I’ll be the first to tell you I am not a perfect person, nor have I been the best ally to the black community in the past. I’ve stayed silent like many – felt it wasn’t my place, I didn’t know enough, nobody wanted to hear from me. Like most white people, I have a lot to learn, but I am ready to do the work. I’m definitely not going to get everything right or say everything correctly, but I am wanting and trying to be better. I’m doing my part to get educated by listening, reading and researching. This week I’ve been amplifying black voices on my Instagram stories, as well as donating to several organizations to support black communities nationally and locally. Tomorrow I’ll do more. And the next day. And the day after that. I’m currently working on ways to incorporate more diversity into my content on a regular basis, and am looking forward to continuing my self-reflection, introspection and education on this matter. Because black lives DO matter. All lives can’t matter until black lives matter.
Today I wanted to highlight a number of anti-racism resources, organizations you can donate to and support, as well as share a bunch of black-owned businesses, black creators and activists, and more so you can join me in this ongoing effort. I plan to do more than just post, donate, and SPEAK UP, but figured this post was a good place to start. I hope you’ll join me in making changes, taking action and speaking out against hate.
ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT + DONATE TO
Whether you donate money or your time, here are several organizations that could use your support! This week I have donated to four of these and will be doing monthly donations to a couple going forward.
SIGN THIS PETITION >> JUSTICE FOR BREONNA TAYLOR
NAACP (FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM)
HELPFUL ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES & LINKS
ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES – compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein. This is a giant list of articles, videos, podcasts, books, films + tv, organizations and more anti-racism resources to check out. You may have seen this linked a bunch on people’s InstaStories over the last couple weeks – it is very thorough and a must read!
AN ESSENTIAL READING GUIDE FOR FIGHTING RACISM – BUZZFEED NEWS
A few books I downloaded to my Audible include So You Want To Talk About Race, White Fragility, How To Be Anti-Racist, and Me and White Supremacy. This is a great reading list for how you can explain racism and protest to your kids, and this one is a great roundup of children’s books that celebrate diversity!
SUPPORTING BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES, BRANDS AND RESTAURANTS
Another great way to support the black community locally (and on an ongoing basis!) is to frequent black-owned businesses and restaurants. I focused my research on finding businesses in my area and industry – do some Google research to find lists of black-owned restaurants and businesses in your city! Below are links to some resources with great lists of ones to consider supporting!
SUPPORT BLACK OWNED – Search black-owned businesses by location, category or search terms!
BLACK BIZ DFW – features a solid business directory featuring every industry!
DALLASITES101 – an awesome list of Dallas black-owned restaurants to support!
NORTH TEXAS BLACK BUSINESS DIRECTORY – includes areas around Dallas!
EAT BLACK OWNED – search restaurants by location nationwide!
A TASTE OF KOKO – a list of Austin black-owned restaurants to support!
BLACK FASHION BRANDS TO SUPPORT – from luxury labels like Stella Jean and Cushnie et Ochs, to beachwear and leather goods like Lem Lem and Brother Vellies! While not technically a fashion brand, Estelle Colored Glass is a lifestyle/home brand to check out + shop! Beautiful pieces ideal for entertaining this summer.
BLACK INFLUENCERS, CREATORS, AND ACTIVISTS TO FOLLOW AND SUPPORT
Have you noticed your Instagram is only filled with people who look like you? Or maybe you see influencer trips or brand campaigns only featuring white bloggers/influencers? Some easy ways to support your favorite creators is to engage with their content, visit their website/sign up for their newsletter, buy product through their affiliate links and share their content! Encourage brands to include more people of color in their campaigns, runway shows and photoshoots. Below is a big list of great content creators and activists to consider following and supporting!
BRANDY GUEARY (AUTHENTICALLY B) – BLOG // INSTAGRAM
SHIONA TURINI – INSTAGRAM
ELLIE (SLIP INTO STYLE) – INSTAGRAM
AILSA EMMEL (HAPPY GO CURLY) – INSTAGRAM
GABRIELLE GREGG (GABI FRESH) // INSTAGRAM
WHEMBLEY SEWELL – INSTAGRAM
ASHLEY FORD (SMASHFIZZLE) – INSTAGRAM
Thank you again to those of you who submitted your favorites on Instagram last weekend!! I was already following several of these, but not nearly enough. I’ve discovered some new-to-me, talented content creators I’m so excited to now have in my feed! I do want to note that while I am sharing a bunch of amazing creators you guys recommended, I am not following every single person on this list – just like you would with any content you follow on any medium, some people’s style resonates with me more than others. Find accounts you love and will actually engage with – don’t follow JUST to follow!
PS: I’ll be pinning this post to the “Most Wanted” section of my homepage for easy access any time you visit my blog! Also, please email me if you have any organizations, resources, content creators, etc that I missed and you’d like me to add to this page!