It’s February, and that means it’s time to celebrate Black History Month! This is an important time to recognize, honor, and celebrate the beauty and strength of African American culture and history. We are so excited to show our appreciation by supporting the amazing entrepreneurs and businesses that are making a difference in our world. From beauty and haircare, to home decor and fashion, to non-profit organizations, there are ways to show your support in every industry. Keep reading to get to know some of the incredible brands and organizations we love here at BeautyBio HQ!
PAT McGRATH LABS
Pat McGrath or “The Mother of Makeup” is the world’s most influential and in-demand makeup artist. In 2015, she launched her iconic collection of high-performance cosmetics and has been breaking global sales records ever since. You can find this innovative collection online and in-store at Sephora locations nationwide.
Founded in 2017, Mented (short for pigmented) is a cosmetic brand designed to celebrate beauty of all hues, with the mission of making the world of beauty more inclusive and accessible to everyone. All the products are vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. Mented is available online and at Target and can now be purchased in-store nationwide.
Founded by Monique Rodriguez in 2014, Mielle Organics has taken the haircare market by storm with their products that encourage healthier hair and skin. Recently, their cult-fave Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil went viral on TikTok and sold out across the country in days. Mielle Organics has been distributed in more than 87 countries and can be found in more than 100,000 stores across the United States.
Pattern Beauty was founded by Tracee Ellis Ross with the mission to focus on healthy hair and empower curl patterns of every texture. Pattern Beauty develops affordable and effective products with quality ingredients to nourish each strand of hair. You can find Pattern Beauty online and nationwide in Sephora, Ulta, Target, and Sally Beauty retail stores.
HOME DECOR & FURNITURE
Marie Burgos Collection
Born and raised in Paris, Marie Burgos is a world renowned interior designer, artist, and Feng Shui expert. In 2018, Marie launched her first furniture collection and has since expanded to contemporary lighting, decorative accessories, and art with a focus on harmony, comfort, and abundant style.
Blk Mkt Vintage
Founded in 2014 by Brooklyn-natives Kiyanna Stewart and Jannah Handy, BLK Mkt Vintage is an antique/vintage concept shop based in Brooklyn, New York. Specializing in collectibles that represent the richness of Black history and lived experience, the collection includes found items like vintage literature, vinyl records, clothing, art, housewares/decor, furniture and other goods.
Jasmin Foster founded Be Rooted to create a space for women of color to see themselves in a place they hadn’t been. Specializing in an array of products such as; journals, planners, calendars, home decor, and gifts, Be Rooted inspires customers to explore their inner muse and celebrate self in every way. Be Rooted is a part of Target’s Black Beyond Measure program and can be found in-store nationwide, as well as online.
Brandon Blackwood officially launched his namesake brand in 2015 with a collection of gorgeous, luxury handbags and accessories. Blackwood used Instagram to connect with fans and grow the brand to reach cult-status with support of several celebrity influencers. You can shop the Brandon Blackwood collection online or in luxury retailers such as; Saks Fifth Avenue, Kith, and Nordstrom.
Telfar Clemens is a fashion designer and the founder of the brand Telfar. Starting his journey in the fashion industry in 2003 with his own collection of reconstructed vintage clothing, he launched Telfar in 2005 and has since become one of the most sought-after brands in the fashion industry. Telfar’s collection includes unisex designs that are so popular, each collection usually sells out in less than 24-hours. Telfar is available exclusively online, be sure to sign up for the email list to stay in the loop for their next drop.
Future Collective x Gabriella Karefa-Johnson
Target launched Future Collective in September 2022 as a first-of-its-kind apparel and accessories brand that will feature a rotating roster of collections from various cultural influencers. The latest collaboration is with Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, a New York City-based fashion editor and stylist. Gabriella’s collection brings together abstract prints, unique textures and bright pops of color punctuated by neutral hues, so that every guest can find something they love.
Founded by award-winning entrepreneur Jasmine Crowe, Goodr was developed with the mission to cultivate resources for dedicated partners committed to eliminating food waste. The Goodr model provides the technology and logistics to track an organization’s surplus food from pickup to donation, they also partner with organizations across the country to get groceries and meals to local communities in need.
Julia Collins founded PlanetFWD to power the next generation of consumer products by making it easier for brands to improve their environmental impact and support a healthy planet. Their mission is to help brands quickly calculate the carbon footprint of individual products or their entire company, reduce emissions, and make it easier to take climate action.
Black Girls CODE
Black Girls Code was founded in 2011 by Kimberly Bryant to improve the pipeline of Black girls in tech. The organization builds pathways for young women of color by offering programs designed to train young girls to lead, innovate, and create in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), with 15 chapters located across the United States.
NONPROFITS TO SUPPORT
Girls Going Global
Martice Sutton founded Girls Going Global (GGG) to empower young girls through travel and cultural exchange. This non-profit organization invites girls on a 1-week trip of service, leadership, and fun to international locations. Their programs help participants develop a global perspective, but also acts as a pipeline to greater opportunities such as; college and career paths, opportunities to study abroad, and Peace Corp service.
Empowering The Masses
Tammy Johnson founded Empowering The Masses with the purpose of empowering underserved individuals. The organization provides basic need assistance, vocational training, and core skills development to help individuals achieve long-term financial independence and self-sufficiency. Empowering The Masses offers a drive-thru food pantry that operates every Saturday of the month and they are always welcoming volunteers.