On Supporting Friends
Last week, in my Black History post, I mentioned the importance of supporting black business, especially when it means supporting friends. Even if your friends are not black, the message still applies. Being supportive of our friends is super important, not only because we love them and want them to succeed, but also because you never know where your support means to them.
As someone who recently started blogging, I understand now more than ever the importance of support from loved ones. My family, of course, has been very supportive. But there is only 3 of them, and that a readership does not make. I have relied heavily on my friends and extended family for support on this project. As creatives, it is critical to extend the support that we expect from others to those that we love. Perfecting any craft takes time, and support from others keeps us motivated and focused on our creative goals. We have to do the same for our friends. We have to decide to be a light in the lives of others so that they may also shine. This doesn't diminish is in the slightest but makes it so that everyone in your circle glows.
"A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle" - Italian Proverb
This week on my Instagram story, I highlighted a few friends of mine and their creative projects.
Podcasts: My good friends Becky and Marissa, founders of $irens NYC, host the Unwifeable podcast which focuses on black millenial life in New York City, from careers to dating.
Blogs: I know many friends that blog. Mariama, Tyra, Carrington and Kristie are just 4 of them. Mariama's blog, SincerlyMariama, focuses on college and self-care. Tyra's blog, TheTyraTales, focuses primarily on fashion but now includes monthly faves of books, restaurants and more. Carrington's blog, CareFreeFitness, focuses on wellness, specifically through yoga and a vegan lifestyle. Lastly, Kristie, with HazeOfSimplicity, focuses on travel, lifestyle and hair care. They are all young black women who inspired me to start a blog of my own.
Music: I know that we all have that friend that swears they can rap - but can't. Luckily, Miles is not one of those friends. Last year, he released a mixtape entitled "Cultivation". On Feb. 28th, he released "Pillow Talking Weather" (PTW) on Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify and other music platforms like iTunes, Soundcloud, YouTube, Amazon Music and Google Play. Both Cultivation and PTW focus on black love, college life and issues of social justice. The beats are also really good, special mention to the instrumentals. His new project, PTW does give a more R&B vibe too, if that's what you're into. Give it a listen, you won't regret it.
Artists: I am a firm believer that people should fill their life with art, especially in their home. Katherine is my sister and a burgeoning artist. She has been painting on-and-off since we were kids and (finally) committed to being an artist. She is inspired by everything around her and paints as well as sketches her work. I've known Uzo since my first year of school and she's been an artist since I've known her, though she started really focusing on her craft second-year. She is studying art in school and is super talented. Her art is inspired by women of color and is both digital and paint on canvas.
You can check out my IG highlight for a recap of these amazing people, as well as their Instagram profiles. What I did this week was a bit extreme but falls in the range of what support can look like. Liking a picture, sharing a link to a website, wearing merch, or just telling a friend, can go a long way in showing your friends you care about them - and their