I don’t have cable (#savemoney2018), which means I don’t consume news, conventionally. Instead I learn about what’s happening in the world via the internet. Whether through daily Google Alerts or news clips that pop up on my feed, I can typically piece together major news stories with some light sleuthing. My favorite sources of news, however, are blogs. Not only do they report on popular stories, they also provide social commentary, life advice and plain old funny reads.
Here is a list of a few of my favorite blogs (and bloggers), and I hope you check them out.
- Very Smart Brothas –
- VSB has been a staple read since circa 2013. Creators, Damon Young and Panama Jackson, consistently produce hilarious, down to earth content that engages the young, black and “bougie” reader. In fact, the “bougie” aspect of their posts is what drew me to the site initially. They have an ongoing series called “Shit Bougie Black People Love…”. While hilariously satirical, what they highlight is spot on (i.e. overtipping, 90s nostalgia and Lupita N’yongo).
- VSB also covers everything that you want to read. From politics to relationships to mundane life stuff, it’s a one-stop-shop. This blog stands out from others because of the stories it tells. The writers ALL have a unique voice that leaves you wanting more. I love VSB* because the content is interesting, fresh and woke. The writers tell it like it is and that’s something we need more than ever. Check VSB out here on The Root.
- *I own a VSB “Bougie Black Girl” shirt, so you know it’s real.
- Blavity –
- Founded in 2014 by Morgan DeBaun, Blavity is a media outlet and tech company for Black millenials. Blavity, which combines the words: black and gravity, is the woke, Black Buzzfeed. You can’t help but love it. Even though I listed it second, I probably read more content from Blavity than VSB. Yes, it takes on a more serious tone, but the posts are incredibly informative and enlightening. I’ve never felt more up-to-date on the news. They talk about everything: foolish Google engineers, the latest Trumptivities and of course, all things Black. I read articles on Blavity and I feel awoken and inspired. And Blavity, as a company, is pretty lit too. They get millions of viewers every month, and acquired Travel Noire and Shadow and Act (also, two great blogs) in 2017. Bless your life and read Blavity now!
- xoNecole –
- In 2015, Necole Kane (popularly known as her online persona, Necole Bitchie) totally rebranded herself and created a new site called xoNecole. xoNecole’s “mission is to promote positive images of women of color as well as empower, educate and inspire millennials through our interviews, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, career and travel features”. Essentially, it embodies black girl magic. An array of interesting content is featured. They cover the latest news in pop culture, talk about real women issues and how to solve them, and cover amazing people doing amazing things. I learned about Kahlana Barfield (InStyle’s Fashion Editor) after reading an interview she had with xoNecole. And who doesn’t love Kahlana Barfield? If you want to add real content to your life, then read xoNecole. You should also follow their IG, it solely features WOC, which can only improve your feed.