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Elevate Your Closet With These Black Woman-Owned Apparel Brands

Elevate Your Closet With These Black Woman-Owned Apparel Brands

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No matter what part of the world you live in right now, I'm almost positive that the weather is doing whatever the hell it wants to. Where I live, a full-force hail storm let loose in July, so I know that there's no telling what the rest of the year has to hold weather-wise, but I do know that rain or shine, my wardrobe will be on point.


The countdown to this year's ElevateHER event is on, and with only a few weeks until we all gather in a utopia of black girl bliss, we need to get our wardrobe together, sis.

One of the most difficult tasks in the world can be shopping for clothes when your city is constantly under attack by unpredictable weather patterns; but buying black isn't a motto, issa lifestyle. We're here to help you can attain the ultimate drip in any climate with the four black woman-owned businesses listed below:

J. Dow Fitness

Dr. Jacqueline Dow's motto is to not stop until you make yourself proud, and that's exactly what she plans to do with her athletic apparel brand, J. Dow Fitness.

Before launching her company, Jacqueline got her doctorate in Public Health and gained more than eight years of experience in the sector and now, she's on a mission to confront health disparities that exist for women of color through advocacy and research. The collection currently offers a unique line of tops, sports bras, and leggings that will help you attain all of your fitness dreams.

Click here to shop J. Dow Fitness.

Swank Blue

Created by the legendary Olori Swank herself, Swank Blue is guaranteed to give you the ultimate drip for any and every occasion, even at Waffle House. Olori, who is a renowned entrepreneur, celebrity stylist, and author, originally enrolled as a student at the University of Georgia with plans of going to med school, but as it turned out, God had other plans.

After graduating with honors with a bachelors in Psychology, an unexpected meeting with the VP A&R at Jive Records led Olori to jumpstart the celebrity stylist career or her dreams. Since then, Olori has worked with artists like Childish Gambino, Teyana Taylor, and Lance Gross, and now she's bringing her signature style to your closet with her brand, Swank Blue, which offers a unique collection of dresses, sets and onesies.

Click here to shop Swank Blue.

The Working Beauty

Janelle Henderson used her God-given talent of thrifting to help women get fly AF on a budget, and we stan for an unapologetically frugal Queen. You might have bought a style box in the past, but you've never had a monthly subscription quite like this. The Working Beauty sources specifically curated, thrifted items all over the world that you can buy either a la carte or as a part of a 10-piece package deal for under $100.

Click here to shop The Style Box.

Poise Ann

Corduroy and buttons and textures, oh my! *Inserts heart eye emoji* Poise Ann is a bad and bougie black woman's dream, and offers a collection of business-casual pieces that will turn every head in the boardroom.

The company's goal is to help busy women not only embrace their beauty and power and shatter gender-based obstacles, but to help them look damn good while they're doing it. This brand offers a unique collection of bottoms, dresses, blazers, jumpsuits and tops that range from $54 to $105.

Click here to shop Poise Ann.

Featured image by Instagram/@swankblue.

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The Mamie 'Till' Movie Wants To Empower Us

Sitting in the theater getting ready to watch Nopefor the third time, I was excited, like a good film nerd, to see my friend's first-time reactions to the fun UFO horror-comedy. My heart sank immediately when a trailer for the film Till, which follows the life and legacy of Emmett Till's mother, Mamie, started playing first.

My knee-jerk reaction, of course, comes from years of watching film and TV that have exploited Black trauma onscreen and were created with little (if any) consideration for what could emotionally trigger the Black audience. The 1955 murder of Emmett Till is so heartbreaking and inherently violent; would this film make us live through that violence on screen?

Fortunately, no!

This week, before watching Gina Prince-Bythewood's incredible The Woman King, a featurette for Till played in place of a trailer and it soothed my fears.

"There will be no physical violence against Black people on screen," the film's award-winning director and co-writer Chinonye Chukwu says in the featurette. "I'm not interested in relishing in that kind of physical trauma. We're going to begin and end in a place of joy," she says.

Starring Danielle Deadwyler (whose heartfelt performance on HBO's Station Eleven stole the show) as Mamie, Till is a celebration of Mamie's tireless activism which sparked the civil rights movement that continues today and ultimately culminated in President Biden signing the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law just a few months ago in March 2022. "Mamie Till Mobley is a hero," says Alana Mayo, president of Orion Pictures, the production company behind the film. "I'm really, really committed to making movies not just by us, but for us," Mayo says in the featurette.

After a private screening of Till, this week, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, tweeted that the film was "#Powerful" and "a must see."

Mamie's story of courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy deserves to be told--especially as we continue the fight for civil rights today. Knowing that the Black filmmakers behind the film are centering Black joy and aiming for our empowerment through the film makes a world of difference.

TILLis in theaters October 14.

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