Twitter has always been popular in the age of social media, but its importance has recently escalated. It’s more crucial than ever in the current political and social climate to give women of color the platform to speak up about the things that matter most in our world. After all, they know firsthand what it’s like to be marginalized and sidelined on the regular, so we should probably all decide to listen to WOC more often, especially on Twitter.
In 2014 the #UnfollowAMan movement suggested that women of Twitter unfollow men to counteract the predominance of males’s opinions in the media. A similar movement should take place this year called #FollowAWomanOfColor, because many of these Twitter accounts offer important insights about current events that you might be missing in a white person’s profile.
Here are the 10 most bad-ass WOC on Twitter we should be following.
1Ivie Okechukwu Ani (@ivieani)
Ani is a writer whose work has been featured on The Village Voice, New York Times, Teen Vogue, and more. She’s from the Bronx and graduated from NYU after studying Journalism and Africana Studies. If Twitter’s not enough, find her looking fierce on Instagram here.
2Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty)
Amry is famous for using Twitter as a platform to comment on social justice issues and share her perspective as a Muslim Arab American. She’s currently working as a freelance writer and she manages a rad Tumblr page called Racial Misprofiling which, as she says, depicts “When ‘Arab’ stock photos go terribly wrong.”
3Fem B. Wells (@FeministaJones)
Feminista Jones calls herself a “post-modern sex-positive, Black feminist woman” on her popular blog. She writes and speaks about intersectional feminism and sex-positivity, using her acquired wisdom to facilitate dialogue about often taboo subjects.
Zahira Kelly has a column in The New Inquiry called “Dear Marooned Alien Princess.” Sound too awesome to be real? Well, it’s real. According to TNR, Zahira “specializes in the jolt of recognition that comes from rearranging or inverting mainstream hierarchies” and she’s a visual artist. Her work is sold online here, and can also be found on her Patreon.