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5 Instagram Accounts to Follow this Black History Month

Audio: Read by Emily Simmons.

It’s Black History Month here in the UK, and while at dubble we’re working towards the recognition of Black disabled people and their achievements year round, this is a great time to focus our efforts. The first step in effective allyship and anti-racism for non-Black people is to educate ourselves! Here are five Black disability advocates to follow, listen to, and learn from on Instagram.

1. Clara Holmes

Clara Holmes’ posts are a reminder that fashion doesn’t have to be white and non-disabled. Holmes advocates for self love and confidence through her modelling and motivating captions.

ID: First photo: Clara, wearing activewear, posing on her wheelchair on a street in Notting Hill, looking at the camera. Second, third, fourth photo: Clara from the same photo shoot, at different angles, smiling.

2. Imani Barbarin

Imani’s instagram reels are full of eye-opening messages for disabled and non-disabled people alike. Barbarin’s content explores racism and ableism, helping us learn about both in an engaging (and usually hilarious) way.

ID: TikTok of Imani speaking to the camera, saying ‘Disabled people, you have to start realising you’re the star of this story. Why else would the ableds be using you for clout? You’re the clout, baby.’

3. Vilissa Thompson

Vilissa Thompson is the founder of Ramp Your Voice! – ‘a self-advocacy and empowerment movement for people with disabilities.’ Her content on instagram is insightful and informative, centred on intersectionality and disability rights.

ID: A screenshot of a Teen Vogue article that reads ‘Black Girls With Disabilities Are Disproportionately Criminalized: This op-ed talks about how Black girls are targeted at school because of their disabilities, along with their race and gender. By Rep. Ayanna Presley, Dr. Subini Ancy Annamma, and Vilissa Thompson.’

4. Keah Maria

Keah is the creator of the hashtag #DisabledAndCute, used to show we don’t have to be one or the other. ‘We are more than inspiration porn and people to pity,’ she told Cosmopolitan in 2017. The hashtag is worth a follow, as well as Maria’s account, where she posts about her activism and daily life.

ID: Keah Maria, seated at a table and smiling.

5. Devin Manning

Devin’s activism work focuses on disability – particularly the representation and validation of disabled people, while they also explore the day-to-day realities of being chronically ill. In a world where we lack visibility, it is comforting to see that we are not alone, and that it’s okay to be ill.

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september is pain awareness month! i’ve had chronic pain for a majority of my life, and been disabled for the past several years. it’s often difficult for able-bodied people to truly understand what chronic pain is like — their norm is not the same as mine. my everyday state of being is what most would consider about an 8/10 on the widely-used pain scale. i wake up with it, have restless nights because of it. i use mobility aids to help with it. i’ve adapted and shaped my entire life around it, and around my other symptoms. chronic pain used to (and still sometimes does) make me feel absolutely devastated. it used to make me feel useless, like i was worth less than those around me because i couldn’t do as much. but recently i’ve been really working (with the help of my therapist) to remember that that is not the case: i am just as worthy with my pain as i was without it. i am just as worthy with my limitations as i was back when i was relatively able-bodied. i wish that there wasn’t so much stigma around chronic pain as a whole — i wish we weren’t seen as attention seekers (in a negative sense, because it is *valid* and *okay* to seek attention), as simply drug-seeking, as people “taking advantage of the system” (??), as fakers, as exaggerators, as lazy, as less than. chronic pain is hard. i’m horizontal most days. there are a lot of days that i cry about it, when i get so frustrated about not remembering what it was like not to be in pain every moment of my life. when yet another doctor refuses to listen to me, refuses to help me figure out different ways to navigate my body. however. if i hadn’t been in constant pain since i was 7 years old, i wouldn’t be who i am right now. i wouldn’t know the people i know, or write the things i write. it’s things like that that i try to think about when i’m up at 4am with a migraine and muscle spasms and nerve pain shooting through my legs. to all my fellow chronically-pained folx: what are your attitudes around your pain? have your feelings toward it changed over the course of you experiencing it? (feel free to share it in the comments!) sending love and spoons to everyone during this month (and always!) 💛

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ID: First photo is of Devin, posing on a stairwell holding their cane, looking at the camera. Second photo: A graphic reading ‘#paintudes. pain awareness month. attitudes around pain.’ Third photo: Devin, on the same stairwell, shot through the railings, looking at the camera.

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Wardah Thanvi About Author

Wardah (she/her) is a student and writer based in East London. She is currently on a gap year, planning to study Literature at university. Alongside editing dubble, she enjoys consuming and creating content about fashion, chronic illness and mental health, and advocating for anti-racism.

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    Luis
    10/10/2020 at 8:44 pm

    Great recommendations!!

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    • Wardah Thanvi
      Wardah Thanvi
      11/10/2020 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks Luis!

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    Emilia
    11/10/2020 at 8:45 pm

    Great stuff, thanks so much! Will check them out.

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    • Wardah Thanvi
      Wardah Thanvi
      11/10/2020 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you Em!

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