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Start your new tradition today: Buy Black this holiday season

LAPACAZO SANDOVAL | 12/7/2017, midnight
According to an article that appeared on Black Entrepreneur.com, the African-American community continues to be a significant consumer base with ...
The “Joy” backpack from blendeddesigns.com, which was created by an African-American family. (Lapacazo Sandoval photo)

According to an article that appeared on Black Entrepreneur.com, the African-American community continues to be a significant consumer base with the ability to heavily influence the buying patterns of goods and services that are purchased in the United States of America:

“Black buying power continues to increase, rising from its current $1 trillion level to a forecasted $1.3 trillion by 2017. Black buying power has seen an 86 percent increase since 2000 and accounts for 8.7 percent of the nation’s total. The growth in Black buying power stems in part from an increase in the number of Black-owned businesses as well as from an uptick in education among the African-American population, which leads to higher incomes. Despite historically high unemployment rates, Blacks have shown resiliency in their ability to persevere as consumers.”

Let’s push some of the projected $1.3 trillion toward our community this holiday season. Here’s an idea for where to Buy Black This Holiday Season: Part One

CHILDREN

Ishababies

Award-winning baby dolls created by African pediatrician, Dr. Aisha Bailey, and her award-winning dolls reflect the rich color of our community. https://www.ishababies.com/

Books by Black and Latino authors

Black and Latino children’s authors are representing with KaZoom Kids Books. These new interactive, multicultural books are designed to inspire children ages 3 to 8 to love reading. The authors and illustrators are all African, African-American and Latino. Each month two new titles are added. Now available in the App Store, iTunes, Apple.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kazoom-kids-books/id1267330218?mt=8

Backpacks designed with Black pride

All the children in your life should wear their pride on their backs. What better way than wearing a beautifully designed backpack and other accessories that are adorned with positive affirmations? Created by an African-American family.

https://blendeddesigns.com/

THE KID INSIDE OF YOU

Adult coloring book

Feel the need to color? Fine artist and art director Jacqueline Monique —herself a very colorful woman—created a comic book that’s great for the kid hiding in the adult.

www.boredroombooks.com

CLOTHING

Cruise wear with flair

Going on a cruise or want to feel that free every day of the year? Take a look and fall in love with the Si Mee Collections by Rosemarie Macklin. Designed with all body types in mind, these choices are a sure fit on sea or land.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/si-mee-collections-news-rosemarie-macklin

FOR THE BUDDING TV WRITER

Six-plus hours of lessons from Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy”)

In this class, Rhimes teaches you how to create compelling characters, write a pilot, pitch your idea, and stand out in the writers’ room. You’ll also get original pilot scripts, pitch notes and series bibles from her shows. https://www.masterclass.com/classes/shonda-rhimes-teaches-writing-for-television