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Here Are The Dope Finds You Can Shop At xoNecole's ElevateHER Crawl

All of the vendors at this year's one-of-a-kind shopping utopia featuring black woman-owned brands.

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The only thing in the world that feels better than securing a bag is spending a check, and this list of black woman-owned businesses has arrived to help you do exactly that. This year's ElevateHER Crawl is the place to be for young, black, creative women and please believe, I'm in there like swimwear. Along with a gang of special guest speakers and entrepreneurial workshops, you can also experience a one-of-a-kind vendor utopia with so many of the brands that we all know and love.

I'm wiiling to bet all the coins in my purse on the fact that buying black is the best decision you'll ever make, and with this year's ElevateHER Crawl only days away (August 3), it's time to take the power of your dollar back to black. When you shop with Black women, not only are you granted the joy and satisfaction of using your purchasing power for the betterment of our community, but you have the opportunity to shop pieces that are especially curated for black women like you, by black women like you.

So without further ado, here are 25 vendors that you can catch up with at ElevateHER on August 3:

Apparel

Cee Cee's Closet

Created by sisters Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudo, Cee Cee's closet is the West African head wrap company you didn't know you needed in your life. With each item handmade and shipped directly from Nigeria, this accessory brand promises to bring the motherland straight to your closet door.

Beauty

The Glamatory

Mimi Johnson is one Mother/Hustler that you don't wanna sleep on. As a celebrity makeup artist and media personality featured on Bravo, Oxygen, and VH1, Mimi is on a mission to help other women learn how to GrindPretty. Along with tending to celebrity clients like Angela Simmons, Kenya Moore, and Da Brat, Mimi spends her time curating bomb makeup products and accessories for women on the hustle.

Food & Drinks

1987 Juices

When La'Keasha Brown left her hometown in South Carolina, she had no idea that at 32, she would be a full-time business owner helping women achieve their health goals on a daily basis, but God has a funny way of pushing us into our dreams. In 2014, La'Keasha started juicing in an attempt to make some major lifestyle changes, and only a few years later, 1987 Juices serves as a hub for creatives to sweat & sip on her deliciously curated beverages that are all inspired by the power of music.

Haircare

Curlkalon

Your leave-out hits a lil' different when it actually matches the texture of your hair, and Curlkalon is the answer to your coily-weave related woes. In 2015, founder Shavone Riggings set out to revitalize the synthetic hair extension industry with a low-maintenance, affordable options that blend seamlessly with natural hair textures.

Homegoods

ComfiArt

Wearable art isn't just for celebrities like Beyonce and Miss Tina Knowles, and ComfiArt wants you to have it at a reasonable price point. Created by artist and digital marketer Dionna Collins in 2016, ComfiArt offers exclusive decor that won't break the bank.

Jewelry & Accessories

Candid Art

You're not always going to be everyone's cup of tea and not everyone is going to like you, but one thing they can't deny is how dope your earrings are. When you get ready to retire your gold hoops for a jazzy conversation starter, head over to CANDID ART, a company dedicated to making all of your modern abstract jewelry needs come true. Established almost a decade ago by Howard University graduate Candice Cox, the company offers a vast variety of decor and jewelry made from recycled metal and African textiles.

Skincare

Goddess Skin + Body

​Destiny Fomby, creator of Goddess Skin and Body believes that nature has natural healing powers, and that's exactly why her plant-based products are made straight from the earth. This collection of skincare products seeks to make you look and feel good at the same damn time, and are infused with ingredients that aid in relaxation and healthy skincare.

Wellness

Essential Wombman

Wands, and teas, and yoni eggs, oh my! When it comes to vagina wellness, The Essential Wombman has you covered with their unique collection of sacred crystal wands, yoni steams, yoni eggs, and detox teas that promise to get your reproductive system all the way together.

Featured image by Instagram/TheEssentialWombman.

Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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