10 Inspiring Black Content Creators To Follow Right Now
From artists to activists, inspiring accounts to fill your feed!
#1 Layla F Saad
Best selling author, writer, educator, podcaster, activist & more, Layla F Saad has been sharing her work for many years - most notable is her 28 day Instagram challenge back in summer of 2018 titled “Me and White Supremacy”, the results of which turned into a New York Times bestseller after being available for a short amount of time as a free PDF workbook.
“Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestorleads reader through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.”- meandwhitesupremacybook.com
During my public address earlier this week one of the intentional action items I suggested was holding your employer or organization accountable for how they are showing up for racial justice. I offered a template for connecting with employers and there was a lot of requests for how to demand accountability from academic institutions. With this document you can copy, paste and edit for your details, sign and ship it off to the email inbox who needs to see it. • Head to the link in my bio for a free template you may find helpful in addressing the need for accountability from the leaders in the academic institutions you are affiliated with. • Thank you to @brittney_m_w and @moody_moonday for volunteering to draft this for our use. We all must do our part in every way that we can. This is work that needs to be enacted in all situations not just upon the death of yet another black life. • #RevolutionNow • If you find value in learning with me please consider joining us over at @thegreatunlearn. Link in bio 🙏🏾 • Tag a classmate, friend, neighbor, colleague and anyone else whom you would like to suggest make use of this document as well. • Edit: you have permission to share this in spaces that may find value in this tool.
Rachel is an academic, writer & lecturer, she focuses on a combination of race and womanhood, educating people through her massive Instagram platform of over 1.3 million followers and encouraging meaningful conversation on tough topics with people around the globe.
She teaches workshops across the US on various topics such as the racist histories of American systems - she is also the founder of The Loveland Foundation which supports access to mental health care for black girls and women.
The photos of officers kneeling and marching and hugging are nice. The video of officers giving good speeches and becoming emotional are moving. BUT. Friends, we are not going to hug our way to justice. This fight is not about police being nicer. This fight is about systemic racism, injustice, accountability. The cute pictures won’t do. *Policy change. *Defunding. *Abolition *Prosecution These are examples of the deep changes that are being called for right now. This is what it looks like to fight for Black lives in this moment. If you don’t want this to happen again, we are going to need more than hugs. *PS: when you do see the “nice” officers; don’t ask for hugs, ask for courage. Courage to change a system that hurts Black people.
Austin Channing is a writer & speaker, author of ‘I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness’ - she also hosts a video web series called The Next Question in which she talks about how expansive racial justice can be.
Her workshops are inspiring and unique, combining justice, humor & pop culture - she wants to encourage people to celebrate blackness with her.
#4 Temi Coker
In college, i served at @resurrectionhouston and whenever we brought church to the Hood, George Floyd was there. The mission was simplely to bring The goodnews of Jesus Christ to our third ward community. This one hit home and I’m praying for my Houston fam as well as George’s family. George was made in the image of God, he was loved, he loved, he spoke up, he encouraged. I’m sure George knew about the Ahmaud Arbery case not knowing he was next. This is sickening. Pray, but please put some action to that. Call 612-324-4499 to ask for justice for Big Floyd Click the link in my bio to fill out the petition justiceforbigfloyd.com - In moments like these I feel Psalms 13 & Psalm 94 reflect my thoughts. #justiceforfloyd #bigfloyd #georgefloyd
Temi Coker is a photographer & graphic designer who used to be a creative resident at Adobe. Based in Texas, US, Temi combines bright graphics intertwined with black and white photography to create stand out pieces full of color and depth.
#5 Coco Michele
An artist who focuses on African American Fashion illustration, Coco Michele's designs are powerful, unique, and fabulous. She also sells her designs which you can buy as framed stand alone prints or onto gifts such as cards & t-shirts.
#6 Lord Kpuri
A contemporary artist & writer who focuses on various different techniques including line illustrations, photography & graphics collage, and short minimalist poetry/writings, namely the ‘darling’ series.
I know a lot of us are feeling extremely triggered, scared, anxious and angry about what is going on. But change comes out of turbulence, it's so important to bear that in mind. Gay rights, feminism, civil rights and democracy have all come out of similar unrest. Stay hopeful, stay vigilant, stay responsible. Anti-Racism work is more about just posting a #blacklivesmatter image. It requires actually DOING the work. So listen, educate yourself, educate others, organise, mobilise. And to my white followers who have said absolutely nothing at all... I see you. We see you. Leave black culture alone if you're not willing to stand up for black lives. In addition to the accounts mentioned in this post. I would also suggest that you follow the accounts below. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, my nerves are shot so I've most definitely missed someone obvious and incredible. Keep the suggestions coming in the comments. @yourrightscamp @laylafsaad @ihartericka @janayathefuture @jilllouisebusby @indyamoore @genxtra95 @nowhitesaviors @akalamusic @wp4bl @mattmcgorry @emmadabiri @rachel.cargle @sholamos1 @kendrick38 @shaunking @grassrootslaw @tamikadmallory @the_yvesdropper @kaepernick7 @ajabarber @taranajaneen @raquel_willis Slides by @das.penman
Model, activist, LGBTQ+ Editor for Dazed Beauty and founder of the GODDESS platform. She was one of the first transgender models for beauty brand L’oreal but was dropped within weeks over a racial row.
This issue was raised once again recently when L’oreal posted their black square in solidarity and Munroe publicly called them out for being hypocrites, with fans demanding an overdue apology after the trauma the brand caused her. She has recently posted some very useful resources to help allies of the black community during this time.
#8 Liv Little
Liv is the founder and CEO of Galdem magazine, an award-winning online & print mag that focuses on the experiences and views of women and nonbinary people of color, she is a contributory editor for Elle UK and was one of Forbes 30 under 30 in 2020.
#9 Josh Rivers
Me and my dear friend @shahmiruk are doing the news on IG Live, on Wednesdays and Sundays at 7pm. We’ll be adding a queer perspective to the news, challenging misinformation and helping us all think more critically about what the hell is happening around us. Tune in, help spread the word and DM us any news items you want our perspective on #MIMS • Thank you to @pengaz for the artwork 😍
Josh Rivers is the head of communication for UK Black Pride and creator & host of the podcast ‘Busy Being Black’ which explores the lives of its queer black contributors and interviewees, an insightful and powerful listen.
#10 Emma Dabiri
A hell of a lot of learning and unlearning that needs to be done. As academics it’s so important we share our knowledge and resources with as many people as possible. Let’s start with WHITENESS. What is it and where does it come from? [Lots of people asking if they can share. Yes of course. It’s made to share 🤗]
Emma is an Irish-Nigerian writer, author & TV presenter, she is currently based in London and creates resources about race. Her book ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’is an important look into the black hair business and why it is important. She is also the founder of Disobedient Bodies, a space that showcases and celebrates different body types for women.