In the comments to This post at Neecy's, I said:
The AA oow rate, and issues with supporting black businesses is a direct cause/factor in the other problems we experience.
The problem is, the overwhelming most of us cannot or will not connect those dots.
YOU make sure that YOU learn those lessons and YOU will soar. Naturally, it would certainly be of a lot of benefit if more of us could soar because that would create a massive air current that would lift us all up higher, but we can only control what we, as individuals, do.
One of the things bwe has attempted to do is to help create a sub-culture (with mentalities, habits, values, etc) of success for black women.
Here's the thing: Success happens over time. Success is a process. Success comes from charting your course and taking it one step at a time. One step at a time, every day. It isn't always easy, and it may not come naturally. That's okay. Take positive actions every day, and those positive actions become your habits. Those habits will lead to success.
Are you willing to take action? To adopt these new habits? Are you ready to cease the endless blah blah blah and do something to show yourself that you have absorbed the teachings of bwe? Are you ready to put in just a little effort to help us all soar?
It's December, a perfect time to adopt one of the needed habits: Spending some of your money with other black women. Every year around this time, many of us spend a good chunk of change on the holidays--gifts for friends and family, fancy food for the feast, something shiny to wear to the office party. There are so many bw out there working to supplement their incomes or become financially independent. What's more, so many of them have quality products to offer. Patronizing them should come naturally.
So when you make your list, check to see what bw businesses can fill that need. I'll give you a headstart and list some businesses. Please leave websites you know of in the comments, divided by category if you are so inclined. Happy (and meaningful) shopping!
EDITED Due to a good "coat pulling" (hat tip to Khadija) by Evia:
KNOWN BWE Supporters:
I challenge all of us to make at least one--ONE, surely we can all do that--Purchase from the list below, and any other bwe-positive vendors we can find in the next few weeks. This is about us, first and foremost.
Jewelry and accessories:
Melody Sturdivant's Stella and Dot boutique (full disclosure--this is a personal friend. I ordered a few items recently but haven't yet received them, will update when I do. Take a look at the site, I particularly like the charms)
For the bookshelf
Anything by Roslyn Holcomb. I particularly recommend Rumors of Wars. I'm on pins and needles waiting for the next installment! If you or a friend needs a little help in the love department, (think of it as a booster shot) her Nine Free Lessons is an invaluable work.
Unfinished Business by Karyn Langhorne. A steal at 99 cents on the Kindle. It's also a nice length at 400 pages. I've read it, it's utterly absorbing. You may also know her as the author of "Don't Bring Home a White Boy"
Faith's BWE primer--just go to her site and click on the donate button.
Love Travels by Angel Taylor (I would say from her music she supports bw IR)
Both of these women represent themselves in a beautiful positive manner. And the music is good. I have both CDs.
I've got proof of my first purchase --click here to tell us what YOU got.