Today, a lot of the world has gone quiet with #blackoutTuesday posts filling up social feeds. I added my own, and spent the time I would’ve usually used posting on reading posts and learning about racism, white privilege and what’s happening in the US today. I shared some of my findings in my stories, but I felt like it just wasn’t enough – stories are temporary, and what happens after this initial wave of anger and action quiets back down?

I took to my community to ask them who they love to follow on Instagram. (If Insta’s not your platform of choice, feel free to look these peeps up where you hang out on the interwebs.) Even though my community is primarily for spiritual discussions, I didn’t want that to be a criteria. (Because lots of stuff feels good and has nothing to do with spirituality.)  I wanted to know whose posts uplift you, inspire you, make you happy. (Or maybe it’s not how they show up online specifically, it’s what they write or the music or art they make – all of it counts.)

If you’re a member of the community and you’d like to contribute to the list, you can find the post here. If you’re not yet and you’d like to join, you can do that here.

One of the first things I noticed about the black squares taking over Instagram is how much space they occupied in my feed. The majority of posts that weren’t black squares were people posting whatever – memes, family pics, you name it – like they were oblivious of the movement taking place. (I get it – my pre-scheduled posts went out this weekend too, but come on.) Judgment aside, what this told me was my feed was WHITE AF, and I wanted to change that. So if you find yourself in the same boat, check out the accounts below to see if maybe there’s someone there that may expand the point of view in your social feeds.

Here’s the round up of the accounts my peeps love keeping up with:

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do You Eat The First & Last Slice of A Loaf if Bread? | If you’re like me & you eat it Drop 🍞🍞🍞 | if you’re like my crazy ass fiancé @theianjordan drop 🤮🤮🤮 I need to know! #GreatBreadDebate A post shared by Karamo (@karamo) on


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Streaming Quarantine Queen 👑💕 A post shared by TODRICK (@todrick) on

 

 
 
 
 
 
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learning. growing. feeling (all the feels). fucking up. creating. singing. resting. healing. praying. loving. wowing. humaning. what a time to be alive!!! how are you?

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If I was going to give my last decade a theme, it would be growth.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Even over the last two years, I’ve done things I would have considered impossible a few years ago. There was a time when once I was uncomfortable, I would stop. I wanted to share three recent things that I have learned I am capable of once I worked through the uncomfortableness:⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 💪 Slowing down how quickly I speak, and thanks to @tunjiandrews, I have the opportunity to share my thoughts on live radio almost weekly – no one complains about my pace. 📻⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 💪 Working for myself. A few years ago, I would have told you that I would never work for myself and that I had no good ideas to start a business. 🤣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 💪 Finally, sharing my thoughts on social media. It is a massive step for me. For the longest time, I thought I had nothing important to share, but I do, and I know that doing so will bring me closer to how I want to live my life, and hopefully, my content will help someone out there know they are not alone.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I believe that growth is having a constant focus on your evolution and expanding opportunities. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In my highlights, I share my approach to successfully shaping my next year (20/20). Just that shift in believing I can have an impact on my life and that I can get better with practice has opened me to so many opportunities. My focus is on my attitude and how I want to feel. With that in check, I have found everything else has followed.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Forget the next ten years. Coaching is all about taking small sustainable steps towards your ‘big hairy goals’ now – where are you looking to focus for the next year? How do you want to feel? What attitude do you need to have? It will probably shift and be uncomfortable every so often but just keep working at it – it will be worth it.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 📷 @lordbanks thank you for putting up with my many faces and for sharing these stills. 👉 They crack me up!⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #businesscoach #coach #business #leadership #executivecoach #leader #professionaldevelopment #entrepreneur #leadershiptips #akuanm #alternatively

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In case you’ve already watched every video on Youtube! Here’s another one! 😀 Watch the FULL version at Youtube.com/TrevorNoah (Link in bio & story) A post shared by Trevor Noah (@trevornoah) on

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I rested up. I slept real deep. I gave myself permission to laugh and be loved on when my black joy felt like the only resistance I could muster at the moment. • The statement was made by @staceyannchin that between covid19 and the gut wrenching experience of fighting for our lives, black people can’t seem to catch a breath. So in protest I inhaled and exhaled my way through the last 48 hours. Determined to catch air to be able to continue in the fight. We are not backing down, we are not letting the system exhaust us into submission. We show up again & with strength. For ourselves and each other. • The words of freedom fighters in the past have fortified me. They always have — my bookshelf bursts at the seams with what I call love letters from Angela Davis, Mary Church Terrell, Florynce Kennedy, Fannie Lou Hammer. If you don’t know these names, google them – we all need their voices. • Thi week was supposed to be the official launch of my new bookstore & writing centre. It’s called @elizabethsofakron. I decided that it’s role here and now is less about the celebration of its birth but more so the application of its intent. • If you head to the link in my bio my team and I have curated a #Revolution Book List that is shelved on the virtual site of Elizabeth’s right now. It will be added to and updated often so that the words that are ringing clear and true and with urgency in my ears can do the same for you. Books are for purchase starting now. The books I handpicked for this list are excellent resources as you deep dive into my equation mentioned in my public address on Revolution: Knowledge+Empathy+Action. • What’s best is that a percentage of all book sales (those on the #Revolution reading list and all others) purchased through @elizabethsofakron will be donated to @thelovelandfoundation — where we work to provide free mental health care services to Black’s women and girls and I can’t tell you how critical this is for the black women and girls who are existing in the US right now more than ever. Often the rock of families and communities I am committed to fortifying black women again & again & again. • Big love, Rachel (follow @elizabethsofakron)

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Hello Unlearners! • The replay of this months Office Hours session with Valerie Wade is now available on our TGU platform. • Be sure to grab a pen and paper as there were lots of suggested research dropped by Valarie. • Plus we had a bit of frustrated viewer whom I had to remind that this work is not a gold star course that come to completion at any particular point in time. Anti racism work is ongoing knowledge + empathy +action. • I’m so glad you all are here to unlearn alongside me. • If you haven’t yet invested in being a part of The Great Unlearn I want to invite you to be a part of this community effort to show up more informed, more intentional. • #TGU is a self priced (starting at $5) and self paced learning community where every month I bring in a expert to guide us through unlearning our whitewashed colonized understanding of the world. With downloads, live events and resources each month you really get a chance to dive into things you didn’t know you needed to unlearn — you will exist differently in the world as a result. • Head to the link in the bio to get more details on how to join. A post shared by The Great Unlearn (@thegreatunlearn) on


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m excited to let you know that on May 6, @Netflix will release BECOMING, a documentary film directed by @nadiahallgren that looks at my life and the experiences I had while touring following the release of my memoir. Those months I spent traveling—meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe—drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep and real and can’t be messed with. In groups large and small, young and old, unique and united, we came together and shared stories, filling those spaces with our joys, worries, and dreams. We processed the past and imagined a better future. In talking about the idea of ‘becoming,’ many of us dared to say our hopes out loud. I treasure the memories and that sense of connection now more than ever, as we struggle together to weather this pandemic, as we care for our loved ones, and cope with loss, confusion, and uncertainty. It’s hard these days to feel grounded or hopeful, but I hope that like me, you’ll find joy and a bit of respite in what Nadia has made. Because she’s a rare talent, someone whose intelligence and compassion for others comes through in every frame she shoots. Most importantly, she understands the meaning of community, the power of community, and her work is magically able to depict it. As many of you know, I’m a hugger. My whole life, I’ve seen it as the most natural and equalizing gesture one human can make toward another—the easiest way of saying, “I’m here for you.” And this is one of the toughest parts of our new reality: Things that once felt simple—going to see a friend, sitting with someone who is hurting, embracing someone new—are now not simple at all. But I’m here for you. And I know you are here for one another. Even as we can no longer safely gather we need to stay open and able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Empathy is our lifeline here. Let’s use it to redirect our attention toward what matters most, and find ways to better remake the world in the image of our hopes. Even in hard times, our stories help cement our values and strengthen our connections. Sharing them shows us the way forward. I love and miss you all. #IAmBecoming. A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hope y’all hear what I’m saying!!

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Sending love and vibes of support from my hometown to all those around the country (and globe) who need to feel it today. Stay informed, stay communicating, stay active, and stay safe. ✊🏾🖤🌈 #blacklivesmatter A post shared by Shangela (DJ) (@itsshangela) on

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hi fam! A lot of new folks on here so I want to introduce myself👋🏾 I am a designer, researcher and writer in the wellness space. I have degrees in both social welfare and user experience design; and I use both to design digital and physical experiences that promote inclusive wellness. Colonial + racial trauma are at the center of my work on here because as it stands, the wellness space is not intersectional. People often think that anti-racism work and decolonization work have nothing to do with wellness. In reality, oppressive systems damage the wellbeing of Black, Indigenous and POC communities every. single. day. This is a soft landing place for those who have been told that their experiences with institutional, interpersonal and internalized oppression do not matter. I hope you find some sort of home in what we’re creating here. We deserve more spaces for healing. If you are an ally who is here to listen to how racism and colonialism affect the wellbeing of BIPOC – welcome! Just be mindful not to disrespect the experiences shared by BIPOC on here. That means no invalidating, no gaslighting, no “devils advocate”, no centering your own story.〰️

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@jasonreynolds83 and I chatted about #StampedBook and more with Brittany and Eric @thenodshow, one of the best new shows on Quibi!‬ A post shared by Ibram X. Kendi (@ibramxk) on

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#TBT 🌺💕 📸 @piokky

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I’m supposed to be doing call time but instead I am having an emotional moment (campaign managers don’t kill me 😂) but never in a million years did ever think I would be voting for myself to become a congresswoman. I have been through so much in my life and there were times when I just wanted to give up. I’ve been knocked down so many times. Being incarcerated as a child for suffering from depression after losing my aunt, incarcerated because I was poor and couldn’t afford to pay traffic tickets, almost dying because my insurance company wouldn’t cover my life saving medications after having a pulmonary embolism. I was stuck in a vicious cycle and now I’m fighting to stop the cycle, the end the stigma and make sure that what we all go through each day is no longer seen as “normal.” I’m ready to shake things up and make people feel uncomfortable so that WE can be safe. I’m ready to win. #Mckayla2020

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My momma said this hair made me look “grown” lol.

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Hey friends. I’m going to be taking some intentional time away from social media for the rest of this month. God said I have to stop, sit my ass down, and listen. Deep work in the external world requires deep work in the internal world. Quiet, rest, surrender, listening, dream time, journaling, and communicating with the Divine are how I recalibrate my center, recommit to my purpose, and receive the instructions for the next step of the journey. ••• We are the co-creating #goodancestors of the new world that’s coming. I want to hear what God, my ancestors and my higher self want me to know about who I am here to be and what I am here to do as we collectively move forward into the unchartered terrain of this new world. I’m also entering into a new era of my life – I can feel it – and I want to be fully present for what is waiting to give rise within me. ••• I’ll be back at the start of June with new podcast episodes, new #LiveWithLayla’s, a new masterclass, and whatever next instructions I receive in my time of intentional listening. I wish you all the best for the remaining 11 days of this month. I wish my Muslim sisters, brothers, and siblings Eid Mubarak in a few days’ time. And I wish us continued TLC (Truth, Love & Commitment) as we tear down the old world and dream the new. See you on the other side. ••• P.S. If you’re wondering about how to support my work while I’m away, one tangible way to do so is to continue to share my book #MeAndWhiteSupremacy. MAWS is currently on the US Indie Bestsellers list for the second week running (it’s at #10 this week, up from #15 last week)!! Please continue to do the work and share the work, so that we can reach even more people and create even more change. A huge thank you to everyone who has already bought and shared the book – I appreciate you! A post shared by LAYLA THEE ANCESTRESS (@laylafsaad) on

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hey My Loves! We are BACK!!! And my gratitude for all of you is so deep right now. Our time with @QueenAfua was EPIC. All my healers in the house make some noise! There were so many quotables, I don’t even know where to begin!!! “This is the crossroads, the portal to infinite wisdom has always been open. But now, people are tapping in. We are the portal and if we keep opening up and purifying ourselves then WE will be tapping in.” What!? If you want to understand what this Sacred Pause moment is really about, then you must, must, must watch this session! Get there. Tonight, we are going to stay in the momentum of this conversation as we take stock of this new moment we find ourselves in. Things are starting to open up- but what does that really mean? There are 3 gifts that this Sacred Pause moment is carrying and these gifts represent the work we as leaders are being asked to do for this next era – on behalf of the planet and ourselves. As we begin to contemplate this “new normal”, what should we be paying attention to? As we prepare for this next chapter, how do we set ourselves up for success as we approach this new curve in the road? Join me tonight on Facebook at 6pm PT/9pm ET as I give you the formula for how to stay awake, aware, and fortified. #soulcoach #thecalling #youarecalled #sacredpause #livelovelead #truepaidgood

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A lot of people have been asking me about how I feel about what’s happening in the world. To be honest, it’s hard to put into words (at least productive ones – I get a bit ragey), and I certainly haven’t done that in this post. Not because I’m avoiding the work, but because I’ve tried to channel it into episode 44 of The Lightwalker’s Path. Tomorrow I’m breaking the hiatus to share a new episode on the podcast that will expand about how this is making me feel and what I think we need to do as Lightworkers in these challenging times. You can listen here (once it’s live) or on your favourite podcast platform.

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