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Black Beauty Collective Will Bring Marketplace For Black-Owned Hair And Beauty Products To Hyde Park

HYDE PARK — A marketplace that exclusively sells Black-owned beauty products and provides culturally informed service to Black customers will soon debut on the South Side.

The Black Beauty Collective will open its flagship store April 6 at 5305 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Representatives of brands sold through the marketplace will visit the South Side that weekend for a four-day grand opening celebration featuring activities and workshops.

“Everybody around the collective has something positive to get out to the world,” CEO and founder Leslie Roberson said. “As a customer, you’re stepping into something special in real time: Every purchase is aligned with the entrepreneurs who are trying to get it out here.”

Businesses eligible to join the Black Beauty Collective must be at least 51 percent Black-owned. The marketplace will partner with established and emerging brands, said Roberson, a Bronzeville resident.

About 40 brands have already signed on. Six are from the South Side, including a Bridgeport-based beauty line from esthetician and Englewood resident Victoria Prince.

The roster of vendors mostly features Black women, many of whom created products in response to their lived experiences, Roberson said.

“They say, ‘I did this because my mom had cancer and her hair was falling out. My son has eczema and I wanted to create something that wasn’t so harsh on his skin,’” Roberson said. “You hear story after story; it’s the same baseline. They identified a need and created a solution.

“What an amazing experience, as an African-American customer, to walk into a space with all these Black people who created a product with someone’s care in mind.”

Participating brands will receive sales, marketing and other supports to help them grow, Roberson said.

Roberson has high expectations of vendors, she said. They must have a quality product and the labeling,

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Black Ivy Thrift, a new thrift store in West Philly, sells clothing that embodies the civil rights movement

A new West Philadelphia thrift shop that doubles as a museum epitomizes the term “fashion as activism.”

Black Ivy Thrift, which opened earlier this month, sells a curated collection of sustainable fashion items and displays artifacts that celebrate the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

“I wanted to do something that would continue to amplify all that Philadelphia offers American culture by paying homage to the figures who came through Philadelphia in the civil rights movement, and how they use style to tell stories,” said Kimberly McGlonn, the curator behind Black Ivy Thrift.

Black Ivy Thrift sells hand-curated thrift and vintage items associated with the fashion of the civil rights movement from 1954, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, to 1972, when Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, ran for president. 

McGlonn has traveled around the country to find pieces of corduroy, leather, embroidery and florals that embody the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The store offers everything from denim jackets to turtlenecks to polyester pants, with countless opportunities to mix and match the thrift and vintage pieces into unique outfits.

People also can purchase original artwork and decor, plus rare vintage vinyl by musicians like Nat King Cole, first edition books by writers like Maya Angelou and pieces by modern figures like Barack and Michelle Obama. 

black ivy thrift bookProvided Image/Kimberly McGlonn

Black Ivy Thrift offers clothing and artifacts from and inspired by the civil rights era.

When people enter the store, they are greeted by a wall covered with artifacts, including vintage gloves, records and magazine covers. Other distinctive touches include a TV screen playing footage from the civil rights movement, a 1959 typewriter and a photo of McGlonn’s great grandparents.

The “shoppable

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10 Black-Owned Vegan Makeup Brands to Elevate Your Beauty Routine

Clear out your vanity and get ready to find your new go-to cosmetic line! We’re highlighting 10 Black-owned vegan makeup brands to step up your beauty game. These brands feature buzzworthy makeup must-haves, from graphic eyeliners and earth-hued lippies to makeup tools.

Add some glamor to your beauty routine with this bold Black-owned beauty line! Joséphine Cosmetics carries everything you need to achieve a full-beat makeup look. From graphic eyeliner and fiery lipstick to liquid highlighters, this is the ultimate brand to elevate your beauty routine.

Joséphine Cosmetics

Joséphine Cosmetics

Are you a lipstick fiend? Well, The Lip Bar is about to become your new go-to! The vegan beauty brand stocks velvety lip liners, long-lasting glosses, and nourishing lip care. Not sure where to start? Check out their virtual try-on to find the perfect lippie for you!

The Lip Bar

The Lip Bar

Say goodbye to traditional makeup brushes and make room for Yubi Beauty’s Miracle Brush! Designed with vegan bristles, this makeup tool won’t soak up your foundation and delivers a powder-like finish every time. And don’t forget to grab your brush cleaner! Their Complete Clean Kit features a deep cleansing wash and a quick-acting sanitizing spray.

Yubi Beauty

Yubi Beauty

Laws of Nature Cosmetics celebrates Black beauty year round! The vegan beauty brand offers super lightweight complexion products leaving a natural finish with each application. Need help finding a color? Their Shade Match Quiz makes it easy to find the perfect foundation for all skin tones.

Laws of Nature Cosmetics

Laws of Nature Cosmetics

When it comes to foundation range, Mented Cosmetics doesn’t play. The Black-owned beauty brand is known for its extensive line of beauty staples tailored for melanin-rich skin. A standout set is their Full-Time Concealer Duo! This bundle includes their bestselling Brightening Concealer and Pillow Puff Beauty Sponge.

Mented Cosmetics

Mented Cosmetics

Co-owned by Blair Imani Ali, Fempower

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