Afro-Feminist is a social media platform whose mission is to incorporate an Afrocentric and intersectional feminist agenda into our feminist movements that advocates for Black women across various backgrounds and identities. This platform seeks to inspire young women of color to be change agents in their community. Afro-Feminist is available on Google Play Store for free. You can also follow this blog on Tumblr.
About the Author
Stephanie performing an orignal spoken-word piece about police brutality against Black people at RPEC/RYPP’s Edu-Concert in February of 2017
Hey there, I’m Stephanie. I am a New York City native who loves working with her community to make positive change. On Afro-Feminist, I do book and movie reviews on race and feminism, and in doing so, I seek to inspire young Black women to fall in love with reading and help change the face of literature. I also frequently document my activism and write essays. Besides activism, I enjoy coding, reading and spending time with my friends and family.
I am an activist for the Richmond Peace Education Center, whose mission is to encourage kids to learn how to apply nonviolent conflict resolution to help reduce the level of youth violence in central Virginia. RYPP also promotes youth leadership by having teens facilitate RYPP/RPEC events, and encourage kids to positively express themselves through art.
At RYPP, I started writing spoken word poetry in response to police violence against Black people, and housing discrimination. I performed an original spoken-word piece about police brutality at RPEC’s Annual Generation Dream EduConcert in 2017 on Black History Month.
In April (2017), I had the amazing opportunity to perform an orignal spoken word piece addressing housing discrimination at Housing Opportunity Made Equal (HOME), celebrating 45 years of fair housing in Virginia.
I am also an ambassador for Girls for a Change, a non-profit who seeks to support and inspire Black girls and other girls of color to visualize their bright futures through development, discovery and social change innovation in their communities. At GFAC, me and a girl action team founded the Maxine Waters’ Black Girl Coalition a project that seeks help disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline through mindfulness training. On another Girl Action Team, we came up with a social media platform that wants to change the way Black women are portrayed in the media.
I also did a project with GFAC on intersectional feminism that affirms the work Black women, whose activism has fortified our movements in such powerful ways. Lauren Mims, the former associate director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, presented my short film to her students at UVA which I am really grateful for. This project also received attention of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and The Safety Pin Box. I am also very grateful to have had one of my essays on Girls for a Change published in Richmond Free Press.