Philadelphia Resources for Black Women

Here’s a running list of black owned and/or serving resources, businesses, collectives & cultural spaces located in Philly (or accessible online). Email us to contribute!

Self-Empowerment and Professional Development

  1. Queen U
  2. Community Futures Lab [community, art space, oral futures, afrofuturist/black feminist workshops]
  3. Professional Black Girl
  4. The Womanist Working Collective
  5. National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  6. Urban Philly Professionals Network
  7. African American Intellectual History Society
  8. Souls – A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society
  9. The Ebony Tower – An Academic Thought Collective

Health & Wellness

  1. Soul Sweat Philly  [yoga]
  2. Mellow Massage Therapy [massage+acupuncture+wellness therapies]
  3. Black Girls Run – Philly Chapter FB Group here.
  4. Philly Girls Jump
  5. Community Education Center [Arts and dance classes]
  6. Studio 34 West Philly [yoga/movement/dance studio/self defense classes]
  7. 8 Limbs West Philly- Martial Arts & Self Defense classes, LGBT safe space
  8. Lehla Olson– Zumba
  9. Next Level Philly Personal Trainers
  10. Dance/Choreo– Lakeisha Mackey Dean
  11. African Dance– Cachet Ivy
  12. Yoga & Tea Room & Mediation & Vegetarian Cooking classes- Dr. Robbin Alston
  1. Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods– black owned Vegan Raw Food and Vegetarian Cafe and Catering, West Philly Baltimore Ave.
  2. Hibiscus Cafe- black owned vegetarian dishes and smoothies
  3. Aksum & Bookers- black owned, serving Mediterranean or American, West Philly
  1. Penn CAPS
  2. Mindfulness/Meditation Coach – Irene Atkins
black hair/skin care
  1. Graves Derma Care Center [black dermatologist]

Economic Empowerment and Community Engagement

  1. Uhuru [flea market, discount furniture & book fair…all for African people’s liberation]
  2. United Bank of Philadelphia [black owned bank]
  3. Philly Urban Creators [Urban Farming]
  4. Push Black
  5. My Sister’s Keeper [Mentorship non-profit]
  6. Where’s the Love Philadelphia? [Anti-Gun Violence student organization]
  7. Media Mobilizing Project
  8. Small But Mighty Arts
  9. Philly Coalition for Real Justice– REAL= Racial, Economic and Legal Justice (black lead organization)

Cultural Events/Arts/Resources

  1. Odunde African Festival 
  2. One Art Community Center– Live music, open Mics (Fridays 8pm), yoga &more
  3. Urban Art Gallery, 262 S. 52nd [exhibitions of independent emerging artists + children’s art classes]
  4. Amalgam Comics & Coffee House, 2578 Frankford Ave. 
  5. Colored Girls Museum
  6. Black Star Film Festival
  7. The Tribal Home, Old City – black owned art gallery

Hair, Makeup and Beauty


  1. CRWN Magazine

YouTube Resources – Glam Twinz. Destiny Godley. Jackie Aina. Jennie Jenkins. Nitraa B. Vicky Logan. Smartista Beauty. It’s My Raye Raye. Alissa Ashley. LipsticknCurls. SunKissAlba. Jasmine Brown.  Farah Dhukai.

Natural/Locs/Braiding Salons

  1. Futurist Empressions – 50th and Baltimore
  2. Duafe Holistic Hair Care – N. 22nd St
  3. Rasa Salon – Manheim St. (Germantown)
  4. Nene’s Hair Braiding Shop – S. 52nd St

Cuts/Short Styles/Barbers

  1. First Decisions – S. 40th St
  2. Philly Cuts Unisex Salon – 44th and Chestnut

Straight Styles/Weave Installations

  1. The Weave Bar – s. 52nd St
  2. LaPearl Beauty – 38th and Lancaster
  3. Le Loft Hair Salon – 46th and Baltimore
  4. Admirations Hair – 20th and Chestnut
  5. Blo Out Bar (Ask for Tiana) – 18th and Chestnut
  6. The Pelo Salon – 40th and Market

Black Owned Fashion, Beauty and Personal Care Resources

Natural Hair Extensions

Wig Making

Black Owned Makeup Brands (BOMB)

Black Owned Hair and Cosmetic Companies

Zuvaa Fashion

Philadelphia Print Works

Beads Byaree