As part of our mission at She In The CLE, we want to partner with other organizations that raise the visibility and voices of women in our community.
We’re excited to introduce you to one of our newest partners – Black Girl in The CLE, founded by Shana Black. We’re looking forward to helping share their stories and perspective moving forward. Read below to learn more about them!
Black Girl in The CLE is a local blog that strives to showcase Cleveland from a Sisterly Perspective. But what does that mean, and why BLACK girl? Can other people read it? Is it divisive? Let me explain.
First of all, it’s who I am…Shana Black… a girl – well, woman – from Cleveland, Ohio and the creator of this blog. Cleveland and its suburbs have always been home to me. Whether it’s hanging out in the Lee Harvard area, going to school in Bedford and Shaker Heights or working in Parma Heights and in the Glenville neighborhood – I am a hometown girl, and I love showing off my city.
However, the journey of being Black Girl in The CLE has not always been easy. My team and I have been told it’s discriminatory towards brown people. People have said that they won’t click our links or go to our site because “they’re not Black.” Even Facebook and Instagram won’t approve our ads because of our signature “Black Girl…” leads and the name of our account (@blackgirlincle).
“So, why Black Girl?” “Why not just change your name?” Well, again … because that’s who WE are…Black Girls of Cleveland and we exist to show that Black Girls in Cleveland go EVERYWHERE. But as we go everywhere, we often have a different perspective on the places we go.
We often wonder if we’ll be one of the few minorities in the venue, and on occasion, have been the ONLY Black people at an event. And unfortunately, we still have to wonder if it’s SAFE for us to go to some neighborhoods based on events from Cleveland’s history.
So this is why we exist. This is why we will remain Black Girl in The CLE. This is why we say we are “Showcasing Cleveland From a Sisterly (sometimes Sista-ly) Perspective” and this is how we Cleveland (yes, we just made Cleveland a verb)!
Finally, we believe that #BlackGirlMagic is real, so why try to downplay or hide it???