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5 Black Owned Businesses You Should Shop with for Back to School

Back to school shopping is fun for both parents and children. Our children are excited to find fun and inspiring school supplies, backpacks, clothes, and shoes that allow them to be expressive, and accessories that make them stand out in a crowd. Wouldn’t it be exciting if you could find all those things for your child while supporting a B.O.B. (black owned business) ? Check out these five businesses you can support while completing your back to school shopping:

 

1. Africa on my Back Backpack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa on my back is exactly that. A backpack with beautiful, vibrant African patterns made in Ghana! But Africa on my Back is not your typical backpack. Why you might ask? These backpacks are like none other because each backpack sold supports study abroad opportunities for young black men while simultaneously helping to grow small businesses and creating jobs in Ghana, West Africa. These backpacks are available in several different African patterns. Click below to find out which one works best for you.

Get Your Fair Trade Hand-Crafted African Print Backpack

 

2. Urban Intellectuals’ Black History Flash Cards

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Intellectuals’ Black History Flash Cards are a must have this school year. What better way for your child to learn their history throughout the school year. Choose one new African American hero each month, each week or even each day! Our history is rich. Our ancestors have contributor so much to America, it’s time for our children to learn more about those valuable contributions. You can also get your child the new Black History Entrepreneurs Coloring book.

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3. I Love my Hair & I Love my Skin Children’s Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Love My Hair and I Love My Skin are children’s books that will help your children appreciate the diversity of their hair and skin. It’s up to us as parents to teach our child to love every aspect of themselves. Build your child’s confidence through literacy with these books. The colorful and fun illustrations will keep your child captivated and engaged. Start young! I Love my Hair and I Love my Skin are perfect for children ages 4 to 8.

Click Here for your I Love my Hair and I Love my Skin Bundle

4. Gabby Bows

 

 

 

 

Most of us cannot forget the amazing 7 year-old, now 11, Gabby Goodwin who created the most amazing barrettes ever. If you’re tired of your daughter coming home with missing barrettes and being forced to buy new ones every other week Gabby Bows are what you’ve been waiting for. I have 2 daughters and surprisingly they have not managed to loss any Gabby Bows not even my youngest who is constantly playing in her hair. The double face, double snap barrettes are a most have this school year. You won’t have to worry about buying barrettes throughout school year after you purchase your Gabby Bows.

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5. Loc-cessories

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you struggling to find cute barrettes for your little girls’ locs, Twists or Braids? Cute hair beads and accessories are pretty much a rite of passage for all curly haired girls. Every girl deserves to feel beautiful and adored regardless of her texture. Sugar Snaps are uniquely crafted clip barrettes made especially for girls with locs and twists. It is the perfect hair accessory to complete any look. Sugar Snaps are the perfect way for your daughter to feel confident about her hair and about herself. And seeing the glowing smile on her face when she looks in the mirror is how you’ll know you’ve given her that. It’s a win-win.

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Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur, and Award Winning Author

Parenting

Serena Williams’ Emotional Decision to Stop Breastfeeding

Becoming a mother is a wonderful thing but it also comes with a few challenges. All of us (mothers) face different challenges but it’s nice to see mothers open up about their experiences because it’s only then that we realize we are not alone.

Serena Williams did just that. She opened up about her tough decision to stop breastfeeding.

Hearing the age old rumor that breastfeeding helps you lose weight and then realizing that’s not your truth was hard for Serena. Despite breastfeeding her daughter, Alexis Olympia, for 6 months and eating a completely vegan diet, Williams was constantly gaining weight.

“I was vegan. I didn’t eat sugar. I literally have my chef total vegan.”

“Not french fry-eating vegan. Totally eating completely healthy. I wasn’t at the weight that I would have been had I not. For my body it didn’t work. No matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did, it didn’t work for me.”

The emotional bond you create with your child when breastfeeding is indescribable. She talked about how difficult it was to emotionally detach.

“That was a different thing. I literally sat Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it.

“I told her ‘Look, I’m going to stop. Mommy has to do this I cried a little bit, not as much as I thought I would. She was fine.”

Williams was ready to play tennis but struggled to meet her weight goals because she was still breastfeeding. Once she stopped breastfeeding the weight melted away. She lost 10lbs in one week.

“It was interesting because all these articles over pop culture, you hear when you breastfeed you lose weight, and you’re so thin. That wasn’t happening to me.”

A lot of us have struggled with making decision that made us feel like a bad mom to further our careers. But we do have to realize that putting ourselves first doesn’t make us bad mothers. Whether we have to stop breastfeeding or put our child in daycare before we anticipated, we are still amazing mothers.

I’m thankful Serena shared her story, I’m sure she helped more people than she knows.

The 36-year-old gave birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, in September and took more than a year off.

She said she planned to stop breastfeeding in January but then continued until April before being advised by her team to stop in order to get into shape.

The mother of one said: “I was vegan. I didn’t eat sugar. I literally have my chef total vegan.

“Not French fry-eating vegan. Totally eating completely healthy. I wasn’t at the weight that I would have been had I not.” She added: “For my body it didn’t work. No matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did, it didn’t work for me.”

Williams said once her daughter was six months old she finally felt she was able to stop nursing. “Then it was just emotionally letting go,” she said.

“That was a different thing. I literally sat Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it.

“I told her ‘Look, I’m going to stop. Mommy has to do this I cried a little bit, not as much as I thought I would. She was fine.”

She added: “After that, like literally I lost ten pounds in a week. It was crazy. I just kept dropping… that’s when I learned that everything was different.”

Williams, who wore a stunning catsuit at the French Open in tribute to mothers who have had difficult pregnancies like her, added: “I wanted to say that so women out there know that’s not true.

“Everyone takes things different. I think it’s important for us to share that message.”

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