ESSENCE | Black Girl Magic Episode 1: Meet Artist and Activist Sage Adams

I'm an artist at the end of the day most famous artists are like old dead white guys well that might be great for some people like I'm not completely comfortable with having a look at that as inspiration all the time there's a need for exposure for young artists of color and young queer artists and other marginalized people's why don't we make the platform to launch other people's art and get other people recognized black women have to start so much further back if someone saying like you're going to be uncomfortable because that's just the way it is in society that's great but I would like to know what specifically in society makes it like that so I can try to fix it so other people don't have to feel that way I think that's like a beautiful thing to be unapologetic and a black woman my dad wanted to name me Savannah and my mom was like no she wanted something not be ready but also meaningful it's a lot of pressure to live up to that name being wise was definitely something they wanted from me and so that became my name sage the internet was really influential in helping me find the right consciousness I started to see a lot more content that was breaking the mold carefree black kids gender-fluid black kids it's something I've been feeling for a long time I didn't know other people felt that way so I started sharing my own art and started posting my own pictures making a real community it just being honest is not enough there should be somewhere that everyone can really tap in and and really live through that you didn't get to create art when you were younger create some art now what is stopping you from being that carefree black kid that you were never my friend posted this picture and the caption was our hope a blogger that I knew Mars said I think this is a really good word to summarize being a young creative of color at this time and through that Kim they are her collective the collective is a group of not only bloggers but other creatives kids of color kind of coming together and creating a platform for art is not something that has really been seen before it's important that it's called art host because we wanted to find how we are being seen I noticed that no matter if I was wearing the same outfit as a white girl I was the one who's getting dress coded because of my inherent dangerous sexuality in the same way that black boys are hyper masculine eyes black girls are hyper sexualized and dehumanized so we get to choose our narrative we get to represent ourselves I was raised like very firmly and to be who I was at all points I had a really good childhood I was really curious my mom encouraged me to do fencing and gymnastics she's always trying to push me to do things that aren't in the norm for black girls my dad he just taught me a lot about the world he read the paper to me we read a bunch of books together I was very free always free and then once you start to get older things get more complicated I was one of two black girls in the same environment at all as all these like 1% or white kids I started to feel as if I didn't have a reason to be this confident I was comparing and contrasting myself to all of these white people that really started to bottle up and so my mom started to help me meet some other intelligent young black women and some very powerful mentors then I read books like sister citizen Their Eyes Were Watching God I read a sada now I had some basis for you know feeling awesome and female and black it changed my perspective of where my place was in the world and then my dad passed away my art teacher had said to me you ever need a place just to hang out the art room is you know a safe space for you it gave me a voice when you go through a tragedy everything is going to suck for a long time if you don't find something that you're so passionate about that like makes you get out of bed every morning my activism my art it just woke me up in the morning that's taking back those negative images and turning them on other people and showing them but like my culture is beautiful and just as beautiful as yours my life is a little different than my parents pictured for me they thought I'd have stellar grades that I'd be this amazing academic this whole avenue of activism is something that they didn't really plan my dad reading the New York Times every day morning he really fueled my interest in politics from an early age giving me access to politics as something that I'm entitled to rather than something that I have no place in I don't know if I've earned the name stage yet but I think he wasn't pretty happy that I decided to use my personality to really try to put myself out there for other people I didn't start on the Internet to be a personality or be someone that people recognized I started it because I didn't recognize myself there are so many voices that are really just waiting to be heard I want to do something that gives people the chances that I had I think my purpose here on this earth is to create safe environments for people who look like me and even people who don't look like me but are the only people who look like them in the place that they are having blackroll magic to me means having the space to not only be myself but improve the world for others to be themselves you


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