This Black Owned Online Store Sells School Supplies Dedicated To Representing Black Culture

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In the spirit of buying black-owned I came across this awesome website that sells school supplies that have a pretty “Unique” feel to it.

The note books celebrate black culture and millennial culture and I think they are super cute! Check out the view:

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About the company Innovative Supplies and CEO:
Owner is Nneka and she is 27 years old and a single mother to a beautiful daughter.

From her website

I just recently left the military last month, after 9 years of service and two overseas deployments. I am starting a fresh, new chapter in my life.

This fall I am attending college. I will study to become a history teacher in my local area. I am about making a positive change in my community. This is one step towards that. I want to use this platform and this site as way to reach out to the millennials who want variety, and who want to be apart of a bigger cause.

The goals of Innovative Supplies are:

  • Open and deposit profits into an account with black-owned Citizens Trust Bank.
  • Donate 40% of all profits made from book bag sales to local charities.
  • Provide quality products.
  • Hire local minority youth.
  • Support other small businesses
  • Use economically sourced materials
  • Use environmentally friendly packaging
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How cute are these? You can find more products here.

Editor update:

We have had a ton of comments and emails regarding the status of the notebooks and we have since been in contact with Nneka (the owner) via phone. To say she was overwhelmed with all the love and support is an understatement, she sold out within 24 hours and if that isn’t a win for a small business, I do not know what is.

Nneka has over 8000 orders to fill and has hired local youth in her area to help bind and ship all of the orders she has received. (Yes every single notebook is made by hand) She is planning to reopen the store next week with tentative dates of August 5th or 6th, we hope you will still support her once the store is fully stocked again.

Her website is http://www.innovativesupplies.net/

Her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

I told Nneka that I will be sending updates through my newsletter that is sent via email every Sunday and Wednesday, sign up here >>>http://emilycottontop.com/subscribe-to-website/ for more updates on this, awesome hair stuff, beauty, and culture.

Thank you all for supporting her, after talking to so many of you, teachers, coaches, grandmothers, moms, and fathers it reminds me of how invested we all are in seeing our children represented positively.

274 COMMENTS

  1. I love it! I love that my daughter and nieces don’t have to look at blonde hair and blue eyed girls who look nothing like them. They have some one to relate to.

        • I placed an order on 7/28/2016 and payment has cleared, What’s the turn around time for receiving merchandise, This is the third attempt but I haven’t received a reply. I was hoping any feedback stating when the order will be processed.

          • Hello Tracy, you will have to contact the business love I only promoted them. You can find them @innovativesupplies on Instagram.

    • Black businesses…. y when i go to the website everything is sold out? This makes no sense. How r we to support when nothing is being offered? We got to do better.

    • Hello I have a NON-PROFIT Organization that is based in the black community!! I will be hosting a trunk drive for students and teachers on August 20, 2016 in Bessemer AL. Please feel free to email we would love if we could get some of your supplies!!

      • Hi Olishua, please check on August 5, 2016. Many items will be restocked and ready to be shipped.
        Additionally, we will have an update in our Sunday newsletter. If you haven’t done so already please take a minute to subscribe here for the latest update. Let me know if you are still having an issue. Thanks again, we appreciate you.

        • I would love to purchase some of these products for my daughter. I’ve also tried to subscribe but it won’t let me. It keeps saying “oops something went wrong”

          • Hi Tenisha, no worries we resolved the sign-up issue and in the meantime, we were able to subscribe you too. You are all set. -Thanks for checking us out.

      • Brandon she is saying that our daughters need to see that we are beautiful enough to be on a notebook, magazine etc. I grew up with white dolls and at one point I thought that white was the best because my people weren’t doll’s. I understand and she is right we have to show our girls that we are perfectly beautiful. Nothing against anyone else.

      • It’s not that they can only relate to their own kind, but it’s so nice to have an option to purchase something that looks like you, and not always like who you are not…it’s very few Caucasian kids that play with black dolls unless they are famous athletes, because they do not relate to it.. There should items to purchase of all races to self identify with,; Latino, Indian, Mexican, African , the world is not just made up of white, but when you go to the big chain stores guess what that’s all that’s there,!

      • What’s sad is that that is what you took from what she said. We are bombarded with the blond hair blue eyed standard of beauty. Part of our culture and beauty needs to be seen by OUR children so that they will know that they are beautiful too. If you cannot understand that, then either you are not black or an ignorant black person. Buy a clue!

      • So accustomed to living in someone else’s world, its good to see our own kind in ours. No it’s not small at all. 1 drop is all it takes.

      • That sounds like privilege speaking, Brandon. We have all had to adjust to relating to white girls and boys. Representation is key to identity, though. I grew up feeling a stronger connection to Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years than any other character on television because there were no brown girls. This is an important pursuit and if you’re only here to troll, stand down.

      • do your children own items with pictures that look like them? unless the absence of such items are part of one’s life’s experience, it’s tough to appreciate the joy experienced when such items are found.

      • We’ve had no choice but to relate to Caucasian images all of our life and it’s sad that you’ve never noticed that lack of diversity but this really doesn’t affect you …. So bye

      • It’s not about “relating” to “their own kind”. (By the way reconsider, please take a moment to step back & analyze your choice of words, do you realize how other-ing you are being? – their own kind? really?) It’s about being raised in a world where you are taught that your dark skin is different, dangerous, and secondary to light skin. It’s living in a world where the role models are overwhelmingly white, where people that look like you aren’t seen succeeding nearly as often. idk dude you’re really twisting this woman’s words, she just said she is happy her daughters cans see people who look like them being praised instead of dismissed. i recommend you read this article : https://www.deanza.edu/faculty/lewisjulie/WhitePrivilege.pdf

      • Wonder what ‘kind’ you are speaking of, Brandon? Stop being a race baiter! I would LOVE to see more products that reflect what I would want my children to see! STAY IN YOUR CAVE!

      • It’s sad that you can’t see what the effects of being told overtly and covertly you’re not good enough would have on people. The images you see probably resemble you. You wouldn’t see how someone not being represented could affect them. You need to open your mind before you open your mouth .

      • Dear misguided person:
        It’s not that African American children can only “relate” to people who look like them. To the contrary. They are forced to identify with this society’s identification of beauty, which for the majority of America translates into a blonde hair blue eyed person. So I think it’s YOU who has been brought up in a small world. The sad part is that you don’t recognize your own shortcomings and how your inability to allow Black people to pick up a notebook that looks like them without having judgement passed on them is the epitome of SAD!!

        • I don’t feel as if my children were FORCED to see blonde barbies as what is acceptable. I made sure they knew who they were and where they came from. No one can force things on someone unless you allow them to do that. I believe it’s all in the teaching toward your children, to one not make it about race. It’s not about my child being black or your child being white, it’s about coming together despite those and not create more of a divide in this country than there already is

      • @Brandon I find your comment comical. Your comment epitomizes racial ignorance. For years white children have been featured in toy commercials, on cereal boxes,in magazine ads and on and on. Once upon a time there was no such thing as even a black doll. You know whats funny about that?? I’ll tell you. White society only related to “their own kind”. Which created a very small world of white privilege and entitlement. Now that positive ethnic products are being produce to celebrate the African American Culture your response is “Your daughters can only relate to their kind”. Your comment is the very definition of ignorance. A young black mother created a line of positive ethnic products to celebrate the uniqueness and intelligence of young black girls and your response is an ignorant comment. Would you rather she be on food stamps? Let me play psychologist for a moment. Your not concerned about our daughter’s abilities to adapt to world culture. You are appalled that a young black women has the audacity to produce a product that is targeted to appeal to a specific audience. That is called business and marketing. Contrary to your comment that our daughter’s world must be very small. These products include them in a world that is their’s to explore. Celebrating their heritage while encouraging positive thinking and images. On the other hand Brandon or what ever your name is you just gave an example of how small your intellectual intelligence is.

      • No what is sad is someone trying to belittle a parent that’s trying to teach their children to love them selves. At one time only white toys etc were allowed to be sold in stores. Everyone wants toys , books and movies that tell stores about their back gorund blacka aren’t no different . I don’t think she meant any harm at all .

      • Brandon,
        Evidently, you’d like them to stay in your world that negates their beauty, uniqueness, physicality, intelligence and self-esteem. Right?
        Perhaps you should broaden your worldview and that of your own children by buying your daughters some of these wonderful items to use. They’ll love you for it.
        Otherwise, your opinion is without merit.

      • Actually it is a very sad world that we all live in. Our world is Eurocentric. To see something else is refreshing and it has been proven by educators that when a child sees themselves , as they are, in literature, media and the arts, they will be more successful in all areas of their life. The life of a white person is not universal….sorry. Additionally , it is you who lives in a small world. Your inability to see that your experiences are not universal is indicative of the small world you were brought up in. Racism and cultural hegemony are real most of the world has accepted these facts. You sound like the people who still the world is flat.

      • It’s not a matter of ‘relating’ to their own kind’ – it’s about seeing yourself ‘represented’ –

      • Lmao, you know what they’re trying to say so why are you acting like an asshole? Representation. You know what it feels like to be represented.

        • Yes! Thank you, Micah. So sad that anyone here felt the need to respond and explain to such bigotry. Seems clear that Brandon has no business being on this site. Seems like he might find something more useful to do with his life than troll Black owned businesses. Must not have anyone to play with. Maybe because he is a mean.

      • Brandon,
        U doing the most…she didnt say her daughter #Only…she said her daughters #Have someone to relate to..thats very sad you can spell words but appear to have a problem comprehending then. #Extra… Oh look, there appears to be several seats with JUST YOUR NAME written on all of them. Looks like a good place to #Park

        • Brandon’s not doing the most…stupid blacks with chips on their shoulders, ready to jump at any perceived bite…instead of being the bigger person by just remaining….silent.

      • Just to give you a different perspective, I didn’t read it like that Brandon. A hefty majority of images, dolls, etc. do not look like what her children look like. She shouldn’t have to defend attacks against such a simple desire for her kids to be seen as normal & NOT the constant exception. Maybe walk a mile in her shoes before attacking her parenthood.

          • Hello everyone. This is a great idea and I am so inclined to buy some products for my family members who are of mixed race. It’s long overdue. I have only one comment to make that may be construed as negative. In the design which includes the beautiful face of Dr. Martin Luther King why must there be a stern white cop behind him? To me it changes the tone of the message to include hatred for white cops. I know the subject is current and viable. But these are children. Through the eyes and minds of children we can change the world. Why not just have MLK as the guideline to emulate? I sincerely love the designs but don’t like the subliminal message behind this one.

      • It’s even more sad that you fail to understand her point and the effects that a dominant culture may have on minorities. Must be a very monochromatic world in which you live.

      • Brandon why is it a problem when people of represent their own culture it because a small world….so let me remind of brown vs. The broad of education and other test that our children were put though about our self identity remember that when our black children would point the white doll as the good and the black doll ass the bad doll. Yeah thought that might ring a few bells… Point I am making is have come to far let you and anyone else think your small talk move any stones or stop our running waters now…. If you don’t anything more to say or anything nice to say in the first you sjould have made like a rabbit and kept it moving……#refuse to let you turn us AROUND!

      • You must be white. A black mother shows excitement that these images are someone her daughters can relate to and you incorrectly assume that it means she’s raising them in a small world. Its insanity to expect a child if any hue to be inundated with images from other ethnic groups without seeing anyone who resembles them…it affects their self-esteem. This was the basis for the decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Why are you even on this page?

      • Straight from the mind of someone who either doesn’t have to worry about not being reflected in the media or anywhere in life. Or you’re just one of those sad individuals who like to think that because someone finally wants to see their people portrayed positively, that the person who wants to take in themselves are the problem. Please take a seat sir, your ass is showing.
        This is a wonderful idea. We don’t have the privilege to have much made in our image and so these small victories speak volumes. They wouldn’t have to if this country’s bias and ongoing (not so hidden) agenda didn’t make equality a dream deferred.

      • Brandon you might not understand the need for a black child to see images that look like him/her in a positive light but it’s helpful. I see lots of notebooks in stores right now, some with people on them but none of them represent my self or my children. How sad is it that we live in a world where in the year 2016, in order to get a notebook that features someone who looks like your child you have to go online and have it specially made?. I would rather have my daughter stare at this notebook and admire it and wish to have this fierce, strong looking girls hair for instance because that is attainable for her and that’s reinforcing that what she already has is beautiful. Should I rather her look at a girl that is thought to be beautiful even if none of the things that make her beautiful resemble my child? Or maybe I should perm her hair so that she can reach the level of beauty that we see in stores and on magazines and on tv every day. Brandon, if you are not familiar with the struggle and have never dug deeper than what your history books have taught to understand why we must reinforce that everything about being black is awesome than you might just want to keep your opinion to your self. How many of these beautiful notebooks and backpacks did you buy while you were here reading comments?
        Sis, please get your stock up soon. Your notebooks and supplies are beautiful and I want some for my daughter who is starting school this year.

      • Straight from the mind of someone who doesn’t have to worry about not being reflected in the media or anywhere in life. Or you’re just one of those sad individuals who like to think that because someone finally wants to see their people portrayed positively or wants to bask in the glory of their likeness, like most people who are not black get to do, is a problem. Please take a seat sir, your a** is showing.
        This is a wonderful idea. We don’t have the privilege to have even simple, inspirational items made in our image and placed on shelves in stores around the country as the norm, so these small victories speak volumes. They wouldn’t have to if this country’s bias and ongoing (not so hidden) agenda didn’t make equality a dream deferred, but here we are nonetheless. So, go condemn an actual issue.

      • No it’s not a small world it’s America. Where the images they grow up seeing are of white people. What’s so wrong with a black person being excited that their culture is being embraced and they can now see mpre posotive images that reflect who they are? What type od person are you to wven make that comment? “Thats very sad that your daughter can pnly relate to her own kind”, please shut the fuck up and keep your negative nancy ass thoughts to yourself. Your white sheet is peeking theough. We have no choice but to relate to another kind. What exactly did you even come to this article for? To troll the comments? What a race baiter. Smh

      • I think you are overthinking it. Statistically whether white or Black people respond better to a message when the person saying the message looks like them. For example an effective white teacher can still have impact but a Black effective teacher can make an even more lasting impact. It’s not a bit about color but most inportantly seeing someone of authority who looks like you. I can rant on and on but the point of this business is to empower and reaffirm Black children who time and time again barely see people who look like them in a position of power and authority. And no I am not talking about rappers and athletes. I am talkin about your average Joe.

      • Children must relate to their own culture first before they can embrace other cultures. It’s sad you don’t know that.

      • Really….you clearly missed to point to make your sheltered point. Seeing people that look like you, in support of you is problem because …..? You don’t like the art? You don’t like the message. Stop being so damn shallow

      • Negative BRANDON, IT’S A RACIST WORLD WE LIVE IN! IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW SHE BROUGHT UP HER GIRLS. MAYBE YOU’RE BLIND!! WATCH TV ANY GIVEN DAY…HOW MANY PEOPLE OF COLOR DO YOU SEE ON TV SHOWS, COMMERCIALS??

      • Brandon, It’s more about bringing up a child in a culture or environment that doesn’t value their beauty. Unfortunately, self-esteem is given a huge blow when what you look like is not the glorified standard.

      • Are you serious Brandon?
        Where in the good ol’ USA have people of color been positively displayed continuously on as many billboards, commercials,TV shows and magazine ads , etc., as any other color?
        Yeah, that’s happens to be a small world. We have different needs spiritually and culturally. Knowing and seeing people who we can relate to in a good place helps with the development of the mind and goals of an individual.
        A Dad who works can cause his children to develop good work ethic and be the example in the home concerning needed guidance of all I mentioned above.
        Not seeing anything like yourself in a good light, especially after hearing hate-filled slander all your life can create a dim picture for a person. We are people too , we are clearly different as well as other cultures are. We deserve to know , display and be proud of us too.

      • Until you walk in someone else’s shoes, you will have no idea what their experience is like. You never had your daughter despise herself because her hair isn’t straight or the society she lives in doesn’t celebrate her beauty. For self esteem purposes children of color must have relatable images of themselves. White people are privileged to see that. No hate just truth.

      • She dont live in a small world she live in a racist country called Amerikkka who post white images everywhere so thats all our kids see, and post derogatory images of people who resembles them. But you wouldn’t understand cause you dont have that problem some whites say black lives matter is racist cause all lives matter, we know Amerikkka has shown how much white lives matter. We just trying to matter Amerikkka realize that our life matter too but you wouldn’t understand…….

      • Brandon, its very unfortunate that you don’t have a deeper understanding of what a young child or color would go through in western society that devalues dark hair/eyes/skin and promotes white beauty standards. It’s important for a child to appreciate their own features whether they are white or black. My parents were extremely aware of this and made sure I watched TV shows and had dolls that looked like me to play with and I can definitely say the I believe that their smart efforts allowed for me to grow up with a healthy self-identity. My cousins who didn’t have this support from their parent’s wished that they could be white and were mentally affected by the idea that only blonde hair.. white skin, and blue eyes could be valuable/beautiful.

      • Brandon, what an ignorant thing to say. My husband and I adopted a beautiful brown girl. I would LOVE to see more things in this world that look like her. Don’t get me started on the American Girl movies! You have never had to experience this in your life, so I completely understand why you would say something like that. But, please try and put yourself in another’s perspective. Don’t be part of the problem.

      • Hi Kim, hit her up on her website –because she gave me the ETA of August 5th for the notebooks but not for book bags –http://www.innovativesupplies.net/

      • I think these school supplies are great. My blond, blue eyed granddaughter is color blind. That’s the way she was brought up.

      • Are you serious Brandon?
        Where in the good ol’ USA have people of color been positively displayed continuously on as many billboards, commercials,TV shows and magazine ads , etc., as any other color?
        Yeah, that’s happens to be a small world. We have different needs spiritually and culturally. Knowing and seeing people who we can relate to in a good place helps with the development of the mind and goals of an individual.
        A Dad who works can cause his children to develop good work ethic and be the example in the home concerning needed guidance of all I mentioned above.
        Not seeing anything like yourself in a good light, especially after hearing hate-filled slander all your life can create a dim picture for a person. We are people too , we are clearly different as well as other cultures are. We deserve to know , display and be proud of us too.

    • Yes, I’m white and am saddened there is not more diversity and representation for you in children’s books and toys and in all aspects of society. My white friend was looking to buy an empowering black female book series for her black friend’s little girl and could not find anything at any bookstores- I guess they don’t exist… Hope that changes soon.

    • Hey, those Barbies look nothing like most of us blue eyed girls either. It’s hard for most of us to relate to stick figures with boob jobs.
      I’m a veteran. I’d rather see girls that look like they can do more than just apply makeup and wield a blow dryer.

    • BLACK PEOPLE, PLEASE DO RESEARCH ON THIS COMPANY BEFORE YOU PURCHASE ANY THING MORE FROM IT…I BELIEVE ITS OWNER IS NOT BLACK, BUT A WHITE OWNED COMPANY…THEY ARE TRYING TO TRICK US TO MAKE THEM RICH, BECAUSE THEY KNOW WE ARE SEARCHING FOR BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES…PLEASE RESEARCH BEFORE YOU OURCHASE…THE PERSON THAT POSTED THIS IS A TRUMP VOTER AND SHE IS WHITE…

      • Brandon, its very unfortunate that you don’t have a deeper understanding of what a young child or color would go through in western society that devalues dark hair/eyes/skin and promotes white beauty standards. It’s important for a child to appreciate their own features whether they are white or black. My parents were extremely aware of this and made sure I watched TV shows and had dolls that looked like me to play with and I can definitely say the I believe that their smart efforts allowed for me to grow up with a healthy self-identity. My cousins who didn’t have this support from their parent’s wished that they could be white and were mentally affected by the idea that only blonde hair.. white skin, and blue eyes could be valuable/beautiful.

      • Hello Saundra, I spoke to the owner and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. hang tight! –Thank you so much for the support

    • Did you have pics of boys? I love the 2 war th black girls, but would love to see some with black boys…building robotics, studying in a las also! Thanks!

      • Hi W. Mona, we’ll speak with the owner to see if there are designs for little boys too and we’ll keep you informed. Additionally, there will updates in our Newsletter.

    • My daughter is a junior high school counselor .She told me that this was a really great idea and product.. This product was recommended by her in the school system. She lead a group to empower higher self esteem and educate young girls for their school. With the way society has been for years. It’s really important that children have someone or something they can identify with that makes them feel confident and good about themselves. Maybe we don’t always word our comments perfectly but Tierra you’re definitely right.

      • Pleaaase don’t buy your boys notebooks with minions on the cover…they may want to grow up to be underemployed factory workers

    • Hello love, The young lady that owns the business sent me an email saying that she is working on restock. To say she is a bit overwhelmed with all the love is an understatement. She gave me an ETA of August 5th.

      • Thank you , for the information . Aa a teacher I pride myself on sharing the truth and exposing our students to their inner self not the negative stereotypes they see on television. I give from my heart and pocket. I want to start some of my students whom just left me with a Junior high school care packet

        • Hi Yolanda, thank you for taking a minute to share your thoughts with us. Your comments are duly noted and Innovative Supplies will certainly appreciate your business. Have a wonderful day.

    • Why?
      How can you be sold out when school hasn’t even began. I hope they restock as I want these for my children.

      • Honestly, she didn’t expect to be sold out overnight. However, more will be available on August 5th. Thank you so kindly for your patience and support 🙂

  2. Everything is marked SOLD OUT. When will more items become available? I love everything. Beautiful designs.

    • So Am I This Sister Site Is Deliberately Being Blocked…The Enemy Hates It When We Support One Another. As An Elder, And A Conscious Grint, I Am Attempting To Share My Sisters Site With All Of My Parents /Business Partners. Every time I Submit My Info, It States Oops Something Went Wrong, Try Back Later” In Hopes That You’re Forget, And Don’t Come Back To The Site…..Oh The Tricks Of Satan!

    • Hello love, I spoke with the young lady that owns the website and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. They are a small business and she is printing as we speak, she was a bit overwhelmed with the love. Hopefully August 5th isn’t too late! her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

      • Adults can use these as well. Let’s spread the word about what WE allow our children to carry! If the first thing they scream is ‘racism’, scream back ‘we are the parent!’. Take back your school!

      • Its her business. If your an educator your heart should bw open. Not thinking like the other man. I’ve worst things than this being sold. If you don’t like what it says don’t buy or read. We are in a free country. Refusing to be stopped or not go forward because of the other man. Think positive not negative. Thats what’s wrong with the world today. Even when it comes down to the educators. So glad my last child goes to private school.

    • Hello love, I spoke with the young lady that owns the website and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. They are a small business and she is printing as we speak, she was a bit overwhelmed with the love. Hopefully August 5th isn’t too late! her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

    • Hello love, I spoke with the young lady that owns the website and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. They are a small business and she is printing as we speak, she was a bit overwhelmed with the love. Hopefully August 5th isn’t too late! her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

    • Hello love, I spoke with the young lady that owns the website and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. They are a small business and she is printing as we speak, she was a bit overwhelmed with the love. Hopefully August 5th isn’t too late! her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

    • she told me august 5th love. She is printing and filling orders… she got a bit overwhelmed today with the love

  3. Awesome back story. I retired in 2011 and am now a school teacher. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors and I’m so glad I got my order in before you sold out. Hoping that you make many more and that this business is a huge, huge success!!!

    • Hello love, I spoke with the young lady that owns the website and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. They are a small business and she is printing as we speak, she was a bit overwhelmed with the love. Hopefully August 5th isn’t too late! her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

    • Be patient with her. She’s a small business. I was able to make a purchase on early Thursday morning and am now waiting patiently for my items to arrive. You can still support her when her stock replenishes…

  4. Everything looks amazing, with reasonable prices .. hoping you restock soon because I was really hyped about ordering!

  5. I have a daughter staying Middle School this fall and should live for her to walk in with your stuff, representing US! How can I order?

    • Hello love, I spoke with the young lady that owns the website and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. They are a small business and she is printing as we speak, she was a bit overwhelmed with the love. Hopefully August 5th isn’t too late! her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

  6. This is amazing. Keep pushing on I love this idea all 3 of my girls will be rocking your notebooks. Thank you for this.

    • Hello love, I spoke with the young lady that owns the website and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. They are a small business and she is printing as we speak, she was a bit overwhelmed with the love. Hopefully August 5th isn’t too late! her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

    • hahah… it is owned by a young lady and to say she is overwhelmed is an understatement, I am so happy for her. The ETA on restock is August 5th

        • Actually, she does have several designs and we spoke with the business owner today. She gave us a re-open date of August 5, 2016. Please be sure to check out her website and we will have the latest update in our Sunday newsletter as well. Thanks for the inquiry.

    • Hello love, I spoke with the young lady that owns the website and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. They are a small business and she is printing as we speak, she was a bit overwhelmed with the love. Hopefully August 5th isn’t too late! her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

  7. They look awesome. Please email me info as I always buy my students supplies and give them to those who don’t have supplies or don’t have enough! Thank you ! Janet Garcia

    • Hello love, I spoke with the young lady that owns the website and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. They are a small business and she is printing as we speak, she was a bit overwhelmed with the love. Hopefully August 5th isn’t too late! her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

    • Hello love, I spoke with the young lady that owns the website and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. They are a small business and she is printing as we speak, she was a bit overwhelmed with the love. Hopefully August 5th isn’t too late! her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

  8. Hello I would like to order some products for my son however most of them are sold out sis. Please infoem mw when you will be restocking so that I can support the business. I think this is a great idea.

    • Hello love, I spoke with the young lady that owns the website and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. They are a small business and she is printing as we speak, she was a bit overwhelmed with the love. Hopefully August 5th isn’t too late! her Instagram is @innovativesupplies

  9. Please inform me when you re-stock your items. I am looking to purchase for my granddaughters. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
    Have a blessed day!

    • Hi Ruby, we resolved the sign-up issue and in the meantime already subscribed you, so you are all set. Thank you for your support.

  10. I would like two note books for my daughter for her final school year she loves them !! Would you consider do more!!!

  11. There’s an actual black owned printing paper company. I can’t remember the name of them right now, but it would be nice is the 2 of you can do business together and keep the money in our community all the way around

  12. I discovered this little gem yesterday morning after her link was posted in my Natural Hair group on FB and placed my order. I’m so glad that I did too! Especially now after seeing so many say that everything is sold out… I cannot wait to see what other designs she comes out with. I’d definitely love to see things geared towards little boys as well in the future … I’m proud of her and I don’t even personally know her. You Go Nneka!

  13. So glad I picked up two notebooks when I first saw the posting! The power of social media. My daughter is going to study in France and I’m surprising her with her own fly notebooks representing her! Kudos to the innovative sister producing these. Much success!

  14. I am a science teacher and would like to purchase the science notebooks, but they are sold out. When will they be available again? Must do a country wide market of items. These are a great option for our students to show cultural pride.

  15. I love these. Something that our children can see that resembles them. I will be looking forward to buying these lovely items on August5… Thank you for what you are doing 😍😃

  16. What a wonderful product that has been produced to represent us! I wish to commend the developer. I’m sure she is overwhelmed with the response 5that has been shown thus far. Let’s all be patient. It’s a new business and they had no idea of the love that would be given at such an early stage.

    • Hello Claudia, many items will be restocked on August 5th. Please check back to see which ones will be available. -Thank you so much for your support!!

  17. I think they are wonderful. However, could the unique girl not be so slouched with her midriff exposed? Let’s give our girls (and boys) classy/proud images.

    • Hi Alia, your comment has been respectfully and duly noted in the court of public opinion and we accept it. Thank you so kindly for checking us out and sharing your thoughts with us. We appreciate you 🙂

  18. Love this idea. Sad to see these design are limited and will not be back once they are sold out. Since everything is currently sold out, I can’t wait to see the next batch of designs. Love the fact that she is willing to use your designs. Hope she will do desing on the back packs in the future.

    • Hi Emily, we spoke with the business owner today and please check her site on August 5, 2016. Many items will be restocked and ready to be shipped.

  19. This line of supplies is amazing! I see the comments that they are sold out right now but I am not seeing where to order on August 5th? Thank you for sharing this with us!

  20. I’m interested in purchasing your school supplies. Could you please contact when there available? Thanks

    • Hi Dametria, please check on August 5, 2016. Many items will be restocked and ready to go.
      Additionally, we will have an update in our Sunday newsletter. If you haven’t done so already please take a minute to sign up here for the latest update. Thanks again, we appreciate you 🙂

  21. I am trying to purchase these awesome notebook for my grandchildren but everything is sold out. Please let me know when I can put in my order.

    • We spoke with the business owner today and please check her site Innovative Supplies on August 5, 2016. Many items will be restocked and available. Additionally, there will be an update in our Sunday newsletter. Here is the link if you are not already signed up Sunday Newsletter.
      Thank you so kindly for your support.

    • We spoke with the business owner today and please check her site Innovative Supplies on August 5, 2016. Many items will be restocked and available. Additionally, there will be an update in our Sunday newsletter. Here is the link if you are not already signed up Sunday Newsletter.
      Thank you so kindly for your support.

  22. Oh Emily! I MUST HAVE the ‘I am Sandra Bland’ notebook–for me! But it says once sold old, not available again–is this true? Please reconsider –love your concept and products.

    • Hello love, I spoke to the owner and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. hang tight! –Thank you so much for the support — she is at @innovativesupplies

  23. Thanks for the heads-up on the website! Let this young lady know to do what she needs to do to be prepared for the rush of orders she’s going to get. I don’t normally support black owned businesses due to this same reason (nothing is ever in stock & poor customer service), In this case, there is a date available where I can go and place my order, to which I say thanks!!! I hope she continues to make these positive images available!!!!

    • sigh, I know Kia I cannot say I do not agree, we just have to be patient with each other and support one another until we are able to put our ideas into fruition on bigger scales. Our intentions are always great.. but we need support…

    • Hello love, I spoke to the owner and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. hang tight! –Thank you so much for the support — she is at @innovativesupplies

    • Hello love, I spoke to the owner and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. hang tight! –Thank you so much for the support

    • Hello love, I spoke to the owner and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. hang tight! –Thank you so much for the support — she is at @innovativesupplies

  24. Would love to buy for my girls but everything is sold out 🙁

    How can I be notified when you have more in stock?

    • Hello Geneva, I spoke to the owner and she gave me an ETA of August 5th. hang tight! –Thank you so much for the support

    • I am not sure if she has an email list, but she does have a contact option on her website here –http://www.innovativesupplies.net/

  25. i would love to purchase supplies for my grandchildren…
    how would i do that? will you contact potential customers when you have re-stocked?

    • Yes, new and existing customers will be notified once the business owner has restocked. This will be on August 5, 2016. We will have additional updates in our Sunday newsletter. Here is the link if you are not already signed up Link to Newsletter.
      We thank you so kindly for your inquiry. Have a blessed day.

  26. Why do we need any school supplies that celebrate or promote any culture over another for our daughters? If you walk around most cities in America, you will see people wearing many different styles (hair, clothes, etc.) and they will have varying levels of melanin in their skin. Their experiences will give them more familiarity with some things over others and make them admirable by others who relate to many of the same or similar experiences or desired opportunities. Our daughters need to see us celebrating each other and how, although our life paths and experiences vary, there are always key things that bind us all. We all have good and bad days, aches/ pains, successes/ failures, beautiful/ graceful, and ugly/ not as wonderful spots in our lives. As a culture of American’s and especially mom’s, we should start a movement that encourages our daughters to see things as humans with unique experiences that should be valued and appreciated for how we wish or do not wish to live our lives. I want my daughter to grow up and see the people around her as humams with feelings, wants/ needs, and dreams just like her. At the end of the day, we all have knees, elbows, noses, etc. that work the same way. Let’s push to have school supplies that show what we truly see and want for our young… Confidence in our capabilities, compassion for each other, and appreciation for the experiences of others that gives us knowledge to more successfully navigate the hurdles life brings our way.

    • Thank you for joining our court of public opinion and we graciously accept your point of view but I think we often get confused with respect to celebrating a culture thinking that it automatically means other cultures are below or ‘less than’. Having a notebook with a little black girl on it, doing a science experiment or another with social media rhetoric does not mean that the child doesn’t also carry notebooks with her favourite cosplay characters or Marvel superheroes. America calls for an appreciation of diversity but there is less representation for little girls of color in comparison to others. This is a way to add to that diversity so that everyone is fairly represented. Then my daughter can run down a stack of notebooks and say…hey mom I love this one because this cartoon looks like me, and mommy i want this one because I enjoyed watching Peppa Pig this Summer and mommy can I have this one with the new Hispanic Disney Princess on it. The point is she will be taught diversity that is also inclusive of who she is!

      • Little black girls don’t need a notebook cover to show them that they can indeed become a scientist or be an original person…or whatever…if a child is watching and aware and if they have parents who teach them that they can be whatever they want, regardless of color, gender, ability, etc….then they will do just that…besides, there are millions of different notebook covers and other items already in production that feature people of all different backgrounds….this is not 1970…things are changing rapidly anyway; i see it, don’t you?…these notebooks are ridiculously unnecessary

        • considering the fact that the young Entrepreneur sold out once this post was posted, (and continues to see) I would say the numbers tell us exactly what people consider necessary.

  27. These products are wonderful! I teach in a college of education (future teachers) and will be sure they are introduced to this website. Thank you for providing these products!

    • Hi Teresa, thank you for checking us out and sharing your thoughts on our forum and Innovative Supplies thanks you in advance for your business.

    • Hi Kristie, no worries we resolved the sign-up issue and in the meantime, we were able to subscribe you too. You are all set. -Thanks for checking us out.

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