Who Are Black Minimalists: Communities Within A Community
Black Minimalists make up a community of diverse lifestyles. One of our goals in creating this space is so you can see all the ways black folks are getting and living free and be inspired on your own journey. Minimalism is not just about getting rid of stuff, but making space for what you value. Below we are highlighting the different types of communities within Black Minimalists and encourage you to find out more about these folks by visiting our Directory of over 200 resource links.
Whether it's a van, tiny house, RV, or skoolie, these black minimalists are eschewing traditional living arrangements for a more mobile lifestyle. There are many reasons why black folks have taken to alternative housing, which can include cutting expenses and saving money and/or a desire to travel and explore nature.There are couples, families, and single folks taking up this lifestyle.
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Dispelling the myth that black folks don't do nature, are many organizations dedicated to soaking up all the goodness the beautiful North American landscape has to offer. From extreme sports such as rock climbing and snowboarding, to hiking, camping, and exploring National Parks and historical sites, we are finding more ways to engage with our environment and #diversifytheoutdoors.
Farming and Gardening
Black folks are connecting to the land through agriculture and cultivation. Our ancestors toiled this land and knew the importance of being able to provide sustenance for their families. Land ownership is also tied to our ability to support families, communities, and liberation. Black farmers are continuing the legacy of community building and resistance through subsistence.
Gardening is also a historic practice passed down from our grands and greats. Not only are we growing plants for food, but we are filling our living spaces with greenery and incorporating plants into our spiritual and health practices.
Whether it's a personal plot, indoor jungle, container garden, community garden, urban farm, homestead, or traditional farm, black folks are freeing themselves by reclaiming the soil.
Awareness of our impact on the earth and environmental justice is another liberation issue tied to the land. We are sharing our #sustainablestarts and educating others on how to minimize waste and lessen negative impact on the environment. This community discusses sustainable agriculture, design, technology, and land preservation.
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Part of our journey to freedom is understanding money and our relationship to it. Some of us found minimalism because we went into debt buying things we thought would make us happy but that ended up cluttering our homes and leaving us unfulfilled. Not to mention the historical struggles around the lack of generational wealth and net worth in our communities. More black folks are getting over the taboo of talking about money and sharing how they got into and out of debt.
Self-Care and Wellness
Not only are we pursuing healthy financial habits, but we're also focusing on our emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness. Leading a minimalist lifestyle prompts you to examine every area of your life. These black minimalists show us how to make space for ourselves and focus on our holistic well-being. Self-care, therapy, spirituality, yoga, and plant-based eating are some of the areas practiced by this community.
Beauty and Style
Want to master your capsule wardrobe or simplify your beauty routine, this community is for you. Clothing and personal products are areas black minimalists often find challenging to simplify. Style experts share how to declutter your closet and find your personal style, while beauty experts teach you how to value and enhance your natural beauty including the best diy products and non-toxic brands.
Black Minimalists Are Not A Monolith...
...and not all of our community members refer to themselves as minimalists. Because our goal is to use simple and intentional living as tool of personal and collective liberation, we include black folks who advocate freedom-based, value-driven, alternative lifestyles in our community. This community is inclusive and celebrates our diversity. To learn more about our community members, visit our Directory.