lack inclusivity. Naj Austin saw a void in her Brooklyn neighborhood: There were no spaces that specifically targeted people of color and the businesses they were building. She made it her mission to fill that gap. Austin built Ethel’s Club, a social club for people of color that serves as a personal and professional haven for minority business owners. It joins a host of other social clubs opening in New York City, but it is one of the few completely dedicated to fostering an environment for founders across various racial and ethnic backgrounds. Photo: Ethel’s Club According to a report by AllWork , coworking spaces accounted for nearly ten percent of leasing volume in New York during the...

Apr 26, 2019