Since it is Black History Month you may be wondering what it is and how you can celebrate on Social Media. I will focus more attention than usual to amplify the Black voices that I admire, those I have used for inspiration, and my friends who have really good things to share. You may choose to extend this strategy beyond Black History Month to build your social platforms on positivity and inclusivity.
I discovered last year that there is controversy around these subjects, so I will say this: I feel it is important to amplify Black voices during Black History Month and I am not ashamed about the reminder. I feel that I am often guided away from Black creators by marketing tactics that favor certain demographics and limit the availability of their products. I cannot point to why with facts; I feel this way simply because of what is evidenced by my personal experience as a consumer. I consume much less content by Black creators. Therefore, amplification is necessary for my life if I want to discover all the amazing creators that I am missing out on.
I enjoyed this blog post by Dante Nicholas, which goes into detail about Black History Month and celebrating on social media platforms.
Finally, I would like to show you an example of a Black creator that I have recently discovered, but have been drawing inspiration from for a long time. Pamela Colman Smith, illustrator of the standard Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck. Her illustrations have been an inspiration to many people around the world and yet her name is often forgotten. The deck itself is often referred to as the Rider-Waite deck or the Waite deck. The Rider Company was the publisher and AE Waite authored the companion guide or instructions. Pamela was responsible for the illustrations, which arguably are the cornerstone of the product. Many people would be surprised to discover that Pamela was a Black woman, primarily because her illustrations are often colored in such a way that depicts a severe lack of diversity (the originals were black and white,) and because of the "erasure of black women in metaphysics," described beautifully here.
How will you be celebrating Black History Month?
"The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Card Copyright FAQ" Sacred-Texts.com
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