The Black Amazon: Miiriya, the App that Highlights Black Creators

Shopping for Black-owned businesses can be tricky; most are found on big-corporation websites like Amazon, making it difficult for a consumer to support a small business directly. Luckily, supporting Black-owned businesses just got a lot easier. 

Meet Miiriya

Miiriya [me-ree-ya], a Black-owned app, uses convenience and commerce to make a one-stop shopping experience. They house Black-owned products like home decor, art, clothing, and hair products. The word Miiriya is a Bambara/Dioula word meaning “thoughts” and “ideas.” So, it’s no surprise that owner Lamine Loco’s goal is to create the ideal space for Black businesses and creators. 

Interestingly enough, Miiriya is actually a one-person operation. In their “About Us” section, Loco explains that not only is he the creator of Miiriya, but he’s also the manager of all Miiriya social media platforms. Internships and volunteer positions, anyone? 

In January 2022, the company …

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Five Black Inventors Who Changed the World

When people think of Black innovation, we usually refer to hip-hop and music. However, countless African-American inventions have gone largely unrecognized. Here are just a few inventions created by Black Americans that are still used today. 

Home Security System: Marie van Brittan Brown 

Marie van Brittan Brown started her career as a nurse, while her husband worked as an electronics technician. They both worked during different times, leaving Brown alone late at night. And because she lived in a high-crime neighborhood, where the police were often slow to respond to emergency calls, Brown feared for her safety during those hours. So, in 1966 she and her husband invented a four-peephole safety system consisting of a camera, two-way microphones, and television monitors. There was also a remote that enabled the system, and an emergency button that would alert the police. Three years later, they received a patent for their invention, and Brown was g…

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10 Ice Cream Shops That Are Unique In Identity and Flavor

If 31 flavors don’t hold your interest anymore, look no further than these 10 minority-owned ice cream shops.

(And if you’re on a diet, just remember that rules are meant to be broken.) 

Creamalicious

Creamalicious is one of the only Black-owned, mass-produced ice cream brands in the U.S.

It's home to Southern-inspired desserts flavors like old-fashioned banana pudding, peach cobbler, and caramel pound cake. Delish!

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

If you see a jovial green and yellow dragon, you’ve made it to the right place. 

Known as the “unofficial landmark of NYC”, CICF shares its Chinese tradition through family, fun, and flavor. Among their traditional flavors are herbal green tea, sweet mango, and nutty black sesame ice cream. You may even be lucky to come by and try their specialty flavors like jelly doughnut, chocolate bacon, and halo-halo. 

Ice Queen

Located in Portland, OR, Ice…

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2022: Travel Abroad To These LGBTQ-Friendly Destinations

Know before you go.

With the number of performative campaigns, distasteful brand items (looking at you, Juneteenth ice cream), and insensitive rainbow merch, many people have unfortunately come to terms that this might be their reality. Are corporations really funding human rights campaigns? Does our government actually care about my community? No one should have to wonder if they might get kicked out of their rental home because they're LGBTQ+. There shouldn't be a question on if our government is protecting minority and LGBTQ+ people.

That's where this list comes in.

All 8 of these destinations foster inclusive environments, pass legislation that protects queer people, and welcome the LGBTQ+ community with open arms. So whether you're exploring or emigrating, here are 10 international places to keep on your bucket list:

Mexico City, Mexico 

Mexico’s history with LGBTQ+ rights and equality have mostly been complicated. In 20…

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The Story of Hawai’i: What You Need to Know

Recently, I watched a webinar that discussed Hawaiian stories and traditions. Hosted by the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, this webinar told the story of Pele and her journey towards creating a home for her and her siblings in the Hawaiian Islands.

Pele is the goddess of volcanoes, fire, and the creator of the Hawaiian islands. 

Tūtū (grandmother) Pele also created geographical salt waters and peninsulas in Hawaiian culture. Legend says that she resides in Hawaii’s most active volcano, the summit of Kīlauea on the Big Island. 

Pele’s sister Hi'iaka is the goddess of Hula. 

Traditional hula celebrates the Hawaiian deities and their connection to Mother Earth. These dances, chants, and songs sometimes went on for days. 

Coconut bras and grass skirts are modern Hula attire.  

Yes, the beloved Lilo and Stitch is partially to blame for spreading misinformation. Hula dancers actually wear ‘pa’u’ (sk…

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