Resources for Cultivating a More Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Wellness Industry

Quote from Costanza Eliana Chinea about equity in wellness
Header image from Dive in Well 

The wellness industry feels overwhelmingly one-dimensional. It is paramount that this change and that the wellness world become an accessible, equitable, diverse and inclusive one. 

We hope that this resource guide can serve as a small step toward amplifying the voices of BIPOC wellness thought leaders and experts, and help support BIPOC-owned businesses. This guide is organized by category, and contains links to various resources (e.g. websites, articles, podcasts, social media profiles), spanning topics including food, clean beauty, mental health, lifestyle, sustainability and other areas of wellness.

We will be updating this guide regularly, so please send us any suggestions via DM @thejoyalife

“There is power in seeing yourself reflected. Representation gives us hope for new possibilities and the courage to try. The more people there are who look like us, in spaces to educate and assist us on how to make changes, the more comfortable we will feel with wellness, and the more likely we will be to truly improve generational health and shift the ‘cultural norms’ of the Black community, both mentally and physically.” 

— Briana Owens, Essence

 

Where to Donate + Get Involved

East Oakland Collective 
A member-based community organizing group invested in serving the communities of deep East Oakland by working towards racial and economic equity

Black Girls Code 
Encouraging young women to get into STEM (science, technology, engineering, medicine)

Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation 
The organization’s vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community by providing support and bringing awareness to mental health issues

GirlTrek 
The largest public health nonprofit for black women and girls - encourages women to get outside and exercise, and creates a safe space for them to do so

Loveland Foundation 
Provides funding for therapy and mental health resources for Black women and girls

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective 
A non-profit nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office mental health care—at a steeply reduced rate

SUPRMARKT LA 
A low-cost, organic grocery store serving food deserts in Los Angeles

The Body: A Home for Love 
Helping Black women heal from sexual trauma

The Okra Project
Bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People

The Ron Finley Project
California-based Non-Profit dedicated to increasing healthy communities worldwide through urban gardening programs

 

Mental Health + General Well-Being Resources

Balanced Black Girl
Podcast highlighting wellness from the Black woman’s perspective and 
supportive wellness community for women of color.

Black Girl in Om 
A wellness site, podcast, and event series for women of color, with the goal of "creating space for black women to breathe easy"

California Black Women's Health Project
An organization committed to advocating and promoting practices to improve physical, spiritual, mental and emotional well-being of Black women and girls in California. 

Dive in Well 
In-person and online experiences, resources and tools, all with the mission of making the wellness world a more equitable, accessible and inclusive space (support Dive in Well's crowfunding campaign here)

Ethel’s Club 
Online social and wellness platform designed to celebrate people of color, offering events and online classes centered around healing and creating connections

Hey Fran Hey
Online wellness blog dedicated to natural living, 
curating accessible, affordable and comprehensive holistic living resources, including a comprehensive YouTube channel

Inclusive Therapists 
Online therapist matching service aimed at making the process of finding a culturally responsive, social-justice-oriented therapist simpler and safer for marginalized groups

OMNoire
A social wellness community for black women and women of color dedicated to practicing self-care and living well. OMNoire hosts events, workshops and wellness retreats around the world

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network 
A healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC)

Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness 
Mental wellness education, resources and community events

The Black Wellness Community 
A platform created to address the lack of diversity in the wellness space aimed at “inspiring people of color to improve their health and to restore health in our communities” (Instagram)

Therapy for Black Girls
A space developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant to Black women

Wellness Official 
Platform devoted to making wellness accessible to everyone, everywhere through digital classes, sessions and talks accessible for all

 

Education

What to Watch

Black Food Folks 
Community discussions among chefs, pastry chefs, event planners, food writers, and culinary historians on Instagram Live/IGTV
 

What to Listen To

Call Your Girlfriend Podcast
Co-founded by Aminatou Sow, a podcast that celebrates sisterhood, and being a woman through experiences and humanity, while recognizing the importance of having a tribe around you. "In fact, this support system is what proves to be a key factor in the success (and sanity) of black women."

Communal Table Podcast 
Devita Davison Talks About Food Apartheid, Farming, and Fixing a Broken System

Hot Grease: Soul Summit '15 
A Conversation about Race & Food

TASTE Podcast with JJ Johnson
James Beard Award winning chef and author best known for cooking the food of the African Diaspora

The Food Heaven Podcast
- Registered dietitian nutritionists Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones talk to different health & nutrition experts about how we can live healthier, more balanced lives

 

What to Read

Articles

A Critic for All Seasons - What would restaurant criticism look like if it represented diners like me? (Korsha Wilson)

Cookbooks, Not Restaurants, Are Giving Black Foodways An Identity (Therese Nelson)

Dear White Chefs: Stop Talking, Start Listening (Korsha Wilson)

We Started in the Same Fashion as the Black Panthers: Feeding Our People (Candice Elder)

Why We're Overdue For More Diversity In The Wellness Space (Briana Owens)

Books

Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within (Latham Thomas)

Profiles

7 Black Women Changing The Way We Look At Wellness (Kimberly Wilson)

Briana Owens, Founder of Spiked Spin, is Making Fitness More Accessible and Inclusive For Black Women (Siraad Dirshe)

She Rewrote the History of American Cooking (Therese Nelson, about Toni Tipton-Martin)

She Was a Soul Food Sensation. Then, 19 Years Ago, She Disappeared. (Mayukh Sen, about Princess Pamela) 

 

Cookbooks

Artisan Bryan (Sourdough Baking) (Bryan Ford)

Black Girl Baking
(James Beard Award nominated) (Jerrelle Guy)

Brown Sugar Kitchen - New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland (Tanya Holland)

Cooking Solo - The Fun of Cooking for Yourself (Klancy Miller)

Cooking with my Mother (Haitian cooking) (Elsy Dinvil)

In Bibi’s Kitchen (a collection of stories and recipes from bibis (grandmothers) in eight African countries) (Hawa Hassan & Julia Turshen)

Living Lively (plant-based) (Haile Thomas) 

Princess Pamela's Soul Food Cookbook: A Mouth-Watering Treasury of Afro-American Recipes (Princess Pamela)

Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats (Rachel Ama)

Sweet Potato Soul (vegan Southern food) (Jenné Claiborne) 

The Africa Cookbook - Tastes of a Continent (Jessica B. Harris)

The Dooky Chase Cookbook (Creole recipes) (Leah Chase)

The New Way to Cake (Benjamina Ebuehi)

The Up South Cookbook (Nicole Taylor)

Vegetable Kingdom (Bryant Terry)

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen (Zoe Adjonyoh)


Wellness Events

Pillow Talk Sessions - An intimate conversation series honoring curious minds, community, and food & feelings in a safe and open space

The Sister Table - food brand and brunch club which encourages women from all backgrounds to come together and have meaningful dining experiences

Well Summit 
Weekend-long wellness events


Courses

Rachel Cargle's 30-day Do The Work course


Other Educational Sources

Black Culinary History (website)
A place for preserving and paying homage to Black culinary heritage while supporting the work that will build Black culinary future through storytelling and archiving


BIPOC-owned Wellness Brands + Businesses

Food

LIST: U.S. Black-owned restaurants 

Article: 5 Ways To Find Black-Owned Restaurants And Food Services In Your Area 

Adjourn Teahouse - loose leaf tea

BLK & Bold - fair trade coffee and loose leaf tea

Couples Tea House - premium loose leaf tea and accessories

Dope Coffee - coffee beans and accessories

Forty Acres Fresh Market - grocery that operates pop-ups with fresh food in underserved neighbourhoods

Ivyees - honey products

Loadebar - natural energy bars

McBride Sisters - California winery

Partake Foods - gluten-free, vegan and allergy-friendly cookies

Red Bay Coffee - committed to ensure coffee production is not only high quality and sustainable, but a vehicle for diversity

The Spice Suite - spices online and Washington D.C. store

VeganSmart - nutritional shake powders


Clean/Natural Beauty

Marketplace: BLK + GRN - online marketplace for natural beauty and wellness products made by black artisans and entrepreneurs

Beauty Bakerie - vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free beauty products

Camille Rose - handmade and all natural hair and skin products

KNC Beauty - natural collagen-infused face masks

The Lip Bar - vegan and cruelty-free makeup


Other Products

Forage & Sustain - online curated shop of products from sustainability-focused artisans and small businesses, including numerous BIPOC-owned businesses

Bonita Ivie Prints - Gifts, stationery and homeware that “celebrate African culture with the use of bold colour and patterns synonymous with traditional West African prints (Instagram)

Cherry Blossom Intimates - bras for women who have had mastectomies

Love Notes - scented soy candles

PUR Home - non-toxic cleaning products

The Honey Pot - natural feminine care products

Tru Supplements - vegan supplements 

Vibrant Health - nutritional supplements


Services

4D Healthware - virtual health management for patients

Chicago Birthworks - full-service doula collective

Ev'Yan Whitney - sex educator

HealHaus (Brooklyn) - yoga and meditation studio and cafe (offer livestream classes)

Karma Bliss Retail and lifestyle company designed to guide and support women of color on their journey to self-discovery through products, curriculum and events created around powerful methods of proven spiritual growth. Founded by Devi Brown.

NightLight Pediatrics - urgent care centre for kids

Mama Glow - support for women along the childbearing continuum

Maya Feller - dietitian, nutrition counselling

The Underbelly- online yoga classes. Founded by Jessamyn Stanley

Shayla Boger - skin therapy and well-being consultations

Sistah of the Yam - Taylor Johnson-Gordon - herbalist, certified health coach (prenatal health), plant food educator  

Spiked Spin (Brooklyn, NY) - Boutique hip-hop cycling studio

 

Content Creators

Food

Black Foodie - Instagram account dedicated to highlighting the work of Black chefs and food influencers 

Affiong Osuchukwu (plant based food explorer)

Alethea (plant-based + meal delivery service) 

Ashlea Carver Adams (simple, healthy, gluten free recipes)

Benjamina Ebuehi (baking cookbook The New Way to Cake)

Breanna Danielle (plant-based)

Brooklynne (medical student, vegan, mindfulness, plant-based nutrition)

Bryant Terry (vegan cookbook Vegetable Kingdom / food and justice)

Catherine (dietician, vegan recipes + wellness tips)

Charlotte (recipe developer + safe beauty advocate)

David Chaim Jacob Zilber (formerly head of the fermentation lab at NOMA and co-author of The New York Times best-selling book The Noma Guide to Fermentation

Desirée (vegan)

DeVonn Francis (real, clean food) 

Eden Hagos (Founder of @blackfoodie.co)   

Erica (paleo, GF, Whole30, food freedom)

Food Heaven - Wendy & Jess (dieticians, healthy recipes - Inclusive & Accessible wellness / hosts of the Food Heaven Podcast) 

Gina Marie (vegan) 

Haile Thomas (vegan cookbook Living Lively / international speaker, wellness & compassion activist, vegan food)

Hilaire Baumgartner (plant-forward food for all eaters)

Imma (ethnic fusion)

Jenné Claiborne (vegan chef, Sweet Potato Soul cookbook)  

Jerrelle Guy (baking - cookbook nominated for a James Beard award in 2019)

Jessica Hylton Leckie (vegan recipes, mostly GF) 

Joe Townsend (kid chef) 

Chef Kai Chase (celebrity chef)

Kevin Curry (food + fitness)

Les (wellness podcaster & host of the top-rated @balancedblackgirlpodcast)

Lloyd Rose (vegan) 

Marisa Moore (nutritionist, plant-forward) 

Melissa Wilcox (mix of food and lifestyle)

Monique Starks (soy & gluten free, plant-based chef)

Murielle Banackissa (food photographer)

Nicole Cardoza (wellness, mindfulness)

Nik Manning (keto & low carb)

Nyesha J Arrington (chef, sustainability & fitness enthusiast)

Pearl Cicci (plant-based nutritionist, health coach)

Peggy Exumé (healthy, plant-based recipes, mental health & food / dancer)

Rachel Ama (cookbook Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats / fitness/Muay Tai)

Rosalynn Daniels (recipes, entertaining tips & lifestyle inspo)

Shakayla (vegan)

Shana Minei Spence (registered dietitian nutritionist + virtual counselling)

Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea (V + GF)

Shannon Epstein (mostly Whole30, low carb) 

Sophia Roe (healthy recipes, food & well-being / co-founder of The Pillowtalk Sessions)

Tabitha Brown (vegan foodie)

Two Modern Vegans: Carlon + Dominique (husband + wife - vegan)

Valerie Agyeman (women’s health dietitian)

Vallery Lomas 

Yewande Komolafe (Recipes featured in NYT/real food, travel)


Other Wellness

Ajahzi Gardner (fitness)

Alicia Tillan (yoga + cycling instructor)

Berto Calkins (physical & mental health, vegan, fitness and plant-based nutrition)

Briana Owens (wellness advocate, founder of @SpikedSpin)

Camillia (fitness)

Christina M. Rice (yogi + wellness advocate, founder of @OMNoire)

Danyele Wilson (fitness)

Devi Brown (well-being educator, meditation, reiki, founder of Karma Bliss)

Franceska Medina (all natural beauty DIYs and mental/emotional wellness)

Hannah Bronfman 

Hassanatu (Haja) Savage  (fitness, recipes and yoga)

Jess Sims (fitness)

Jessamyn Stanley (yoga enthusiast, author of Every Body Yoga and founder of @theunderbellyyoga)

Khamica Bingham (fitness, olympian)

Koya Webb (meditation, yoga, breath work, holistic, vegan, founder of @getlovedup and author of Let Your Fears Make You Fierce)

Lauren Ash (yoga, meditation+ spirituality teacher, founder of @blackgirlinom and host of Black Girl In Om podcast)

Leah Penniman (equity in the farming world / co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, an organic farm in New York focused on ending racism and injustice in the food system / author of the book Farming While Black)

Massy Arias (health coach/fitness and founder of vegan supplement brand @tru_supplements)

Maya Washington

Millana Snow (energy healer, founder of Wellness Official)

Qui (fitness)

Raneir Pollard (fitness)

Scola Dondo (fitness)

Tie Simpson (mindful yoga, holistic wellness)

Trap Yoga Bae - Britteny aka Yoga Bae + DJ TrueStarr

Tunde Oyeneyin (Fitness)

Yrsa Daley-Ward (writer, actor, model / works include topics such as identity, race, mental health, and femininity)