As we round out a hectic, but ultimately wonderful February at The Spoiled Mama HQ, I wanted to take a moment to recognize and honor Black History Month.
Apart from the debates about whether Black History Month is in itself inherently racist, or the silly and controversial Black History Month lunch menus, I want to take this opportunity to pay homage to some of the amazing young black girls who are rocking the boat and changing the world.
As a Mama to two beautiful, kind and multi-racial children, it’s incredibly important for my husband and I to expose them to leaders, toys and entertainment that have similar faces to theirs.
This is particularly true for my daughter, who turns three in a few months, because we all know how cruel and unjustice the mainstream can be — not just for women, but for women of color.
So this week’s blog is dedicated to my gorgeous and sassy Ellianna Grace: may you always be surrounded by supportive women, strong-willed examples of the feminine, who will uplift and encourage you to be anything you want to be — regardless of skin color, background or sex.
And of course, a big hearty thank you to all these amazing, young black ladies who are paving the way for you!
Asia Newson, 11: entreprenuer, candle maker & all-around hustler
This is Asia Newson, an 11-year-old business woman with a curfew. Owner of Super Business Girl, the Detroit, Michigan resident slangs candles and other merchandise with impeccable charm and business savvy.
Since she was five years old, Asia’s parents have been helping her make and sell candles on the rough Detroit streets — visiting barber shops, selling street-side and more. While her father is always close by, Asia handles all her sales pitches by herself.
A featured speaker at TedxDetroit, guest on “Ellen” and countless other news segments, Asia has a bigger dream for her brand. She wants to rewrite people’s vision of her hometown and encourage other young entrepreneurs. She currently offers a entrepreneur-learning program to at-risk youth in the area.
Her mission statement: To recognize the true potential in every child and to develop intrinsic security that makes optimum use of their individualized talent.
We bow down, Asia.
Mikaila Ulmer, 10: entrepreneur, bee ambassador & educator
Hailing from Austin, Texas, little Mikaila was just four years old when a couple things happened to her:
She was stung by a bee. Twice.
Then, her Great Granny Helen sent her a family cookbook with a special recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade.
While she didn’t like the bee stings, the event triggered an interest in the little buzzing insects, and she got to thinking: How can I help honey bees while using my Great Granny Helen’s recipe?
That’s how BeeSweet Lemonade came to fruition. Just six years later, BeeSweet is a flourishing brand sold at Whole Foods Market and other fine retailers.
On her off days, the superstar lives up to her title as bee ambassador by speaking at seminars and educating the public on the importance of honey bees.
Leanna Archer, 17: entrepreneur, natural beauty lover, philanthropist
Let’s give a hand to these amazing examples of #BlackExcellence! Do you have a young woman of color who is an inspiration to you? Share her story below!