I’ve been trying to share useful resources and support online for the Black Lives Matter Movement, and I’ve been very aware that I haven’t actually said anything in my own words. The truth is that I’ve been scared of saying the ‘wrong’ thing. Then I watched the Duchess of Sussex say that “the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing” and she’s right. The support for PoC and the Black Lives Matter movement and all of the resources and awareness created and spread has been incredible. The petition signatures (click here) speak volumes.
We also have to remember that this is something that we have to take offline too, that’s where this matters most. To educate, to have these important discussions, and to sign and donate. All that we can do now is to pledge to continue to learn and educate ourselves and those around us, to make sure that this doesn’t become a one-off trend of support or just an old IG highlight, and to be the allies that we should have been a very very long time ago, and for that I’m so sorry. I’m angry at myself for not being more educated before this, but I’m taking accountability now and trying to rectify that. It isn’t enough to not be racist we HAVE to be anti-racist. In this time of hatred and fear, let’s spread all the love and kindness that we can.
As a female freelancer myself, I’m all for supporting female-led businesses. Here are some female-run Black businesses that I would really encourage you to buy from when shopping online.
I’ll be up front and say that prior to the BLM Movement, I wasn’t following, or even had heard of most of these companies. I find independent businesses on Instagram through seeing friends share them, and so the fact that I rarely ever saw any Black businesses shared is both a complete fault in our society, as well as failure on my part which is why I’d love them to have some support now and I will always actively try and seek to spend money with Black led businesses.
Roccia Jewellery are a London based Etsy-selling company, who create gorgeous jewellery inspired by Africa and Morocco.
Boucleme is a plant-based curly hair-care and style company. I’ve tried their products before in a Latest In Beauty box, whilst it isn’t catered to my wavy hair, their products smell amazing and make your hair so soft. Definitely one for any curly-haired girls!
Lux Skincare is what it says on the tin – luxurious skincare with incredible reviews, that is stocked in Liberty London, and can also be purchased online.
Uoma Beauty (shoppable on Cult Beauty for all UK readers) is a makeup brand, hailed for its diverse foundation shade line.
UK based Vegan and Sulphate free haircare.
Vegan and cruelty-free luxurious organic body and face oils.
A luxury clothing brand. Their shirts are just stunning.
Underwear and lingerie in nude tones that reflect every skin colour.
Vibrant female fashion with Nigerian influences.
Our Lovely Goods
Natural Wax Candles and organic oils.
Funky prints, puzzles and colouring books for women.
The Letter Well
Gorgeous calligraphy and prints!
All things plants, pots and cacti!
Colourful prints and cards, shoppable on Etsy.
Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium
The most AMAZING cakes for any occasion.
Ladies Loungewear and causal fashion (what we’re all living in at the moment).
Brooklyn Brownie Co
Handmade brownies delivered to your door (making me very hungry).
The Treats Club
If you have any recommendations to add to this list please comment it below or message me so that I can make amendments. I truly believe that a change is coming as long as we keep this momentum alive!