Why More Women Should Be A Part Of The UK Black Sisterhood [new blog]
Happy New Year everyone. There is a movement happening where women are empowering one another and realising the benefits of sisterhood. Women are helping other each other to invest in our future. The sisterhood, serves to help women grow and feel appreciated throughout the process. So 2018 is going to be another great year for the UK Black Sisterhood.
I made a decision to consciously buy more from black businesses. Earlier last year, I set myself a challenge to buy from black businesses only for an entire month. This task opened me up to so many people who support the power of the black economy, giving black people a voice and a platform to elevate. I learned so much about how I spend my money. I am more empowered than ever to shop black wherever, whenever for 2018. Especially as I continue to develop my own platform that will empower black women (watch this space).
After the brutal murder of another unarmed black man, I revived my Twitter account and discovered the hashtag #UKBlackOwned and profile. I was able to find several businesses and services who are run by black people, especially black women. Everything from ladies lunches, bespoke cards, to printing services. Most importantly, women were very supportive in helping me achieve this challenge.
The UK Black Sisterhood
Right now, women are increasingly starting their own businesses. Why is this? The reasons vary from providing an emotional resolution to a problem. For instance, the lack of beauty brands for darker skinned women, or creating a flexible income around health and childcare.
Black women in business are slaying right now. I am proud as a black woman to see that Ade, founder of Nubian Skin at Buckingham Palace with her parents in their traditional attire when she received her MBE. This is progress, who would have ever thought it? Black women are breaking glass ceilings and are an inspiration for other women, to turn their passion into profit.
Small business owner, Shareefa owner of twenty 604 eye candy started her fashion customisation business when her health limited her from sustaining employment. She wanted her girls to know that mummy was still working, even if she didn’t go to an office every day. Her brand is growing in popularity and you can see from her Instagram that she is super talented at turning the ordinary into extraordinary fashion statements. In true black girl magic style, her health does not deter her. Instead, she developed a brand that is flexible around her health and her two children. The mum-of-two is eager to be an example to her two daughters, six and sixteen. She wants to show them that mummy is building an empire from home. She even helps her young daughters to create and execute their own vision boards.
Australian born and London raised Tahilia Gray, created the brand Sheer Chemistry. When she was living and working in cosmopolitan New York City, she was unable to find tights in her shade of nude. So, she created the product.
Sanchia Legister started Yoga Hood because the yoga classes that she attended, made her feel awkward, excluded and underrepresented. When she became a qualified yoga instructor, instead of playing music to the sound of raindrops, her playlist includes soulful music from the likes of Solange, Erykah Badu and Sade. Her classes allow yogi’s to leave feeling relaxed, stretched and mindful from practicing to melodies from soulful artists.
Online services such as Black Ballad, offer black women a media platform that includes articles for us, by us. Not only does the platform create online content for black women but also network and educational events to bring people together. Then we have authors such as Annika Spalding. Not only does she publish her own books but she also supports others to fulfill their writing dreams with her Writing With Confidence group. Leading and award-winning membership platform, Brands of Colour is committed to helping black female entrepreneurs to step up, step out, own it and become more business savvy. They act as the cornerstone for women by helping them build the foundations for a better business. As founder Danielle McDonald says “together we thrive.”
The Sisterhood Circle
The ladies who organise network opportunities such as the Hustle & Heels Ladies Lunch provide opportunities for women to network and build their personal brand in a relaxed environment over lunch with a panel of key note speakers in business. Then there is the discount card for UK African and Caribbean businesses – Jamii. Support groups such as the Black British Bloggers is a platform that sees the potential in black bloggers that the mainstream blogsphere often excludes black bloggers from, and offers bloggers a community to share their content and make new friends, as well as work with brands.
These are just a few of the queens who are promoting the elevation of black women and black businesses. Each, give black women a platform to grow and succeed, by bringing black women together and keeping us informed. There is a sisterhood happening and all black women should be a part of. Let us help one another build on their towers of success. Black women are slaying and they are supporting each other right now. Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up. Queens are doing the lifting right now. There is a realisation that there is enough room at the table for all of us to win. As women rise, they help others to accomplish their goals by coaching, providing support groups and mentoring opportunities.
Can you list examples where women are supporting other women? What are you personally doing to be apart of the UK Black Sisterhood?