A few months back, we introduced our first cohort of youth apprentices: Aniya, Chalina, Deja, and Noire. We’re excited to share what they have gathered, learned, and created during their apprenticeship at TBP. In their own words, you will find a glimpse of their journey and introduction of their new campaign for Black girls.
This year has significantly impacted how we think, feel, and interact with the world around us. We’ve heard a plethora of feel good stories, and not-so-good stories, but what about Black girls’ stories? Through this campaign, we explore the complexities of the Black girl experience during this time, and how isolation has taught them about themselves and the world around them. These are their reflective revelations.
The extension of the Her Testimony campaign hosted by The Beautiful Project has been led by us; TBP’s four newest youth apprentices, since the beginning of September. We’ve each combined our unique skills and talents including art, poetry, graphic design, and networking to accurately tell the stories of the Black girl experience in the Triangle Area.
The development of this campaign began with the assistance of TBP staff and special guests who trained us in a number of areas, namely interviewing and storytelling, which prepared us for conducting focus groups with other Black girls. From the many conversations we had with our peers, we’ve discovered one of the main impacts of the pandemic is the ability to adapt and respond to continuous change and losses.
Our campaign, Reflective Revelations, illustrates the discoveries and personal growth Black girls have made during this heightened period of isolation and social injustices. Through reflections and affirmations, we celebrate the growth and discoveries that Black girls have made about themselves over the last few months. In response, we hope to create a safe and open space for Black girls, from Black girls. Over the course of this week, we will showcase the components of our campaign on TBP’s instagram page. Check us out on @thebeautifulprj!
In the short film below, we shared our own reflections and revelations about our inner journeys this year. Our hope is for others, especially our fellow Black girls, to share what they’ve learned about themselves this year.