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Mariatu Turay is London based fashion designer and owner of Gitas Portal, a brand which wants women to stand out, be bold and win in all areas of their lives. Born in London and raised in Freetown, Mariatu was forced to leave Sierra Leone at age 16 due to the Civil War, her father was a government official and her family was targeted. She moved to the USA and started working as a hair braider at the age of 16 in a salon to make ends meet for her family. She then learnt secretarial and office skills as a way into corporate America. By the time Mariatu returned to the UK, her entrepreneurial spirit was fully fledged and she used her hairdressing skills to pay her way through university. After brief periods of homelessness in the US and the UK she found her way back on track:
“My family life…
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Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from the position of 2nd class citizen. My last day of employment was yesterday.
Unlike leaving other positions, this was an easy decision because I never asked for the job.
I never agreed to be labeled, belittled, mistreated, abused, disrespected, disregarded as worthless…you get the point.
You have been chipping away at me since I was a little girl, telling me that I was not good enough.
I never desired to be viewed as the angry black woman just because I expressed my displeasure. I am no one’s bitch.
What you think of me is not my business but yours. So the stereotypes, like the video vixen, loud mouth, mammy, Jezebel, etc. have no power over me.
You tried to brainwash me to the point that I altered my body and lightened my skin to conform to the standards…
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This is the post I have chosen for Real Talk Friday. I’m going to post an article every week.
Get Out has been the recent topic of conversation. I stumbled upon Buzzfeed’s article about 22 hidden secrets in the film and while watching the movie I came to my own conclusions from my perspective of being a Black woman. One scene that stuck out to me was when Chris accused Georgina of unplugging his cell phone from the charger and his theory for assuming Georgina was the culprit was that she could be mad that he was with Rose (a White woman). He says “maybe she doesn’t like that I’m with you, it’s a thing”. Oh really Chris? Black women spite Black men because we don’t like you being with Rose…interesting.
But something a little more relevant was the topic of conversation in the “Black community” on social media.
Today I woke up to Baller Alerts post featuring Maserati Rick’s answer to Trail’s question, “Why do black athletes…
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What is the Divine Masculine?
The Divine Masculine represents a spiritual, psychological, archetypal ideal—the best and most inspiring, elevating, and restorative aspects of masculine expression and manifestation in the universe. “He”—along with the Divine Feminine—exists on a transpersonal, universal level that manifests through an individual’s psyche and becomes thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. (1)
I decided recently I will slow down on talking about “toxic black men”, and will speak more on the divine masculine men. Ill not only talk about identifying one, but will also giive examples. Papoose from Love and Hip Hop will be my example for today. This is one of the only men on this show you see not struggling or broken. Why? Because he knows that the more you keep your woman happy, the more increase he will receive in his own life. Her happiness is his happiness, and he has no problem expressing his devotion…
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Are you ready to upgrade your wardrobe?
My favorite Black fashion designers have been busy this year crafting up amazing pieces for their latest collections. As a quirky, Black woman, I know that I love to have unique style that still allows me to embrace my carefree spirit.
Growing up quirky, I used to live in stores like Hot Topic and Earthbound to find pieces that would complement my style. I’m sure that I’m not the only quirky, Black woman who would love to support Black fashion designers while still staying true to my unique fashion taste.