Beyonce Created a Black Girl Utopia, So Support These Girl Bosses To Help Keep It Alive / by Aquillia Mikel

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

@bebeautifulla

@soulpick

@wellreadblackgirl

@penielenchill

 

I just read a list of 67 Black women that I should be supporting right now. 

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