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Black History Month 20 for 20: Elaine Welteroth - The Bridge in the Divide

Black History Month 20 for 20: Elaine Welteroth - The Bridge in the Divide

Monday January 30th I was shooting the shit on Twitter as usual, and turned my attention to the love I have for Master P. My friend Courtney with a K inspired me to start this series (as you can see below). For every weekday in February, I will profile Black persons in celebration of Black History Month. #BHM20for20 Why only 20? Y’all too busy sinning on the weekend to read (I’m joking but not really). Thank you Kourtnee.

Get you somebody that can do both...” – Swae Lee

Often times on social media, I see people (mostly “men”) comparing women to each other or comparing characteristics women possess, as if women can’t be more than 1 thing at a time. Elaine Welteroth breaks every unwarranted stigma placed on women, specifically Black women & outshines her peers, which there aren’t many. I know what Vogue is, and see Teen Vogue every time I’m in the supermarket flirting with the cashier trying to get them to use their employee card so I can get my Raisin Bran 2 for 1, but I never really thought much of either until Elaine Welteroth came thru & crushed the buildings.

A graduate of Sacramento State, Elaine Welteroth was the Beauty & Style editor at both Ebony Magazine, and Glamour Magazine before joining Teen Vogue in 2012 as the Beauty & Health editor. In 3 ½ years of hard work, Elaine Welteroth became the Editor-in-Chief at Teen Vogue, which would change the course of history for the magazine & journalism, as we know it.

Teen Vogue has become one of, if not thee go-to platform for amazingly coherent journalism in a time where this country is neither amazing nor coherent, and you’d be hard pressed to convince me that Elaine Welteroth isn’t the main reason. The “2016 Presidential Election” (quotations because was that even fucking real?) was absolute madness, and we found solace in the Elaine Welteroth led Teen Vogue, our voice of reason. Once again a Black woman does the job that men failed to do responsibly.

While understanding that like any and every Black women, Elaine Welteroth is capable of doing any and everything she damn well pleases, we have to circle the wagons to protect & support her by any means. You know “they” come for our best first, and answer no questions. By the way, Elaine Welteroth is only thirty (30 for those who read with their fingers under words) and I so look forward to her continued success while being a voice for all persons of color, women, men young, old, as well as our brothers & sisters in the LGBT community. These are just some flowers while you can still smell them, and while we thank you, our words will never be enough if we don’t change our actions to the standard of excellence you are continuously setting. Thank you Elaine Welteroth, you are Black History; we all will be, and do better thanks in part to you.

Next up, a Black man who happens to be a meteor. 

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