So remember a month or so ago, when I said I had a big announcement?!
I’m writing for a new site!!!
AfroElle Magazine is an online destination for women of Afro- descent around the world. AfroElle is interactive and contains articles, discussions and interviews featuring array of black women from around the world. It covers all the bases, from relationships to lifestyle, culture, spirituality,fashion, finances and motivation. AfroElle is also dedicated to spotlighting phenomenal women in business and other industries and showing the difference they are making in society.
AfroElle’s overall aim is to provide content for black women around the world and for them to find empowerment and encouraged to lead fulfilled lives through this magazine style blog.
My first piece is called “Insecurely Confident” and you can find it here: http://www.afroellemagazine.com/2011/05/insecurely-confident.html
Here is an excerpt:
From the time that we become conscious, the media does a job on our self-perception. The relics of white supremacy are still alive and well and the legacy of “black get back” beats our self-esteem into submission.
We all remember how our first names became linked to our striking physical characteristics.For me it was, “Donnie with the big nose…” Big, meaning above or larger than the average size. I can remember certain adults pinching my nostrils together in hopes of decreasing the size. Plus I had to wear glasses which felt like a“Kick Me” sign for my fragile self-esteem.All women, but more specifically black women have it difficult in an America where media representations of beauty are so limited in scope – thin, hour glass, long-hair don’t care, etc. Perhaps your claim to get defamed was dark skin, big lips, elephant ears or a big forehead. Many women are walking around insecurely confident and even those who fit into the mainstream mold are simply posers.
How did my nose “grow” on me? It was all about perspective. (END OF EXCERPT)
So please do me a favor and bookmark the site, read the piece and give me some feedback. I’m one step closer to my dream of being a writer and there is nothing like having a community of writers who have the same passion that I have for the written word.