11 Black activists to follow on Instagram right now, mama

These women are inspiring people to fight against racism.

Black activists

In the wake of George Floyd, Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery protests, now more than ever, people are seeking allyship and practical, tangible solutions for change. While you're raising anti-racist kids, it's also important to do your own work, mama. So we rounded up a list of women who are authors, change agents and thinkers dedicated to the fight against racism. Follow them to learn how to take action and have your finger on the pulse of history in the making.

Here are some of our favorite inspiring Black activists empowering the world to fight against racism:

1. Alicia Garza (@chasinggarza)

Alicia co-founded the Black Lives Matter network, but she's also influential in directing the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

2. Brittany Packnett Cunningham (@mspackyetti)

Brittany is a frequent contributor to MSNBC with a very clear mission: To end police violence in America.

3. Janet Mock (@janetmock)

Janet is a trans woman, who serves as a television host, director, producer and rights activist.

4. Rachel Cargle (@rachel.cargle)

A lecturer who created The Loveland Foundation as an effort to give justice and offer support to marginalized people.

5. Ijeoma Oluo (@ijeomaoluo)

Ijeoma is the author of So You Want to Talk About Race and is dedicated to removing the stigma around mental health and speaks openly against social injustices.

6. Patricia A. Taylor (@patricia_a_taylor)

As founder of the blog Some Thoughts From Your Black Friend, Patricia uses her platform to support allies and Black people.

8. Layla Thee Ancestress (@laylafsaad)

Layla is the author of Me and White Supremacy, and the host of Good Ancestor podcast.

9. Mireille Cassandra Harper (@mireillecharper)

Mireille is best known for contributing to Girls Let's Talk, a community where women can network, but she recently wrote a viral 10-step sensitivity guide for allies who want to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

10. Angela Rye (@angelarye)

An NPR political analyst and CNN commentator who isn't afraid to speak out against racial injustices.

11. Ava DuVernay (@ava)

Ava is a writer, director, producer and film distributor who sits on the advisory board of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and chairs the Prada Diversity Council.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


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For all the sweating and swimming I do in the summer, it seems illogical for my skin to be as parched as ever. But your mid-thirties (and 2020 in general) don't really seem to follow any rule book, so here we are.

A couple of months ago, I was on the lookout for a moisturizer that would not only keep my legs from looking like an ashy mess, but also truly nourish and benefit my skin. I've developed a deep interest in skin care for my face over the past few years and decided it's high time to extend that degree of consideration to the rest of my body. (After all, there's more of it, right?)

It's not that I'm too concerned with aging, but let's be real. If there's something that can be done to slow the Wrinkle Express, I'm going to give it a go. I also wanted to find something natural that wouldn't turn into a goopy mess the second I started sweating.

Enter: Esker's Firming Body Oil.

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As told to Liz Tenety.

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My husband said, "Let's ask our three most pessimistic, crabby friends who have kids whether or not it's worth it."

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