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Black businesses we’re supporting during the holidays

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By Nneka Samuel,

      Numerous online guides hip you to a host of Black-owned businesses you can support this holiday season and beyond. Whether you’re in need of holiday cards, or you’re shopping for family, friends or co-workers, here are a few businesses you may not have heard of that deserve your business.

Jolie Bloom

The brainchild of Jhéanell Adams, Jolie Bloom’s hand-made goodies, made with non-toxic ingredients, are “soulful, fly and luxurious.”  The coffee sugar scrub is to die for – the perfect gift for a woman in need of a little pampering.

Mehalina Jewels

Unique, colorful, handmade jewelry is Michelle Kopacz’s (@mehalinajewels) specialty.  Made for every occasion –weddings, parties, etc. – they make perfect party favors or additions to your jewelry collection.  And the pieces are available at affordable prices.

Kimble Hair

You know celebrity hair stylist Kim Kimble from the hit show L.A. Hair, but did you know she has her own line of hair care products?  K2 Beauty, Kimble Beauty, and Hair-Drobe products will leave your loved one feeling like one of the stars Kimble works with.

Whitaker’s Gourmet

If fruit cake is your jam, Whitaker’s should be your choice.  Their RUMFRU Delight cake is moist and has just the right amount of sweetness.  A great gift for coworkers.

Stella Jean

This talented Haitian-Italian designer makes ethical fashion using her “wax & stripes” philosophy. Stella Jean’s designs reflect her parentage and the Ethical Fashion Initiative she joined pairs marginalized artisans with the fashion industry at large.

Mae B

Tired of those boring, traditional Christmas cards?  Spice them up with this spirited collection from Mae B.  The company also sells notebooks, stationary, calendars and a host of other goods.

It’s A Black Thang

Christmas cards, home décor, artwork, puzzles – there’s no shortage of gifts available on this website.

Yes Lioness

This company has a line of natural hair shirts that are so cool, you’ll surely want one for yourself.

Hadiiya Barbel Collections

You won’t be buying crowns from this extensive collection for your Secret Santa. With hairstyles that range from wavy to curly and sleek, there’re plenty of options to choose from.

Ujamaa Box

Give the gift of a monthly subscription to Ujamaa Box, created to encourage “economic empowerment, self-determination and financial literacy in our community.”  Each “box” is equipped with affordable products from Black-owned businesses.

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