Here at Radical Partners we are big on giving credit where credit is due. When it comes to uplifting communities and working towards closing the racial wealth gap in our economic ecosystem, black owned businesses have stepped up to the plate time and time again. That is why, for this year’s National Black Owned Business Month, we’d like to celebrate and elevate the trailblazing work that our alumni do in South Florida. Join us in the celebration by learning about them and purchasing from them this month (and beyond)!
Jennifer Pierre: Melanites
One-Liner: Melanites designs diverse toys, storybooks, and games for brown boys to build their own personas and explore themes that compel them to dream big, stand tall, and live out their childhood! do structure
Welcome to Brown boyhood Headquarters. This company is working on shifting social norms placed on brown boys through stories like Jaylen and the High Five Machine. Hop on over to their site to get your hands on the Jaylen action doll, the book itself, or this rad Brown Boy Brilliance t-shirt for the cool kid in your life.
Danny Agnew: Roots Collective
One-Liner: The Roots Collective is an organization of ambitious visionaries dedicated to the economic growth, social awareness, and self-sufficiency of black and brown communities nationwide.
If you need a spot where you can spend your hard earned money on black owned businesses, this is it. You can shop at the Black Roots Marketplace, every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, for a variety of items ranging from homemade soaps and candles, clothing, artwork, and so much more. They also have an online shop set up where you can buy accessories and use their printing services.
James “Munch" Mungin: All Like Minds Media
One-Liner: All Like Minds Media is a network for like minded individuals committed to building sustainable communities of color through information, entertainment, and technology
Munch is all about empowering the black community through information and holding tough conversations. Be it on his podcast Trappin Ain’t Dead or his Peace in the Hood community workshop series, he has tackled hard hitting topics around climate change, gun violence, housing affordability, and so much more. Join the conversation by subscribing to the show or attending the next workshop.
Felecia Hatcher: Space Called Tribe
One-Liner: A Space Called Tribe is acollaborative shared office/co-working space and urban innovation lab that is community centered, while connecting underserved, high-growth entrepreneurs, startups, and creatives.
This is Miami’s only black owned co-working space. Located in the heart of Overtown, it offers space for your upcoming meetings, indoor and outdoor events (they have an outdoor rock garden, what?!), and even day passes for times when you just want to get work done in a cool space with even cooler people. To sweeten the deal, they host weekly events and workshops to help you connect with others and improve your work.
Dejha Carrington: Commissioner
One-Liner: Commissioner is a membership program that commissions original artwork for you, gives you access to thriving contemporary artists, and brings you to unexpected spaces, homes, and studios in your community.
If you are an art junkie (like a sneakerhead, but for art) this one's for you! By becoming a “collector,” you get four limited-edition art pieces as well as access to some up close and personal art events with the artists themselves. Last season, artists included multi-disciplinary artist TYPOE, Adler Guerrier, Kelly Breez and Jamilah Sabur. Season two is revealed September 2019, so you are right on time to check it out now!
Sandy Dorsainvil: Maximilian Consultants
One-Liner: Maximillian Consultants’ overall focus is to preserve the cultural identity of all those who settle in the USA while embracing their contributions to the American fabric.
Being truly authentic is easier said than done. Maximillian Consultants works on making urban spaces better places to live, work, and play by making sure that events are curated through a cultural lens to promote and preserve diverse cultures. Through her work Sandy has shown the city of Miami just how much Little Haiti has to offer. Swing by the next Sounds of Little Haiti event (held every 3rd Friday) on September 21st and experience this community gathering rich in culture.
Melissa Hunter: Sugarcane Magazine
One-Liner: Sugarcane Magazine is a Black art and culture media company.
This online magazine started in 2006 and is a celebration of all it means to be Black. With an emphasis on black culture around the globe, this media company produces content on literature, art, performance, design, music, film, and culture. Head on over to read the latest editor’s choice or purchase copies of its printed magazine or books.
Emmanuel George: Black Broward Film Project
One-Liner: Amplifying the voices of black communities in Broward county.
The Black Broward Film Project is a 7 film documentary series telling the stories of the past, present and future of Black communities in Broward county with the hope of bridging generational gaps. Emmanuel is opening up community dialogue to acknowledge all the work that has been done by elders and empower the youth and current leaders to continue moving the work forward. You can hop on over to his YouTube channel and watch the trailer for their upcoming film Dania Beach And Liberia: A Tale of Sibling Communities.