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February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month in the USA. ๐Ÿ–ค

As a brand, we at MyPostcard are aware of our responsibility to use our platform to actively support the Black community. So one of the ways we want to celebrate Black History Month is by highlighting our favorite Black influencers and brands in the USA from our industry niches: Travel, family, DIY and interior. These creators are well worth the follow, trust me!

If you’re interested in discovering and shopping Black-owned brands, skip to the bottom.

By the way: If you’re wondering why it’s important to actively listen to, support and buy from Black communities, you should check out this document of resources we found on @soyouwanttotalkabout’s Instagram channel.

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Following Black influencers shouldn’t be performative; it should be about opening your ears and listening to Black persons’ experiences of the world and affirming them. Just because we experience the world one way, it doesn’t mean everyone does.

So here are some great Black influencers from the…

… Creativity and interior niches

#1 @prettyrealblog

Two single beds decorated in a stylish interior
Copyright: Tiffany DeLangie / http://www.prettyrealblog.com/

Tiffany’s chic and modern home is sure to inspire the interior decorator within. The bonus? Tiffany focuses on affordable home design and DIY, so you don’t just have to sit there and long for a bedroom like this one, you can go right ahead!

This way to follow.

#2 @simplicityfordesigns

Another lady who knows her stuff when it comes to interior design, Gbeke also offer glimpses into her life as a wife, working mom and blogger. From DIY to playtime to home office decor inspiration – it’s all here.

#3 @thishouse5000

By an interior influencer, this view shows a modern sofa in the living room
Copyright: Elena Lohse / www.thishouse5000.com

Cat and plant mama Elena favors the classy boho style of home decor. Expect plants, clean lines and a bathroom that I, at least, am coveting bad.

Follow here!

#4 @grillodesigns

Medina’s abstract home focuses on patterns and and contrast held together by mustard undertones. She’s one of those people who simply has a knack for knowing which patterns and shapes will go together. Alongside snaps of her lovely home, she is a active supporter of self-love, inclusion and transparency.

By the way if you want to learn how to be more actively anti-racist and inclusive, read guest blogger, Pelumi’s article on how to become anti-racist and a true ally to Black people.

#5 @makinghomebase

A big fan of blue and white shapes and patterns, Chelsea shows you how to work your favorite patterns into your house interior. Chelsea believes that your house should reflect its people and you can see this in her feed, which shows off the love between herself, her husband and her kids.

#6 @damasklove

Amber is all bright colors, joy and of course, DIY and crafting. Her content is kid-friendly and with her guidance, even people who don’t consider themselves crafty by nature are able to get creative!

… Family, relationships and lifestyle niches

#7 @thegoandgrowfamily

Shavonne and her beautiful family are often going on mini-adventures across the USA, discovering nature – and all in great style and some beautiful hats.

#8 @carmenreneeblog

Wife and Mama, Carmen takes you on a journey through her impressive wardrobe and everyday family life. Her feed is pure fashion-inspiration.

#9 @itstashhaynes 

Tash, together with her husband, Ike, is a wedding photographer by day, a blogger and active member of the community by night, and a mother and wife all the time. She offers snapshots of her life, full of fun and happiness and, in safer times, also her experiences traveling as a family.

Even though most of us can’t travel at the moment, Tash has some tips for you on how to make a staycation feel like a vacation with family.

Follow her here!

#10 @abbysrollercoasterlife

Abby’s life is full of day or camping trips, thoughtfulness, and the family moments that matter. She talks openly about the lows and shares the highs, making her a good, positive and authentic addition to your feed.

#11 @trinitysierra

Youtuber and Instagrammer Trinity shares her experiences of life as a mom, a wife, a make-up fan, lifestyle as well as her faith as a Christian. Trinity speaks honestly about the hard bits of life but always finishes up with a dose of positive thinking.

#12 @daniellelickey

Self-proclaimed Disneyland fanatic + HP nerd, Danielle is all about lifestyle, love and family. Dancing, jogging, swimming and just having fun outings with her partner, son and dog – all this features heavily.

Give her a follow here.

#13 @missyhalle

Down to earth relationship talk, a sprinkling of politics and more recently some beautiful wedding pics. That’s what you’ll find and more on Melissa’s account.

Give her a follow here.

… Travel niche

#13 @hey_ciara

Ciara, a black solo travel influencer to follow, walks on the beach
Copyright: Ciara Johnson / www.heyciara.com

A solo traveler by nature who quit her job to travel the world, Ciara posts travel inspiration and guides from her memories for travel in 2021 (fingers crossed!). In what’s been a tough year for a traveler creator in particular, Ciara has talked honestly about the struggles involved – something we can all relate to – and how she considers her community something of an escape.

#14 @glographics

Glo’s account is motivating, progressive and educational. Her feed is interspersed with videos, beautiful photos and short bite-sized guides to interesting and important themes like, ‘What are the most racist countries?’ or ‘Things introverts wish you understood’. Glo’s been to around 80 countries in the last ten year and has massively gained perspective, experience and a wealth of beautiful photos.

This way for a follow.

#15 @thetravelingchild

Traveling influencer family stand on the beach together
Copyright: Monet Hambrick / thetravelingchild.co

Next up, a whole family of travels. The motto? If kids live there, then kids can travel there. They’re not traveling super far at the moment, but the Hambrick family are still posting family adventures, photography tips and regional trips in the USA.

Give the blog a read here!

#16 @wildginaa

Gina captures insanely beautiful, often eerie moments with nature along with the story or a related story behind it. This account is worth following for the photos alone, but Gina’s voice and stories behind it make it all the more persuasive.

#17 @irietoaurora

Black travel influencer Naomi sits on a jagged rock face with her dog
Copyright: Noami Grevemberg / www.irietoaurora.com

Adventurous and curious and resilient, Naomi lives the van-life on the go with her partner, Dustin and the adorable Amara the lap dog. Her posts support self-care, educate about racial bias and white privilege, and of course, share her experience of traveling across the country.

Black-owned brands to shop

By shopping Black-owned businesses, you’re actively helping to build up the Black communities which have been discriminated against for generations. This in turn helps in the long term to close the wealth gap between Black people in the USA (and overwhelmingly the wider world too) and white people. In more general terms, it leads to a more equal representation of Black people in society.

Here are the Black-owned brands our team likes:

Interior and creativity brands

@boleroadtextiles

Bolรฉ Road Textiles sells – you guessed it – textiles, and beautiful ones at that. If you’re looking to spruce up your interior, head here for cushions, bed spreads and more.

@lollylollyceramics

Discover clean, modern designs for your morning coffee. You’d better follow on Instagram too though, if you want to catch stocks before they sell out!

@plantkween

Christopher, or the plant kween lives through their plants. And even has a plant-insipired collection with tonlรฉ to satisfy all your zero-waste fashion cravings.

@harlemcandlecompany

Beautiful candle product scene from black-owned brand, Harlem Candle Company
Copyright: Teri Johnson / www.harlemcandlecompany.com/

Beautiful scents and beautiful styles. That’s what you’ll find in Teri Johnson’s Harlem Candle Company – a mix of fragrance, jazz and harlem!

Family and lifestyle brands

@braveandkindbooks

Brave and Kind Books curates inclusive stories for kids as well as running creative workshops and book clubs.

@littlelikeskids

These toys aren’t mass-produced, one-size-fits-all products. They’re lovingly and thoughtfully designed for the under-6 age kids based on the lives kids live now.

@kidochicago

A shop display of kids' products by the black-owned family brand, Kidochicago
Copyright: Keewa Nurullah / Kido

Kido focuses on representation and inclusivity in it’s inspiring selection of toys, books and outfits.

@puzzlehuddle

As a game for kids in their early stages, it’s so important that children are able to see diversity and representation in puzzles. That’s the gap in the market that Puzzle Huddle fills.

@lepetitorganic

Le Petit Organic sells quirky kids’ clothes up to age 8. The feel is vintage and the focus is handmade and sustainable. One for the future!

Travel brands

@airfordable – Book flights at a fraction of the price

Two women hug on a beach on a package holiday by Airfordable
Copyright: Ama Marfo / www.airfordable.com

@dipaways

For you perfect group or solo getaway, get it designed for you by dipaways. The special part of these trips is that they support small local communities at your destination.

@travelnoire

Travel Noire is aimed at millennials who love travel from the African Diaspora. It’s all about making travel inclusive and representative. The company can help you create and book a roadmap for your journey.

@noirbnb

A beautiful room available to book on NoirBnB, a black-owned travel business
Copyright: Stefan Grant / www.noirbnb.com

Noirbnb is aimed to improve the experience of travelers of color traveling to destinations around the world. It allows people to become BnB hosts or stay at places which feel like a home away from home. It originated as a way to fill the empty space when it came to serving Black people in the travel niche.

It’s not just the rest of the world that needs to change to start actively welcoming travelers from the African continent… Guest blogger, Fisayo, argues that travelers to Africa need to change their attitude and their assumptions. Here are the things you need to know about Africa and the 7 racist stereotypes that have to change.

@madeleatherco  

A jade green leather bag by black-owned lifestyle brand, Made Leather Co.
Copyright: Lenise Williams / www.madeleatherco.com

Made Leather Co. creates leather bags which are classic, fashionable and quality homemade products.

Final word

The heading here might be ‘final word’, but our work is a long way from done. We will keep doing our research, try to educate ourselves, hire Black creators and try to connect with Black-owned brands, 365 days a year. Feel free to drop feedback or ideas on what else we can do to improve – we always have an open ear for you.

If you have any Black influencers or Black-owned brands you love, let us know!

Anyone who finds themselves asking how exactly bloggers get into their profession and what they did before their career as an influencer often get the same monotone answer which somewhat lacks authenticity. A glimpse behind the facade is hard to come by, despite the fact that many bloggers are constantly taking their followers with them on their travels.

Weโ€™ve been busying ourselves with exactly this – taking a peek behind the scenes. We wanted to find out what one of the coolest and most talented travel and lifestyle bloggers, Thomas Banik, did before Instagram and Co. We even picked up some tips on how you can grow a successful social media business as a blogger.

Thomas is a proper globetrotter. On his Instagram profile, in particular, he is always showing whatโ€™s currently in the pipeline for him and whatโ€™s keeping him busy. However, he also keeps a Blog which he fills with colourful and interesting content; his speciality is travel videos (so make sure to take a look at his Youtube Channel!).

We are really excited about having met Thomas at the ITB and to have talked about postcards, personal life and being spontaneous with him.

You can watch the complete interview with Thomas Banik right here ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey Thomas, as a social media pro, we would obviously love to hear your top secret to having a good and successful Instagram profile. What do you think – what do you need to keep followers entertained? ย 

The most important thing, is that you have fun doing it! I donโ€™t know anyone who has loads of followers and says, โ€œI did it all to become a bloggerโ€. Youโ€™ve just got to do something that you can do well or something that you love, to be able to do it long-term. So basically be active in what you upload, it should be really good or special in some way (…). And stay with it!

Culinary treats are certainly a part of travelling. But have you ever tried anything kind of disgusting or really unusual while travelling?

Yes, cockroaches for example – in Thailand! But it wasnโ€™t that horrible. But yeahโ€ฆ they look disgusting and feel it too at first.

Who would you love to receive a postcard from?

Leonardo DiCaprio! Because heโ€™s the best actor in the world.

Blogger of the month in Instagram - Thomas Banik
Source: Quelle: Instagram / thomasbanik

Take a look at Thomasโ€™ Instagram too.

By the way: Have you got what it takes to be the next MyPostcard Blogger of the Month? Or you want us to interview your favourite blogger? Then tell us in the comments or send us an email at social@mypostcard.comย ๐Ÿ’–