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#FridayFollow: Black Activists You Need on Your Feed Now and Forever

Protestors for Black Lives Matter

It’s 2021 and there’s zero excuse not to better understand social issues. While it may seem like a cool thing to ask your Black, Indigenous and people of colour friends about the whole race thing when it comes to identity and why they’re not pleased with the current state of things — it’s not. No, you do not get to benefit from the traumas and lived experiences of the marginalized because you’ve been alerted to care and have been coasting along with privilege to keep you afloat. It’s on you to access the necessary info to keep yourself up to speed.

This is why we rounded up some of the best Black activists you can follow to help keep you in the know of what’s actually happening in our world. We’ll be adding new folx to this #FridayFollow each week. Here’s who to follow.

Rachel Cargle explores a range of social justice topics

Exactly. This is someone you should follow to help decolonize your thought processes.

Yves is a queer model and activist who provides the positive representation we need


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Yves isn’t wrong. Remember discomfort can be a good thing; it can mean you’re growing.

Sharon Chuter is an activist who provides inspiration


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Because quoting Toni Morrison will earn a follow in our world. Her fight for economic equality is necessary and never forget, she is part of the movement calling out companies who are “listening and learning” without real diversity and action.

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Racial justice educator Rachel Ricketts will help you get the right info

She holds a law degree and works to dismantle white supremacy and all forms of oppression, and offers healing support and classes to Black and Indigenous women. Check out her website for more.

Layla F. Saad is the author of #MeAndWhiteSupremacy


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After starting an Instagram trend #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, she developed her work into the digital Me and White Supremacy Workbook. It was published in 2020 as the book Me and White Supremacy, which made The New York Times Best Seller list.

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Brittany Packnett Cunningham is an activist, educator and writer

Always calling out for action, this activist is also the host of #UNDISTRACTED. She inspires through truth-telling, provides clear perspectives on what’s happening in our world and helps guide folx when it comes to what to do. She motivates and encourages constant education and learning.

Indya promotes racial justice and trans allyship


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Indya is committed to helping and protecting trans youth through her activism. She amplifies the voices of the trans community, educates her followers, on the issues specifically impacting trans individuals most and provides actionable ways to combat against racism and transphobia.

Stephanie Yeboah is bringing the world self-love, healthy body images and racial justice


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Author of Fattily Ever After, Stephanie is a beauty/fashion influencer who isn’t afraid to be unapologetically fat and Black. Her work focuses on that intersection, starting with dismantling the whiteness of the body positivity movement.

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Black Girls CODE is on a mission to increase the number of women of colour in digital technology


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BGC’s mission is to increase the number of women of color in the digital technology space by introducing girls 7-17 to CS. Because systemic racism isn’t just rampant in our legal code, but the algorithmic infrastructure that runs our tech also reflects the bias of those who coded it; it is found in everything from standardized testing to policing. BGC highlights the need to diversify who gets to write code.

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Aja Barber is an intersectional feminist worth paying attention to


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Sustainability expert Aja Barber writes and speaks on ethics, intersectional feminism, racism and the ways in which systems of power effect our buying habits. During “Blackout Tuesday”, which saw brands and individuals posting a black square on social media in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Barber called out corporations that don’t walk the walk. “We see you brands,” she posted. “We see you capitalising on black pain.”

Reni Eddo-Lodge helps better understand feminism and structural racism


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Author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. Chosen as one of the Top 30 Young Female People in Digital Media by the Guardian in 2014 and listed on Elle’s 100 Inspirational Women list. She’s written for the New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Independent and more.


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Keisha Wiebe will help you decolonize and more


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Decolonial activist Keisha Wiebe talks about intersectionalism, colourism, urban Indigeneity, and classism, pushing for a normalization of mixed Natives. From better understanding privilege to challenging colonial paradigms and more, this activist will help with understanding.

Eboné F. Bell is holding space for the LGBTQ+ community and understands the complexities of intersectionality

Ebone Bell is the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Tagg Magazine, promotes positive representation for queer folx (especially queer womxn of colour). She does a lot of good work for both the Black and LGBTQ+ community as she lives with these intersections. She’s an activist that amplifies messages in the media and across the US through talks on campus and so much more.

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