Celebrating Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we're spotlighting a few of the people we admire who are history makers - past, present and future.

As a company that is committed to creating an empowered, diverse, and inclusive community for all, we acknowledge how important it is for us to use our platform to support the efforts, amplify the voices and share the stories of the Black community.

MiniLuxe believes that Black Lives Matter and in honor of Black History Month we are going to highlight the incredible contributions of a diverse group of Black women, men and LGTBQ+ people who have inspired us, and who are changing history for the better. 

We also recognize this celebration goes beyond just one month a year. Black History is ALL history – then, now and every day forward as we look toward the future. As we – MiniLuxe – progress, we plan to support by: 

  1. Celebrating and raising awareness for Black-Owned businesses, creators, and organizations by sharing their missions, content and products. 
  2. Listening and learning from experts, activists and scholars to continue educating ourselves about the impact oppressive systems and societal structures have had on Black and minority communities.
  3. Bringing our people forward and sharing the stories of our BIPOC team to celebrate their culture and heritage. 

Impactful action doesn’t happen overnight, but we are committed to taking meaningful steps towards supporting the Black community and creating an empowered, diverse, and inclusive community for all our futures. 

Follow us on Instagram @miniluxe all month long as we celebrate a diverse group of people who are breaking barriers, creating legacies and making history.

Mary Jane Patterson (1840-1894) Mary Jane Patterson was the first African American woman to receive a B.A degree in 1862.

Stacey Abrams (1973-Present) Stacey Abrams is an American politician, lawyer and voting rights activist who organized efforts to register over 800,000 people in Georgia for the 2020 election.

Mari Copeny AKA “Little Miss Flint” (2007-Present) Mari is a youth activist from Flint, Michigan best known for raising awareness about Flint’s ongoing water crisis and fundraising to support underprivileged children in her community.  

Madame CJ Walker (1867-1919) Madame CJ Walker was an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist best known for being the first female self-made millionaire.

Marley Dias (2005 – Present) Marley is an American activist and writer who started the #100BlackGirlBooks campaign with a goal of finding 1,000 books with Black girls as protagonists.

Beatrice Dixon (1983-Present) Beatrice Dixon is Founder and CEO of the worlds first plant-based feminine care line: Honey Pot. 

Julie Dash (1952-Present) Julie Dash is an American film director, writer and producer. Her feature-length film, Daughters of the Dust, was the first film by an African American women to receive a general theatrical release in the United States.

Ava DuVernay (1972-Present) Ava DuVernay is an American filmmaker. She is the first Black woman to win the directing award at Sundance Film Festival for her film “Middle of Nowhere”.

Marsai Martin (2004-Present) Marsai Martin is an American actress known for her role in “Black-ish”. She also became the youngest executive producer in history at age 13.

Dominique Dawes (1972-Present) Dominique Dawes is a retired American gymnast. She was the first African-American to win an individual event medal.

Misty Copeland (1982-Present) Misty is a ballet dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. She is the first Black woman to be the American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer. 

Cori “CoCo” Gauff (2004-Present) “CoCo” is the youngest qualifier in history for the tournament at Wimbledon and walked away victorious after playing against one of her idols, tennis superstar Venus Williams.

Kamala Harris (1964-Present) Kamala is American politician, attorney and the first women to become Vice President of the United States.

Elaine Welteroth (1986-Present) Elaine is an American journalist, editor and New York Times best-selling author. She was named editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue in 2017 and became the youngest editor-in-chief in Condé Nast history.

Oprah Winfrey (1954-Present) Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. She is the first Black woman in history to own and produce her own television show.  

Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891-1978) Alma Woodsey Thomas was an African-American artist and teacher. She was the first African American Women to have to a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Amy Sherald (1973-Present) Amy Sherald is an American Painter. She painted Michelle Obama’s official portrait, becoming one of the first African Americans ever to receive presidential portrait commissions from the National Portrait Gallery. 

Charlotte Nebres (2008-Present) Charlotte is an American ballet dancer. She is the first Black dancer to play the role of Marie, the young heroine of “The Nutcracker”.

Amanda Gorman (1998-Present) Amanda is an American poet and activist. She is the youngest inaugural poet in history.

Rep. Lauren Underwood (1986-Present) Representative Underwood is an American politician and a registered nurse. She is the youngest Black woman in history to be sworn into the House of Representatives.  

Maame Biney (2000-Present) Maame Biney is an American short track speed skater. She made history by becoming the first African American woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic speedskating team in the 2018 Winter Games. 

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She authored dozens of poems, essays an autobiographies throughout her life. She was also the first female poet to write and recite a poem for the presidential inauguration. 

Halle Berry (1966-Present) Halle Berry is an American actress and the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. 

Keke Palmer (1993-Present) KeKe Palmer is an American actress and singer. She is the youngest talk show host in TV history with BET’s Just Keke. 

Quvenzhané Wallis (2003-Present) Quvenzhané Wallis is an American actress and author. She is the youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the first African American child actor to earn an Oscar nomination.

Toni Morrison (1931-2019) Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. In 1993 she became the first Black woman to win a Nobel Prize for Literature for her novel, Beloved

Gabby Douglas (1995-Present) Gabby Douglas is an American gymnast. In 2012 Gabby became the first Black woman in Olympic history to earn the Individual All-Around gymnastics championship.

 Tyler Mitchell (1995-Present) Tyler Mitchell is an American photographer and became the first African American photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue in its 125-year history.

Laverne Cox (1972-Present) Laverne Cox is an American actress and an LGBTQ+ activist and advocate. Laverne is the first trans woman to appear on the cover of Cosmo magazine.  

Viola Davis (1965-Present) Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. She is the first Black woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role in How to Get Away With Murder

Katherine Johnson (1918-2020) Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician who calculated the flight path for the first mission in space in the 1950-60s. President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Whitney Houston (1963-2012) Whitney Houston was an American singer and actress. She was certified as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.

Janelle Monáe (1985-Present) Janelle Monáe is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, actress, and record producer. She is the CEO of her own label, a CoverGirl model and appeared in the Oscar-winning Moonlight and the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures, two hits led by black casts. 

Janet Mock (1983-Present) Janet Mock is an American writer, television host, director, producer and transgender rights activist. She became the first transgender woman of color to write and direct an episode of television.

Lena Waithe (1984-Present) Lena is an American screenwriter, producer, and actress. She became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2017.

Sterling K. Brown (1976-Present) Sterling K. Brown is an American Actor and the first Black man to win the award for outstanding male actor in a drama series at the SAG Awards, as well as the first black man to win a Golden Globe for a TV drama.

Common AKA Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. (1972-Present) Common is an American rapper, actor, and writer. He is the first rapper to win an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar. 

While we recognize this collection features a very small slice of the countless Black women, men and LGTBQ+ people who have and are changing history for the better, we’ve been inspired by their stories, contributions and legacies as we look to create a more diverse and inclusive future for all.