10 Black leaders you should follow on IG

Without further ado and in no particular order:

Rachel Cargle @Rachel.Cargle

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Good night 🌙 Just something to sleep on. • Claiming that you’re nice in this country and thinking that’s enough is like walking past a burning house and calling the flames pretty. • In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist.” — Angela Davis. • Because the truth is, lives are on the line. #dothework • p.s. thank you so much to those who are part of my @thegreatunlearn community who were engaged in last months topic of unlearning America Birth Story. The recording of our live Office Hours with our expert Valerie Wade of @lynnfieldhistorical is available now on our learning platform and the new syllabus for the month (which is simply the accompanying document to my public address) titled Revolution Now has been posted in case you missed it. • If you’re interested in being part of my self priced and self paced online community of (un)learners you can head to the link in my bio or take a peek at the FAQ in my highlights titled #TGU

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Amanda Seales @amandaseales

Ijeoma Oluo @ijeomaoluo

Tarana Burke @taranajaneen

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I see there is some confusion around Black Out Tuesday but whatever the confusion I’m ok with a day of rest and solidarity, especially for those of us who are carrying more than usual in this moment. I’m any event, if it’s true that we are to focus on Black folks today I want to share resources for *us* in this moment. Lots floating around for other folks to learn more about Black folks but Black folks actually need all kinds of support in this moment including learning and unpacking, joy and laughter, healing and peace. I already know I’ve forgotten a few like my girl @luvvie on the list so please feel free to share in the comments. If you resting today – I pray your respite is fulfilling. If you you are fighting today – I pray for a moment of respite for you. ❤️🖤💚 #BlackLivesMatter #WeAllWeGot Everyone is tagged! PS – The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag is PRECISELY for a post like this. The request is not to use it on BLACK BOX. Posts so that resources aren’t blocked. These are *resources* for Black people.

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Patrisse Cullors-Brignac @osopepatrisse

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And sometimes the headlines get it right. So grateful for this @hollywoodreporter interview discussing the work I get to do every single day. Such an honor. Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, is not merely an activist — she's a modern-day abolitionist. And as protests over racism, inequality and police brutality have exploded worldwide, Cullors says the answer does not lie in holding police accountable with better training and body cameras. Instead, she demands defunding law enforcement so that black and brown people can be free from what she calls a "well-funded army" that "occupies" them. (In the city of L.A.'s proposed 2020-21 budget, 54 percent of municipal funds would go to the LAPD.) #DefundThePolice Make up: @latoyaadeshaun Dress: @ovonion

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Janet Mock @janetmock

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Power to the people‼️‼️‼️Stonewall was a riot. Not a parade or a dance party. It was a RIOT against the POLICE who consistently raided queer establishments, the only safe spaces where our people could gather in community. Our forebears were FED THE FUCK UP. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera (pictured) and their comrades including Stormé DeLarverie were frankly OVER IT. And because of their RIGHTEOUS OUTRAGE and COURAGE to RESIST policing, surveillance, and brutality many of us benefit today. We cannot forget that the folks who were the first to push back were BLACK and BROWN TRANS and QUEER PEOPLE, and today, BLACK PEOPLE are still having to fight for our right to exist without threat. As you prepare to celebrate and mark pride, remember that equality has not been reached for us, and respectability politics (“doing it the right way”) has rarely worked for those most marginalized, invisibilized and silenced. #happypride #stonewallwasariot I AM CELEBRATING PRIDE BY GIVING TO @transjusticefp which redirects funds directly to grassroots trans justice groups run by and for trans people.

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Alicia Garza @chasinggarza

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#StayFocused #blacklivesmatter #GeorgeFloyd

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urdoingreat @urdoingreat

Layla Saad @laylafsaad

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Black LIFE matters.

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Brittany Packnett @mspackyetti

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🗣️PER MY PERVIOUS EMAIL, er, post: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌳If we understand the roots of the tree, we understand the fruits of the tree. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🚔Property has always meant more to America than Black lives. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‼️We know by how America treated Black lives when we were property. Slave Patrols never protected Black PEOPLE-they protected enslavers’ PROPERTY. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🧠Knowledge is power. Let’s keep learning so we can deepen our power. 📓Keep up the pressure from wherever you are via @colorofchange, fightforbreonna.org, and @CampaignZERO. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My latest with @MSNBC. Let’s get free. ❤️✊🏾 #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaykor

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Black Lives Matter

We’re in the middle of a surge of anti-racist action right now, due to the recent horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black lives. It has been a full 8 years since Trayvon Martin was murdered—setting off the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement—and this trend of devaluing black lives and police abuse of black bodies has not slowed. It’s heartening to see how active so many people are getting right now, while also completely heartbreaking that it’s taken so many tragic deaths for us to get here. We need to keep up this momentum so that we can begin to end this cycle. White folks like myself especially need to step up. We need to educate ourselves and take any and all action we can—speaking with our loved ones and neighbors, attending protests, donating, and more.

Here are a few ways to get started.

Check out the Black Lives Matter website, sign their petition to defund the police, and check if your area has a local chapter to connect to actions in your community.

Follow along with the week of action organized by the Movement for Black Lives that’s happening now. For each day they’re sharing a variety of big and small ways to take action and resources to help. They also have really in depth descriptions of what they’re specifically fighting for and why—take a moment to familiarize yourself with these goals.

Sign the petitions to demand justice for George Floyd and for Breonna Taylor.

Read this: Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter”

Let me be clear: our stating that black lives matter doesn’t insinuate that other lives don’t. Of course all lives matter. That doesn’t even need to be said. But the fact that white people get so upset about the term black lives matter is proof that nothing can center the wellbeing and livelihoods of black bodies without white people assuming it is to their demise.


My favorite work from home tip

Make your work space nice. 

It seems kind of basic, but it makes a huge difference. This doesn’t mean you need to create a dedicated home office or buy a bunch of fancy notepads and paper clips. I just mean take a few moments before you sit down to work to nest a little. Here’s what that entails for me:

  1. Tidy up the space if needed. Move used coffee cups to the kitchen, put scattered pens in their designated holder, stack those miscellaneous papers into a neat pile. Boom, that’s it. Don’t actually WASH that used mug or start sorting papers—that’s a recipe for procrastination. Just neaten up a bit so you start your day a little more organized.
  2. Accumulate the necessary work comforts. In order to actually get anything done, I need a mug of coffee and a glass of water by my side at all times. I tend to like having my phone nearby, but that’s debateable in its helpfulness. And I need my headphones within arm’s reach in case the neighbor kids start screaming.
  3. Create the right ambiance. Take a minute to sit at your workspace and assess your current mood. Then figure out what kind of atmosphere you need to create in order to make it a successful work day. Feeling sleepy? Cue up the Lizzo playlist to give yourself a boost. Stressing about the work ahead of you? Light a scented candle and put on your comfiest leggings. Starting to feel stir crazy? Open all the windows and blinds in your space, or even consider working outside if you can.

See? Not complicated or time consuming, but SO much better than plopping down in front of your computer amidst a mess of papers and needing to interrupt yourself every 5 minutes to grab coffee, then find a snack, then go down a rabbit hole searching for the right playlist.

Spring>summer mental health check in

Summer turned on over the weekend. It miraculously happens every year during Memorial Day weekend. Our chilly and overcast days became hot and sunny overnight.

Incidentally, my mood also made a major switch. I felt GOOD this weekend. Like, the best I have in months. I felt happy and had plenty of energy to do a bunch of stuff on what would normally be a lazy weekend day. It’s all tied to the sun, I’m sure. I feel like an extra fussy houseplant. I need plenty of direct sunlight or I wilt.

It really makes no sense that I live in one of the top 10 cloudiest states in the US.

The nice weather has meant I’m spending a lot more time outside, which is a mood booster for me even in less sunny weather. I’ve been either going for a run or a walk every day this month, and spending tons of time out on the front porch reading, scrolling on my phone, or just hanging out with a cup of coffee.

This is good for me. I need to keep it up so I can get the most out of these short summer months.

Some things about me

I’ve always liked doing these little questionnaires since back in my Livejournal days. They’re fun and informative! Here are some things about me:

  1. Do you have any phobias? I’m afraid of butterflies and moths
  2. Do you have any piercings or tattoos? Pierced ears and septum. No tattoos.
  3. Do you have children? No and I don’t want any
  4. Do you speak any different languages? Spanish, rustily
  5. Have you ever met any celebrities? I met Michelle Obama once and it was incredible. 
  6. How are you feeling right now? Sleepy
  7. What did you last eat? Veggie burger and lime La Croix
  8. What’s one goal you would like to accomplish this year? Launch an Etsy shop for printable planners
  9. What’s your favorite dessert? Cannoli
  10. What’s your favorite drink? Coffee
  11. What’s your favorite snack? Popcorn
  12. What’s your favorite season? Summer
  13. What’s your favorite TV show? Adventure Time
  14. What’s your star sign? Capricorn
  15. What’s the last song you’ve listened to? Smidley – Under the Table
  1. Cookies or cake?
  2. Cat or dog?
  3. Pancakes or waffles?
  4. Hot chocolate or coffee?
  5. Morning or evening?
  6. Text message or call?
  7. Library or museums?
  8. Summer or winter?
  9. Book or movie?
  10. Tea or coffee?
  11. Chocolate or vanilla?
  12. Comedy or horror?
  13. Painting or drawing?
  14. Reading or writing?
  15. Introvert or extrovert?