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#VBGIVESBACK

In Honor of Juneteenth

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Freedom Day. Jubilee Day. Liberation Day. Tomorrow is Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. In honor of the holiday, all weekend long, we'll be donating 10% of sales across our VB stores nationwide to one of our favorite organizations: The Loveland Foundation, which brings opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls.

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Founded by Rachel Cargle, the nonprofit is dedicated to making mental healthcare accessible through its therapy fund in addition to fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more. "When we invest in the mental health of Black women and girls it not only causes shifts their lives, but it overflows into their homes, families, communities and the generations that may come from them," Cargle writes. "Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations."

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To donate directly, click here and, for our starter list on how to celebrate Juneteenth, keep reading.

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The List

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To Do

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1. Sign up for The Great Unlearn, a self-paced online learning platform, also founded by Cargle. The virtual classroom is an incredible resource to unlearning racism, complete with syllabi, guest lecturers, live streams, text readings, even "study halls."
2. Join "Meals as Collective Memory," a culinary virtual event on Saturday spotlighting the role of food in Black identity and community-building. There will be food demonstrations, panel discussions, chef talks and more.
3. Support Black-owned businesses and keep supporting them throughout the year. Some of our favorites include NiLu (great for gifts), Reflorish (beautiful bouquets), Triple O Nail Polish (certified cruelty free) and Humpday Dough, which was founded last year by Broadway actors whose productions were on hold because of the pandemic. Then, of course, there are all the great female entrepreneurs we've featured on VB Edit, like Fanm Djanm's Paola Mathé, Bouffants And Broken Hearts' Kendra Dandy and Monrowe's Dani Evans—read their stories, give them a follow and support their work.

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To Read

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Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry
The Invisible Man/Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The First Next Time by James Baldwin
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

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Bonus: Skip Amazon and buy the books at a Black-owned bookstore, like Elizabeth's in Akron, which was founded by Cargle and gives back to the Loveland Foundation.

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To Watch

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It’s a Wonderful Plight
Miss Juneteenth
High on the Hog
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Ava DuVernay's 13TH and Selma

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