THE FIVE provides a weekly spotlight on black businesses around the world (Week of 11/23):

Healthy Roots Dolls is a toy company that creates dolls and storybooks that empower young girls while representing the beauty of our diversity.

Agnes Baddoo was 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.



Karen’s Body Beautiful is one of the billion-dollar beauty industry’s shining stars. Karen’s transformed from a modest home-based business into a blossoming enterprise with robust Internet sales and mass-market distribution.


{blade + bloom} is a small batch apothecary that believes style does not have to be sacrificed in the pursuit of modern, eco-conscious living.


Camille at the Wheel is a collection of handmade, wheel-thrown ceramics with a bent towards beautiful utility.