A few weeks ago we posted an Indie brand directory that focused on Black-owned businesses across the globe. This week, we want to continue to champion individual talent, and celebrate innovative ideas from the Black community. We've collated a further directory of Black-owned businesses, from illustrators to photographers, consultants, educators and creatives of all kinds. Some that we've been fans of for a while and others from your recommendations.
Following and investing in a diverse range of people and their work is a good place to start, but it must go further than this. Racism is a deep-rooted problem and the actions we impose have to have sustenance and depth in order for real change to occur.
We shared a video by Brandon Goodman this week where he spoke the very true words ‘change needs commitment, and then it needs recommitment’.
So, we are taking time this Sunday to reflect on some other tangible, productive ways we can be allies to Black people, communities, and businesses. Being an ally is an investment, so please use our blog and directories as a starting point, and then do more.
Illustrators and Designers
Kafi Kafi co - Vibrant designs and colourful patterns, and leafy joy! https://www.instagram.com/kafikafico/
Art by Malaya - https://www.instagram.com/artbymal.ig
Abstract faces, beautiful lines and and great colour palettes.
Laci Jordan - https://www.instagram.com/solacilike/
Laci is an artist and creative director currently living in Los Angeles. Her brand ‘So Laci Like’ is a creative space with no censor or filter. Laci’s inspiration for her work is the lack of visibility of Black women creatives in the industry. Some of her prints are on sale on her website http://www.solacilike.com/
Wild Logic by Edinah - a multi-disciplined artist and designer using mixed mediums to visually communicate her work. ‘I design intending to inspire others while creating positive social impact;. - https://www.instagram.com/wildlogic/
https://www.instagram.com/temi.coker/ - Temiloluwa Coker is a multidisciplinory artist, born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and now lives in Dallas, Texas USA.. His mix of vibrant colors and textures come from his upbringing in Nigeria as well as his love for the African Diaspora. His style focuses on evoking emotion through color, patterns and storytelling.
Jo Elvis is a London wedding photographer who loves photo story telling, especially tales of love and specialises in alternative weddings. She is dedicated to letting her clients take the lead and do things their way. ‘My favorite weddings to shoot are those that represent you as a couple, rather than traditions or trends. There’s so much more to see, to feel, and to immortalize that way.’
Florence Lucky @florencelucky
Based in Sweden, Florence’s creativity shines through in her fun, colourful make-up looks. Follow her journey into the make-up world on her instagram!
Joy may be a well known name to you if you're involved in the make-up world. Committed to celebrating the skin you are in. Joy’s make-up looks are all about self-expression and confidence. Educator, mentor, and content creator Joy’s instagram feed is full of amazing makeup looks, tutorials and more.
These guys are masterminds of indoor landscaping! Their instagram is our go-to for inspiration when it comes to home decor, visual arts and house plants!
Malene Barnett - Brooklyn based artist sharing her African heritage with the world. Creating a vast range of pieces from sculptures to deepen her understanding of her cultural identity.
Sharon is the creator of ‘Seeing Ourselves’, Celebrating Black women through art - check out her stunning pieces here:
Charlotte Edey is an artist & illustrator working across print, textile and embroidery. Symbolism and myth inform her interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections of identity and the spiritual. The experience of womxn of colour is centered in her commentary on the politics of space. Her dreamy scapes are equally calming and intriguing, and her colour palette and tapestries are stunning.
@crewel_therapy - Stitching from her experience as a Black Queer Femme, Crewel Therapy creates freehand statement embroidery and cross-stitch.
An exciting mix-media artist who creates bold, colourful pieces and works with typography too, with a current focus on digital media.
Sarina Mantle - Wild Suga
Sarina is artis, designer, and author of The Selfcare Colouring book - Women+ Patterns + Plants. Sarina describes her work as art for the mind, body & soul.
Derwinisha - @gtf2creep
Derwinisha is a self- traught and very talented artist. Her work consists of colourful canvases, commissions and murals.
@KitschNoir is a black owned greeting card brand on a mission to share the love, laughter and power of Black-British experience. Cherelle, the founder and designer of each card aims to celebrate the beauty of a more inclusive, and diverse society through her work.
Shop their website here
Lulu Kitololo Creative Studio
@lulukitololo - Using creativity to help you thrive - Lulu is an artist and designer, aiming to inspire and support other African and diaspora creatives to create the businesses and lives they want. She offers wonderful branding and voice for people who dream of making a living from their creativity but who don’t know where to start. See more at http://www.afri-love.com
A social Enterprise and artist development platform challenging the current climate of the music technology industry, Working to support women and gender minorities in music and music tech.
EDUCATORS AND CONSULTANTS
Aja Barber - @Ajabarber
Aja is a wonderful educator, writer and fashion consultant, specialising in race, intersectional feminism, sustainable ethical fashion - and especially in how all of those interlink. From the effect fast fashion is having on developing nations, to how fashion can be used to empower and how you can buy better. If you find her resources of value, consider becoming a subscriber - she uses patreon which is an important platform for creators and educators to make sure they’re paid for the work they do and the resources they create.
Ateh Jewell - https://www.instagram.com/atehjewel/?
Ateh is a speaker, consultant and journalist specialising in Beauty. Her mission is to champion more diversity within the beauty industry. Inspired by her daughters, Ateh didn’t want her girls to grow up in a world that made them feel insecure about their hair, beauty and identity. Her website, Jewel tones Beauty is a hub of creativity and education on beauty for darker skin tones. Ateh also works as a social media content and strategy consultant through here digital agency www.couturecommunications.com
The Bristol Homeopath - @bristolhomeopath
Take the path to happier skin - Natalie is a qualified homeopath who specialises in addressing skin issues, hormonal problems and anxiety.
Natalie has weekly newsletters which explore all things skin, and offers a free 30m chat to talk through your skin complaints.
Parent Partnerships is a consultancy platform founded by Kamilah Bonfield, that helps parents feel more confident with the National Curriculum. Parent Partnerships aims to bridge the gap between parents and schools and increase parental engagement in their children's learning journey in and out of school. Parent Partnerships encourages Parents and children to work collaboratively through workshops, afterschool clubs and home tutoring sessions. Their instagram is full of top tips of how to support children with home-learning which is especially helpful at the moment.
Emma Slade Edmondson is a sustainable fashion guru and owner of a leading social media consultant agency. Emma’s instagram is the perfect combination of home truths and positivity! She really knows her stuff when it comes to social media, and it’s more than evident that she has an eye for ethical style. Emma has over 10 years expertise in fashion and marketing, and offers change-making consultancy on a freelance basis. You can check out her website here.
Diversity-focused Social Media & Influencer Marketing Agency, founded by the wonderful Marketing Consultant and Sustainability Advocate Charlotte Williams - (@charlottesevensix) At the centre of their campaigns is people, faces, colour, responsibility. As a woman of colour, Charlotte is conscious of the fact that in far too many cases the absence of diversity and equality is prevalent in marketing today.
Charlotte also co-hosts @sustainablyinfluenced which guides people through the minefield of sustainability.
Jamie Walker - The Unwedding Wedding Wedding Celebrant.
Jamie is a celebrant based in Norfolk who specialises in modern weddings! Her focus lies with celebrating the couple and their love, rather than sticking to outdated traditions. Jamie and her couples create bespoke ceremonies that suit them. In the past Jamie has led a gin blending ritual as part of a wedding!
Facilitating Black Girl Magic. Culturally appropriate psychotherapy and life coaching for Black and African women. Yema is an Angolan healer, psychotherapist and life coach. Her practice seeks to spiritually liberate Black and African people to heal the collective trauma resulting from slavery, colonisation and neo-coloniallism. Yema has worked with migrant women, survivors of domestic violence and has worked through trauma, anxiety, low self esteem and depression with her clients.
Nehanda specialises in helping Mamas heal, awaken and live spiritually, holistically and consciously. Aside from her success as a Holistic Wellness Coach, Nehanda is also a writer, speaker and Mama of 2.
All of our directories are a work in progress and will be ongoing and added to, if you have any suggestions of people and businesses for us to include, please send an email to email@example.com