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100 Black Creators To Follow Right Now

In honor of Juneteenth, we’ve put together a showcase of 100 Black creators across all interest categories. The list took less than 20 minutes to put together as Black talent is abundant across the Influencer space.


Jackie Aina– 1.6 million followers

Nyma Tang– 485,000 followers

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power puff curls

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Ohemaa Bonsu– 113,000 followers

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What’s your Favorite Color? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don’t have a fave color, I get obsessed with colors for periods of time. Except this season, I don’t have a color I’m obsessed with. 😔. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❗️The full detailed video of this look is now live on my YouTube Channel : Ohemaa (link in bio))❗️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ MENTIONABLES ——————— CHOKER @trufacebygrace NAILS @kuticle_pressons LASHES @bonsubeauty Ohemaa Trio Eyes @elfcosmetics 16H Camo Concealer @plouise_makeup_academy Rumor 2 @juviasplace Wahala Palette @nyxcosmetics Matte Liquid liner @purcosmetics Fully Charged Mascara SKIN @bennyemakeup Luxury Translucent setting Powder @juviasplace Saharan Blush Palette Vol.1 Lips @anastasiabeverlyhills Undressed Lip Set:Sand ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #eyemakeuptutorial #hairmakeupdiary #makeupforwomenofcolor #make4glam #makeupslavespl #fullfacemakeup #transformation @makeupstallker @maryhadalittleglam @amuahub @makeupforblackwomen @makeupforwomenofcolor @brownmelaninmakeup @afrocentricmakeup @brownmelaninmakeup @beautyslay @makeupnmelanin @muaandmakeovers @muaannouncer_ @muaannouncer_v @hotdropz @naijabestmua @melaninbeautiesunite @hairnbeautydirectory @muaxdiscover @blendingrules @100daysofmakeup @bretmanvanity

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Myla– 49,600 followers

Anthony Walker– 12,200 followers

Whitney Madueke– 71,900 followers

Cydnee Black– 330,000 followers


Jess Gambles– 130,000 followers

Keasia– 22,300 followers

Linda Hurd– 5,544 followers

Natural Hair Me– 5,249 followers

Anouschka Boekhouder– 10,400 followers

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Whitney White– 725,000 followers


BrownSkinDerm– 28,800 followers

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//Puffy-Eyes vs Under-Eye bags vs Dark-circles 👀 : 👁Puffy-Eyes: temp swelling to eyes 🛑Causes: seasonal allergies, diet(eg alcohol/salt cause dehydration but also increased 💧retention causing swelling known as edema), lack of #sleep to name a few. 👉🏾 Can be improved by getting enough sleep, staying hydrated to increase circulation, cool compresses to decrease inflammation, caffein based products to vasoconstrict blood vessels. #Hyaluronicacid & #antioxidants based skincare products for eye area. Oral therapy such as allergy meds. : : 👁Under-Eye Bags: Swelling related to structural integrity of skin such as fat herniation & #skin laxity. Can be genetic or sign of normal aging. Even a combination of both. 👩🏽‍⚕️ Fillers can be useful as well as surgical & radio-frequency procedures to tighten area & stimulate #collagen. : : 👁Dark Under-Eye Circles: 2 notable causes👉🏾genetics and skintone. Under eye skin is naturally thin but in fair skin or those with little under eye fat, underlying veins can be more visible resulting bluish #hyperpigmentation Lack of sleep resulting in venous congestion can worsen appearance. 👩🏽‍⚕️ In some w/ dark skin tone, there is extra pigmentation around the eye area resulting in darkening of these areas especially with irritation. 👉🏾Anatomical features such as prominent #teartrough can increase appearance of dark under-eye circles by casting a shadow. This can be made worse by loss of fat w/ aging 👩🏽‍⚕️ ✔️ #retinoids, #vitaminc, #hyaluronicacid acid, #ceramides, help lighten hyperpigmentation, hydrate & stimulate collagen to plump skin. #fillers & appropriate #lasers along w/ other cosmetic procedures can be employed as well. #brownskinderm #darkundereyes #undereyebags #undereyefiller #undereyebags #eyecare #cosmeticderm #dermauthority #dermatologistrecommended #saturdayvibes #skincare #skincareroutine

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Nayamka Roberts-Smith– 98,400 followers


Kiitan Akinniranye– 770,000 followers

Tomi Obebe– 35,900 followers

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“What is it REALLY like being in an interracial marriage right now?” – It’s a question I’ve gotten a few times from well-meaning friends and a few inquisitive followers. I thought about ignoring, but think it’s important to share how much we’ve grown together. – This is my husband, Will. He’s a white man (surprise!) from small town North Carolina. I’m the daughter of 2 Nigerian immigrants who also grew up in the south. If you’re new around here, Will and I just celebrated our first year of marriage after 5 years of dating! 🤗 Before we got too serious, I remember grilling him about his beliefs. – “What are your thoughts on affirmative action?” – “Would your family have a problem with me?” – “How do you do with spicy food?” (Plot twist. He actually can handle a lot more than me 🌶) – But we’ve never talked about race more than we have in the past month. And while racism isn’t something that’s new to me, it’s been interesting to see this unfold through his lens. Eric Garner and Michael Brown were tragedies that happened so early in our relationship, we barely had a chance to dive into them properly. Our discussions had been mostly superficial, rarely getting to the meat of an issue other than checking to make sure we agreed. – We have more in common than our differences. And I’m proud to have a partner that fights alongside me for social justice. If you want to learn more about how we navigate race together, you can read my latest blog post in my bio. ❤️

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Alicia Tenise– 29,600 followers

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This week has been something else. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Over the past few days, I’ve shared my experiences of growing up black in America. For most of my life, I felt inferior, and it took me way too long to fall in love with my dark skin and appreciate my #BlackGirlMagic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m overwhelmed by the number of black people who have the same story as me, and the amount of non-black people who wanted to listen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m honestly shocked at how much non-black people have shown up this week and have cared about our lives. The allies who are advocating for us. Demanding real change. Shaking up the system. This is a beautiful, historic moment, and I’m proud to call each and every one of you, my family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As our newsfeeds get “back to normal,” I encourage you to keep up the fight. Keep educating yourselves. Making monthly, recurring donations to groups fighting for equality. Demanding change. Denouncing injustice. Supporting black businesses. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I also encourage you to keep listening to melanated voices. I acknowledge my privilege as a straight, cis, thin woman with an upper middle class upbringing, but there are so many more black stories to hear. Diversify your newsfeed, because ALL black lives matter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We’ve got a long fight ahead of us, but I’ve never been so optimistic for change in my entire life. I love you all. Let’s make this a better world for the next generation. 🤍🤎🖤

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Coco Bassey– 198,000 followers

Chizi Duru– 150,000 followers

Sherri McMullen– 2,666 followers

Tenille Murphy– 136,000 followers

Ayana Lage– 47,900 followers

Chrissy Ford– 132,000 followers

Danielle Prescod– 68,800 followers

Sami Miró– 245,000 followers

Mecca James-Williams– 15,900 followers

Gabrielle Gregg– 775,000 followers

Natasha Ndlovu– 102,000 followers

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six weeks ago 🖤

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Elaine Welteroth– 534,000 followers

Hannah Bronfman– 630,000 followers

Yara Shahidi– 5.2 million followers

Salem Mitchell– 381,000 followers

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a beautiful day to be black

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Martina McFlyy– 9,418 followers

Patricia Bright– 1.2 million followers

Chime Edwards– 105,000 followers

Ella Rie– 1.3 million followers

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Satday casual backyard shmood ☀️ @yoshidoll

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Jessamyn Stanley– 430,000 followers

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A word on this transition- stepping forward from downward facing dog to a lunge pose is hard as fuck. It took years for this transition to feel normal in my body. If you are currently falling flat on your face instead of stepping smoothly into downdog, know that I am right there with you because this shit is hard and you are allowed to fall down. Falling down doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you, it makes you a fearless bad bitch. I go into way more detail about this in the air track classes on @theunderbellyyoga so I’m not gonna beat a dead horse here- if you wanna begin or continue your yoga journey, try our free trial and get your life. But right now I’m way less concerned with “teaching yoga” and more just desperate to express how much I identify with anyone who finds it hard to practice this transition. This is hands down one of the most common questions y’all ask. Falling on your face in yoga is just like falling on your face in life. And honestly life is just a series of banana slips on repeat and all that ever happens is we get better at finding a smile when our ass hits the ground. Also shout out to my @theunderbellyyoga team for curating these clips and celebrating the fuck out of the air track this week. Mad love to all of you who are out there slaying your journey and learning how to breathe and be with yourself. I honor you, I love you, I am grateful for you. #ubyoga #everybodyyoga All of @theunderbellyyoga classes are shot & cut by my loves at @bigdoglittlebedproductions

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Brittne Babe– 1.7 million followers

Magda Civil– 155,000 followers

Cassandra Nuama– 25,100 followers

Brandon Carter– 189,000 followers

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🤯 𝙄 𝙃𝘼𝙏𝙀 𝙒𝙊𝙍𝙆𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙊𝙐𝙏 🤯 ⠀ People always spaz out and get mad at me when I say that, but it’s the truth. ⠀ 💥I also 𝙃𝘼𝙏𝙀 𝙏𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙆𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙈𝘼𝘾𝙍𝙊𝙎 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝘾𝘼𝙇𝙊𝙍𝙄𝙀𝙎 🥓 ⠀ 💥I 𝙃𝘼𝙏𝙀 waking up at 4:30 every fucking day.🕛 ⠀ 💥I 𝙃𝘼𝙏𝙀 working 12-14 hour days too.💼 ⠀ So why would someone subject themselves to this? ⠀ I think Muhammad Ali said it best. ⠀ “𝕀 𝕙𝕒𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣𝕪 𝕞𝕚𝕟𝕦𝕥𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕚𝕟𝕚𝕟𝕘, 𝕓𝕦𝕥 𝕀 𝕤𝕒𝕚𝕕, '𝔻𝕠𝕟'𝕥 𝕢𝕦𝕚𝕥. 𝕊𝕦𝕗𝕗𝕖𝕣 𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕝𝕚𝕧𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕥 𝕠𝕗 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕝𝕚𝕗𝕖 𝕒𝕤 𝕒 ℂℍ𝔸𝕄ℙ𝕀𝕆ℕ!!!” ⠀ That’s some of the realist shit ever heard!✊🏾 ⠀ It’s a stark contrast to the touchy-feely “follow your passion”, “love the moment” beta nonsense that the self-help Gurus infiltrate your timeline with.😡 . ⠀ If the GREATEST Boxer of all time is telling you to “𝙎𝙐𝙁𝙁𝙀𝙍 𝙉𝙊𝙒”, then why are all the “new age”, “Neo-hippies” telling you to “LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF EVERYDAY”?🤦🏾‍♂️ ⠀ Because it’s hard to sell a fucking book or program that tells you to “𝙎𝙐𝙁𝙁𝙀𝙍 𝙉𝙊𝙒” ⠀ But it’s EASY to sell you some “manifestation”, “Follow your Bliss”, “be happy-Love yourself” Bullshit ⠀ Because it will give you the 𝙀𝙈𝙊𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉𝘼𝙇 𝙍𝙀𝘼𝘾𝙃 𝘼𝙍𝙊𝙐𝙉𝘿 you need to make yourself feel better about not doing the shit! ⠀ Look 𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝘂𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿, you don’t need to fucking love every minute of your day to be successful. ⠀ 👉🏽 NOBODY EVER “RELAXED”THEIR WAY TO GREATNESS!!!! ⠀ You NEED the discipline to do what you are supposed to do, when you were supposed to do it, no matter if you feel like it or not!💥 ⠀ And you can’t do it once or twice ⠀ It has to be a fucking HABIT! ⠀ Stop wanting it to be “EASY”, and start looking for ways you can PUSH YOURSELF! Do ask “what’s the least I can do?” Ask yourself “HOW FAR CAN I PUSH MYSELF!?!?” . Comment 🔥 below if you agree. Comment 💩 if you think this is bullshit

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DJ Townsel– 100,000 followers

Obi Obadike– 26,600 followers

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Exercising At A Gym💪 • Sometimes when you are going through stress, have a lot of stuff on your mind or going through life crisis situations you need an outlet to release that emotion and tension. • Well that’s what the gym has always done for me. And I believe it does that for many people too. As it allows you to release that stress, emotion or just take your mind away temporarily from whatever you are going through. • Does the problem go away after you leave the gym? No! But I will tell you this when you are done exercising in the gym you will feel a lot better. Forget the vanity aspect of exercise just minimally the mental component of what it does for you is like no other antidepressant drug. • I’ve always said that going to the gym is the best natural antidepressant. So I would advise anybody that has any stress, anxiety, anger, sadness, etc. to vent that out at a gym. If it’s even open in your state…lol hopefully it is:) • And many times you will have a better sense of mental clarity when you are done. I think most people these days need some form of outlet to exercise/vent what they are feeling emotionally, economically and mentally from Covid-19. And what’s going on socially and culturally in our society. • #truth #weightloss #sports #weightlossmotivation #entertainment #morrischestnut #shape #getfit #fatloss #loseweight #fitness #fitnessmotivation #exercise #workout #workoutmotivation #motivation #lifestyle #healthylifestyle #health #healthy #abs #fit #fitfam #fitbody #diet #nutrition #nutritionist #instafit #gym #gymmotivation

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Aurora James– 121,000 followers

Nikki, Meghan, Shay, & Brandy– 67,600 followers

Venita Aspen– 36,400 followers

Thamarr Guerrier– 79,500 followers

Breanna Anastasia– 43,500 followers

Amanda Johnson– 23,600 followers

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👏🏽SO….WHAT DO I DO NOW?👏🏽 (SAVE FOR LATER AND SHARE) _ We’ve protested, we’ve spoken out, we’ve shared info on Instagram….now what? I wanted to list out some next steps that you can take in order to continue to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement today, and every day. Some are easy, some are a little harder! _ 1️⃣ Sign petitions! I have an entire “Support BLM” highlight on my profile with 25+ petitions linked that you can sign. It’ll take less than 10 min to do! These are easy ways to help bring justice and I’ll keep them up for a couple months at least. SO SHARE THEM!! . _ 2️⃣ Play YouTube videos (also linked in my “Support BLM” highlight) of creators who are donating ad revenue to the BLM movement in the background while you’re working! This is SO EASY and if you don’t have a lot of money to donate yourself, this is the perfect solution. _ 3️⃣ Continue to support and uplift bloggers/influencers of color. Y’all, we’ve been vocal about stuff for years! We have been outspoken and we need you to continue to follow us, support us, and amplify our voices as you have with non-POC bloggers/influencers. _ 4️⃣ V O T E!! Okay yes I am aware that honestly neither party in our federal government ~actually~ does anything for Black people for the most part. BUT, you need to be active and outspoken in LOCAL elections in order to make sure your voice is heard in your own community! _ 5️⃣ Educate yourselves!! Please do not expect Black people to go out of our way and FIND you resources. We had to figure a lot of stuff out on our own (because, let’s be honest, Black history is not taught in American schools). Google is your friend! That said, a good place to start is Project Implicit from Harvard AND swiping for some resources. _ These are just a few ways that you can continue what we have started this week! I know talking about race can sometimes be uncomfortable, but the more you speak out, the more change will happen! (Graphics + Info: @booksandthecitypod) #useyourvoice #amplifymelanatedvoices #speakout #donate #georgefloyd

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Kellie Brown– 108,000 followers

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Got some fresh air, highly recommend.

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Nikki Ogunnaike– 44,100 followers

Frédérique Harrel– 187,000 followers

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Sooo since you're (hopefully) on a lock down, I figured I could pick your brain? 😅🙏🏾⁣ For those who know, I'm bringing a little change to the black beauty industry very soon through @radswan 😜 ⁣ We announced our Spring launch back in November. But just like many other businesses right now, we're impacted by the C guy, though thanks to the magic of our team of 5 (and of high-ish speed Internet), we'll be on your heads beginning of Summer ☀️ (sign up to our NL to be one of the first to know – link in bio + stories) ⁣ Our intention is to be innovators, from the product (we're starting with premium synthetic lace front wigs) to the shopping experience. In an industry built on the assumption that we all have mad hair skills, we're building with total novices in mind 🤘🏾so part of that means eliminating confusion as much as we can! ⁣ Cue to my request to pick your brain: we're launching with 4 diff styles (for starters 💃🏾), 1 being an afro (though every style is based off afro natural textures) and I don't know which one of these two we should start with 🤔 (we'll probs have both at some point, just not at launch) ⁣ * Photo 1-4= meet option #1⁣ * Photo 5-7 = meet option #2⁣ 1. Which one would you rock the most ?! ⁣ 2. We're not launching with this shade but with both black and dark brown – but since we're here, also comment with #3 if you'd want this shade sooner rather than later (that'll help us decide if we launch with 2 or 3 shades) ⁣ 3. Our lace fronts look more realistic than any synthetic and/or user friendly option out there, so there's cureently no wig caps options that keep our realistic design (shades are dark brown, or weird beige 😅). We're launching with our own(we're innovators we said 😎), so in the meantime the looks above don't look as natural as they could. ⁣ 4. We want to blow your mind at the right time 😜 hence why I've never shared more close-ups but know that we'll share it alllll just before launch⁣ 5. Unsolicited fashion tip: if like me you came sans hips, I believe shoulder pads were made to both distract and make up for the lost width 👀 6. Hope you're keeping healthy x positive – and thanks for helping a girl out 🙏🏾

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Janelle Marie Lloyd– 125,000 followers

Rajni Jacques– 23,100 followers

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Tiffany Reid– 29,800 followers

Tamu McPherson– 275,000 followers

Imaan Hammam– 917,000 followers

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🤎 @voguemagazine shot by @ethanjamesgreen

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Shiona Turini– 222,000 followers

Jan Quammie– 24,000 followers

EJ Johnson– 713,000 followers

Zerina Akers– 109,000 followers

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Cheek bones on Grace Jones

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Kahlana Barfield Brown– 250,000 followers

Ellie Delphine– 76,900 followers

Claire Sulmers– 223,000 followers

Aleali May– 467,000 followers

Candace Marie– 26,600 followers

Jenee Marie– 102,000 followers

Cynthia Andrew– 229,000 followers

Melissa Holdbrook-Akposoe– 127,000 followers

Brittany Coleman– 43,100 followers

Shelcy & Christy– 50,800 followers

Paola Mathé– 203,000 followers

Karen Blanchard– 148,000 followers

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This has been a historic week and history is still being made and I hope that it doesn’t stop. To all the new followers here hi 👋🏽 I hope that like many corporations are doing right now, that the support is not fleeting because it’s “trending.” because your support through commenting and engaging really helps us to make this our living 🙏🏽 I hope that weeks, months and dare I say years from now, we see a cultural shift taking place across not just the fashion industry but all industries. I hope we get to see, promote and dialogue with all races equally going forward because we really are all one. For the fashion industry that I’m in (and all industries), I hope to see what looks like me in your highest positions (yes plural) of authority in corporations 🙌🏽 . This is an emotional way through the horrific event last week for many of us to be seen, but I hope that you’re able to engage with us and us with you so we literally get to know each other beyond the reason that brought you to me in the first place 🙋🏽‍♀️🙋‍♀️ . Last night I posted a YouTube video on my channel: Karenbritchick on my personal experiences with racism along with others willing to share their experiences too. Thank you to those who did and thank you to those who’ve since left comments under the video sharing their horrific experiences too. You can see the video via the link in my above bio. . They say it takes a village, but on this one it will take the world 🌎 . Karen x

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Dayna Bolden– 80,400 followers

Niqui & Jane– 48,300 followers

Sandra Lambeck– 634,000 followers

Monroe Steele– 73,300 followers

Teaira Walker– 619,000 followers


Angela Davis– 114,000 followers

Millie Peartree– 17,700 followers

Jessica Leckie– 91,900 followers

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Hi there! 👋🏾💕I have a lot of new friendly faces & I wanted to re-introduce myself since I haven't in almost 5 years! My name is Jessica, I'm 29, and I'm the blogger/food photographer/videographer/recipe developer and overall content creator at Jessica in the Kitchen! I'm also a speaker & advocate for de-stigmatising mental health. I've been blogging since 2010 and it's been quite the journey. Before blogging, I was an attorney-at-law and before that (while in law school) I had an at-home baking company!⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ I LOVE food. Cooking is how I express my #blackgirljoy. It's therapeutic, soothing and I literally do a happy dance when I perfect a recipe. I'm very passionate about cooking techniques, food science and cooking from the heart and with love. When sharing recipes, I test them dozens of times (just ask my husband – we currently have 7 batches of vegan butter in the fridge) and take care to honour cultural traditions if I'm sharing recipes from different cultures. Speaking of cultures – I LOVE to travel. I've visited over 22 countries and I'm a repeat traveler – I love re-visiting countries and re-learning and re-exploring. I'm pretty sure my multi-cultural upbringing 🇯🇲🇻🇬 sparked this and the travel bug has always been alive in me. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Okay – now that you're here, what should you expect? I believe in a few things recipe wise: cooking should be easy, approachable, enjoyable and DELICIOUS. I do my best to share budget-friendly & meal-prep recipes. Give them a try – I know you'll love them! How to *support* me as a Black content creator and Black blogger? Engage! Make my recipes, share them on your stories/feed & tag me, and most importantly, leave a review and rating on my blog which helps tremendously! I also have an ebook – a helpful guide to a tasty, meatless lifestyle – Check the link in my bio!⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Thank you so much for being here, and for standing up 🖤. I appreciate you – leave me a comment/ask a question so I can say hi and PLEASE share this post! ❤️ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ #blacklivesmatter #blackfoodbloggers #blavity #blackgirlswhoblog #blackbloggers #blackbusinesswomen #essenceeats #vegan #plantbased #bestofvegan #easyrecipes #blackgirlmagic

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Yolanda Gampp– 2.8 million followers

Kevin Curry– 1.5 million followers

Dominek Tubbs– 6,218 followers

Kai Chase– 6,353 followers

Scotty Scott– 23,800 followers

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Brine Time 👨🏾‍🍳

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Michael Twitty– 36,800 followers

Home Decor:

Janea Brown– 132,000 followers


Ciara Johnson– 69,100 followers

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HALT!! Pause. Stop right there. Are you hungry? Angry? lonely? Tired? These are questions I use to check in with myself when I’m traveling, especially solo. On a trip, there are so many moving parts that make it easy to overlook our basic needs. Interestingly enough, this weird time at home has caused me to check in just as much, if not more – despite the fact that nothing at all seems to be happening . Here’s what that usually looks like and how it looks now: ⁣ ⁣ Hungry – “Have I eaten? Have I drank enough water? I’ve gone from bus to train to plane without eating. I should probably eat.” ⁣ ⁣ Angry – “Has anyone or anything pissed me off? That train I missed? The person that cut me in line? Do I need to process anything or let something/someone go?” Time to whip out the journal, meditate/pray, workout, turn on my favorite song, etc. These are all things that can be done currently in the comfort of your home. ⁣ ⁣ Lonely – “Do I need to phone a friend? Do I need to move from my stunning(but lonely) airbnb/hotel to a hostel so that I can be around others? Maybe I should go to the park or a local coffeeshop.” Right now? You might use House Party app to FT friends or social distance with a friend outdoors. ⁣ ⁣ Tired – “I live for an adventure, but Lord knows I need my rest. Should I stay in and catch up on sleep tonight? Do I need to take a nap?” Currently, if you’re anything like me, you may ask yourself if living like a nocturnal creature is serving you. Shoutout to quarantine sleep patterns! ⁣ ⁣ We ALL know what it’s like to be HANGRY, let alone all of these things at once. Once we take a tiny bite of food we feel like ourselves again. Traveling alone has really taught me to tune into how I’m feeling and well, since there’s nobody to distract me, I must constantly ask myself where I’m at – mentally. Oftentimes, I simply need to attune to my basic needs. It usually makes a world of difference in the end. ⁣ ⁣ Many people are currently alone and I know that it may be strange to feel so much at once. Don’t forget to check in with yourself! How are you feeling? Photo: Solo in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.

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Chelsea Olivia– 210,000 followers

Oneika Raymond– 91,800 followers

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🌍HAPPY AFRICA DAY (one day late)! 🌍 While the Motherland is one of the continents I love visiting the most, it's coincidentally the one I've explored the least! I've travelled to 14 of 54 countries in Africa, which is roughly only about 25% of the continent. SWIPE to see some throwback pics of my trips. ___ 🌍So far I've been to Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia and every country has been a vibe! For example, I could totally see myself living in Dakar (Senegalese hospitality aka teranga is EVERYTHING), the biodiversity of Chobe National Park in Botswana is mindblowing (especially the elephants), and I will gladly eat my way through Ethiopia again (note to self: must do another food tour in Addis). ___ 🌍Africa is so innovative, culturally diverse, and geographically vast that I think that you need a lot of time and a good amount of coins to experience it properly. My first trips to the continent were to Morocco in 2004 and then to Kenya and Tanzania in 2009. ___ 🌍Nigeria and Namibia are at the top of my ever-growing list of African countries I want to visit next, though with everything going on right now I don't see myself returning to the continent until 2021. Luckily I have loads of pictures and memories to keep me entertained in the meantime. ___ 🌍Are you African and/or have you ever been to the continent? Where? And which countries would you like to visit most if time and money weren't factors?

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Erick Prince– 29,800 followers

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This shot probably terrifies people right now. But I find solace in the beautiful chaos of it all. Today I was able to have a chat with @dipyourtoesin about Story Telling Through Travel Photography. A topic I know and love. The conversation had me looking through some previous documentary photography gigs, and I was quickly reminded of events like this. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Currently, in the states, there's a HUGE debate around religious gatherings. I'm assuming the same discussion is being had elsewhere as well. And the positions of appropriateness/responsibility vs. personal freedom and rights are at odds. Which I find fascinating. Because I'm not exactly sure where I stand on the topic. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ I'm a huge advocate for personal rights and freedoms. I believe people should be able to do whatever stupid thing they want as long as they don't later whine for help from others when they get in trouble/hurt. BUT when you're putting others in danger (according to leading minds on the subject which I may or may not agree with) should your "freedom" be suspended? Who determines the line? What are we willing to give up for perceived safety? ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Attending events like Thaipusam opened my eyes to a different perspective on life. A different way forward. A different spirit and energy. Looking back at experiences like this, I worry a bit for what comes next. As things change, will we see such community gatherings again? ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ What are your thoughts? Should people suspend certain rights for the benefit of others?

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Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström– 9,615 followers

Olivia Christine– 16,600 followers

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I HOPE YOU STAY FOR MY JOY • you ever feel like the only time “diversity matters” is when someone’s wallet is affected? Or when it’s a specific occasion (history month, protests, etc.) Or when we’re screaming from the mountaintops holding people accountable (and so they subsequently act only to protect their image). . It’s a big issue i have with Hollywood actually. Black and brown actors often only get recognition if they play stereotyped roles or stories of oppression /equality movements. When are we going to be loved for our joy too? For our normalcy? Why do we have to become activists or a hashtag in order for you to MUTE, LISTEN, and SUPPORT? Don’t you see that our very act of living, breathing, and BEING is a movement? That my stepping outside to claim the outdoors, traveling, embracing joy, and living a life well lived is a statement? Because if you don’t actively take part in being anti-racist, support Black creators when it’s not trendy, and start normalizing diversity, then you’re sending a very clear message: YOU’RE NOT HERE FOR OUR JOY. I love being joyous. My dimples and expressive eyebrows give me away every time, and i unapologetically clap or cackle when I laugh (that is, when I’m not wheezing 😂). . I’m also an empath and sensitive, and will walk you into a deep conversation you didn’t ask for (sorry in advance). . I’m opinionated and deeply observant. I seek peace, nature, food, and color where ever I go and choose to share that joy with you on this platform. I reflect….a lot… often in the form of too-long captions like these. And as someone with an autoimmune disease I have a lifelong goal to eradicate stress from my life (current status: kinda failing). . Anyway, sending a warm welcome to my new followers ❤️ i hope i inspire you to pursue (or keep living) a mindful, joyous, traveling life. . . . . #amplifymelanatedvoices #amplifyblackvoices #latvia🇱🇻 #rigalatvia #rigaoldtown #europetravels #travellatina #blacktraveljourney #blacklivesmatter✊🏾 #joyinthejourney #blackjoy #adidasterrex

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Ashlee Tuck– 6,594 followers

Travis Levius– 3,851 followers

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🔮 Manifest That Ish: Chicago Edition 🔮⁣ ⁣ 2009 & 2013: 1st and 2nd time in Chicago.⁣ ⁣ Though on a backpacker-ish budget, I had dreams of luxury travel, so I decided to align myself with at least one five-star experience in the city. Enter: Four Seasons Chicago. ⁣ ⁣ Paying for a room was out of the question, and body massages started in the $100’s, so I opted for a pedicure at their world-class spa, which still granted me access to their skyline-facing pool/jacuzzi and spa facilities.⁣ ⁣ I understood that immersing yourself in your dream life—instead of just “dreaming” of your dream life—makes things all the more real. ⁣ ⁣ ⚡️⚡️⚡️⁣ ⁣ Sept 2019: 3rd time’s the charm, it seems.⁣ ⁣ I return to Chicago and to that spa, melanin glistenin’ from a full body massage 💆🏿‍♂️ , and took a dip in that oh-so-familiar pool…pinching myself that I was being PAID to be here 🤯⁣ ⁣ Never did I think those constant travel dreams would lead me to a writing career where I’d get paid to see the world. I knew the WHAT and didn’t fluster myself with the HOW.⁣ ⁣ So, don’t be afraid to start aligning yourself with where you want to be or who you want to become, no matter how out-of-reach it seems today. ⁣ ⁣ ❓❓Have you ever tried aligning/immersing yourself in an intended goal/dream and it would later come true for you? Let the people know! ⁣ ⁣

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