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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday 2019

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

Take a look below.


ITADI BODY

Itadi Body is a new natural skincare brand launched by Togolese artist and businessman Tabi Bonney. The inaugural line consists of a face wash, toner and moisturizer made out of ingredients sourced from Bonney's family-owned farms in Togo, including the coffee berry—known for its antioxidants and skin protecting properties. Whether you're a product minimalist or newbie needing a starting point with skincare, Itadi Body can be the go-to line to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Riveriswild

Riveriswild is the lifestyle brand tapping into African nostalgia through their eclectic designs. "The name of our brand symbolizes the chaotic fluidity of life," Akinwale Akinbiyi, Riveriswild's creative director, told OkayAfrica in 2017. Their latest collection, Garba, is dedicated to the man Akinyibi bought sweets from during his formative years in Lagos. A standout from this line is the Bloom Hat, featuring two groovy flowers made out of the Riveriswild logo.

Spicegrove Roselle

This is the perfect holiday gift for the sorrel/zobo/bissap lovers in your life. Audrey Powell has bottled up her take on sorrel with Spicegrove Roselle+Ginger hibiscus drink. Named after her family farm that Powell spent her formative years in Jamaica, Spicegrove is the healthy and accessible approach on what she witnessed her mother make during the holidays growing up. What you taste is what you get—a delicious, spice-filled blend of dried hibiscus roselle petals, raw ginger, allspice, cinnamon, lime peel and raw cane sugar.

Ditto Africa

Ditto Africa is an emerging, centralized mobile marketplace where one can shop a curated array of fashion brands from Africa and the diaspora. The platform features designers including Nigeria's Orange Culture, Haiti's Petit Kouraj, Egypt's Okhtein and more. Be sure to take a closer look at Ditto Africa's jewelry selection—they're to die for.

54kibo

Nana Quagraine founded 54kibo to make contemporary African interior design more visible, accessible and authentic. "After the birth of our twins, my husband and I hosted a Ghanaian Naming Ceremony in Brooklyn, New York; a day filled with love and the beauty of my culture," she says on 54kibo's website. "This day inspired me, and created a sense of urgency to build 54kibo, to share the beauty of the African diaspora with my children and the world." The online platform features stunning home decor items, furniture, home decor for kids, as well as rugs and carpets.

Vitae London

Vitae London, founded by William Adoasi, has been the brand that makes beautiful watches affordable and stylish. Based in London, it consistently produces high-quality genuine leather band or stainless steel band watches, that are built with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass. Vitae London is all about giving back as well. Proceeds from each watch sold contributes to the lives of schoolchildren on the continent via new school uniforms and a solar light that helps them study safely at night.

UOMA Beauty

UOMA Beauty is the latest African-owned makeup brand to watch. Founded by Nigeria's own Sharon Shuter, a former beauty executive, UOMA looks to shake up the rules of inclusivity and diversity in the beauty industry. The brands range includes eyeshadow palettes, eyeliner, brow pencils and gels, vibrant lipsticks and glosses, as well as foundation and concealers formulated especially for women of color.

BONUS: OkayAfrica Shop

If you're looking for fun accessories, records, and graphic tees that represent for the culture, look no further than our very own OkayAfrica shop. The shop is stocked up with best-sellers like the Toussaint L'ouverture tee, the popular Africa Prism t-shirt, our new collection for Jidenna's '85 to Africa' tour, OkayPlayer's The Roots-inspired Illadelph jersey and plenty more for all your streetwear needs.

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Trump Plans to Extend Travel Ban to Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea & Three Other Countries

Here's what the travel ban could mean for these nations.

On Tuesday it was announced that Donald Trump's administration plans to extend its infamous travel ban to include seven new countries, many of them in Africa.

The countries named on the list, include Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and the Eastern European nation of Belarus. Politico first broke the news.

According to The Washington Post, the move would likely not be a complete ban on citizens looking to enter the US, however it could place various visa restrictions on some government officials and on those seeking certain type of visitor and business visas.

Some nations could also be banned from participation in the diversity travel lottery program, which grants green cards. Trump has threatened to sack the program in the past.

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Photos: Here's What Happened at Daily Paper & Free the Youth's Design Talk for Accra's Young Creatives

Founders of the popular brands discussed all things African streetwear in a conversation facilitated by OkayAfrica and moderator Amarachi Nwosu.

Last week, Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand Daily Paper and Ghanaian streetwear label Free the Youth held a talk for young creatives at the Mhoseenu design studio in Accra, Ghana.

Moderated by Melanin Unscripted creator Amarachi Nwosu and presented in partnership with OkayAfrica, the design-based conversation explored everything from sustainable practices in manufacturing, to the overall evolution of streetwear globally. The founders of Free the Youth, which was been called Ghana's number one streetwear brand, expanded on how they've been able to build their audience, and shared details about their community-based initiatives.

They event, which took place at the Daily Paper Pop-up Store in Accra last Friday, drew a fashionable and creative-minded crowd ready to partake in a design discussion between West Africa and Europe.

Check out some of the action that took place at the Daily Paper x FYT event below, with photos by Abena Boamah.

Find more upcoming OkayAfrica events here.

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Watch the Hazy Music Video for Burna Boy's 'Secret' Featuring Jeremih and Serani

Burna Boy drops a new music video for a fan favorite from his Grammy-nominated album 'African Giant.'

Grammy-nominated Burna Boy shares the music for the latest single "Secret," a fan favorite from his seminal album African Giant.

The track, which features American singer Jeremih and Jamaican dancehall artist Serani, is arguably one of the album's most fun and memorable tracks. The song gets a hazy music video starring the three artists in various dimly-lit, monochromatic settings. The video was directed by David Camarena.

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Listen to J Hus' New Album 'Big Conspiracy'

The artist's highly-anticipated sophomore album features Burna Boy, Koffee and more.

J Hus is back. The heavyweight British-Gambian artist returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Big Conspiracy.

The 13-track album features the likes of Burna Boy, who joins the artist on the upbeat track "Play Play," as well as buzzing Jamaican artist Koffee who appears on the track "Repeat," one of the album's clear standouts.

It also features a new artist by the name of iceè tgm on three tracks. Some fans have speculated that the mysterious artist is J Hus' sister. The album includes the previously released single 'Must Be,' which he dropped in November of last year.

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