So apparently August is BLACK BUSINESS MONTH, and no one told me.....
( I swear I'm late to everything)
In honor of BBM, I want to shout out 31 of my FAVORITE BLACK BUSINESSES in no particular order of course because honestly I could never rate these amazing individuals ....
Note: Alot of these are my own personal contacts......
So sue me, I gotta good BLACK lawyer
1. Beatrice Dixon, owner of The Honey Pot Feminine care products
This black owned line of care products are vegan,fragrence free, sulfate free , paraben free and safe girls/teens too.You can find these dope products in your local Target and Whole Foods!
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2. Jessesca Dupart, owner of Kaleidoscope Hair Products
Now you know this lady holds a special place in my heart ,after seeing her speak last February for FREE (and she has grown half of black America's edges back after Beyonce snatches them on the regular ).This hair mogul turned inspirational speaker is the owner of Kaleidoscope Hair Products , you know the one that sells Miracle Drops? She has an entire line of amazing products for all different hair types!
3.Kashmir Thompson, owner of Kashmir. VIII
If you ever been to my home or seen me out, you will probably notice her art. From shower curtains to tote bags, Thompson's eye catching original art work is always a statement in any from. Her pieces are always super fun, bright and of course original.
This black girl is truly magical (maybe its because she is from Cleveland)
4. Raynell 'Supa' Steward ,owner of The Crayon Case
From 'Kitchen Nightmare' to owning a successful cosmetic company, The Crayon Case. I couldn't possibly not mention IG celeb turn businesswoman, 'Supa'. Ive followed this woman for YEARS listening to her hilarious tales #storytimeWithSupa, to watching her family grow along with her business. This woman has capitalized off of being candid, unapologetic, and authentic.
5. Shalah Turner, owner of Conscious Consulting
She is a business woman, a college graduate, a Delta, a world changer,native Clevelander and a mom....And that's just what she does during the week (outside of the mom gig). She is your favorite rappers consultant and helps feed a few thousand people everything thanksgiving.I have had the pleasure of knowing this woman on a personal level and watched her conduct business with the same grace, and passion that she gives on a personal level. Her and her team offer everything to get your business off to right start from business strategy to project management .
If you are interested in taking your business to the next level click here for more details
6. Mary 'Mz Skittlez' Seats,owner of Cupcake Mafia
Another Cleveland girl making magic on multiple levels. If you are from Cleveland, you probably remember her humble beginnings as a local rapper (you know, Skittlez with the colorful hair!), well she is now an author of two books,the owner of Cupcake Mafia, Icing Agency and investor to her daughters business, The Zoey Amore collection (how many infants do you know with their own business?).
7. Patryce Critz, owner of Blended Candles Co.
This awesome New Jersey native is the owner of a small company that literally has every scent you could possibly think of ..If she doesn't have it, trust you can request it!
8. Natasha Herbert, owner of Natasha Herbert Photography
Remember that couple that did an Michelle and Barack Obama theme engagement shoot?
Yea, that was Natasha Herbert.
She is an artist, a visual storyteller, 5 star vender on The Knot,lover of love in all forms, and booked up for probably the next two years,lol.
9. Chef Linda Berry, owner of Chef Linda Berry Catering
Some people make art, some people can cook... Chef Berry has mastered both. Berry offers catering, personal chef services and cooking classes. This amazing chef multiple degrees and certifications paired with her love for good food, this beauty is a beast in the kitchen.
10. Brittney Penn, owner of Lace Xclusive
This New Orleans native is the one behind alot of the signature looks from the gorgeous King Amyiah. Remember those beautiful healthy looking 40 inch bundles, and all that brazilian hair that was colored (and stayed FLAWLESS).... Yea, you guess it, those were Lace Xclusive bundles. Penn is not only a successful business owner, but also a mom to three , college grad and wife. Lace Xclusive not only offers amazing virgin hair but exceptional and reliable customer service.....
11.Chef Eric Roger, owner of Black Box Fix
When you come to Cleveland, after you see the Rock Hall, the Indians ,the Cavs, your next stop has to be Black Box Fox (The Fresh Fix, or Sweet Fix). This dedicated father, husband and chef is the specializes comfort food for almost every palette.
12. Monif Clarke, owner of Monifc.Com
If Barbados didn't give us nothing else, they gave us Monif C (and Rihana of course). Clarke has been a leading trendsetter in plus size fashion for over 10 years. Trailblazing the industry of plus size ready to wear fashion.
13. Teyana Taylor, owner of Junie Bee Nailz
While she is the owner of Junie Bee's, this is totally not why she made my list...
No shade, No T
(After the way sis dragged ole boy who should not be named,I don't want no smoke with Petunia )
This woman literally stopped and restarted her tour in a matter of 48 hours, while still keeping her dates (possibly adding new ones.... Sis, come back to the Land, we miss you), fans happy and team on the road.... If that isn't a boss move, I'm not sure what is..
Keep that same energy, T.
14. Ashley Hairs, Mua and Vlogger for FashnJunkie
I have worked with a few make up artist in my day, and she is definitely one of my favorite go to artist (and not just because sis is one of nearest and dearest ). She is a self taught artist who can literally teach herself anything from acrylic nails, to the newest hair style to sewing a dress. Her channel is humorous,informative and always on trend.
15. Tanisha Jamison, owner of Shaker Child Enrichment Center
This mom of three and newlywed is the owner of a daycare in Shaker Heights, Ohio. SCEC offers reliable , safe, fun care for infants to school age children. SCEC is a Step to Quality 3 Star award winner.
16. Ariq Barrett, owner of Black Kids Can Cook
Chef Ariq is a Philly native who simply wanted more for his community. This father of two and husband has successfully run several non profit events for Philly. Black Kidz Can Cook is a community program teaching young chefs recipes, food safety, budgeting, entrepreneurship ,all while empowering each little chef's self esteem. This program runs all summer in the city of Philadelphia .
17. Sean Coleman, owner of Destination Tomorrow
Sean Coleman heard his community cry, and wiped its tears. After realizing a need for a safe place for the underserved LGBT youth in the Bronx, Destination Tomorrow was born. Destination Tomorrow offers a wide variety of programs the LGBT community including (but not limited to); technology instruction, finical literacy, trans healthcare clinics, support groups, 'KiKi' balls, etc.
18. Ieshia Leverette, Realtor
This proud military spouse and mom of 2 adorable girls is a realtor super woman! She has taken her experience as a military wife and turned into a lucrative business assisting military (and civilian) families find their dream homes. Leverette is a Military Relocation Professional, and a proud member of the Veteran Affairs Real Estate professionals. Ieshia is based out the Virginia area.
19. Jeremy McBryde, owner of Comfort La
Cleveland native (I'm trying to tell y'all, we breed greatness out here ), actor and now restaurant owner, Jeremy McBryde is the owner of one of LA's best restaurants, Comfort La. With the a colorful staff , laid back atmosphere and amazing menu, you can't help but to find a bit of comfort with McBryde in LA.
20. Kelli Lee, Author and Owner of Third Eye Unblind
This talented Houston resident offers custom greeting cards, tarot card readings, poetry and blood type research. She has recently released her self published book, Daily Free Poems.
21. Ashleigh Fehr, Realtor
This Georgia based realtor offers beautiful homes, and top notch service in Atlanta/ surrounding areas. She is a strong negotiator , area expert and trusted resource.
22. Will Jones, owner of Earl X
Artist, Will Jones specializes in vibrant acrylic paintings that make a beautiful addition to any home or office.
23. Chef Geoff Thomas, owner of Nevah Cafe, Get Prepped 4 life and Taste n' See Cle
Chef Geoff Thomas one of Cleveland top young chefs is a husband,dog owner and owner to three establishments . His food affordable and tasty.
This man makes one hell of a taco bar.
24 Camille Janei, owner of Eye Love by Camille Janei
'I believe that everyone should be their own kind of beautiful because bold eyebrows never hurt anyone'
Camille Janei is a Howard and Aveda graduate who owns her own, by invitation only luxury brow studio in Cleveland,Ohio. Her business is not limited to just brows, she offers lashes, microblading, and body waxing
25. Hope Redd, Realtor
Hope Redd is a realtor servicing the Cleveland,Ohio area. Redd specializes in property management , first time buyers and dream homes.
26. Chasity Montgomery, owner of Train Pretty With Chas
Chas is a Cleveland based fitness instructor and health coach. She teaches classes with her community, 'The Pretty Squad' that makes working out fun yet effective.Chas mixes muscle building work outs with a healthy amount of twerking that make her clients feel sexy and free.
27. Greg Tillery, owner of We Dat Food Truck.
Tillery is actually no longer the owner of We Dat Food Truck, but owner of two locations of We Dat in New Orleans,LA. I had the pleasure of stopping by last march on .75 wing Tuesday, and when I tell you i think I got racnch dressing in my hair....Yea, the food was that good. If have a hard night in NOLA don't worry, they are on UberEats!
28. Ming Lee, owner of Snob Life
Ming Lee is owner, stylist hair mogul and now new mom. She has certainly set the standard for elite beauty products in the Atlanta area, and certainly all over. She has expanded way past just virgin hair, and gone into books, lashes,lipglossetc.
29. CeeJay the Mua, owner of Ceejay The Mua
Chicago resident and mom of twin, Ceejay offer personable, and fun beauty experience. CeeJay has an extensive portfolio including celebrity, bridal end editorial. Outside of working for herself she has worked for Sephora, MAC,Ulta, Estee Lauder,etc.
29. Dru Thompson, owner of Dru Christine Fabrics and Design
Thompson is a designer, entrepreneur,mentor and instructor in the Cleveland area. She runs a shop that offers her own designs, vintage items, and rare fabrics.
30. Mark Matthews, owner of The What Knot
Menswear enthousiast, Mark Matthews is an expert on not only what not, and how to knot. His shop located in downtown Cleveland offers a wide arrangement of ties, bowties, socks and speciality tees.
31. Mercedes Davis, owner of Bloom Spa
Bloom offers a variety of plant based beauty and home products. Davis also operates as a licensed esthetician who prides herself using natural products.
So this is my list, one amazing black business person for each day of the month, even though I am totally 17 days behind!This was such a hard list to compile,because I could brag for days about all the amazing beautiful brown people out here killing it. I could honestly do a part two?
Black Businesses Matter.