DIY Black Women-1

I am a proud DIY (Do It Yourself) writer/blogger. I also have much love/respect for other Black women who are DIY artists/writers/entrepreneurs etc.  I think this is a great time for Black women. Technology is allowing us to express ourselves, like never before. On a grand scale. We can reach hundreds, thousands, and even millions (!) of folks via blogging, twitter, tumblr, etc. We can use these mediums to tell our stories in our own way.

In honor of Black History Month, this week is all about DIY Black women!  🙂

I came across the YouTube “The State of Black Women in Contemporary Media”  on the DIY blog “What About Our Daughters.” The owner is also the founder of “Blogging While Brown,”  a social media event.

The roundtable features five fabulous DIY Black women:  Issa Rae (creator of “Awkward Black Girl”), Lena Waithe (producer of “Dear White People”), Ashley Blaine (actress/producer), Numa Perrier (writer/director), and Andrea Lewis (actress/singer).

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An Intergenerational Dialogue on Progressive Activism and Black America

Scheduled for Jan 31, 2014

The Schomburg Center is proud to present “In the Tradition: An Intergenerational Dialogue on Progressive Activism and Black America,” a dialogue between actor, author, and activist Harry Belafonte and Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, MSNBC Host and author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America on the tradition of black activism, the role of activist intellectuals, the critical lessons of past movements and the challenges of organizing in the twenty-first century. How has the landscape for social justice become more complicated? What are the responsibilities of the black community to its advocates in times of attack?

Join us for an enlightening conversation to be moderated by Dr. Jelani Cobb.

Black Folk Don’t web series

Black Folks Don’t is a web series that seeks to deconstruct stereotypes about black folks. I love this show! It’s providing an alternative voice for black folks who resist white supremacist definitions of who they are when it comes to  activism, music, sustainability, etc. Of course, I loved the episode on black feminism 😉

Vanessa Bell Calloway: “In the Company of Friends”

Speaking of Tina Turner, Vanessa Bell Calloway gave a great performance as Tina Turner’s friend (played by Angela Bassett), in the film “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”  I’ve wondered what she’s been up to, as Hollywood is not kind to black actresses (and all actresses as they grow older). It’s nice to see she’s doing her own thang, with her new web series “In the Company of Friends.”   I want to do this with my friends now, just grub and have good conversation 🙂

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gna3MMrhLY8

Chrisette Michele YouTube Channel

Why Chrisette Michele hasn’t blown up is beyond me. She has an amazing voice and catalog of music. Michele is in the group of black female singers (Jazmine Sullivan, Fantasia, Kelly Price, etc.)  underrated/ ignored in favor of mainstream media promotion of the Rihannas/Beyonces. It’s a combination of these women being brown-skinned/full-figured/less sexual in their music and appearance.

I personally loved Chrisette Michele’s “Epiphany” album…

Michele has created a YouTube channel to explore fashion/makeup. The debut video is too cute and you can hear her singing in the background. It’s a fun combination. I wish her well on this new venture!!

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