Aug 3, 2010



If the opportunities for young Black women are closed even before they've begun, this is indeed dire. For how long can we keep telling our sisters and daughters that yes, they matter, and yes, they are just as beautiful and vital as everyone else in the world, but we're not fighting hard enough for them to have a place in the sun? At the end of the day, a cover on its own simply does not matter. What matters is the implied racism behind constantly being ignored – as if you do not exist. Yes, there are a myriad number of issues that affect us globally as Black women. But carving us out of substantial parts of the economy and the media–via rendering us invisible to the world at large– is making the statement that we do not matter. Those who do not matter inevitably get left behind. Yet here we are, and perhaps our best bet lies only with ourselves.

At the end of the day, it's up to us to decide when we have had enough.  Why must we wait for these publishers and magazines to recognize us as beautiful?  Why can't we create and sell our own products?  If the magazine is not catering to you then don't support it.  I don't care how much people proclaim Vogue and Elle to be 'Fashion Bibles.'  If they are not supporting and uplifting me then why should I give them my hard earned money.  Besides, exactly for whom are they 'Fashion Bibles?'  Obviously, it's not for us because they don't see the value in us, but yet we still patron them and beg them for acceptance.  I'm sick of this!  They don't have to cater to us because they own the magazines and the publishing houses.  Maybe if we honestly started seeing the value in owning stuff and actually supporting these ventures maybe then we can make some progress. 
I like to use Tyler Perry as an example when I talk about this.  You may like or dislike Tyler Perry movies, but you have to admit the man is a genius.  Hollywood blatantly told him no when he pitched his movies to them.  They told him that no one would ever want to see his movies.  Instead of bowing his head and just accepting Hollywood's answer, Tyler decided to do his own thing and opened up his own studio in Atlanta.  He decided to do things on his own terms without having to beg Hollywood for acceptance.
If you want change, then you need to be the change you want to see.  These things start with us.


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