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Remembering Black Wall Street 100 Years Later

Black Wall Street  Black Wall Street has become an inspiration for Black entrepreneurship and economic freedom throughout our nation. This self-sufficient community gave Black Americans the opportunity to build generational wealth and economic empowerment against racial and systemic odds of the Jim Crow era.  This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre that began on May 31 and lasted until June 1st, 1921 where more than 35 blocks of the Greenwood neighborhood were destroyed including over 300 businesses, killing approximately 300, and injuring 800 people.  As we remember the tragedy, we must not forget the triumph of how this community overcame adversity and challenges to rebuild after ruin.  After devastating destruction, Black Wall Street was rebuilt within 5 years and surpassed its original glorious stature of more than 300 black-owned businesses. This same spirit of hope, courage, and resilience is needed by entrepreneurs today to overcome challenges…
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BIPOC Businesses to Shop This Holiday Season

If you’re reading this, chances are you know the obstacles faced by BIPOC business owners. Systemic racism has erected so many barriers for BIPOC entrepreneurs and by extension the communities that they live in. Local businesses are the lifeblood of communities they keep wealth circulating, and create a tax base that funds services and contributes to the overall wellbeing of communities. 

Often discrimination prevents minority owned businesses from securing funding that’s needed to scale their businesses. On the other hand consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of the total US economy. Only 14 percent of that money is recirculated into local communities by big box stores compared to 48 percent by locally owned businesses. 

If we want to see Black and Indeginous communities thrive, economically supporting businesses in those communities is a necessity. Spending money with these businesses is the most tangible way you can show your support for…

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10 Black-Owned Businesses to Shop This Holiday Season

The holiday season is here, and the world around us has shifted dramatically. From protesting social injustice worldwide to bearing the harshest brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US, the black community, and our allies, globally have dealt with a lot this year. I know many of us are looking forward to the holidays. The time of year when we can reset, rest and reconnect with our loved ones either virtually or safely in person, and one of the ways we do that is gift-giving.  

We here at Blistey are exceedingly passionate about supporting black-owned businesses all over the world, and we hope you are too. Forty-one percent of black-owned businesses have either temporarily or permanently closed their doors because of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US. We should all be uplifting the black entrepreneurs in our lives, especially now. With that in mind, check out Blisteys’ gift buying guide below, these amazing businesses won’t disappoint. You can spoil t…

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