Black History Month is here and we will be sharing interviews with some of your favorite black creators and industry thought leaders who kindly provided us with so much insight, wisdom, and inspiration.
We celebrate this momentous occasion with our first interview with Destinee Wray!
1. How important is creator diversity? And why?
I think it’s more important than ever before due to the racial divide we have seen across the world. As creators we have a substantial amount of followers from different backgrounds and ethnic groups— so many young people on social media are looking for someone who they can identify with, therefore it’s our responsibility to bridge the gap and create safe spaces that nurture and recognize that.
2. How has being a POC impacted your experience in the influencer/creator space?
Lucky for me I’m an introvert with tunnel vision so for the most part, I went into this knowing and feeling very proud and confident with being a young black girl who wanted to show other young black people that it’s okay to be bold and it’s cool to be kind! It's important to me as a black content creator to apply due diligence when it comes to posting pictures/videos, music, etc. I always consider my audience, so I take great consideration in the messages I put out into the world.
3. What are some positive changes you've seen in the industry over the past year? And what do you feel still needs work?
The most positive change that I’ve noticed is that the powers that be have begun asking us (minorities) questions about the changes we would like to see in order to even out the playing field, so we can be heard and seen on a global scale.
However, the application of our suggestions/feedback is something I’d like to see worked on.
4. What does Black History Month personally mean to you?
BHM for me is a loudspeaker to the world saying we are here, our lives matter and we all have work to do. BHM says we’ll not be silenced, pushed aside nor will our contribution to this world be forgotten.
5. Who do you look up to in a historical context and why?
Martin Luther King has always been one of many activists that has inspired me with his determination to fight and take a stand for what he believes is right and just.
His intelligence and the way he’s able to articulate the need and the injustice of our people, along with his courage and unwavering readiness to live, serve, and die for our people.
6. Lastly, what are some words of wisdom that you'd like to share with our audience when it comes to diversity and inclusion?
I want our audience to know and remember that nothing was ever freely given to us and so it’s important to make a decision on what you want, design a plan on how you will obtain it and then go after it with every fiber of your being! Don’t allow anyone to deter or distract you from your purpose.