If you’re a regular around here you know that I’m super passionate about supporting my brown girls. It’s the reason, the mission, the manifesto behind this space. In my back to basics post, I talked a little about working to get back to my why. I’ve been working a little project that I’ll be sharing in the next month or so that will dig into exactly how I plan to do that. Somehow, working on that led me to thinking about the communities I’ve grown to know by blogging (something to do with that manifesto I mentioned). And I wanted to share a few that are doing really awesome things in the digital space and supporting fellow brown girl creatives.
- Brown Girl Friendly – Much like this space, Brown Girl Friendly initially started out as a brown beauty space. I’ve mentioned the brown girl struggle when it comes to navigating the makeup aisle as a woman with melanin, and “brown girl friendly” is a term us brown girls use when we mean “hey sis you can wear this”. Founded by a few gorgeous brown beauty bloggers (Hey Krissy girl!), Brown Girl Friendly has evolved to become a site more focused on business, blogging, and social media. They provide a ton of great info for a small membership fee. If you’re new to blogging, looking to grow, or just need some extra insight from brown girls who have done this and get it, you should check them out!
- My Creative Connection – #blkcreatives–drops mic. But seriously, the hashtag alone is enough to let you know how major this site is. Melissa has truly created a space for black creatives to connect, support, and empower each other and it’s so dope. I have discovered so many awesome creatives on her site and connected with some really awesome brown girls through the monthly twitter chat. If you haven’t taken part of the magic yet, you’re missing out. Trust me.
- Black Freelance – When I first signed up for Black Freelance I sent Megan a thank you email. It was that real. I’ve been freelancing for about 2 years as a side hustle and one of the things I wrote to Megan is that sometimes being one of the few brown girls in the creative FB groups (y’all know the ones) it’s hard to see that being self employed, a creative entrepreneur, a full time freelancer–whatever term you like best–is something that people of color not only do, but can be really successful at. Megan’s site provides so much knowledge and inspiration for black freelancers it’s really an invaluable resource. There’s a small membership fee but trust me, the monthly challenges alone are worth it. November was Getting Clients month. Need I say more?
What communities or resources do you depend on as a brown girl creative? And make sure you take some time to check these out if you haven’t already.
Stay blessed beautiful!
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