By Carolyn Martinez
SHE welcomes you and is thrilled to launch its new monthly newsletter! SHE Shares will be a space for positivity and wellness that will feature a visual read of everyday inspiration for the informed woman. You'll find everything from social impact Instagram accounts to follow, feminist podcasts we love, our current collegiate happenings, helpful self-care routines, and other inspirations just for women. Curated by and for women of color.
To kick off this new newsletter, we would like to pay homage to the powerful women of color fighting against the racial injustices and misogyny faced by black women in this country; whether they have lost their lives at the hands of these injustices or continue to fight, they are leading change to shape the world we all deserve to live in. We want to highlight and pay respects to a few of the lives that aren't at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement. We want to Say HER Name: Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Dominique Remâmie Fells, Oluwatoyin Salau, and many more women highlighted in the art above. We need to #SayHERname.
What’s Happening: SHE Reads!
The best form of self care right now is escaping this world we are in right now and delving into the fictitious world between the pages of a good book by women of color for women of color. SHE is excited to announce SHE Reads, the Shaping Her Earth bookclub, where we will be exploring the captivating characters and stories curated about women. Some of the readings include American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson, Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D, and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. This reading list goes beyond books into the exciting realm of plays, literary magazines, art and short stories. Read along with us, suggest some other works to discuss and join us for our monthly book club meetings! More Awesome Reading Lists Our Book of the month is We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Join us as we read this short personal and eloquently-argued essay, adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name. Go further and meet us on Zoom as we talk about a feminism for the twenty-first century rooted in inclusion and awareness. July 29th @6PM ET/3PM PT Meeting ID: 271 475 690 Password: 723949 Zoom WIth Us
SHE is well aware of how difficult this time may be for many people, but we know it is especially exhausting for black women and gendered minorities. For that reason, we have compiled some tips and resources to navigate self-care.
Real X Unplug Collective have teamed up to offer free group therapy for black womxn and gender expansive folk. They're offering a weekly space to meet and engage at whatever capacity you're comfortable with. Sign up for Real x Unplug Collective Group Therapy
Podcasts are a great way to unplug from social media and take some time to regroup and reflect; Therapy for Black Girls by Jay Harden Bradford Ph.D. is a wonderful option for some self development. Naked Beauty by Brooke DeVard is also great for starting your self care journey, it features unfiltered talks on wellness tips, product recommendations, and beauty trends.
Consider taking a day off to take care of your exterior as wells your interior; journaling, hair-care, or sleeping all day. Self-care looks different for everyone, but ultimately is making a conscious and intentional effort to nurture your body and your mind, to do something good for yourself. More Self-care from Essence
Self-care Pairs Well with Action ;)
While it is extremely important to practice self care, it is important to stay active and aware of the causes that still need support. Self-care is well paired with action, so while you’re doing yoga or haircare, pair it will signing a petition or donating to organizations in need of support if you have the means; there is an amazing resource card linked below with many ways to get involved. Please feel free to engage with the resources at whatever capacity you’re capable.
Meet the Team: Genesis De Los Santos
Hometown: Dyckman in New York City
Astrological Sign: Aries
School/Year: Columbia College 2023
Role at SHE: Publicist
If you had a theme song, what would it be? Why?
Survivor by Destiny's Child because that is what I am...it's rough out here.