The state of the world has sparked a lot of conversation and lots of questions about what we can all do to amplify the voices of the black community. This movement is far from over and it’s so important to not only educate ourselves but to also support businesses owned by POC. This month, #TeamE7 is dedicated to sharing products we love that are POC-focused and will educate the community during this important movement and revolution we’re all witnessing.
Keep reading to see our top 7 picks below!
Gracie Carroll, Editor in Chief
“This past week presented an amazing opportunity to discover so many incredible Black-owned businesses that were shared and highlighted by some of my favourite content creators across Canada and beyond. One brand that immediately caught my attention is Mumgry from Vancouver that makes natural, handcrafted and small-batch nut butters using ethically sourced products. We go through organic peanut butter at an alarming rate since Ruby arrived and I love that Mumgry’s founder, Lilian Umurungi-Jung, is a mama who understands the need for clean, delicious and easy snacks for you, and your babies. Not only that, but her company prioritizes the dietary needs of moms throughout every stage of motherhood, from pre-pregnancy to postpartum and beyond. I’ve put my order in to try Mumgry products first hand and, while I’ll admit the shipping to get it from Vancouver to Toronto isn’t the cheapest (newsflash: shipping is a huge expense for small business owners, especially in Canada) I truly believe that spending a bit more to help independent businesses thrive is the bigger picture we all need to keep in mind whenever we make a purchase. If putting in an order isn’t an option right now, you can still show up to support by tuning in to The Mumgry Podcast that’s hosted by Lilian and her best friend Isabelle Alexander every Tuesday.” – @GracieCarroll
Caitlin Melvin, Contributing Editor
Blair Stutz, Contributing Editor
“Supporting the black community has never been more important and in addition to educating ourselves and sharing info on social media, you can also do that by buying from black-owned brands. One brand that I’ll be ordering from is Montreal-based Atelier New Regime. The sweatshirts, trousers, and sweatpants you’ll find here are crazy cozy and perfect for self-isolation because let’s not forget that we should all still be quarantining from home!” – @BlairAlex
Shayna Stevenson, Contributing Editor
Anastasia Barbuzzi, Contributing Editor
“With the events happening in the U.S. and around the world following the tragic death of George Floyd and many other black men and women as a result of police brutality and systemic, racist bigotry, I’ve been revisiting literature about how we’ve arrived at this point in time. Nasty Women is a thought-provoking collection of essays by a beautifully diverse group of critical feminist writers that provides a broad look at how we got here, how Trump’s win has impacted women, black and non-black people of colour, and what we need to do to move forward. In my opinion, the conclusions made in this book are insightful and more relevant than ever. A great read.” – @AnastasiaBarbuzzi
Ama Scriver, Contributing Editor
“It has been a heavy time online with a lot of white individuals asking, what they can do next. If you’re interested in learning more about systemic racism in Canada, I want to suggest The Skin We’re In by celebrated journalist and activist Desmond Cole. His first book, it takes readers through some of the anti-Black racism and white supremacy happening right here in Canada and provides a call to action. More recently released is They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up by another celebrated Black journalist and editor Eternity Martis. In her debut memoir, Eternity focuses on the racism that happens to students of colours on a predominantly white campus. It is honest, and an absolute must-read. You can order both of these books through a Black-owned book shop, A Different Booklist who are currently offering curbside pick-ups, and free shipping within Canada.” – @AmaScriver
Catherine Sugrue, Contributing Editor
“If you’re looking for a product made for humans with vaginas which are also made by humans with vaginas, then look no further! The Honey Pot is the first complete feminine care system powered by herbs™, featuring products that cleanse, protect, and balance your vagina and it’s natural flora. Founder Bea Dixon first created the line because she was suffering from bacterial vaginosis for months with what seemed like no relief in sight. This is just so common for many other humans with vaginas out there! One night, an ancestor visited her in a dream and gifted her with a vision to be able to heal herself. Now she passes that gift on to others through her 100% natural feminine care, from her kitchen and into our hands. As a brand that gives back, when you buy from them, you’re also helping to provide menstrual care for humans with vaginas who are homeless, low income, or living in poverty. It’s a win-win, really!” – @CatherinesCabinet