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

Meet 25+ black influencers creating inspiring content on Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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

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


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 100+ companies led by underestimated founders.


April Reign @ReignOfApril

April is Senior Director of Marketing for @FracturedAtlas, a nonprofit tech company that helps artists run the business side of their work. She also created the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.


Angela Davis @TheKitchenista

Angela’s a.k.a The Kitchenista is a self-taught home cook, food blogger, recipe developer, food photographer sharing delicious soul food recipes on her blog and social media. Angela also live-tweets her cooking to an audience of over 63 thousand followers.


Asiyami Gold @asiyami_gold

Gold is a renowned art director, blogger and visual storyteller. She documents her world travels through beautiful imagery on her Instagram and on her blog.


Bilphena Yahwon  @goldwomyn

Bilphena is a Baltimore-based writer, researcher, organizer + 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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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 26 thousand followers.


Ellen McGirt  @ellmcgirt

Ellen covers race and culture for Forbes Magazine through her daily newsletter, raceAHEAD and on Twitter.


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.

“Today was a good day”

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Jenna Wortham  @jennydeluxe

Jenna is a technology reporter and staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. She also co-hosts The New York Times podcast Still Processing. Her Instagram is filled with creative inspiration, cultural commentary and stunning photos of Jenna’s adventures.


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 spoken word artists with inspiring careers because she simply does so much, so amazingly.


Jamila Rowser  @jamilarowser

Writer and Instagram goddess Jamila Rowser plans to release a comic book called “Wash Day” that pays tribute to the beauty and endurance of Black women and their hair. Jamila also helps run Geek Girl Brunch, a global meetup group for geek women. She also founded Straight Outta Gotham, a project that highlights connections between hip-hop and geek culture.

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💖🌴💖#museumoficecream

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John Henry  @johnhenrystyle

John Henry sold his first company by the age of 21 and is now a founding partner of Harlem Capital, a venture capital firm on a mission to change the face of entrepreneurship by investing in 1,000 diverse founders over the next 20 years.


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, The Budget Fashionista, one of the first lifestyle blogs.


Kelly Augustine @kellyaugustineb

With 70k+ Instagram followers and a recent appearance in Time Square for a Lane Bryant campaign, Kelly Augustine 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 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 NYC’s Met Museum, you can be assured that Kimberly Drew 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 Walker among our FindSpark speaker alumni! The six-time 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 58 thousand 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 Senior News Editor, Maya creates and curates content that empowers LinkedIn’s community of nearly 500 million job seekers.


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.

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One year ago I was with my @girltrek sisters in a day of #BlackGirlHealing where we practiced Radical Self Care for Freedom Fighters. It was a Brilliant Strategy-being centered & loved up on with Black women only was the only way I could walk with the 100s of 1000s of others the next day still brutally resentful for what 53 million Americans had done-especially betrayed by white women who I would link arms with @womensmarch I want to thank @vanessatreks & @morgantreks for their Vision & wisdom to know we needed to be rooted in sisterhood in order to practice solidarity. Today I march again in LA. Tomorrow Vegas. Onward. #powertothepolls #GirlTrek #RadicalSelfCare #FreedomFighters

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Naima Green  @naimagreen

Naima is a Brooklyn-based photographer with an MFA in Photography from ICP–Bard, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University. Her latest project is Pur·suit, a deck of playing cards featuring queer womxn, trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people.

 

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It’s my birthday and I want nothing more than to make Pur·suit happen! 💣🔮portraits by @vadesofthesun

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Netta Jenkins @netta.jenkins

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, 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.


Rashad Drakeford  @rashaddrakeford

Global Head of Digital Editorial at Beats by Dr. Dre, Rashad has crafted his personal brand around the importance of being yourself and supporting black activism.


Saeed Jone  @theferocity

Saeed co-hosts Buzzfeed’s AM to DM talk show. Go follow him on Twitter for pointed, witty, often hilarious commentary. He’s also author of Prelude to Bruise and the forthcoming How We Fight For Our Lives. Jones was also nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.


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.


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.

 


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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