100+ (MOSTLY AFRICAN AMERICAN) WOMEN OF COLOR YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING

I’ve expressed a bit more lately the gap that many of us (and you) are beginning to see (but not because it just began) in the blogger world where women of color are concerned and some of my thoughts on why it’s 1.) important to recognize 2.) important to talk about 3.) important to change.

The only way to really change anything is to first recognize it. Sometimes I think we get so used to the way things are, we just assume that’s the way they are supposed to be. And sometimes, until someone brings the fact that some things just shouldn’t or aren’t meant to be a certain way, well…we just go along with our dailies unaware of said “things”.

In this case, we’re talking the gap in the blogger + design world that becomes more and more apparent to me as a woman of color the longer I stick around here and make more connections and as my platform expands.

I could formulate all sorts of thoughts and opinions as to why this is a fact but I honestly don’t feel like there’s enough space here nor do I really have the time necessary to truly dig into that conversation enough to bring true education, clarity and revelation to that truth.

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@deenaknightinteriors | @sgardnerstyle | @nubiinteriors | @restorationhouse | @therusticlife

@thewinstonfamily | @saralampley | @purposefullybeing | @domicile37 | @euniandco

@steadycatalog | @karenokonkwo | @zimism | @evelynfromtheinternets | @nchanel

@mrserikaward | @justdestinymag | @dwellbycheryl | @nikimcneil | @maraboudesign

@nikishariley | @latonyvette | @jessicarychael | @themeganbaca | @inhonorofdesign

@arielleastoria | @curlsandcouture | @naturallytashag | @hellolaurenash | @themattiejames

@lauratully.co | @napturalnicole | @morgandebaum | @theambralife | @britneyjeanine

@designaddictmom | @afrominimalist | @isabeleats | @purecoliving | @thatschelsea

@boleroadtextiles | @reflextiondesigns | @satoriboutique | @ruthieridley

@morganharpernichols | @jenwithonen | @onceupona1912 | @hooverandgrace

@brandifreely | @grandbabycakes | @thekatrinablair | @mrscraftberrybush | @asaakemi

@thetinycloset | @trumatter | @mauvepaperco | @ghkimphotography | @gracekim

@vequebeauty | @olivecreativeco | @brightcoevents | @artxlagos | @reverielane

@skoopehome | @nikkicadestudio | @simplyshannah | @tactilematter | @floralsymbiosis

@casawatkinsblog | @ourfifthhouse | @juststyling | @afrochic | @kintsugicandleco

@nnekapeters | @ginastovall/@twodaysoffclothing | @jess.colligan | @solsoleilsoul

@brownkids | @saudasaleeminteriors | @almafied | @hearthwood.home | @myfarmhousenest

@nicolegibsonstyle | @cocobassey | @estlouis | @carpediemcollective | @jensane

@thekatrinablair | @thefancycatstudio | @mylene_raspado | @itscarlabethany

@thesteadycatalog | @asiyami_gold | @spiritedpursuit | @brightcoevents | @reverielane

@blueprintafrica | @melindawatts_ | @brunchnista | @travelnoire | @thefourtress

@homeyohmy | @hidayawilliams | @quinngwinn | @rashidabanks | @livelaughdecorate

@iamronnicole | @sweetpotatosoul | @michellemartelathome | @theglovergirl

@freddieharell | @nia_renteria | @prettyrealblog | @xojalyssa | @sitamontgomeryinteriors |

@indigofruit | @phreckles | @jodiepatterson | @mekdesmersha | @tamera.darden

@crwnmag | @dressmyroom | @papermonday | @milknhonee | @ggreneewrites

@matermea | @liveprettyonapenny | @simplylakita | @tania_nyclifestyle

This list is by no means an exhaustive list. I could honestly go on and on and on…and on. But, I figure this is a good start and as you begin to follow these women, you’ll be able to see more and more different aspects and ways that your own feeds are growing as they introduce you to others in their circles and lines of work.

It really is a beautiful thing, friends.

Here are a few thoughts from just a few of those tagged above on the importance of diversity + why it’s important not just as a part of your social media connections but even more so in life, from a few friends :

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I’m a big advocate for diversity, whether in the workplace or socially. Diversity brings a fresh range of perspectives to any collective and dismantles subconscious prejudices. Visible representation for people of color in the creative industry fosters a cultural awareness and human connection to others that is far too often overlooked or misportrayed. -Brandy Brown

— Brandy Brown, @maraboudesign
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I was fortunate to grow up as a child of a diplomat, we were often exposed to different cultures, environments and people. Our parents efforts truly enabled my siblings and I to view life, and people differently. I feel that following people with feeds that don’t necessarily look like ours gives us glimpse into a different life, something they may not be familiar with, hence opening the door to have those difficult conversations.
— charlotte betts, @milknhonee
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I think having a diverse feed helps us identify with the “other” to see people regardless of their background like we see ourselves. I also think it’s important to put your money where your mouth is. It’s one thing to say you support people of color, it’s another to support their content and hustles.
— nikki johnson, @nchanel




WHAT I'M READING RIGHT NOW + WHY (black history and beyond)

I feel like I’ve been having babies for the entire last season of my life and either nursing or pregnant for the rest and while I realize that’s a complete exaggeration but also something that many of you mama’s out there will relate to, it’s nonetheless the way I feeeeeeelllll…

Speaking of feelings, I have had such a hankerin’ for more reading lately.

You know the drill, the Amazon cart’s loaded and we’re ready to hit the “checkout” button but then we “save for later” ‘cause we realize there’s still that stack of books on your nightstand, in your closet, in your car, under your sofa, on your coffee table…that you haven’t read still.

If you’re anything like me, you have stacks everywhere. This is where I will defend myself and say that it’s for convenience sake. You know, so that I can have a book to read anywhere I go.

If I were to actually tell the truth here it really because I am just way too ambitious and seem to believe I can will myself to read a book a day even with all the things I have going on in life right now.

If you’re following my stories on Instagram then you’ve seen me talk about some of my most recent purchases and those that are in the “dreaded cart of eternal damnation”. I mean, the ones that are in my “save fo later” category on Amazon.

If you’re following, you’ve also heard my heart lately about what I am reading and why it’s becoming more and more important to me that I am educating myself even more as I’ve felt such a burden (in the best way) to begin having more conversations surrounding race and reconciliation and even sharing my own personal stories of not only growing up black in the South but the beginnings of my thoughts on being a black female blogger in the design/interior styling world. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

We’re probably going to have more conversations in all the spaces about some of these things but I thought, today, I’d share more of the books that I have read, am reading and have in my cart.

You can click on any of the images below to shop them and add them to your personal library. From history to autobiographical recollections to poetry and novels, these are just a few that I have found helpful and that have aided in making me more comfortable with having what can be a very tough topic to talk about and a hard conversation to have:

The ones above are a few of the ones that I have read (plus a couple that I am working on) but I thought I’d include a bit more for those of you who have asked about book and other references for your kiddos—teenagers included and for yourselves.

Here are some of my faves that I think you’ll also find resourceful, helpful, insightful and perhaps even a little fun:

The Warmth of Other Suns

African American Religious History

Barracoon

Dust Tracks on the Road

Invisible

White Rage

Black Like Me

Becoming

Deliverance: Mary Fields, First AA Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the U.S.

Accomplished: African American Women in Victorian America

Autobiographies of a People: Three Centuries of AA History Told by Those Who Lived It

I’ve obviously only discussed a few here but I’d love to hear any that you have to suggest or that you’ve read and found to be helpful or enlightening to you!

Leave those titles for me below and I’ll add them to my personal list.

xo,

Kennesha

A SOUTH CAROLINA NATIVE MAKES AN ETERNAL MARK AT HOME


NAME | Rachael Kincaid

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PLACE OF RESIDENCE |

SOCIAL HANDLE | @rachkincaid

WEBSITE | www.rachkincaid.com


PHOTO |  Alex Acevedo

PHOTO | Alex Acevedo


Tell us the story of your home. (go as deep or stay as superficial as you want with these) To you, what sets it ap1. Tell us the story of your home. (go as deep or stay as superficial as you want with these) To you, what sets it apart or makes it unique aside from the fact that you and your family are the ones who live in it.

 My husband and I scooped up our dream home near our hometown several years back. It’s got farmhouse vibes and was built in 1890. It sits on a few acres and we’re living the dream with some chickens and a rope swing. We’re not in a position financially to remodel the entire thing, but it’s fun to work on one room at a time and really make it our own.

 

PHOTO |  Alex Acevedo

PHOTO | Alex Acevedo

 
PHOTO |  Alex Acevedo

PHOTO | Alex Acevedo

How would you describe your personal home style?

 

If I had to name my aesthetic, it would be, “You’d never know six kids grew up here.” The walls and couches are white, and the toys are tucked away. I keep a pretty minimalist and tidy home. I find it brings a sense of serenity and security to the chaos that tends to accompany large families with full lives.

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What is your favorite space in your home and why? 

Probably my bedroom! It’s free of technology and pictures and the bed is comfortable. I also love the spot on my couch where I read my Bible most mornings. The sun creeps in and the whole world feels ripe with possibility when I’m sitting there, reading and sipping my iced coffee.

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If you could share one thing about yourself with readers that you've perhaps never shared publicly or via social media, what would it be? 

Gosh, that’s hard! I’ve been online since dial-up internet! I will say people are often surprised to find that I’m an introvert, because I stay pretty bubbly on social media. I love being around people but I feel most charged up after a few hours alone. I can power through an entire book on Audible in a single day if you’ll let me!

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What was life like for you growing up in your childhood home?

I had a glorious childhood. My little brother and I talk about this all of the time. We spent our formative years in a small neighborhood with a pool and tennis courts, the kind of neighborhood where you could bicycle everywhere and stay out after dark. My childhood bedroom was a fun space, too, one that my parents did their best to personalize for me. My favorite bedroom setup had pale yellow walls and sky-blue bedding with clouds on it. I went through a zebra phase later, too.

 

What does home mean to you? What do you want others to feel when they enter/spend time in your home? 

 Home means peace. No matter the location, no matter how many times home must change, I always want my family and guests to feel a sense of peace. Jesus lives in our home and I want folks to really experience him just from hanging out with us at home.

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Proudest DIY?

 I guess I’d have to say our chicken coop, which my grandfather designed and helped us build. Or maybe the floating bookshelves that I dreamed up and my husband installed in less than an hour! There’s a pattern here… I dream of beautiful things, and the men I love make them come true for me.

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Do you think you've learned to embrace your story? Your home? Why or why not? Explain. 

Great questions! I’d say I’ve learned to embrace my story. I’m quite comfortable with my past and present, and expectant for my future. It is far more difficult to be content with my home. We’re working with a bare bones kitchen and bathrooms, for example, and I struggle with the notion of my kids outgrowing the space before it ever fully feels like ours. What helps, though, is seeing photos and memories made in the house as is, knowing that my family is content here and it’s okay if we never get the floors redone or a real shower installed.

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If there was one piece of advice that you could give to others as to how to embrace their home and their story, what would that sound like? 

Clear the clutter! For real. Your kids will survive with less toys. Your kitchen can handle fewer dishes. Your closet won’t miss the clothes you never wear anyway. Pick one room at a time, and clear the clutter. I’ve found that having less things in my home actually makes it feel bigger, cleaner, and readier to host. Not only that, but having less to clean up or worry about gives me more time and space to focus on the things that matter.

 

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How does what you do currently in your professional life/ministry tie into this idea that home is "more than just a place we live" and that it holds much more of a redemptive and restorative power than we may currently embrace culturally? 

I work in healthcare, as a hospice nurse. My husband works, in vocational ministry as a worship pastor. In a sense, we both pour ourselves out for a living. Home is place where we fill back up. Home is where we start our days, side by side on the couch in our Bibles. Home is where we reflect and reset, so we can refresh the world we meet when we walk out of its doors.

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