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11 Black-Owned Wellness Brands To Follow, Shop, & Share

Whether it’s buying an indie brand’s lipstick versus a global conglomerate’s or hitting up the local farmer’s market instead of a grocery chain, we have the power to make a positive impact with our shopping decisions. And now more than ever, supporting Black-owned businesses should be at the top of our purchase priority lists. To kick off this conversation, we talked with BLK+GRN founder Dr. Kristian Edwards, PhD, to learn more about all the beautiful Black-owned wellness brands we should all be following, shopping, and sharing.

“When I started looking at the [wellness] industry, specifically, the industry leaders, I thought that Black people, in general, were being left behind — and women were really being left behind,” BLK+GRN founder Dr. Kristian Edwards, PhD, told Refinery29. “It was really important to me, trying to make sure that Black women always had a space.”  Dr. Edwards’ journey into wellness began shortly after

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She dreamed of a Black-owned bookstore in Inglewood. Now, she’s going to run one

Asha Grant, near the Queen Street location where she plans to open her bookstore, the Salt Eaters. <span class="copyright">(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Asha Grant, near the Queen Street location where she plans to open her bookstore, the Salt Eaters. (Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)

Asha Grant was always a bookworm. As a little girl growing up in Inglewood, she spent hours poring over stories like Debbie Allen’s “Dancing in the Wings,” Sandra Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street” and Veronica Chambers’ “Marisol and Magdalena.” Her parents were delighted, but also frustrated by how challenging it was to find stories about young Black children.

“I just remember my mom searching for books that had girls that looked like me in them,” Grant said during a phone interview. “The labor that it takes for you to try to create that safe space for your child is just not fair.”

Grant has been working to make books with non-white protagonists more accessible. Last year, she founded L.A.’s division of the Free Black Women’s Library,

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