Step 1 in Being Anti-Racist: Educate Yourself

Actively acquiring knowledge and checking your own biases is a crucial starting point for helping to end systemic racial and social injustice. Get to work. 

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We can only strive to be ‘antiracist’ on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.

Being anti-racist isn't simply a label we get to claim; it's not a box to check off. To borrow a quote from Ibram X. Kendi, professor and author of How to Be an Antiracist in The New York Times, “We can only strive to be ‘antiracist’ on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.”

This list of resources below is by no means exhaustive — it is a start. It includes organizations and people doing important racial equity and social justice work; black voices in wellness; books to read; films to watch; podcasts to listen to. Start here. 

People to Learn From:

  • Rachel Cargle, author, activist and creator of The Great Unlearn: @rachel.cargle
  • Layla F. Saad, author of Me and White Supremacy, podcast host and teacher: @laylafsaad
  • Andréa Ranae, coach, activist and podcast host: @andrearanaej 
  • Shaun King, journalist, social justice advocate and educator: @shaunking
  • Danielle Coke, illustrator and activist: @ohhappydani
  • Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, history professor and author: @dribram (Twitter)
  • Ericka Hines and Desiree Adaway, consultants, curriculum designers and founders of Equity at Work@divahines, @desireeadaway
  • Roxane Gay, writer and speaker: @rgay (Twitter)
  • bell hooks, author, feminist, teacher and scholar: @bellhooks (Twitter)
  • Ava DuVernay, filmmaker and founder of Array: @ava (Instagram), @ava (Twitter)
  • Maryam Ajayi, founder of @diveinwell, an organization cultivating space, conversations and change: @maryamajayi 
  • Sinikiwe Stephanie, founder of @naaya.wellness, which aims to root BIPOC in their well-being: @sinikiwe.stephanie 

Black Voices in Wellness to Follow:

Yoga, Spirituality & Lifestyle

Food & Nutrition

Mental Health

  • Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, licensed psychologist, speaker and creator of @therapyforblackgirls: @hellodrjoy
  • Dr. Jessica Clemons, MD, board-certified psychiatrist in New York City: @askdrjess
  • Alishia McCullough, licensed mental health therapist and social justice warrior: @blackandembodied
  • Ashley McGirt, MSW, LCSW, trauma therapist, speaker and author: @therapywithash
  • Black Mental Wellness, mental health community: @blackmentalwellness

  • Black Men Heal, therapy for men of color: @blackmenheal

  • Create The Space, soul coaching for men of color: @create_the_space

  • James Harris, therapist and founder of Men To Heal: @men_to_heal

  • Jay Barnett, LMFT, marriage and family therapist: @kingjaybarnett

  • Amina Shaw Moss, LCAT-LP, MPS, of Third Hand Healing, visual arts psychotherapy: @thirdhandhealing

  • Black and Well, a community, including a shop and magazine, embracing what it means to be "black and well": @blackandwell

  • Jimanekia, trauma specialist & sex educator: @jimanekia

  • Nala Simone Toussaint, activist and healer who works with women across the spectrum of identities, social and economic realities to support their health and well-being: @nalasimonet

Fitness 

Women's Health & More

  • Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, board-certified OB/GYN empowering women in health: @jessicashepherdmd
  • Latham Thomas, “self-care sorceress,” doula and founder @mamaglow, a maternity brand: @glowmaven
  • All Bodies Health, live and on-demand health workshops: @allbodieshealth
  • Black Mamas Matter Alliance, a resource to help black women thrive before, during and after pregnancy: @blackmamasmatter
  • Brandi Sellerz, doula and co-founder of Moms In Color: @bstereo

  • Charmaine Fuller, holistic health coach: @heycharmhealthcoach

  • Dr. Rachel M Knox, MD, MBA, endocannabinologist, consultant, educator: @racheldocknox  @theknoxdocs

  • Carla Moss, health coach for women going through perimenopause and menopause: @beingwellaware

  • Tracie Braylock, MSN, BSN, RN, holistic nurse and writer: @traciebraylock 

  • April Christina, women’s health and endometriosis expert: @imaprilchristina

  • Erica Chidi, CEO and co-founder of Loom: @ericachidi

  • Ericka Hart, sex educator and writer: @ihartericka
  • Dr. Darien Sutton MD, MBA, emergency physician in NYC and medical contributor for ABC News: @doctor.darien
  • MOBI NYC, curated social connectivity events for queer people of color to see their holistic self: @mobinyc
  • Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, fertility awareness educator and holistic reproductive health practitioner: @fertilityfriday

     

Black-Owned Businesses to Buy From:

Skincare and Beauty

  • Blk + Grn, a marketplace for high-quality, toxic-free brands by black artisans: @blkandgrn
  • Briogeo, hair care with clean ingredients: @briogeo 
  • Glam Body, body scrubs to nourish the skin: @iamglambody 
  • KNC Beauty, scrubs, masks and balms with lips and eyes in mind: @kncbeauty
  • Pretty Well Beauty: curated clean beauty products @prettywellbeauty
  • LIHA: beauty products that blend African roots with a "quintessentially British attitude": @lihabeauty
  • Pattern Beauty, curly and tight-textured hair-care brand from @traceeellisross: @patternbeauty
  • Golde, superfood blends and self-care products: @golde
  • Mischo Beauty, toxic-free, luxury nail lacquer: @mischobeauty
  • Foxie Cosmetics:, vegan, handcrafted bath and beauty products @foxiecosmetics
  • Pholk, vegan and affordable “soul food for your skin”: @pholkbeauty
  • Hunnybunny, all-natural bath and beauty products with a D.C. boutique: @love_hunnybunny
  • The LipBar, easy-to-use makeup products designed to match any complexion: @thelipbar
  • Asili Living Co., hand-crafted, non-toxic, vegan skincare products: @asililivingco
  • Himistry, skincare and shaving care products with natural ingredients for men: @himistry
  • Oyin Handmade, natural, gentle and cruelty-free hair and body products @oyinhandmade
  • Reserved and Polished, non-toxic nail and beauty treatments in NYC: @reservedandpolished

Wellness 

  • Glamourina, culturally inspired activewear brand for women of color: @shopglamourina
  • Mama Glow, supporting moms during pregnancy and after birth: @mamaglow 
  • Loom, classes and services for an empowered approach to sexual health education: @loomhq
  • The Honey Pot Company, plant-based feminine care products: @thehoneypotco
  • Ruby Love: underwear and swimwear with leak-proof protection — and lots of comfy and cute options: @shoprubylove
  • Heal Haus, a wellness community and café in Brooklyn with daily yoga and meditation classes: @Healhaus

Home

  • Bolé Road Textiles, colorful and vibrant fabrics designed in Brooklyn, handwoven in Ethiopia: @boleroadtextiles
  • Pur Home, earth-safe home cleaning products “changing the way you think about clean”: @purhomeclean
  • Love Notes Fragrances, NYC-based hand-poured soy candle company: @lovenotesllc
  • BLK MKT Vintage, a curated collection of black cultural artifacts and collectibles: @blkmktvintage
  • Dorcas Creates, illustrations, cards, accessories and more from UK-based artist and jeweler: @dorcascreates
  • The Wrap Life, premium headwraps and headbands: @thewraplife

Food and Drink

  • Partake Foods, gluten-free, vegan cookies for those with food allergies @partakefoods
  • Plantmade, plant-based, non-GMO protein powders created with people of color in mind: @plantmadeco
  • Brooklyn Tea, an authentic tea room in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, and an online store: @brooklyntea 
  • BLK and Bold, a specialty coffee and tea company that wants to “turn a daily ritual into a means of giving back": @blkandbold
  • A Dozen Cousins, “soulfully seasoned,” ready-to-eat beans inspired by black and Latino recipes: @adozencousins
  • McBride Sisters Collection, California wine company owned by half-sisters Robin and Andréa McBride: @mcbridesisters
  • EatOkra App, discover black-owned restaurants in your area and across the country 

Local NYC Businesses

If you are in New York, check out these resources to find local black-owned businesses — for whatever you're looking for! 

Books to Read:

Recommended by THE WELL Practitioners & Staffers:

  • The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda V. Magee, a mindfulness- and compassion-based approach to confront racial injustice, recommended by Pilin Anice, THE WELL Health Coach
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad, leads readers through a journey of understanding white privilege and supremacy, workbook included
  • White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Dr. Peggy McIntosh, a 1989 essay written by American feminist scholar
  • Between the World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, in the form of a letter written to his son, Coates offers a powerful framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis
  • Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold, a user guide for white women to become a great ally
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, essays and speeches from black lesbian poet and feminist writer
  • All About Love by bell hooks, the renowned feminist scholar shares a new path toward healing for individuals and the nation

More Recommended Reading:

Films, TV Series and Videos to Watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker — Netflix
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
  • "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion" | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26) 

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