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Close out Women’s History Month by supporting Black owned businesses

Monique Rodriguez

Black History Month may be over, but we’re certainly not done supporting Black business owners and their ventures! As Women’s History Month comes to a close, read ahead for some of True Star’s fave businesses run by Black women.

First, Mielle Organics is the plug for all your hair care needs. The founder, Monique Rodriguez, holds nine years of experience as a nurse, and used her smarts to make a brand that was healthy and poppin! Her website provides information on how to find your hair porosity as well as curl pattern, and corresponding products that pair with each type. For natural hair, this kind of resource for free is timeless and invaluable, and readily available products to match at affordable prices will have you enjoying the spring with rejuvenated curls for days!

Rachel James

CEO and founder of Pear Nova, Rachel James, highlights her roots in Chicago frequently while providing a diverse range of products and shades to cater to every customer! In her founder story, she said, “Since the first collection I have  created classic + gel palettes inspired by the runway, world travel, food, music, my home – Chicago and the female pioneers I’ve  looked up to.” To get your nails and lashes on lock at home, check out her collections of nail lacquers, nail gels, nail care products, and lash products. Cruelty free and 100 percent vegan, these products are made with love and style and based out of Chicago 24/7.

Angela Nesbitt

For teens, kids, and families of all kinds, Loving Me Books seeks to unite. The business’ founder page states, “Detroit,  Michigan native Angela Nesbitt, founded Loving Me Books with the goal to promote self-love and unify children of all races. While working in schools as a Behavioral Therapist, Angela witnessed the lack of diverse children books in classrooms and libraries.” Nesbitt created a solution for this problem by diversifying illustrations for publishing, and bringing her own narrative into the picture. Don’t worry, Loving Me Books doesn’t only offer content for kids! In addition to hosting a platform for Black authors to promote their works for adults, teen books and texts on learning foreign languages as well as foreign fiction stories are some of their bestsellers, so check one out today!

Deja Riley

For those looking to spice up their fitness journey, check out Do It With Deja! A former dancer for the likes of Beyonce, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, Deja Riley wants to bring the joy of movement to you. Running a full YouTube channel and creating her own brand, Riley’s signature exercise method is family-friendly and innovative. A fun dance and shadowboxing combo will be sure to get you sweating this spring break; check out Riley’s blog too!

We love these Black owned businesses, and hope you will too.


By Leah Ollie, Senior, Whitney Young Magnet High School

Instagram: @leahgraceollie

Written by Leah Ollie

Leah is a senior at Whitney Young High School, and has been working with True Star since fall of 2020. She loves fruit smoothies and cats, and dislikes kale and action movies.

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