Black Owned Businesses to Support

Compiled by Abby Adigun

In the spirit of the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Idea Magazine has compiled a list of various black owned businesses to support. This list will be updated periodically, and we, at the Idea Magazine, are open to suggestions!


Ben’s Chili BowlWashington D.C. 
Black Lion CafeRockville, Maryland 
Nice N’ SpicySilver Spring, Maryland 
Rainbow African RestaurantGaithersburg, Maryland 
Silver Spring WingsSilver Spring, Maryland 
Bangin’ BBQFood Truck 
BLK & BoldOnline 

Clothing Brands

Sai Sankoh 
African Rich 
Salyel Paris 
This Is Cultured 
Daily Paper 
Because Of Them We Can 


Beauty Bakerie 
The Lip Bar 
FORM Beauty 
25th and June 
Royal House of Wraps 
Temple Zen 

Black Media

Black Enterprise 
The Source 
Black Planet 
Black Past 
The Grio 

Why I was afraid of Black

By Abby Adigun

Because it was in five letters 

That the beauty thriving in my ebony 

Pores who boasted the love of a dying sun

And a rising star, was put to rest before

My irises of immigrant hopes and aspirations

With a hint of fear.

I became no more than the color of smoke

That filled my neighbor’s home

Who had to watch the living memories of family

And love disappear before her very eyes


My individuality was stripped from me

With the whisper of a single


No longer was I the daughter of a Nigerian princess

And a Ghanian scholar

But a point in an argument,

A tragic statistic, and an error in history.

Even as I look at the word today,

Foreign on my own tongue yet too

Familiar to my ears, and a curiosity for 

A little boy who has begun to look 

Twice in the mirror,


Has risen from the ashes 

To be more,

To become