Stories are a way young people contextualize the world, when they see themselves in a character they internalize the messages more. Stereotypes and exploitation media have damaged the image of black women all over the world. And created a vicious cycle we can’t seem to escape as it has become the culture.
Growing up without women who looked like me in media terrorized me through teenage-hood I tried so hard to make myself look like other races of women that I almost made myself sick. I hated everything that I now know makes me magic. From my skin, to my nose, to my hair. It gave birth to this desire to find media with women who look like me.
Other black women have this desire for representation too. The success of Disney’s Princess and the Frog, & the BET network show that black women have a craving for real representation.
And I present to you Obsidian. Obsidian media company in three parts; Obsidian Magazine, Novels and Photos.
It focuses on uplifting black women and black women's image.
It would be a stereotype defying media company and would show every shade of black woman within the African Diaspora.
We aim to shape the black female community into one of self confidence, self love and united fronts untouched by outside forces.
We begin with a self help novel series, ‘Different Days: Guide to Unlocking Your Black Girl Magic’. Written by myself and guest authors. Then we expand to Obsidian magazine. They all place black women at the forefront of entertainment.
Black women will buy;
It’s Relevance. Culture. Fashion. Inspiration. It’s about what it means to be a black woman today. It’s media by them for them.
Novels; "Through novels featuring black female leads- not about the black experience- with mainstream appeal we hope to slowly repair the image of black women. Make her the star of the narrative in fiction and reality.”
Photos; "We take and sell photos of beautiful black women and plaster them everywhere to implant the seeds of normalcy instead of tokenism so self acceptance is possible for black women.”
Magazine; "The culmination of Obsidian’s efforts, a platform for brown and dark skinned women to see themselves elevated, embraced and encouraged to love themselves.”