11 Black Influencers That You Need to be Following

From fashion to lifestyle and even some activism, these Black influencers can help you diversify your Instagram feed.

Expanding our circles is a solid way that parents can help their kids break through racial ethnic and religious barriers — and in today’s high-tech world, it’s easy to start that process by simply following influencers of color.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 11 Black influencers you should be following. From Black fashion and lifestyle to activism and motherhood, these Instagram influencers cover it all.

Take a look to see which ones click with you and get to following, today.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list. There are many influencers of color on Instagram, and this list will get you started in your search.

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Today is the day we (Realtors) have been waiting for, the day we can show homes again. Our Showing Desk- the Home Showing Scheduling system has been restored??.⁣ ⁣ Swipe for market update⬅️⬅️⁣ ⁣ Here’s something to note about our current market- HOMES ARE STILL SELLING. Due to lower inventory, more buyers are making offers on the same properties causing bidding wars. ⁣ ⁣ I have 5 offers on a home that I have listed right now! Demand is high and inventory is low! I’ve been saying this since last year. ⁣ ⁣ If you are looking for a deal in this market you can still find it you just have to pay attention and have a Realtor who can play Chess♟ not Checkers and that comes with experience! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ DON’T FORGET there is a grant for first time home buyers – up to $8k in Down Payment Assistance & Closing Costs and the money WILL RUN OUT! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ——⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ SELLING | BUYING⁣⁣⁣ ? Schedule a consultation(link in bio)⁣⁣⁣ ?Valyncia@iSellDetroit.com⁣⁣⁣ ?313-463-0406⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ #DetroitsHOMEGirl #iSellDetroit⁣ #FrontPageProperties⁣ ⁣ ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣⁣ #DetroitRealEstate #DetroitRealtor #NYRealtor⁣⁣ #michiganrealtor #LARealtor #mortgage #firsttimehomebuyer #detroit #lasvegasrealtor #firsttimehomeseller #DowntownDetroit #MichiganRealEstate #detroitrealtor #BuildingForSale #homeforsale #howtobuyahome #coworkingspace #marketcrash #househacking #iselldetroit #detroitbusiness #atlantarealtor #marketupdate #homediyproject #Multifamily

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Name: Valyncia

  • Handle: @valynciapage
  • Followers: 7,029

Valyncia is a Michigan-based real estate broker and traveler that shares homes for sale in and around Detroit, snapshots from her travels and her life.

Name: Bria Larine

  • Handle: @brialarine
  • Followers: 49,900

This Detroit- and Chicago-based model and influencer shares her life as a model, hair tips, unboxing and more.

Name: Ashley

  • Handle: @mommyweek
  • Followers: 12,400

This Chicago-based millennial mom is an award-winning blogger that shares “real life moments,” holistic health and epilepsy awareness.

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Thank you @momsmakeitwork for the feature! ??? #repost • • • • • • I met Quiana for the first time a couple of years ago at the @beblogalicious conference where she served as a speaker. Ever since then, I’ve been a follower taking joy in her family adventures through her IG stories and blog, @harlemlovebirds. In 2018, I had the pleasure of having Quiana as a speaker for my Mom Boss panel. She has been such an inspiration to me and along her daily stories of life, she always provides timely content that keeps Moms informed about how to take social action and be involved in their community. This month we honor Quiana Agbai, lover of family, community and justice! ***************************************************************************** Quiana Agbai resides in Boston with her husband and two children ages 6 and 10. She has been covering urban family life on her blog Harlem Lovebirds since 2009. Quiana launched Trifecta Media Group, a marketing, public relations, and graphic design firm with her sisters in 2014, catering to start-up companies spanning industries such as health and wellness, entertainment, and technology. Additionally, through Quiana’s blog and experience as an entrepreneur she has spoken at social media conferences such as @BlogHer, @beblogalicious, @mom2summit, and @altsummit covering topics including privacy, using social media for social change, and using one’s blog to pivot to other business opportunities. Quiana is a Toastmaster, a volunteer with @momsdemand where she was most recently the Boston Community Outreach Lead for 2 ½ years and is involved with several other community organizations as well. . . . . . . #momlife #blackmommagic #momblogger #mompreneur #igersboston #bostonbloggers #blackgirlmagic #momsdemandaction #momactivist #altsummit #mom2summit #blogher #toastmasters #momactivist #publicspeaker

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Name: Quiana

  • Handle: @harlemlovebirds
  • Followers: 6,138

Quiana is a lifestyle Instagrammer who shares content about her kids and life as a Black mom.

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Gone and grab your ? friends bc this is a long one… Hello hello! Happy Friyay! Holy hell there are A LOTTTT of new folks around here ? so I reckon it’s time for a quick reintroduction. BUT FIRST. This has been an incredibly emotional and overwhelming week. I am still working through a vast range of emotions. I am not ok. But I will be. I want to make this VERY clear: I AM NOT AN ANTI-RACISM EDUCATOR. I am a BLACK woman who is also a QUEER woman who is also a MOTHER and a SISTER and an AUNT and also a VETERAN and a fiercely loyal FRIEND who also HAPPENS TO BE a DESIGNER (yes I went to school for it) and a HOMEOWNER who loves living small, moody spaces, making my home pretty and inspiring others to create spaces they love and that bring them joy as well. I also have a Great Dane that EVERYONE loves even though she acts like middle management and her ass is ALWAYS in the way not doing a damn thing and taking all the credit ?. all this to say…to all my new white followers who found your way over to my corner of the internets: I am not here to specifically teach you about racism or the Black experience. I am here to share with you my life, my stories and my home in all of its various forms. What you gain, learn and/or take away from that is on you. At the very least I hope you connect with SOMETHING about me that helps you SEE that Black lives and voices matter just as yours do. Because it’s the lack of SEEING us or being able to see YOURSELF or pieces of your own lives in us that makes you indifferent to ours, and which made many of you “not even notice” that your feed never had a single one of us in it prior to this week. I hope this time you’ve taken to mute and #amplifymelenatedvoices has also been eye opening for you in noticing just how much space you occupy…especially here in the interiors and design world. Welcome to my instafam new friends! I started blogging in 2012 because I didn’t see a SINGLE person who looked like me, had a family like mine, or who shared my same style in the design/interiors blogging world. NOT A SINGLE ONE. And since #representationmatters I decided I WOULD BE WHAT I WANTED TO SEE…what I and others NEEDED to see. ⬇️Cont⬇

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Name: Shavonda Gardner

  • Handle: @sgardnerstyle
  • Followers: 137,000

The interior designer shares her projects including the beginnings and the finished products.

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*CARIBBEAN CARNIVALS* You didn't think I'd close out my Caribbean coverage without talking about Carnival, did you?! These annual festivals taking place throughout the islands are hands-down my favorite part of my Caribbean heritage, if only because listening to music, dancing in the street, and getting dressed up are some of my favorite things to do in life! ___ A bit of a history lesson: vibrant and jubilant, the Carnival festival tradition was actually first brought to the Caribbean by European slave traders in the 19th century. The celebrations, often tied to important dates in the Christian religious calendar, included lavish masquerade balls that enslaved Africans were excluded from. ___ However, upon emanicipation, the newly liberated Africans took elements from these balls and incorporated them into the grand parties they held to celebrate the end of slavery. "Playing 'mas", or getting all gussied up in a costume similar to what I have on in these photos, derives from the masquerade balls I mentioned above. ___ Nowadays, nearly every island in the region has its own version of Carnival, with most taking place around Lent, but others happening in August (like Grenada's Spice Mas) or even as late as December (like Bahamas' Junkanoo). ___ Most Carnivals have been cancelled this year for obvious reasons but I've got my eye on the 2021 Carnival season! Last year I even played mas' twice while pregnant: at Bermuda Carnival (I was 2.5 months preggo in this pic and had the WORST morning sickness lol) and Toronto (at 4.5 months preggo). I've included a collage of all my previous costumes, which one do you like the best? The blue is my fave! ____ Have you ever attended a Caribbean Carnival? Never been to Trinidad’s but it’s high on my wish list!

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Name: Oneika Raymond

  • Handle: @oneikatraveller
  • Followers: 97,100

Oneike uses travel to help empower and educate her followers. Check out her feed for posts from Germany, Uzbekistan, Bermuda and more.

Name: Nellie

  • Handle: @glamnellie
  • Followers: 10,900

This mom of three is all about fitness, running and wellness with some family-friendly recipes, crafts and travel posts sprinkled in.

Name: Rachel Lindsay Abasolo

  • Handle: @therachlindsay
  • Followers: 929,000

This media personality and attorney hosts a podcast and shares her life with the world through Instagram.

Name: Jennifer Borget

  • Handle: @jenniferborget
  • Followers: 103,000

Jennifer Borget aims to be optimistic and passionate in each of the posts she creates about her life, dreams and three kids.

Name: Zeba Blay

  • Handle: @zebablay
  • Followers: 34,500

Zeba is an immigrant originally from Ghana who is writing a book called Carefree Black Girls. Her content is all about Black life, culture and her work.

Name: Christine St. Vil

  • Handle: @Momsncharge
  • Followers: 15,400

Christine shares photos and stories about her family, motherhood and Christian faith.

Do you love other Black influencers? Share them with us in the comments so that we can add them to our list and don’t forget to check out the Talking About Race page at MetroParent.com.

Metro Parent Editorial Team
Metro Parent Editorial Team
Since 1986, the Metro Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for metro Detroit families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.


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