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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.

-Stay tuned for a special BHM panel in partnership with the DC Public Library’s Teen Council exploring issues of education, identity and representation.

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.

We encourage Mystics fans to help support Black owned and Black women-owned businesses in DC every month of the year. When we support Black women-owned businesses, we help strengthen Black families and provide economic opportunities for communities. Check out our featured business spotlight of Black women-owned businesses located in Southeast DC and how you can support these bold entrepreneurs.

Salon on the Ave

About Salon on the Ave
Nestled is the emerging neighborhood of Congress Heights, the soul of Washington DC, the posh Salon on the Ave is truly a reflection of influence; a cozy modern space with an intimate feel that inspires and caters to its exclusive clientele. Focusing on healthy hair care for all hair types, Salon on the Ave offers signature styling, protective styles, hair enhancements and specialized treatments created uniquely for each client. You’re invited to experience the atmosphere at Salon on the Ave, and speak to one of our professional stylists.

CONTACT SALON ON THE AVE
3119 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Washington DC 20032

202-248-4392

www.salonontheavedc.com

Meet Yarné Powell, owner and operator of Salon on the Ave.

Yarné is a Ward 8 resident and recently relocated her business from NW DC to provide quality beauty care in Southeast DC.

Why did you choose to move your business to SE?
“It’s no secret that there are disparities amongst retail corridors in Washington DC. We all can see it, feel it and experience it. Southeast DC is overlooked and ignored by city planners, developers and corporations. They feel that SE communities do not deserve certain amenities that you may see in other parts of the city, in which these amenities are bountiful. I decided to bring my business to my community in SE because I wanted to be the daring one who has the audacity to bring high-end, quality services to SE. To disapprove what seems to be a normal thought of unworthiness, Salon on the Ave knows that its community will support and is well deserving of a vibrant, modern, emerging, and prosperous retail corridor.”

How can the community support Salon on the Ave and other businesses in Southeast DC?
“The community can support African-American women owned businesses such as Salon on the Ave by trusting that businesses will do right by them. The community can recognize that a business like Salon on the Ave is stepping out in an audacious way to provide quality services and products, and plan to bring more uncommon exclusive creature comforts. The community can build an continuous ecosystem of support around African-American women owned businesses. Whether that support may be as simple as writing a Google or Yelp review, promoting the business to friends, purchasing services, purchasing gift cards to give out and sharing a social media post. Non-profit organizations that are a part of the community can help support by providing business technical assistance and access to capital.”

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 Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Natasha Cloud was named to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list joining fellow WNBA Players, A’ja Wilson and Chiney Ogwumike and NBA player, Ben Simmons.

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.

Black History isn’t limited to February. It is a year-long celebration of joy, triumph and beating unimaginable odds. These accomplishments can help you find a way to break barriers and claim a space for yourself. How can you use your voice to speak truth to power? Where do you start? What hustle goes into creating your highlights?

DC teens will talk with Soraya Nadia McDonald, Culture Editor of The Undefeated and Ariel Atkins, Guard of the Washington Mystics about claiming your voice, taking risks, and becoming the change they want to see in the world. The discussion will premiere on YouTube on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m..