Bookish & Black Owned

Yo! We all know why it’s important to support Black owned businesses right? Black folks are less likely to get loans to start businesses and have historically been kept from starting them. Non Black people are often hesitant to support Black owned businesses and while this is evolving, we can’t leave our success in the hands of others. So it’s important to support our own. I wanted to shout out two black owned businesses you can support if you’re a Black reader or if you are just looking to support hustles ran by African descended folks. These are actually all businesses that I personally have ordered from and I stand by one hundred percent. Follow them, support their product, retweet and share and spread the word when you can, and most importantly, put your $$$ where your mouth is and #SupportBlackOwnedBusinesses.

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Day 10 of #ReadSoulLit-today's prompt is Heavy Reads. I'm featuring The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It's a skillfully written fictionalized slave narrative told in Coates' unique voice. It slowly unfolds with details and dialogue that exposes the raw pain, horror, and abuse of the Tasked. Coates also puts on full display the perseverance of enslaved people to hold their own sense of worth and desire for freedom despite their daily pervasive injustices and how it molds who the characters are at their core. Coates made his characters relatable in their dreams, fears, and flaws. There's goodness and selfishness shown in varying degrees in all of them.The one thing that all of the characters seem to share is a desire for full agency over their bodies as well as their destinies. (More review in comments) . • • • •The book sleeve is Afro Silhouette #1 and you can find it at my Etsy shop DreamingOfCelie. • • #readsoullit #bookstagram #bookblogger #blackbookblogger #bibliophile #photochallenge #booksleeve #booksleeveshop

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Monica is a bookstagrammer who loves Black literature and makes Afrocentric booksleeves. She has all types of patterns and is not only really smart, but a very kind and awesome person in general. She is ALWAYS pumping out new products to help readers keep their books safe. I actually just took a sleeve she sent me on a trip. I was able to fit TWO books into it very comfortably and they stayed safe and protected the entire time! I can’t wait to see where her business grows to.

Candle makers Collin, Ryan, and Austin Gill of Freres Branchiaux Candle Co.

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Nicknamed “The Candle Boys” Austin, Ryan, and Collin are three brothers who started a candle making business in their home and its grown to be a major hit. They’ve been covered on news outlets and their Instagram is bananas. I LOVE that their candles are Afro-centric. I just ordered the “Wakanda Forever” candle and the “Love Jones” candle. If you don’t know what Love Jones is – IT’S A CLASSIC. WATCH It.

I received my box in the mail yesterday and I could not believe that I could literally smell the candles through THE BOX. That’s how powerful they are. Plus, their candles are made in small batches and hand poured. The best part? They donate 10 percent of proceeds to the homeless. The boys are currently trying to raise money for a Candle Truck where they can have a candle store on wheels. They also plan to use it to visit local homeless organizations to help homeless folks transition from homelessness. They are currently trying to raise $20,000. Go to to help. But make sure you order a candle and settle down with a good book once you get it!


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