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21 Black Creators to Follow Right Now

Note: This is by no means a complete list. There are many voices to be highlighted and heard, however we are committed to putting the spotlight on these creators and their perspectives. Please feel free to reach out with any other suggestions of creators to be highlighted!

Rachel Cargle– 1.2 M followers

Rachel Cargle is a public academic, writer, and lecturer. Her activism and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood.

Trevor Noah– 6M followers

The Daily Show host has never been silent about his struggles and take on systemic racism. Originally from South Africa, he has a fresh perspective on American politics that is generally very well-respected. 

Mireille Harper– 75K followers

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Social media has been a bit overwhelming since I first put up this post so it has taken some time for me to post this. On Friday, I shared this content on Twitter after I felt the conversations online were like screaming into an echo chamber. I wanted to provide those who wanted to support and be an ally with practical tips to move forward and make a change in our society. I am still somewhat surprised and overwhelmed by the reception so please take patience with me at this time. — For a note on who I am to those who have followed me from Twitter, my name is Mireille. I'm an assistant editor and I do freelance writing, PR and sensitivity reading and other bits on the side. I am extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion, and everything I have shared is not new knowledge to me. From as far back as I can remember I've been campaigning, fighting for equality and supporting and working with black owned organisations. I have worked in the diversity and inclusion space for around four years and I have been equipped with knowledge, skills etc through that work as well as through wider, intensive reading and being raised by a Jamaican mother who has a degree in Women's Studies. I felt as a mixed race person who was emotionally capable despite the current situation that I could use my learned experience, skills and compassion to offer this advice to allies and anyone else who was seeking advice but didn't know where to turn. This is now on my stories as a highlight so please feel free to share from there or here. — A small reminder that this took emotional labour and POC, especially black people are not here to teach you everything. When I said ask how you can support, I meant on a personal level as a friend etc. I hope this toolkit provides you with the starter info you need but there are genuinely people more experienced than me who warrant your listening to – please go and follow @nowhitesaviors, @laylafsaad, @rachel.cargle, @ckyourprivilege, @iamrachelricketts, @thegreatunlearn, @renieddolodge, @ibramxk + a few more: @akalamusic, @katycatalyst + @roiannenedd who all have books or resources from many more years of experience. _

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Harper has spent the past 4 years working as an editor and writer in the diversity and inclusion space. 

Alishia McCullough– 212K followers

As a licensed mental health therapist, McCullough has a very mental-health based approach to healing and growing following the protests and movements taking place and provides ways to reflect and think. 

Layla Saad– 532K followers

Saad is a NYT bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy, podcaster, teacher, and activist. 

Opal Tometi– 45.8K followers

As the cofounder of Black Lives Matter Movement, Tometi is a huge activist for gender, immigrant and racial justice and her feed is filled with stories, lessons and other notable activists. 

Charlene Carruthers– 16.2K followers

Carruthers is an author and poet, featuring helpful information and inspiring poems on her feed. 

No White Saviors– 542K followers

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This isn’t just about @kendalljenner or her culture vulture sisters @khloekardashian @kimkardashian & @kyliejenner — this is a much larger issue we need to be paying attention to right now. Many celebrities, companies, brands, influencers…. they are “speaking up” and “using their voice”. Because, finally, it’s reached a point that saying nothing at all could actually mean a loss of $$$$. The tides are turning and a fight for justice is becoming the NORM. . We see you posting online, celebrities, companies, people w/ tremendous influence, wealth and power. Folks from all over the world but especially in the USA. The question is, how much of your unearned privilege, wealth and success in life are you willing to give up? . We are simply not satisfied with your one IG photo at the protest you attended for 1 hour, really just for the lives, stories and the fist in the air, protest sign, photo op. . If you remember the @kendalljenner x @pepsi add then you’ll remember the part where she’s “protesting” and then goes and hands a “nice police officer” a cold Pepsi can *AND THEN BAM KYLIE JENNER STOPPED RACISM* ……🙄🙄….. . We are going to need folk like @kimkardashian @kyliejenner @khloekardashian @kendalljenner to do way more than one Instagram post or one messy role in a Pepsi ad. Are you gonna pull up to the real protests for #GeorgeFloyd ?? Or better yet…Are you going to use your family’s wealth and influence to bail Black folk out of jail who were wrongfully arrested for their right to protest. . Your posts are virtue signalling if you think posting is enough. If you think donating is enough. If you think having a biracial child and dating Black men, thinking that it means you get to appropriate tf out of Black culture w/o actually investing back into it. In order to not virtue signal and to really show us that you are invested in LIBERATION & JUSTICE FOR BLACK PEOPLE we need to see you educating yourself, reading, listening to lectures, researching. Start with acknowledging the racism within yourself (purchase @laylafsaad ‘s book Me And White Supremacy) that would be a wonderful and significant step in that direction.

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The popular account features interviews and captions that are both thoughtful and filled with value, and isn’t afraid to call out popular mega-influencers for lack of action. 

Check your privilege-337K followers

The page is dedicated to actively dismantling white supremacy and privileges to make all play on an equal ground. The brand has courses, books and workshops. 

Rachel Ricketts– 170K followers

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Y’all wanna do something, I GET it but for fuck sake make sure the actions you’re seeking to take are actually HELPFUL. Taking action without intention + education results in more HARM than help. Allowing white people to co-opt Black movements is violent white supremacy in action. THIS is why the work has to start INSIDE. This is why Spiritual Activism is VITAL. You need to think critically + engage mindfully. @blklivesmatter didn’t start this campaign + it is causing the movement harm. Stop the performative bullshit. Just STOP. Read @blairimani latest post. As I always say IMPACT trumps INTENTION And to all the white folx in their feelings hitting myself + other Black folx up to have us on your IG lives, podcasts etc. Take a hot minute + ask if you’re doing YOUR personal work to address YOUR white supremacy + anti-Blackness first and foremost. If not, you’re just using us to assuage your guilt + promote your brand. I’m not fucking here for it. Do. Your. Work! Respect that we are GRIEVING. And exhausted by you. NEVER ask a Black womxn+ to do a DAMN thing without offering compensation. Slave days are over. “Exposure” ain’t payment. STOP exploiting our time, energy + labor. I’m glad so many of you are here now but you are CENTURIES late. I’m not here for fame + fortune. I’m here to be a mirror to your bullshit so you will ACTIVELY dismantle the anti-Black systems you created, perpetuate + benefit from. Everything I do, is from a deep well of love. For Black folx first + foremost. We’ve been paving the way for our COLLECTIVE liberation from the get. And y’all need to fall the fuck back, FOLLOW our lead + do your work. If you’re ready, my newsletter goes out tonight. Sign-up @ link in bio. Head to @osopepatrisse for this weeks REAL actions. xo R ID: “if you aren’t actively using your privilege to uplift, follow, support, learn from, check in on and pay Black folx right now, what the fuck is your ‘anti-racism’ about?”

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Ricketts is a an author and racial justice educator; she combines actionable ways to be anti-racist with ways to heal following grief. 

The Great Unlearn– 251K followers

The Great Unlearn is a project created by Rachel Cargle set to pick apart microaggressions and misfocus of why systemic racism occurs.

Reni Eddo-Lodge– 128K followers

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Eddo-Lodge is the author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.

Ibram Kendi– 303K followers

Kendi is  NYT best-selling author and director of the Anitracism Center and his words are deeply powerful.

Katy Catalyst– 10.1K followers

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You may not be intentionally harming people of colour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But if you’re not consciously doing something different, then you’re part of perpetuating the systems + structures + culture that do cause harm. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I know this is confronting. Stay with me 💚⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s like the sea we’re swimming in, the air we’re breathing.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s not realistic to assume that because you’re not overtly racist, you haven’t also imbibed these coded cultural messages since you were born. Everybody has. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s not your fault. But it is your responsibility to do something about it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Still with me?!💚⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’re asking ‘but what can I do?!’⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s some Starter-for-10 Actions that I’ve learned through my journey with this work (still learning) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Check your feed. Open up your echo chamber. Start with the amazing writers + educators from the ‘let’s do the work’ blog 👆🏼+ see where it takes you. 2. Listen. Listen. Listen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Allow yourself to hear the stories. Don’t defend. Don’t judge. Notice all the white fragility coming up as you deeply listen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. Feel the feelings – yes all the pain, fear, anger + shame. Don’t get stuck or go back into comfort. ⠀⠀⠀ 5. Don’t ask people of colour to labour for you. Respect boundaries. Stay out of DMs. Do your own research + reading. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 6. Shift to action. Join a march, sign a petition, pray, donate. Buy from women of colour, join programmes ( @novareidofficial @rachel.cargle + many others – do tag other resources below), support through Patreon.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 7. Follow don’t lead – we may want to take over because now we’re so ‘woke’, but really that’s about centring + control. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 8.Stay ‘humble + ready to fumble’ (thanks @divahines for that one!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 9.Be open to seeing how YOU are complicit in the system of white supremacy. Understand what’s violent in your own behaviour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 10.Invite other white women in to do the work alongside you …. tag them below 👇🏼we can journey together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learning with you, Contd in comments xKaty

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Katy’s page acts as an open discussion forum for white people to be actively antiracist and its intersectionality with feminism. 

Roianne Nedd– 8K followers

Nedd advocates and educates; her feed is filled with powerful quotes and even more powerful food-for-thoughts in their captions. 

Little Miss Flint– 108K followers

Mari Copeny, otherwise known as Little Miss Flint,at only 13 years old,  is best known for raising awareness for the Flint water crisis and racial inequalities. 

Blair Imani– 146K followers

Imani is Black, bisexual and Muslim, bringing a unique and needed perspective to the conversation. 

Benjamin Crump– 161K followers

Crump is a renowned attorney who represented the family of Trayvon Martin and now, George Floyd.

Equal Justice Initiative– 208K followers

The Equal Justice Initiative was founded by Bryon Stevenson, who is the recipient of a multitude of awards and the author of NYT’s bestseller, Just Mercy. The organization seeks to end mass incarceration and racial inequality. 

Ericka Hart– 343K followers

Hart is a sex-educator and a social, gender, and racial justice disrupter. 

Deray Mckesson-168K followers

McKesson is the co-founder of Campaign Zero, which looks at policies aimed to eliminate police brutality. 

We encourage you all to speak up and be actively anti-racist, while also continuing to seek out ways to support the end of systemic racism. As always, we’re here to talk.

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