At Social Tribe, we have a deep passion for learning. We believe that we can always continue to educate, grow, and be better versions of ourselves than the day before. While Black History Month is coming to an end, Black history doesn’t stop when the calendar turns to March. So, we’ve asked our team to share some of their favorite resources that inspire them to continue the conversation about Black history, anti-racism, and supporting Black businesses.
Key Educators + Influencers
- Layla Saad (IG @laylafssad): A New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author, anti-racism educator, international speaker, and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation, and social change.
- Rachal Cargle (IG @rachel.cargle): An author, speaker, and activist known for her involvement in anti-racism work.
- Rachel Ricketts (IG @iamrachelricketts): A queer Black woman, global disruptor, speaker, mystic, and author hoping to heal the collective divide.
- Check Your Privilege (@ckyourpriviledge): A global movement that supports individuals on their journey of becoming actively anti-racist.
- The Great Unlearn (@thegreatunlearn): Monthly self paced, self priced learning collective, committed to celebrating and highlighting the genius of academics of colour.
- Reni Eddo-Lodge (@renieddolodge): A British journalist and author, whose writing primarily focuses on feminism and exposing structural racism.
- Ibram X. Kendi (@ibramxk): An author, professor, activist, and historian of race and discriminatory policy in America.
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou: This book captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right.
- Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison: The novel’s nameless narrator (the Invisible Man) is representative of many intelligent young African-Americans of his generation.
- The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison: Powerfully examines our obsession with beauty and conformity, and asks questions about race, class, and gender with Morrison’s characteristic subtly and grace. This book inspired several essays and research papers for one of our team members.
- Me and White Supremacy, Layla Saad: Using a step-by-step reflection process, Saad encouraged people with white privilege to examine their racist thoughts and behaviors, which led to this book.
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo: This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.
- How to be an Anti-Racist, Ibram Kendi: A refreshing approach that aims to radically reorient America on the urgent issues of race, justice, and equality.
- Between the World and Me, Ta-Nahisi Coates: This novel pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.
- The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla: In these fifteen essays about race and immigration, the authors paint a picture of what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that wants you, doesn’t want you, doesn’t accept you, needs you for its equality monitoring forms and would prefer you if you won a major reality show competition.
- So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo: In this breakout book, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today’s racial landscape–from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement–offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide.
- The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson: Chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.
- Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead: It imagines the Underground Railroad of the antebellum south as an actual railroad while effortlessly illustrating the ways racism has taken a deep hold of our country and manifested itself in history. As a reader, it’s captivating and astonishing and gruesome and thrilling and so incredibly sad, yet necessary to read.
- 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northup: A testimony of personal strength and a telling portrait of American slavery in the pre-Civil War South. Whether or not you’ve seen the accompanying movie, this book will grab hold of your attention with its astounding story.
- Luster, Raven Leilani: This darkly comic novel shows a young black woman figuring her way into life as an artist and into love. This book was so beautifully and artfully written that it stressed one of our team members out. They became anxious imagining how hard it must have been to write because it artfully uses prose and rhythm to convey the Black female protagonist’s various mental states.
- Code Switch: Tackling the subject of race head-on, this podcast explores how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports, and everything in between.
- Good Ancestors Podcast: An interview series with change-makers & culture-shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor.
- Interchangeable White Ladies: We’re teachers so we have an essential question–How can white women use their privilege to deconstruct white culture, confront their own biases, be better allies, and be less basic?
- Intersectionality Matters!: Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term ‘intersectionality’ + developed the framework for this theory, this podcast is a great resource for anyone looking to learn more about the Black experience. Kimberlé has been an inspiration to one of our team members for some time as intersectionality was the guiding framework for her honors thesis.
- Keep It: Hosted by a white gay man, a Black gay man, and a Black lesbian who discuss the week’s events in pop culture and interview a celebrity guest. While the format sounds boiler-plate, the discussions around each topic are lively, hilarious, and insightful since so many points of view are represented.
- Dark Tank: A comedy podcast where white people pitch their ideas for how to solve racism to a Black panel of judges. It’s eye-opening (to say the least) to learn about real-life instances of racism and micro-aggressions Black people experience daily — some of which are from people who would never consider themselves racist.
Videos + Articles
- TED Talk: How Racism Makes Us Sick
- TED Talk: How To Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time
- Don’t Talk about Implicit Bias Without Talking about Structural Racism
Supporting Black Businesses
- Coffee + Tea: Blk + Bold, Sip + Sonder
- Everyday soap / hair care / lotions: Alaffia / Nubian Heritage / Shea Radiance
- Oprah’s favorite things for 2020 featured dozens of Black-owned or led businesses. Specifically from this list, one team member has purchased this hat and this paint by number kit.
We’re excited to continue our education throughout the year and to continue supporting Black voices and businesses. What are some of your favorite resources? We’d love to explore them.