If you’re a follower of my Instagram, you will have seen the content I have been re-sharing across my Instagram stories in regards to us all amplifying our voices and expanding our knowledge in how we can all support the BLM movement. From that, I wanted to also put out a blog post, so I have pulled together a #BlackLivesMatter resources guide to help further support and educate the movement.
Take a read through my #BlackLivesMatter Resources Guide and help to support this movement.
As I was brainstorming ideas for this blog post, I didn’t want to do a carbon copy of many other blog posts that I’ve read and instead I wanted to share a list of resources that I personally have found helpful and have actively used/taken knowledge from to further educate myself. I’m hoping that this post will help at least one person, to hopefully change your outlook or thoughts on this movement and to better support something that has needed everyones support for a long time prior to this.
Through a lot of the reading I have been doing, I have recently joined Good Reads in order to keep track of my reading but to also find new reads based off of books I have already read, to then add them onto my ‘want to read’ list. I’ve also began following a few different book accounts on Instagram including Beth’s Book Club and from these two resources, I have added a fair few reads onto my to read list. All of which are centred around learning about race or are written by Black authors that give more of an insight into what it is really like to be Black in this day and age. So whilst we’re in lockdown, with more time on our hands we can spend this time to better ourselves, educate and understand how we can support.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – This book is one i’ve had on my want to read list for a while now as i’ve seen many girls reading this. I actually started reading this, this weekend just gone and after just two chapters I am hooked! From the reviews I have read this book covers so many topics, from romance, to politics and so much more. If like me you love a chick-lit book, then I think you’ll enjoy this!
Half a World Away by Mike Gayle – This is another read that i’ve had on to read list for a while now, and from the reviews i’ve read I know that this book is likely to be right up my street. From what I can gather, this novel focuses on two characters who have very different lives, but somehow come together to find that they have a lot more in common than they think. I can tell that this is going to be one to pull on the heart strings a bit, and I hope that it has a lovely ending. I’ve actually just ordered this whilst typing up this post, after finding it on sale for half price and I can’t wait to get stuck in!
Get a Life Chloe Brown by Hibbert Talia – This is a more recent read that I have added onto my to read list, after seeing a few people that I follow on Good Reads also saving this book! From what I can gather, it’s a fab little romantic read whilst also being one I think we can all relate to in some way or another.
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa – Another a recent addition to my to read list off the back off of the previous book and it sounds amazing! An enemies to lovers style rom com, where a woman was left at the alter thanks to her ex fiancé’s best man, who she ends up having to work with. It sounds like an amazing, sassy rom com and I this will be getting purchased when payday comes around!
Non – Fiction
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge – Now I know this read has been widely shared, and so right it should! From every review and recommendation, this should be the first book anyone reads especially if you care about social justice, how many people still suffer from racism and the state of our country. Following the horrendous protests this weekend just gone, I think it has identified to many that the UK is not innocent. When I can get my hands on this I shall be!
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Another that has come highly recommended from many outlets, but from the reviews i’ve read this is more aimed towards white people and delivers some pretty harsh truths to many white people. Perhaps a few people need to be knocked off of their pedestal to realise that the I’m-not-racist attitude isn’t enough. I’m intrigued to see what this read will bring up, as i’m sure we could all learn a thing or two from this book.
If you want to see what other books I have been reading during lockdown, be sure to read my Reads I’ve Recently Loved post.
As well as books another resource that I wanted to share amongst this #BlackLivesMatter resources guide is a few Netlix watches. If you’re not necessarily one who enjoys reading, perhaps a docu series is another way to learn and educate yourself a little more. There are so many amazing watches that you could easily get into on a chilled weekend, or of an evening after dinner! Netflix has also created it’s very own Black Lives Matter genre, so it’s super easy to find and narrow down what you think you’ll digest the best.
13th – Again, similarly to a few of the books this documentary has come widely recommended and my god, it really is an eye opener. I watched this last week and it is mind blowing what this uncovers and teaches you in regards to the prison system within the US and how Black men and women are treated. It may sound silly to some, but I honestly didn’t have a clue that any of what this documentary explores happens and just how wrong it is. If you haven’t watched this, you need too.
When They See Us – Based on the true story of the Central Park Five where five teens are falsely accused of a brutal attack on a jogger in Central Park. I have began watching this limited series just this week, and I am planning to continue watching the second episode this evening. So far during the first episode they introduce the characters, showing them in their natural surroundings, and the happenings around the night of the alleged attack. This then leads to them being picked up by the police who start applying pressure onto the men in question. As i’m only one episode in, I can’t really comment too much on this limited series but already some of the scenes and scenarios are just baffling. If you’ve watched 13th, then this is definitely one to watch next.
Shops & Brands
As well as educating ourselves through reading, watching etc. Another way to support this movement is to support Black owned and run businesses if you don’t already! Currently I am compiling a list of items that I’ve got my eye on and when payday comes next week, i’m going to treat myself to a couple of bits. I thought i’d show the pieces i’ve got my eye on, as part of this #BlackLivesMatter resources guide incase you are also wanting to support these amazing businesses.
1. Afton by Palm | Terracotta Clay Trinket Dish – One of my favourite things at the moment is anything homeware related, especially pieces that are hand made. When I first saw these beaut trinket bowls, I couldn’t choose which one I like but now I am set on this beaut terracotta trinket dish!
2. Bonita Ivy Prints | Weekly Planner Pad – Another thing that I LOVE is anything stationary related! I’ve been using weekly planners for as long as I can and my current one is on its last leg, so i’ve been eyeing up a few more to-do lists from Bonita Ivy! I really like the layout and funky prints that these pieces of stationary have, and they’re so affordable!
3. KNC Beauty | The Eye Mask – When it comes to beauty, I am all about skincare at the moment and when I saw these oh so cute eye masks I just knew I needed tot ry these out! During lockdown i’ve been having some serious deep sleeps and my eyes have been so puffy/tired, that they are in need of a bit of morning TLC.
4. Melita Rose | Fresh Linen Candle – Another homeware item that I love, and most gals do is a good candle and Melita Rose has some lovely homemade candles, in what sound like some lovely scents! Now-a-days I love any kind clean, fresh scent and this fresh linen scent sounds right up my street!
5. Nelly Makes Embroidery | LOVE Embroidery Kit – If you saw my post talking about Things To Do Whilst on Furlough, you’ll have seen that i’ve been loving crafting & DIY projects during lockdown and I have been wanting to try out some embroidery for a little while now! Being someone who isn’t the best at embroidery, I thought an embroidery kit would be the best starting point and when I discovered this seller on Etsy, I just knew that these would be perfect!
6. Kionii | Bella Rose Necklace – Over the last few weeks i’ve been wearing a little more gold jewellery and I really like how layering up different chains looks especially styled with a really simple tee. I’ve been wanting to add a more statement, but still minimal piece and I absolutely love the look of this really cute rose necklace!
As well as the businesses I have mentioned above, I just wanted to also share a couple of other resources within this #BlackLivesMatter resources guide to discover further Black owned brands to support. Whilst putting together this post, I came across Jamii which is an online shop that has a large selection of Black owned business to shop directly through their website. How fab! I also wanted to share with you a fab post from a fellow blogger Robyn who has also shared 52 Black Owned Brands that we all should all be shopping from!
So that is my little #BlackLivesMatter resources guide. I hope that these resources i’ve shared helps just at least one person with some recommendations that will hopefully educate you in some way on this movement.
How have you been supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement?