Uncompromising Love: Reimagining Pride and the World for Queer Black Women

Black Queer women are deserving of love, all the time, and can not be forgotten.
ZaneleChisholmZaneleChisholm
Jun. 18
campaign, cherie
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! Over the past few weeks, a surge of Black Lives Matter protests has taken place across the globe. A reaction to the anti-black, racist systems that have plagued Black Americans withstate-sanctioned brutality for decades. The swell of mass demonstrations came, specifically, as a response to the death of George Floyd, 46-year-old a Black man who was unjustly killed by apolice officer, Derek Chauvin, in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. Floyd’s deathtriggered uproar across the U.S, as well as in countries across the world, resulting in now ongoing rallies that last deep into the night. On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26 year-old-Black woman was shot to death by police in her home while she was sleeping. Taylor’s killing did not spark international outrage,her name circulated social media for a couple of days, and by the next week, the world movedon. For, Floyd the world has stopped. The striking contrast in the way love and outrage were offered immediately to George Floyd compared to Breonna Taylor is a violent and heart-wrenching example of what many Black women mean when we say that love, and who is deserving of it, has always been political. This is not to take away from the grief we all harbor for Floyd, every ounce of the anger expressed following his death is more than justified. I say all this to highlight the extra work it takes to get the world to love and care for Black women with equal capacity and without being begged to.
campaign, cherie
Extra work, done by other Black women, that makes a two-month difference, sometimes years, sometimes a lifetime. Two weeks ago, this is not how I would have begun this article. But I cannot write Breonna Taylor out of a narrative that she so strongly belongs in. Nor can I escape the erasure of extreme and often fatal violence against Black trans women, who are fundamental to Queer rights as well as Black power. As a cornerstone of Pride, Black trans women like Marsha P. Johnson created space within the idea of love that allowed for Black women to be recognized as deserving. And the pride that exists today for Queer people could not exist without her and Black women like her.
campaign, cherie
Reading about the stories of women like Nina Pop and Monika Diamond is a painful reminder of the second-class status continuously applied to the value of Black trans women’s lives. As a Queer Black woman, I cannot separate my pride from my sorrow for the Black women who are continuously brutalized and forgotten. I saw a tweet that quoted Shantira Jackson, a speaker from an LA protest for Breonna Taylor, who said “we measure love in the plans we make for someone’s life”. The past few weeks have been incredibly difficult, and they will continue to be as generations of people call for radical change. In the corners of my internet, and I hope yours, people are calling on us to think about the future. Waving signs that demand the defunding of police and the end of systemic oppression, people are asking us to imagine a future, a world without police. I’d like to ask that we, for Pride and for the future, widen the view. Imagine a world where Trans Black women, Queer Black Women, Black women are loved unrelentingly, fully, and while they are alive.
campaign, cherie
I’ve shared the sorrows permanently embedded in my relationship with pride and blackness. And as marginalized folks, we are consistently expounding our traumas, so much so that sometimes it feels all-encompassing of our total experience. But my humanity is not chained to pain. There is so much beauty entwined in an identity that is constantly in the midst of a revolution. My greatest joy is the ability to reimagine the world again and again until love is allencompassing. I’d like to show you, through prose poetry, what my reimagined world looks like: A love that is on time. We frequent comfort in the cusp of each other’s hold. Happiness, a settled emotion in the pit of our stomachs, has been familiar for a while now. Our bodies, when seen, saunter the outside world with a presence that is innate. Our skin, brushed with the folds of dusk, interlocks with darkness to conceive a garden of wonder and discovery. There is potential in everything. Inside this home, each of our bodies creates life differently. Humanity transmitting with every touch. There are the legacies of every revolution in a kiss. A reminder of every world recreated. Black Women, in all our forms, crafting new realities that intersect the unshown with visibility. And grief. Grief a warm acquaintance of time and no longer a constant.RESEARCH/STUDIES ● http://aworldwithoutpolice.org/ ● https://time.com/5847396/france-protests-anti-racism/ ● https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/05/defunding-the-police-us-what-does-itmean ● https://www.advocate.com/crime/2020/3/24/trans-businesswoman-shot-death-whilebeing-treated-ambulance ● https://www.advocate.com/crime/2020/5/06/trans-woman-nina-pop-stabbed-deathmissouri ● https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/us/transgender-women-deaths.html ● https://www.nytimes.com/article/breonna-taylor-police.html ● https://time.com/5847396/france-protests-anti-racism/ ● https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52928304 ● Tweet Reference: https://twitter.com/asgharthegrouch/status/1269712657914847232
Celebrate Pride with Cherie!
cherie, image
Celebrate Pride with Cherie!
Download today for more writer spotlights in-app
Download Now
Best Reviews
Spooky Scary Skeleton!
Spooky Scary Skeleton!
Another Halloween makeup look!! One you can make your own! Pick any color scheme you like and grab the basics!! This half skull half glam look is one of my favorites, no costume required! Unless you want to of course! THE BASICS A good primer, I used ILLAMASQUA - Hydra Veil Primer which is very hydrating and good under all that makeup. 💄 Your usual foundation and concealer, I did apply a thin layer to the lower half. Just enough to make a good base to work on. I used COLOURPOP - Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation and e.l.f. - Hydrating Camo Concealer Your boldest brow product, I used REVOLUTION - Brow Pomade . Your favorite eyeshadow palette with poppin colors!! Because it’s Halloween 🎃! I used my new JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS - Mini Breaker Eyeshadow Palette and went straight for the purples. I also used black from my COASTALSCENTS - glamourEYES Palette and the pink glitter from my REVOLUTION - Forever Flawless Eyeshadow Palette I also used the Balm cosmetics - The Lou Manizer'sQuad Highlighter Quad the Emma Lou, to highlight my under brow. LASHES!!!! Any over the top fluffy ones will do! Mine were Ardell whiskies. And that’s all I know I threw the card away😫. Liquid liner, a good pot liner is best for detail work, you can use felt tip on the eyes. I used NYX - Super Skinny Eye Marker on my eyes but MAYBELLINE - Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner For my skeleton face, teeth and so on. However I recommend drawing with black eyeshadow first, it’s easier to fix if you have a mistake. White face makeup, any Halloween makeup will do but I used the cheap stuff from the Halloween section at target in this video and don’t recommend it...find good stuff on Amazon 😂! Setting powder is a must!!! To help set all that foundation and white makeup. I used NARS - Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder . I used black eyeshadow to color in the black areas and some pink on my jawline. Also I used some shimmery purple to unite the look. ⭐️Be sure to use a good setting spray like URBAN DECAY - All Nighter Ultra Matte Makeup Setting Spray to keep it in place. ⭐️Also I didn’t have any but adding jewels around the eyes and on the teeth make things really pop! P.S. Forgive the transitions in the video 😫 life was distracting 😂
I just tried OLAPLEX Nº 0 & Nº 3 🤷🏻‍♀️
I just tried OLAPLEX Nº 0 & Nº 3 🤷🏻‍♀️
☁️This 2-part treatment system takes 20+ minutes. You do it on dry hair before you shampoo & condition. First you saturate your hair with Nº 0, wait 10 minutes, don’t rinse, then add Nº 3 & leave on for an additional 10+ minutes. Nº 3 can be used alone, but Nº 0 is meant to be used only as a precursor for Nº 3. I originally bought this for my bf’s heavily damaged hair, but he’s so lazy about using anything😑 So finally we made it happen. My hair isn’t currently damaged from bleach like it used to be, however, because I have a neurological disease, some days I’m in so much pain, tossing & turning in bed all day, I pull my hoodie over my head & use a heating pad on it. Days like this my thick hair becomes a wreck. Swipe for photos. I definitely get a lot of breakage around my hairline, I’m so over it lol, I’ve got silk pillowcases coming in the mail💤💌 I picked a “bad hair day” like this from the other day after my flareup calmed down to try this 2-part treatment system for you guys. I’m aware that no hair treatment can make a strand of hair full length again once it’s snapped short... I was more curious to see what this treatment could do for my bf’s hair. He washes it waaay too much because he thinks it’s dirty due to his job, which gives his hair tons of sun damage. I was mortified when he told me he washes it twice a day! Don’t do this! It strips away your natural oils! His hair is so brittle & dry! OLAPLEX - No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment Kit $28/5.2 of Nº 0 + 1 oz of Nº 3 Everyone seems to be raving about Olaplex products, so I had my hopes set pretty high. This may be an unpopular opinion, but this treatment didn’t impress me much. I have to use sooo much product for my hair & it’s only shoulder length. My hair is extremely thick, I’m no stranger to using extra product, but this was a little ridiculous. I used almost the entire full size Nº 0 & every last drop of the sample size Nº 3. The amount I used on my bf was quite little. His hair is very thin & only like 4-5” long. OLAPLEX - No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment $28/5.2 oz He thought I was using a lot, because the nozzle dispenses so slowly (which is good I guess because the consistency is like water) but the level only went down about a half inch. Not really any scent. I found it so time consuming to do this step myself. The applicator made me feel like I was in highschool using box dye. I actually transferred it to an empty (& clean) Briogeo spray bottle because I was so frustrated. It dispensed it a lot faster, but still be very careful. I had a cut on finger & it burned really bad, so don’t get it in your eyes! OLAPLEX - No. 3 Hair Perfector $28/3.3 oz Similar to typical hair conditioner in texture/consistency/scent-easy to apply. THE RESULTS: His hair: still fried This just wouldn’t be feasible for my hair considering I emptied a $28 bottle for 1 use. Hair was soft after nothin special.
First impression of Cherie Cheerleader prize 🥰
First impression of Cherie Cheerleader prize 🥰
Happy Tuesday beauties!!! ❤️ I just received my prize for top 3 cheerleaders last week from @cherie 😍 I'm so happy and honored to be rewarded by @cherie and grateful for you all for cheering for my content!! It means the world to me ❤️ I received this new Pink Cloud rosewater moisture cream by @herbivore ✨HERBIVORE - PINK CLOUD Rosewater Moisture Creme This is such a beautiful water cream that glides on skin without making it greasy or heavy. This is perfect for Oily/Combination skin types or Acne prone skin like me. I prefer light moisturizers and preferably with minimum to no active ingredients just to keep my actives locked underneath and this is perfect for that reason! My first impression of this cream is amazing. I'm loving its slightly gel texture but not so watery, perfect for everyday use. It smells like fresh roses when you open the jar but the fragrance is very mild and doesn't linger for too long, love it! I have to give it a thumbs up for the packaging, it's a glass jar that looks beautiful. This has amazing natural ingredients such as : 🌹 Water - Naturally high in antioxidants and excellent for reducing appearance of redness in skin. This is also where Pink Cloud’s natural scent comes from. 🌹Sodium Hyaluronate - Vegetable sourced, it penetrates deeply into the skin to attract and retain water for maximum hydration. 🌹Aloe Water - Lightweight, skin soothing and hydrating. Aloe is also naturally rich in salicylic acid making it great for preventing blemishes. 🌹Kukui Oil - Rich in linoleic acid, it is great for hydrating and balancing all skin types, plus it adds a subtle dewy glow. 🌹White Tea Extract - Youth preserving, rich in antioxidants which protect skin from pigmentation and fine lines. 🌹Rice Extract - Improves texture and clarity of skin by smoothing and brightening dark spots. 🌹Radish Root Ferment - A 100% Natural cutting edge preservative that we use in our products. In my opinion this is beautiful moisturizer that can save it's place in your everyday skincare regimen! I will post my experience and in depth review in few weeks. My first impression is all good and I would love to keep using this.
At home safe laser hair removal
At home safe laser hair removal
BIC Soleil - Soleil Balance Razors With shea butter bars on the razor, I don’t need to use shaving gel or cream. It gives a close cut and also moisturizes my skin after shaving. It’s so affordable, easy to use, and so quick to shave. I use this before the laser hair removal treatment. The first hair removal device I use is the Smoothskin Pure. You can adjust the strength, speed, and gentle mode to customize your experience with this device. You can use this one on your body from head to toe even your face, underarms and bikini line. This is a more pricier one with more uses and you can adjust it to a lower setting for sensitive areas. SMOOTHSKIN IPL HAIR REMOVAL - SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System This one you can’t adjust any settings.Only takes 10 min for whole body treatment. On the website, it said that you can use it on the underarms, face and bikini lines but I felt discomfort when using on my underarms so I only use this on arms and legs because it’s super fast and totally suitable for those who don’t need a complex, adjustable device. I did see hair reduction after about a month of using. They also make my skin so smooth and hairless. I follow the directions strictly and haven’t have any issues. Some of the skin tones and hair color may not work on this. You should look into their website and carefully read all of the information and direction to avoid any incidents involving the device. Hope you enjoy this post 😊 *Music: Marshmallow ( Prod. by Lukrembo)
RENTINOIDs: the BEST super ingredient
RENTINOIDs: the BEST super ingredient
🌸 note: two of the products in my picture are prescription only, high grade retinoids. but i have tagged their drug store dupes that are the SAME product with a lower concentration 🌸 WHAT IS A RETINOL? in the most basic form, a retinoid is a form of VITAMIN A which encourages skin cells to break down and turn over faster, resulting in reduction of acne, wrinkles, dark spots and signs of aging. It promotes collagen production, unclogs pores, and reduces scarring. its actually thickens skin, preventing wrinkles from forming ☀️☀️ALWAYS USE AN SPF WITH RETINOIDS☀️☀️ because your skin cells are dying and regenerating so quickly, you are much more prone to sunburns. And we know sunburns are literally life-threatening they vary HIGHLY in strength (weak to strong list)  - retinoid esters: The weakest version of a retinoid, but is good for sensitive skin, surface level  retinol: found in a variety of products, works on the cellular level of skin - adapalene (differin): Used to be prescription only but can now be found in a low-dose age in most drug stores. penetrates deeper and slows the production of sebum with faster cell turnover - retinoic acid (Retin-A/tretinoin): works deeper in the skin, can produce overnight results in the form of dead skin peeling. Very advanced skin cell turnover, as it penetrates and stimulates cell death and production. Skin can become very sensitive, irritated , and red - isotretinoin (Accutane): essentially sebum production is very limited and skin cell turnover is dramatically increased. on ingestible medication that will make your skin peel, dry out, and really kill acne. It’s prescription only but very effective. 🌸 products i use! prescription only: ADAPALENE 0.3% dupe: DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel ADAPALENE is the primary form of retinol in this product. this has been my go to product for years, it makes me less sun sensitive then Retin-A 0.05%, while still giving me excellent skin cell turnover and anti aging benefits. It helped my skin go from absolute shiz to a much cleaner glowing face (see 4th pic) prescription only: RETIN-A 0.05% dupe: janssen - Retino-A 0.05% Tretinoin Cream TRETENOIN is the primary form of retinoid in this product. these two may actually be the same product, but the one that I have I know is usually prescription grade. it will make your skin peel overnight, so I use it as a spot treatment if I get any deep set nodular acne. i used this for a couple years but it made me really sun sensitive, it is very strong! luxury brand: SUNDAY RILEY - A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum RETINOL ESTER and CoQ10 are the primary forms of retinal in this product. this claims to have a 6.5% blend of stabilize retinoids and botanical retinoid alternative extracts. I think that it is incredibly overpriced for what it is. There are very similar dupes such as those from the inkey list and the ordinary