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Black is Beautiful

( Model Izabelly Santos, Photo by Hannah Thornhill for Dea Dia )

Black is Beautiful.

Black voices matter.

Black experiences matter.

It has always been Dea Dia's mission to be representative and inclusive and we hope it shows through our branding and messaging. As a business owner and white ally, I will continue our work as an anti-racist company and will actively work to dismantle white supremacy.

I will be quiet and listen. I will show up and protest. I will donate to black organizations. I will buy from black owned businesses. I will write to elected officials and will vote for people that are working to make systemic change. When the time comes for this business to expand, I will actively recruit BIPOC talent. 

This is the very least I can do and I hope you will consider doing the same.

I've compiled a list of my favorite Black business owners, creatives, artists, thinkers & films for you to explore and support.

BUSINESSES

Alicia Goodwin of Lingua Nigra https://linguanigra.com/ - Artisan Jewelry

 Katherine Theobolds of Zou Xou Shoes https://www.zouxou.com/ - Artisan ShoesOgechi Anyanwu Eye of the Sun http://www.eyeofthesunoa.com/shop - Leather AccessoriesRoachele Negron of Rayo + Honey https://rayoandhoney.com/ - Home Decor

Oak & Melanin https://www.oakandmelanin.com/ - Creative Direction, Photography & Marketing

ARTISTS

 

WRITERS, THINKERS, CREATORS

Ta-nehisi Coates  https://ta-nehisicoates.com/

WATCH, LISTEN, READ

Daughters of the Dust - free on Kanopy

I Am Not Your Negro - free on Kanopy

Spike Lee - every movie

Barry Jenkins - Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk

Watchmen - HBO

Anti-Racist Starter Pack

WHITE 2 WHITE Conversation Starters

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice

Trevor Noah - George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper

GIVE

https://nymag.com/strategist/article/where-to-donate-for-black-lives-matter.html

White People 4 Black Lives

Justice for Breonna Taylor

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yLWGTQIe3967hdc9RSxBq5s6KKZHe-3_mWp5oemd7OA/preview?pru=AAABcqmwTv8*zG_Zn5f8Df9-PfwB9bzdbQ

This is, of course, not an exhaustive list. Our work doesn't end here. We believe in direct action, voting to root out systemic racism, writing elected representatives, defunding the police, speaking out when we see injustice, having hard conversations and the willingness to listen and change.

Love,

Jessica

 

1 comment

Susan

Beautiful & inspiring. Like your creations, Jessica! 🌹

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