In this episode, and Black Girl In Om, Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory speak with Siraad Dirshe back to the show for a second time to discuss black owned beauty. They facilitate conversations around the idea of reclaiming ones beauty.
I enjoyed this post from the Black Girl in Om instagram page. It epitomizes the centrality of what I'd like to write about: uplifting from trauma, pain and suffering through creativity.
Shelah Marie, the founder of Curly, Curvy, Conscious, discusses in this article, the importance of healing for Black women. She provides context using her own childhood, scarred from having a mentally ill and emotionally abusive mother. She explains her journey through empowering other women.
This article, found on the Black Girl in Om website describes how meaningful sisterhood can be formed. It also advises women to move beyond stereotypes to establish bonds that can be a means of resistance.
I chose to include this because of the word "revolution". Similarly, Audre Lorde considered self care to be radical. I like this because it puts taking care of one's self in the framework of being radical because of its frequent opposition.
This instagram post from Black Girl in Om also emphasizes the generational aspects of healing for Black women. The photo contrasts resilience and tenderness, showing the duality of experience among Black women.
This article discusses the need for self preservation among Black women. Historically, Black women's bodies were championed and utilized for servitude. Self preservation allows women to recognize their vulnerability and resists the notion that they are only made for service.
Sisters of the Yam will serve as the primary scholarly source for my curation paper. The book, written by bell hooks, examines sister circle activities held by hooks as well as her analysis on the importance of such spaces. She draws upon many other scholars who expand on self care and creative communication.
In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory discuss preventative health with Dr. Tiffany Lester. In Africana communities, there are generally a myriad of health issues facing women, and this conversation is meant to provide context to alternative methods of health and wellness combating the pharmaceutical approach.
Curvy, Curly, Conscious is another collective healing space created by Shelah Marie. This organization creates meditation mixtapes, hosts retreats, and events include Trap Yoga. This site offers a reclamation of Black women's identities and provides space for reflection and healing.
This New Yorker article describes self care in a political context. The author explores how self care can be put into identity based categories and its evolution into mainstream dialogue.
Writer Evette Dionne talks about how self-care is a particularly subversive act for Black women.
The Black Woman: An Anthology by Toni Cade Bambara, is filled with literature from a wide range of Black female authors. These texts explore the identities and experiences of those in the Black community as a collective. I chose to include this to learn some of the language of this sort of research.
In this article, 5 distinguished sociologists develop a theoretical model of cultural trauma. The chapter I selected, deals with African American identity formations connected to the era of enslavement that have relevance in contemporary social thought.
I chose to include this essay by Audre Lorde because it discusses the generational aspects of Black women's anger and the stereotypical consequences of its display. She draws upon personal experiences to express a collective occurrence.
Many of Morrison's works deal with generational trauma and trauma associated with negative identity formations around femininity and blackness. I figured I would include A Mercy, for these themes that are incorporated and relate to my topic.
Here is a podcast episode featuring a Black yoga, who discusses anatomy as well as emotional growth; Major keys in Black women's healing.
I chose to include the Electric Lady Series because they are a local organization that hosts events in Philadelphia that promote the wellness of WOC.
I thought this was hilarious, but also very real. In this, Tracy G tells the story of how her wig came off during a hookup. She was exceedingly embarrassed at first but it taught her about loving herself and "letting that shit go".