Negris Lebrum "Black is" Tees Declares Black is Beautiful in 12 Languages

Negris Lebrum “Black is” Tees Declares Black is Beautiful in 12 Languages

.Although it may not seem that way to some, Black skin is indeed beautiful. It must be celebrated, honored, and revered every day. What better than a Black fashion label to help do just that! We’re happy to highlight Negris Lebrum, a Houston based fashion brand born from an inspirational love story that began during the 1940s, between a young beautiful French Creole woman and a handsome Black man whose love was forbidden by societal standards. The inspired collection is named for this muse, Ms. Negris Lebrum.

What started out as a small collection of 12 screen-printed t-shirts 11 yrs ago, has grown into a high-end fashion house; no surprise since Fashion Designer Travis Hamilton was inspired by this chic French woman. But today we’re highlighting Mr. Hamilton’s revisit of one of his very first t-shirts paying homage to Ms. Negris Lebrum, the “LE NOIR EST JOLI” tee. The French phrase translates to “Black is beautiful”, very apt in light of the current Black plight and struggle.

Negris Lebrum "Black is" Tees Declares Black is Beautiful in 12 Languages

While she was light enough to pass, Negris Lebrum chose to live her life as a proud Black woman. She fell in love with and married a darker-skinned man; in doing so, she was ostracized and forced out of her community for marrying him instead of passing for white. Hence the creation of the “LE NOIR EST JOLI” tee. In light of the recent movements, Mr. Hamilton went back in his archive and updated this “vintage” t-shirt with 12 languages instead of the original 5.  His “LE NOIR EST JOLI” message is now beautifully translated into English, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew, Ibo, German, and Japanese; making it a global tee.

“I originally made these t-shirts as a tribute to this intriguing woman’s incredible story. Today, in the environment in which we are currently living, the messages of pride in one’s self from years ago communicate a loud message of the importance of inclusion,” says Travis Hamilton. “This message of inclusion & pride in one’s self & seeing others through nonexclusionary eyes is every bit as powerful today as it was back in ‘the day’.”

We see the world come together in support of Black lives. We see multiple countries condemn police brutality towards Black people. This shows the unified message on the Negris Lebrum “Black is Beautiful” tee is one that the world would proudly wear.

The newly released 12 language version of the t-shirt is available for $55.00 on the www.negrislebrum.com in Women’s and Men’s sizes. The super-soft, 100% combed cotton tees are available in black or charcoal gray.

BlendJet Pocketable Blended & Mixed Drink Maker

Blending on-the-Go: BlendJet, a Pocketable Blended & Mixed Drink Maker

As we see several states begin to open up and several people making the mad dash to enjoy restaurants and bars, but some of you may still be leary about partaking. For those of you not in a rush to head out to the crowds for smoothies and mixed drinks, there is Blendjet, the pocketable blended and mixed drink maker.

BlendJet Pocketable Blended & Mixed Drink Maker

Whether you’re holding up inside your home, backyard or fire escape, the park or just walking, the Blendjet portable blender makes it really easy to cool down with some fun, fruity, blended, or mixed adult beverages. With BlendJet, you can make an unlimited of healthy smoothies, whether you use your own ingredients or their variety of ready-to-blend Jetpack Smoothies. These delicious smoothie blends, all made with real fruit, include Banana Blueberry, Raspberry Dragon Fruit, Mango Matcha, Green Peach Ginger, Mocha Chia, and Tropical Blue.

BlendJet Pocketable Blended & Mixed Drink Maker

This powerful, portable blender also serves double duty; it’s capable of making a dozen tasty cocktails on a single charge. Grab your favorite ingredients and spirits and blend away to some delicious adult beverages. Below are just a few super easy and tasty examples of what you can make.

CITRUS RUM PUNCH

BLENDED CITRUS RUM PUNCH

1/8 cup spiced rum
1/8 cup light rum
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup grapefruit juice
1/4 cup pineapple juice
Lime juice from 1/2 lime
Add all ingredients to your BlendJet portable blender, and blend for 1 cycle. Serve over ice and enjoy!

CUCUMBER COCKTAIL

BLENDED CUCUMBER COCKTAIL

3/4 cup cucumber juice
1/4 cup vodka
1 Tbsp agave
Juice of 1 lime
2 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to your BlendJet portable blender, and blend for 1 cycle. Serve in a glass and enjoy!

TROPICAL BLUE PINA COLADA

BLENDED TROPICAL BLUE PINA COLADA

1/4 cup white rum
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 Tropical Blue JetPack
1/4 cup optional ice
Add all ingredients to your BlendJet and blend for 1 cycle. Serve in a cocktail glass and enjoy!

CRANBERRY MARTINI

BLENDED CRANBERRY MARTINI

1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup Malibu rum
3/4 cup cranberry juice, unsweetened
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tbsp agave
Add all ingredients to your BlendJet portable blender, and blend for 1 cycle. Serve in a fancy glass and enjoy!

GRAPEFRUIT COCKTAIL

BLENDED GRAPEFRUIT COCKTAIL

1/2 cup grapefruit juice
1/4 cup vodka
Juice of 1 lime
Zest of 1 lime
2 tbsp pomegranate juice
2 tbsp agave
Add all ingredients to BlendJet and blend for 1 cycle. Serve in a cocktail glass or sip it right out of the BlendJet!

Now that you see what you can create, what delicious drinks will you make on-the-go?

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have Whiskey & BBQ Pairings

We are a week into the official summer season, and backyard BBQs should be well underway any minute now.  What better time than now to share some must-have BBQ pairings, to get your summer grilling adventures off to a great start. The key to good BBQ is a good sauce, and you’re in luck because we just happen to have the recipe for a great one featuring Proper No. Twelve Whiskey. We invite you to deep dive into this delicious barbecue sauce and a few whiskeys we recommend enjoying with whatever you slather this sauce on.

The Proper Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings
1/2 cup Proper No. Twelve Whiskey
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
1 tbsp Onion Powder
1/2 tbsp Salt
3 cups Ketchup
1/3 cup Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/3 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
Bring it to a boil in a saucepot. Let it simmer for 20 minutes. Serve.

We know what you’re thinking, “BBQs means beer.” Well, you’d be wrong, there is no beer that can enhance and compliment the smoky flavors of BBQ, great whiskey can. Keep reading for some awesome whiskey and bbq pairings.

Benriach 10 Year Curiositas Peated ($54.99)

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

BenRiach 10 Year Curiositas is an innovative peated whiskey that can be savored by those who are curious to discover a new style of smoky single malt. The wood-rich Highland peat used to craft BenRiach imparts sweet peat flavors compared to the more medicinal notes of Islay peat. This expression serves as a delicious pairing with refreshing, creamy coleslaw and the burnt sugar flavors found in baked beans.

The GlenDronach Original Aged 12 Years ($60.00)

The GlenDronach is known for robust, full-bodied, fruit-forward whiskeys. The Original Aged 12 Years epitomizes the historic distillery’s unyielding dedication to the mastery of sherry cask maturation. The richly sherried Highland single malt Scotch whiskey presents sweet fruits, walnuts, dark chocolate, and some sweet soft-spiced oak that will not only stand up to BBQ burgers, steaks, and ribs but also provide a harmonious pairing.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked ($54.99)

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is an ultra-premium spirit in the core line of whiskeys that is twice barreled in White Oak and matured to perfection in handcrafted barrels created at Woodford Reserve’s own cooperage. The barrels are uniquely toasted and charred to create an expression rich in flavor and color. The second custom barreling process creates heavier notes of honey, cream, and vanilla that are magnified alongside sweet aromatic notes. Since Woodford Reserve’s bourbon is perfectly designed to enhance certain food flavors instead of being a flavor destroyer, there is no wrong way to pair the bourbon with anything on your plate!

Starward Nova Australian Whisky ($54.99)

Starward Australian Whisky is a distinct new style of whiskey launched in the US in Spring 2019 that utilizes the unique climate, terroir, and raw materials of Australia. The Starward Nova is a single malt whiskey elementally matured in Australian red wine barrels for 3 Melbourne years. Starward draws influence from the vibrancy of “big red” wines from southeastern Australia. There, the distillery team sources barrel from local wineries that previously held Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. This proximity allows the team to maximize the flavor of the wine permeated into the oak, lending a vibrant red ochre color to the final liquid. The full maturation in red wine barrels creates a light and fruity whiskey with a long and spicy finish. You’ll find it similar to some of the country’s award-winning wines.

Ready to trade in that beer for a spirit but still love the feel of a can? We have you covered with these great rum and bbq pairings from Cutwater Spirits Canned Cocktails (available on Drizly for $9.99 – $12.99 per four-pack).  Rum is the spirit of the summer, and these ready-to-drink canned cocktails will seamlessly keep your party going.

Cutwater Tiki Rum Mai Tai 12.5% ABV

This delicious mix of Cutwater Barrel Aged Rum, Bali Hai Tiki Gold Rum, pineapple, coconut, and citrus combine to balance this bright cocktail with an aged depth.

Cutwater Rum & Ginger 7% ABV

Ginger at the Helm. This Rum & Ginger is like none you’ve ever tasted. It blends Cutwater White Rum, crafted from pure cane sugar; and Cutwater’s spicy ginger beer to create a robust yet balanced craft cocktail. It’s a storm of flavor that is sure to warm your palate.

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

Crystal Head Vodka Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the NYC Pride March and many brands are honoring the anniversary with products to celebrate. In celebration of diversity and equality, multi-award winning, ultra-premium spirit, Crystal Head Vodka released a limited-edition PRIDE BOTTLE. They’ve also released a range of delicious colored cocktails, representing each of the Pride flag colors. These cocktails are a part of their #MADEWITHPRIDE campaign, which also features weekly Instagram Lives. Color plays such an important role in our world. when we think of color, we think of self-expression and a way to communicate.

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

Color evokes a feeling, and this beautiful rainbow bottle and rainbow vodka cocktails shine proudly and brightly to celebrate Pride. It truly is the vodka for the creative spirit. Let’s get you better acquainted with these delicious #MADEWITHPRIDE cocktails. Check out all six CHV cocktail recipes below:

Red: Feelin’ Fruity

Rainbow Cocktails #MadeWithPride & Crystal Head Vodka

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka Original
1 ¼ oz. Fresh Watermelon Juice (muddled)
½ oz. Freshly squeezed Lemon juice
1 bar spoon (tsp) Simple Syrup
1 bar spoon (tsp) Rose Syrup
Garnish with a wedge of fresh watermelon.

Orange: Lady Marmalade

Crystal Head Vodka #MADEWITHPRIDE Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
½ oz. Aperol
1 ½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
1 tsp Orange Marmalade
Top with Prosecco
Crusto-style sugar rim or orange zest for garnish.

Yellow: Golden Girl

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1 ½ oz. Pineapple Juice
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
1 Heaping bar spoon Powdered Sugar
Stir to froth and top with soda water, garnish with a pineapple slice

Green: Loud and PROUD

2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemonade
A handful of Fresh Cilantro
2-3 Slices Jalapeño
Muddle CHV, cilantro, and jalapeno in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into a highball glass with new ice. Top with Fever-Tree Sicilian lemonade, stir and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Blue: Born this Way

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Pinch of salt
1 bar spoon (tsp) Caster Sugar
¼ oz. Blue Curacao
½ oz. Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
1 Egg white
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Dry shake. Add ice to the shaker and shake again. Fine strain into a chilled glass and zest with lemon peel.

Purple: Free-Spirit

Crystal Head Free-Spirit Cocktail

2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup
1 ¼ oz. Butterfly Pea Flower tea
Combine CHV, lemon, and simple. Shake and strain. Pour butterfly pea flower on top

The CHV PRIDE BOTTLE is available in select U.S. markets, Canada and Europe through July 2020. The limited-edition, 750 ml bottle will retail for $49.99 and will be released annually.

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wine Cocktails

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

To say it has been a stressful time is an understatement. We’ve had so much to deal with; so much so that Wine Shops were deemed essential. And truth be told, it has been a necessity. It’s gotten to the point where you need to reach for a glass of wine to escape the mental trauma that is 2020. The problem is, drinking lots of wine has begun to take its toll. Together with all the food we’ve been constantly eating, our sugar intake is double what it used to be. Thankfully, PURE Winery has come to the rescue with the launch of their new PURE Winery zero-carb, zero-sugar wine varietals. Which leaves us with one thing left to ask, ‘Won’t you join us in some zero sugar QuarantWine?”

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

Blending unique and traditional techniques in their wine fermentation process, we’re able to convert all-natural sugars into alcohol. Using blends of only the finest grapes — Pinot Noir, Pinot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Barbera, and Merlot — their wines are crafted by seasoned winemakers in one of Italy’s most respected wine regions. From red and white to sparkling white and sparkling rosé, they have a zero sugar wine variety to match every occasion. This occasion just so happens to all for wine cocktails. We’re sharing some low-calorie cocktail recipes, featuring three out of the four available varietals: PURE White Wine, PURE Red Wine, and PURE Sparkling White. Let’s get to know these guilt-free wines:

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wine Cocktails

Sparkling Rosé:

Light pink in color with orange highlights, this sparkling rosé presents fragrant aromas of citrus, young red fruits, and red flowers. It is full-bodied, smooth, and velvety, with a fine effervescence and pleasantly sharp finish. This is a rosé that will take your palate seamless into the coolness of the fall season. The grapes in this varietal include Pinot, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Our cocktail recommendation? Pour and enjoy it.

Sparkling White:

Clear in color with golden reflections, this sparkling white wine also features a fine effervescence and pleasantly sharp finish. It boasts a vibrant floral and fruity aroma with a fresh scent, complimented by a velvety and full-bodied taste. Grapes in this varietal include Chardonnay and Pinot. The I Feel Good cocktail recipe below gives a new twist on the traditional mimosa.

I Feel Good

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines
5 grams Yerba Mate infused in 50 ml Vodka
Macerate for 1-hour minimum and then strain well and mix.
100 ml Orange juice
Top with PURE Sparkling White
In a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass. Garnish with an Orange peel

White Wine:

Balance is the name of this mellow white. Clear in color with golden reflections, this white blend offers light, floral and fruity notes. While it is full-bodied and fresh, it is well-balanced and boasts a nice acidity on the palate with a velvety finish. Grapes in this varietal include Chardonnay and Sauvignon. You can’t go wrong with a refreshing drink, so we know you’ll love the Green & Fresh cocktail. For those who want a bit of a kick, the Wise Hope cocktail has what you’re looking for. Enjoy them below:

Green & Fresh

Green & Fresh Low Calorie Cocktail

50ml PURE White Wine
50 ml Coconut Water
7 – 9 Big green grapes
Put in a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass.

Wise Hope (Sabia Esperanza)

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

50 ml Tequila white
1 Lemon Juice
30 ml PURE WHITE WINE
30 ml Capresse Cordial*
In a shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass.

*Capresse Cordial
200 ml Herbal Gin (BETTER OPTION) or Vodka
100 ml Honey diluted in water 1:2
Skins of 10 lemons.
5 – 10 Basil leaves
Oregano to taste.
Macerate the above ingredients for 24 hours. Strain with a superbag or coffee filter and ready to use. Garnish with a Basil leaf

Red Wine:

Red wine fans will love this blend for the use of Barbera grapes. Ruby red in color with hints of violet, this blend is a dry, smooth, and drinkable red. It is sharp but balanced and features an aroma that offers fresh and fruity notes of cherries and red fruits. The Barbera and Merlot grapes come together for a soft finish. Merlot-infused coffee beans exist and Barbera is perfect with anything earthy, and the below Stay ay Home cocktail celebrates those flavors.

Stay at Home (Stay in Home)

Zero Sugar, 100% Delicious: PURE Winery Low-Calorie Wines

50 ml PURE Red Wine
30 ml London Dry Gin
6 Strawberries
5 coffee beans
In a cocktail shaker or jar with ice, shake and serve in a glass. Garnish with Strawberries.

The PURE Winery, based in Italy was founded with the vision to create a new category of zero-sugar and zero carb wine to meet the needs of today’s wellness-conscious consumer. PURE is passionate about empowering wine-lovers with a solution to the common dilemma between pleasure and guilt. The wines are crafted by seasoned winemakers in one of Italy’s most respected wine regions. Each PURE Winery bottle is available for $15.00 – $20.00 at Total Wine & More stores and other select retailers in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Pandemic Panache: How COVID-19 is Changing the Fashion Industry

Pandemic Panache: How COVID-19 is Changing the Fashion Industry

Quarantine, but make it fashion.

Although that might have been a phrase uttered in ironic social media posts, the reality is that the fashion industry has experienced major disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, fashion is ever-evolving — and often as a result of social and global change — so it makes sense that some brands are able to roll with the punches and address emerging consumer demands. Let’s take a look at some of the ways the fashion industry has been impacted by the novel coronavirus.

Pandemic Panache: How COVID-19 is Changing the Fashion Industry

Fashion Industry Outlook

Around 50% of small businesses survive for five years or more — and independent designers and even small-but-well-known brands are having a tough time due to COVID-19. While brands owned by luxury conglomerates are weathering the storm just fine (and some have even seen revenue increases since the onset of the pandemic), even high-end independent brands like Tiffany and Co., Mulberry, and Salvatore Ferragamo have endured massive layoffs and multi-million dollar losses. Not surprisingly, most consumers aren’t in a position to drop a ton of cash on a brand name bag or an expensive necklace right now.

It’s also important to note that the global supply chain for brands has seen major upsets, especially when it comes to fast fashion. Brands aren’t able to deliver low-cost products quickly, as their suppliers have often been cut off due to the virus. As a result, many stores (like Zara) have shut location doors permanently and others (like H and M) have offered massive mid-season sales to make up for the loss in revenue. Even Anna Wintour of Vogue has hinted that the pandemic could spell the end of the road for fast fashion.

Fashionable Face Masks

Still, creativity continues to thrive — and necessity is the mother of invention, as is evidenced by the many designers who have switched gears from couture dresses to face coverings. From Eva Franco and Alice + Olivia to independent Etsy shops, brands have been making — and selling out — face masks for months. Even major corporations like Disney and sports organizations have gotten into the game. Now that the CDC agrees that mask-wearing is essential for all persons over the age of two, consumers are eager to get their hands on reusable fabric masks that can protect them in public spaces. Despite the fact that 93% of kids have seen a doctor within the last year, both children and adults want to do what they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus. That means there’s a major market for face coverings. And while no one is making a substantial income from these masks (as the unwritten rule is to cover only the cost of materials and minimal labor), it’s a way for brands to stay in the public eye, keep employees busy, and provide a much-needed product to the masses.

Work-From-Home Style

In-person fashion shows, like so many events, have gone digital. The combination of travel restrictions and social distancing requirements makes strutting down the catwalk or sitting in the front row next to impossible. And while some people are looking for a bit of escapism, many others just want to be comfortable.

Around 60% of millennials say that improved technology will make the need for face-to-face conversations obsolete — and we’ve seen that put to the test throughout the pandemic. Although it may have been surprising to some, the fact is that business meetings and social get-togethers can take place to great effect via video chat.

As a result, much of the workforce is being productive from their living rooms. While they might be inclined to wear a nice shirt or blouse on top, many of these employees are wearing sweatpants or loungewear on the bottom. And those who have been laid off and have nowhere to go are also opting for ultimate comfort. Sales of pajamas increased by 143% in April, while purchases of pants, bras, and jackets dropped by percentage points in the double digits. And although Crocs saw some major sales thanks to the pandemic and many athletic footwear companies have seen some successes, overall shoe sales were down in Q1 of 2020.

That said, these trends might reverse as states start to reopen. When China finally reopened, one Hermes store had its biggest sales day in history because consumers were so eager to get back to other shopping habits. Still, some are saying that transitioning from comfy clothes to restrictive workwear might not be easy, particularly because weight gain has proven common during the quarantine. Online secondhand clothing sales, especially those on platforms like Poshmark and Mercari, have been fruitful throughout the pandemic — but once retailers and thrift stores start to reopen, it’s possible that those sales might start to dip.

But what might happen over the next couple of months is still a bit of an unknown, especially as confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise in areas that have already reopened. We might well have to brace for a second wave, which could cause us to revert to our pandemic habits — but brands might be better prepared for that possibility now that they can more accurately predict consumer behavior.

Black-Operated Brands You Can Support Today

Put Your Money Where the Movement Is: Black-Operated Brands You Can Support Today

In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others, people across the United States have started speaking out against police brutality in Black communities. The past few weeks have seen protests in every state in America and in at least 40 countries around the world, countless petitions to get justice for Black Americans who have been killed by the police, and crowdsourced lists of organizations to donate to. As the initial wave of protests subsides, many people have been wondering how they can continue to fight against racial disparities in this country.

Black-Operated Brands You Can Support Today

In addition to keeping this necessary conversation going even as the media cycle focuses less on the protests, a great way to help ensure that Black communities receive the reparations they deserve is to support Black-owned and Black-operated businesses. Whether you physically go to businesses in your community or you support businesses across the country by shopping online, you can fight inequality in the long-term by putting your money where your mouth is and giving Black businesses your hard-earned cash. There are 30.2 million small businesses in the U.S. and all it takes is a simple Google search to discover which of these are owned and run by Black entrepreneurs. To get you started, here is just a small list of some of our favorite Black-owned and Black-operated brands.

Castamira Swimwear

Castamira Swimwear - Black-Operated Brands You Can Support Today

Chantel Davis, a Jamaican-born model, founded this luxury swimwear brand in 2017 and hasn’t stopped her entrepreneurial efforts since. Davis wants Castamira to be a swimwear company for all women, regardless of their size, shape, or skin color. Before she founded the brand, Davis went to university and then signed with Wilhelmina Miami to work as a model for three years.

After seeing the same thin body type over and over again in the modeling industry, Davis was inspired to launch a swimwear brand that aimed to make all women feel comfortable, sexy, and confident in their own skin. Davis designs Castamira swimsuits so that they highlight the small of the back, support the bust, embrace curves, and elongate legs. Every inch of these swimsuits is catered to the female form so that any woman can have fun in the sun while feeling undeniably beautiful.

The Doux

The Doux Haircare

The Doux is a professional approach to curly hair that delivers real results without all of the hype. Maya Smith, a licensed cosmetologist, developed The Doux in a textured hair salon with extensive research and development and thousands of transitioned clients. Smith developed The Doux to treat any style of hair, whether it has natural curl definition or it’s been thermally straightened. With Smith’s innovative product, she’s squashed the battle between straight and curly and proved that any kind of natural is beautiful.

Black Girl Sunscreen

Shontay Lundy's Black Girl Sunscreen

Shontay Lundy created Black Girl Sunscreen in 2016 to help Black people protect their skin against harmful UV rays. Lundy formulated this sunscreen specifically for darker skin tones so that it doesn’t leave a white residue or cast after you apply it. Whether you love laying out on the beach or you’re among the 162 million people who make up the U.S. civilian labor force and spend your working hours out in the sun, you can use this sunscreen to protect your skin. It is also reef-friendly, as it is made with an all-natural formula free of harmful parabens and fragrances.

JustFab

Black-Operated Brands You Can Support Today

JustFab is a fashion-subscription e-commerce site that provides members with a personal shopping experience and is part of TechStyle Fashion Group’s portfolio of brands, which also includes Savage X Fenty, Fabletics, and ShoeDazzle. Daria Burke helps ensure JustFab’s success as their Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). In this position, Burke oversees all marketing functions and pilots JustFab’s global brand awareness and positioning.

Prior to joining JustFab in 2019, Burke led various fashion and retail advertising partnerships at Facebook and Instagram; was a founding team member of Rent the Runway, and served as Head of Beauty Strategy, Innovation, and Experience at CVS. Although Burke is early in her career at JustFab, she is sure to give the fashion brand a boost with her extensive expertise. Bet you didn’t know, JustFab was a Black-operated brand.

Mielle Haircare

Mielle Haircare

With a focus on health from the inside out, Mielle products have shaken up the hair care market since the company’s 2014 launch. Monique Rodriguez is the company’s founder and CEO and used her nine years of experience as a registered nurse to create a line of natural beauty products for all hair types. At an affordable price, you won’t need to pawn precious stones to get the cash you need to purchase Mielle products. You can easily find these natural products at major stores like Walmart or purchase them online to support Rodriguez and her business directly.

Glam Body

Danika Berry's Glam Body

Danika Berry created Glam Body in 2017 with the goal of making skin look and feel better with natural ingredients. Glam Body’s coffee scrubs are vegan and cruelty-free, containing jojoba oil, coconut oil, and coffee. This combination of ingredients helps fight stretch marks, cellulite, hyperpigmentation, eczema, dull skin, and aging effects.

French Deal

French Deal Mens Fashion

Steeven Kodjia started in a competition-winning dance crew at the O’Tentick dance company, a Parisian-based dance studio. While he performed at concerts and in music videos, he developed a strong interest in men’s fashion. After frequent trips to New York City to search for streetwear styles he couldn’t find elsewhere, he decided to start his own fashion label, French Deal.

French Deal is based on Parisian hip-hop looks and VOLUME 4, Steeven’s latest collection, aims to shine a positive light on Africa. With this collection, Steeven wants to challenge stereotypical beliefs to prove that Africa has an amazing fashion scene with a rich history and culture.

Glow by Daye

Glow by Daye Hair Tools

Glow by Daye is a brand that sells high-quality hair maintenance tools and products to help you meet your hair goals. Ranay Orton, a self-proclaimed lazy natural, wanted simple solutions to care for her hair and didn’t find them on the market. So, she created her own. Whether your hair goals are focused on length, moisture retention, or prolonging hairstyles, Orton’s products are designed to help you.

Rucker Roots

Rucker Roots Haircare

Sisters Ellen Rucker Sellers and Ione Rucker-Jamison launched Rucker Roots, a line of healthy products to help all hair types. Their products are derived from vegetable roots, such as ginger root, carrot root, and turnip root. You can shop the Rucker Roots collection for individual shampoos and conditioners or for multi-step systems to boost your hair’s health.

Whether you want to treat yourself to a piece of luxury fashion or you’re looking for affordable products to use in your daily life, you can support Black businesses. Use these companies as a starting point and remember to share your favorite brands with your friends and family. By creating a network of financial support for Black-operated businesses and recognizing the achievements of Black entrepreneurs, we can help Black communities thrive.