Black creatives and our unprecedented impact

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WARNING: The post is a mashup of ideas swirling in my head

“I think part of it is accepting that it’s so much beauty in being black and that’s the thing that, I guess, I get emotional about because I’ve always known that. I’ve always been proud to be black. Never wanted to be nothing else. Loved everything about it, just…

It’s such beauty in black people, and it really saddens me when we’re not allowed to express that pride in being black, and that if you do, then it’s considered anti-white. No! You just pro-black. And that’s okay. The two don’t go together. Because you celebrate black culture does not mean that you don’t like white culture or that you putting it down. It’s just taking pride in it, but what’s irritating is when somebody says, you know, “They’re racist!”, “That’s reverse racism!” or, “They have a Black History Month, but we don’t have a White History Month!”

Well, all we’ve ever been taught is white history. So, why are you mad at that? Why does that make you angry? That is to suppress me and to make me not be proud” Tina (Knowles) Lawson‘s Tina Taught Me Interlude

Black females have the largest influence of any demographic.  Black women create many of the styles that are on trend.  Black Americans and their “unprecedented impact” across a number of areas, especially television, music, social media and on social issues. Demographic trends combined with the power of social media have collided to empower an increasingly educated, affluent, and tech-savvy black consumer base. As a result, it’s a key time for companies to “build and sustain deeper, more meaningful connections” with black consumers, according to Nielsen report.  Relating to blacks an especially black women can go a long way when looking for social shares. A good example of this is when JCPenney‘s twitter account let go and let have on a few twitter trolls that shaded them when dissing Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement pictures.  JCPenney become a twitter trending topic.

 

 

 

The black experience is like no other.  At times being a black women one could be left with the feeling of being loved and hated at the same time.  I take these situations as a blessing and an opportunity to teach.  For example: Don’t touch my hair however we can discuss it.

It’s can be tough being a black creative trying to break though to the gatekeepers.

I’ll end this rambling post with an Amandla Stenberg quote

“What would America be like if it loved black people as much as it loves black culture?” 

 

 

 

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