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#BuyBlack: 25 Black Businesses to Support on Black Friday

It's about that time to put your money where your mouth is and #BuyBlack this Friday.

This is our fifth 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.


America officially begins the holiday season on Thanksgiving tomorrow—a "celebration" that's been leaving many with a mixed bag of feelings (i.e. the protests at Standing Rock putting so much in perspective).

Ultimately for a lot of folks, it's a great day to spend time with family and to eat your fill.

See OkayAfrica's 2019 #BuyBlack Black Friday holiday shopping guide here

For those that venture into the mission that is Black Friday shopping (kudos to you), it may be worth taking that moment to revert your coins and spend them on black-owned businesses instead.

Take a look at our 25 picks below:

For Women

Photo by Mirza Babic via The Wrap Life's Facebook page.

The goodies the following black businesses sell have gifts for the women in your life who love good vibes, head wraps and all things Africa.

Shop our five picks below:

1. Brooklyn Brujeria

2. The Wrap Life

3. Legendary Rootz

4. Adorned by Chi

5. Orijin Culture Boutique

For Men

Photo via Kimchi Socks' Facebook page.

If the men you know happen to want sleek and clean messenger and camera bags, top knotch skincare products and snazzy socks, we got you!

Shop our five picks below:

1. ONA Bags

2. SPGBK Watches

3. It's Da Balm

4. Armstrong & Wilson

5. Kimchi Socks

For the Kids

Photo via ABC Me Flashcards' Instagram page.

We live for the toys, clothes and learning tools featured that build confidence and intelligence in black children.

Shop our five picks below:

1. The Rad Black Kids

2. My Muse Dolls

3. Dear Naturalista

4. ABC Me Flashcards

5. Mahogany Books

For the House

Photo via Llulo's Facebook page.

Continue to celebrate your loved one's blackness with companies that provide unique interior design items and even portable charging for your gadgets (there's no shame in any of these being a gift to yourself).

Shop our five picks below:

1. Pottery by Osa

2. Llulo

3. Puku

4. Bolé Road Textiles

5. Kashmir VIII

For Skin + Hair

Photo via Eu'Genia Shea's Facebook page.

Depending on where you are in the world, there's always a need to protect and maintain your skin and hair (even better if they're made with all natural ingredients and are black owned). These products do just that from shea butter-based products to brown skin-friendly makeup.

Shop our five picks below:

1. Anita Grant

2. Sacha Cosmetics

3. Beija-Flor Naturals

4. Eu'Genia Shea

5. Oui Shave

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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