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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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Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at Christies.com. And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery


The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019


1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."


Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957


Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:

Galleries

31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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