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These days (and even more so recently) there are so many ways to discover small businesses thanks to social media and word of mouth. Today we’re rounding up 8 Black-owned businesses that we think are making some interesting products worth checking out. Purchasing a product goes a very long way when it comes to small businesses, but it’s not the only way to way to show support. Giving them a follow on Instagram, a heart on your favorite posts, or a comment of encouragement and love goes a long way too.

Skincare should be affordable and it’s a myth that only expensive products are effective. Also, when it comes to washing your face, simple is better! The shorter the ingredient list (with ingredients you can actually pronounce), the better. Plant Apothecary carries a variety of products for face and body but we can personally recommend the Wash Your Face, a certified organic aloe face wash that cleanses without stripping and is ultra gentle for even the most sensitive skin types.

Beneath Your Mask is gaining a cult following for their hair, skin, and body care products that are micro-batched by hand in Southern California. Our recommendation? The Remedy Conditioning Lip Balm for repairing dry, chapped lips. Its ingredients include ximenia (a rich, moisturizing African plum oil) and it smells of yuzu and green mandarin, a citrusy blend perfect for the summer.

We love the internet for enabling us to support a distant coffee shop like Portrait Coffee Atlanta from across the country. There are four different blends of coffee beans you can purchase, but if you don’t need the extra caffeine, you can also purchase Rocket Love, a candle with “a citrusy scent inspired by the blazing heat of a Georgia summer.” It smells of bright blood oranges and earthy sandalwood, and all candles are hand-poured and produced by the team at Portrait Coffee.

Up your adaptogen game with Golde. From face masks to matcha turmeric latte blends, you can start looking and feeling better from the inside out. If you’re not sure where to start, the Superfood Latte Sampler would be our recommendation.

Freedom Apothecary is a Philadelphia-based, women- and Black-owned store that was created for women, especially black women and women of color, to find community through the pursuit of health and wellness. The store carries women-powered brands and even has its own line. We’re not-so-patiently waiting for the Green Tea Butter to come back in stock to help our sun-chapped skin!

Pholk Beauty uses the healing practices and herbalist traditions from the African Diaspora adapted to local ingredients to create skin- and body-nourishing products. On our list to try is the Beauty Sleep Set, which includes a Honeysuckle Rose Face Mist and a Hemp x Hibiscus Night Oil to aid in our reparative face care.

There are only three products from Peak and Valley Co which is helpful if you’re new to adaptogens. Balance My Stress, Nourish My Brain, and Nurture My Skin are three different herbal blends that were created to help you feel better where you most need it. All you do is add a scoop to your favorite warm milk or your morning smoothie – it couldn’t be simpler to care for your own wellness!

Urban Re-Leaf uses 100% pure therapeutic grade cannabis oils mixed with coconut wax, which means their candles are both high-quality and clean burning. Since we’re not traveling any time soon, Havana Wood sounds like a nice way to transport us to Cuba with its rich and smoky aromas of tobacco, passionflower, vetiver, and kiwi.

We will be doing more of these kinds of round-ups in the future to highlight our favorite BIPOC businesses. If you have a favorite go-to shop, please leave a comment so we can check them out!

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Advertisements for 530 brands — including Unilever, Adidas, White Castle, Starbucks and Coca-Cola — are set to disappear from Facebook starting Wednesday as the Stop Hate for Profit boycott campaign gets going.

Amid a nationwide reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality, a broad range of multinational companies have joined the effort — pushed by civil rights groups who have grown frustrated with Facebook — to pressure the social network led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg into taking more concrete steps to crack down on hate speech.

A range of top Facebook executives, including Carolyn Everson, vice president of global business solutions, Neil Potts, public policy director, and Zuckerberg himself have held meetings with or reached out to advertisers in recent days, according to Reuters and other reports.


However, sources told Reuters that the executives offered no new details on how they would tackle hate speech. They apparently pointed back to recent press releases, frustrating advertisers on the calls who believe those plans do not go far enough.


“It’s simply not moving,” one executive at a major ad agency said of the conversations.

Zuckerberg, along with Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Chief Product Officer Chris Cox have agreed to meet with the organizers of the boycott, a spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday.

Facebook also has said it would submit to an outside audit of its hate speech controls. In addition, the company is in the process of a multi-year, broader civil rights audit.

It remains to be seen how much of an impact the boycott will have on Facebook’s bottom line. Although advertising accounts for the vast amount of its annual revenue ($70 billion in 2019), the top 100 brands only brought in 6 percent of that total, with most of the ads coming from small businesses, Reuters reports.


“Facebook does not profit from hate. Billions of people use Facebook and Instagram because they have good experiences — they don’t want to see hateful content, our advertisers don’t want to see it, and we don’t want to see it. There is no incentive for us to do anything but remove it,” said Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications, in a blog post that defended and detailed the company’s efforts to stamp out hate on its platforms.

In the same blog post, Facebook also announced a major push toward registering some 4 million U.S. voters by featuring information at the top of their News Feed this Friday.

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