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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I took some time yesterday to pause my usual content to lift up some black voices I didn't know were struggling to be heard. I'm so sorry I didn't know that was happening. I should have known that. I found 13 of the most talented black food bloggers and I want to share them today.
Why Are Food Bloggers Of Color Being Overlooked?
Two weeks ago, a post popped up in one of my social media feeds by a black food blogger. I took notice only because I just haven't seen many black food bloggers out there. I should have explored my lack of notice more (at that moment). But yesterday, I started to think: why in my 20+ years of being obsessed with food, am I just now seeing a black food blogger? Yesterday, was #blackouttuesday and during this time of learning, I realized that there is an entire community of creative black food bloggers that have struggled to be noticed in social media, food sharing feeds, and more. I mean...WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. HELL.
If you are reading this post because you follow my food, we're good. There's going to be lots more food, tons of recipes. You should know though...that food blogging, this job, is extremely competitive. There is a constant struggle to tweak recipes, websites, rich snippets, design, photos, recipe development, and so much more. The fact that someone else has to struggle with all of that plus work harder to overcome other people's racism against them is unfathomable. It's so brave to deal with that and also keep putting yourself out there every day. I have trouble putting myself out there every day and I have never wondered if people are evaluating my skin color. I realize now that is white privilege.
I always (read: ALWAYS) just assume that good food is good food- a universal language- and it is recognized by all the people regardless of the race of the person cooking and sharing. I think I might have assumed that because it isn't something that is part of my life as a white food blogger. I've never felt that I wasn't being heard because of my skin color, so it didn't even occur to me. Realization is something I will work on. I promise.
I have a lot more to say, but it's mainly about me and my experiences and how it relates to racism. I'll save that because I talk about me a lot here. Right now, I want to share all the black food bloggers that you should be following. Lift these people and their businesses UP. Follow these bloggers on social media, connect them with media partnerships, buy through their affiliate links, offer opportunity.
The Amazing Food Bloggers You Should Be Following
- Tanya | My Forking Life
- Chef Resha | Carnal Dish
- Evi | Ev's Eats
- Imma | African Bites
- Black Food Bloggers
- Erica | This African Cooks
- Quin | Butter Be Ready
- Alyson Simply Grows
- Ashlea | All The Healthy Things
- Wendy & Jess | Food Heaven Made Easy
- Jocelyn | Grandbaby Cakes
- Jessica | Jessica In The Kitchen
- Mila | Hangry Woman