Shyann Crush Wednesday (#SCW) is a weekly feature highlighting the creatives, entrepreneurs and important influencers that’s inspiring me these days. Let these articles inspire you as you embark on your journey.
For this week’s women crush series, I’ve chosen black women. I haven’t done a Shyann Crush Wednesday in a while because I’ve been overwhelmed. Black women has been inspiring me on a different level these days and I am so grateful. I feel like we are in a time where we are in complete control of our story and it’s amazing.
From the representation of dark-skinned women in black panther to Rihanna catering to us with Fenty Beauty to Beyonce making history displaying black women’s excellence at Coachella, I am just truly energized by it all. I wake up to see what black women are up to.
For this post, I’m just going to ramble about all of the black women who have been showing out.
First of all, Beyonce Giselle Knowles Carter.
Beyonce has a determination for success that is unmatched. I have watched this lady continuously shock us. I have had numerous crying spells over this lady, numerous daydreams about meeting her, I have spent COINS to see this lady perform. After every performance, I question if she’s human because girl what? Beyonce gives us a SHOW, she NEVER gives us less than what we expect. I someday aspire to be just as dedicated to my craft as that woman. Beyonce has had a huge influence on my life since I was a little. She’s made me feel like I can do ANYTHING and I still have that same feeling.
Beyonce performance created a definitive moment for black women in America. She used the Coachella platform to showcase an authentic experience for the black community in front of a predominately white audience. This lady did not hold back her blackness, she sang the black national anthem and gave us an HBCU experience. After witnessing that performance, I told myself that I’m going to dedicate every day working just as hard as her. This is only the beginning of Beyonce season and there’s no telling what she has planned. BEYONCE IS BAK.
This post is about women but let me say this, Drake just recently gave us our summer anthem and released a visual along with it celebrating women. He understands that we don’t have to be nice and that is why we appreciate him. A lot of guys didn’t get why we were so hyped about the song, these are probably the guys who say to us “you need to smile,” while we are walking down the street minding our business. Anyway, the video celebrated women in the media industry, every time a fav of mine appeared on the screen, I had to pause the video and gather myself. I’m talking Misty Copeland, Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jourdan Dunn, Letitia Wright, Tiffany Haddish, Zoe Saldana, and Syd to name a few.
The woman that I really want to show appreciation for is Karena Evans, the woman behind the visual. She is the director of both Drake’s newest visuals “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What”. Both of these videos were genuine and what we need to see more often. The director is only 22-years old and just recently made history by becoming the first woman to receive one of Canada’s highest honors for music video direction in the Prism Prize’s Lipsett Award for her innovative creative approach to music video art. Karena is also an actress, writer, photographer, and model. She started off interning for Director X and became a director at his company after showcasing hard work and dedication. She’s showing us that you can do everything, no matter your age. I can’t wait to see more work from her because she’s just getting started!
I am so proud of Cardi B, so proud. We all watched Cardi stick to the plan, remain her authentic self and deliver. Last week she finally released her debut album Invasion of Privacy, an album celebrating her success. She also announced her pregnancy and defended herself against fans who stated that they were “disappointed in her” because she’s at the peak of career and doesn’t have time for a baby. Cardi is living her best life and I am so happy for her!
Chloe & Halle
Just go listen to their debut album, it’s flawless. The sisters self-produced and wrote the entirety of the album. Chloe, 19, and Halle, 18 have truly showcased their creative abilities and showed us who they are as artists. Their journey is inspiring. From starting off making Youtube covers, to signing to Parkwood Entertainment + gaining Beyonce as a mentor to performing at Coachella…I am truly impressed. I love that they are so young and humble living out their dreams.
11-year-old Naomi Wadler
Like Chloe and Halle said “The Kids Are Alright,” 11-year old Naomi Wadler blew me away when she delivered a powerful speech at the March for Our Lives rally. She urged the women to not forget about black women, who are disproportionately represented among the victims of gun violence. This is amazing because I was playing with Bratz dolls at this age and she’s already dedicated to making a change in this country.
I am here to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” Wadler said. “I represent the African American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential. – Naomi Wilder
You know with anything Janelle does, she’s going to represent for women. In her new visual for “PYNK”, she celebrates the female anatomy and women’s sexuality. The aesthetics of the visual is so pleasant to watch and I’m pretty sure she has much more to come with her album dropping soon. In an interview, Janelle stated, “We have to realize our power and our magic. Because I am all about black girl magic, even though I’m standing with all women. But this year? This year, I am so carefree black girl.” This album will be an ode to black women’s empowerment.
Black girl magic, y’all can’t stand it – Janelle Monae
Lastly, I have to show my appreciation for Shonda Rhimes. Lately, it has been challenging catching up on my Shondaland shows because I’ve added her newest shows Station 19 and For The People to my rotation. As I was reflecting on when I’m going to catch up on my shows, I thought about how I am trying to make time to watch but she’s full blown the executive producer of five different shows. Like girl what? Shonda’s work ethic is truly impressive and inspiring. I will always love Shonda for creating a show I can rewatch forever, every time I rewatch Grey’s Anatomy it’s a new experience that I am so thankful for.
I can sit here and go on and on about all of the black women that are inspiring me. Instead, I made a playlist filled with music from black women because that’s literally all I’ve been wanting to listen to.
I hope you all enjoyed this and are feeling empowered on this lovely Wednesday.
Make sure to come back next week for more Shyann Crush Wednesday. Comment below and let me know who’s inspiring you these days