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Black Lives Matter. In the wake up such sadness, division, and upheaval, I am completely devastated by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Dreasjon Reed, and so many others. I stand in solidarity with the Black community, and hope that this post serves as a helpful and important resource to further antiracism in our communities.

In addition to donating to organizations combating racial injustice, I also urge to consider patronizing more Black-owned businesses: chefs, makers, retailers, and activists—many of whom have also suffered significant losses due to the pandemic.

Here is a list of individual businesses in various cities across the nation that need support now and always. If there are resources not listed that you feel should be included, please add them to the comments below, and I will update this post accordingly!


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For my foodie friends… ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Many of my followers and friends are foodies, food lovers, and food bloggers. So for all those foodies wondering how the hell they can get involved, here are some small but sustainable acts you can take. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 1. SPEND BLACK: Black-owned businesses have less access to credit and face unique barriers due to racial discrimination. They're also more likely than other businesses to employ Black folks. So spend your $$$ intentionally and help balance the scales. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 2. PUT YOUR PHOTOS TO WORK: I see you out there with those magazine quality photos. Order some takeout or delivery from a Black-owned restaurant and make that camera work. Make sure to post your shots on social and on Yelp and Google reviews. As we know in the digital age, visuals MATTER and can really help drive traffic. Email your shots to the restaurant or food business and give them permission to use them for their pages. Give businesses that often don't have the budgets for professional photography or PR firms the chance to shine.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 3. LISTEN TO BLACK FOOD FOLKS: Seriously. Just listen. Start with folks like @thecookinggene and @from_lagos, and don't forget @smallorchids, @whiteplatesblackfaces and so may others! Read Black food books, learn about Black food histories… ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 4. AMPLIFY BLACK VOICES: Don't just post a black square and logout. Intentionally share and amplify Black voices, as now is the time to be an ally and ensure they are being heard. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ PS- These are small acts of protest that we can incorporate into our regular lives… They should continue and become part of our routines but they don't substitute for other, more difficult work that's needed. Deep introspection, active anti-racist work, regular voting, etc… ⁠

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Organizations That Support Black Entrepreneurs

 

  • Support Black Owned. A blog and directory of Black-owned businesses across the world.
  • Food Education Fund. A job training and entrepreneurship program to empower and prepare Black high-school school students for careers in the food industry.
  • Black Girl Ventures. An organization that creates access to much-needed capital for Black and Brown female business owners.
  • Code Fever Miami is shifting the way Black communities engage with and create value within the innovation and tech sectors. Another organization working towards inclusion in the coding community is Black Girls Code.
  • Black and Brown Founders provides community, education, and access to Black and Latinx entrepreneurs with otherwise modest resources. Black Female Founders is another that provides critical resources and information to help Black female founders grow.
  • Okra Academy via The Okra Project trains Black Trans people kitchen basics and recipes to enrich their own culinary lives, as well as prepare them to work as chefs themselves. The Okra Project also provides home-cooked meals for the vulnerable Black Trans community.
  • Uniquely You is an annual summit geared towards the empowerment of young Black teens.
  • Accion. A nationwide nonprofit lending network that bolsters and supports small businesses.

 

For further explorative education on other Black entrepreneurship programs and initiatives, you can find a list here.


Black-Owned Businesses By City

 

If your city is not listed, explore the comprehensive directory on Black Owned, where you can search by city and industry to connect with businesses in your neighborhood and leave reviews to boost their visibility.

The team at Cherry Bombe also put out this extensive list spotlighting Black women and their businesses and projects.

 

Atlanta

 

 

Austin

All of the shops and restaurants to support in Austin’s communities, via Austin Monthly.

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One way to help the current fight for equality: supporting the black-owned shops and restaurants in our community. LINK IN BIO for the full list along with links to their websites. **If you see a business missing from this list, please DM us and we’ll be sure to add them.**⁣ ⁣ RESTAURANTS⁣ @eatbabygreens ⁣ @bahadislounge ⁣ @bigeasyatx ⁣ @dasliceatx ⁣ @fowlerssmokinsoulfood ⁣ @island_fork ⁣ @krabkingzaustin ⁣ @krackofdawn ⁣ @jleonardibarbeque ⁣ @samsbbq_atx ⁣ @sassysvegetariansoulfood ⁣ @tasteofethiopiaaustin ⁣ @the_gossip_shack ⁣ @therollingrooster ⁣ @tonysjamaican ⁣ @winnersbbqcedarhill ⁣ @11degreesdaiquiri ⁣ ⁣ SHOPS AND MAKERS ⁣ @altatudes ⁣ @auctoberlove ⁣ @blackpearlbooks ⁣ @caribreoso ⁣ @chak_therapy ⁣ @divine_culture_clothing ⁣ @goldengoddeszco ⁣ @so.icycosmetics ⁣ @thejazzychica ⁣ @jeanysgingerelixir ⁣ @mjwoodco ⁣ @purpleskybykime ⁣ @ryandownsillustration ⁣ @thriftedfeels ⁣ @uwakstar ⁣ ⁣ Again, please visit the link in bio for the full list (which will continue to be updated). ⁣

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The Bay Area

  • Here is a list of over 200 restaurants in the Bay Area, from the San Francisco Chronicle‘s restaurant critic, Soleil Ho.

Chicago

DC

  • list of black-owned restaurants still open in the DMV, via Black food writer and advocate Anela Malik’s insightful blog.
  • Busboys and Poets is a multi-location “community gathering place for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.” You can support them at this time by ordering from the full lunch and dinner menu available online.

Denver

Houston

  • A list of Black-owned business, particularly restaurants in Houston listed from local news outlet.
  • Black-owned businesses and services with this colossal directory from local site Houston Buy Black.
  • Locally small business with reasonable pricing listed here.
  • Visit Houston provides recommended places to visit while in Houston. Many of the popular Black-owned restaurants are listed along with websites and further details.

Los Angeles

  • Kat Hong, an editorial assistant at The Infatuation, has compiled an extensive Google Sheet that’s very helpfully sorted alphabetically by neighborhood, which means you should be able to find at least one option near you.
  • Here is another list of 85 Black-owned food businesses from the L.A. Times.

Louisville

Minnesota

New Jersey

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*Please check out the LINK IN MY BIO to get access to the FULL list with 430+ restaurants!* ⠀ EDIT: If you would like a list of these restaurants by each NJ county, feel free to check out my most recent post! ⠀ I was inspired to create this list after seeing @milkkarten’s most recent post. ⠀ ⠀ The list consists of Black-owned restaurants across New Jersey that are currently open for takeout, and contactless delivery for many. To access the FULL list, please click the link in my bio. Please support these restaurants today, tomorrow, and always. ⠀ ⠀ Black Lives Matter. ⠀ ⠀ If you have any additions or edits, please DM me/comment below. ***Please keep in mind that there are many more restaurants (430+) listed on the actual spreadsheet itself, which you can find in the link in my bio! Thank you!

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NYC

Portland

Seattle

 


Black-Owned Restaurants Supporting Protestors

 

Here is a special shout-out to restaurants, already hit hard by COVID-19, that are choosing to stay open and nourish protestors with food, supplies, and kind words:

 

 

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.

 

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