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Starex Smith wanted to buy Black.

But when the Miami-based food blogger and reviewer went to local grocery stores, he found only the same run-of-the-mill spices, mixes and ingredients. Where, he wondered, were all the flavorful ingredients that made up the cuisines of the Black diaspora from the Caribbean, the South and beyond — made by Black and minority entrepreneurs?

“How do Black entrepreneurs get into stores?” he wondered. “You make great products, but you can’t get in the door.”

He scoured the internet to find the Black-owned food marketplace scattered — but rich. A Black-Mexican tequila distiller. Black-owned wineries in the Anderson Valley. Organic dark chocolate made with cacao imported from Peru, Madagascar and Ecuador. Twenty-one-day, dry-aged beef from cattle raised on Black-owned ranches in East Texas. Vegan Cuban black beans. Ready-to-eat buttermilk biscuits.

So he decided to put it all in one place.

Smith, who blogs under the

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Kanye West sued for allegedly ‘ripping off’ Black-owned firm for his Sunday Service, Yeezy online biz

Kanye West put a Black-owned tech firm through hell when he struck an oral deal to build his Sunday Service and Yeezy e-commerce platforms then “reneged” without payment, a new lawsuit claims.

The new lawsuit from MyChannel Inc. is seeking more than $20 million in damages, claiming West made “lavish” promises during the 2018 joint venture as he drained the company of resources and acquired its proprietary technology and trade secrets.

The music and fashion mogul insisted that the founders move to be close to him, worked them around the clock for six months and then ultimately violated their May 2018 nondisclosure agreement, cut ties and launched a “copycat” version of their technology, the filing claims.

“After Kanye learned all that he could from MYC and its founders, he abruptly attempted to terminate the parties’ oral partnership, refused to invest in MYC or even reimburse it for the millions the

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Target Created an Online Badge to Identify Black-Owned Brands on Its Site

Though it might seem for some people that the traction surrounding the recent Black Lives Matter uprising had died down, in reality, the work is only just beginning. Companies and customers alike are still making important shifts in the way they operate in order to support Black communities fairly and more consistently. Some retailers, such as Sephora, have pledged to continually increase the number of Black-owned brands it carries in its stores, and some brands such as Lashify are participating in mentorship programs for Black business owners. Meanwhile, Target is rolling out an online feature to make it easier for customers to identify and shop from Black-owned brands.

Target’s new feature is a small beige badge showcasing several neutral-colored hearts, which the company is using to label all Black-owned and Black-founded brands on its website. The badge appears in the retailer’s “at a glance” category, located within each product page’s

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West Elm Takes the 15 Percent Pledge to Support Black-Owned Businesses

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Photo credit: West Elm

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As the #blacklivesmatter hashtag slowly stops trending online, how are large corporations going to continue to use their power to make an impact toward economic equality for Black businesses in their respective industries? Aurora James—the founder of Brother Vellies, a luxury accessories brand—came up with the 15 Percent Pledge as a response to the many people and businesses alike who have asked the question, What can we do to help?

The name of the project is derived from the fact that Black Americans make up nearly 15 percent of the U.S. population; the pledge began to go viral after James proposed the idea on her personal Instagram account and directly tagged major retailers such as Target, Sephora, and Whole Foods. When companies sign on to take the pledge, they are promising that at least 15 percent of their shelf space will be devoted

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16 Black-Owned Swimsuit Brands To Shop This Summer

When it comes to building a summer wardrobe, swimwear is of the utmost importance. You can score heaps of poofy sundresses, dozens of denim cutoffs, and a lifetime’s supply of white crop tops, but it’s a good bikini or one-piece that you’ll spend most of your time in when by the pool or body of water. There’s just one problem: Finding a swimsuit that works for you is far from easy, especially if you don’t know where to look.

Over the last few weeks, a lot of research has been done into ways to support the Black community. And, in addition to donating, marching, educating themselves, and signing petitions for better legislation, people can also financially support Black-owned businesses. And with the summer solstice just days away, what better way to champion these businesses than by stocking up on swimwear made by Black designers — all of which offer a

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Black-Owned Health and Wellness Businesses to Support Now and Always

As the country is still grappling with the tragic death of George Floyd and the ongoing protests in its wake, musician and activist Calvin Martyr has launched #BlackOutDay2020 on July 7. This campaign calls for an economic boycott where the Black community pauses on buying to highlight their economic spending power. If they do spend money, they are encouraged to buy from Black-owned businesses only.

Just like the fashion and beauty industries, the wellness and health space is full of brands that are founded and run by Black women and men. Whether they’re selling aromatherapy candles, producing fitness-minded podcasts or shattering stigmas of what it means to be “well” for Black women, each of these companies was once just a dream and is now a hard-earned reality.

But don’t just shop these Black-owned businesses today, or this week. Support them regularly, engage with them on social media and spread the

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Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites

Following the police killing of George Floyd last month, protests have broken out across the country. We encourage everyone to join the fight by marching in local protests, signing online petitions, donating, and calling your elected officials, but there’s another way to fight systemic racial inequality, and that’s by putting your money where your mouth is. Make a commitment to support Black-owned businesses in your area.

Right now, Twitter users are asking their friends and followers to share their own or their favorite Black-owned businesses. While sifting through social media responses is one way to find spots to support, there are a lot of tweets containing the phrase “Black-owned businesses.” So if you’re looking to find a Black-owned business quickly — perhaps in time for take-out dinner tonight — there are also many useful resources online and in the app store that can help.

Ahead are top-ranking websites

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