Anti-racism resources, black-owned businesses and individuals to inspire us all

This directory is part of our "back to school" week mission.

The #BlackLivesMatter conversation has shown there has never been a more important time to actively educate ourselves on anti-racism. In the words of Angela Davis: "in a racist society it's not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist."

For many of us, this summer meant a surge in consumption of articles, podcasts and books about race - but there's always more we can learn. Reflecting on your own privileges, unconscious bias and beliefs takes work over time. So, we’ve created a non-exhaustive list of resources, books and businesses which we hope will educate and inspire you.
If you have any suggestions we'd love to hear them - drop a comment below!

Books 📚 

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
  • Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
  • Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
  • The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite
  • Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke
  • Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison 
  • Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
  • A More Beautiful and Terrible History by Jeanne Theoharis
  • How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundation of a Movement by Angela Davis
  • Road Map for Revolutionaries by Elisa Camahort Page, Carolyn Gerin and Jamia Wilson
  • Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Podcasts 🎧

Sustainable businesses 🌍

Female led businesses 👑

Skincare and beauty influencers💄
  • Patricia Bright - @thepatriciabright
  • Jackie Aina - @jackieaina
  • The Queen Hadassah - @thequeenhadassah
  • The King of Colour - @way_of_yaw
  • Dr. Adeline K - @brownskinderm
  • Nayamka Roberts-Smith - @labeautyologist
  • Evie - @sknperfct
  • Funmi Monet - @funmimonet
  • Chris Montes - @its_chrismontes
  • Malika - @uniqueelikaa
  • Jhánneu - @jhanneu

    Team UpCircle 💚