Black Blogger Month: What About Our Daughters, Ladies First

Concerned with the image of Black women in the media Gina McCauley stepped up and did something about it

How I measure success is…

By whether [Blogging While Brown] is helping Black independent content creators and online activists execute their visions. Success to me is watching the relationships and business opportunities which are birthed by the connections people make at the conference go on to blossom in front of my eyes. As an online activist at What About Our Daughters, I measure success by what my readers do after they’ve read a call to action.

None of my success would be possible if not for…

My family. It’s okay to go cliff diving if you know that there will be people to catch you if you stumble and fall. When the New York Times reporter wanted  me to give up my anonymity as a blogger back in 2007, the very next phone call I made was to my mama to ask her if I could sleep on the couch if this blogging thing blew up in my face. [My family] also always helps out during all of my live events.

In business you should never be afraid to…

Tell people NO!

If I weren’t in the digital space today I’d be somewhere…

I don’t even want to think about. Blogging changed my life. It literally took me from a carboholic couch potato to a cyber-crusading warrior princess. I was born for this technology and this time.

It’s important for women of color to have someone like Michelle Obama in the White House because…

They are growing up in a world where they can aspire to be President. Where they can aspire to walk with confidence on the world stage. Where they can aspire to be fit and healthy and have a career and children as well. For Black women, it’s been a wash. I think television programming and depictions of Black women have become more vile in the past three years. It’s almost as if the entertainment industry is working hard to undo any positive [Michelle Obama’s] image may be having on Black women.

The most important lesson I would want to pass down to my future daughter is…

To go for it! Play it smart, but don’t play it safe.

Next on the horizon for me is…

To do with film what I did with blogging. So many women have emailed me and have said that they started blogging after reading my personal blog. I want to harness the power of digital technology so Black women can do with film what we’ve done with social media.

Be sure to check out the rest of the digital thought leaders who were featured by logging on to BlackEnterprise.com/BlackBloggerMonth. For anyone interested in attending the 2012 Blogging While Brown conference (June 1-2), be sure register at BloggingWhileBrown.comAs a Black Blogger Month bonus, attendees can get an additional 20% off registration and day passes by entering the promo code “BE” at checkout.

 

 

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