I have been a long-time supporter of “All Black Everything” and with all the lists and promotions circulating I wanted to comprise my “Trese Approved” list of black owned businesses and brands that I love.
Please know that this list is not ALL inclusive. There are many other great black owned and led businesses and brands out there, I’m just highlighting ones that I support on a regular.
I’m including their Instagram handles as IG is currently my favorite social platform (hoping that a black owned platform is created soon… I digress) These are in no particular order.
Community Outreach – For me, it’s important to donate to organizations that have a proven record of doing what’s right for the people. Here are a few I have and will continue to contribute to.
@untilfreedom – Led by Tamika Mallory, they are a group of organizers, lawyers, artists, journalists that are committed to bringing awareness to the injustices that exist in the world.
@colorofchange – Committed to black issues, for the people by the people (just scroll through their “Our Team” page)
@changedotorg – For me, they cover a myriad of issues that plague our country. It means something to me to cover many of the issues I have with current policies (i.e. my recent post about the FDA’s recommendations that could impact children with allergies)
@equitablegivingcircle – Committed to feeding BIPOC families with food from BIPOC farmers. Understand that you are supporting in two ways when you donate to them. You are ensuring black people are both eating and are able to sustain their businesses. Bomb!
@fatedetroit – Born and partially raised in the outskirts of Detroit, D-Town will always have a special place in my heart. Run by Give Merit – this is a program for Detroit youth for mentorship and enrichment.
Bloggers – For me, I want the blogs that I read to cover a myriad of topics and to be open and transparent with their truth. Here are some dope bloggers to follow
@therealladygrace – From her #diversepalatechallenge to all her #blackboyjoy feels over her son and husband, Joanna gives us the light that we all need every day. Plus, she can sing her throat off… you don’t want to miss her singing!
@mommyonthemove – Tierra gives us #blackfamily vibes all day mixed with the best memes you’ll see. She is unapologetic in her truth of what life looks like as a Christian mompreneur, boy mom and coach’s wife. The beauty of her page is that she is honest in her feelings never backing down from her beliefs.
@thewinedrinkingmom – Ashley is a breath of fresh air, she reminds me of what it’s like to be young again. Carefree and fearless in her journey of balancing being a young woman in her career & a cool mom.
@damonyoungvsb – A published author and journalist for The Root, Damon is literally the black man in my head saying all the things I think on a daily.
@thefunnymomma – Katryce never disappoints with a laugh or 10 in her stories. She gives us everything including recipes, mom hacks and tons of friendship and family vibes.
@xonecole – Is a collective of black women truly meant for uplifting our souls. With their truths across the board, they give me nuggets to charge and challenge me.
@nlovewithjasmine - Jasmine gives us a little bit of everything! A leader in the in the hair-care industry, she is now influencing us with your t-shirt line, home decor, cooking skills and so much more!
Podcasts – all podcasts are available on Spotify
Jemele Hill is Unbothered - @jemelehill – Anyone who has followed me any length of time knows the respect I have for Jemele as a journalist but also as a podcaster. She asks her guests such thought provoking questions as well as incorporates lighthearted topics. Her ending segment, F$ck It I’m Bothered, is my favorite!
Mom Space & Co - @momspaceco – Host Antonia (@_anotoniamichalea), believes in highlighting women in business. She interviews women from all walks of life to highlight the beautiful spectrum of ideas and creativeness we, as women, possess.
Mommy on the Move - @mommyonthemove – Tierra not only is a blogger but a great podcaster as well. She covers a wide range of topics as it pertains to motherhood and balancing being a great mom while fulfilling your purpose as a woman. As her motto goes “Life Doesn’t Come with a Manual, It Comes with a M.O.M”. Aint THAT the truth!
Ratchet & Respectable - @demetriallucas – I’ve been a long-time fan of Demetria long before her podcasting days. With the occasional guest, Demetria covers current events as she sees them. Her perspective is always real and honest. She is also included as one of my favorite bloggers as well so follow her page.
Sophistiratchet - @sophistarachet_podcast – Is the newest podcast I’m listening to and its already proving to be a great one. With varying opinions, these three ladies are giving us a dose of realness in a unique way.
Life and Times of RoRo & Licy @mshairboss – Another new podcast I am catching up on. This duo gives me all the best friend vibes as they discuss life as they see it! I can’t wait to see what they come with next!
Sincerely, Keelay @keelay_cater - Keelay gives us her real perspective on a variety of topics that impact us as wives, mothers, daughters and friends. She the girl next door, keeping it all the way real.
Influencers – Influencing comes in many forms through comedy, activism or simply through sharing their love for certain products. I am looking for many things when following someone and possibly entertaining their influence.
@tamikadmallory – She has truly, for as long as I’ve been following her, been unwavering in her purpose of justice. She not only talks the talk but she is walking the walk, many times on the front lines of the movements.
@xobreknowsbest – Creator of @influencehersociety & @b.islarconsulting – Bre gives it to us like it is. If you get an opportunity to work with her or just engage with her through comments, she is open to all ideas and perspectives and you never have to wonder where she stands on issues.
@kevonstage – Kevin gives me church, love, food all mixed with his unique comedic delivery. His videos give me LIFE, daily.
@themattiejames – While she gets paid to help you build your brand, what I love about her is all the free nuggets that she gives, especially on her now weekly Wednesday lives. She’s my go to for décor and organization ideas as well
@iamtabithabrown – Auntie Tabitha gives me all the vegan and black love feels I need on a daily. As I slowly transition into a part time vegan, she gives me ideas to create my own recipes! Plus, the sounds of her voice is just soothing to my soul.
@mahdiwoodard - Lissen since stumbling upon his page, I get my edges snatched at lease twice a day. He drops a ton of gems that will make you step your game up or realize what you're doing really isn't your purpose.
Beauty/Health – I have extremely sensitive skin, so I am very particular about the products I use. I also have girls who have skin sensitivities and allergies so I am VERY cautious with my beauty products. These are my favorites that I can’t live without!
@mybutterbarskin – Offering vegan products, their line is exceptional and has all-natural ingredients. They carry face masks/scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers; literally a one stop shop for your skin care needs. My teenage daughters and I love their kits!
@thelipbar – It took me a long time to leave MAC but I am so glad I did. The fresh face full coverage foundation that the lip bar has is my favorite. It comes conveniently packaged as a slim tube with a brush applicator all in one.
@thecrayoncase – I am often complimented on my lip glosses and lip sticks and this is the only brand I use for my lips. The matte lipsticks literally stay on all day and that’s no exaggeration. Also, their makeup wipes are unlike any other I’ve used. I can wipe my whole face off with one wipe. LOVE them!
@playpits – As a family, I looked for a long time to find a natural deodorant that actually quelled these teenage and work out smells. Play Pits does that. I use “Queen” and I haven’t had any issues. The only thing to remember is to rub it in so that it is absorbed into the skin and doesn’t rub off on your clothes.
@thehoneypotco – Every woman needs great feminine products. The Honey Pot has everything you need and they use all-natural products and scents. From tampons to feminine wash you won’t be disappointed when your monthly monster rolls around.
@dreads_by_ci – Cierra carries the best natural oil for your hair I have ever used. While she is a loctician, her oil is great for all types of hair styles/types.
@therealdippedindope – If you are looking for a natural soap that also has the health benefits of full spectrum CBD oil, then you would want to try her Bubba Kush soap. It gives a good lather, a nice smell and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.
@thecurlshop - Founded by @nlovewithjasmine, the motto is "Where CURLS and COILS merge with SWEETS and TREATS!" and they are telling the truth. Made with organic and natural ingredients, all of the products smell like you can eat them and come with their very own real life recipe to cook.
Cannabis – Cannabis isn’t just the stuff that gets you “high”. Of course, my company @releafhealthcannabis is my favorite; but here are some others you need to check out.
@jadeselevation – Black and Female led, they give you clean hemp CBD products while educating you on the health benefits of each product.
@blackhempfamily – I am proud to be a part of a collective started by Black Hemp Family to join forces with other small black businesses in the cannabis community. They strife day in and out to highlight and partner with black businesses. A black family, doing the damn thing.
@phenom_hemp – Currently in the process of re-branding for their next roll out, I am honored to work along side this husband and wife duo. They remind me so much of me and J and they provide products you can trust.
@maryandmain – Hope Wiseman is one of the founders of this dispensary. As the youngest black woman to own a cannabis dispensary, she is definitely helping bring awareness to the lack of representation as it pertains to blacks in the industry.
Education/Mental Wellness – Educating ourselves and/or children and tending to our emotional needs is VERY important to me. I put these two together because they go hand in hand to me.
@lifewithannette_ - Annette is a wonderful life coach who gives each of her client’s tons of useful strategies to help them navigate this thing called life. She doesn’t sugar coat anything which is what I appreciate most and you always have some useful homework to do.
@___.trillwiththespill – The personalized enrichment binders that Trilishia creates are everything! They provide activities that literally take your child from preschool, well into 1st grade.
@neuroaacademics – Neuro Advanced Academics has great virtual learning options that make it easy for students to keep up with their lessons. Each lesson is tailored to your child’s learning style based off a free consultation.
@kimmsfit_queene – Koni gives me all the serenity that the entire world needs. From her massage therapy to her days of affirmation she is the zen you truly need to seek
Apparel - I love a good fashion find and while my fashion is pretty much comfortable and cute, the girls have their own style too. Here are some of our favorites.
@m3m3that_ - Wolfpack is an up and coming t-shirt line that I am IN LOVE with. They have all the Black Pride shirts you need and I simply cant get enough. They are currently working on their website so just DM them for now. Remember, we all had to start small. Support!
@loveablebabyshop - This is a recent find that I am absolutely loving. This boutique has cute and affordable finds for your children that will leave them ready for any photoshoot!
@black.fathers.exist - For Father's Day I purchased a dope shirt for J from this and he LOVED it. Of course, I had to go back for more as they do carry shirts for the ladies as well. Great quality with dope messages, can't beat that!
@coinhandlers - The motto is "Be Humble of Be Humbled"... Yo I've never felt more seen. They have the most comfortable sweatshirts I've ever had. I live in mine. Heck I need to go order more.
Again, there are many other brands and businesses out there but these have been tried and are Trese Approved!
Love & Light,