Lately, we’re constantly questioning and challenging gender in very public ways, from the no less misogynoirist Young Thug and well-intentioned but space-consuming Jaden Smith to the homey around the way who refuses your boxes and labels without any fanfare.
Pumpkin Spice Feminists view Hillary Clinton as the shero who shattered the metaphoric glass ceiling keeping women away from the position of commander in chief, while ignoring the ways women of color like Shirley Chisholm cracked and chipped away at that many ceiling years before. In closing, during this season of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and Pumpkin Spice Feminism, our hope is that while you enjoy your appropriated products and movements, you consider their origins and you honor the contributions of those who are erased.
My personal experience is just a small example of Black artists and creators being expected to labor for free, accept less pay, or receive no credit for innovations. This country was built on the backs of Black slaves and the further exploitation of Black labor. Not much has changed since the dissolution of legal slavery and Jim Crow. Our labor, in addition to our culture (music, food, art, vernacular, hairstyles, etc.) continues to be abused and devalued.
Danielle Bahi is a professional makeup artist, and the Femme Founder of @BahiCosmetics, an all-natural, vegan, cruelty-free, Black woman owned cosmetic line. Bahi is realizing her dream of using the Afro-Caribbean herbalist tradition to create a high-quality, modern cosmetics line that works for all women of color.