As we enter February 2021, a month celebrating black history, black creativity, black entrepreneurship, black love - we must remember the power in collaboration and community when we insist on being the authors of our own narrative. It’s not enough to peer retrospectively at historical milestones of the past to realize the change we want. History is made NOW, black history is being made every single day.
We see it in our political systems through tireless groundwork laid by Shirley Chisom and Stacy Abrams. Recently we watched the first black woman Vice President, Kamala Harris recite the oath of office while sharing the inaugural stage with young forward- thinking black poet and creative Amanda Gorman as she, through beautiful stanza, instilled hope and passion to the nation.
Our long, ever-unfolding history brought us to where we are now. Ancestors such as Harriet Tubman whose sacrifices have finally garnered her placement on the $20 bill, honor those who planted the seeds of the fruitful lives that black folks live today. She will be the first woman for more than 100 years and the first African American to appear on a US bank note. A long delayed acknowledgement of racial slavery’s role in originating the wealth of this nation and much of the world. Tubman represents all of the Black women who tended marginalized communities in the face of unspeakable systems of oppression.
This month, Bephies Beauty Supply will be introduced in 12 Nordstrom stores, an opportunity that advantages through corporate scale, our mission and critical message "Support brands that acknowledge your power" to new customers and soon to be women entrepenuers alike. Through this collaboration we showcase the power and inherent beauty that is born from drawing on OUR creative community– spanning artists from Ghana to North Carolina to Los Angeles.
There’s no better moment to harness the economic power of our collective voice and create our future—together. Just as those before us fought for better, we have our own part to play in the coming chapters, who we support and what we don’t. History serves us best when it is ours.