There are lots of ways to support the struggle against police brutality. You can donate money to a local, grassroots organization. You can join a protest if you feel you can do so safely. You can educate yourself and, if you are white, talk to other white people about racial justice. But one of the most direct and sustainable ways to support the Black community is to shop at Black-owned businesses, many of which have also been disproportionally affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Here, we’ve created a directory of over 100 Black-owned businesses you can support in seven different categories: beauty brands, bookstores, clothing and accessories, food and drink, fitness, home décor, and gift shops and beyond. The recommendations are pulled from a variety of sources — including our writers’ and editors’ reporting — and we’ve written about many of them before. Over the last couple of days, we’ve done some more in-depth research into Black-owned businesses we hadn’t covered in the past, and at the top of each category, you’ll find a more in-depth explanation of our reporting methods. We acknowledge that this list is far from complete, and skews toward New York City-based businesses (where most of our team is located), but we will continue to update and add more national and non-New York local businesses moving forward. If you want to jump to a specific category, use the links below.
Rebecca Allen’s shoes come in three simple silhouettes — minimalist two-strap high heels, a pump, and pointy toe flats — and five different shades of “nude” that cover a wide range of skin tones.