12 Inspiring Black Moms We Love Following on Instagram

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As you continue to do your part to support the Black Lives Matter movement, you might be finding your Instagram feed isn’t as diverse as you’d like it to be. In order to adequately educate ourselves on the different cultures, interests, and voices of those around us, it’s important to pay attention to who you’re following and perhaps add a few more accounts and perspectives to your list.

If you’re a mom (or not!), we encourage you to follow these smart, successful, fashionable, and endlessly talented Black mamas on Instagram. From influencer business coach Matties James and photographer Karris Farris to style maven Bev Adams and DIY-er Shakira Patterson, check out these impressive moms below—and give them a follow too!


1. Mattie James | @themattiejames

Mattie is a mom of three who works as a full-time influencer and content creator. She also coaches other influencers on how to run their business—check out her Influencer Business Plan here!—and successfully promote their brand online through social media. Follow her for expert business advice and a raw and honest look into the life of a busy, working mom.


2. Kariss Farris | @karissfarris

Mom-of-two Kariss—with another on the way!—is based in Dallas and works as a blogger and photographer. On her blog, she often writes about DIY projects, home decor, being a working mom, and her experience parenting two young kids. She also writes inspirational daily devotionals on her Instagram and is candid about the role faith plays in her family’s day-to-day life.

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I missed posting a photo of the kids and I on mother’s day, because I was busy doing nothing. ⁣👀 ⁣ For almost 2 months now during this quarantine I’ve been keeping myself busy in some way. I’ve been busy entertaining toddlers, trying my hardest not to send them back to school stupid. 🤦🏽‍♀️ I’ve been busy running a business calming and serving brides who are understandably freaking out about their weddings during a pandemic. 😩 I’ve also been busy trying to to figure out ways to stay cute for Josh, when all I want to do is wear my underwear and a 17XL t-shirt…all day, erry day. 💃🏽 Here’s a few things I’ve learned while keeping myself busy: ⁣ ⁣ I’m an under and over achiever at the same time.⁣ ⁣ Ellie may be smarter than me, send help. ⁣ ⁣ I really like the beginning phase of gardening, but don’t really like consistently keeping something alive that isn’t a child I birthed. ⁣ ⁣ JT will be alright if he pees in his diaper a little longer. No thanks potty training, no thanks. ⁣ ⁣ Rolly Pollies eat freshly grown strawberries. ⁣ ⁣ My mom made being a wife, a chef, a friend, a full-time homeschool mom (for FIVE kids), a business starter, a business grower, and an all around BOSS look WAY to easy… I feel bamboozled. ⁣ ⁣ What have you guys been out there busy doing and learning during your quarantine?

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3. Amara Jakobson | @theoptimistic_girl

Amara is a motherhood, beauty, and fashion blogger whose love of positivity and happiness radiates from every photo posted to her Instagram. Based in Norway, the mom-of-two often writes about the power of positive thinking and mindfulness, how to find motivation in daily life, and how to practice gratitude. If you’re a fan of color and bold patterns, you’ll want to copy her fun yet mom-friendly style too.


4. Christina Jones | @christinajonesblog

This Florida-based mom-of-two is a blogger and photographer. On her blog, she writes about motherhood, kids’ style, and “mompreneurship,” AKA her advice and favorite resources for being a working mom running a business. On her photography Instagrams, @chrisitinajonesphoto and @colorjoystock, she works with female-led lifestyle brands to provide stunning stock images primarily featuring Black women.

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Family | It was all about family over the weekend and it made me realize just how thankful I am for my little crew. We traveled to Maryland for our family reunion and it was so nice to reconnect with family members and meet some for the first time. I also learned about my heritage and how my grandparents and great grandparents lived their lives. It’s amazing how we see ourselves through their lives with the stories that were told. . And it’s always so special when Gary and I can just relax and enjoy the time with our kiddos uninterrupted. No phone calls to make, no emails to respond to. We work so hard, and it’s nice to escape it all for a few days. What do you enjoy most about vacation?

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5. Onyi Azih | @sincerelyonyi

Mom-of-two Onyi is not only a successful motherhood and lifestyle blogger, but she also works as a Physician Assistant. With a jam-packed work schedule and parenting her two boys while her husband works out of town two weeks per month, Onyi juggles it all like a pro but always keeps things real for her followers on Instagram.


6. Bev Adams | @thebeverlyadams

If you’re looking for workwear and maternity fashion inspiration, then look no further than Bev’s account. This mom-of-two—who lives in Columbus, Ohio—is a lifestyle, fashion, and motherhood blogger who puts together the most gorgeously-styled looks for nearly every occasion on her blog and Instagram.


7. Miss Enocha | @missenocha

A new mom to baby girl London, Enocha is an LA-based blogger who writes about all-things lifestyle on her blog, Locks and Trinkets. We especially love following her for her interior design style (how cute is little London’s nursery below?!), fashion, and travel content. She’s also the creator of the online shop Locks & Trinkets, which features one-of-a-kind, vintage pieces from all over the world that have been up-cycled or re-designed.


8. Laura Adom | @lauraadom_

Laura is another working mom based on Columbus, Ohio who uses her Instagram and lifestyle blog to have open and honest discussions with her followers about motherhood, marriage, and mental health. If you’re a mom looking to follow someone who always keeps it real when it comes to the ups and downs of parenting, then Laura is your go-to gal.


9. Shakira Patterson | @occasions.byshakira

Shakira —a mom-of-two with another little one due next month!—calls herself the “memory making mama” because of her love for parties, holidays, crafts, and DIY. Her Instagram and blog, Occasions by Shakira, are filled with adorable ways to bring magic to everyday activities with kids that are sure to inspire you to do a little DIY’ing yourself.


10. Denise Nicole | @abrooklynbabe

Denise is an NYC-based mom who often posts about self-care, wellness, and homeschooling her two young kids. She also works as a doula to provide birthing and postpartum support to other moms. Follow her for more on her work, a look at her awesome style, and what it’s like to raise little ones in the Big Apple.

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These two have truly changed my life in so many ways, they have inspired me to be better and learn more. Motherhood teaches you so much about life and yourself. I’m so thankful for this journey- all tears and sleepless nights are worth it. A million tantrums will never match up to one really good hug. These little faces smiling at me and saying Mom, I love you! D & D you guys just make life so much more fun!!!! Happy Mother’s Day to my momma who made me and always allowed me to be myself. Who told me (and tells me still) I was beautiful inside and out and gave out so many hugs and I love you’s I will never run out. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and people who’ve lost moms or lost children or are praying for children. I hold you so close in my heart right now, I’m praying over you and I see you. 💕

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11. Jessie Barnes Bernhardt | @jessiebbernhardt

Jessie is a Chicago-based blogger and mom to a toddler son who, in addition to sharing candid looks at her everyday life as a busy mama, loves posting cooking demos and cocktail recipes. She’s additionally one of three women behind The Marketing Greenhouse, a marketing agency helping budding businesses amplify their work.


12. Noelle Boyer | @noellerboyer

Noelle is a mom of two, a military wife, and a blogger based in North Carolina. Follow her for an honest and unfiltered look at raising military kids, how to coordinate cross-country moves, how to handle deployments as a family, and so much more.

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A year ago today, Ryan left for a 6 month deployment. Austin was just 10 days old.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Our connection wasn’t what I expected. He didn’t have a name for almost 24 hours after he was born. We didn’t bond at the boob because like his brother, my milk never came. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Despite all of that, Austin fit into our family perfectly. His entrance into our world forced me to let go of my idea of perfect days. He taught me to chill out. If you think I’m a relaxed mom, it’s because of this kid. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ When I felt overwhelmed, I asked for help. I had no other choice. He was sleep trained by 3 months because I kept falling asleep during night feedings. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I didn’t have a picture perfect kitchen. My kids wore the same outfits days in a row. I bathed them once a week⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ During those months without Ryan, I surrounded myself with friends for play dates and venting sessions. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This kid made me strong because his arrival meant I couldn’t hide my needs. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Moms, ask for help when you’re struggling. Stay connected to friends and your spouse. These little years don’t have to be the lost years.

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