When other women work hard, preserve, and succeed they show us that there is hope, there is possibility, and there is so much more to life. They inspire us by making their dreams come true, and they empower us by sharing their journeys (the good, bad, and the ugly), and keeping it real with us. For this they are admired and revered. Each woman selected has found success in their own niche, and have influenced thousands of women of color! So, without further ado, here is my list of the top 14 Black women (in no particular order) to follow online if you want to stay empowered, inspired, educated, and enlightened daily:

1.Shalena Broaster, Shalena D.I.V.A.


Mission: Empowers women to Discover, Invest, Value, and Appreciate their God-given talents so they can pursue their dreams.

How She Empowers: Provides daily morning prayer calls, offers Passion Academy with Aprille Franks-Hunt to help women find and pursue their purpose, uplifts teenage girls in her community, and has new book, Fire Your Friends: A Woman’s Guide to Becoming Her Own Best Friend.

Get Inspired:  and read my interview with her!


2. Demetria Lucas, A Belle in Brooklyn


Mission: Go-to-girl on dating, relationships, and single living.

How She Empowers: Offers words of wisdom and real talk through writing about her experiences, relationships, society, culture, and life through various media outlets such as: Essence, Clutch, and The Root. Demetria is also a life coach and author of the best seller, A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to-Girl on Living Your Best Single Life.  

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3. LC Coleman, Colored Girl Confidential


Mission: Offers career and life advice to women of color. Hopes to help women find balance and grace amidst the chaos that we sometimes find in our lives.

How She Empowers: Weekly articles with career and life advice, inspiring viral Youtube video, Red Lipstick Manifesta, and The Colored Water Fountain, an online community for ambitious women striving to build their careers and companies.

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4. Abiola Abrahams, Passionista’s Playbook & Love University


Mission: Gives advice about self-esteem & wellness, dating & relationships, empowerment & how to live with passion.

How She Empowers: Pens a love column in Essence Magazine and several publications, makes appearances in documentaries and TV shows, offers life coaching, has written several books including The Official Bombshell Handbook set to release this year, and blogging on her website.

Get Inspired


5. Jenell Stewart, Kinky Curly Coily Me!


Mission: Educate and support women on their natural hair journey.

How She Empowers: Offers informative blog post with how-to’s, products reviews, and videos to educate women on natural hair. Offers natural hair consultation and is frequently booked for natural hair shows, events, and meet-ups. Allows women to ask questions about their hair and allows her supporters to offer feedback on Facebook. Monthly offers multiple giveaways.

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6.Sunshine Malone, Sunshine’s Natural & Loving It


Mission: Share natural hair journey with other women whether they are new or veteran naturalistas.

How She Empowers: Offers bloggers opportunities to submit blog post, attends and host events for the natural hair community, sells apparel with her logo and natural hair sayings, and promotes fitness and health, and displays hair style inspirations daily.

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7. Kim Foster, For Harriet


Mission: Provide online community for women of African descent to engage in honest dialogue about the complexities of Black womanhood.

How She Empowers: Offers women the opportunity to read and/or submit engaging, timely, and thought-provoking articles about black womanhood that spark much needed conversations amongst women on three different websites: For Harriet (Celebrating the Fullness of Black Womanhood), Shine (Where Black Women Take Center Stage), and Soar (Elevating the Creative Brilliance of Black Women)

 Get Inspired:


8. Sophia Nelson, Black Women ReDefined


Mission: Help African American women redefine their lives and debunk myths that seek to hold them back

How She Empowers: Writes empowering commentary for publications like Essence, penned book, Black Women Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama, and engaging thousands via social media with uplifting quotes and thought-provoking tweets.   

Get Inspired:


9. Melissa Kimble, My Creative Connection


Mission: Unite and highlight women of color’s journey to success through storytelling

How She Empowers: By sharing stories and experiences of women that motivate readers on similar journeys to success, offering informative webinars, and opportunities for women connect and share their stories in a variety of categories.

Get Inspired:


10.   Erika Nicole Kendall, Black Girl Guide to Weight Loss


Mission: Offer women practical advice and tips to successfully begin and maintain a healthy lifestyle

How She Empowers: Offers relevant blog post, recipes and meal plans, exercise ideas, and commentary that connects weight loss back to black culture, sex, beauty, and body image.

Get Inspired:


11.   Gina McCauley, What About Our Daughters


Mission: Provide commentary that sparks dialogue about black women and girls

How She Empowers: Offers unapologetic, uncompromising, and unbowed commentary in defense of black girls and women in the media that makes you think twice about the media you intake daily.

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12.   Arian Simone, Fearless Magazine


Mission: Inspire women to life fearlessly and go after what they want

How She Empowers: Creator of Fearless Magazine which documents people’s journeys of overcoming trials and fears including her own journey, fearless T-Shirt line, a vlog via Youtube, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with celebrities by joining her A-List club as a one-time opportunity, monthly connection, or annual experience.

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13.   Melissa Hibbert, SHEEQ Cosmetics


Mission: Offers everyday woman and celebrities of color an exquisite beauty experience

How She Empowers: Sells products such as foundation, concealer, and make-up brushes created by her using her beauty expertise for women of color, and shares her work and inspirational tidbits via social media

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14.   Rosetta Thurman, Happy Black Woman


Mission: Encourage women to live their ideal lives

How She Empowers: Writes enlightening blog post regularly, offers Life Mapping Workbook to women who join her e-mail list, sells her 31 Days to Reset Your Life Book, offers personal coaching sessions, speaks to groups of women around the world, host HBW Happy Hours and Boot Camps, and has a Happy Black Women T-Shirt to remind women of the need to live their ideal life.  

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