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February 25th, 2021

Black-Owned Businesses to Support Right Now

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the incredible achievements made by African Americans in U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight some incredible Black-owned businesses you can support right now. Make sure to check them out and give them some love on their social media channels!

Marcus Books

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“As the nation’s oldest Black-owned independent bookstore, Marcus Books’ mission is to provide endless opportunities for Black folks and their allies to celebrate and learn about Black people everywhere and to nourish readership at all levels. It is a space that affirms and reflects back every beautiful shade of black. At Marcus Books literature is cherished as an invaluable asset to build cultural competency and intellectual awareness, Black makers of literature and art are our heroes, and Blackness is simultaneously our history, present, and future. Marcus Books stocks an essential catalogue of works including children’s and YA fiction and nonfiction, classics, bestsellers, cookbooks, ancient and contemporary history, biography and graphic novels.” - MarcusBooks

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rayo & honey

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“Handcrafted by Roachele Negron in Brooklyn, combining pop-culture, literature, affirming phrases and a clean design aesthetic. This special sort of alchemy involves transforming phrases from literature, affirming quotes, and pop-culture references that inspire her, into hangable and wearable artworks. Cultural consciousness is at the core of her practice, alongside a clear, uncluttered aesthetic, stripped down to the essentials. With rayo & honey her canvas pennants & totes are hand cut, pieced & sewn. Glass, wood & acrylic goods are etched and hand painted all resulting in “goods with positive intent” that are soulful art with a timeless aesthetic.” - Roachele Negron, rayo & honey

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MahoganyBooks

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“MahoganyBooks is an independent bookstore that believes in social entrepreneurship. They take a leadership role in the African American community by promoting reading, writing, and cultural awareness as tools to improve self-esteem, self-love and ultimately our communities to enrich the lives of motivated individuals. Founded in 2007 by an enterprising husband and wife duo to meet the literary needs of readers nationwide in search of books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora, the award-winning MahoganyBooks is the result of Derrick and Ramunda’s love for culture, community and connection and their desire to see books empower others as it had empowered them. With over 20 years of combined retail book industry experience, the Young’s witnessed a variety of market highs and lows which armed them with insight needed to develop a bookstore model capitalizing on technology while staying true to independent community bookstore roots that define core values of the owners.” - Derrick and Ramunda, Mahogany Books

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Mented Cosmetics

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“At Mented, we believe everyone should be able to find themselves in the world of beauty, which is why we’ve been focused on creating inclusive shades in every product category since we launched. From our original nude lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes, to blushes and bronzers, each of our makeup products is perfectly pigmented to match your skin tone.” - Mented Cosmetics

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Partake Foods

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“Created in 2016 by Founder and CEO Denise Woodard, when her young daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, Partake offers a selection of delicious, allergy-friendly products including a Baking Mix collection and clean yet indulgent cookie flavors such as Birthday Cake, Double Chocolate Chip and more. All products are certified Glyphosate Residue-Free and are free of the top 8 allergens (wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish) and gluten. The products are full of love, healthy ingredients, and flavor that everyone will enjoy, not just those with dietary restrictions.” - Partake Foods

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Be sure to check out all of the businesses above and continue to educate yourself on the contributions made by the Black community in honor of Black History Month.

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