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How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

When the holiday season starts, one of the hardest decisions you need to make is where to direct your spending money. While big-box stores and large online marketplaces like Amazon offer convenience with quick delivery and pick-up options, you don’t get a sense of doing good with your money.

Instead of opting for convenience this year, you can use your hard-earned money to support people who need it, especially WOC. There are about 28 million small businesses in the United States and when you buy from any one of them, you can know that you brought a smile to a business owner’s face. By buying from a woman of color, you can know that you helped someone who doesn’t get the advantages that a white, male business owner does.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

There are female artisans of color in every community but you may not always know that they’re there. One brand is dedicated to making sure that the talent of these women is brought front and center. TCTLE, pronounced “tac-tile,” is a brand founded by Deepa Shanbhag and is dedicated to supporting creative women of color. Shanbhag was inspired to build TCTLE after years of finding that she was often one of the few or the only WOC on a creative team for a job. Her goal with TCTLE was to help keep other women from feeling like the “other” in the creative workplace. For individuals and organizations that are looking for new talent, TCTLE hosts a free global directory of WOC in creative professions.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

TCTLE is also an online store. TCTLE partners with other WOC business owners and sells some of their products through the online store. Some of the WOC whose items are available for purchase on the site include Lorenia Henriquez of Luni, Katherine Kisa of K Kisa Fine Art and Craft, and Tehmina Brohi of Istani; pictured above with Deepa Shanbhag. To further help communities of color, 10% of each purchase is donated to an organization that helps people of color. Right now, TCTLE is donating to the Coronavirus Care Fund, set up by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. About 55 million Americans in 12 different industries are deemed “essential” at this time and this fund was started to help some of those workers. The fund provides emergency assistance to domestic workers, such as nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers, so that they can stay home and stay healthy during the pandemic.

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones this year, look no further than the goods from the artisans on the TCTLE store. About 86% of people say that receiving flowers makes them feel special but any of the gifts from these talented artisans are sure to evoke that feeling of being special as well. The store carries a wide range of gifts, including colorful hats, unique charm necklaces, bold bangles, and comfy scarves. When you purchase from these artisans, you’ll also get to know a little bit about them, bringing you even closer to the people you’re supporting.

Consider what’s on your loved ones’ wishlists this year and find something they’re sure to love at TCTLE’s store. Not only will you be making your loved one happy but you’ll be supporting a WOC artisan and lifting up essential members of our community. You can truly spread some holiday cheer by purchasing from TCTLE this year.

The Road To Excellence is Paved with Danica Rosé Wine

The Road To Excellence is Flowing with Danica Rosé Wine

As the temperature cools and the season comes to an end, it’s time to say goodbye to all things summer. Thankfully, this does not include Rosé wine. Once known as THE wine of the summer season, Rosé has quickly been elevated from summertime Rosé all day to Rosé all year status. Thanks to a wide variation in the maceration process, we see a wide variety of Rosé hues. Rosés can be anywhere from pale blush to vibrant cherry and are enjoyed throughout the year. One that will surely be enjoyed beyond the end of the summer solstice is Danica Rosé Wine.

The Road To Excellence is Paved with Danica Rosé Wine

You may remember former professional race car driver, Danica Patrick, as the only woman to win an IndyCar Series race, the Indy Japan 300, in 2008. Her extensive travels as a race car driver fueled another passion, wine. This passion led her to purchase a vineyard in Napa Valley and create her own wine brand, Somnium (Latin for dream) in 2009. With wonderful success, she set her sights on another region, the southeast coast of France. The Danica Rosé Wine is actually her fifth wine release. She’s released four wines from her Somnium Vineyard; this French Rosé is her first with family-owned wine producer, Les Vins Margnat.

Danica Patrick Rosé Wine

For those not familiar, the best Rosé wines come from Provence. The region is the oldest winemaking region in France with rosé being a specialty. It’s only natural that the woman who raced to success selected this region for her premium, world-class French Rosé.

The Road To Excellence is Paved with Danica Rosé Wine

The decorous, salmon-hued 2019 vintage boasts luscious and vibrant flavors of crisp white peach, fresh-cut melon, tart strawberry, hibiscus, and lime blossom; it is complemented by perfect minerality, balanced acidity, and a generous and refreshing finish. We can attest to its wonderful crispness; it has a nice sharpness, a refined freshness, and is delightful on the nose and palate. It will definitely have you reaching for a second and third glass. We had no choice but to yield.

The Road To Excellence is Flowing with Danica Rosé Wine

Each stunning bottle is made out of a special kind of glass that’s made to be reused as a vase. The elegant, custom embossed glass bottle is adorned with a “morning star” at the neck, and a bouquet of open roses etched from the bottom to upper-middle as if in bloom. We promise you’ll cherish every sip as year-end approaches.

The 750 mL bottle of Danica Rosé Wine retails for $27.99 each and is available now on www.danicarosewine.com with wine and spirit retailers soon to follow. Happy Rosé all year!

 

Topicals Skincare Seeks to Transform the You Feel About Skin

Topicals Skincare Seeks to Transform the Way You Feel About Skin

For as long as beauty trends have existed, if you don’t have flawless skin, you were deemed as ugly. Social Media filters are popular for a reason. But what if a skincare brand made you rethink the way you feel about skin? Topicals Skincare, a revolutionary new skincare company seeks to transform the way you feel about your skin. They are making the treatment of stigmatized skin conditions synonymous with the luxury and fun of self-care. These new skincare launches boast targeted solutions for eczema and hyperpigmentation.

Topicals Skincare Seeks to Transform the You Feel About Skin

Did you know one in four Americans lives with chronic skin conditions? Add in costly prescriptions and targeted skincare products and you’re left with skin issue sufferers who just “learn to live with it.” 23-year-olds Olamide Olowe and Claudia Teng, Topicals Skincare founders, are women of color who’s lived with conditions like severe eczema and post-barbae folliculitis. They grew up settling for products that didn’t really serve them or represent how the condition appeared on their skin. For this reason, Topicals Skincare was born out of necessity.

Topicals Skincare launched with two products, Like Butter ($32.00), a hydrating mask for dry, distressed, and eczema-prone skin, and Faded ($36.00), a serum for discoloration and dark spots. For the past week, we’ve been using the Topicals Skincare Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel to get rid of the discolorations and dark spots on our cheeks.

Topicals Skincare Seeks to Transform the You Feel About Skin

We are currently in the midst of our skin purging all the bad stuff out. We’re well on our way to healing our scarred skin. Darker skin tones can be plagued with stubborn marks, scars, and spots; and Faded is gentle enough for those experiencing hyperpigmentation and erythema. It goes on like a nightly moisturizer and is great for those whose skin can’t tolerate more aggressive acids; plus it has the bonus of not bleaching your non-hyperpigmented skin. Scent-wise, it does smell sulfuric, which takes some getting used to. But if you’re familiar with the amazing Sulphur Springs natural mud baths in St. Lucia that thousands flock to for its skin healing properties, you won’t mind the scent.

Topicals Skincare Seeks to Transform the You Feel About Skin

We haven’t tried it yet, but the Topicals Skincare Like Butter Hydrating Mask is great for dry, sensitive, and/or eczema-prone skin. This thick, whipped mask is packed with powerful botanicals for skin so smooth it’s like butter. Like Butter helps to strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier; it soothes irritation, inflammation, and smooths dry, textured skin. It’s creamy without feeling greasy or heavy and works great for flare-ups on other areas of the body as well.

Both products are fragrance-free, dye-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. Plus they do good too. Topicals donate 1% of their profits to important mental health movements, to help raise awareness around the connection between mental health and skin health.

Black-Owned Business Spotlight: Felicia Jackson's CPR Wrap

Black-Owned Business Spotlight: Felicia Jackson’s CPR Wrap

The best ideas for inventions are often born out of times of desperation and intense need. For mother and medical professional Felicia Jackson, that need came when her young son had a choking incident. Although Jackson was CPR-certified and had 20 years of experience in the medical field, her mind went blank with panic and she couldn’t help her son at that moment. Her husband was able to step in and save their son, but Jackson couldn’t stop thinking about the panic that sets in when you see someone choking and how that can prevent anyone, even medical professionals, from performing CPR.

That’s how Jackson literally dreamed up CPR Wrap. After the incident, she had a dream in which she saw someone using the product in an emergency situation. From the moment she woke up, she knew she had to bring that live-saving product into the world.

Felicia Jackson's CPR Wrap

CPR wrap is a simple product that makes performing CPR less intimidating and more accessible to everyone. A tool that allows anyone to effectively perform CPR at a moment’s notice, CPR Wrap is a translucent overlay that guides you through the four steps to perform CPR that the American Heart Association recommends. In addition to the simple, step-by-step instructions, it includes a one-way mouth valve and a visual hand placement map to guide chest compressions. If someone’s airway is obstructed, all you have to do is get them flat on their back, lay CPR wrap over them so that the mouthpiece aligns with their mouth and the lower half of the map covers their chest, and follow the instructions on the guide.

Felicia Jackson's CPR Wrap

As the need for CPR can arise anywhere at any time, CPR Wrap is packaged for convenience. It comes in a palm-sized package, allowing you to easily store it almost anywhere in your home or workplace. As 3 million people are injured in car accidents in the U.S. every year, the ability to keep CPR Wrap in your glove compartment or purse is a great perk of the product. It also comes in different sizes for adults, children, and infants, allowing you to administer CPR to whoever may need it.

This versatility is important, as CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. When someone starts choking or having trouble breathing, you likely won’t have time to get them to one of the 6,200 hospitals in the U.S. or even have time to wait for an ambulance to get to you. You can, however, quickly open up CPR Wrap, lay it on the person in trouble, and follow the easy instructions to give them CPR.

CPR Wrap by Felicia Jackson CPR Wrap by Felicia Jackson

Although Jackson had no formal business experience and an aversion to marketing when she first thought of this life-saving product, she knew that she had to conquer the tough road ahead and get her idea on the market. Jackson started with business programs in her town of Chattanooga, TN, including an immersive accelerator program run by CO.LAB, a local startup incubator.

In that program, Jackson quickly learned the ropes of pitching a business. She found that she was a natural at marketing, a part of running a business that includes tasks big and small, such as branding a product and ensuring that branding is consistently presented across all platforms, which can increase revenue by up to 23%. The hard work paid off and Jackson was able to sell 3,000 units of CPR Wrap before she even had a tangible product.

Today, Jackson works on CPR Wrap full time and business is booming. The company has even gone international, with audiences in South Africa, Dubai, and Germany showing interest in having CPR Wrap on hand.

“Internationally, when it comes to safety and protocol, they prepare—they’re not reactive. For many of us here in America, it’s only when something happens to us that we think we need something like CPR Wrap,” said Jackson.

Thankfully, when a near-tragedy did happen to Jackson’s son he made it out alive and Jackson did think of something like CPR Wrap. Now, families around the world can take a preventative step by bringing CPR Wrap wherever they go and always being ready to face an emergency situation with ease and confidence.

Fishers Island Lemonade is the Perfect Summer Canned Cocktail

Fishers Island Lemonade: The Perfect Summer Canned Cocktail

In case you haven’t stepped foot outside your door and are lapping in the luxury of air conditioning, it is hot outside. It is officially summer and Mother Nature is making that known with high temperatures and unseemly levels of humidity. If you plan on venturing out to your front porch or backyard, do not go empty-handed. We highly suggest you adults grab a 4-pack of Fishers Island Lemonade, the original cocktail-in-a-can.

Fishers Island Lemonade is the Perfect Summer Canned Cocktail

This female-founded, canned cocktail is exactly what you need to cool yourself down on hot and humid summer days. They say our homes are our castles, that may be true, but today we find our island. Fishers Island Lemonade uses fresh, premium ingredients and packs a punch at 9% ABV.  Founded by Bronya Shillo in 2014, this ready-to-drink canned cocktail is perfect for your indoor and outdoor adventures. Whether you’re enjoying stay-at-home BBQs, golf outings, or the beach; and the best part? The can floats so you never have to worry about losing a drop.

Fishers Island Lemonade is the Perfect Summer Canned Cocktail

As previously stated, Fishers Island Lemonade is made with all-natural ingredients. This includes the signature lemon and honey, with a kick of premium distilled Vodka and barrel-aged Whiskey. There’s no malt, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial flavors or colors. It is a true spirits-based canned cocktail, unlike seltzers, wine coolers, and other malt products, and tastes as fresh as if a bartender just made it in front of you. While it is 100% delicious straight out of the can, it also makes an amazing base for refreshing summer cocktails. Check out a few favorites you have to try this summer:

Spiked Half-and-Half

Fishers Island Lemonade is the Perfect Summer Canned Cocktail

6oz FIL (half can)
1.5oz Iced Tea or Sweet Tea Vodka (we highly recommend Seagram’s Sweet Tea Vodka)
Pour FIL over ice and top with sweet tea vodka. Garnish with lemon and mint. Try it blended!

Ginger Mojito

Ginger Mojito Cocktail

6oz FIL (half can)
1.5oz Ginger Liqueur
Fresh Ginger and Mint
Splash of Club Soda
Muddle mint and ginger in a shaker. Add ice, FIL, and shake. Strain over ice and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with mint.

Light & Sunny

Light & Sunny Summer cocktail

6oz FIL
1.5oz Light Rum
Pour 6oz FIL over ice, top with a rum floater. Garnish with mint and a pineapple wedge.

Spiked Watermelon Chiller

Spiked Watermelon Chiller Cocktail

1/2 Small Watermelon, diced and frozen (for 1 hour)
1 can FIL
Fresh Mint
Dice 1/2 small watermelon, or 1/4 large watermelon. Put into a metal bowl or lay out on parchment paper and freeze for one hour or more. Put frozen watermelon in the blender with 1 can of Fishers Island Lemonade and a handful of fresh mint leaves. Blend until a smooth, slushy consistency. Makes two servings. Garnish with Mint and a Watermelon Slice.

Two Female-Founded Companies Create App to Redefine Safety in the Black Community

Two Female-Founded Companies Create App to Redefine Safety in the Black Community

The United States is having a long-overdue conversation about racial disparity in the country, specifically about the systems that disadvantage black communities. From rampant over-policing of black neighborhoods to redlining that prevents black people from obtaining mortgages to become homeowners, there’s plenty to discuss and improve. Two female-founded safety companies are partnering together to start rectifying the injustices that black people face in the U.S. by redefining safety in the black community.

Two Female-Founded Companies Create App to Redefine Safety in the Black Community

Grooop and Blaq App are working together to develop a racially-aware tech app that can help black and brown citizens deescalate and escape life-threatening situations quickly and easily. Although 23% of startups fail because they have the wrong team, this collaboration between innovators and entrepreneurs has a promising future. The black female programmers and coders who developed Blaq App have the revolutionary vision to help black and brown people avoid danger before it happens while Grooop has the technology and notoriety to help the app gain success and widespread use.

Grooop is a social-safety iOS app that is used on university campuses across the United States to combat sexual assault. It’s known for redefining safety in a more positive, accessible, and non-invasive light. The company provides service contracts with corporations and universities that help improve safety within specific communities of people without invading their privacy. Through its partnership with Blaq App, Grooop aims to further redefine safety to include and support people of color and demonstrate how white-led companies can put in the necessary work as allies.

“A fundamental part of our work at Grooop is creating a community that both empowers and protects. We would be remiss not to acknowledge that our black brothers and sisters are living in a reality that does not empower or protect them. As we continue to learn and grow, we commit to participating in tangible allyship by working directly with members of the black community while also amplifying their voices,” said Nina Barnett, CEO of Grooop.

Blaq App was created to end the epidemic of violence against and kidnapping and racial profiling of black people. The creators of the app realized that Black Lives Matter and other social justice campaigns tend to do most of their work after a traumatic incident against a black person has occurred. With Blaq App, the creators wanted to equip the black community with a way to actively engage with one another in real-time when someone is profiled, endangered, or missing.

Two Female-Founded Companies Create App to Redefine Safety in the Black Community

I am honored to partner with a like-minded female-run tech company. Each of our companies was created with a sincere desire to protect and serve our communities. In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Maureen Martin, Founder of Blaq App

When a potential victim is in danger, they can activate the app manually or with a voice command. The app will then immediately notify their community of friends and family of the current threat to their life. As smartphones are a ubiquitous part of modern society, with them being people’s primary form of communication and four out of five consumers shopping on smartphones, this app has the potential to be an easily accessible lifeline for black people across the country. Through the app, a person’s community can listen in and watch the situation they’re in via a live video. GPS will then direct the community to the potential victim’s location to help find them and bring support or a legal representative. The app can also call 911 for the person in danger to get them immediate medical help. If necessary, the app can even notify local news media outlets that a racially-motivated incident has occurred.

Blaq App can also identify perpetrators and expose them to professional or public scrutiny in real-time. The photos and video the app provides can help find the offender’s social media connections as well, such as their employers on LinkedIn, so that they aren’t able to hide their offenses. This feature gives black people a defense against violence perpetrated by vigilantes and racially-motivated attacks. This identification also helps adjust the imbalanced justice system and lack of accountability of biased policing by potentially identifying law enforcement officials.

With over 61% of African-American adults agreeing that they are fascinated by new technology and 67,000 searches performed every second on Google alone, the founders of Blaq App believe that the app will easily find its market among the tech-savvy. Young African-American culture has also been shown in studies to be reflected in their use of digital media as a means of entrepreneurship and creation, further showing the potential for this app to be widely used in the black community.

The technology from Blaq App will be integrated with the technology and service contracts from Grooop to help identify and eliminate safety concerns related to racial injustice. Within the companies’ partnership, they will be able to utilize both technologies separately while having the ability to integrate them within the apps as well. The complete partnership integration between Grooop and Blaq App is scheduled to launch in mid-July.

To give black and brown citizens the guarantee that they can safely enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Blaq App is accepting donations to their crowdfunding campaign with a goal of $100,000. This amount will help them complete the app’s development, create an online store to stock and sell merchandise, and get one step closer to correcting the many racial injustices in this country.