Who We Are
Black Girl Magik is a collective conjuring a transnational sisterhood for women across the African diaspora.
Founded by Shydeia Caldwell in May 2015, Black Girl Magik began as a meetup for black women residing in New York City.
BGM unites and empowers women of African descent by cultivating space and uplifting our experiences through community programming, online content and creative productions. By sharing these experiences, we seek to heal the collective consciousness and generational trauma across the African diaspora.
In the spirit of coalition building, we occasionally broaden the scope of our work to include all women of color; we believe that by honoring both our shared and distinct experiences, we deepen our collective healing, strength, and values in justice.
Identity & Voice
Our visual identity pays homage to our ancestors and draws upon the traditional beliefs of orishas (spirits) of Yoruba-based religions that are said to govern the various forces of nature, as well as various body organs and functions. The orishas are said to administer the energy centers of the body, also known as chakras. Each chakra has its own vibrational frequency that is depicted through a specific color. We attribute these frequencies and meanings to the content focuses of BGM and utilize them to guide our visual system and its interdependencies.
Our visual language is informed by sacred geometry, which contends that the essential building blocks of our universe depend on arithmetic and form. Sacred geometry can be found in all of nature in golden mean proportions, Fibonacci spirals, and so forth. These sacred forms have been utilized for facilitating healing and enhancing meditation. Different geometric structures have been equated to the each of the seven chakras, which guide not only the color choices, but the shapes used as well, and how they are associated with our content focuses.
Founder, Executive Director
Shydeia is a visual and performance artist inspired by transnational and cultural experiences. Through her work, the artist and thought leader explores color theory, identity-its impact, and relationship to thought, expression, and behavior. The themes of space, ownership, social dislocation and identity run concurrent in her personal and professional life.
Social Media Director
Sierra is a southern Black Woman in love with language, memories and building communities with storytelling. By continuing the conversations between the past, present, and future, she believes that we, collectively as Black Women, can begin to hone and find solace in what womanhood means to each of individually.
Zai is a Nigerian-American designer and artist who sees every human interaction as an experience that merits attention and thoughtfully intentional design. Her multidisciplinary practice leverages critical pedagogy, contextual inquiry, and the human side of technology to interrogate societal, archived and institutional forces against individual and collective identity.
Project and Operations Lead
Maureen is an educator, budding storyteller and PhD student who proudly identifies as a first generation, Sierra Leoneon-American. In her research, work and everyday life she is motivated to know more about every person she meets because she believes the connections between people and the new understandings that develop through these curiosities is what builds compassion and love for others. Her research and work center on Black girls and Black women and the urgency for the world to take them seriously.
Editor-in-Chief & Human Resources Director
Brittany facilitates revolutions of the mind, body and spirit. A wellness practitioner and designer, she recognizes the symbiotic relationship between environmental landscapes and quality of well-being. With her BA in Psychology and Fine Arts, her work aims to critically explore practical ways meaningful and engaged living can be identified, experienced and cultivated within the context of the communal and individual experience. As a reiki and flower essence practitioner, flowers, plants and herbs are her chosen vehicles for empowered healing. Her mission is to be foreleader in the education of psychology, sensuality, Feng Shui and design as it relates to building sustainable paradigms for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wealth.
- Ariel Watson, Video Editor
- Carolina Salazar, Photographer
- Claire Donoghue, Photographer
- Diahann "Dee" Williams, Photographer