Dear Black Female Creative,

Dear Black female creative,

If you have ever felt like you’ve had to work twice as hard to get half as much as your non-black female cohorts, then I’m writing this for you. 

I didn’t really plan on posting this… but today is the first day of Black History Month, so I figure its a good time to talk about our future. I have been working hard in my industry for 6 years. I literally started a business with NOTHING. I went from being unemployed to supporting myself and employing/ creating jobs for others, all by doing what I love. I made a lot of mistakes and I am extremely proud of what I’ve accomplished so far. I believe I’ve had some good luck, but mostly I’ve worked my ass off to make the most of every opportunity that I could. 

I believe in the power of women and I work in an industry where “girl power” is basically a religion. Women are banning together, collaborating, lifting each other up and building networks to ensure that they’re all getting a fair shot at the same opportunities. But I, more often than not, feel excluded from this support both on a personal and professional level and I know I’m not the only one.  So what do I do? Confront people?  Fire off some angry tweets? Complain? (sometimes)  But mostly, I just keep working harder and use the frustration as fuel for my dopeness.

But today I want to do something different. Black girls, lets link up!!  Artist, entrepreneurs, bloggers, musicians, actors, writers, designers, whatever! I don’t care how many followers you have on social media or where you are in your professional or creative journey. I have a lot to share and a lot that I want to learn and accomplish in this world and I believe that we can do it together!

love,

Amina.

p.s. Email me: tasselfairy@gmail.com

One thought on “Dear Black Female Creative,

  1. I’m American Indian, Irish, Samoan and a very teensy bit Nigerian, and I do mean teensy, from my 10th great grandpa. My skin is not as dark as yours but is darker than some, but then again, it is lighter than some. I am smart, creative and an intelligent female. I just want to be sure my skin color is the correct color to participate and be accepted by this group. Does the fact that I’m also Irish make me unable to be part of this? I’m really just a regular person at heart. We all have skin.

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