The not surprising decision in Missouri, the subsequent turkey eating followed by mass commercialism and spending has had me up in arms for the past five days.I’ve ranted, railed and wailed about Missouri, Florida and Ohio. And after reading a comment from my dad on this very blog, I’ve decided to make a change.
I’ve read so much today about not buying anything won’t make a difference, that they’re going to get their money anyway. And I want to scream again. But all that’s doing is giving me a headache and not getting anything done. Like my father said , “It’s not about me personally.” I just know that I personally can make a change.
This, it doesn’t make a difference mindset is so defeatest, lazy, and myopic. You don’t think your black dollars make a difference to the black business owner? You’re dead assed wrong.
When I moved to Philadelphia in 1987 in the winter, I didn’t realize that by August I would be knee deep in financial aid paper work, registration and dry wall, spackle, paint, carpet, paper cuts, labels. Sometimes working until after the sun set. This was West Coast Video, and it was my father’s store.
He employed family, friends and their kids from the neighborhood. Working there helped partially finance my college education – books, clothes, numerous cups of food truck coffee and eggs on Kaiser breakfast rolls, bus passes and lab fees. Because financial aid only pays for so much. I worked there, in the neighborhood that my father and brothers sisters and my cousins grew up in. I watched him making a business work and giving back by building and making his business there. He could have done this anywhere, but Lancaster Ave, or Overbrook/West Philly (that’s what I call it) is where it was.
It wasn’t just about the money either. Experiences were had – I met Will Smith there (yes, that one), hanging out at the basketball court across the street before work on a Saturday watching my dad and his friends play against their sons. Water ice and mustard pretzels. My life is forever changed because of that experience.
My dad is an entrepreneur. Always working, never giving up.
And that spirit, coupled with what’s going on now has led me to this buying guide, with links to online, black owned businesses that I have ordered from and/or support by word of mouth.
I don’t have the money to buy these products myself at this time, but with social media, you can now support in so many other ways. If you’re looking for something unique, wearable art, aromatic bath and body items…..here’s a list of just a small sample of what’s out there.
You do make a difference by redirecting your energy. It may not be college, it may not be a grand vacation. Some months it’s the house payment, the car, shoes…….it takes just one….
All of these are health, beauty and fashion. I will put up a more detailed list by description within the next few days.
Hair and Beauty and Fashion
Sisters With Beauty
SereNiti Bath and Body
My Hair Crush
Pur Body Naturals
Koils By Nature
Obia Natural Hair Care
Natural Girls Rock
Lola’s Sweet Cake Company
Health and Lifestyle
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