Writing has always been therapeutic for me. I developed a strong interest in the art at a very young age. As a child, I wrote every chance I got. I wrote in diaries, notebooks, on random pieces of paper, on clothes, and even on my bedroom door and walls (my mother still complains about that). As an adult I still do the same thing (minus the doors and walls). Writing allows me to clear my mind and transform my thoughts into things. Seeing words formulate into paragraphs and then into full stories excites me. I'm such a nerd huh? Oh well!
I began blogging about two years ago for a local publication in Baton Rouge titled The Rouge Collection where I wrote about fashion and social issues. This particular platform gave me a chance to develop my voice and put my perspective in the atmosphere. Once I started doing this, I knew I wanted to continue. I then began writing for a national publication, Everything Girls Love, while at the same time keeping up with a blog for Chokolat Creme titled The Fashion Liberation Movement. It wasn't until January of 2016 that someone encouraged me to start my own blog. I gave it some thought and then decided to pursue it. Why not combine two things I love (writing and fashion), share my point of view on life, and inspire people along the way? Six months later - here I am.
I recently attended a blogging conference in Washington, DC called Blogging While Brown. It was so wonderful connecting with like-minded individuals and sharing our aspirations and challenges. I loved seeing so many black women come together for the art of writing. I was giddy the whole weekend. I met some talented ladies at this conference that I will keep in touch with for as long as possible. I want to share their blogs with you and some other blogs by black girls and guys who weren't at the conference but definitely have blogs you can and will enjoy. Check them out below.
1. Trenched In Style (I was featured on this one!)
8. Circa 88 (dope, plus size cutie who rocks!)
11. Guerreisms (men's fashion)
12. Street Etiquette (men's fashion)
13. The Beauty Beau
15. Locks & Trinkets
16. Sonique Saturday
The blogs above feature fashion for all, life experiences, faith, inspiration, food, etc. This list is by no means exhaustive. As I continue to find new blogs I will definitely share them with you all.
To all my black girls (and men) blogging, represent your craft and keep going. We never know who we are inspiring.
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Keep the blogging movement alive!
- Samjah Iman