Momma didn't raise no fool. Did you know that Americans spend $671 million on Mother's Day cards every year?! Well we do. And since we know that Black people are setting consumer trends in this country, it's time we made Black greeting cards a thing. This Mother's Day, in honor of Black art, Black women and good old Black excellence, we've brought you 2 businesses to get your gifts from if you want to make Momma proud.
Tara James grew up receiving Black greeting cards from her father. Unfortunately the indy shop he was getting the cards from closed before Tara could start a family of her own. By Ms James was born out of a need to share the experience of a familiar face on a gift with her son. Tara now creates cards for every occasion (birthdays, apologies, invitations, congratulations, you name it), along with prints for wrapping paper.
What we love about By Ms. James: If you have an itch that her cards don't scratch, you can have your own custom greeting cards made. And if you're so in love with Tara's stuff that you need to share it with the world, her work is available in wholesale quantities too! #SupportBlackOwned...just saying.
Dorcas Magbadelo is an illustrator obsessed with uplifting Black women. We love the way she ties in her Nigerian heritage with the use of bold colors and afrocentric details. On her site you'll find prints, pins, cards, and a bunch of other gifts to share with the moms in your life.
About her boss moves: Dorcas is making a business out of her art while engaging her customers in a very personal way. Join her Patreon subscription to receive exclusive art & discounts on her work, or grab some home goods & other gifts from Society 6.
Happy Mother's Day, y'all!