Category Archives: Black Women + Creativity

Black Women + Creativity Interview #9 with Brandy Hazzard

The Black Women and Creativity interview series is focused on inspiring Black women to tap into their creativity capacity. Our intention is to talk to one hundred Black women, from all walks of life, to share their advice on creativity by answering two simple questions.

Brandy Hazzard is a licensed Esthetician and has been one for 6 years. Her creativity spans fashion and beauty. While being a makeup artist , she is a fashion stylist to the everyday woman. Her experience in HR is setting the stage for having her own business as a Beauty Mogul. You can find her on IG and FB (@beautyxbrandy) and Twitter (@BXBChi) Her site is www.beautyxbrandy.com

What does it mean to be creative ?

Brandy: To me it means that you think outside the box to get an answer. A creative is a complex human being. They see the world differently than a logical person. Most see the world in their creative form.

What advice / wisdom/ encouragement / insight would you give to Black women about navigating their own creative process ?

Brandy: Give yourself some grace. Everything will not be what you want it to be when you want it to be. I’ve learned through therapy that I need to give myself grace because everything cannot be perfect. Something will happen good or bad. The same day that you plant your garden isn’t when you will reap the harvest. I’m a mom, fiancé, I work 9 – 5, and own my beauty business. Somewhere in there I have to take care of myself and invest in me outside of everyone else. I cannot be the best if I am pouring from an empty cup.

Are you or someone you know interested in being featured in the Black Women + Creativity Series? Email kandice@kandicecole.com with “Black Women + Creativity” in the subject line!

Black Women + Creativity Interview #8 with Jessica Williams

The Black Women and Creativity interview series is focused on inspiring Black women to tap into their creativity. Our intention is to talk to one hundred Black women, from all walks of life, to share their advice on creativity in two question micro-interviews.

Our eighth interview is with Jessica Williams, founder of Tech Biz Gurl. She empowers women to use technology to pursue their passions. You can find her writing and speaking about side hustles, technology, and self care. Learn more about Jess over at techbizgurl.com

What does it mean to be creative?

I think creative means to create, in whatever form, that means to you whether it is writing, painting, coloring, making something with your hands, or brainstorming.  We are all creative in different ways.  It is whatever fuels your soul in a way that you feel connected to something bigger than yourself. 

What one piece of advice/wisdom/encouragement/insight would you have to Black women about navigating their own creative process?

You are creative.  We all are.  I’ve often thought that I wasn’t creative because I couldn’t draw or paint, but creativity is so much more than a skill.  It’s more of a feeling.  As Black women, it’s often hard to tap into that because there is pressure for us to be strong which often means holding things in, taking care of everyone else, and not leaving much leftover for ourselves.  Taking time for #selfcare helps you get back in tune with your inner voice and helps you remember those things that help you feel at peace with yourself.  Often by getting silent and spending time with ourselves, we come up with ideas and get back to those special things that make us who we are. 

Thank you for sharing this powerful take on creativity Jess!

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Black Women + Creativity Interview #7 with Asia Monique

The Black Women and Creativity interview series is focused on inspiring Black women to tap into their creativity capacity. Our intention is to talk to one hundred Black women, from all walks of life, to share their advice on creativity by answering two simple questions.

Going by the motto “big hair, bigger vocals,” Chicago vocalist Asia Monique is making waves with her lustrous mix of soulful vocals, “traphouse jazz” production and dark elements. I am excited to have her over on the UBG Collective blog for our seventh Black Women + Creativity interview! Make sure to follow Asia Monique on all of her social media profiles.

What does it mean to be creative?

Asia Monique: It means to have an imagination. A dream, an actual vision, that’s being exercised/used. A creative – can give you vision or insight you weren’t even expecting and/or can take a thing that someone was having trouble visualizing and build it out.

What one piece of advice/wisdom/encouragement/insight would you give to Black women about navigating their own creative process? 

Asia Monique: We are so innovative, so intelligent, so creative that we forget. As an entrepreneur/artist, or even in corporate, we are so used to giving our gifts to someone else to further their vision and we forget about our own. Our “why.” I would just want to encourage my fellow sisters to remind them that they don’t have to give all of their gems to someone else. Make sure that you set aside time to focus on yourself as well and that your why is still at the core of what you deliver. 

Thank you for dropping these gems Asia! Make sure to like, comment, and share if you are enjoyed the latest installment of the Black Women + Creativity Series!

Black Women + Creativity Interview #6 with Dr. Adrianne Scruggs

The Black Women and Creativity interview series is focused on inspiring Black women to tap into their creativity capacity. Our intention is to talk to one hundred Black women, from all walks of life, to share their advice on creativity by answering the two simple questions.

Our sixth interview is with Dr. Adrianne Scruggs, physician and private practice owner of MD One Internal Medicine Associates in Pearland, TX. She is devoted to giving excellent medical care and creating genuine connections with her patients. She is also a wife and mother of two. Learn more about her practice at www.mdoneprimarycare.com

What does it mean to be creative?

Dr. Adrianne: To have the ability, resources, and support to manifest or produce an idea that is unique and inspires others.

What one piece of advice/wisdom/encouragement/insight would you give to Black women about navigating their own creative process? 

Dr. Adrianne: Please don’t be discouraged by the naysayers. Your tribe exists; they understand you deeply and want to connect with you… Please leave space in your day, week, month to be uninhibited – to imagine freely… Take notes – write them down or record them… Create what YOU love, not what you THINK someone else will love. 

What is your one takeaway after reading Adrianne’s take on creativity? Share below!

Black Women + Creativity Interview #2 with Joyy Norris

The Black Women and Creativity interview series is focused on inspiring Black women to tap into their creativity capacity. Our intention is to talk to one hundred Black women, from all walks of life, to share their advice on creativity by answering the two simple questions.

Our next interview is with Joyy Norris. I have known Joyy for over a decade and she is the definition of #BlackGirlMagic. Joyy Norris is a Chicago born and reared photographer, filmmaker, writer and producer with a mind for storytelling across platforms. She works in documentary, podcasting, film curation and programming and freelance writing. Learn more about her work over at www.joyynorris.com and on Twitter and IG.

Read on for some of Joyy’s insight about the creative process.

What does it mean to be creative?

Joyy: Being creative is being able to use your natural born gifts to create original ideas and bring them into manifestation.

What advice/wisdom/encouragement/insight would you give to Black women about navigating their own creative process?

Joyy: Spend as much time as possible getting to know your creative triggers so you can intentionally activate them and work to sustain your creative flow. Also, invest in yourself, through workshops, walks in nature, engaging with art other than yours, solo time, saving toward financially liberating goal, etc. to build your reservoir of knowledge and capital to grow your creativity and creative endeavors.

Thank you for blessing us with your wisdom Joyy! Like, share, and comment about this week’s interview!

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Black Women + Creativity Interview #1 with Fenesha Hubbard

The Black Women and Creativity interview series is focused on inspiring Black women to tap into their creativity capacity. In 2019, one hundred Black women, from all walks of life, share their advice on creativity by answering the two simple questions:

What is creativity?

What advice or wisdom can you share with with Black women about navigating their own creative process.

Our very first interview is with Fenesha Hubbard! Fenesha is a brilliant sister who has helped me to understand the power of intention, ritual, and self care. She is a personal growth and learning specialist, who is committed to cultivating and curating safe learning experiences. Learn more about Fenesha’s work at http://www.fenesha.com

Let’s hear Fenesha’s take on creativity:

What does it mean to be creative?

Fenesha: Creativity is the ability to nurture a fertile imagination that is fed by intuition.

What one piece of advice/wisdom/encouragement/insight would you give to Black women about navigating their own creative process?

Fenesha: The key to unleashing your creativity is to trust the process of creative flow, which is unique for everyone. So, it helps to be self-aware. Knowing how you prefer to engage with your inner and outer worlds help to ensure confidence in how you embrace your capacity to be creative. Trusting yourself and loving your unlimited potential makes it easier to stretch your imagination. It is from this place of groundedness that creativity grows.

What are your thoughts about Fenesha’s take on creativity? Comment below!

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