Black History Month

The Washington Mystics are proud to celebrate Black History Month and this year’s theme of Celebrating the Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. It is through this lens that we share a series of content to explore and uplift the multifaceted stories of Black life:

-Explore a special DC Public Library Book River featuring a collection of favorite reads from Mystics players and staff. Find the perfect selection for family story time, personal enjoyment, or to help aid in the important conversation around race and racism in America.

-Check out the special spotlight section on Black women owned businesses located East of the River. Explore our Black women owned business directory to learn how you and your family can help support these entrepreneurs.

Go behind the scenes and Inside The Brand with a look at how our event experience is lead and influenced by Black play-by-play and commentary, event hosts, our DJ and more.

The Washington Mystics teamed up with the DC Public Library to creative a special Black History Month Book River. Check out these recommended titles from Mystics players, coaches and staff! Find the perfect selection for family story time, personal enjoyment, or to help aid in the important conversation around race and racism in America. All titles are available in the DC Public Library catalog to check out with your library card.

Need a library card? Residents of DC, MD, and VA can apply online here.

The Washington Wizards Black-Owned DMV video series highlights the importance of Black-Owned businesses in our community. This Washington Mystics are supporting these businesses by helping tell their stories. As our nation struggles with the impact of this global pandemic and racial injustice, it’s especially important to recognize the immense legacy that Black-Owned businesses in our own backyard have had and will continue to have. Learn more about the Washingtong Wizard’s Black Owned DMV program here.

The Furlough Cheesecake

About The Furlough Cheesecake

Severely impacted by the recent government shutdown (2018-19) and desperate to figure out how to make ends meet without their paychecks, two sisters from two different federal agencies, Nikki Thompson Howard (left) and Jaqi Thompson Wright (right), were forced to step out on Faith to support their families and prevent the bottom from falling out.

Introducing, The Furlough Cheesecake! This succulent dessert is made with a whole lot of love and goodness!

 

CONTACT FURLOUGH CHEESECAKE
170 American Way
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

240-640-5324

thefurloughcheesecake.com

MahoganyBooks

About MahoganyBooks

At its roots, MahoganyBooks was founded in 2007 to meet the literary needs of readers nationwide in search of books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora. For the first ten years, they were solely online and engaged authors, bookclubs, conferences and publishers to ensure Black Books were accessible to anyone eager to read about Black culture. In 2017, they opened the doors to their very first physical location in Washington, DC. Founded by an enterprising husband and wife duo, the award-winning MahoganyBooks is the result of Derrick and Ramunda’s love for culture, community and connection and their desire to see books empower others as it had empowered them. With over 20 years of combined retail book industry experience, the Young’s witnessed a variety of market highs and lows which armed them with insight needed to develop a bookstore model capitalizing on technology while staying true to independent community bookstore roots that define core values of the owners.

 

CONTACT MAHOGANYBOOKS
1231 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020
202-844-2062

AND

121 American Way
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
240-724-8003

Black women were the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in 2020. Black women now represent 42% of new women-owned businesses—three times their share of the female population—and 36% of all Black-owned employer businesses. […] However, Black women-owned businesses earned average revenue of $24,000 per firm vs. $142,900 among all women-owned businesses. The gap between black women-owned businesses’ average revenue and all women-owned businesses is the greatest of any minority. [Source: Forbes ]
We all can use our consumer spending power to help support Black women-owned businesses in our local community. Consider some of these DC based Black women-owned businesses the next time you’re looking for home goods, beauty products, unique apparel and accessories, or ideas for your next virtual happy hour.
Are you a Black or Black Woman-Owned Business? Sign up and tell us about your business to be featured in the future. Submit your business here.

Cadence Candle Co

CadenceCandleCo

Cadence Candle Co. was created to inspire and illuminate your world. Our 4 oz travel tins and 9oz jars are poured with music and individuality in mind.

District Candle Shop

District Candle Shop

District Candle & Soap Company is a Washington, DC-based company that prides itself on producing high quality, handcrafted soaps and candles. Our goal at District Candle & Soap Co. is not only to provide an amazing product but to also provide safety education.

Book’d

Book’d

Book’d is a high-end stationery & lifestyle brand for Black women that is super stylish, uniquely quirky, and most importantly, speaks directly to who we are.

The Crochet Cove

Crochet Cove

Our mission is to increase representation in the fiber arts community, while providing playful, richly-colored yarn. Our yarn is dyed in small batches, which means each hank has its own unique characteristics and no two finished objects will be the same.

Happy Hour Kits by Happied

Happied

Happy Hour Kits is the latest offering by Happied, a Washington, DC based platform connecting people to the best restaurants and bars and to each other. After hosting thousands of attendees from across the country, we wanted to make it easier for at-home happy hour goers to get all the ingredients and tools they need to make perfect drinks. Our carefully curated kits are crafted to include fresh ingredients, quality syrups and bitters, and all the tools needed to ensure your drinks are mixology worthy.

Quon’s Eyes

Quon’s Eyes

Created by makeup artist and television beauty expert, Quon Wilson. Quon’s Eyes’s mission is to put lashes on every vanity in the world and expert lash application techniques in the minds & hearts of our lash wearers. In so doing, empower our lash wearers to recognize their greatest level of confidence to pursue their most ambitious dreams and command the room, period!

BLK + GRN

BLK + GRN

Our marketplace connects Black people with natural lifestyles to high-quality, toxic-free brands that share in our mission of health, wellness and community cultivation.

Black Pepper Paperie Co.

Black Pepper Paperie Co.

Black Pepper Paperie Co. is a Washington, DC-based mix-media art + design studio and lifestyle brand. BPPCo. focuses on creating globally-inspired, one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces that include wearable ceramic art, home decor, paper goods, and apparel.

Nubian Hueman

Nubian Hueman

While working for a national fashion brand, Nubian Hueman Founder Anika Hobbs recognized that a variety of products were missing from what they offered to their customers. From natural haircare products to paintings to uniquely made apparel, Anika recognized that many national fashion chains did not afford their customers the chance to experience the beauty in products made by artists from all over the world. She was inspired to change that.

Hunnybunny Boutique

Hunnybunny Boutique

hunnybunny is a boutique manufacturer and retailer specializing in all-natural bath and beauty products. Each item is handmade with care and superior ingredients. Because skincare and haircare products are absorbed into your bloodstream like food, hunnybunny only uses natural and healthy ingredients to nourish your skin. Many of our ingredients are food-based items you will find in your own kitchen.

Culture Socks

Culture Socks

In a society that often asks you to conform, Culture Socks allows you to be and express yourself at all times. Whether for the culture, for the cause, or for the day job, Culture Socks offers quality footwear that promotes self-expression. Culture Socks is locally owned and operated in Washington, DC.

Happy Case Nation

Case Nation

We’re Case Nation, a small, black owned, phone case and accessory brand based in Washington, DC. We believe our phones are true extensions of ourselves and how we connect with the world, and the case you choose to put on it makes a statement before you do.

Urban Serenite

Urban Serenite

Our mission and values are to enhance physical beauty, health and well-being by sourcing certified organic, raw and unrefined plant premium ingredients into an innovative and effective finished product formulation in compliance with good manufacturing, environmental friendly, sustainable practices and principles that improve the quality of life for our customers. It is due to our drive for customer satisfaction and advocacy to spread skin health through plant medicine and herbal wellness awareness.

Juneteenth March 2020

Bigger Than Basketball

Natasha Cloud Named to Kennedy Center Next 50 List

The Kennedy Center sought to discover leaders who are moving us toward a more inspired, inclusive, and compassionate world as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. The Kennedy Center Next 50—50 leaders and organizations that, through sustained excellence of artistic, educational, athletic, or multi-disciplinary work, are lighting the way forward. For her work in the D.C. community , including using her platforms to advocate and riase awareness on the issue of gun violence and helping organize a player-led Juneteenth march, Cloud was named to the Kennedy Center Next 50 List.

Read about her social justice work in the piece, 30 Under 30 In Sports 2021: Why Sports Matter In A Time Of Social Justice, Social Distancing And Social Media here.

To see the sports list click here and to see the entire 30 Under 30 list, click here.