Hail To The Quirky, Brown Girl: No You Cannot Take My Black Card

June 30, 2015
So, because I speak with a proper vernacular, you think that you can take my "black card"?

For some reason, you think that you should be cashing in on my "black card" because you listen to hip hop, curse more than I do and can cite quotes from Friday.

I may listen to alternative music and prefer to go to local shows over tours, so how does that translate to you declining my "black card"? Because my diverse hobbies may include going to ComiCon, hiking, traveling, going to music festivals and dying my hair every color of the rainbow, you think that this makes me any less of a melanated goddess?

Sweetheart, if you think that my Black is limited by a contorted list of objectifying stereotypes, you are surely mistaken. I have no "black card" for you to take because my Black is not an object that can be bought, traded or stolen. Sure, you'll want to take my "black card" when you are feeling "down with the brown", but I am positive that you will return that card to sender as soon as ish hits the fan.

Every person is wonderfully created and I just happen to embrace all of my interests while not caring about what you think I should like.

So no, I am not the "Whitest Black Girl" that you have ever met. I am simply an extraordinary being and you should open your eyes and broaden your horizons to see all of the other extraorginary people of all races around you.

So while you continue to stay close-minded, I will continue to skip around spreading hippie love while spilling craft beer on the haters.

#StayQuirky

The Melanated Bosses Series: Jacque Amadi

June 22, 2015
Inspired from the "Melanated Goddesses" movement, I present to you the Melanated Bosses Series: a series highlighting young, brown woman bosses from all over. Meet Jacque Amadi of Jacque of All Trades.
1. First, your are truly a "Jacque of All Trades", as your blog tells! Tell us about your many entrepreneurial ventures.
Thank you! Well, I love fashion and I previously ran an e-commerce shop solo-dolo out of my dorm room: Shop Lioness. It's still up, but for viewing pleasure only! I also love blogging and sharing knowledge as I learn it. That's where my current blog comes into play. I get to share lessons I've learned, motivate others and, through my online course (Build-a-Boutique), I can teach other young ladies to do the same thing I did in the past...but better! Oh, and I also casually sell cute mugs on Etsy because, I mean, who doesn't like cute mugs? No one, that's who.

Thirteen Powerful Tweets From The Hashtag #HowItFeelsToBeABlackGirl

June 18, 2015
The beautiful Black Queens of Twitter have decided to unite for the thought-provoking hashtag, #HowItFeelsToBeABlackGirl. As a Black woman myself, I could relate to every tweet that told an everyday struggle of being a Black woman in a predominantly white and misogynistic society. Every treat is gold under this hashtag and I have decided to share 13 powerful tweets that shine a mirror back at our society's treatment of it's Black Queens:









Guest Post: Why My Leading Ladies Are Always Black

June 17, 2015

by Jelisa Jay Robinson of Black Girl, Latin World

I remember walking into an audition and being asked by the director, a white women, "Give me Black girl".  I was taken a back but I tried my hardest to pull off what I knew she meant by that.  Let's just say I didn't get the role.

After that train wreck of an audition, I told my mentor what transpired.  One of his jewels of wisdom was to write the characters I wanted to portray. I felt that advice because I was tired of seeing the same character repeated onstage and screen. The soulful-strong-sassy Black chick. She was a rich contrast to my wildflower personality.

So I wrote...

I have been a writer ever since the fourth grade but that was the first time I saw the impact it could have.  No longer did I have to spend hours searching for monologues I could relate to.
That day I wrote my first 20 page play about Black actresses in the audition room called Ice Cold Milk and An Oreo Cookie.  It ended up being performed at my college.

Because They Said "Give Me Black Girl" so I gave...

As I became more immersed in playwrighting, I noticed a pattern in my stories, all the leading women were Black.   It started out as me telling my own quirky stories.  Stories about coming of age Black girls who speak Spanish and listen to pop-rock. Stories about wanting to make a difference, travel and dance.  Stories about falling in love with Brown boys with dreadlocks/manbuns/afros and nose piercings. I began to see that this writing was beyond me.  My writing is for those who need these stories.

Because we are more than sidekicks...

A Talk About Skin Lightening with Director of "My Beautiful White Skin", Stuart Gatt

June 05, 2015
A Talk About Skin Lightening with Director of "My Beautiful White Skin", Stuart Gatt
A few months ago, I wrote an article called My Beautiful White Skin: Skin Lightening Among Indian Women after watching the trailer to the short film, My Beautiful White Skin. In the film, a young British-Indian girl named Parita, has aspirations of being a Bollywood star, but becomes ashamed of the color of her skin as she struggles to meet the exceptionally high standards of Bollywood, alongside her longtime friend Syeda, whose skin is fair and considered beautiful.

I have had the pleasure to sit down with the director of the film, Stuart Gatt to talk about the issues of skin lightening, how this practice affects individuals, as well as what this practice reflects about our society.
1.Please introduce yourself
I’m a filmmaker from London of mixed Indian/Italian ancestry and recently made a short film that tackles the Skin Whitening phenomena through the eyes of a young British-Indian girl named My Beautiful White Skin.

Brown Love Stories: Drea and Von

June 03, 2015
Hello, everyone! Meet the wonderful Drea from So She Writes and her husband, Von. I came across this couple after visiting Drea's awesome beauty and lifestyle blog! What a beautiful example of black love. Check out their love story below. Enjoy!
1. Names (Hers and His) 
Drea and Von

2. Ages ( Hers and His) 
29, 37

3. Length of relationship 
11 years, married 4 (on March 19, 2011)
4. How did you two meet?
Drea: We met at a football game my senior year of high school. Von says he was there lookinglike a million bucks, so I suppose his good looks swept me off my feet lol.He was there to see his cousin play, one of whom I was friends with. I knew of him... I had heard his name a lot around the way (which piqued my interest), but I had never met him personally. He was tall, had long hair, and was so charming. I played it off like I wasn't checking for him, but gave him my number anyway. After lots of talking back and forth on the phone and meeting up with each other, we started dating.

5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique?
Drea: We are complete opposites. He likes to ride horses, play basketball, and watch the History Channel in his spare time. I on the other hand, don't even know how to dribble a basketball or ride a horse lol. Our hobbies and livelihoods are very different, but we always seem to find a middle ground. He watches K­Drama with me from time to time, and I host watch parties for game night with his friends.
Von: Exactly. We have each other's backs, but in different ways. [Drea] is definitely more verbal when it comes to letting people know what the deal is. I'm more easy­going. It takes a lot to get me worked up.
Drea: Von definitely keeps me grounded. He's always as cool as a fan.
6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him?
Drea: He is very observant and analytical. He can be completely quiet in a room and observe everything that's going on with everyone. Later he can give you the full scoop about who said what, who did what and how everyone was interacting with each other. And everyone that meets him thinks he's so shy. And don't watch a movie with him... He will point out every inconsistency, from the setting to the writing. I'm so used to it now, I just roll my eyes like "okaaayyy." Babe let's just enjoy the movie. Haha.

7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her?
Von: She has a strange shopping habit­­­she can never have too many books or tubes of lipstick.Yeah, she has books and makeup everywhere. Lol. And she wants to know everything about everything­­very curious. If someone mentions something she doesn't know about, she is on her phone [google] to figure it out. If there is a book out about something she's interested in­all out of the blue, she has to read the book ASAP. And will spend all her free time reading the book until she's finished. She already reads so many books about so many different things as it is. She's random and eclectic. And I love it.
8. Quirkiest moment and/or adventure?
Drea: During my freshman year at WSSU, Von and I had the bright idea to go to Myrtle Beach for Valentine's Day (mind you, the beach is our favorite place to be). Nevermind the fact that we were scheduled for some pretty horrible weather. Needless to say, we went down to the beach and had a ball. On our return to Winston, however, we got stuck in a crazy snowstorm. He was stuck with me for a couple of days, had to call out from work and everything. The roads were a mess and I thank God we made it back to Winston safely. It's ironic how we tried to escape bad weather by traveling to the beach, and got caught out there in the eye of it. Looking back on it now, I realize how dangerous that could have been.

9. What will the back cover or your love story read?
Drea: Our love met somewhere between a Tupac CD and a 90's slow jam. (That's good and cheesy, isn't it? Lol)
Von: Through all of the hustle and struggle, we made it. And we will continue to make it, with God leading the way.

Make sure to check out Drea's blog, as well as to follow her on social media!


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