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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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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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11 Black Owned Beauty Brands To Keep You Glowing This Holiday Season

These will make great gifts for the beauty lover in your life—especially if that person is you.

This is our second 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.

Some of the most useful, stimulating and loving gifts you can get for your boo, loved one (or yourself) during the holidays are beauty and body products. Nothing says "I appreciate you" better than giving a gift that one can actually use, and that makes them feel more luxurious and beautiful - especially during the cold, skin-cracking months ahead.

See our 2019 Black Friday and holiday shopping guide here

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'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

If you're having a tough time recalling the last movie you watched from Djibouti, it's likely because you have never watched one before. With an almost non-existent film industry in the country, Lula Ali Ismaïl, tells a beautiful coming of age story of three young female Djiboutian teenagers at the cusp of womanhood. Dhalinyaro offers a never-before-seen view of Djibouti City as a stunning, dynamic city that blends modernity and tradition—a city in which the youth, like all youth everywhere, struggle to decide what their futures will look like. It's a beautiful story of friendship, family, dreams and love from a female filmmaker who wants to tell a "universal story of youth," but set in the country she loves—Djibouti.

The story revolves around the lives of three young friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with completely varied attitudes towards life, but bound by a deep friendship. There is Asma, the conservative academic genius who dreams of going to medical school and hails from a modest family. Hibo, a rebellious, liberal, spoiled girl from a very wealthy family who learns to be a better friend as the film evolves and finally Deka. Deka is the binding force in the friendship, a brilliant though sometimes naïve teen who finds herself torn between her divorced mother's ambitions to give her a better life having saved up all her life for her to go to university abroad, and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

Okayafrica contributor, Ciku Kimeria speaks to Ismaïl on her groundbreaking film, her hopes for the filmmaking industry and the universality of stories.

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Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition

Stream the deluxe version of Stogie T's EP 'The Empire of Sheep' featuring Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and more.

Stogie T just shared a deluxe version of his 2019 EP The Empire of Sheep titled EP The Empire of Sheep (Deluxe Unmasked). The project comes with three new songs. "All You Do Is Talk" features fellow South African rappers Nasty C, Boity and Nadia Nakai. New York lyricist appears on "Bad Luck" while one of Stogie T's favorite collaborators Ziyon appears on "The Making."

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