30+ Black Creative, Business, and Tech Social Media Influencers You Should be Following

At FindSpark, we care about equipping and empowering young pros from all backgrounds to succeed in their careers and believe that diversity, inclusion, and equity are some of the most integral values that the professional world can possess. It’s important that this ideal extends beyond boardrooms and hiring pools, and into our lives outside of work, as well.

Meet 30+ Black influencers who are creating inspiring content on Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

If you’re looking for more career, business, tech, creativity, and inspiration to add to your social media feeds, you need to follow them.

Who would you add to the list? Share in the comments!


Ava DuVernay @ava

Ava is an award-winning filmmaker and director responsible for titles such as Selma, 13th, and When They See Us. Her work on A Wrinkle in Time made her the highest grossing Black female director in American box office history.


Arlan Hamilton @ArlanWasHere

Seen on the cover of Fast Company, along with media mentions in dozens (if not hundreds!) of other outlets, Arlan is the founder of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm that has invested in over 130 companies led by POC, female, and/or LGBTQ+ founders.


April Reign @ReignOfApril

After practicing law for 20 years, April founded Reignstorm Ventures, Inc. to challenge the lack of representation of marginalized communities in Hollywood and beyond. One of her most notable campaigns is the creation of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.


Angela Davis @TheKitchenista

Angela, a.k.a The Kitchenista, is a self-taught home cook, food blogger, recipe developer and food photographer, who shares delicious soul food recipes on her blog and social media. Angela also wrote a Thanksgiving recipe eBook and shares video tutorials on IGTV to an audience of over 115,000 followers.


Asiyami Gold @asiyami_gold

Asiyami is a renowned art director, blogger and visual storyteller, and is the founder of A.Au, a clothing and lifestyle brand that “aims to empower women to embrace their history, culture, identity, stay connected to their roots, and to continue to push the narrative of their legacy.” She documents her world travels through beautiful imagery on her Instagram and blog.


Bilphena Yahwon  @goldwomyn

Bilphena is a Baltimore-based writer, researcher, organizer and womanist. Her Instagram is filled with gorgeous excerpts from her favorite writers, as well as pieces of her original work.


Courtney Quinn @colormecourtney

Courtney Quinn is a slightly color-obsessed fashionista and blogger. Her work celebrates out-of-the-box style, NYC, and did we mention, tons of color?

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We won’t be silenced ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 Spent the day at the #womensmarchLA with @soapandgloryUSA for their #morethanlips campaign 💋💄 We created a safe space for women to anonymously share their stories on this note wall (pictured) or by streaming live anecdotal videos of just their lips 👄 (check my stories). These sassy superheroes shared inspiring stories of overcoming hate, abuse & discrimination with love, strength and the power of speaking up 📢💕 I shared how I’ve found strength in turning my previous insecurities (like my giant lips, big butt 🍑 & curly hair) into my current super powers 💪🏽💪🏾💪🏿 Realizing that these things that you may hate about yourself are actually something to be celebrated can help take the negative power away and use it for good, self love & change! ♥️ Honored to have been apart of this historic day with #soapandgloryusa 😘#partner #whoruntheworld #womensmarch #timesup

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Charli Penn @charlipenn

Charli is the relationships & wellness director at Essence magazine, and the Webby-nominated cohost of Yes, Girl! podcast and The Solve Podcast. She has over 10 years of experience reporting on relationships, dating, marriage, sex and weddings.

 


Cori Murray @corimurray

Cori is the entertainment director at Essence magazine, the host of their Black Women in Music and Black Women in Hollywood awards events, and the Webby-nominated cohost of Yes, Girl! podcast. She is also an associate member of The Recording Academy.

 


Elyse Fox @elyse.fox

Elyse is a filmmaker and creative producer who also has a killer Instagram presence. Her @sadgirlsclub account gives mental health advice and support to over 286,000 followers.


Ellen McGirt  @ellmcgirt

Ellen is a senior editor at Fortune magazine and writes a weekly newsletter on culture and diversity in corporate America called raceAhead.

 


Garvin Reid @reidtweendaline

The self-proclaimed “photograpeneur” takes stunning photos across the world. His greatest talent lies in capturing the essence of a moment in a single shot.

 

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Instagram 👉🏿 Reality Thank you @beauteefullofgifts for being a good sport 🤣 🩱 by: @dezired.dezigns

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Jenna Wortham  @jennydeluxe

Jenna is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and cohost of the Times’ podcast Still Processing. Her Instagram is filled with creative inspiration, cultural commentary and stunning photos of her adventures.

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Jamila Woods  @jamilawoods

Jamila is an award-winning poet and vocalist. She was raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from Brown University. She’s also featured in our article on spoken word artists with inspiring careers because she simply does so much, so amazingly.

 

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that vitamin D 😌🌞

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Jamila Rowser  @jamilarowser

Jamila is a comic book writer and publisher known for her debut award-winning comic, Wash Day, that pays tribute to the beauty and endurance of Black women and their hair. Jamila is also the cofounder of the international meetup group, Geek Girl Brunch, creator of the “hip-hop x geek culture project,” Straight Outta Gotham, and creator of the former blog, Girl Gone Geek.

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John Henry  @johnhenrystyle

John Henry started his first company at age 18 and sold it by the age of 21. He cofounded Harlem Capital, a venture capital firm that invested in female and POC entrepreneurs. John has been named to “30 Under 30” lists by Forbes and Inc. and Adweek‘s Creative 100.

 

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More important & as determined as ever. Build our own systems. 💯

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Kathryn Finney  @KathrynFinney

Kathryn is the founder of digitalundivided, a social enterprise that takes an innovative, transformative approach to economic empowerment by encouraging Black and Latina women to own their economic security through entrepreneurship. An Echoing Green Global Fellow and Eisenhower Fellow, Kathryn started digitalundivided after selling her company, TBF GROUP, one of the first influencer media companies.

 

 

 


Kelly Augustine @kellyaugustineb

With over 106,000 Instagram followers and an appearance in Time Square for a Lane Bryant campaign, Kelly is a fashion professional with a focus on plus-size fashion, Brown beauty and cosmetics, and NYC lifestyle. She has a certificate in Brand Management Experience from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Advertising & Public Relations from The City College of New York.

 

 


Kimberly Rose Drew  @museummammy

Former social media manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and author of the recent book, This Is What I Know About Art, you can be assured that Kimberly embodies the intersection between digital and art chic. But don’t take it from us, head to her Instagram for tons of insights about art, lifestyle, and culture.

 


Kéla Walker  @kelawalker

We’re so proud to have Kéla among our FindSpark speaker alumni! The 7x Emmy-nominated TV host and producer slays on the big screen as much as she does on the mobile screen! Her highly (and gorgeously) curated Instagram account has over 96,000 followers, who look to Kéla for health, beauty and lifestyle inspiration.


Kathleen Elie  @consciousnchic

Kathleen’s expertise lies in helping followers make environmentally-conscious and ethical choices in beauty and style. On Instagram, Kathleen reviews tons of vegan and eco-friendly fashion and beauty products.


Maya Pope-Chappell  @mayapopechappell

Who better to follow on LinkedIn than the lady in charge of making their content awesome? As Managing News Editor of Audience Engagement & Distribution, Maya creates and curates content that empowers LinkedIn’s community of nearly 500 million job seekers.

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Michaela Angela Davis  @michaelaangelad

Michaela is a writer and activist on behalf of women of color. She’s also been a stylist for celebrities like Oprah and Beyonce. Her work and commentary focus on crafting a more representative vision of female beauty.


Naima Green  @naimagreen

Naima is an artist and educator currently living between Brooklyn, NY and Mexico City, Mexico. She holds an MFA in Photography from ICP–Bard and has had her photography exhibited across the United States. One of her latest projects is Pur·suit, a deck of playing cards featuring queer womxn, trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people.

 

 

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Feeling SEEN by @vadesofthesun ⚡️happy Aquarius szn.

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Netta Jenkins @nettajenkins

Netta started her career in entertainment, university career advising, and is now a diversity and inclusion technology professional at IAC Apps. She has been featured in Forbes, among numerous other publications, and is a frequent keynote speaker. She recently joined our panel for a FindSpark Employer Dialogue and can be found on LinkedIn posting real-talk D&I insights and positive career motivation.

Netta Jenkins


Saeed Jones  @theferocity

Saeed is a poet, writer and author of two books, Prelude to Bruise and How We Fight For Our Lives. He was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Follow him on Twitter for pointed, witty, often hilarious commentary.


Steven Onoja  @stevenonoja

Steven is a creative consultant, director, and photographer with an eye for stunning, symmetrical shots. His personal style takes us back in time with instances of bowler hats, typewriters and tweed jackets.

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This has been the hardest period in my life. Looking for answers and trying to understand my own existence. Since living here in America this has definitely been the hardest year so far. This year marks my 10th anniversary of living in this country. At the beginning of the year, I found myself at peace, motivated, and ready to tackle the year. I was going to the gym twice a day, part of a group of guys establishing professional goals and working to achieve them. BUT, life has a way of putting up road blocks. I have not been the same since February 10th. BUT there’s another but, I had to be willing to accept what has happened and continue to move forward in life. My mom would pray over me while she was in Nigeria, she would text me every Sunday and tell me to go to church. She was my only purpose on doing what I do. Over the past few days, I have received so much love from a lot of people through messages, phone calls, and visits. I was also able to learn from other people who had lost one or both of their parents just like myself. Your stories have consoled me and have helped me heal in this process. Those who’ve done this for me thank you and even though we never actually met I love you. #StevenOnoja #Thankyou

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Tony Prophet  LinkedIn

As Chief Equality Officer at SalesForce, Tony is committed to making the workforce and the whole world more inclusive of all races, religions, ethnicities, and identities.

Tony Prophet

 


Teron Foster @yourcareerguy

Teron is a career coach, resume writer, university recruiter at TEKsystems, and FindSpark speaker. Follow him across his social media platforms for great career insights, especially on navigating the transition from college to the corporate world.

 

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Walter T Geer III LinkedIn

Recently named one of Savoy magazine’s 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America, Walter is an inspirational Jack-of-all-trades. He is the senior vice president and group creative director of the creative collective, TBWA\WORLDHEALTH, the holder of six U.S Patents for digital ad formats, and a sport-bike racer, to boot!

Walter T. Geer III


Zinzi Clemmons  @zinziclemmons

Zinzi is a writer and editor raised in Philadelphia. She studied at Brown and Columbia and recently published her debut novel, What We Lose. Follow her on Twitter for intelligent, thought-provoking commentary on race, culture, politics and more.

 


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