This space is a creative outlet and mostly just something fun for me. As I do occasionally share things that I feel are important though, I didn’t feel right staying completely silent here about current events. My thoughts and feelings are still very raw and I am by no means an expert on racial issues, but I am certain that I absolutely and unquestionably support Black people’s rights to live (and thrive). More than that, I acknowledge the Black community as they are asking for my help and support.
For me, this has looked like more personal work and education about racial issues. I’ve been having a lot of difficult and emotional conversations about race even before the events of the past few weeks. I’ve also made a decision to move forward with more attention given to how I might be contributing to racial struggles and/or offering support or relief. For one, I’ve realized how important it is to support Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. There are many resources already available with lists of places to shop that can directly benefit Black businesspeople. Here’s a fantastic list: 125 Black-Owned Businesses to Support Right Now. As this is also predominantly a beauty blog, here is a short list of Black-owned beauty brands to support: 15 Black-Owned Beauty Brands That Have Won Allure Best of Beauty Awards.
I have also chosen to donate to a few organizations that really speak to me and here are two:
“The Loveland Foundation was established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle in response to her widely successful birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls. Her enthusiastic social media community raised over $250,000, which made it possible for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support. Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations.
The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of this effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, ultimately we hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities we serve.”
“Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.” The site includes therapy resources, a podcast, community membership opportunities, and so much more.
As you guys know, therapy has been an absolutely essential part of my own health and wellness journey. I am constantly grateful for how blessed I am to have access and resources available to me for my own mental health. I think these are fantastic organizations and opportunities for Black women in particular, and I’m more than happy to offer my support now and to continue in the future.
I know it’s difficult and uncomfortable to address racial issues (this short article took me a lot longer than it should have), but one huge thing I’m seeing expressed from Black people and POC on social media is that it’s perfectly ok and I’m not supposed to be an expert talking about it! I think that doing what I can and starting (and continuing!) the conversation is what’s important though, and I plan to.
I hope that you are all safe, healthy, and that we can all use the lessons we’re learning this year to continue growing and becoming better individually and together.