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Awesome UK Black Bloggers List

black bloggers in UK

Race. Ethnicity. Immigration. Culture. Black bloggers  . . . .

Yeah I went there.

All contentious issues which divide as often as the bring people together. I shied away from writing about anything that would make me seem too ‘ethnic’ – that would perhaps make non BMEs (black and minority ethnics) think I’m only relevant if you’re also black or minority ethnic. It’s like posting about my love for fried buttermilk chicken, plantains or amala would scare people away, so talking about chocolate brownies and roast dinners would be a safer, more vanilla, less contentious path. Let’s face it, I love all of those foods too, I didn’t get to this size on a diet of quinoa and chicken breast after all. But you know what?

I’m proud of my heritage, my culture, my ethnicity and my hoods. I’m proud of my diverse family background and my gorgeous brown skin, so why I actively shied away from anything that may make me sound ‘too black’ seems stupid. Do white bloggers think about sounding too white and alienating black/ brown/ Latino readers with their words? I doubt it.

Blogging can be a tough game. For something that should be an enjoyable past time can become all about the stats and a pissing match as to who is furthest up the various blog rankings (and in turn, who gets the most brand collaborations) but that’s not why I’m blogging so if I lose a few views because someone just doesn’t get why I’m spending time visiting Nigeria or wearing a head scarf in my photos there’s really no love lost. Oh and those people deciding not to click because of those reasons should probably expand their horizons and be more open to learning about other cultures anyway! This is me warts and all. A kinky haired, stew loving women with a passion for travel, talking too much and putting my foot in it from time to time.

I pondered about whether a list such as this was needed. Would it prove to be divisive? Should I single out black and brown bloggers in this way, celebrating their writing and photography skills with a list or will they rise to the top of your Bloglovin readers off of their own merit? Maybe.

Ask yourselves this: if I replaced the word black with plus sized, LGBT or tech would you care as much? We seem to be ok with that but race is still an issue for so many and until it becomes just as much the norm to write about it there is work to be done by us all.

Personally, I find it comforting to find people with shared goals or problems, be it another blogger who is into travelling or one who is into styling their natural, afro hair. It’s not always about race, but sometimes it is. Sometimes that’s the shared denominator. If it is, you now have a list of black bloggers based in the UK.

black bloggers in UK

Black and Brown Bloggers who are slaying it in the UK:

Music, Musings, Politics, Commentary

Her Melness Speaks 

Amaru Don TV

Fashion, Haircare, Beauty

United Kinkdom 

Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too

Beauty Pulse London

Brown Beauty Talk

Fashion Daydreams

Chocolate N Curves

Dearest Deer

Chicks With Kinks

Care For Your Hair

Travel, Lifestyle

 NYLON Living

Just Go Places

beingTinuke

Who’s For Dinner?

Working Girl London 

 Family

Berice Baby 

Tiger Tales

Mama and More

Babes About Town

Oh Daddy Bee

Moderate Mum 

Mothering Mushroom

Circus Queen

Circus Mums

 

My list of bloggers is in no way conclusive, I’ve included those that I know of and who I feel write and present themselves well. You may have others you’d like to see included, if so do let me know in the comments section. Do you have a favourite out of this list above or are they all new to you?

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19 Comments

  • Reply Fiona @ Free Range Chick August 21, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in this, you amazing lady! Honoured. Seriously. I really do love this list. A great reference for me to check out some other bloggers representing the minority backgrounds. X

    • Reply Tinuke August 21, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      You’re welcome my dear!
      I hope it’s a helpful resource xx

  • Reply Gailann @mummag August 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Thank you for including me I will be checking out as many of theses as I can x

    • Reply Tinuke August 22, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      You’re welcome Gailann – I hope you enjoy visiting the other blogs x

  • Reply Ronke Lawal August 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for including WFD on this list! This is a great list! Well done and keep it up. Will share x

    • Reply Tinuke August 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      You’re welcome, I’m really glad you enjoyed the list : )

  • Reply Charlotte Braithwaite August 26, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Tinuke,
    Thank you so much for including me in this list! Seriously!
    What you wrote was so beautifully put too – I 100% agree with you and it frustrates me so much! You are so beautiful inside and out. Can’t wait to check out all these blogs and share!!!
    Charlotte xxx

    • Reply Tinuke August 26, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Charlotte, this is quite possibly the lovliest blog comment I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, thank you.
      I’m glad to have been able to include you on the list and I hope you have fun checking out the others on there. Let me know if there are some I should add on, I’ll do an update in a few weeks maybe xx

  • Reply MsXpat August 29, 2015 at 8:53 am

    At long last, an entire week later. I’m commenting. Good list and many of my favourites are here too. Awesome, pleased to be amongst a list of excellent bloggers

  • Reply MsXpat August 29, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I’d like to suggest

    Beauty
    Ambriana- Beauty Passionista http://beautypassionista.com/

    Fashion
    Annie- Epiphanniea- http://epiphanniea.co.uk/

    Natural Hair

    Davina- The London Curls-
    http://www.londoncurls.com/

    Chelsea
    Chelsea Art Designs
    http://chelseaartdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Reply Tinuke August 29, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Brilliant thank you for the recommendations !!!

  • Reply Bianca @itsallbee September 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Great list. Some of these I didnt know about so its always great to come across new blogs. Hopefully my blog gets a feature on round 2 of your listing 😀

    • Reply Tinuke September 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Bianca! The great thing about writing this post is I’ve come across loads of new blogs through it. Just checked out your blog and it will totally be on the list come the update! x Tin

  • Reply Lorraine September 15, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Tinuke, Love the list, some of which I didn’t know about. A couple of others to add coming from a different angle of Home & Lifestyle perhaps and Food. My blog LorraineGardens.co.uk is about gardening, growing organic culturally relevant foods, healthy cooking and Caribbean flavours. Following in the tradition of our Caribbean parents. Another great site is ThatGirlCooksHealthy, by Charlene. Fabulous gluten free healthy foods with a Caribbean influence.

    • Reply Tinuke September 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you Lorraine, very helpful! Also, checked out your blog and love the recipes xxx

  • Reply Joy September 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Aww thanks for including me Tinuke.. I rather enjoyed reading this. One of the reasons being because I struggle with this issue too. Do I avoid blogging about what makes me who I am due to fear of alienating readers and new opportunities? I’m glad that my content is still bringing readers regardless. Many of those mentioned in this post are my favs to read!

    • Reply Tinuke September 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

      I think your blog and photography are both great. It was a pleasure to include you – you’re one of my Britmums 14 highlights!
      I loved your post on your Nigerian wedding outfit! Very glad you chose to incorporate some of your culture on your blog, I think it will attract MORE people rather than alienate your current readership xxx

  • Reply AK January 26, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I love your blog. I hope one day to be featured on it. One person who I think should be on here is UK Curly girl.

    Check out my new blog itsallak.blogspot.co.uk please

    • Reply Tinuke January 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks for your comment, I’m going to head over and look at your new blog and your recommendation also!

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