Juneteenth should be a national holiday. This is the day where enslaved Texans learned about their freedom…two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863. As a native Texan, this holiday has never NOT been part of my life. We host BBQ’s, parades, and parties to celebrate the strength of our ancestors. We honor their sacrifices and create joy in the midst of the horrible atrocities that African Americans have to face daily. To honor Juneteenth, you can learn more about American history by virtually visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Here you can learn more about the struggles that African-Americans have endured for centuries and the importance of this holiday.
My favorite way to celebrate Juneteenth is to shop black.
3 black woman-owned businesses to support this Juneteenth.
1- Souly Serene
Solely Serene is a stationery company that creates inspiring positive affirmation cards to help improve your life. Speaking life and positive vibes every day is one of my favorite coping strategies to deal with life’s mess.
One of the cards says, “I am living in the present moment. I am grateful for how this season will impact my future blessings.”
Yes. You need this.
P.S. Head to my Instagram page to enter a giveaway to win their positive affirmation cards for you and a friend!
2- Base Butter
I don’t have a skincare client who has tried their Radiate Face Jelly and doesn’t side-eye me if I even *look like* I’m going to recommend another moisturizer. It’s a cult favorite. It’s not hard to understand why Base Butter’s clients are stocking up on their favorite moisturizer. (They quickly sell out at every restock!) This lightweight moisturizer is packed with aloe, shea butter, glycerin, and other skin-loving ingredients that keep the skin hydrated and healthy.
Radiate Face Jelly is perfect for the upcoming summer season. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
3- LAMIK Beauty
LAMIK stands for “Love and Makeup in Kindness.” They are a vegan makeup company with top of the line ingredients and amazing results. Kim Roxie, Founder and CEO, has always uplifted and encouraged me in every encounter with her. She’s an incredible woman who puts her money where her mouth is and shows up every time.
FYI- their Celebrity Brow Kit is an Instagram filter in an eyebrow product.
Each of these brands, and the women behind them, have inspired me in my ODStorytime journey. Celebrating and supporting these businesses this Juneteenth is one of the many ways my family will be honoring this holiday. How are you celebrating Juneteenth? Let me know in the comments below your favorite black-owned business to support!