let’s be honest. popular beauty magazines weren’t made for women of color. needles have been found in haystacks sooner than locating independent fashion and beauty sources designed for and by black women. but now we’ve been blessed with hannah magazine — let the flyest of our ancestors shout for glory.
hannah is a delicious biannual print book created by qimmah saafir (pictured in the black top above). just scrolling through the images online made my heart skip a beat. qimmah and her crew are filling a visual void for sisters, and i couldn’t be prouder. the best part: hannah covers socio political issues too. one time for politics and fashion. now that the magazine has been crowd sourced, stay tuned for the print book’s release date. we see you hannah.
i stan for amber rose. while she’s witty, genuine and has an epic personal style, watching her feminism evolve is what has me doing a perpetual praise dance.
we all know double standards exist, but for women like amber, they’re a way of life. just take a peek into her mentions and the sexist vitriol will leave you reeling. hoe, slut and gold digger are the mildest insults she’s called daily by complete strangers. why? because the way patriarchy is setup, women aren’t allowed to embrace their sexy, have fun with their friends, post twerk videos and be wives and mothers worthy of respect.
unless your version of motherhood is dictated by purity culture, it’s probably unacceptable. there’s no male equivalent to this restrictive narrative, leaving amber rose to be condemned as a bad mother. ironically, her ex-husband literally receives awards for making music that glorifies drug use and misogyny without the slightest side eye, let alone outright judgment.
i salute amber for courageously flipping slut shaming and rape culture on its head. from her bold vmas outfit to her slut walk over the weekend, she’s empowering women to claim their bodily autonomy. whether or not you chose to embrace your femininity in the way she does is immaterial. her feminism is calling for the right to be ourselves without restrictions. when amber wins, we all win.
dc’s sister’s circle is a space for black women to meet monthly and receive love, affirmation and support. with both structural and interpersonal attacks on our well-being, building positive relationships with one another is an act of resistance. as poet lucille clifton said, “come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.”
all black women are welcome to join! please note our space is queer and trans* affirming. visit us on facebook for upcoming details on october’s meet up.
the 2015 emmys were historic. for the first time in the academy’s existence, a black woman won the best leading actress in a television drama award. as viola davis took the stage to accept her golden statue, she quoted harriet tubman and reminded the world that the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.
i cried at the monumental occasion of seeing not one, but three extremely talented black women receive the accolades they certainly deserve.
black women’s very existence is a victory given the daily oppression and microagressions we face. therefore, last night’s awards show wasn’t just about an award, but more importantly about visibility.
here are five reasons why visibility matters for black women:
it’s new york fashion week, and if you’re anything like me, you’re salivating over the latest collections. over the week, i’ll highlight my favorite designers of color giving the fashion industry that work. first up, kls by kimora lee simmons.