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To teach her daughter about inspiring African American women, Chauncia Boyd Rogers dressed Ava Noelle up as some of the most influential ladies in American history. Despite the fact that they're just taken with a cellphone, these photos give us all an adorable HER-story lesson.    Phillis Wheatley is both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman.  Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was the first black, ... Read More
A series of images by Jaime Moore appeared earlier this year, showcasing the artist's daughter Emma dressed as historic females. Janine Harper and her photographer husband Marc Bushelle were among some of the people who stumbled upon Not Just a Girl after it went viral on the girl-wide-web. The photos inspired the two to create their own series—one that brings to light the historical black women our textbooks tend to forget. Moore's daughter as ... Read More
Black History month can sometimes feel bittersweet, since once February is over, celebrating blackness seems to end. But while it's here, artists are representing those women making a difference in black history. Then and now. The #WeAreBlackHistory series of photographs was created in order to celebrate women today who are using digital space to hone their voices and create a sense of unity in the black community. Using important online voices and pairing them up ... Read More
In honor of Black History Month, we here at HQ wanted to commemorate 5 amazing ladies that may go under the radar in the memory of civil rights in America.  1. Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919)  “I got my start by giving myself a start.”  Born as Sarah Breedlove on a Louisiana plantation to two former slaves, Madam Walker had a difficult early life. She was a wife at age 14, a mother at 17, and a widow at age 20. How she turned her ... Read More
  “All kids need to know this message […] you can be great,” explains the photographer Eunique Jones of her project Because Of Them We Can, a series if images in which kids dress up as inspirational figures in African American history and women’s history. The children, in engaging with figures who have achieved great acts of courage and activism, work to challenge prejudices about both race and gender.      Seen here as those ... Read More
Recently I sat down with the lovely and talented Mwende Katwiwa — a.k.a. FreeQuency, a spoken word artist, recent recipient of the Feminist You Should Know Award, and senior at Tulane University. Ms. Katwiwa is 22 and double majoring in Political Economy with International Perspectives, and African & African Diaspora studies. Originally from Kenya, she came to New Orleans after graduating high school to pursue service with the AmeriCorps program ... Read More
Yaya Alafia, veteran of America’s Next Top Model (S3) turned actress (catch her in Lee Daniels’ The Butler) recently lent her intelligent voice to an NPR segment celebrating Black History Month. In this short interview, Alafia expertly side-skirts that ever-infuriating-for-a-natural-haired-woman-question ("Is that your real hair?"...her answer is priceless), and discusses her vantage as a woman growing up bi-racial and bi-national; she has both ... Read More