I am sad to only be learning of this tremendous activist for women of color after reading memorials celebrating her advocacy, but I can do my part in spreading awareness of her struggles—the one she fought on the outside and the one she fought within herself. Karyn Washington, who founded the website For Brown Girls and leader of the #DarkSkinRedLip project, reportedly took her own life at the young age of 22.
Victoria Uwumarogie of Madame Noire describes Washington’s contribution to conversation on women’s portrayal in hip hop:
The young woman launched her website in order to celebrate the beauty of black women who don’t always feel the love out here, and pushed the project #DarkSkinRedLip to encourage black women of all shades to embrace wearing red lipstick after rapper A$AP Rocky said that women of darker complexions shouldn’t rock it. That project, like For Brown Girls, was about empowering. That’s what Washington was all about.
Rest in Peace, Karyn.
R.I.P Sophie Lancaster
“I’m walking with Sophie tonight
She lives in the air that I breathe
I can’t get it out of my mind
How you were left to bleed
Was it how you dressed
Or how you act
I can’t believe
How they could act so violently,
Well, we will not forget…”
Delain - We Are The Others
This is my new Art tumblr! Here I will post sketches and projects I am working whether it be traditional, digital, or animation. There is also a link to my Deviantart as well