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Looking for a Great Gift? How About Buying Black!

This holiday season, put your money into the community.

BY: DIAMOND S.

We are deep in the throes of the holiday season, so why not consider using some of your dollars to support black-owned businesses before the year is out? Here are 10 businesses for you to check out in the coming week.

1. Heritage Link Brands

COURTESY OF HERITAGE LINK BRANDS

Los Angeles-based Heritage Link Brands is the largest U.S. marketer of wine from Africa. Through Heritage Link, you can find an array of wines from South Africa to pair with your holiday dinner or to send as a gift.

2. Ikiré Jones

COURTESY OF IKIRÉ JONES

Nigerian-inspired, Brooklyn, N.Y.-bred Ikiré Jones has the go-to site for tailored menswear. Jones’ unique pieces are sure to be a perfect gift this holiday season.

3. Oyin Handmade

COURTESY OF OYIN HANDMADE

Started by husband-and-wife team Pierre and Jamyla Bennu, Baltimore-based Oyin Handmade is well-known for its natural hair and body products. We suggest thehoney hemp conditioner. Oyin recently inked a deal with Target.

4. Mother of Men

COURTESY OF MOTHER OF MEN

Mother of Men is a boutique jewelry outfit based in Washington, D.C. Run by Brooklyn native Nyakinyua Gill, it offers eye-catching accessories.

5. Hue-Man

COURTESY OF HUE-MAN BOOKSTORE

Online retailer Hue-Man Bookstore was founded in 2002 as a Harlem-based bookstore. The company continues to specialize in books that cater to the black community.

6. Urban Heirlooms

COURTESY OF URBAN HEIRLOOMS

Atlanta’s Urban Heirlooms specializes in handmade leather goods. Our favorite is the boho messenger bag.

7. QuellyRue Designs

COURTESY OF QUELLYRUE DESIGNS

QuellyRue Designs offers a range of items from T-shirts to wallets. With cute, stylish designs, its products make perfect stocking stuffers.

8. Urban Rose

COURTESY OF URBAN ROSE

Any of the items in Houston native Melissa Betts’ Urban Rose collection of housewares would make a fantastic gift. We suggest the classic mug for the coffee lover in your life.

9. Wax Candle Co.

COURTESY OF WAX CANDLE CO.

Created by Jennifer Bryant, the Washington, D.C.-basedWax Candle Co. offers a unique spin on a classic holiday gift. With each candle, you receive a specialized mixtape. We like best-seller Nag Champa for this holiday season.

10. Soapbox Theory

COURTESY OF SOAPBOX THEORY 

For the little ones on your list, we recommend Soapbox Theory. Along with cute, culturally affirming clothing and accessories, the Portland, Ore.-based retailer also offers handmade toys.

Last night I put my hair in dry bantu knots using Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding (I’ve had it for a month and I’ve never used it) on the ends. This morning I had to mess with it for a while and redo a few small areas but overall, I am pleased with the results.

My face looks weird in this but this was the best of like 20 pictures. Cell phone cameras are bullshit.

Now to go to class. Blah :/

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Everyone who enters gets $5 in Honey Money & a chance to win $50 in Honey Money!!!

A new winner is picked each week so what are you waiting for? Check the video for details & good luck!!

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Ifa-Orisa-Vodun Temple of Atlanta & Egbe Orisha Aiye jams to Oyin (Honey) song after Elegba ebo.

Filmed by: 360 Divine Films
Ifagbemi aka Born Divine

Natural Hair || 3 DIY Moisturizer Recipes For Winter

Black Girl with Long Hair writes:

Winter will officially arrive this month, and as naturals, we want to be ready. Part of that preparation is finding an adequate moisturizer. If your current product isn’t cutting it and you’d like to try something homemade, here are a few worth mixing:

1. Creamy Shea Moisturizer

Ingredients:
– ½ cup unrefined shea butter
– ½ cup creamy leave-in conditioner (e.g., Oyin Hair Dew)
– 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:
Soften the shea butter slightly in a pot on the stove or by warming over a hot water bath. (Do not melt the butter entirely.) Whip the butter with a hand mixer on low/medium speed until fluffy. Then whip the creamy leave-in conditioner and olive oil into the shea butter. Cover the mixture and store in a dry cool place. Shelf life: about 3-6 months.

Find more recipes here

My Kinks vs Oyin Handmade

Yesterday was my first time co-washing and styling with products from Oyin Handmade. My kinky, course and porous 4a/b/c #naturalhair loved it.

My routine:

My hair was super soft, moist and defined.  My kinks loved it and I’ve already placed an order for more ;-)

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a beautiful family that makes me appreciate my beautiful family!

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“No Member of This Family Is Perfect, but Together They’re Awesome” Meet the Bennus: Jamyla and her husband, Pierre, co-founders of a Baltimore-based organic haircare and skincare line, and their sons, Osei and Sadat.
Read the full article here on Oprah.com or in the July 2011 issue of “O-The Oprah Magazine”.