jewelry

Get To Know Black-Owned Luxury Jewelry Brand Yenae

Luxury Jewelry Brand Yenaé Is Bringing Ancient African Glam To The Mainstream

It’s a late Friday morning in New York when Black female entrepreneurs Felekech “Fei” Biratu and Seble Alemayehu join me to discuss the creation of Yenaé, their luxury jewelry collection. The line has been steadily rising in popularity, especially among individuals looking for jewelry with meaning.  Alemayehu is dialing in from the DC area while Biratu joins in from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—where they run half the company. Despite living 7,000 miles and a 7-hour time difference away from each other, the two are friends and partners who make it work.

“We’ve known each other for a long time,” Alemayehu muses. “Fei and I are from Ethiopia. We moved to the US right after finishing high school.” The friends were living in different parts of the U.S. but ended up attending the same graduate school. Alemayehu shares, “both of us are very business minded, passionate about our culture, and jewelry lovers.”

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beauty

This Black-owned beauty brand makes makeup designed especially for Black women

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Black Opal has been a pillar of the Black beauty industry for decades. Long before inclusion was on every beauty brand’s mind, Black Opal was providing high-quality makeup options for Black women. And the brand’s work in the space hasn’t slowed in the last 25 years.

Black Opal was created in 1994 to celebrate Black skin in a white-dominated commercial beauty industry. First beginning with complexion products, the brand has now broadened their range to include a full line of makeup and skincare. Though the cruelty-free company sells products designed for the Black community, some products can be used on a variety of skin tones.

In Sept. 2019,

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fashion

20 Black-owned fashion brands to support today, tomorrow and always

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Whether you realize it or not, how you dress and the brands that you’re inspired by are likely influenced by Black culture. And today, more than ever, it is crucial that we give credit where credit is due and support Black-owned fashion brands that continue to pave the way for the entire industry.

While it’s true that small businesses are being hit especially hard right now due to the economic decline and global store closures brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s also true that minority-owned brands receive smaller loans than those run by non-minorities. This means that these business owners are forced to use their own cash

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