Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Black-Owned Businesses For the Nerdy Geeky Spirit in You

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Kaylah Vargas
I've been critically reviewing fandoms and geek culture for eight years. After spending four years of college focusing on literary analysis, I now apply that passion to my hobbies and love for the geekdom.

Looking for more businesses to throw your money at? Try these Black owned geeky/nerdy shops that offer a variety of art and messages that may resonate more deeply than mainstream business.

These businesses have unique merch that will be sure to set your heart a flutter!

  1. The Quirk Shop SHOP|Instagram
    You like anime, gaming, goth… witchcraft?! Well The Quirk Shop has it all! Check out their geek throwbacks with awesome messages!

2. Adorned By Chi SHOP|Instagram
Are you a magical girl/guy? Well Adorned by Chi has got you covered for that transformation from civilian to hero! Check out their wide selection from clothing to bags to accessories.

3. The Queen Supreme SHOP|Instagram
Do you like stickers and pins especially? Well have we got the shop for you! The Queen Supreme features tons of favorites, all in their unique adorable art style!

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4. Fat Mermaids SHOP|Instagram
Are you a THICC chick seeking some bodi-posi apparel to sport while keeping things kawaii? Check out Fat Mermaids!

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A word from @stephanieyeboah 💖🔥 – – – – – – Let’s talk about Gluttony for a sec | A woman’s appetite has long been associated with shame, temptation, and a lack of self control. Thinness, on the other hand, represents emotional and physical strength, abstinence, discipline and moral character. That’s what society would have us think. In western culture, fatness is associated with moral weakness. When you think about the 7 deadly sins, what comes to mind when you think of gluttony? A super rich, tax dodging millionaire? Nope, it’s usually fat person eating. Society blames fat people for displaying our ‘moral weaknesses’ via our bodies, while glorifying the celebs, models and IG models who wear their ‘discipline’ as flat tummies and snatched waists. The traditional narrative about gluttony – that it is bad because a fat person takes food away from the starving – hasn’t aged well now that we know fatness is closely linked with poverty, and dieting linked more with the middle and upper middle class, but let’s not let evidence get in the way of a good meta narrative, eh? Working class fat women are deemed worthy of mocking (especially on TV: Waynetta Slob, Vicky Pollard etc) but not deemed worthy of respect. Society does all this while ignoring their own complicity in consumerism and it’s consequences. The utter irony of it all. T Shirt – @fat.mermaids

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5. Pupcakes and Cupcats SHOP|Instagram
Are you a fan of cute and adorable animals and you want to sport that love? Check out Pupcakes and Cupcats for a variety of cute accessories and merch!

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6. Juaso Graphics SHOP|Instagram
Fan of anime? Well so are the folk at Juaso Graphics! Check out their unique art collabs and buy a shirt or two with your favorite characters!

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7. Octopus and Elephant SHOP|Instagram
Huge KPOP fan? So is Octopus and Elephant and they got you covered with Bookmarks and Pins!

8. Ota-Q Apparel SHOP|Instagram
If you are a lover of the Kawaii and Pastel, Ota-Q has so much to choose from! (If you want a masterlist of Kawaii Fashion please check out this list by Stephano.me)

9. Naturally Queer Designs SHOP|Instagram
We all know how important representation is in the geek community, so we found an awesome Queer and Black centric shop for your needs to be out, loud, and proud!

10. Legendary Rootz SHOP|Instagram
Again, we love to see representation in the geek community. Here is a shop where you can find a plethora of Black Pride merch that is cute and to the point.

11. Blerd SHOP|Instagram
Black Nerd culture has a name and it’s: Blerd. Blerd features nerdy references as well as tons of merch to represent Blerd culture.


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Support George Floyd’s family directly through their GoFundMe here.

Give to Unicorn Riot, for providing critical livestreams here.

Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) here.

National Lawyers Guild Minnesota, arrestee support here.

Donate to Black Visions Collective, organizing for Black and collective liberation here.

Support Reclaim The Block, for organizing for structural change in the city here.

North Star Health Collective (who have another great list of resources, but are not currently accepting additional donations) here.

MN Healing Justice Network and Spiral Collective is taking donations to support 100+ BIPOC Healers on the ground and in quarantine organizing here.

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