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- How Exceptional Black Women Lead — A Conversation With Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever
Dr. DeWeever’s latest book helps black women realize their full potential- June 12, 2018
- Nick Cave’s Soundsuits Confront Racism With Radical Artistry [Video]
An exhibition entitled “Here Hear” was previously on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit, close to Cave’s alma mater.- October 17, 2016
- Body PositiveSpeaker Malia Anderson Talks Passion, Perseverance and Paying It Forward
“What if I just woke up every morning and said ‘This is my body and I love it.’ and then I went out the door and presented myself in the best possible way?”- October 9, 2016
Historically, blackness has been underappreciated and devalued. Fair skin and Euro-centric features have been the norm and the scale for what beauty should be. Because of this, black features – like kinky hair, full noses, and curvaceous bodies – have been regarded as unfavorable and unattractive.
The societal disregard for the beauty of the black woman has made it all the more important for black women to support one another. This is made difficult due to the schism between dark-skinned and light-skinned women. Nonetheless, many efforts are made to encourage black women to embrace their beauty and love themselves.
The “Colored Girl” campaign is one of many initiatives working to show the world the beauty of black women. The campaign features ten women who represent w variety of body shape, size, and skin tone. All of these women are unique and nothing short of exquisitely beautiful.
Founder Tori Elizabeth described her motivations in an interview with Essence magazine: “I started the ‘The Colored Girl’ Project because I wanted to show the different aspects of beauty as it pertains to Black women.”
“I wanted to highlight and celebrate our unique beauty: our eyes, our lips, our cheekbones. I wanted women from different social and cultural backgrounds. I wanted women with angular eyes, women with freckles and fair skin, and women with really rich, ebony skin. It’s so important to be proud of who we are and showcase the beauty of blackness.”