What are Black Minimalists?
Yolanda’s note: To this day, “What is a Black Minimalist?” remains the most popular piece of content on my personal website. For me, this reaffirms the need and desire for this community we have created. So in honor of this community and our launch, we have decided to adapt this post for Black Minimalists.
Who are black minimalists?
Black folks who have decided to lead simpler lives devoid of excess which can include emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial clutter. Black folks who believe the path to liberation is found within themselves and their communities, and not attached to external trappings.
Why black minimalists?
We chose to identify ourselves as black minimalists because our culture is connected to our lifestyle. We experience minimalism differently from the mainstream movement and we noticed our voices were not represented on those mainstream minimalist platforms. We needed a space for ourselves where we could share our experiences confidently and receive support from others who understand our journey.
What do black minimalists value?
Our top values are community, freedom, and simplicity. We find freedom by creating an intentional community centered on simple living. Other values we uphold are authenticity, creativity, determination, focus, responsibility, and self-sufficiency. Knowing and living our values as black minimalists is critical to our liberation.
Why do we need a black minimalist movement?
Our search for other black folks living like us, the overwhelmingly positive response to our founder’s first post Black Minimalists on the Web (2015) and the subsequent interviews, series, posts, and this comment thread, is what set the vision for our community in motion. Finally, if we do not create this space for ourselves, for each other, to live, to breathe, to honor our highest selves, to grow, to connect, who will?
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