All throughout my childhood, my parents made sure to give me a firm understanding of my history, and instilled a love for my race in me. Despite that, growing up in Wichita, Ks, race relations left a lasting impression on me. I often found myself  being in the weird position of being too white for my black classmates, yet still too black for the white ones. My blackness was always in question and, to a certain extent, it remains that way to this day.

It was in junior high that I decided I was tired of being called white (even though I knew I was more hip to my history than anyone who had ever called me that), and I tried to reinvent myself. And, unknowingly, that’s when my life journey to find myself began.

Fast forward to present day, I am 23, residing in Kansas City, a recent college grad (B.A. in Sociology) and still on this journey. But now, I know a little bit more about myself. I am a woman who is completely, 100% in love with her blackness. I have found my voice, along with the strength to voice it (no matter how unpopular), and my confidence. I have found that I am very opinionated and love writing about it.

Too many times I have found myself holding my tongue to either stay politically correct or not to offend, but that favor is not returned to black women. And so, I wanted to create a space where I am no longer silenced, where I could be brutally honest, and yet have a safe space for women< such as myself, to simply exist. I wanted a place where I could think out loud, but also offer my own commentary on pop culture. Blackgirl Candidly is for the multifaceted woman. For the girls who are educated, ratchet, woke and bougie all at the same damn time, this is for you. If your vice is sipping tea while listening to Erykah Badu, or you identify more with Cardi B, or both, this is for you.

So, if you’re reading this, I hope you find something that speaks to you, soothes you, and/ or moves you. Thank you for your time and hopefully support

-Bianca img_7827