Transparent & Black is a wellness collective shattering unconventional stigmas surrounding what it means to be well for Black people. The collective was born out of a discussion of what it means to build a safe space, and the greater mission of communal healing across the African diaspora through healing spaces, work, and the exploration of intergenerational trauma.
Black people are the most traumatized race on the planet, and where we should take up space (in wellness) to seek healing, we are severely underrepresented. It’s important for us to actively seek healing and cultivate spaces that allow us to reconstruct understanding of our community and ourselves.
- Transparent Black Girl
Founded in 2018 to create space where Black womxn could embrace duality, heal, and ease into wellness. since inception, our community has grown over 65k across all social media platforms with a reach of over 2.7 million
- Transparent Black Guy
Following the growth of our wellness platform for womxn, we decided that healing one part of our community was not the answer. In 2019, we founded Transparent Black Guy to provide Black mxn a safe space to explore their healing.
WHY WE CAME TOGETHER AS A WELLNESS COLLECTIVE:
As we grow, we want to expand our offerings beyond the experiences we currently provide. The global wellness market is now valued at $4.75 trillion. Many of the ingredients, spiritual rituals, and wellness practices that the industry benefits stem from BIPOC communities. We need spaces where we can unlearn this idea that wellness is something new to Black people. Our history shows us that we acted as healers, doctors, midwives, and spiritual guides long before wellness had a name, and we need spaces to honor that work and feel empowered to explore the necessary physical, mental, emotional, spiritual work needed. By supporting our initiatives you’re joining us as a partner in the fight for equity and equality in wellness for Black people.
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We’re a trusted community and resource that continues to grow in impact and influence.
Black people are the most traumatized race on the planet. As a result of that the specifics of our healing process are detailed, and delicate - and they deserve their own space. We need more environments where Black people are the priority. Transparent & Black is built on the reality that there is specific, necessary, and overdue work that needs to take place across the African diaspora in order to heal from intergenerational trauma.
In order to grow and continue providing accessible resources to our community, we need to be able to sustain our day to day operations. In return, sustainability allows us to:
- Increase the frequency of our programming, allowing us to serve more individuals within our community
- Introduce new offerings that speak to the range of wellness resources needed for Black people
- Grow our team of Black wellness practitioners and staff
The work done through Transparent & Black is research-driven, which allows us to effectively provide value to our community. There is a desire in wellness to center Black healing without exploring the lack of accessibility to resources for Black people. Funding our research ensures that we’re always informed and providing value to our community by reaching them through all applicable avenues.
Black talent and professionals are frequently underpaid, undervalued, and under-supported. We want to break this cycle by making sure that the individuals who provide their time, knowledge, and resources are always adequately compensated. In addition, Transparent & Black aspires to provide healers in this space with access to micro-grants and donations so that they can continue to do valuable work.
- ADAPTABILITY DURING COVID-19:
In 2019, we earned the bulk of our revenue through ticket sales for events, and merchandise sales and we worked in Q1 to secure partnerships with several brands for events until June of 2002. In March, those partnerships were halted due to COVID-19 and we lost five months of revenue. CBS Business recently reported that 40% of Black-owned businesses are not expected to survive shutdowns due to coronavirus. Supporting us allows us to pivot while sustaining as a business.
Previous Topics Explored
- Oct 2018: Developing healthy relationships and sisterhood
- Feb 2019: How trauma shows up in our bodies, minds, and gut.
- Jul 2019: Body positivity, exploring yoga through the music that soothes us and is reflective of our culture
- Oct 2019: Discussing resources for people from lower-income communities to explore therapy, learn what type of therapist they need, and unlearn the stigmas surrounding mental health, and mental illness in Black and Latin X communities.
- Healing From Sexual Trauma
An intimate discussion and safe space for Black womxn to heal from sexual trauma in collaboration with Sad Girls Club featuring Deun Ivory of The Body A Home For Love.
- For Us, By Us
A 3-Day Juneteenth Celebration meant to encourage the Black community to remind them of our legacy of resilience and to celebrate our freedom. The weekend consisted of speakers, healers, and advocates who helped us to honor Black Power.
Instagram Resource Sessions:
Restorative yoga, mental health check-ins with therapists, trauma release yoga, breathwork for collective grief, doula and breastfeeding Q+A's, and DJ sets to reclaim Black joy.
"Transparent & Black has shown me that Black men and women are not at war with one another as much I felt. We are fighting the same fight in different ways! I appreciate the platform for not only having these conversations and bringing us together to heal, but for also making sure that everyone is being heard because Black people are not a monolith. There are many ways to be who we are, this space shows me that and how to handle not just life’s traumas, but success."
Joseph Moore, Black Lives Matter Patterson
This space is needed. I was struggling with my mental health searching for community and then I found their page, and attended an event on healing from trauma. While most Founders are often unapproachable, Yasmine talked to me and stayed in contact with me after. Thanks to what I felt there, I've started to make wellness a part of my everyday life.
Farrah Blake, Brwnbox CBD
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