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MicroStockHub/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Cyber Monday is expected to become the largest online shopping day in history, according to preliminary data from industry analysts.

Analysts predict consumers will spend anywhere from $10.8 billion to $12.7 billion on Monday, a 15% to 35% increase compared to last Cyber Monday, according to Adobe Analytics.

"Cyber Monday is on track to break all previous records for online sales," Taylor Schreiner, the director at Adobe Digital Insights, said in a statement.

"Consumers will likely take advantage of the best discounted items today like TVs, toys and computers before price levels start creeping back up throughout the rest of the season," Schreiner added. "Shoppers are encouraged to do their gift buying soon as shipping in time for Christmas will get more expensive in the coming weeks."

As the coronavirus pandemic looms large over this year's holiday shopping season -- leading to high demand for online, delivery and curbside pickup options this year -- Adobe found that Black Friday 2020 hit a new online sales record with consumers spending $9 billion. This is an increase of 21.6% in online sales compared to Black Friday last year, making it the second-largest online spending day in U.S. history after Cyber Monday 2019.

In addition, curbside pickup over Black Friday weekend was up 67% compared to last year, according to Adobe.

Still, analysts say they expect this year's Cyber Monday to be the "king of online shopping days and become the largest online sales day in history," according to Adobe's analysts.

Their research found that 56% of consumers believe that retailers are saving the best discounts for Cyber Monday, and that shoppers are likely to see the biggest discounts on computers. Deep discounts on toys, appliances and electronics are also expected.

The analysts also highlighted other trends expected Monday, noting that between 7 p.m. PT to 11 p.m. PT will be the "golden hours of retail," when customers rush for last-minute buys before the deals expire. That four-hour window is expected to bring in a massive 29% of the day's revenue, or at least $3.1 billion. The analysts forecast $13 million will be spent per minute during the peak hour of 8 p.m. PT to 9 p.m. PT Monday.

Finally, the analysts found that mobile shopping has been dominating this holiday shopping season, accounting for 40% of online sales so far.

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(NEW YORK) -- Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X are some of the most sought after gifts this holiday season. But both video game consoles are nearly impossible to get and sell out within seconds when they become available online.

As ABC News’ Becky Worley explains in the video below, it appears “Grinch bots” are to blame:

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Courtesy Sankofa FarmsBY: MARIYA MOSELEY, ABC NEWS

(NEW YORK) — There was a time when Black-owned farms were booming -- before those farmers were stripped of tens of thousands of acres because of racist policies.

Now, most rural land in the U.S. owned by white people. But now, finally, a new piece of legislation could help African Americans reclaim some of that acreage.

The Justice for Black Farmers Act, introduced earlier this month by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., would allow Black farmers to reclaim up to 160 acres each, at no charge, through a Department of Agriculture system of land grants.

Kamal Bell, a 29-year-old farmer in Durham, North Carolina, said that such legislation is just the beginning of efforts necessary for certain farms to become sustainable and generate revenue.

"I think it's definitely a step in the right direction ... but we need to create pipelines for African Americans to be educated on a 21st-century farm," Bell told ABC News. "The production aspect of how to stay in business isn't taught to you. ... We learned this on our own and from other Black farmers we ended up meeting."

Bell is CEO of Sankofa Farms, a family farm that he purchased while saving up money in college. It aims to serve as a sustainable food source in urban communities, particularly so-called food deserts with few available options for fresh produce.

The group uses agriculture as a platform to teach youth key life lessons and embrace a visual, interactive experience, which includes training students how to operate drones in the fields. Additionally, the group shows students of color about the connection between STEM concepts and agriculture through the Agricultural Academy Sankofa Farms Agricultural Academy.

"If the students aren't educated to go into the field, we're just going to end up with the same system," Bell said.

Sankofa Farms is working with six students -- aged 11 to 18 -- some of whom say they've never seen a farmer that looks like them.

The group, which is grooming the students as managers and compensating them for their labor, goes far beyond teaching them how to grow food. The program also educates students on how to dress in a professional setting, speak in public and build transferable skills to use in their communities.

Bell, a father of two boys aged 4 and 6, said the business has blossomed into a "family affair." Not only does his son aspire to become a farmer one day, but his wife, Amber, also serves as community engagement director for the group and is among several of the group's certified beekeepers.

Bell, a doctoral student, obtained a bachelor's degree in animal sciences and a master's in agricultural teacher education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University -- the nation's largest historically Black college or university.

He said that he's witnessed barriers entering the industry firsthand and is living his purpose by striving to "break generational curses."

The story of how nearly 1 million Black families were stripped of their farms, and therefore robbed of their hard-earned generational wealth, isn't a story often told when discussing U.S. history.

From the 1860s to the 1920s, dozens of towns violently expelled entire Black communities and forced them to flee their homes using tactics that included racist mobs. Many stories of Black residents, particularly those living in the South, were detailed in the 2007 award-winning documentary "BANISHED."

At their peak in 1920, there were over 949,000 Black farmers in America, according to a 2017 report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That number has now plummeted to roughly 45,000 Black-owned farms.

Now, Black farm owners makeup a mere 1.3% of the country’s 3.4 million total farmers. In comparison, approximately 95% of rural land across the country is currently owned by white farmers.

Booker told Mother Jones that the bill is an effort to help mount a long-overdue federal effort to reverse the "destructive forces that were unleashed upon Black farmers over the past century.”

The bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., would become a sevenfold expansion for African American farmers, transferring to them up to 32 million acres.

Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, chairperson of the Committee on the Opportunities and Status of Blacks in Agricultural Economics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, said that this bill is a great step toward justice for Black farmers.

"African American farmers have had to fight for so much over the years -- information, rights, land access, capital access and so on," Jefferson-Moore told ABC News.

The 46-year-old mom and wife also echoes the fact that knowledge is among the key ways to open the door for those interested in the field.

"Education is key for farmers," Jefferson-Moore added. "If we can ensure that African American farmers are gaining access to information to preserve their hard work and effort, it could change the trajectory of their farming legacies."

Jefferson-Moore, who grew up in Doyline, Louisiana, was exposed to the world of agriculture as a 5-year-old by her father, who was a school teacher, tax assessor and part-time farmer.

"It brings tears to my eyes to think of how this would change opportunities for African American farmers," Jefferson-Moore said, "especially my father."

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kajakiki/iStockBY: ZUNAIRA ZAKI, ABC NEWS

(NEW YORK) — Black Friday hit a new record with consumers spending $9.0 billion, an increase of 21.6% year over year (online sales hit $7.4 billion on Black Friday in 2019), according to Adobe Analytics data.

It was the second-largest online spending day in U.S. history, coming in behind Cyber Monday 2019. Adobe expects Cyber Monday 2020 to become the largest online sales day in history, with spending between $10.8 billion (15% year-over-year growth) and $12.7 billion (35% year over year growth).

U.S. consumers spent $6.3 million per minute shopping online on Black Friday, or $27.50 on average per person. $3.6 billion was spent via smartphones, a 25.3% increase year over year, reaching 40% of the total online spend.

In-store and curbside pickup increased 52% on Black Friday year over year, as many consumers looked to avoid in-store shopping.

Leading into Small Business Saturday, smaller retailers saw early success with sales 545% higher on Black Friday, compared to an average day last month, and a 211% boost in sales this past week compared to October.

Additional report insights

-Discounts continue: Discounts are expected to stay strong over the weekend, with the deepest cuts for toys (20%), computers (27%), electronics (25%), appliances (18%), and televisions (19%).

-Ecommerce giants vs. smaller retailers: Ecommerce giants (over $1B in yearly revenue) and smaller retailers both saw gains on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday: Large retailers saw a 403% increase in sales the past two days over the October daily average, compared to 349% for smaller retailers. While larger retailers have always performed better during Cyber week than smaller brands, consumers seem motivated to spend more with small retailers in 2020 as the gap shrunk by over 200%. Last year, large retailers saw a 380% increase in sales on Black Friday, and smaller retailers benefited from a 173% increase.

-Products in high demand: Toys: Hot Wheels, Hoverboards, and Lego Sets; Top-selling video games: NBA 2K21, Animal Crossing, Super Mario 3D All-Stars. Top-selling electronics: Apple AirPods, Apple Watches, Amazon Echo and Samsung TVs.

-Surges outside traditional holiday shopping: Electronics continue to be a hot-ticket holiday item, specifically smartwatches ( 606% over October daily levels) and smart home items ( 592%). Online grocery shopping remains popular, as Black Friday saw a 397% boost compared to last month. Personal care products surged yesterday, up 556%, while pet products and auto parts also saw increases at 254% and 269% from last month.

-COVID-19 restrictions on family gathering drive sales: In states that put COVID-19 restrictions around family gatherings, there was 265% higher year-over-year growth in online shopping over the last two days compared to states with less restrictions.

"We are seeing strong growth as consumers continue to move shopping from offline to online this year. New consoles, phones, smart devices and TVs that are traditional Black Friday purchases are sharing online shopping cart space this year with unorthodox Black Friday purchases such as groceries, clothes and alcohol, that would previously have been purchased in-store," said Taylor Schreiner, director, Adobe Digital Insights, in a statement.

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ArtistGNDphotography/iStockBy JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Black Friday 2020 is upon us, and several retailers have already started rolling out huge deals and steals.

Big box retailers such as Walmart and Target started releasing deep discounts on products earlier this month, and many other stores are planning to extend sales past Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Like everything else this year, Black Friday will look different, and mad rush doorbusters will most likely become a thing of the past. Alternatively, more people are expected to shop online and ditch traditional in-store frenzy.

Online sales are expected to jump by 49.5%, while in-store shopping is expected to fall 4.7%, according to eMarketer.

If you are ready to get a jump start on holiday shopping for you or your loved ones, there are lots of promotions from Wayfair, Lululemon and more mass retailers that you can shop now.

ABC News’ Becky Worley appeared on Good Morning America Friday to break down some of the best deals that have gone live online:

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Halfpoint/iStockBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- During the holiday season, people typically look to schools, churches, grocery stores and other community events to donate food to those in need.

But ahead of Thanksgiving, food banks are swamped with increased demand due to the continued fallout from the pandemic with millions unemployed and a greater amount of food-insecure individuals and families in need.

The nationwide hunger relief charity Feeding America predicted that one in six Americans -- around 54 million people -- will experience food insecurity amid the ongoing public health crisis. The organization reported that 80% of food banks are serving more people than they were the same time last year.

For people looking to help with the nonprofit's network of 200 food banks, there are new alternatives to lend a hand for food drives this holiday season.

Host a virtual food drive

Don't worry about leaving the house to lug canned and boxed goods to a collection box. This option is perfect for anyone hosting a holiday gathering online this year.

Feeding America has the option to set up an online fundraising page with a local food bank, and the creator can simply ask friends and family to contribute.

Once donations are completed, every donor receives a receipt, and funds go directly toward food banks.

The virtual option helps alleviate what traditional food drives would cost. Plus, with COVID-19 restrictions, some food banks may not accept food donations from the community due to safety concerns.

The organization suggests including the fundraiser link and information in the invitation of your virtual gathering.

"This is a simple way to let everyone know that you're doing something really special this year. Even if your guests can’t join, it allows them to give back," Feeding America wrote in a blog post.

Check out the online toolkit that shares advice and social posts for setting up fundraisers with Feeding America.

Donate Thanksgiving food to a local food bank

Locate a local food bank, and check their drop-off information, operation hours and busiest hours.

Some areas may not accept food donations or may have specific requests, so follow local food bank guidance on what is needed most this holiday.

With higher demand around the holidays, food banks will look for the following healthy, non-perishable foods:

  • Boxed stuffing
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned vegetables
  • Dry macaroni
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Canned pumpkin

For more information or to locate your local food bank, click here.

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courtneyk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, IVAN PEREIRA and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Some 778,000 workers lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance last week, the Department of Labor said Wednesday.

This is an uptick of 30,000 compared to the previous week, and the second consecutive week that the weekly tally has risen after it was on the decline for months.

The DOL also said Wednesday that more than 20 million people were still receiving some form of unemployment benefits through all programs as of the week ending Nov. 7. For the comparable week in 2019, that figure was 1.5 million.

The latest economic data from the DOL comes as new virus cases surge across the country, and highlight a slow economic recovery. It also comes, however, as Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a new milestone of trading above 30,000 on Tuesday -- a further indication that the stock market remains divorced from the economic pain millions of Americans still face as the coronavirus crisis rages on.

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robynmac/iStockBy THE GMA TEAM, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Nearly one million Crock-Pot Multi-Cookers are being recalled due to a potential burn hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The voluntary recall of Sunbeam Products' Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers comes as millions of Americans are preparing for holiday cooking, starting Thursday with Thanksgiving.

The recall is due to reports of a malfunction causing the multi-cooker to be able to pressurize when the lid is not fully locked, resulting in a potential burn hazard.

Sunbeam, a Florida-based company, has received 119 reports of lid detachment, resulting in 99 burn injuries ranging in severity from first-degree to third-degree burns, according to the CPSC.

Consumers with Sunbeam Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers are urged to contact the company immediately to obtain a free replacement lid. In the meantime, the product can still be used for slow cooking and sautéing but should not be used in pressure cooker mode.

The multi-cookers under the recall were sold at retail stores including Walmart and Target and online at Amazon and other online retailers from July 2017 through November 2020, according to the CPSC.

About 914,430 of the devices are being recalled in the U.S.

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Courtesy Kazi MannanBy DEVIN DWYER and SARAH HERNDON, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) -- In the heart of Washington's big-money lobbying and law firm district, restaurateur Kazi Mannan has been serving up kebabs and curries to the rich and the poor for nearly a decade.

"These are my mom's recipes that we use because we named it after her and we want to honor her with her recipes, the way she used to cook," said Mannan, a first-generation Pakistani immigrant who owns Sakina Halal Grill, just a few blocks from the White House.

Since he opened his restaurant in 2013, Mannan has been quietly seating and feeding thousands of homeless and hungry just like paying customers, inviting them in for a meal without fanfare or attention, no questions asked.

"Don't worry about it. Just have a seat. Enjoy longer," he said of his message. "The idea to feed from a restaurant doesn't exist because people are scared. Letting poor people come in -- (some say), 'it will ruin your business.' But it's the opposite for me."

In over seven years of serving the community, Mannan says he never had to call the police for help.

"Those people who always have trouble outside, but coming here ... they see the love and kindness we share," he said.

There's a strict, no-judgement policy is in full force, he tells his staff.

When COVID-19 hit the restaurant industry hard this spring, the steep decline in business nearly made Kazi go hungry too. As profits evaporated, he laid off a dozen from his staff, cut the free meals and contemplated having to close for good.

Then, a global community rallied to the rescue, inspired by his story, which was first shared widely by ABC affiliate WJLA-TV.

More than 6,500 donors -- many not known personally to Mannan -- have chipped in a quarter million dollars to a GoFundMe campaign he started this month to try to stay afloat. The unexpected outpouring has humbled and empowered him to give even more.

"This is a symbol of love and people didn't want this symbol to go away in ashes because (if) the restaurant is gone, my story ends," he said.

His story as a small business owner in America began with a simple lesson from his late mother, Sakina, the restaurant namesake, who modeled hospitality during his childhood in a rural Pakistani village.

"She will always prepare some meals and she will always prepare extra to give it to the neighbor, go give it to this person or give to that person," Mannan said.

Her outreach to complete strangers helped open his eyes to the homeless Americans he says many pass blindly on the streets of D.C. -- more than 6,300 now homeless in the nation's capitol this year, according to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

They are among the more than half a million now homeless nationwide, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a number that has spiked during the pandemic and added to the ranks of the hungry.

"Some people have mental issues, health issues. We were patient with them and they were patient with us. So it was a relationship," Mannan said. "As a child, you don't understand giving. But (Sakina) knew that giving brings joy to her. And that's what I feel every single day."

As business starts to slowly bounce back, Mannan is celebrating the return of more customers, especially the ones who need help the most.

"Pure hearts doing kind things will always touch other people's hearts," Mannan says of his mantra.

It's a circle of generosity, propelled by faith in kindness, as Mannan hopes others this Thanksgiving season choose to show gratitude -- by giving.

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HomesickBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- You can have the sweet smell of doughnuts and freshly brewed coffee fill your home without any cooking required.

Dunkin' teamed up with home fragrance and lifestyle brand Homesick to bring back its limited-edition candles inspired by two of the coffee chain's popular menu items.

The Original Blend candle combines the scent of Dunkin's original blend coffee and cream, while the Old Fashioned candle offers a sweet but subtle scent of traditional warm spices from an old-fashioned doughnut.

The limited-edition candle collaboration, which is available online for $34, was designed to tap into the power of scent to bring moments of nostalgia for coffee and doughnut lovers, especially during a time when catching up over a cup of coffee has largely gone virtual.

To make the jar candles extra special, customers can add a personalized message, such as their name, a holiday message or even a favorite Dunkin’ order, for an additional $15.

Each hand-poured candle comes in packaging with bold, vibrant prints and the iconic Dunkin' pink and orange colors. The soy wax blend offers a 60- to 80-hour burn time.

Lauren Lamagna, the director of product development and merchandising at Homesick, said the company is "excited to team up with Dunkin’ again to offer this meaningful gift for the holiday season."

“In a year when everyone could use a little more cheer, Dunkin’ coffee and donuts and Homesick candles have both played a role in bringing people moments of comfort and joy. Our fans are as unique as their coffee orders, and we wanted to bring back our collaboration with the fun new twist of personalization,” Justin Unger, the director of strategic partnerships at Dunkin’ Brands, said in a statement. "After last year’s response, it was an easy decision to team up with Homesick again to bring back those fan-favorite fragrances and allow people nationwide to experience Dunkin’ at home."

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(NEW YORK) -- Purdue Pharma is expected Tuesday to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and kickback charges and acknowledge that its aggressive marketing of opioids over the last three decades helped propel an addiction crisis that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

The guilty plea is part of a settlement with the Justice Department. The deal has been criticized as too lenient on members of the Sackler family, who owned the company and made an estimated $10 billion from OxyContin. They will not admit to wrongdoing and face zero charges as part of the settlement.

Purdue Pharma said it knowingly and willfully offered payments to health care providers to induce them to write more prescriptions of its opioid products.

It also admitted to aiding and abetting the dispensing of opioids without a legitimate medical purpose or valid prescription and failing to provide the Drug Enforcement Administration with accurate information about OxyContin.

Until it stopped marketing opioids in February 2018, prosecutors said Purdue sought to increase sales by sending sales representatives to prescribers' offices and pharmacies to deliver company-developed messaging, give the prescribers meals and marketing materials and provide information about pharmacies stocking Purdue opioids.

The settlement agreement quoted an executive who said in a September 2010 presentation to Purdue’s sales supervisors: "As I have stated several times, we know increases in the prescriber call average will have the single largest impact of anything you can do to increase prescriptions of Purdue products with our core and super core prescribers."

During an all-day hearing in a White Plains, New York, bankruptcy court last week on Tuesday, a judge authorized the settlement between Purdue and the DOJ.

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EllenMoran/iStockBy GIO BENITEZ, SAM SWEENEY and MINA KAJI, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Millions are already traveling for Thanksgiving, despite pleas from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to spend the holiday at home as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

Over the weekend, more than three million people passed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints nationwide. Sunday marked the busiest day for air travel since the pandemic began with the agency screening 1,047,934 people.

"Travelers are navigating a slew of new factors from flexible work schedules, school schedules, to changing health safety advisories," TripIt spokesperson Kelly Soderlund told ABC News. "People are extending their stays with a 28% increase in weeklong lodging reservations. Big city metros aren't as popular for holiday travel as they usually are."

According to the American Automobile Association, a majority of Thanksgiving travelers will drive to their destination. AAA projects almost 48 million Americans are expected to hit the road over the holiday.

"It's not really the thing you want to hear before you go home ... don't travel," said Will Mason, a college freshman at Clemson University in South Carolina.

"But I guess I don't really have an option there," Mason, whose classes are going virtual for the second semester, said.

The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, expressed concern that a surge of Thanksgiving travelers could translate to a surge in cases before Christmas.

"If in fact you're in a situation when you do the things that are increasing the risk," Fauci said in a Washington Post interview, "the travel, the congregate setting, not wearing masks, the chances are that you will see a surge superimposed upon a surge. What we're doing now is going to be reflected two, three weeks from now."

Although the risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard a plane is "reduced to very low levels" with proper measures according to a recent Harvard study, the CDC is concerned with the ability to properly socially distance on planes and in airports, shuttles and rideshares. Longer flights and flights with layovers present an increased risk.

For drivers, the CDC recommends limiting stops for gas and food, and only riding in a car with people in your household.

"Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19," the CDC guidelines state. "Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year."

If you must travel, always wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from those who do not live with you, and wash your hands, the CDC advises.

"Help is on the way," Fauci said. "We have at least two highly efficacious vaccines that would likely start be given to people at the highest risk, and the highest priority towards the middle and end of December, as we get into the subsequent months, more and more people will be able to be vaccinated."

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artisteer/iStockBy JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- This year's charge toward social justice has brought about change for the better, and one upside has been the elevated support for Black-owned businesses.

Many Black-owned businesses have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and have struggled to stay afloat.

However, with heightened awareness around the importance of supporting Black-owned brands, the narrative is slowly but surely changing.

One great way to keep this positive change going is by shopping these brands throughout the holidays, and more specifically, on Black Friday.

"It's important to #BuyBlack all year around," the founder of People of Color Beauty, Jacqueline Carrington, in a statement to Facebook as her company was recently featured on the social media platform's #BuyBlack Friday Gift Guide.

Carrington continued, "Supporting small businesses, and especially Black businesses, beyond this moment in time, allows us to reinvest into our families, communities, and uplift each other to build generational wealth and opportunities to create impactful change."

Lifestyle influencers such as Kellie Brown of And I Get Dressed as well as inclusive cosmetics companies such as Mented Cosmetics, have been creating a wide range of offerings that are perfect, whether your are gift giving or shopping for yourself, this season.

If you are ready to give back for the holidays, but not sure where to start, here's a list of some Black-owned brands to check out:

Fashion

  • And I Get Dressed
  • TIER
  • Brysie Lane
  • Ten Wilde
  • Mo's Bows
  • Salone Monet
  • Brother Vellies

Beauty and personal care

  • People of Color Beauty
  • Hanahana Beauty
  • Hyper Skin
  • Girl Hair
  • Buttah by Dorian Renaud
  • JoYo Natural Nail Care
  • The Honey Pot Company
  • Mented Cosmetics

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alacatr/iStockBy JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Along with several other retailers, Target is slashing prices this holiday season with early Black Friday deals starting now through November.

Deep discounts are available on everything from home and kitchen items to electronics, apparel, beauty products, toys and lots more.

"We're taking a completely new approach to Black Friday, giving guests more flexibility and ensuring they can plan ahead for a safe, stress-free shopping experience," said Christina Hennington, Target's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, in a statement.

Target Black Friday Deals


Nov. 1-7: Discounts on electronics and more.

Nov. 8-14: Deals on kitchen favorites and floor care.

Nov. 15-21:
Take advantage of deals on this season's popular electronics, apparel and beauty products.

Nov. 22-28: Toys, kitchen, floor care and electronics including video games and select consoles will be on sale.

Shoppers are encouraged to check the digital weekly ad posted on Target's website each Thursday before sales go live on Sundays.

The company is also expanding its Price Match Guarantee service, which allows customers to get the absolute best deal regardless of when they shop. Target has confirmed that from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, guests can request a price adjustment for any item advertised as a “Black Friday Now” deal if it is offered for a lower price at Target or Target.com later in the season.
relaxed fit that can be paired with denim, trousers and more.

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(NEW YORK) -- With the holiday season upon us and no government stimulus in sight, many Americans are depending on the kindness of strangers to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

While some may be accepting food donations, others are trying crowdfunding to pay their bills. In fact, donations to the crowdsourcing platform GoFundMe for basic needs like rent and groceries have topped $100 million.

ABC News’ chief economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis appeared on Good Morning America Monday to discuss how Americans experiencing financial hardships are trying to stay afloat:

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