7 queer-led brands you should be shopping

Ira A. Johnson
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Happy Pride! Annually during the month of June, people around the world celebrate and uplift the LGBTQIA+ community, while honoring the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York.

While many Pride marches, parties and large gatherings were canceled this year due to the global pandemic, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still show your love and support for the queer community. Donating what you can to charities and organizations that help uplift LGBTQIA+ people is a great place to start, and this charity navigator is a fantastic resource if you’re in need of a few suggestions. You can also show your pride by waving or

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25 black-owned beauty and fashion brands to support now and forever

Ira A. Johnson

Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police brutality, many Americans are mourning, protesting and standing in solitude against centuries-long racial injustice.

Powerful ways to support monumental platforms such as Black Lives Matter include learning through literature about race and privilege. You can also make sure to do your part in voting throughout election season, find ways to authentically amplify black voices that need to be heard, and last but certainly not least, put your money where your mouth is by financially backing black-owned businesses during this triggering time.

MORE: Black businesses hit hard by COVID-19 fight to stay afloat

There are a wide variety of black-owned businesses that are often underfunded, lacking access to capital as well as loans and have been disproportionately disrupted by the coronavirus crisis.

The number of black-owned businesses has fallen by 40% during the pandemic, according to The Washington Post.

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