Updated: Feb 10
February is Black History Month, one of the most celebrated cultural heritage months on the calendar. It's a time we recognize the immense contributions made by the heroes and heroins of American history. We're celebrating historical figures and honoring influential black voices of the past and present.
"It's about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America."
As we celebrate influential and historical black figures, there's no better time to support our black-owned small businesses. If you're looking to support local businesses in Los Angeles, we've gathered a few unique brands below.
Stop by Queen Boutique and pick up your next house plant! Choose from their wide selection of plants and hand painted pots.
Black women-owned Torch L.A. sells handcrafted coconut-wax candles. With "luxury meets eco-friendly" in mind, they make candles that can be used as a lotion, perfume or massage oil.
Inspired by multi-ethnic art, Ekua Ceramics creates unique pieces that are not only practical, but also look aesthetically pleasing. Shop their collection of ceramic mugs, flower pots and more!
If you're seeking to expand your knowledge of Black history, you can start with these few podcasts that explore untold and underexposed narratives. These podcasts bring to light stories of the ongoing fight for racial justice with a deeply personal perspective.
Blackbelt Voices highlights the importance and richness of more localized Black history. It looks back at America's history of racial violence through first-person narratives and interviews with prominent scholars.
A multimedia exploration of history, Noire Histoir shares inspirational stories from across the Black diaspora. The weekly podcast features notable and influential figures, particularly Black women.
Witness Black History features interviews with people who were actually present during, or have close ties to key moments in Black civil rights history. This interview series is deeply personal and moving as it brings to light honest testimonies of the people who lived these historical narratives.