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These Father's Day Gifts Support Black-Owned Businesses
Fighting for racial justice and equality is at the forefront of everyone's mind right now, as it should be. As Father's Day nears (June 21!), you may also be looking for ways to support the Black community with your wallet. Surprise Dad with artful gifts that reflect and support BIPOC creators by purchasing from one of these Black-owned businesses. Whether it's a personalized art print for the work-from-home dad's new office or fresh bowties for the stepdad who takes pride in his personal style, these gift ideas will make Father's Day 2020 one to remember.
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1) Lou Lou Art Studio Custom Family Portrait
A family portrait is a wonderful way to celebrate Dad and all he's done for the whole family. This minimalist pick from Lou Lou Art Studio is completely customizable to reflect the amount of people, outfits, and ages. You'll have to do the printing, but it's all worth it because you know Dad will display it proudly.
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2) Mind The Cork Vegan Leather Cardholder
If your Dad loves to carry around business cards with him wherever he goes, make sure he does it in style with this cork cardholder. Made with sustainable materials, it's also slim and lightweight. If blue isn't his thing, try these fun colors instead.
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3) Morning Joy Co. Recipe Cutting Board
Dad learned how to cook from his momma, and now he can have a little piece of her in the kitchen with this engraved cutting board.
Send in a picture of Grandma's famous chili recipe and the artist will replicate her instructions—and even her handwriting—to a T. He may love it so much that he'll only use it as decoration, but hey, at least he'll stop bugging Grandma for her recipe!
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4) The Heart Department Co. Round Memo Board
His work-from-home desk may need some sprucing up, and this memo board will be the perfect addition! It's beautifully crafted from pine wood and has a hanging leather strap along with a front-facing metal clip that'll hold anything from a calendar print to a photo of him and Mom.
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5) Morning Joy Co. US Map Sign
Every time Dad walks by this personalized wood map, he'll be reminded of all his kids who have long since moved out to live anywhere but their hometown. Fill in the state where he lives, along with the places you and your siblings now call home. It's a sweet way to tell him that he'll always have a home with you too.
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6) Shop Coco Michele Father's Day Card
There's no way you can send Dad a gift without a greeting card! Whether it's Dad's first Father's Day or it's Grandad's umpteenth celebration, this adorable card says it all. Customize it based on gender and skin tone and jot down all the things you love about him inside.
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7) Gabe Jade Accessories African Print Tie
This slim, multicolored tie is on your dad or step-dad's wishlist this Father's Day (they just don't know it yet). He'll love the quality, and if he's also looking for a pocket square, you can make it a matching set. P.S., just for the record, this necktie is way cooler than the plain old yellow one you got him 10 years ago.
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8) Frequency of Love Custom Family Portrait
This gorgeous print gives old photos new life with bold colors and an African fabric background. Here's how it works: Send in a high-resolution photo of Dad and the family, choose his color and fabric preferences, and when it's done, the artist will send over the one-of-a-kind PDF. Just print, frame, and gift!
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9) Kingsley Leather Personalized Cufflinks
Can Dad ever have too many cufflinks? Probably not, but we're betting he'll use these customizable ones over and over. Having his initials punched into the soft leather makes this gift much more personal. The only problem? Trying to top this gift next year.
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10) R Ki Tekt Leather Cord Tacos
When the charging cords get tangled, the whole house hears it from Dad's mouth. Save him time and his vocal cords with these handy leather tacos. They fold up around wrapped charging cables, keeping everything organized in the most fashionable way.
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11) Mint and Ocean Organic Beard Balm
Who says your burly Dad doesn't like self-care? This organic beard balm will tend to the skin under his furry facial hair with ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax, and avocado butter, to relieve skin irritation and promote healthy hair growth. It also has a blend tea tree and cedar wood essential oils that double down on hydration and feel amazing.
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12) Mind The Cork Helki Fern Cork Planter
Whether Dad has a green thumb or is trying the whole plant-Dad thing, this classy cork planter will spruce up any space, even if he kills the cactus. We also love the simple green trim that has a subtle touch of manliness to it. Although this planter doesn't have drain holes, the cork material naturally absorbs water, so overwatering isn't a problem.
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13) Kingsley Leather Keychain
The craftsmanship of this leather key chain is remarkable, making it look way more expensive than it is. The dark brown leather softens as it ages and is available with brass, silver, and gold hardware. What drew us to this is the embossed lion because Dad is indeed a king, especially on Father's Day.
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14) Gabe Jade Accessories Bow Tie
Spruce up his accessories collection with this African-print bowtie that features fun colors, making it a definite showstopper. If Dad has trouble assembling his bowties, this one is attached to an adjustable strap for easy wearing. Now that Dad doesn't strain his hands putting on a bowtie, you might see him dressing up a little more, even if it's just in the house.
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15) Made Beyoutiful Father's Day Mug
It's a mug he'll use constantly because he got it from you. Whether you're shopping for Grandpa or for your own Dad, this Father's Day mug will remind him of all the good times he had with you when you were younger. Fill it with his favorite toffee or snacks, and you'll be golden.
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It’s been over a month since Black Lives Matter protests started after the police killed George Floyd in May. Since then, protesters in Minneapolis were able to push the city council to disband the police department and begin to reimagine what their security systems will look like. But the protests — and the actions that have come out of them — are not isolated to the city where George Floyd was suffocated and killed: Across America, protesters have continued to demand that officials defund and abolish police forces and change the country’s systemized racism altogether. But one month of civil unrest later and it doesn’t seem that the movement to take action is slowing down by any means. On Monday, June 29, Democrats in Congress proposed legislation that aims to end excessive use of force by police, and get rid of protections that shield police officers who are accused of misconduct from being prosecuted. While laws that protect police officers have already been undone in places like New York, a federal law would be an expansive intervention in the way policing works across the country. In cities like Portland and Minneapolis, student-led campaigns have pushed public school boards to cut ties with the police and take officers out of schools. For Portland schools, that means freeing up $1 million to be used on much-needed social services and more.Despite individual wins and federal policy proposals, protesters and organizers in most cities are still fighting for officials to take real action around the main demand from protesters: defunding police departments and reallocating the funds to underfunded services like education and housing. In Seattle, New York, Baltimore, Portland, and elsewhere, budgets remain in the high millions and billions even after cuts that might seem substantial at first glance. 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In New York, protesters have camped out at City Hall, waging Occupy City Hall for more than a week, in an attempt to pressure de Blasio and other officials in charge of the budget to cut NYPD funds by at least $1 billion, and reallocate it to social services.On top of cutting the police budget, the DefundNYPD campaign also demanded the city not increase NYPD budget lines in 2021, that no new policing-related initiatives are created, and more budget transparency. On the day of the budget vote, June 30, those occupying City Hall in Manhattan stayed the whole night watching the budget meeting from screens outside, with many disappointed in the budget outcome that failed to cut the $1 billion demanded, provided $13 million to the NYPD for “Special Expense,” and further defunded necessary services like healthcare, affordable housing, and more.“The City Council failed New Yorkers today. Instead of shrinking policing, the Council moved cops from the NYPD to other agencies, refused to institute a hiring freeze on police and failed to take meaningful steps to shrink the NYPD’s massive and abusive presence in our communities,” Communities United for Police Reform said in a statement released on July 1 after the budget vote. “We will continue to fight for true justice for our communities, and for a budget that provides New Yorkers with the resources and services that we deserve.”In Philadelphia, protesters have similarly asked city officials to reallocate police budgets into community services, homeless services, and libraries by holding a sit-in at the Municipal Services Building. This came as a last-ditch effort after weeks of protests achieved only a 4.3% reduction in the Philadelphia Police Department’s proposed 2021 budget.Philadelphia has already proposed cutting the city’s $19 million increase to the police budget to $14 million. But according to Flan Park, an organizer in Philadelphia, this falls far short of what organizers demanded. Park said that allies called for at minimum, a $120 million reduction to PPD — an amount equivalent to the total increase to police operating budgets since the current mayor began his first term in office, while other coalition organizations called for things like a 50% reduction and immediate abolition of the police department.“Groups like Philly for Real Justice, Black Lives Matter Philly, and Black and Brown Workers Cooperative have been organizing around the connections between police brutality and economic injustice toward Black Philadelphians for years before this summer,” Flan says. “Their leadership has been pushing these issues for a long time. I don’t think that even a flat or no increase budget for the PPD would have happened this summer without years of groundwork coming to fruition as people rapidly mobilized. 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