As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to grow, people across the globe are looking to show their support to groups who statistically need more help than others.
This can be done a myriad of ways, such as and (and not limited to) educating ourselves about systemic racism, checking white privilege and financially supporting the black community by buying items from black-owned brands.
Instagram account Irish Black-Owned is working hard to highlight some of the homegrown talent within the black Irish community by shining the spotlight on burgeoning entrepreneurs whether it be in fashion, beauty, technology, food, photography, or art.
While the group's aim is simple, the brand itself has big plans.
Showcasing the plethora of Irish Black-Owned businesses in Ireland, the page aims to nurture the economic diversity of Ireland through amplifying businesses, providing education, and changing the culture.
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Hey guys, here’s another list of black owned businesses you can check out. If you’re looking for your business to be added to our directory tag or DM us. Skincare & Beauty: @labeauty_dublin @rgloss @tikkemystouch @martsonskincare @_careonline_ Food: @blacksheepbakery.ie @flosbakes @petite_x_gateaux @celebratewithcake @cuisine_wise Clothing: @afrodyteshapewear @fmusibadesigns @felaa_boutique @themoxecollection @sokolangu Cosmetics: @eviye.brand @lusciouslipsbyking @shadesofbeautyirl @lxbeautycosmetics @slottlesroyalbeauty Cocktails: @awesomecreations_irl @luscious_indulgence_ireland @mm_fruits_drinks @canvasandcocktailsdublin #blackpower #blackgrowth #blackbusiness #blackpower #blackmagic #blackowned #blackmagic #blacklivesmatter #blackownedbusinesses #blackirish #blackirishbusiness #blm #blackirishartist
The profile's posts range from lessons in black history to strategic business tips as well as businesses to follow in fields like fashion, beauty, food, technology and food.
They have also just recently launched their Irish Black-Owned business directory.
Featuring over 300 businesses around Ireland, the growing list covers a huge list of professionals from photographers to physiotherapists to streetwear designers to yoga teachers.
And, this is only the beginning.
Education is another element of its three-pronged ethos. Not just about showing business owners how to grow their brand (although they do that too), Irish Black-Owned also tackle issues that affect the community, such as consent and sexual violence.
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In today’s Black History Spotlight we speak briefly on the people that built the foundations of Greenwood “Black Wall Street”. Black Wall Street was the hub of African American businesses and financial services. They had luxury shops, restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, jewellery and clothing stories, movie theatres, barbershops and many more. Black Wall Street, what do you know about it?
The organisation is also currently fundraising to provide black women who experience sexual violence with free therapy, you can donate to that here.
Next up in their plan is to establish a YouTube channel, with plans to host interactive shows that put a spotlight on Irish black culture, creativity and talent.
If you’d like to register your business for the directory or volunteer your time, check out their website here.
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