Randomness: My Black is Beautiful Inspiration Kit

This past summer, I wrote about the “My Black Is Beautiful” documentary. The short film was shown on BET (of all places). Any who, the “My Black is Beautiful” is really a movement to empower young black women. In a society that works hard to make them feel less than, black girls between the ages … Continue reading “Randomness: My Black is Beautiful Inspiration Kit”

My Black is Beautiful Documentary

The “My Black is Beautiful (MBIB)/Imagine a Future” documentary aired on BET (Black Entertainment Television), last week.  The documentary looked at how white/black beauty standards affect the self-esteem of some black girls/women.  The documentary is now available in full on YouTube. I enjoyed the program, although I did have a few problems with it: (1) … Continue reading “My Black is Beautiful Documentary”

Contemporary Black Genius Coloring Book

This blog initially started out as a zine. A zine is a take on the word maga(zine) and is a form of self publishing/Do It Yourself (DIY) culture. In Portland, the zine community is popular. Unfortunately, it tends to be symbolic of the city (white folks), so it can be difficult for zinestors of color … Continue reading “Contemporary Black Genius Coloring Book”

My Girl Crush Wins!!

Congratulations to Lupita Nyong’o for winning the Oscar last night for Best Supporting Actress! She looked wonderful and her beautiful spirit continues to shine through. What I love about Lupita is that she gracious about her time in the spotlight. I’m sure she knows  deep down that it’s not going to last. The media is … Continue reading “My Girl Crush Wins!!”

Books for Black Girls

I used to love to read as a child. My favorite books were “Jane Erye” and “The Secret Garden.”  I also was obsessed with Judy Blume books. I wish I had more books to read that were geared for black girls/children. But this was back in the 70’s/80’s when black children’s literature was rare to non-existent.  … Continue reading “Books for Black Girls”

Whitelicious/Skin Bleaching

I was shocked when I saw this new picture of singer Elle Varner:                 Why in the blue hell would she downgrade her look from a cute brown-skinned/naturally curly-haired quirky girl, to another cliché blonde haired/skin bleached black female singer.  I find it amusing as black women celebrities … Continue reading “Whitelicious/Skin Bleaching”

The Future is…Danielle Heard

It was the cute bowtie that caught my attention. I’d seen Danielle post several times on a Black woman’s website we both visit. I enjoyed her thoughtful commentary. I always wanted to ask her about her bowties. One day, someone started a thread encouraging people to promote their side gigs. Danielle shared briefly about her bowtie … Continue reading “The Future is…Danielle Heard”

Dark Women’s Revolution Pt. 1

“Yo mama’s so black, when she wears orange lipstick, it looks like she’s been eating Cheetos.”–The Dozens Recently, I shared I’ve been watching reruns of A Different World. The late 80’s/early 90’s show, centered on the lives of Black college students. It covered issues such as police brutality, homelessness, etc. I posted about a good … Continue reading “Dark Women’s Revolution Pt. 1”

The Future is…Coreena

*My new series “The Future is…” highlights innovative Black women/Non Binary folks.* A few weeks ago, I was reading my new favorite online magazine Divine Dark Skin, when I saw an ad featuring singer Coreena.  I love learning about upcoming Black women artists, so I double-clicked. I liked what I heard, and decided to follow her … Continue reading “The Future is…Coreena”

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. It’s a great opportunity to support women’s organizations/businesses. Here are some of my favorite Black women led groups: Pay Your Teachers: How to Compensate Black Women and Femmes on Social Media for Their Emotional Labor A Long Walk Home Black Lives Matter Black Women’s BluePrint Bloom Beautifully Divine Dark Skin … Continue reading “Women’s History Month”