Her incisive essays reference familiar touchstones of the mainstream minimalist movement: mental health, mindfulness, authenticity, and so forth. But from her very first post, it’s clear that her focus is broader when she mentions “keeping my resources within the Black community and supporting women-owned businesses.” On her blog, all her interviewees are fellow Black minimalists and Black women entrepreneurs/creatives. The “Afro” in AfroMinimalist isn’t merely a self-description. It’s a critique of the prevailing whiteness of minimalist culture.


In the world of architecture and design, community is the touchstone for a movement that goes by many names: activist architecture, participatory design, socially-engaged practice. They reflect a shared idea: systemic social inequality is designed, planned, and built into all aspects of our lives. Perhaps, then, design and planning might be instrumental, even necessary, in tearing it down.

Standing Your Ground Without the Guilt

Her words were quite familiar, because I’ve heard the same words in my own mind and from the lips of others. Women suffer from a pervasive fear of asserting ourselves. It goes against everything we’re taught about what it means to be a “good girl." But keeping the peace has a high price: when we compromise our opinions, feelings, and desires, we end up internalizing society’s devaluation of ourselves. And if we don’t value ourselves, we don’t stand a chance at self-fulfillment.