Our Favorite Black Friday Sales Are Here
Black Friday might look a little different this year, at least in the stores. But when it comes to sales, both online and in-store, well they may just be the most normal part of 2020. As we all know, Black Friday has gradually gone from being one day of markdowns that happens the day after Thanksgiving to being a week of sales that often mark the lowest prices ever on many must-have items. With everyone's pockets being a little tighter this year, we have a feeling a lot of people are going to be tapping into these deals sooner rather than later. So here are 15 of our favorite sales from haircare to home goods and skincare to electronics.
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New Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 40mm)
Grab the new Apple watch for the lowest price ever (in certain colors) on Amazon.com.
Black-owned, organic household brand PURHome is offering 25% off site-wide Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
Get 15% sitewide -- that means extensions, wigs, bundles, frontals, and closures 11.27-11.30.
Skincare brand Bliss is offering 30% off the entire brand at BlissWorld.com on Friday. If you can't wait until then, you can get 25% off of Bliss products at Ulta 11.22 – 11.28.
The Original Peloton Bike
Save $350 off the regular price of the original Peloton bike, which includes a 30-day home trial and 12-month limited warranty. Check our review here before you buy.
Looking to have a white Christmas with a set of pearly whites? Gosmile.com is offering 30% off of everything on site for Black Friday and 50% off of Holiday Kits on Cyber Monday, no code needed.
iRobot Robotic Vacuums and Mops
Save up to 34% off iRobot Robotic Vacuums and Mops on Amazon.com.
Saje Natural Wellness
Enjoy 20% off everything in-store and on Saje.com this Friday.
Urban Decay is offering 25% off for everyone and 30% off for Beauty Junkie Members at urbandecay.com from now through 11.30.
Get 25% off everything except the Allswell Mattress with code TURKEY25 on 11.24 – 11.30.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Get 20% off entire online purchases 11.26 – 11.28 and 25% off in-store purchases, including Curbside and Store Pickup orders, 11.27 – 11.28. Beyond+ members will receive 25% off their entire purchase online and in store 11.25 – 11.28.
The Good Stuff
BOGO 50% off on The Good Stuff products at Ulta.com from not through 12.6.
Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker
Save $30.00 off the regular price of the Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker from now until Monday at Target.
Get 20% off the new Unilever skincare brand made especially for Black women with Target Promo Code MELE20 until 11.28.
Apple AirPods Pro
Save $50 on the regular price of Apple AirPods Pro starting now.
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7 Black Women Bookstagrammers To Follow And The Reads By Black Authors That Empower Us
I've always been a stan for reading, and I've been a so-called book geek since kindergarten. My mom would always reward good grades and behavior with a trip to the local library, something my siblings loved more than any new toys or free time to play outside. We would spend hours at the tall stone building in the downtown area of the small town I spent my childhood in, first in the downstairs "Children's Room" (which only had books for readers 5-13). I later graduated to going (i.e., snuck) upstairs to find all the juicy celebrity autobiographies, travel books, and classics like Sula, Moby Dick, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
So today, when I see so many Black women part of #bookstagram, I feel seen because many of us love not only to read but to drown in books by Black authors, poets, historians, and researchers who continue to add to the narrative and reflection of what it truly means to be a Black person---a Black woman---in America.
Check out (and follow) a few of my favorite Black women bookstagrammers and the books that empower us:
Zora Neale Hurston is clearly an icon, and she's one of my favorite authors, thought leaders, and scholars, so this is an obvious choice for me. What I love, specifically, about this bookstagrammer's page is that it lacks pretension, is super-relatable, and includes a nice mix of nonfiction books, something I'm trying to boost in my collection.
2.Kayla Starr @blackgirlbookadventures
Another classic, Beloved was a book I unsuccessfully tried to read as a 12-year-old, tried again in my 20s (and failed), saw the film, and then fell back in love with again reading in my 30s. Black Girl Book Adventures is a page that just screams brightness, positivity, and a love for books that draws you near.
3.Black Girl With Books @blackgirlwithbooks
This book had a profound effect on me, as it connected the dots between Ghana (a place that has held a special place in my heart since my 2016 visit) and Black America in a way that blew my mind. It also helps that the storytelling and timelines are captivating and thoughtful in a way that any editor who just loves good writing--in an online content environment that seems to reward robotic, vapid, Grammarly-informed, copycat writing---would appreciate.) The founder of this page also offers info on bookstores and other interesting updates for bibliophile baes.
4.Shani Akilah @_shaniakilah
A love of travel and books? Yes, please! Shani's page is refreshing and welcoming, inviting you in on her global adventures along with her journeys through her latest reads. I'm a huge fan of books that feature Black women protagonists in Caribbean or African settings who are able to come into a higher sense of themselves through challenge or hardship. For some reason, I'm always drawn to those books, which is why this one is a top pick for me.
5.Boipelo Lecha @boipelo.reads.books
I'm not big on romance novels (after having grown out of an early obsession with Danielle Steele). At one point, I'd been yearning for a book that offered an elevated sense of the Black love experience (beyond the esteemed OGs like Terry McMillan, Eric Jerome Dickey, and Zane) and stumbled upon Love In Color. It was just what I needed because it's a collection of classic love stories retold through the lens of the author, and the tales centrally feature women.
Biopelo is an up-and-comer in the #bookstagrammer space.
I've been consumed by Black historical fiction, and this is a good one for the collection. It tells the story of a Black southern family through generations in a way that doesn't feel like a book you were forced to read for a college project. It screams, "Turn me into a six-part Netflix saga," and was a surprise hit for me because I made some very ignorant assumptions about a poet being able to write such a story. (Ah, like Maya Angelou isn't literally a queen in my head.)
Virginia-based Semiyah is literally like my reading tastes twin, down to the mix of types of books she showcases on her page, from romance fiction to new YA titles.
Lex serves up book events and information about new releases to boot, and her page doesn't scream, "Hey, I'm going to just promo books sent to me for free by publishers." On top of that, I support any and everything with the name Tiffany D. Jackson stamped on it. She's a graduate of the other HU (heeeey all my Hampton *cough*, I mean, Howard folk), and the way she puts her special stank on YA will have you wanting to actually relive your own teenage years.
Dare I say, reading her work is like the first time I read Judy Blume, Sister Souljah, and Candy Dawson Boyd---all pioneers in what is now known as young adult fiction. It's authentic, truthful, kind, real, and has a living soul, all elements I yearned for back in the late '80s and '90s as a confused, geeky, Black girl at the library and that I still yearn for as an award-winning editor, editorial manager, and self-employed woman at my big age.
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