#BuyBlack: YP Holiday Shopping Guide for NYC Businesses


Ring in the winter season by kicking off your holiday shopping with these 16 local businesses that were highlighted at the New York Urban League Young Professionals’ 2016 Black Business Bazaar! Review our list of amazing businesses, apps and websites to help you commit to consistently supporting Black-owned businesses. There’s something for everyone and there’s no better gift than knowing that by #buyingblack you are #givingback and empowering your community by circulating the black dollar!

As you browse and shop online, remember that buying black should be a lifestyle and not just something we do during the holidays and Black History Month. Our dollars are our voice and we can support our communities with our economic impact. Let’s get to shopping!


Featured Businesses

1)   Activate Increase – financial literacy and financial services

2)   Strong & Elite – apparel

3)   Choko Mode – apparel

4)   Collective Vision Studios – photography and graphic design

5)   Crumbs & Roses – bakery

6)   Financial Education Services – financial services

7)   Cassandra Lenoir, Author of From Nothing to New York – author

8)   Geenie Box – gifts in a box

9)   Harlem Candle Company – candles

10) How to Dance, LLC. – dance instruction

11) RC Design – graphic design and holiday cards

12) Trashina Connor, Author of 18 Ingredients to Make Daddy – author

13) University of Dope Card Game  – card game

14) Wake Up Black Wall Street – apparel

15) Work Hard Train Harder – personal trainer

16) Alfred Edmond, Author of Loving in the Grown Zone – author


Apps & Websites


Join the Movement

At the New York Urban League Young Professionals, we believe economic empowerment is the civil rights issue of our time and it’s all too often that black businesses continue to face institutionalized racism, a lack of trust and support for their goods and services. This is a stark reminder that the conversation needs to continue and it starts with us.

Support #BlackBusinesses and join the conversation by doing the following:

  • Take a stand and tell us why it’s important to purchase black using the hashtag #YPurchaseBlack.
  • Join our Buy Black Challenge by taking selfies at Black-owned businesses using the hashtag #YPurchaseBlack and tagging @nyulyp.


To learn more about how you can get involved in the work of safeguarding our civil rights and bringing economic justice to our communities, please contact Civics and Economics Chair Chanelle Brown.


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