Now that it is Black History Month, it is the perfect opportunity to start supporting Black Creatives. This is something we should be taking the time to do all year round but now is just as good of a time as any, to get started. It’s actually a lot easier than you think. Here are a few easy ways to find and support Black Creatives in your area.
The first step is to check labels when shopping. A lot of large retailers are beginning to carry products from diverse backgrounds. This means that there are entire sections dedicated to stocking ethically sourced, cruelty-free, and that’s right… products from black creatives and black-owned brands. Take the time to understand where your products are sourced and where the ingredients are coming from prior to purchase. You’ll find that most black-owned beauty brands pride themselves on only using naturally derived ingredients. This means that not only are you supporting a Black Creative but you are also limiting the amount of toxic chemicals you use; talk about a win-win.
The second step is to do your research. A simple Google or Yelp search can procure a list of shops, restaurants, music scenes, etc. for you to check out. All of which are black created, and black-owned. This gives you an opportunity to support local Black Creatives and share the talent of people in your area. Take the time to venture out and try new things and get inspired by the people in your neighborhood. You’d be surprised by how many talented Black Creatives share your zip code. There are also plenty of databases, such as Black Owned Business Network, that make it easy for you to find Black Creatives and business owners in your area. All you have to do is enter your city and it will take you to an extensive list of black-owned businesses within your area complete with options to filter your search and find exactly what you are looking for.
Don’t forget to check social media. With so many different platforms, you have the ability to gain access to brands, creatives, and products that you may have never encountered. Social media makes it easier to come across creatives and their work but it also makes it easier to help support them and their craft. You can support Black Creatives in online spaces by engaging with their social media content, purchasing their products, and sharing their posts. A simple story share or comment can do wonders and help the business grow and gain traction by expanding their audience.
Even if you are unable to support Black Creatives by purchasing their products, there are plenty of other ways to support their work. Now that you have a list of ways to support Black business owners, content creators, and artists, tell all of your friends and family! Get others to join in on the effort and spread the word about the amazing Black Creatives you have discovered. Remember that your support is not limited to Black History Month so feel free to show your support year-round.