Tech Talk: 10 African-American Tumblrs to Watch

January 22, 2013  |  
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Tumblr is one of the hottest social networks at the moment, with users re-blogging gifs and posting musings on current events and articles. With its visual layout, many black bloggers in entertainment and fashion have leveraged the site. If you’re just getting involved, here are 10 great Tumblrs to follow. Let us know your faves in the comments!


Black Culture

Bringing together news and articles, entertainment, and fashion, the Black Culture Tumblr features black models and celebrities, as well as interesting portraits and black and white images, all focusing on the African-American experience. Zellie, a writer, photographer, activist, and teacher, runs the blog, also making available Black History eBooks.

Black Love is a Beautiful Thing

If you’re feeling romantic, be sure to follow Black Love is a Beautiful Thing. Naturally, the posts on this Tumblr have focused on the Obamas and the Kings lately, but there are also shots of black celebrity couples, average folks, and even fun posts with fictional couples from television and movies.

Black Fashion

Naturally, the Black Fashion Tumblr is all about fashion, featuring a mix of professional photos, content re-blogged from other popular bloggers, and reader-submitted images. Check out the inauguration outfits for the Obamas and Beyonce, find the latest trends, and marvel at the cool experimental fashions—and reblog the best ones.

Black Fitness

Get fit with the help of Tumblr. Black Fitness posts images of athletes, crazy yoga poses, and body builders, hoping to help its readers get in shape. Check out Serena and get inspired, or drool over some muscle-filled men — either way, the site is a lot of fun.

Models of Color

The Models of Color Tumblr showcases the diversity within the modeling world, not just featuring African-American models, but also those Asian models and sometimes men. The blog includes beautiful fashion images, fashion show shots, and behind-the-scenes photos.

Reel Sistas

A tribute to black women in television and film, the Reel Sistas Tumblr showcases women of color from all eras of film and television. With photos of Regina King, Kerry Washington, Rosario Dawson, and Beasts of the Southern Wilds’ Quvenzhané Wallis, Reel Sistas is run by Kimberly Renee, a film lover and writer.

Proud Black Woman

If you want to look for awesome black women beyond just entertainment, you can follow the Proud Black Woman Tumblr. The blog highlights dancers, astronauts, writers and more, with many posts tagged “Black Women who Changed History.”

Vintage Black Glamour

If you want to take a trip back in time, check out Vintage Black Glamour. With the tagline “the glamorous life from the beginning,” this Tumblr posts awesome, oftentimes black and white photos of Aretha Franklin, Eartha Kitt, Muhammad Ali, Debbie Allen Dorothy Dandridge, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few.

Natural Hair Everything

On Natural Hair Everything, readers can submit photos of their natural hair or ask advice on hair care. The photos are fun and feature a wide range of “models,” including adorable little girls, chic city chicks, and event a few professional models thrown in.

Madame Noire

Of course, no list of awesome Tumblrs would be complete without Madame Noire’s Tumblr. The blog posts news from the site, focusing on the crazy, fun, and awesome photos that get people talking.

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