Social media has connected me with some amazing people. One of them is Akua! We really hit it off and wanted to collaborate together but we couldn’t decide what would be best. Then it came to us!
We took some shots together and then I asked her some questions.
P.S. You don’t have to be black or female to read this. The popular hashtag is in no way to condemn others nor belittle others achievements.
What does #BlackGirlMagic mean to you?
Akua: Black girl magic can mean a lot of things but for me, it represents the beauty, the power, the voice and the all so amazing qualities of the black female. Black girl magic is about bringing attention and positively highlighting the hidden talents of black females that are so often overlooked in society. The movement in itself helps to instil that belief that I as a black woman should be celebrated for the beautiful being that I am and to also believe and pursue my own individual talents.
Do you feel like the popular hashtag is bringing segregation to society?
Akua: I can understand how others may feel isolated by this popular hashtag. However, it has to be said that the sole purpose of this popular hashtag was to celebrate those in society who were previously not made visible to the masses. The purpose of the hashtag was to build the confidence, beauty and power of black females and to remind them of the voice within themselves. The popular hashtag is in no way to condemn others nor belittle others achievements. The black woman has so long been forgotten about in society and we are simply trying to gain pace, make our mark and be made visible to all. We are a force to be reckoned with and we want you all to know that. We are in no way trying to take the shine away from others. We just want to shine brightly in our own right.
Do you think women of colour are underrepresented in the blogging/YouTube world?
Akua: I think there is a good amount of representation by women of colour in the blogging/YouTube world only except we don’t gain enough traction and recognition. I feel as though women of colour are not given the same opportunities as their fellow white counterparts. I know the opportunities available are subjective to a blogger/YouTuber’s content but it only takes a quick glance at let’s say the top female Blogger’s chart in the UK to realise that we fall short in representation. The only women of colour who ever seem to make an appearance are Patricia Bright and Shirley B Eniang. That is all we have to look up to when they classify the top calibre of bloggers and YouTubers for those of us in the UK. Having said that, is it worth taking into considering the population mass and realise that as a minority we don’t have as big an audience who can relate to us and the way we look? Is that why so little women of colour are represented at the top of the blogging and YouTube world? Because that the charts they compile is merely a representation of the population mass? We just don’t have an equal playing field and until we do, we will continue to be underrepresented especially at the top.
Me: Such a good answer and open way to think about it!
I’ve noticed that there’s a lot more unity between black girls these days. Is that something you’ve noticed too?
Akua: Most definitely. I don’t know if it’s down to maturity but I have realised as I have gotten older that girls are more kind to one another and are more willing to help out and give advice where needed. I think we’ve come to realise that coming together and forming a united front is a lot more powerful than walking solo.
Pick 5 words that describe your blog.
Akua: Fashion, Fearless, Authentic, Relatable and Current
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