Black Minimalists on the Web

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black minimalists

When I first started exploring minimalist resources online, I noticed that many of the popular people advocating minimalism, like The Minimalists, Courtney Carver, and Joshua Becker were white, save for Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, who is from Guam.

"Now I know there are some black minimalists out there in the world", I thought to myself, and so began my search with every keyword combination I could muster with no luck. 

I realized this was not going to be simple at all. I had to start wide, sort through tons the results, check the sidebar of YouTube for suggested videos, and just be on alert for my tribe while generally perusing the web.

A cursory search of "black minimalist" yields two top hits for the Happy Black Woman (Rosetta Thurman, listed below) and then things veer left, but that's about to change.

I’m happy to say I’ve found some, but this is only a starting point.This was a labor of love I thoroughly enjoyed. My excitement rose each time I found a new tribe member.

What follows below is a list of content creators of color. They are in all different stages of their minimalist journeys and discuss various aspects of their simple lifestyles including health, beauty, finances, creativity, self-care, style, eco-friendly living and more.

The list is alphabetical and I have included a brief synopsis of their content and links to their platforms.

Adrianna and Chris Sargent- xxvico.com

Helmed by a creative husband and wife team, Twenty Six Company showcases the couple’s portfolio, personal style, and efforts at creating a “minimal and liberating lifestyle”.

instagram.com/twentysixblog

twitter.com/themashbook

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black minimalists

Adrienne Bennett

Adrienne is a comedian, speaker, blogger/vlogger, and avid crocheter. She shares her interests in pursuit of creating the life she wants to live.

youtube.com/adriennebdesign

twitter.com/laughandwander

Ambrosia Malbrough- xoxo-brosia.com ; brosialove.com

Ambrosia is a jewelry designer, blogger, and vlogger who shares her beauty, style, and natural hair tips, along with her minimal lifestyle in Arizona.

youtube.com/xgoldn

facebook.com/AmbrosiaMalbrough

instagram.com/brosiaaa

Baiyina Hughley- baiyina.com

Baiyina is an interior designer with simple, elegant, yet eclectic style. She shares great ideas and resources for organizing and creating a home that reflects your personal style.

youtube.com/baiyinahughley

instagram.com/baiyinah

pinterest.com/baiyinahughley

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black minimalists

Cassandra- littleanarchies.wordpress.com

Cassandra shares her journey of tiny house living along with the work of the Long Spoon Collective.

Danielle

Danielle shares life and minimalist updates including road trips and her graduate studies.

youtube.com/darlindann90

instagram.com/darlindann

David Oragui- davidjoragui.com

David is a balanced life practitioner who is dedicated to helping people find balance and carve out their own space in life.

youtube.com/channel/UCvrBV-ORDpwy40ntHSzFeHQ

youtube.com/davidjohnsonoragui

Dawn Michelle-minimalistbeauty.com

Dawn shares her thoughts and experiences on all things beauty including skin care, hair care, eco-chic style, and living a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle.

instagram.com/mnmlistbeauty

twitter.com/mnmlistbeauty

facebook.com/minimalistbeauty

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black minimalists

Deedra Boodram

Deedra is a vlogger who shares her minimalist and debt-free journeys, including budget report cards, no-spend months, meal planning, and family life.

youtube.com/deedraboodram

instagram.com/drboodram

twitter.com/deedraboodram

Francheska- heyfranhey.com

Francheska specializes in healthy living and natural beauty.

youtube.com/heyfranhey

instagram.com/heyfranhey

facebook.com/heyfranhey

*Francheska recently announced on her Facebook that she was exploring minimalism, but hasn't created any specific content yet, though I think her lifestyle speaks to simple living.

Francine- callaloosoup.com

Francine’s mantra is “create a beautiful simple life” and her expertise is creative simplicity. She shows you how to craft and decorate without all the clutter and overwhelm.

instagram.com/francinecallaloosoup

twitter.com/callaloosoup

facebook.com/callaloosoup

*I don't know if Francine identifies as a minimalist, but I consider her a part of this tribe.

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black minimalists

India Jackson- indiajackson.com

India is a photographer and makeup artist. She shares snapshots of her career and minimalist journey through her diary-blog.

instagram.com/theindiajackson

facebook.com/theindiajackson

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black minimalists

Kelvin Belfon- goinguncomplicated.com

Kelvin helps you “focus on what matters most”. He tackles the art of simple living from many aspects including minimalist tips for relationships and families.

twitter.com/kelvinbelfon

facebook.com/goinguncomplicated

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black minimalists

Letitia Elizabeth- becominglola.blogspot.com ; letitiaelizabeth.com

Letitia shares her journey to minimalism, her tips for the perfect minimalist wardrobe, and resources for ethical fashion on her personal blog. This year she launched her eco-luxe home fashion brand also.

instagram.com/letitiaelizabeth

pinterest.com/shopletitiaeliz

facebook.com/lilliestyle

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black minimalists

Maggi- cluelesscurl.com

Maggi shares her “clueless” journey to leading an eco-friendly and healthy life. She documents her natural skin and hair care regimen, meals and recipes, and spotlights women of color through her Green Light interview series and brand reviews.

twitter.com/cluelesscurl

Pastaveia and Sean-  ecoconsciousminimalists.com

The duo shares their journey to living an eco-conscious, minimalist lifestyle. Their goal is to rethink their habits, mindsets, and teach others about preserving the earth’s resources.

youtube.com/ecoconsciousminimalistsduo

twitter.com/ecoconsciousluv

Rosetta Thurman- happyblackwoman.com

Rosetta helps women create their ideal lives through personal development and entrepreneurship. She also shares her minimalist journey and location independent lifestyle.

facebook.com/happyblackwoman

youtube.com/happyblackwoman

twitter.com/happyblackwoman

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black minimalists

RyMingTahn

RyMingTahn shares her journey of becoming vegan, minimalist, buying cruelty free, and her love of diy-ing and thrifting.

youtube.com/rymingtahn

instagram.com/rymingtahn

facebook.com/rymingtahn

Sadiya Marie- sadiyamarie.blogspot.com

Sadiya shares her journey to a more holistic lifestyle to include minimalism, veganism, yoga, and more.

youtube.com/msdiya88

instagram.com/sadiyamarie

Sophia Burke- sophialivingsimply.com

Sophia shares her interests in minimalism, design, and style, while creating a more balanced and simple lifestyle.

youtube.com/channel/UCHPK2rBm2aGCr2-uDPFy2TA/feed

instagram.com/sphbrk

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black minimalists

Tara Efobi

Tara shares her college experiences, beauty and style favorites, along with her journey into minimalism.

youtube.com/beautyjunkiess

instagram.com/taraefobi

Timothy Ward

Timothy shares his minimalist experience and daily motivations.

youtube.com/channel/UC4O0Vd3UxFXGX-UQNelwTag/featured

twitter.com/timothyjward

Please support the folks listed and efforts to create a community within the larger minimalist movement. I have started reaching out to many on the list for interviews, so you will see some featured on the blog very soon.

This list is not exhaustive. If you know of more minimalists of color who are content creators, please send me an email at yolanda@yolandavacree.com and I will add them to the list.

This post, along with the Black Minimalists interviews, and the forthcoming video and blog series, Minimalism for Black Liberation, are apart of my larger goal to educate people of color on the benefits of simple living and elevate our voices in the minimalist movement.