Sunday, July 3, 2022




Boy oh boy! The first half of 2020 has been an experience like no other. With everything going on, black businesses have been on the rise. As for me, I’ve always supported POC because of their creativity and just their all-around good vibes. 

Black-owned businesses give our community pride and self assurance; it shows that we, as a group, can come together and support one another and create and cultivate spaces where not only do we live, but thrive while doing so.

Here are 5 ways that we can keep the Black dollar within our community

  • We must educate our children about the value of a dollar and why it is so vital to give back.
  • Track the way in which we spend our money. Budgeting is KEY and monitoring those spending habits will help us to go from buyers to the ones who are making the products.
  • Investing is huge but it must be within our own neighborhoods. Find a business or organization within your community and create opportunities for yourselves, your loved ones, or simply to people that look like you. Make sure that organization speaks to your heart and is for the betterment of our people and not tear us down!
  • Everything starts at home so encourage those businesses that you support to hire from within. It’s just a great feeling walking in a place that is owned by us with people that reflect the people who live within the neighborhood in which the business is located. 
  • Let’s start more businesses! The resources are out there so dig deep down and find out what sparks your interest and how the community can benefit from it and get to work!

We have the power to truly take back our communities, upbuild them and leave legacies for the future generations to come! Black people can create vital, vibrant, self contained economics….it’s just up to us to take back our power and keep that black dollar back within our communities to get it done!

I have a list of some of my favorites. Follow these businesses on Instagram and show them some love and support. Trust me you won’t be disappointed.

Cherry’s Lounge Bar & Grill Located in the Greenville section of Jersey City, NJ,  it’s a family-owned business founded by Leroy Cherry and now owned by his grandson Anthony Sharperson, who has been a source of sponsorships and employment for local residents, along with events during the holidays for families in need. This establishment is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. You can also enjoy happy hours, as well as Saturday and Sunday brunches with great drinks, food, and music. 

Ig: cherryslounge_bar_grill

Ebony & Ivory Hair Studios: Located in Rahway, NJ, the Studios are owned by Ebony Yarbrough, who can transform your look from drab to fab. She specializes in cut, custom color, and wigs, along with feeling like family when you walk into her salon.

Ig: @ebonyivoryhairstudios

Bobos Daughter: The business is owned by Samone. She is a custom accessory designer, and her earrings are popping, giving you a ‘90s or 2000s feel. 

Ig: @bobosdaughter

321 Entertainment: Owned by Marc Thompson, his event Brunch is Back is a monthly event that brings out the cool kids for food, drinks and music. Good vibes and its always a theme, so this month maybe all white and bright and next month maybe a fundraiser for families in need. So, go and get #321approved at #BrunchisBack.


Aisha Amor: Owned by Aisha, custom bucket hats, 1980 revamped in 2020, oh yes Aisha can customize your bucket hat to your desire and with a quick turnaround. 

Ig: @aishaamor

When you buy from black-owned businesses you create a chain reaction of events, empowering that business with your dollars, allowing that business to have the opportunity to hire someone most likely from within the community. Then that person buys from a black-owned business and so on. It puts the money back in the community and power in our hands. A trillion dollars we spend every year is being cycled back in our community. 

Remember it takes a village to build and run black businesses.