"The black skin is not a badge if shame, but rather a glorious symbol of greatness"-Marcus Garvey (Black Nationalist, 1st Jamaican National Hero, Civil Rights Activist)
It is Feburary 3,2017 and I am black.I am black everyday and despite the adversity faced being black is lit ('Lit' is not overused and I don't care what your feelings are about the word;just because it is has become mainstream ).I would not want to be anything other than black.My blackness helps define me, it has shaped my world and I owe it so much.I surely will not wait until the shortest month of the year (even in a leap year;hella shade) to highlight this or celebrate this.Surely someone with breast cancer does not wait until October to show acknowledgement.We designate these times for certain acknowledgement for certain reasons; some for awareness or some because of former exclusion. I am pretty sure you know which one is which, but I digress.
Uplifting is what I am about if you missed my previous posts. For me that uplift starts at home, within the black community. I noticed how easy it was for me to drop coins for corporate retail like Forever 21, H&M, and Zara but I would overlook supporting women that looked like me.I had to re-evaluate myself and my blackness. I had been blogging for about 6 months when I came to this realization after feeling convicted from all the times I saw black owned companies on Fashionbombdaily. Better late than never, huh? My blackness and support for my community should be a focal point on my blog. It's such a huge chunk of me and I am proud of it.I told myself I would not buy as many cheap items and save to invest in my black business owners and other small business owners. According to Fortune,the number of businesses owned by African American women grew 322% since 1997, making black females the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S. It has become my duty to support as many as possible.
The support and cheers from emphasizing black-owned brands was amazing! I had so many readers thanking me for highlighting local and national businesses that are not as mainstream and run by people reflect them. Don't listen to the media. Black people do and will support people , especially if the quality is there.Many are just unaware. That is where I and others come in. Promote, promote, promote! Our money talks and loud. The 2016 Nelsien report estimated black buying power at 1.2 Trillion with an estimated 1.4 Trillion by 2020.
You guys, today's look is courtesy of TAG's Boutique in Atlanta and is owned by partners and friends Kandi and Peaches.Many of you may know Kandi from the Real Housewives of Atlanta or from her days in the multi-platinum 90's girl group Xscape. She is a business woman for sure! She has wrote hits for others including TLC's 'No Scrubs' and has a quite a few business ventures including her line of erotic items called Bedroom Kandi (okayyyy girl!).Peaches, who is the co-owner, has a tenure in the styling game so these two combined their business and fashion acumen to create Tags. Their pieces are not only the business, but they will definitely not break your pockets. I am wearing their white studded bodysuit and vegan leather skirt(currently sold out).
Tags boutique also has a rewards program for its shoppers sign up here at www.tagsatl.com . I have a little something extra to add for more savings as well! Use code CCOWGIRL to get an additional 15% of any purchase!
These are the pieces still available to shop from my look today.
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