Creators with an Aim to Co-Create Change

CreativeLive is a company and community of creators: storytellers, photographers, producers, designers, engineers, editors, and entrepreneurs who come together to make creative education accessible to all, with the goal of helping everyone live their dreams in career, hobby, and life. In acknowledging our intent, we must also acknowledge we have only scratched the surface of our goal. This is the case for various reasons, but key among them is Systematic Racism and specifically our unintended role in that.  It has stopped so many people from the access we so deeply desire and NOW is the time where we triple down and demand of ourselves that we do better. Even though it’s assured this will happen in an awkward, imperfect, uncomfortable way, we must do better. We will make mistakes along the way, we won’t get it “right,” but we will accept that as an infinitesimally tiny, burden relative to the burdens that others must bear for justice. We will keep working at it. We want to be a part of the solution.

To this end, we are actively educating ourselves on our privileges and biases and committed to doing so in an ongoing, sustained way. To be clear: we are too late to this effort. We have ignorantly at times been a part of the problem. Even with whatever good we have done in some capacities, we have fallen short in too many ways that have always been in our control. But we are taking action and changing – as fast as we can. We are listening to black voices. We are taking action: donating money nationally and locally, committing time and other resources, consuming diverse art, seeking and celebrating more diverse creators for our platform, and we pledge this, always forward from here. We are creators and we are committed to co-creating the change we want to see in the world.

As one small step to better help our internal CL team we put together a *working and evolving* list of sources to better educate ourselves and provide support, broadly aggregated and curated from online sources… Although it was intended for internal use we thought it might be of value and interest if we were transparent and shared the earliest draft with our community. It’s wildly imperfect and impossibly incomplete (it will never be complete), but here’s where you come in: we’d love and encourage you to share with us – here or anywhere CreativeLive can be contacted – share more resources, black-owned businesses, black creators, black thought leaders, films, art, books, and organizations that we can add to the list.

Update: At CreativeLive we are continuing to work toward a more equitable and antiracism future in our country, community and company. We are actively changing the lens in which we view the world and we are bringing change by giving a platform for BIPOC perspectives to be heard. 

In the short time since this blog post was published (June 3), we have worked to diversify the people and perspectives we share on CreativeLive. One data point is that 67% of the creators we’ve had on the platform to this date are BIPOC.  For example, we have had social rights activists like Luvvie, Roxane Gay and Ijeoma Oluo on to speak to how our country can change, we’ve had creators like Reyna Noriega, Steve Sweatpants and Elise Swopes share the importance of representation across every industry and we have had innovators like Omari Salisberry and Polly Irungu show us how small steps every day create change.  

This is just the beginning of what our future holds… more coming soon – stay tuned.

Leaders / voices in the black community highlighting ways to get educated, stay involved and support:  

Follow, Listen & Amplify Black Voices

Ibram X. Kendi

Ijeoma Oluo

Rachel Cargle

Ava Duvernay

Akilah Hughes

Clint Smith

Erika Hart 

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Layla F. Saad

Charlene Carruthers

Candace Reels

Ashley Ford

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Myisha T. Hill

Roxane Gay

W. Kamau Bell

Killer Mike

Elaine Welteroth

Philip Abita Goff 

DeRay Mckesson

Shuan King 

Cory Booker  


The Conscious KId

Some nonprofit organizations that support black communities. If you are looking to use your dollar to express your support, this is a good place to start: 

Black Nonprofits to Donate to:

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim the Block

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Black Lives Matter

National Bail Out Fund

George Floyd Memorial Fund

Showing Up for Racial Justice

Campaign Zero

The Loveland Foundation

The Marshall Project

Color of Change

Bail Out Fund Google Doc

Organizations on the frontlines of justice for black communities: 

Organizations to follow:

Audre Lorde Project

Color of Change

The Conscious Kid

Equal Justice Initiative

Showing Up For Racial Justice


No White Saviors

Campaign Zero

Every signature matters. Here is a list of petitions that support social justice and Black Lives Matter:

Petitions to Sign:

Color of Change 

We Can’t Breathe

Justice for George Floyd 

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Justice for Tony McDade 

Justice For Big Floyd

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

Hands Up Act

Murder Charges for all 4 Officers

More Petitions to Sign

Take action in whatever way you can. Here are resources to find your local rally, graphics to show your solidarity and other actions you can take to support antiracism: 

Find Your Local Rally / actions you can take: 

MB4L – A Week of Action 

Emergency Virtual Town Hall (June 3) 

An Anti Racism Exercise 

social assets to share 

BLM chapters 

Educate yourself. You don’t know, what you don’t know. It’s time to take a look at our history as a country to better understand how people of color have been disproportionately affected. 


75 Things White People Can Do

End Police Violence in America

How to Be Actively Anti-Racist

Rachel Cargle: The Great Unlearn

Anti-Racism Resources 

Layla Saad: Me & My White Supremacy

Anti-Racism Articles, Books, Films, Podcasts

An Antiracist Reading List

Stop Saying “All Lives Matter”

The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine

Philip Atiba Goff – How We Can Make Racism A Solvable Problem and Improve Policing

Obama’s resources for taking concrete action

White Privilege: Unpacking the Knapsack and Some Notes for

Facilitators White Fragility

Watch / Listen:  

Act Now – Systemic Racism Explainer Video 

Film: 13th by Ava Duvernay

Brene Brown Podcast with Ibram X Kendi 

Film: 13th by Ava Duvernay

For kids: 

Social Justice Picture Book Subscription for Kids

How To Explain Racism to Kids 

Oprah’s Book Club: Anti-Racist For Children 

White Parents Raising White Children 

Teens / Young Adults 


One of the best ways we can support the black community is to be conscious of where we spend our dollar. Below are lists of online shops, local businesses and artists that you can start supporting now: 

Black Owned Businesses to Support  /black artists and designers’ shops

Ade Hogue Shop

Jade Purple Brown Shop

Aurelia Durand Shop

Monica Ahanonu Shop

Shantell Martin Shop

Kendra Dandy Shop

Rinny Perkins

Laci Jordan Shop

Darius Frank Shop

Reggie Black Shop

Candace Reels Shop

Nubia Art Shop

Sophia Yeshi Shop

Cheryl Shop

Sabrena Khadija Shop

Debra Cartwright Shop

Franceta Johnson Shop

Given most of our teams are located in SEA and SF, here’s lists of black-owned restaurants 

Black Owned Restaurants in Seattle

Black Owned Restaurants in San Francisco 

Black creators to follow, share, amplify, and support: 

Tre Seals, Typeface Designer, Insta

Ade Hogue, Letterer & Designer, Insta

Darden Studio, Typeface Designer, Twitter  

Monica Ahanonu, Illustrator, Insta

Kendra Dandy, Illustrator, Insta

Debra Cartwright, Illustrator/Painter, Insta 

Jade Purple Brown, Illustrator, Insta 

Mimi Moffie, Illustrator, Insta  

Sabrena Khadija, Visual Artist, Insta

Adrienne Raquel, Photographer, Insta

Jess Pettway, Photographer, Insta

Dana Scruggs, Photographer, Insta 

Andre D. Wagner, Photographer, Insta 

India Sleem, Photographer & Director, Insta 

Asiyanmi Gold, Photographer & CD, Insta

Tawny Chatmon, Photographer, Insta

Tyler Mitchell, Photographer, Insta

Lisa-Marie, Photographer, Insta

Mo, Photographer, Insta

Margaret Jacobsen, Photographer, Insta 

Temi Coker, Designer, Insta

Barbara Muriungi Collett, Motion & Illustration, Insta 

Boyd Samuels, Painter, Insta

Kadir Nelson, Artist, Insta

Justin Simien, Artist Insta   

Questlove, Musician, Insta 

Paul Ninson, Photographer, Insta 

Chance The Rapper, Musician, Insta 

Ava Duvernay, Filmmaker / Actress, Insta 

Issa Rae, Actress, Insta

Elaine Welteroth, Author,  Insta

CreativeSoul Photography, Husband / Wife Photographers, Insta

Daysha Edewi, Poet / Playwright, Insta

JK Swopes, Music Producer, FB

Jamal Nichols, UX Design Twitter

Karen Okonwo, Photographer, Insta

Koya Webb, Health & Wellness Coach

Latasha and Ike Haynes, Photographers, FB

Matthew Jordan Smith , Photographer, FB

Sheri Riley, Author ,Insta

Steve Sweatpants, Founder, Creator @ Street Dreams Mag, Insta

Joshua Kissi, Photographer, Insta

Tara Nicholle, Life Coach, Insta 

Tonya Rapley, Entrepreneur, IG

Tomayia Colvin, Photographer, Insta

Daymond John, Entrepreneur , Insta

Dominique Broadway, Finance Coach, Twitter

Nicola Yoon, Writer, Insta

Tiffany Tillman-Emanuel 

Josh Spoon, Artist, Twitter

Billy Gene, Marketer, Insta

Elise Swopes, Photographer, Insta

***Thank you for adding to this list, ongoing. It will forever be incomplete, but it’s a new beginning to an important journey…

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