After Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, the day that marks the official start of Christmas shopping. This day consists of traffic, crazy deals, and sometimes even violence! Hence, the name “Black” Friday. However, we continue to acknowledge this day as one that can’t be missed. As of late, a majority of us have began giving this day it’s own meaning and “shopping black” on Black Friday. We also make a point to focus on supporting small black businesses the following Saturday. It is essentially our way of supporting one another in the process of spending with billion dollar businesses. What is more beautiful than that? If you’re shopping black this year, be sure to check out these three black owned businesses:

Official Curl Gang | | IG: @officialcurlgang

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Official Curl Gang is the latest line to launch and is quickly emerging as a leading brand housing statement apparel that encourages self-love and love of curls . This line was created to build a platform for the empowerment of women of color and host a wealth of natural hair knowledge. With shirts like “PROfro” and “CURLFRIEND”, this is certainly a line to keep your eye on.

Black Men Smile | | IG: @blackmensmile

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By black men, for black men; Black Men Smile is on a mission to create a space for black men to celebrate the way they view themselves. The black men behind this brand actively ask “What makes you smile?” and work to create a sustainable environment where they can smile more often. This line certainly warms the heart while combating “angry” stereotypes with visuals of happy black men that we don’t see often.

Grind Match | | IG: @grindmatch

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Looking for some motivation? Grind Match has you covered. With an ultimate goal to “create a pipeline of passionate young professionals through meaningful, strategic relationships” Grind Match is the perfect option for the ambitious young adult. “Freelance Ain’t Free” and “Prove. Them. Wrong.” are just a couple of the amazing statement shirts you’ll find here.  

These three brands have you covered on shopping ideas for the young adults, the naturalistas, and the carefree black men. Not only will you be supporting a small black business, you will be empowering the black community. This Black Friday and Small Biz Saturday be sure to check out these dope AF shirt sites and follow their social media for exclusive Black Friday deals.

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Tiffany Renee

Brand Assistant & Editor at theMariaAntoinette
Tiffany is a full time mother and creative. She is almost always thinking of a master plan and is currently pouring all her creative juice into her recent launch of Official Curl Gang, a community focused on the empowerment of women of color and promoting love of natural hair. When Tiffany steps away from her startup business, she enjoys spending time with family, writing, and indulging in unusual amounts of sea salt caramel gelato. You can catch up with Tiffany via IG: where she loves to meet new #curlfriends and be sure to check out her line of statement tees and blog at
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