Streaming, Salons, and Lingerie–A Black Business Spotlight

BlackandSexyTv.com

Founded by Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch, this streaming service lives up to its name. Albeit most of the shows are about sex,  the blackandsexytvplatform though is not raughy or even risque, but depicts the under-discussed questions and conflicts that arise our sex—whether celibate or sexually fluid. All shows have a predominately, if not all, black cast, and focus on black young adulthood.

Shows include: Sexless, Build-a-Boo, Broke and Sexy, RoomieLoverFriends, and Ok Cupid (amongst others)

Membership is $5.99 p/m

swivelSwivel App

Despite the influx of black hair care products and natural hair stylists, finding a salon and stylist as a black woman (or man) remains a challenge. Swivel, founded by Jihan Thompson and Jennifer Lambert, is designed especially for “women of color.” The app allows users to put in their hair type and desired style to find salons that specialize in their texture and style  ambitions.

Each featured salon also had an online portfolio (instagram) and customer reviews.

Nubian Skin, The Naked Collection

Started by founder Ade Hassan, Nubian Skin provides nude lingerie nubian-skin-naked-collections-2017-tonesfor black women. The company has recently launched a new line called the “Naked Collection.” The collection, consisting of intimates from body suits to panty-line less undergarments, feels like skin. I can attest to the soft, high quality fabric used, and the comfort it garners even the most traditionally uncomfortable lingerie.

P.S.: All products are easily washed and maintained at home.

Prices range from $15-$48, with a flat shipping rate of $9.99—which Is pretty good given all products ship from the UK.

This post is not sponsored, but reflects my desire to aid black commerce by spreading the word :-).

Black Power ❤

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Black Beauty Spotlight/ Mented Cosmetics and Nubian Skin

Transformation remains a central component of beauty. From foundation and contour powder that function to rework a woman’s face, to spanx —designed to instantly slim a woman’s figure—beauty is a quick fix designed to distance the female body from what she possesses naturally.

Beauty, therefore, is toxic in nature and execution, conditioning the female body to believe that she is never quite beautiful enough.

The transformative premise of beauty proves particularly harmful to the black female body, a body that bears the cruel duality of oppression. Residing at the intersection of race and gender, the black female body is “othered” as both a woman and member of the black collective.

Furthermore, the featured black businesses and products stand out because they lack the transformative nature of most beauty products. Instead, these products highlight the natural beauty of the black female body:

  1. Mented CosmeticsmentedStarted by K. J. Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, Mented caters to the black female
    lip. Specifically, the company offers a lip product that accounts for the hued lips of black women. The company specializes in the black girl nude, offering something previously omitted from the black female experience—options.

Mented presents the sun-kissed black woman with six nude options. I personally recommend the following:           mentedlippies

Dope Taupe: The ultimate nude with whose slight shimmer only fitting for a queen.
Mented # 5: A plum nude perfect for work or a night on the town.
Nude Lala: A pink nude great for the effortless glamazon.

2.  Nubian Skin

Nubian Skin is a London based black owned company that specializes in black lingerie. Most of the talk around this company focuses on the nude undergarments the company created especially for the black woman. However, Nubian Skin also excels in its hosiery. The company makes its hosiery in four shades: Cafe Au Lait, Caramel, Cinnamon and Berry.

Nubian-Skin-Hosiery

I purchased the hosiery in Caramel and the tights are like a second skin—the perfect companion for both casual and formal outings. The tights are also available in curve, to accommodate the curvy black woman.

While other beauty companies and products function to present various ways to be anyone other than yourself, Mented Cosmetics and Nubian Skin  present multiple ways for the black woman to bask in her own beauty.

For us by us, for now and hopefully forever.

** I purchased all products with my own money, and provide this review as a means to promote black patronage of black businesses.