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These Black-Owned Brands Deserve Your #SmallBusinessSaturday Support

Recently, as AfroTech previously reported, American Express and the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) announced the expansion of ByBlack with the first national certification program exclusively for Black-ownership designation. And one of the most famous participants in the program is Issa Rae, who recently certified her Sienna Naturals through the program with the hopes of reaching more customers for her in-demand products. “We have only scratched the surface of the collective power of Black businesses, so I am excited to join AmEx and the USBC to shine a light on the opportunities ByBlack presents,” she said in a statement. “ByBlack is a powerful platform that connects Black business owners with new revenue streams and helps all of us find and shop at standout businesses. Together we can spread the word to support small Black businesses.” To qualify for the no-cost certification process, businesses must provide proof that their business is 51 percent Black-owned, and also...

10 Black-Owned Businesses Endorsed By Beyoncé & Her Black Parade Route Marketplace

Beyoncé shook the table — as she always does — when she announced that she opened up the Black Parade Route marketplace to highlight and support Black-owned businesses across the country. According to CNN, the goal was to highlight Black-owned businesses across different industries, including restaurants, beauty, arts and design, as well as multiple fashion brands from different countries in Africa. To celebrate these businesses further, Beyoncé dropped “Black Parade” to further highlight the achievements of these remarkable men and women, who overcame so much adversity to see their dreams come to fruition. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) “Happy Juneteenth Weekend! I hope we continue to share the joy and celebrate each other, even in the midst of struggle. Please continue to remember our beauty, strength, and power,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “‘BLACK PARADE’ celebrates you, your voice, and your joy and will benefit Black-owned small...