#BuyBlack: ESSENCE Guide to Shopping Black-Owned Businesses for the Holidays

<p>ESSENCE partnered with Nielsen for the <a href="http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/cms/lib07/IL07000264/Centricity/Domain/76/nieslen-essence-2014-african-american-consumer-report-Sept-2014.pdf" target="_blank">2014 African American Consumer Report</a> and found that Black buying power will reach $1.3 trillion in a few years. Couple that info with the fact that Black-owned businesses are on a rise (Black women are the <a href="http://fortune.com/2015/06/29/black-women-entrepreneurs/" target="_blank">fastest growing group of entrepreneurs</a> in the U.S.!) and we're cooking with gas! This holiday season, ESSENCE wants you to #BuyBlack! We've supplied you with an impressive list of businesses that will help you check off all your loved ones on your Christmas list, and put your hard-earned dollars in the hands of a Black-owned business that needs your support for growth! #BuyBlack this Christmas and grow our community.</p>