18 Black Creatives and Change-Makers Whose Work Is Making a Difference
This week is all about listening, learning, taking action and amplifying black voices. For us, that means the voices of black creatives and change-makers in our community.
Anjelika Temple here, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Brit + Co, non-black woman of color, creative human, ally, and proud anti-racist. As recent events continue to unfold and powerful protests continue to make waves, I am personally learning and unlearning at a rapid rate. We are determined to use our platform to encourage change, creativity, and allyship. This movement is about long-term change, not temporary adjustments.
Here are some of the black artists, makers, activists and small business owners in our community whose work is making a difference. Follow them, buy their products, learn from them! (You can also visit our IG profile page to check out our BIPOC Creators Highlight, where we will continue sharing the work of black creators on an ongoing basis.)
Entrepreneur Karen Okonkwo was determined to diversify the stock photo industry. The mission of her company TONL is about human connection, authentic storytelling, and creating a safe space for people of different backgrounds, preferences, and abilities. Follow her @karenokonkwo
Art Hoe Collective founders Gabrielle Richardson, Anajah Hamilton, and Jheyda McGarrell created this online art space/movement for underrepresented creatives to showcase their work. Follow them @arthoecollective
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Yrsa Daley Ward is a British-born poet and storyteller who self-published her first collection of writing, bone, in 2014 and with its success wrote The Terrible in June 2018. Follow her @yrsadaleyward
London-based visual artist Lakwena's typography and use of color will wake you UP. Follow her @lakwena
Artist and dancer Lalanana's work will inspire you to use your soul to move your body. Follow her @lalanana7
Britteny Floyd-Mayo, founder of Trap Yoga Bae, created a safe space to find your zen while also feeling like a badass in her unusual but amazing Vinyasa-style flows, set to her own inspirational affirmations and bass-heavy music. Follow her @trapyogabae
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Fall is right around the corner, and we're getting amped up for our next session of Selfmade, Brit + Co's 10-week interactive startup school. Designed to help you create a new business or grow your existing one, this course is personally led by Brit + Co founder Brit Morin and co-founder Anjelika Temple, and supported by more than a dozen of the top female entrepreneurs, creatives, and investors in the country. Students receive personalized coaching on everything from how to get out of your comfort zone to how to scale your business, and everything in between. And now, thanks to Office Depot, even more of you can join the course!
For the fall session, we're thrilled to team up with Office Depot to grant 200 FREE scholarship seats to the course. Scholarships are open to US residents, focusing on women of color, women from underserved and underrepresented communities, and women in need of support to help them trail-blaze. After all, we firmly believe that your support system is a huge part of how you achieve greatness, and we are here to cheer all of you on.
To nominate yourself or someone you know for a scholarship, head to our nomination form right here. The deadline for scholarship nominations is September 27th — it's time to take the leap!
Beyond the scholarship, Office Depot is all about helping you accomplish more. Whether it be the start phase, growth phase or keep businesses going phase, Office Depot offers a full suite of business solutions, including services and products, to help you work from anywhere, organize and save time and help build your brand.
So what are you waiting for? Take a chance on yourself and get yourself one step closer to truly being selfmade. Learn more about the Selfmade program, apply for a scholarship and prepare to be inspired :)