“Supporting Black businesses shouldn’t be a trend; it should be a lifestyle.”John Denizen
We honor and recognize the significant contributions that generations of Black Americans have made to our communities, economy, and globe during the month of February. Today I am sharing three of my favorite Black-owned businesses that you can support this month and beyond.
You can not only help to strengthen local Black economies by shifting your purchasing power to more Black-owned businesses, but you can also help to close the racial wealth gap, foster more job creation for Black people, and hold larger corporations accountable in terms of diverse representation by doing so.
Black-Owned Business Spotlight
1. Rosa Birks, Owner | Simplicity
Simplicity’s commitment is simple – to infuse your home with beauty and functionality through simple additions to your home. She offers a variety of services from home staging, home styling, virtual consultations and home decor.
The vision for Simplicity began when Rosa became a Certified Home Staging Expert with Center Stage Home, Inc . With over 10 years of experience in Social Work and Education in North Mississippi, specifically in DeSoto County, she understands the importance of balance at home.
“Our homes are where we begin and end our day and it is necessary that we treat it that way. As a wife and mother one of my most important jobs is to make our house feel like a home.” Let Rosa help you do the same!
You can find Simplicity at 173 Young Avenue, Nettleton, MS 38858 or visit online to shop as well!
2. Jeffery “Jré” Patton, II | Artist, Singer, Songwriter
Jeffery Patton is a native of Senatobia, MS. He received an MBA as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Mississippi.
When he’s not lending his talents to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a Relational Coordinator for the Gift Planning division, he is crafting his art and impacting the Black community.
Jré is hosting his 2nd Annual Art2Me showcase on April 16, 2022 in Oxford, MS. This a festival that uplifts and celebrates Black culture, food, creativity, and more. Admission is free but be sure to bring your coins as there will be plenty to purchase! I attended the showcase in 2021 and have never seen a platform that allowed the Black community to gather in such an intentional way within the Oxford landscape.
On a personal note, I have had the opportunity to watch Jeffery thrive since I met him during his sophomore year while working at the University of Mississippi and am beyond proud of the many contributions he continues to make to those around him. You will not meet a more dedicated, talented, or driven individual.
Feel free to check out more from Jeffery here including his new music, art, and other upcoming projects.
3. Danielle Steele, Owner | Daniele Steele Photography
Meet the woman behind my fire photo content! Having someone who looks like me and can bring out to the vision of what I am trying to capture with my photo sessions has been so refreshing. Danielle’s love for photography began with her children and her desire to capture every moment and milestone.
“As a photographer, I enjoy photographing special moments and the personalities of every individual. I love meeting new people and creating a friendly environment for all. I take great pride in my work and ability to create art with my camera.”
She offers a wide range of photography services focused on professionalism, creativity and originality. Her goal as your photographer is to provide you with the absolute best experience along with professional images that will last a lifetime. Danielle currently shoots in the North Mississippi and Memphis, TN area.
View her portfolio and learn more about booking her services here.