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African prints, black women, black-owned, dresses, etsy, london-based, oonaloo, rompers -

Oonaloo is a black-owned Etsy shop that sells these African print clothing items and accessories for babies, toddlers, and kids. Melanie is the owner, designer and creator of oonaloo. She has a strong foundation in the fashion industry and an eye for bold and fun African wax prints.  She makes everything from Ankara girls dresses to boys shirts to baby rompers, even dolls – everything is beautifully handmade in bold colors and unique patterns. Designed and produced in her London-based studio  SHOP OONALOO www.etsy.com/shop/oonaloowww.facebook.com/oonalooFollow @oonalookids on Instagram for inspiration, news and discount codes!

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African Fashion, Afropop Socks, socks -

Afropop Socks are a London brand made up of designers with an African heritage. We’re passionate about staying true to African inspired creations whilst also incorporating a vibrant and contemporary choice of colors for all. Look at this design called Dashiki. These soft, stylish socks, in purple, yellow and blue, represent the Dashiki, worn in West Africa. The Purple color represents African royalty and blue is the color of love, peace, and harmony.  Afropop Socks is a brand with a purpose. The company is looking to support the African economy by bringing socks manufacturing to the continent. Shop the Afropop...

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artists, Black Mothers in Power, black women, change the world, Delaware, Jill Solomon, Justice Jewels, shop local, Wilmington -

I recently ordered a gorgeous pair of handmade earrings from Justice Jewels. They came in this cute little sheer pull bag with a note about where the proceeds of the jewel will go. So not only did I love the earrings, but I felt good knowing that the crafters were donating to a great cause. It was during my last semester of grad school at the University of Delaware when I met one of the jewel creators and the founder of Justice Jewels, Jill Solomon. After she told me about her cause and about the Justice Jewels, I've made sure...

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artists, black women, Inspiration, local business, Philadelphia art, Shanina Dionna, shop local -

Let's meet Shanina Dionna. She is a visual and performing artist, mental health advocate and non-profit youth arts educator based in Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her artwork is courageous and in looking through her portfolio online, I can see why she is able to find a sense of well-being in painting. The expressions she paints show life, hope, and meaning in even the most simple of moments. With an emphasis on eliminating stigma, she exposes the human body in its purest form painting a woman nude in a series called "These Are For You." Shop Shanina Dionna merchandise on Remastered Inkind.

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artists, Freedom Apothecary, local business, Morrisa Jenkins and Bonkosi Horn, Rudy Loewe, shop local, small business -

I live in Delaware, born and raised, in a city by the name of Bear. So I tease people and say that I am the Fresh Princess of Bear... because, well, I have a huge crush on Will Smith and he is the Fresh Prince of Bel-air. Haha. Anyway, I'm about 45 minutes south of Philadelphia, maybe about 90 minutes east of Baltimore. It's not a bad spot to be, there are so many artistic souls around here, so many talents. My friend, L, sent a Google Doc of black artists who live in Philadelphia and it got me thinking....

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