*Be sure to check back often to see new resources added to this post.
It's February 1, 2022 - the start of Black History Month and a reminder that #blacklivesstillmatter
I'm gonna spend most of this month doing some behind the scenes work on myself, creating more space for others to shine, and celebrating and supporting Black Teachers, Leaders, Artists, Heroes and Communities where I can!
(Including having hard, honest & loving conversations in my predominantly white/privileged communities)
I have some incredible Black Businesses and Business Owners listed down below, but will also be highlighting some others here throughout the month. (If you want to be listed or lift someone up, tag them below! )
Doing what we can, where we can, is a great place to start.
For now, this is in part, how I intend to use my privilege and platform:
To celebrate and shine a light on some of my beautiful Black brothers and sisters in the Wellness and Education Industries.
Because what I think I know for sure is this: This work, this shift, this change, and this opportunity for growth and (r)evolution will be a lifelong process for most of us, and I think that's a WONDERFUL thing.
I can't think of a better way to spend my life, than trying to make the world a safer, and more just and loving place. Quite frankly, in my heart - it feels like the least I could do...and I pray that we continue to awaken to the gift that this moment actually is.
I promised Gianna Floyd that I would do everything in my power to make her and her Daddy proud...to show up fully and forever. To do the work behind the scenes and to walk my talk both in private and with / in front of others. To mean it. To live it. To share it. To shine a light on those who know more than me. To elevate voices too long silenced. To keep educating myself. To learn and unlearn. To do better and be better, every day, for the rest of my life.
I vow to commit to my calling as an Activist, Artist & Alchemist.
Each month I'll update this Blog Post with new and equally AMAZING individuals and companies I've been delighted to learn about, in the hopes that you'll consider supporting Black businesses in the Health & Wellness space.
Inspired by and thanks to the Black Lives Matter Movement and the #amplifymelanatedvoices Campaign, I've had the pleasure of discovering many incredible teachers, leaders, business owners, creators, healers and organizations over the past few weeks.
Click on the names below to find out more:
KARNL MOON- All Female Wellness & Inspiration Collective
TRACEE STANLEY- Yoga Instructor & Meditation Teacher
LIBERATE MEDITATION APP- Meditation App for the Black and BIPoC Community
ATMOSPHERE THREESIXTY- 100% Natural and Handcrafted Aromatherapy Sprays Infused with Healing Crystals
THE LOVELAND FOUNDATION & THERAPY FUND- Providing Financial Assistance to Black Women and Girls in this Country Seeking Therapy
BLACK WOMEN'S HEALTH IMPERATIVE- CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF WORKING FOR HEALTH EQUALITY FOR BLACK WOMEN
Thank you SO much for being here and for being a part of this community.
As Dr. Vanessa M. Bing says,
"We need to take care of ourselves so we can fight the good fight. If we take care of ourselves, ALL things are possible".
Let's keep taking care of ourselves, so we can start to take better care of each other, okay?
In love & gratitude always,
(ADDITIONS MADE ON 8/24/2020)
A couple more resources for you to support your Anti-Racist Journey and in support of the Movement for Black Lives. xoxo
STRANGE GAZELLE - Handcrafted Skincare Designed to Feed Your Skin
SHINE - Daily self-care. Lifelong healing.
An inclusive and diverse meditation and mindfulness app! Love this!
YOGA FOSTER - Our goal is to provide accessible evidence-based tools for mindful well-being for every classroom, and meet kids and grownups exactly where they are.
7-DAY ANTIRACISM CHALLENGE - This is a fantastic way to kind of get a feel for where you're at on your journey and to start learning about the process. I can't recommend it enough!
DAILY ANTI-RACISM NEWSLETTER - When you're ready and committed to dive in to the work of educating yourself so you can be part of the solution - this brilliant newsletter contains powerful writings on all different kinds of subject matters related to the movement, as well as daily actions to dismantle white supremacy.
Again - can't recommend this enough!
(ADDITIONS MADE ON 05/25/21)
Click on an image below to learn more about the following brilliant souls!
From top to bottom we have, Rachel Cargle, Danielle Leslie, Rha Goddess, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, and Nicole Cardoza
Donate to The Great Unlearn on Patreon here.
Rha Goddess: CEO, Author and Founder
In the fall of 2011, artist, activist and social entrepreneur, Rha Goddess put a stake in the ground, by declaring that we indeed could stand in our most authentic selves, get paid to contribute in our highest talents and change the world through the things we most wanted to affect.
Her book, "THE CALLING" will change your life and rock your world!
Some highlights from her Newsletter, THE ANTI-RACISM DAILY which I've linked above.
This time was designed to encourage “people of all ethnic and social backgrounds discuss the black experience.” Learn more here: (ASALH).
If you're looking for more accountability on education, though, I highly recommend 28 Days of Black History, our daily curated guide of works that exemplify the Black legacy. The first work goes out tonight. Sign up here: 28daysofblackhistory.com.
Donate to Nicole here.
Thanks for being here on the 1 year anniversary of George's passing. We can do this - we must. Keep going, rise up, be love, share the wealth, pass the mic, keep trying, keep showing up, keep learning and unlearning. Every damn day. xoxo
Got any businesses, teachers or causes you'd like to add, let me know! :) (email@example.com)
Thanks for being here!