Justina Perry
Justina Perry

THIS GUEST OPINION PIECE BY: Justina Perry is a Physical Therapist at Southcoast Health, lives in New Bedford, and is the creator of BuyBlackNB.

First, there was the coronavirus pandemic, which has disproportionately affected Black people (according to the CDC, 33 percent of hospitalized patients were black compared to 18% in the community), forcing businesses to temporarily close and lose revenue. Last week the Washington Post reported, “the number of working African American business owners in the United States plummeted more than 40 percent ... a far steeper drop than other racial groups experienced.”

Then, protests erupted around the world – including here in New Bedford – following the police murder of George Floyd and far too many other instances of police brutality and violence against Black Americans.

Have you been watching what is happening across the nation and wondering how you can help? Apart from joining a protest, calling legislators, educating yourself, and donating to organizations that combat racial injustice, you can also support and shop black-owned businesses. Here’s a growing list of local businesses to check out or revisit to show support:

  • Beauty Union NB
  • The Baker
  • LA Cycle
  • Primo Studios
  • The Found Treasures Home Decor
  • Alison Wells Fine Art Studio
  • CO Painting
  • Bluebird Taxi
  • Alves Santos, PC
  • Once Upon A Time Family Daycare
  • United Barbershop
  • Izzy's
  • Next Level Factory
  • The NU BRND
  • Celia’s Boutique
  • The Kennedy Collections
  • New Bedford Floor Covering
  • Drew’s Trucking
  • Johna’s Hair Salon
  • Cape Cod Lobster Rolls
  • Lotus and Sun
  • Paulo Monteiro Photography
  • Ati & Avi
  • Ts Auto Detailing
  • Lush Blowout
  • Carlos’s Kitchen
  • As Before Js
  • Shauna Ferrara Photography
  • Too Cute Designs
  • King Cuts
  • My City Nutrition
  • Future of New Bedford
  • Jill Street
  • Makeup By Celestial
  • Da Burga Bois
  • Supreme Volleyball Club
  • Express Cuts
  • ASAP New Bedford
  • Vega’s Barber Club

We acknowledge that this list is far from complete. Please send any suggestions to @BuyBlackNB or www.facebook.com/BuyBlackNB/ including social media contact and the name of the business owner.

Editor's Note: 'SouthCoast Voices' is a series of guest opinions from newsmakers and other people across the region, on relevant issues that directly impact the people of Greater New Bedford and the surrounding communities. The opinions are solely those of the author. If you are interested in contributing, please contact tim@wbsm.com for more information. 

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