Black Empowerment & intersectional feminism accompanied me these past months. I am deeply thankful for it being a source of empowerment and growth. I feel how I gain strength by listening to these great women of color & intersectional feminists.

“Intersectional feminism is the only way to go, because women* are intersectional human beings.” Linda Sarsour, Women’s March organizer Source

This is a list of videos of cool voices. The list is steadily continued.

Kimberlé

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw, civil rights advocate and professor of law, coined the term ‘intersectionality’.

“Many years ago, I began to use the term ‘intersectionality’ to deal with the fact that many of our social justice problems like racism and sexism are often overlapping, creating multiple levels of social injustice. […]
And we all know that, where there’s no name for a problem, you can’t see a problem, and when you can’t see a problem, you pretty much can’t solve it.” Source

Her TED Talk “The urgency of intersectionality” is very touching and very important:

Arielle Newton

Arielle Newton 3 minute interview really broadened my view on intersectionality.

“I’m black. I’m also a women. I’m also queer. That means that I have to deal with racism, patriarchy and homophobia. WE have to be comfortable and clear that we’re not playing ‘oppression olympics’. It’s just recognizing that these various systems of oppression are going to work to marginalize some folks more than others.”

All the other #RaceAnd videos are also very nice and I had a hard time to decide which one to show. Please check them out.

Annie Elainey

“That kind of erasure is incredibly painful, it sends a message that our lives are not as valuable as non-disabled lives.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Calypso Rose

Calypso Rose, born 1940, is a super inspiring Calypso singer and political activist. In her song ‘No Madame’ she criticized the enslavement of workers in Trinidad and Tobago which started a government intervention to stop this practice in 1974.

“I am the first female to be singing Calypso between the male, there were so many organisations and groups that thought that a women should not be singing Calypso. And right now today I proof - they were very wrong.” Quoted from a live concert streamed by arte.tv

Princess Nokia

Princess Nokia is a dope rapper who has this very rough side but also this super reflected and spiritual personality. Check out this interview and her urban feminist Smart Girl Club.

“I am a strong woman of color and I think underneath every strong women of color is a feminist” Source

P.S. hidden gem: Rap Therapy with Princess Nokia Her laugh at the end is gold.

Oshun

Niambi and Thandiwe from Oshun talk about spirituality.

“Being in tune with your spirituality, your detaching spirituality, is like: I’m divine, I’m in tune with my creator, I’m in tune with my ancestors. And even though this body is disposed and murdered - the spirit is infinite.”

Jessamyn Stanley

“My favorite part of my body are the parts that I hated for so long, […] my belly for instance. I’ve had such a conflicted relationship with this part of my body. And when I started practicing Yoga it didn’t go away. Actually the feeling kind of intensified. And then I started photographing my practice and look at the photos and be like my belly is still here but I’m strong as fuck! […] How can I continue to throw shade on this part of my body that is a very crucial part of who I am?” Source

Beyoncé 🍋

“Grandmother, the alchemist
You spun gold out of this hard life
Conjured beauty from the things left behind
Found healing where it did not live
Discovered the antidote in your own kitchen
Broke the curse with your own two hands”

This poem is part of the song “All Night” from Beyoncé. Her album Lemonade is a true art work including powerful women, poetry, spirituality and beautiful music.

Warsan Shire

Beyoncé’s album Lemonade included poems and has been strongly influenced by Warsan Shire, a poet from London. “She curates and teaches workshops around the art of healing through narrative.” Source

Ebonee Davis