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  • The Black Girl Magik Collective

    on Self Care, sisterhood, Upbringing

    May 17, 2019 Interviews

    with the black girl magik collective



    Meet the Collective

    We are a collective of artists, community organizers and makers conjuring a transnational sisterhood for women across the African diaspora. Our collective practice begins with a reflection into varying themes that we believe to be cornerstones of our diasporic experience. It continues with an invitation for the community to investigate these themes with us through communal healing and coalition building. We exist an arts space, a hub for dialogue and critical consciousness, a multimedia realm, and a center for solidarity and social practice.



    Sierra King — Research & Social Media Director

    "The best choice that you can make for yourself and your community is making your own rules, designing your life to fit your needs and protecting your peace at all times. "

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    Brittany Josephina — Editor & PR Director

    "I’m in the business of igniting a light so that people, Black women specifically, can see the truth of who they are and in turn, step directly into their inherent light and power.”

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    Maureen Nicol — Project & Operations Lead

    "Only you can define self-care for yourself. Do not give into the idea that massages or trips are the only representation of self care.”

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    Zainab Aliyu — Creative Director

    "My existence reflects the strength, resilience and resourcefulness embedded within generations of my heredity.”

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    Shydeia Caldwell — Founder & Executive Director

    "My upbringing shaped my identity and personal power in so many ways. I was raised by a village of intentional and purposeful black women. "

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    Transcending Time

    “Transcending Time” is a voyage into a future where Black identity is unfettered by a predetermined architecture. It is a visualization exercise exploring the texture, pattern, sound and rhythm of Black possibility. Who do we become when healing from trauma is decentralized? We are creating a ceremony of self-authorization. We are giving ourselves permission to reimagine what was, what is and what can be.

    Our Stories(3)

    Events (2)

    Conversations (2)

    Vibes (3)

    Resident DJ: Sunny Cheeba

    vol. i — Celestial Hues

    Resident DJ: Sunny Cheeba

    vol. ii — Phoenix Rising

    All Themes

    Transcending Time
    Reclaiming Pleasure
    Returning Home

    Reclaiming Pleasure

    "Reclaiming Pleasure" is the assertion of sexual power, alongside a period of recovery. It is a Black woman finding strength in her sensuality and grounding autonomy in the realms of pleasure and desire. It is the rejection of standards set on our ancestors and the distinction between agency and objectification.

    Our Stories (2)

    Events (1)

    Conversations (1)

    Community (1)

    Vibes (3)

    Resident DJ: Alfafa Brown

    vol. i — Trunode

    Resident DJ: ON MOMMAS

    vol. ii — In Practice of Being

    All Themes

    Transcending Time
    Reclaiming Pleasure
    Returning Home

    Returning Home

    “Returning Home” is an exploration back to lands, rituals and traditions that we have always known. It is voyaging and feeling at home as soon as you step foot on the ground. It is hearing music and your soul perceiving the frequencies. It is seeing a familiar face and knowing that somehow you have met before. “Returning Home” is a return to self.

    Our Stories(3)

    Events (7)

    Conversations (1)

    Vibes (3)

    Resident DJ: Poetic

    vol. i — Coming Home

    Resident DJ: Diva

    vol. ii — Congo Calypso

    All Themes

    Transcending Time
    Reclaiming Pleasure
    Returning Home