While our efforts will be focused in the field of content creation, we are calling attention to the systemic injustices within every other industry. We are making our contribution to the efforts of undoing the harmful effects of discriminatory beliefs and practices. Our platform will continue to highlight artists from all creative industries, however, our first initiatives will focus on shedding light on discrimination in the multi-industry blogging business and the fashion industry.
In order to produce any real change, the issues of diversity, particularly racism and colorism, must be honestly and openly discussed. These hard conversations will be the basis for the initiatives and solutions we plan to develop. Diversity issues are not a trend, they are the lived experiences of many people. Therefore, our immediate priorities are to provide educational materials that will continue the conversations of many existing advocates in the industry and amplify the stories of directly affected content creators. We are working to develop lasting change, and in doing so, we must first tackle the biggest adversary to the goal of diversity – the dangerous idea that these conversations are unnecessary.
Hey everyone! Thank you for the love and support you have shown on the YOU BELONG NOW platform since we launched in January 2018. It has been a tremendous honor to share the stories of many talented creators across the globe, and your messages of solidarity have given me the strength to continue these important conversations.
For those who aren't familiar with my work, I am the creator of ON A CURVE - a blog about culture and connections, dedicated to advocating for diversity in the fashion industry. I am also a social justice advocate based in Durham, North Carolina.
The YOU BELONG NOW platform is a testament to the power of collective thought and action. I am merely continuing the work of many brave advocates before me. We have our work cut out for us, but we have come too far to turn back now.