7 Black-Owned Businesses and Organizations to Support This Month
And every month
Let’s support Black-owned brands and organizations whenever possible, beyond the month of February…This month and every month, rē•spin will highlight the missions of brands, and organizations to support in the BIPOC communities. Let’s use our purchasing power to reflect the kind of world we want to live in.
Tiffany Staten was unsatisfied with the natural skincare options on the market for mothers, so she started searching for healthier options. Her desire to use non-toxic, pregnancy-safe products that were also effective inspired Staten to create her own body butter.
What started as a small batch made in her kitchen in Atlanta eventually became London Grant’s bestseller: the Cocoa and Jojoba Body Soufflé. The company officially launched in 2018 with a line of non-toxic, fragrance-free body butter, oils, and scrubs that live up to the brand’s philosophy: to create natural products that people can trust.
“I decided very early on that, while our products will always lead with a heart for all women, I would always consider my own culture, community, and the needs of those with melanated skin in everything that I create,” Staten tells rē•spin. “It’s been a journey of finding my voice; finding the voices of the London Grant community and unapologetically representing both.”
Dana Knowles Licko’s entrepreneurial journey began after battling an addiction to painkillers. After successfully getting sober, she wasn’t feeling like her best self. She told rē•spin that her skin appeared shallow, her hair growth halted, and her gut health was compromised.
Licko began researching adaptogenic herbs and medicinal mushrooms, finding a blend with collagen that helped soothe the issues she had developed on her journey to sobriety. Licko set out to shake up the wellness industry. She created innovative blends of collagen and herbs for women, instead of selling and marketing them separately.
GoDeep is a health and wellness brand that provides three unique blends of adaptogenic herbs, mushrooms, and collagen to enhance your energy, focus, and sleep. The brand is founded on the same mission that Licko defines as wellness: Radical Self-Care. She tells rē•spin, “Fill your own cup first, then take care of other people. If I’m not healthy and strong then I can’t help other people around me.”
Brittney Winbush channeled her own struggle with depression into a thriving business that is providing people across the country with joyous moments of their own. After surviving a house fire, Winbush struggled with feeling displaced and knew that she needed to heal.
She felt alone until she took a leap in 2012 when she started therapy. It was then that she became interested in natural tea leaves after discovering that there was more work to be done on her healing journey. The tea leaves become integral in her healing, aromatherapy, and music, eventually turning into her self-care kit.
Alexandra Winbush was born out of Winbush’s hope of creating an environment where people, especially people of color, did not feel alone in their own personal journeys. When you buy from Alexandra Winbush, you’ll receive a full set that includes a scented candle, a corresponding tea, and a curated playlist that creates the ultimate self-care experience.
“One of my missions with Alexandra Winbush is to give my community a piece of peace; I think this is easier to do in the form of experience and why not make that easy by providing the candle, the tea, and the music,” Winbush says.
Rashia Bell created The Cristalline as a product of her own personal journey. After working in fashion, beauty, and luxury for over a decade, she went on a quest to create something that she was truly passionate about. Bell embarked on a journey to becoming a crystal healer, wanting to amplify and harmonize energy within designed spaces. This journey opened up a new world for her to explore.
The Cristalline is a lifestyle brand and multi-faceted service to help create and achieve balanced energy in all aspects of your life. The brand is founded on helping people connect with their inner selves through an energetic connection, using crystals as support tools. The Cristalline offers a wide variety of options, from skincare tools and crystal sets to virtual distanced chakra clearing and energetic space design.
“I always like to tell clients that I work with people that are hesitant about crystals, that I am just the guide, and the crystals are the instruments to support them on their own personal journey,” she tells rē•spin. “It is about how you choose to use them and the knowledge they can bring. We each possess the ability to access the worlds within our mind and body, that they can help unlock.”
Kimberly Bryant, an electrical engineer with over 20 years of experience in biotech, founded Black Girls Code in 2011 to address the underrepresentation of Black girls and women in the technology industry. The nonprofit organization focuses on providing tech education for Black girls and offers courses in computer programming, coding, and website, root, and app building. Their goal is to increase the number of women of color within the digital space through empowering girls between 7 and 17 to become innovators in STEM as well as leaders in their own communities. All while building their own futures.
Rachel Cargle established the Loveland Foundation in 2018 after her birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls, raised over $250,000 for Black women and girls to receive support through therapy. The foundation brings opportunity and healing to communities of color through collaborative resources and programs. The Loveland Therapy Fund provides financial assistance to Black women and girls who are seeking therapy across the country. They partner with Therapy for Black Girls, National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network, Talkspace, as well as Open Path Collective to give recipients of the Loveland Therapy Fund access to lists of mental health professionals nationwide.
A Long Walk Home is a Chicago based non-profit founded in 2003 by sisters Salamishah and Scheherazade Tillet. Its mission as an organization is to empower young artists and activists to end violence against girls and women while advocating for racial and gender equality in schools, communities, and across the nation. A Long Walk Home has set out to increase resources and creative outlets for society’s vulnerable girls and women, including BIPOC women, those who identify as low income, have disabilities, are gender non-conforming, as well as those who are part of the LGBTQIA2+ community. Their goal is centered around the voices of survivors of gender-based violence and discrimination in an effort to remove any obstacles that may stop them from reaching their potential.