picture it. it’s black friday 2003, and wal-mart has dvd players on sale for $20. these were the pre-netflix days so a dvd player priced under $75 was a huge steal. like dedicated shoppers across america, i woke up at dawn to rush my local wal-mart.
all hell broke loose when somebody’s uncle jumped on a stack of boxes and started throwing dvd players to nearby customers. i caught one like odell beckham jr. and ran for my life. you would have thought i was carrying baby jesus.
fast forward to 2015. not only do i try to abstain from shopping at wal-mart due to it’s anti-worker practices, but i’m also working hard to align my spending with my principles. with the murders of so many black men, women and children, i’m in no mood to celebrate a capitalist system that devalues black life.
this holiday season, my mission is to support black-owned businesses who deserve love year round. on friday morning, i’ll be shopping online from the comfort of my bed while eating leftover sweet potato pie.
skin & haircare
good reads & writes
- salt by nayirrah waheed
- teaching gold mah how to heal herself by bilphena yahwon
- shapeshifters by aimee meredith cox
- vagabroad journals
- effie’s paper
health & well being
check out quirky brown love for a list of over 200 black-owned businesses.