This is not a time of business as usual.
Like so many of you, over the past few weeks I’ve been dedicating significant time and attention to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, learning more about and from Black Americans and taking action to promote and financially support the organizations working for racial justice in our country.
As a white woman, I own that my action and attention are way too little way too late. I stand unequivocally with the Black community and want to publicly share some of the actions I am taking to be a more active and vocal ally now and in the future.
First, as an author and book lover, I’ve committed to now buying all hard copy books from Black-owned bookstores. Here is a list, and I’d love to hear about your personal favorites.
My reading list of books on race, anti-racism and the Black experience is long and growing, and I’ll continue to share book reflections on social media and in the newsletter. Your book recommendations and reviews are always welcome and appreciated.
Over the past two weeks, I’ve also added significantly more Black voices to my social media feeds, especially those of Black women. You’ll see a list of recommended voices on Instagram below – some I’ve followed for years and some I’m just getting to know, with a focus on my professional sphere of women authors, creators, entrepreneurs, coaches and speakers (the list is in alphabetical order).
In an effort to support Black women, I’m asking you to follow at least five women below and consider buying at least one book by a Black author from a Black-owned bookstore.
Thank you for reading this newsletter. All feedback is welcome and appreciated.
Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the US. NYT contributor. President 2036. Harvard ’20.
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Founder of @brothervellies Fighting for Economic Equality @15percentpledge
Licensed Mental Health Therapist • Social Justice Warrior • Promoter of Fat Liberation & Racial Healing • Trauma Informed ED
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Dietitian. Consultant. Activist. Centering the experiences of those most marginalized in conversations about food and bodies. #amplifymelanatedvoices
NYT Bestselling Author #HowToRaiseAnAdult #RealAmerican | TED Speaker | Former Stanford Dean | Mother of Humans | The First of Her Name |
Speaker | Certified Coach | Business Owner | Founder International #DayofPurpose & #sweatcheck I commit to encouraging the human spirit! #OnPurpose
Career + Leadership Expert helping women + people of color in the workplace | Founder @manifesturself
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LAYLA THEE ANCESTRESS, NYT Bestselling Author #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, Podcast Host@goodancestorpodcast, Teacher & HBIC
Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor-in-Chief @teenvogue, Forbes 30 under 30
Sharing inspiration for the intersection of DEI, biz, leadership & a lil life in between. Consultant. Author. Speaker.
International Speaker. TV Presenter. PR Expert | MA | Beauty Queen Seen: @itv @bbc @ok_mag
Founder @sherisesinthemedia Helping women to attract PR
Building an intellectual legacy through teaching, storytelling & critical discourse.
@thelovelandfoundation @thegreatunlearn @elizabethsofakron
Mindfulness + Yoga + Melanin. NYC + currently Grenada.
#Speaker #Consultant #Founder at #MoreThanAMovement. #Podcaster#MORETHAN: A Podcast. Building bridges between people and ideas. Lover of chocolate!
Catalyst for Women & Girls. Founder & CEO of The Cru @thecru. Author of #droptheball
I teach busy high-achievers how to land new jobs, w/ less stress & more confidence Forbes, Bloomberg, Fast Company & more
Business Strategist | Advisor | Author| Founder @elevationtribe. Currently #rewilding@mabandstoke