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11 Black Owned Accessories & Crafts Brands That Will Ignite Your Creativity This Winter

These unique AF accessories and crafts are the perfect gifts for your artsy loved ones.

This is our fourth gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the OkayAfrica Shop.

It's cold y'all. Well, in some parts of the United States, at least. When it's cold, it feels almost impossible to get out of bed and brave the elements, let alone be creative, motivated and stylish. Or better yet - feel inspired to buy the perfect gift.

See our 2019 #BuyBlack Black Friday and holiday shopping guide here

Thankfully, you don't have to be outside to stimulate your imagination, and the smallest accents can turn your frumpy winter gear into a fabulous fit. We rounded up 9 black owned businesses whose accessories and crafts will have you (or your loved one) feeling lit on the inside, even when it's below zero outside.

Hmm...did we make “lit" work in that sentence? Oh well.


Made by Malyia

Handcrafted jewelry are the defining statements of any outfit. Maylia's jewelry are simple yet stunning short stories of gold, silver and rose gold: thin chokers, sleek layered necklaces and classic nose hoops. The minimal, mesmerizing designs make these pieces timeless treasures.

Effie's Paper

Stationery is so underrated. A dope pen, notebook or even mug, can transform any office into an inviting space. Effie's Paper has got that covered with cup cozies, notebooks, pouches and pens with one line mantras like “I woke up like this" and “black girl magic". Buy these for the writer in your life who is sometimes too lazy or uninspired to write.

GRL TRBL Pins

Afro feminist pins are a thing, and they are adorable and empowering AF. GRL TRBL's pins have a pop culture twist: Beyoncé tells you to “get information", and black sleeping beauty stays woke. Get these tiny yet impactful accents for the person in your life who wears their heart activism on their sleeves - or bags.

Dorcas Creates

Dorcas' stickers, notebooks, pins and even wrapping paper, all have one thing in common: they celebrate the versatility and wonder of black women's beauty. In bold colors, sleek styles and a playful yet chic aesthetic, these accessories and stationery are sure to put a smile on your face and remind you of your greatness whenever you use it.

Peace Images

Cowrie shell rings, mermaid pendant necklaces and stone-studded chokers are just a few of the gems you'll find at Peace Images Jewelry. These soulful and serene pieces are ideal for the loved one with an ethereal presence.

Coloring Pins

Shopping for someone nostalgic for the 90s? Or maybe a person from NYC who is 100 percent down? Coloring Pins has some of the best pins that reference cartoon icons, black culture and NYC catch phrases. Peep their “Deadass" metrocard pin, coconut oil jar pin and deadpan black Daria.

Loza Tam

Last year we showed you some fly headwrap and hat brands, but we just had to include more, as winter is the perfect season to keep your hair warm and protected from the elements. Loza Tam offers brightly printed headwraps, as well as hats, turbans, bonnets and headbands - lined with satin, so your hair is guarded on the inside and withstanding the cold outside.

Don't Sleep Interiors

Your bedroom likes accessories just as much as your body does. Don't Sleep Interiors creates colorful printed pillows with quotes and images of your favorite black revolutionaries, like James Baldwin, Nina Simone and Angela Davis. Perfect for daydreaming about true social change and equality.

Avie's Dreams: An Afro Feminist Coloring Book

Full disclosure: this is our fave item on this list. This gift is for the dreamer and creative in your life who loves to imagine new worlds while consciously striving for social change. In this book, Black women morph into dinosaurs, flowers, goddesses and bodiless beings, while a winding poem strings these eccentric images along. A rare and rewarding find.

Radical Dream Pins

Okay so we really like pins. Can you blame us? They're tiny statements of solidarity, style or substance. They tell micro stories about our personalities and values. And they just make your denim jacket or bag look fucking cool. Radical Dream pins has Hey Arnold!, Proud Family and A Different World pins y'all. We all know someone who adores one, if not all, of those shows.

Nishkami

At Nishkami, you'll find tikkas, apparel and statement chokers in an array of styles and colors. However, their eclectic headwraps - especially the velvet-velour collection - are unique accessories that blend perfectly with the winter.

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Dave's 'Psychodrama' Wins 'Album of the Year' at the 2020 Brit Awards

The British-Nigerian rapper took home the top prize moments after a performance during which he called the British Prime Minister a 'real racist'.

British Nigerian rapper Dave took home the top prize at this year's Brit Awards. His 2019 debut album Psychodrama, which was certified gold in just three months and went on to win last year's Mercury Prize, was awarded "Album of the Year".

However, it was Dave's performance prior to him receiving the award that really stole the show.

According to the BBC, the artist gave a fiery performance of his track "Black" wherein he added a new verse which called out the government and referred to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a "real racist".

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100 Women: Jackie Aina Is the Beauty Guru Challenging the Industry To Pay Attention To Black Women

The Nigerian-American makeup artist is shaking up the beauty industry one tutorial at a time—and she's only getting started.

There are people who view the beauty industry as superficial and fuel for unrealistic standards. Then there is Jackie Aina, a woman who challenges that narrative and uses her platform to make women of all backgrounds feel beautiful in the skin they are in. With more than two million subscribers and counting, the Nigerian-American beauty guru, entrepreneur and former soldier in the U.S. Army has created an undeniable name for herself. Although she is now known as one of the biggest beauty vloggers in the game, it took time and hard work to turn her passion into a career. Despite the measured steps she took some of the people closest to her still don't understand what that means.

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Get Into Shirazee & Saint Jhn's Highly-Addictive 'Juju'

The new music video follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans.

Shirazee is back with his latest single "Juju."

The new song sees the Benin-born singer-songwriter linking up with none-other-than Saint Jhn for a highly-addictive tune built on afro-fusion beat work. The striking new music video for "Juju," which was directed by Tiara Marei, follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans, Louisiana.

"This one is special to me 'cause the song was recorded at a time I needed to break a love-spell that I felt was put on me by a serious crush of mine [laughs]," Shirazee tells OkayAfrica. "Shooting this video in New Orleans, a city with historical ties to my Benin, was such a privilege and does so much justice to the song and theme.

"[I'm] looking forward to releasing new music this year and the first of two EPs called LOST is on the way and it's exciting," he adds.

For more on him, revisit our interview with Shirazee on his journey, taking risks and going independent. As you remember, Saint Jhn featured on Beyoncé and Wizkid's "Brown Skin Girl," one of our favorite songs last year.

Get into Shirazee and Saint Jhn's "Juju" below.

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'Namaste Wahala' Is the Nollywood Meets Bollywood Crossover We've All Been Waiting For

The Nigerian-Indian wedding romcom of our dreams is coming our way this April!

It's no secret that Nigerians and Indians have one major thing in common: over the top weddings. The two cultures are basically neck-in-neck when it comes to beautiful, extravagant (emphasis on the 'extra') weddings, which is why many of us have often fantasized about attending a joint Nigerian-Indian wedding. The good news is that an upcoming romantic comedy, starring some of Nollywood and Bollywood's best, is here to indulge us.

Namaste Wahala is the film debut of Indian businesswoman turned filmmaker Hamisha Daryani Ahuja. She released the first poster for the movie on Tuesday, showing a young couple in elaborate wedding regalia, and it's been met with humor and excitement from people online.

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