It’s Black Women’s History Month, and we need to get to work. Follow these amazing women to learn more about destabilising racism in our communities and how we can further support black women.
Rachel Cargle is a writer and lecturer “building an intellectual legacy by storytelling, public teaching, and critical discourse”. She uses her social media platform to discuss toxic feminism, racism and oppression, book recommendations, and her online courses.
Her social platforms are linked to her Patreon page where you can pay to access her academic writing, resources, and critical essays. Rachel’s page raises awareness of how all too often white women call upon black women for their own learning without compensating or appreciating their emotional labour.
She also has a Therapy Fund for Black Women and Girls, and is also conducting an ancestral library project which you can support.
Munroe is a truly amazing British social activist, and fashion model. Her social platforms explore her experience in the world as a Black, trans, queer woman. Follow Munroe if you love beautiful photography, glamorous photoshoots, advocacy, meaningful quotes and LGBTQ+ news. Munroe is pioneering a space for Black and trans women in the fashion industry, and is raising awareness about important issues affecting these communities and their gateways into popular culture. The TEDx speaker, Women’s March speaker, writer, and Dazed Beauty editor is a powerful and empowering women we all need to follow!
Layla F Saad
Layla is an inspiring writer, teacher and podcaster, using her social platforms to “teach the world how to love ourselves, and how to create a more loving world”. Layla is a Black, Muslim woman, whose workbook “Me and White Supremacy” has been downloaded by more than 72k people worldwide. This free workbook is available via links on her platforms, and aims to facilitate mass cultural evolution across families, businesses industries, educational institutions, spiritual communities, and more. She is also the host of the Good Ancestor podcast, a series of interviews with people exploring what it means to be a good ancestor in their life’s work. Layla also offers free and paid classes “LearnWithLayla” to assist people with white privilege to do their work around anti-racism.
Kendriana is an African creative curating action, conversation and stories. She created Rad Black Lit, an interactive quarterly literature club and newsletter featuring the work of Black creatives, and also created Melanin On Digital, which is an alternative space and art/tech message board for women, femmes and non-binary AFAB people of colour. Her social space also sheds light on gentrification, politics, and intersectionality.
Woke Brown Fem
Woke Brown Fem is an Instagram account run by multiple women of colour advocating growth, education and activism. Their colourful and carefully curated feed focuses on their pop up workshops, calls to action, and awareness raising. Definitely follow them for share-able quotes, inspirational words, and empowering messages.
Ask a Person of Colour
This unique Instagram platform is a safe space for non-POC (people of colour) to ask questions to a community of POC. They ask a minimum £1 donation to Food For Thoughts SL to have a question answered. A lot of the questions pull focus on appropriation, popular culture, white feminism, and unpicking racism in society.
Britt Hawthorne has created a wonderful social space navigating microaggressions, anti-racism work, white saviour complex, education and activism. She is also one half of the Anti Racist Book Club. Like a few others on this list, Britt has a Patreon page where you can find more of her educational resources.
Three Token Brown Girls
Three Token Brown Girls is a platform educating allies and accomplices, and protecting and amplifying marginalized voices. Their Instagram posts informative messages about marginalized groups to aid and inform, and also educate about hurtful words and actions from white people against these groups. There’s always work and learning to be done, and this account is a wonderful place to start.
Leesa Renee Hall
Leesa is an inspiring content creator, author of 8 books, and creator of Unpack Biases Now. Her platform centres around advocacy and teaching, linking to her important lessons like “Crippling Gender-Based Oppression”, “White Triangulation”, and “Why saying ‘Google is your friend’, does not work in unpacking unconscious biases”. Leesa’s work also includes creating expressive writing prompts to help what she’s coined “Highly Sensitive Introverted Leaders” (HSIL) to unpack their unconscious biases around skin colour, race, and privilege, as well as pinpoint the source of their loose boundaries, decolonize their ancestry and heal generational wounds, and stop allowing algorithm bias putting them into digitally segregated neighbourhoods. She stresses: “Doing the work as a HSIL takes a different approach, one that is based on reflection, introspection, and contemplation. Because trying to stand with (not for) black, indigenous, and other people of colour based on nothing more than emotion means that once that emotion wears off, you’ll abandon them when planning the vacation, holiday get-together, or snagging an online deal becomes way more important. BIPOC do not need Drive By Allies – here today to pop off their outrage, gone tomorrow when they’ve emptied their ‘activist barrel’.”
No White Saviours
No White Saviours are doing hugely important work, and they use their Instagram platform to educate the internet about the danger of being a “white saviour” and damaging vulnerable communities in the process. Their grid documents news stories, harmful photos, and further instances whereby white people have framed themselves as “heroes” when placing themselves within vulnerable communities and minority groups they are meant to be supporting. They have recently unpicked white supremacy and how diversity doesn’t make you non-racist, the ever-problematic selfie with a child from a community voluntourists are visiting, and how to best support communities that benefit from aid and help without putting oneself at the centre of the frame. One of their recent quotes read: “We need to address the symptom and the system.” The account is run primarily by black women and women of colour, as well as one “recovering white saviour”. If you have done volunteer work and feel you need to reflect on your approach to your experience, or how you documented it, this is definitely a resource for you that you need to follow. Similarly, for those who haven’t embarked on this kind of activity, the knowledge shared on this platform is invaluable, and useful to everyone, and extremely informative.