Greetings and Good Monday Morning!
I hope all is well and that you're off to an amazing start this Monday morning! We are coming off of a very emotional weekend, with the climate of our social society in America significantly strained. We also lost a incredible human-being, activist, and actor Chadwick Boseman, and so many other unnamed individuals in our communities. So, I send you all love and light this morning. I wanted to lift everyone's spirits and close out this series of blog posts with a positive one! With that said, lets dive into this week's sixth and final INCOLOR Magazine article.
First and foremost, I want to thank you all for allowing to share with you the six articles that I wrote as a contributing writer for INCOLOR Magazine (2018-2019). It feels great to give these articles "legs and feet". I know that it will reach someone in some way. Thank you for taking a moment to read them. As I stated previously, it was an incredible honor to be apart of their team of writers producing valuable content for the global majority. I'm incredibly proud of the work that I created for them, and it was during a time when I was trying to bring visibility, credibility, and validation to my work as a new writer and author. I'm so grateful for them, giving me the opportunity to step outside of my box and write something else besides romance novels. Through this experience, I've created a lane for myself that allows me the flexibility to adapt to various writing opportunities and have a voice on critical and exciting subject matter.
About INCOLOR Magazine
"INCOLOR was an online platform for and by people of color. INCOLOR was originally founded in 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a response to the lack of diversity in the mainstream media. INCOLOR has since expanded into a platform that aims to connect and uplift people of color globally."
About the Article
Although, I am sharing this article as the sixth and final INCOLOR Magazine article, but it is actually the second article that wrote for this platform. I wrote it a day before my 38th birthday on October 25, 2018. I wrote it because, I wanted to show African-Americans in a positive light. I was so fed up and tired of seeing vile, at times vulgar, and negative images of African-Americans on social media. So, I decided to scour the feeds and hashtags of social media to find the ones that showed us in a positive light. This article was the result! I hope that you enjoy!
Got A Hashtag for that?
5 of the Dopest Hashtags on Instagram that features African-Americans @ its Best
Stop! Wait! Don’t post that picture! If you’ve stopped mid-post…Good! Because, truth be told, you have to use the right hashtags. Just kidding, but seriously STOP! When choosing a hashtag we have so many options to choose from, and, yes, you can even create your own. But, what should you choose? As African-Americans posting on social media, we should always be mindful, intentional and purposeful and post content that is authentic, empowering, and uplifts one another. Finding content that celebrates our blackness, if you think about it, is relatively easy, and when searching for hashtags, specifically dedicated to being Black, well, there’s no shortage! As Levar Burton used to say on the television show, ‘Reading Rainbow’, “you don’t have to take my word for it.” So, if you’re intrigued about which hashtags to choose, that’s a good sign! From “black love” to “black travel”, no worries, I’ve got your back. Take a moment to view what your fellow brothers and sisters are posting because, to be quite honest it’s truly Black Excellence! So, in the future when you’re about to post your next picture consider using one of these dope 5 hashtags, so that your post will be amongst other African-Americans showcasing “Black at its Best!"
BlackLoveCouples - 39k Posts
If you want to know what “Black Love” looks like, then you’ll want to check this hashtag out! The #BlackLoveCouples hashtag has over 39,000 of the coolest posts about Black couples displaying their love for one another. Under this hashtag, you will be graced with gorgeous African-American couples in love in the most incredible locations, with stunning backdrops. There are cute videos of couples playing love games, on dates, and at wedding receptions. To be honest, the most beautiful photos from this hashtag are of the weddings. I’m just saying…
Blackswhoblog - 369k Posts
Now, if you want to know the “who’s who” amongst black bloggers, then this is the hashtag for you. Or, perhaps you’re just curious about the latest fashions, beauty, and/or natural hair recommendations, this hashtag has what you're looking for. This hashtag is awesome. The bloggers that have posted with this hashtag are from all over the world. One of the most fabulous posts within this hashtag is from a Ghanian clothing brand with an online store called, “Winsky’s”. I love this online store because, it's very unique and vibrant! The fashions on this page are incredible! Many of the women that have used this hashtag are simply amazing, and that’s why this hashtag is worth checking out!
Travelnoir - 88k Posts
Have you ever wanted to be a “Jetsetter”? Well, you can do it in the comfort of your own home. Everyone loves to travel, but how would like to visit “a postcard”? This hashtag features the exotic vacation of your dreams. Luckily, someone wanted to share their vacation with the world. Now we can live vicariously through their posts! From vacationers in the Sahara, Desert, in Morocco to Pale Beach, Zanzibar to the Maldives, you can see the world through “our brown eyes”. Under this hashtag, you are most likely to find flawless beach bodies and breathtaking photos of paradise. Also, if you love seeing black men living life and seeing the world, this hashtag has many posts of African-American men traveling abroad, and smashing stereotypes. Get lost in the posts capturing the beauty of the world in which we live; book your trip to an exotic vacation spot; and post your photos using this hashtag. We want to see you living your best life!
Blackbusinessmatters - 113k Posts
The #BlackBusinessMatters hashtags is one that supports businesses owned by African-Americans. There are super dope posts that highlight the business accomplishments of African-Americans. This hashtag has a post from @Minnesota_Moneyboss that identifies, “43 Businesses To Start For Under $2,000” , and a post by @United.Black.Excellence which highlights, “Black Female Physicist Develops Technology That Kills Cancer Cells With Lasers”. This hashtag supports our efforts, celebrates our successes, empowers us to become business-owners, and encourages us to support Black-owned businesses.
Blackfoodblogger - 33k Posts
If you love a great meal, and you like to see great photos of delicious-looking plated dishes, have I got the hashtag for you. #Blackfoodblogger will make your stomach “start talking”. The food posts from the bloggers using this hashtag are simply mind-blowing! Get a taste of healthy options, seafood, soul food, and comfort foods! Oh, and let us not forget the deserts! When you go through the posts under this hashtag, you will definitely wish that you could beam yourself into one of the photos. This hashtag dons “Black Foodie Goodness” and you don’t have to feel guilty for taking a peek! Go for it, you won’t be disappointed!
Life comes at you fast, and you should be able to enjoy it! Live your best life, and post your best photos using a hashtag that has other African-Americans doing the same. Be intentional, and show the world that you are a person of distinction. You are powerful, beautiful, intelligent, and “Black Excellence”, at its finest. Make sure your postings and your hashtags is the best representation of black culture.
Thank you again for taking the time to read the six articles that I wrote as a contributing writer for INCOLOR Magazine (2018-2019). I'm so proud of this body of work, and to have you read it. I hope that it has enlightened you, inspired and motivated you in a positive way! Have a great week and I'll see you next week with a new blog post to get your week off to a magnificent start!
Charmyra E. Fleming is a romance author with an insatiable, desire to M.OTIVATE | A.SPIRE | I.NSPIRE, her readers and beyond to live their lives with purpose, intention, and full of passion. Thank you for reading her blog post this morning. Hey, do her a favor, if you like or love this post, comment on it. She'd love to hear your feedback. Also, please feel free to share it with your family and friends in the social media universe. Your support is greatly appreciated!