I don't need to tell you how transcendent Beyonce's "Lemonade" short film + album was. You're going to read a lot of think pieces (and stink pieces) regarding that very thing. I'm writing to you now in hopes that you will take all of the magic + glitter + superpower you are feeling right now and put it into action. Lemonade is a love letter to black women FIRST and then she urges the rest of the Black community to push towards our freedom. I fully believe that the best way that we can attain freedom is through economic empowerment.
The list below is by no means all-encompassing. Many of the women came to my mind because I saw work and images like theirs reflected in Beyonce's visuals. Some of these women are here to tell you to boss up and stop saying sorry when you know you're just glowing up. All of the women below have played a role in my life since I started Buy Black and blogging journey (in 2014 and 2016, respectively). I hope that they can serve as an inspiration to you as well. Please feel free to add anyone that you feel I missed in the comments or on my Instagram.
Go forth and use all your Black Girl Magic with a vengeance this week.
For Vintage Fashion That Cannot Be Duplicated
8ty4 Vintage | Girl Goodies | ReVntg | Nostalgia's Attic
For Accessories That Slay
Limba Gal | Beads By Aree | The Wrap Life | Paula Michelle
For Holistic Wellness That You Can See
Alex Elle | GG Renee Hill | Warsan Shire | Nayyirah Waheed | Black Girl In Om | Shannon Boodram | Hey Fran Hey | Tracy G
For Food + Drink That Makes You Glow Inside
Synergy Foods | Mindful Mademoiselle | Sweet Potato Soul | Food Heaven Show | Love Tea*| Bee Sweet Lemonade (because OBVI.....)
For Music That You Can Feel
Ibeyi | Chloe and Halle | SZA | Wynter Gordon | Kelela
For Fashion That Has You In Mind
Fashion Bomb Daily | Nubian Skin | The Frock Shop | Andrea Iyamah | Shop Zuvaa
For Magazines (Online+Digital)That Reflect You
Hannah Magazine | CRWN Mag | Saint Heron
For Economic Change That You Can See
Ujamaa Box | The Finance Bar| My Fab Finance* (the bonus- charge it to my head and not my heart, all!)
For Hair That Grows + Glows
TGIN | Shani Crowe | Curlbox | Carol's Daughter | Whitney White
For Body That Softens + Loves Others Well
Skin Deep Body Care | Shea Shea Bakery* | 80th and May | Scrub Fusions
For Filmmakers That Tell Your Stories
Numa Perrier | Ava Duvernay | Jeanine Daniels
For Authentic Boss Chicks Who Will Help You Get Your Life
Claire Sulmers | Crissle | Saint Records | Winnie Harlowe | Issa Rae | Amandla Stenberg | Zendaya Coleman | Vashtie | Randi Gloss | Janelle Monae | Chescaleigh | Shameless Maya | Myleik Teele | Mattie James | Zim Ogochukwu | Solange Knowles | Regina Anaejionu | Maya Elious
AND A BONUS.....
Instagram Accounts That Ooze Black Girl Magic
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