It is now officially the last day of Black History Month. We were able to celebrate the history that is so rich in the African-American heritage throughout the entire month of February. That included doing several things. Yes, acknowledging those who have laid the groundwork for us to reach this point and embracing our own blackness, but another major thing that we can do is supporting black businesses.
The #BuyBlack movement started a while back and was especially in full swing on Black Friday, when many insisted that people boycott the major corporations and instead spend their money at black-owned businesses. Many have continued to do so ever since.
In our one of our recent events, The Golden Alert, Eugene Dillanado, publisher of Black Pages International, spoke about how large an impact keeping money in your own community can be. Buying within your community helps to build up the community, create more opportunities, and gives you more power in your own environment. One of the best things you can do for your community is invest in it. There’s so many establishments that tend to go unnoticed because a lot of people aren’t aware of them. We previously attended The Movement: Sip N Shop event presented by Lifestyle Official, Bobby Burke and b.e.d, where some of Chicago’s hottest fashion designers all came together to introduce their brand/products to previous & future customers. There are some really great businesses around you which you glance over for the chains and corporations. Go give them a try.
Buying black is a real power play because the consumer has much more power than they give themselves credit for. In a capitalist society where the top priority is getting money, where money is spent dictates a lot. As we have seen, there has been a huge increase in black faces on TV. That is because these have been a magnet for ratings. In the same way, if there is an increase in the flow of money to black businesses, they will have a greater chance of receiving funding, not to mention the increase in black faces in corporations to try to meet the demand. Your dollars can truly be powerful.
We have featured many entrepreneurs and businesses on Can I Talk My Ish. We will provide the links below, as well as the links to black business directories such as Black Pages International. Go and discover these businesses and help build the black economic power. #BuyBlack
Society Art Gallery Owner/ Real Estate Agent/Hoop Lyfe clothing Nikki Burnett