Black History Month 2022

Carter G. Woodson was a scholar who first established “Negro History Week” during the second week of February. And why that week? Because it encompasses the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass—both men being great American symbols of freedom.

Dr. Woodson’s dedication to celebrating the historic contributions of Black people led to the establishment of Black History Month, marked every February since 1976.

This Black History Month BAM celebrated by highlighting Black Owned businesses. If you’re near our offices in Los Angeles or New York, check out some of our favorite Black Owned restaurants in the area. How did you celebrate Black History Month?

Featuring Black Owned Businesses

Hank Jenkins, founder of The Plant Provocateur
Hank Jenkins inside his greenhouse at home in Silver Lake. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

What once began as a traveling plant lover’s popup marketplace around Los Angeles 10 years ago, then became a word-of-mouth, go-to brick-and-mortar plant shop in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. While operating The Plant Provocateur brick-and-mortar shop Hank Jenkins taught various engaging plant workshops and created an exciting plant community. Now in this new ‘Covid’ world, after 5 years, the brick-and-mortar has closed and evolved into a virtual online plant shop.

Agnes Baddoo, founder of a Leather Goods Company
Agnes Baddoo

Designer and stylist Agnes Baddoo observes her surroundings by investigating our ever-changing environment and the interactions of people through fashion. Inspired by simple forms with function and an interest in genuine craft and techniques, Agnes Baddoo creates leather goods that are well made and classic in both Los Angeles, California and New York City, New York.

Jerry Lorenzo, founder of Fear of God
Jerry Lorenzo

Fear of God is an independent American luxury fashion label, founded in 2013 in Los Angeles by Jerry Lorenzo. Crafting timeless, wearable garments, the brand’s distinct interpretation of the American expression has become an emblem of contemporary culture. Paying homage to the unique heritage with a contemplated and sophisticated fusion through high-grade materials and fine craftsmanship.

Find more black owned businesses in the links below.

Featuring Black Owned Restaurants

Tamearra Dyson, founder of Souley Vegan
Tamearra Dyson

Tamearra Dyson, Chef and Owner at Souley Vegan, has been cooking her signature vegan dishes since she was 18. Chef Dyson believes in cruelty free eating.

Chef Velvet, founder of The VTree
Chef Velvet

The Vtree offers a one-of-a-kind experience with a selection of plant-based options that are derived from southern classic recipes. Each option on the menu is seasoned to perfection and is a mind, body, and soul treat.

Chef Velvet is a sought after celebrity chef, entrepreneur, author, social justice activist, public speaker, and restaurant owner. She is the visionary behind the hottest restaurant in Los Angeles, “The Vtree Silverlake”. Not only is she one of the most sought-after celebrity chefs in the business. She also is the co-Founder of “Vegan in the Hood” a global program that teaches underserved communities the importance of community gardens, self-sustainability, and the life benefits of a healthy diet.

Nesanet and Azla, founders of Azla Vegan
Nesanet and Azla, owners of Azla Vegan

Located in the Mercado la Paloma—an incubator for first-time business and non-profit owners run by Esperanza Community Housing—on South Grand Avenue, Azla Vegan is symbolic of its matriarchal namesake’s love for and devotion to her family. It’s symbolic of her youngest daughter’s, Nesanet’s, passion for integrating community, health and culture together. Before opening in 2013, “My mom was actually retired in Ethiopia,” Nesanet tells me. You see, Azla immigrated to the United States—twice. Once to raise a family, and then to return to family.

Find more black owned restaurants in the links below.

Black Owned Businesses
Black Owned Restaurants
Souley Vegan615 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA The V Tree Hollywood3515 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA Azla Ethiopian Eatery4309 Leimert Blvd, Los Angeles, CA Jackfruit Cafe358 W. 38th Street, Los Angeles, CA Woodspoon107 West 9th St, Los Angeles CA
Sol Sips203 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Chophouse150 Nassau St, New York, NY Chick178 Ludlow St, New York, NY Seasoned Vegan55 St Nicholas Ave, Harlem NY Negril Village70 West 3rd St, New York, NY