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Blair Imani

Author and activist living at the intersection of black, queer, and Muslim identities.

Blair Imani is a critically acclaimed historian, author, educator, and influencer. The New York Times praises Blair Imani’s unique ability to create “progressive lessons with vibrant visuals and a perky, quirky delivery.” Her viral microlearning series Smarter In Seconds demonstrates her signature style of making abstract concepts more concrete in a well researched, well presented, and concise manner.

She is the author of two historical books Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream (2020). Her work centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. As an educator and influencer, semi-retired organizer, and public speaker, Blair Imani is dedicated to making the world a better place and amplifying the voices and work of those fighting the good fight.

Learn more about Blair Imani by visiting blairimani.com and joining her on social media @blairimani.

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Author and activist living at the intersection of black, queer, and Muslim identities.

Blair Imani is a critically acclaimed historian, author, educator, and influencer living at the intersections of Black, bisexual, and Muslim identity. The New York Times praises Blair Imani’s unique ability to create “progressive lessons with vibrant visuals and a perky, quirky delivery.” Her viral microlearning series Smarter In Seconds, which has earned over 100 million views, demonstrates her signature style of making abstract concepts more concrete in a well researched, well presented, and concise manner.

She is the author of two historical books Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream (2020). Blair Imani educates using a variety of social media platforms (YouTube, Instagram, TikTok) in addition to speaking at universities and organizations around the world. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Tegan and Sara Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees for Muslims for Progressive Values.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Blair Imani attended Louisiana State University where, in 2014, she founded Equality for HER, a non-profit organization that provided resources and a forum for women and nonbinary people to feel empowered. Her fearless leadership took her to the front lines of anti police violence protests and, following her arrest at the protests of Alton Sterling’s murder in Baton Rouge, Blair began building a platform and social media presence to organize and create awareness about injustices in Black, LGBTQ+, and Muslim communities.

Following her meteoric rise to prominence during the uprisings of 2020, Blair Imani was profiled by The New York Times to discuss her daily routine as a historian, social activist, and influencer. Her viral TEDxBoulder talk, “Queer & Muslim: Nothing to Reconcile”, has sparked important discourse about the intersection of the two identities. In 2019, she was proudly featured in New York City Pride’s campaign honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. From the United States to Germany, Kenya, France, and the United Kingdom, Blair Imani has inspired audiences around the world.

As an Influencer and historian, semi-retired organizer, and public speaker, Blair Imani is dedicated to making the world a better place and amplifying the voices and work of those fighting the good fight.

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  • The Work Diary of Blair Imani, ‘Herstory’ Historian
    Her “Smarter in Seconds” Instagram videos feature bite-size lessons — and a kaleidoscopic array of hijabs.
  • Activist & Content Creator Blair Imani Enjoys Matching Her Lip Color To Her Many Different Colored Hijabs
    For National Coming Out Day, HelloBeautiful caught up with Blair Imani about her beauty routine and personal definition of beauty, her coming out story, and LGBTQ+ representation in politics!
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Blair was phenomenal. Her keynote was very well received and the students we so excited to be able to meet with her afterwards. I will certainly be recommending her to anyone looking for speakers in the future!

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Blair was fantastic. She really enjoyed our campus and students. She was gracious with her time and made it a point to connect with our students throughout the day. We had a great turn-out and many student supporters. My colleagues who co-sponsored the event were beyond happy with Blair's talk. I had several senior administrators approach me after the event to congratulate our center for bringing such a great speaker.

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It went so well...the talk was informative and entertaining and I felt like I got a lot more out of the book, and we had a great Q&A session and book signing afterwards! Plus, it was fun driving with her to Culver’s while listening to Old Town Road.

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Blair is a gem, and exceeded my personal expectations. She’s got fresh energy.

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Blair was amazing! The students absolutely loved her.

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It was very impactful to learn about her experience as a Black, Queer, and Muslim woman and as a historian. I know everyone in the audience left with a new understanding of how we interpret history and stand in solidarity with one another.

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