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There is power in accurate representation. Black women are often under-and-misrepresented in traditional media, but digital platforms have provided space for women of color to counter mainstream media narratives. There are hundreds of blogs created by and for black women, but some of the best are left unread.
Here, Clutch highlights five black women-centered blogs that should be bookmarked and read. Some cover motherhood while others explore relationships and popular culture, but all five of these gems are worth a read.
The twenties are a difficult decade to navigate. It’s a tempestuous time full of transitions that leave many women confused and unsure of themselves and their paths. Twenties Unscripted is a hilarious peek into the life of one 20-something attempting to grow up. Tyece is the captain of Twenties Unscripted. Her distinctive wit and authentic experiences keep readers engrossed. She began the blog after tiring from reading “Top 10 Things To Do In Your Twenties” lists. “I decided to document my journey through the thorny world of twenty-hood, confident in my complete ignorance and irreverence–the ingredients for successful writing, no?” she writes. Twenties Unscripted tackles everything from dating woes to student loans and all of the chaos in-between.
All mothers aren’t created equal, but all mothers need support and guidance. Black and Green Mama offers an equal balance of both. The blog is a mixture of original essays from Kenrya Rankin-Naasel, an esteemed writer and editorial consultant, and linkage to important videos and stories that highlight parenting conflicts and tips. Black and Green Mama is also an ode to the power of agency within breastfeeding. Rankin-Naasel chronicles her decision to breastfeed longer than accepted in society, and is now discussing the difficult weaning process. We don’t often read or see realistic images of motherhood. Black and Green Mama fills that void.
There’s a plethora of blogs that examine popular culture and social issues through racialized and gendered lenses. Racialicious, Crunk Feminist Collective, The Feminist Wire and other publications accomplish this task, but Ashleigh Not Ashley approaches topics ranging from Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta to Catfish with a refreshing viewpoint that isn’t weighed down by the prestige of academia. The content is relatable and sometimes simple, making a crucial point in five paragraphs or less. Most importantly, Ashleigh Not Ashley is engaging – and highly addictive.
Javacia Harris-Bowser is not the archetypal feminist blogger, but her dedication to empowering women through words is the embodiment of feminist ideologies. The Southern Fried Feminist uses the Writeous Babe Project to inspire, entertain and offer insight into life in Birmingham, Ala. The high-school English teacher is also dedicated to helping women achieve their artistic dreams by offering writing, blogging and dreamchasing advice.
With a title like this, a blog can do no wrong. Redbone Afropuff and Black GRITS is a celebration of black women. The blog explores faith, feminism and all-things Southern from the perspective of blogger-in-chief Mariam Williams. It is also an ode to the women who’ve inspired Williams to create and encouraged her vision. Redbone Afropuff and Black GRITS’ dope stems from its reliance on black women’s experiences. Many of us have found ourselves in the positions Williams has been in, or considering topics from her perspective. She’s using her voice to speak to our experiences. It’s powerful.
Reprinted with permission from Clutch.