Alicia Scott of Range Beauty
"Right now, we've reached beyond a boiling point. As a Black woman, this has been my reality since the day I was born without even knowing it. Isn't that something? Coming into this world with a target on my back solely based on my skin color. As an adult, fearing for myself and family members at the hands of racists and police brutality. Sweating and heart racing, when a police car is behind or alongside me, even with me knowing I did nothing wrong.
Thinking about my business, even with the traction and revenue I made from bootstrapping my company, certain investors told me I just was not for them. So, I let them be and I turned my focus on grants and funding made for Black people by Black people. The fact that I created products to celebrate Black people in a space where we are often ignored keeps me going every day. That's what I do when I need strength through this horrific reality, I think about the Black community and who this fight is for, the justice we're fighting for, the rights we are owed.
I turn to my brothers and sisters, and we uplift each other as we always have, now and forever. I will say, something about the movement feels different this time. There has been a major shift, and I am much more hopeful about the future we intend to create."