Last updated on June 19th, 2021 at 06:06 pm
Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of the last Black Americans who were in enslaved in Galveston, Texas.
And let’s be honest—the US would be not be what it is today without the Black Americans who built this country. Especially Black women.
Black women’s unwavering strength is beyond a traditional role. For so long we’ve been pillars in our community for success, creating and maintaining Black families.
Despite the heaviness of fighting for equality and equity, we’ve also grown to be the most educated group in America. But as we’ve evolved, we’ve realized there’s more to life and us than that. Yes we are creators, innovators, and healers—it’s ingrained in us.
We’ve also discovered power in healing ourselves and through that we can heal our communities and the world
. We’ve learned how crucial it is to focus on the totality of our healing. Which means wellness for our mind, bodies, souls—even our careers, social lives, and finances.
We’ve found power in getting to the root of who we are, without having to be everything for everyone.
So to commemorate this Juneteenth (and beyond) here’s 5 Black women in wellness you can support:
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Tonya Rapley – Creator of My Fab Finance
She has created a catalog of resources that will help you improve your finances for the better. Especially for millennials who are trying to figure out this whole adulting thing.
She has a monthly ($27) or yearly ($270) subscription you can purchase, giving you access to the full library of resources and courses she’s created.
Some of the much-needed topics she covers are: travel on a budget, paying off student loans, credit, budgeting, and more. You also get access to her monthly office hours where you can ask any financial questions you’d like.
Make sure to follow her on Instagram for your daily financial inspo.
Dr. Joy Harden Braford – Creator of Therapy For Black Girls
She’s the GOAT when it comes to mental health. Seriously whoever told me about her I’m eternally grateful. Every week she releases a new episode on her podcast featuring black female therapists with different backgrounds, expertise, and credentials—that talk about a multitude of topics impacting Black women.
On TFBG, there’s a directory of black female therapists in the US. Which you can specify the state, virtual or in person, insurance, or sliding scale for those uninsured. Through her platform she also has a Facebook group where you can anonymously seek advice and get feedback from everyone. But it’s also a chance to fellowship and meet other black women.
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The Shelah Marie – Creator of Curvy, Curly, Conscious
Through Curvy, Curly, Conscious she curates events for black women that advocate self-love, meditation, all in the spirit of fun. She does an excellent job at creating safe spaces, offering healing resources and showing up authentically for her community.
Shelah is unapologetic, relatable, fun, vibrant, and down to earth. She uses her platform to highlight the triumphs she’s had after her own struggles.
Her authentic and vulnerable delivery helps give people hope that they can overcome any issues—emotional, mental or otherwise. She is passionate about using her platform to promote other black female businesses surrounding wellness.
And to top it off—she has a meditation mixtape that can be streamed on all platforms like Spotify, Apple music, etc.
Sky Britnei – Creator of DE LA JIPI
Sky Britnei is an herbalist, mental health advocate, and energy practitioner. Her love and dedication to holistic wellness is shown in her budding business DE LA JIPI.
Everything about her platform is lively and informative—from the products sold, social media content, to her personality.
DE LA JIPI is in service to your everyday wellness necessities. I’m talking… crystals to amplify abundance and do chakra healing. Then there’s smudge sticks to get rid of negative energy in the home + create a safe space for yourself. She even has nontoxic body butters and scrubs for your TLC. Check out her site to see all the healing modalities she offers.
But make sure you click that follow button on her Insta. You can count on there being relatable and encouraging posts with powerful affirmations to help cultivate your abundance. Part of wellness is aligning with people and content that’s good for your soul—DE LA JIPI is 100% that!
Tori Hasty – Thee Muse Garden
Tori’s aura lights up the world—seriously. She is a genuine, helpful practitioner and healer. Following her platform will introduce you to a new sense of wellness. She models wellness through her diet, physical wellbeing, and her overall lifestyle.
She is a Thailand-based yoga teacher, Reiki and sound healing practitioner. Don’t let the time difference keep you from tuning into her. She offers classes online.
Even if you can’t make it to a class still follow her Insta. She spreads love through everything she posts and finds fun ways to connect people to wellness through body movement. She’s that sprinkle of joy everyone needs in their life.