Black Lives Matter Resources Pt 2

These are all of the resources that I have gathered during my time of silence. I have donated, I have been listening, I have been reading, I have been researching, and I have been watching. If you want to read my statement and what I want to do moving forward click here.


  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson & Kathy Russell
  • The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurtston
  • They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Fatal Invention by Dorthy Roberts
  • Locking Up Our Own by James Forrman
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Me and My White Supremacy by Laya F. Saad
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  • Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein


  • 1619 – NY Times
  • About Race
  • Seeing White
  • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
  • Code Switch
  • The Diversity Gap
  • Intersectionality Matters!
  • Pod for the Cause
  • Pod Save the People
  • Busy Being Black
  • The Combahee River Collective Statement
  • Black Lives Matter Playlist (Spotify)


  • 13th (Netflix)
  • American Son (Netflix)
  • Dear White People (Hulu)
  • King in the Wilderness (HBO)
  • See You Yesterday (Netflix)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • Green Book
  • Selma
  • Just Mercy
  • Hairspray
  • Black Power Mixtape
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • The Hate U Give (Hulu)
  • Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
  • Hidden Figures
  • The Help (Netflix)
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution


  • @colorofchange
  • @theconciouskid
  • @naacp
  • @showingupforracialjustice
  • @fams2gether
  • @unitedwedream
  • @mpowerchange
  • @civilrightsorg
  • @eji_org
  • @sistersong_woc
  • @shaunking
  • @grassrootslaw
  • @laylafsaad


If you have no money to donate you can play this video over and over again in the background of whatever else you are doing WITHOUT skipping any ads. Watch Zoe Amira’s video on YouTube here.


Local Black Owned Food Businesses in Hampton Roads, VA

I mean who doesn’t like food rightttt?!?!??? Let’s go show some love to these bomb places!


  • Croakers Spot
  • J&K Style Grill
  • Senses Vegan
  • Martin’s Soul Food
  • Soul of the Sea
  • Sweet Jams Cafe
  • Mp Island
  • Southern Soul Food
  • Truth Soul Food
  • Living Room
  • Culture
  • Gourmet Burger Bistro


  • Chef Skip
  • Grillz on Wheelz
  • Tupelo Honey
  • Jerrrk Time
  • Phoenix Restaurant and Lounge
  • Crabby Cali’s
  • Bobos Fine Chicken
  • Smoothie Stop Cafe

Newport News

  • JR Crickets NNVA
  • Martin’s Soul Food
  • Scratch Bakery
  • JT’s Bar and Grill


  • Beyond Vegan Cell Food
  • Chef Skip
  • District
  • Yoolks on Us
  • The High on High Street
  • Lisa’s Bar and Grill
  • Bailey’s Bayou


  • Wing Bistro
  • Wing and Prayer
  • Mango and Mangeaux
  • Scratch Bakery
  • Wards Soul Food Kitchen
  • Polly’s Restaurant
  • Queens Way Soul
  • Cherry O to Go
  • Shrimp Shack
  • Jerk Sauce
  • Got Fish? Seafood

Okay let’s talk about makeup and this beauty industry really quick. I’m about to call out the good, the bad, and the AMAZING.. This is something I have always felt strongly about. I love how these big brands are starting to get it, but a lot of them still need a lot of work.

Black Owned Beauty Businesses that are BOMB

  • Fenty Beauty
  • Pat McGrath
  • JD Glow Cosmetics
  • Midas Cosmetics

Local Black Wedding Vendors that are My Fav

They seriously have some talent and I will be hiring 3 of them for my wedding in the future. Can you say that about your vendors? Is your wedding vendor list inclusive?

  • DJ West (@djestsidestory) (I hired)
  • Kellie Corbett (@kelliecorrbett_mua) (I hired)
  • Candice Rauch (@candicethemakeupartsit)
  • Alana Manning (@bellavitaartistry)
  • Devonte Waller (@devontewallerphoto) (I hired)

Makeup Brands Who Are NOT Very Inclusive 

This could be for a number of reasons but mainly because of their foundation rage. They completely overlook people of color with darker skin shades and it’s APPALLING and this needs to change. What made me even more mad is that they made a ‘Black Lives Matter’ statement.. yet they could really care less based on what they launch. I wanted to highlight these brands so you are aware, and also so you can be just as disgusted as I am.

Tarte Cosmetics Face Tape Foundation

Now you might be wondering why I put this on here because their range is actually not awful. This is actually a relaunch. Their first launch of this foundation had 2…. TWO FREAKING SHADES.. for people with darker skin tones. They got soooooo much backlash they had to relaunch. And this worst part was that the two shades didn’t match ANYONE.. Go on YouTube and watch this video. It’s absolutely ridiculous that Tarte launched this and thought it was okay. And the only reason they updated the ranges was because they got backlash.

Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Foundation 

They have 3 shades for people of color…

Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation 

They have 3 MAYBEEEE 4 shades. And it’s not even that dark.. It’s just awful.

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation

Honestly I think all of their foundations that they are selling have awful shade ranges, but this specific one only offers 4 shades. 

Beauty Blender Bounce Foundation

This is yet another relaunch because the first one got sooooo much backlash!! Here is another video by my girl Jackie Aina who is always speaking up for black girls!!

Makeup Brands With the Most Inclusive Foundation Ranges

  • Fenty Beauty
  • Maybelline (not cruelty free)
  • Bobbi Brown (not cruelty free)
  • MAC Cosmetics (not cruelty free)
  • Cover FX
  • Too Faced Born This Way
  • Pat McGrath (not cruelty free)
  • Estee Lauder (not cruelty free)

There are plenty more, but these are my favs and they are absolutely AMAZING foundation formulas!!

The beauty industry still has a lot to learn but there is small progress being made and it is a start, but we are not done yet. We must keep fighting and keep pushing these big brands to be inclusive in all things they do. Not only foundation but who they sponsor work with, how their social medias look, and so much more. We need to see more color.

Please watch, read, listen, learn, do your own research, and follow RIGHT NOW. This is the time to come together rather than apart. I’m unlearning and relearning so much so I can be better and I STRONGLY feel everyone needs to self reflect and be better for our black community. I’m working hard.. Are you!!??


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