Melanin Media Monday: Marley Mag

I started Melanin Media Mondays because I wanted to showcase all the positive things that black girls and women are doing that often don’t make it to the “mainstream” media. The great thing about the internet and social media is that we no longer have to wait for “mainstream” to tell us what is beautiful, talented, or truly newsworthy.

Today’s feature is a young woman that just makes my heart heart happy beyond words. Her name is Marley Dias and I think that she is amazing.

Marley Dias-founder #1000BlackGirlsBook

Marley Dias-founder #1000BlackGirlsBook

She has to be one of the coolest young ladies going. She is just the type of black princess that the world needs to see. If you haven’t heard of Marley let me give you a quick peek at this amazing wonder. For starters she the mind behind the #1000BlackGirlsBook campaign. A wonderful campaign that donates books to libraries and schools that showcase black girls as the main character. The little princess also has her own magazine called Marley Mag in partnership with Elle magazine. ¬†She is what I personally think of when I hear Black Girl Magic.

Way to go Marley! You have inspired this big girl ūüôā

 

 

#MediaMondays -Jonah By Filmmaker Kibwe Tavares

Screenshot: AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING MOVEMENT

Screenshot: AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING MOVEMENT

Last week I announced that I was going to start a new feature called Media Mondays with the goal of¬†sharing positive images of Black people in the media and then it happened…. a blessing beyond my wildest dreams. I was selected to be a Digital Maverick volunteer with the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement ¬†founded by award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

There are no words to even explain how I feel.

….and then it gets even better (if you can imagine that)! Tonight at 8 PM I will be joining the other Digital Mavs and Twitter peeps in a live Twitter event to live tweet about the short film Jonah by filmmaker Kibwe Tavares. Cool Right?

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Hit me up on Twitter or on Facebook if you would like to learn more.

More post for HUE!

I am back after taking a small break from blogging. Over the last few months I’ve had A LOT going on (in a good way) that I feel will help me grow this blog in ways that I couldn’t imagined just a few years ago. Yes, I have been ¬†M.I.A. in blogging land, but I have been front and center in the world of social media. My time in the social media universe has opened the flood gates in regards to growing my media voice. I have always wanted this blog to be a celebration of ¬†black women, their style, beauty, and life. In the last few months so many things have happened in world in the black community that reminds me that we still need diversity in training in the world and more now than ever I feel that as a black woman I need to be apart of a movement that showcases positive images of black women. So I will be adding to this blog in great ways. ¬†Mondays with now focus on the image of black women in the media. You may ask why?….uummm¬†because people still think that it is okay to talk about a black woman’s hair

Zendaya at 2015 Oscars Red Carpet

Zendaya at 2015 Oscars Red Carpet

as if she is less than a human….No it wasn’t funny (not even a little bit)- I am a naturalista, and I have never ever come close to using weed….not cool to suggest such things. Also, while while watching the red carpet during award season I saw very few women on color. I mean come on…how many television networks do we have? And no station can find a woman of color with a fashion degree and media experience? ¬†But it is more than fashion or red carpets. Let’s talk about other forms of media….film, television, print, and other forms of media. Why aren’t we seeing more women (and men) of color? I maybe only person but, I will use my voice and this platform to share what main stream media is not. I will speak out, speak up, and speak of positive things that black women are doing.SpeakOut-logo2-darker

….and don’t even get me started on the Oklahoma University issue because I can go on and on about that…so I have something too.

 

There are many other issues that I will address in later blog post but for now I will be adding a media and educational/lifestyle to this blog in addition to the True Beauty Tuesday, Web Window Shopping post.

 

With love from me to Hue,

Sophia