Harambe! What’s good? What’s really good? Happy Black History Month Y’all! We’ve come out of our South Carolina focused month to transition into the best (and shortest) month of the year, and we here at 2BG are excited to celebrate our first February with y’all. As the Negro National Anthem reminds us, our history has been a bit dark and difficult (you know, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered and all), so we decided to start off the month with a lighthearted post that will get you in the mood to celebrate our heritage and culture together.
If you’re not soulless like Gabby and you like children, you’ll love Because of Them We Can’s response to Stacey Dash suggesting that we cancel Black History Month and Buzzfeed’s “Kids Reenact Black Leaders.” The comment sections on both are absolutely toxic, and the history is a little fuzzy, but hey, maybe children born after 2000 are gonna be alright.
If you’re looking to support black businesses this month, you could pay for some of these textbooks I just bought, or you could check out Buzzfeed’s list of ways you can celebrate black history month in style.. It features Philadelphia Printworks’ fictional HBCU sweatshirts, all named after black activists and your favorite response to white nonsense on a pillow, made by Black Proverbs. You can also up your black girl magic by getting one of the stunning head wraps from The WrapLife, or a sweatshirt featuring the real HU (just kidding Hampton and Howard grads, please don’t come for us), Hillman, especially if you didn’t end up going to an HBCU like us.
And finally, if you’re looking to support black creatives this Black History Month, may I recommend this video of Octavia Spencer and a slightly inebriated Crissle, from the excellent podcast, The Read, telling the story of Harriet Tubman’s slave raids in South Carolina. I also enjoy Jackie Aina’s Black History Month beauty tutorials, which honor the versatile and underappreciated beauty of black women throughout history. And, of course, there is the currently inactive, but always funny Little Known Black History Facts, featured on this weeks episode of the podcast Another Round, which you should check out if you want to know some fictional black contributions to history, and Buzzfeed’s “Things You Wouldn’t Have If Black People Didn’t Invent Them,” which features factual black contributions.
We’ll be dealing with some more serious topics as the month goes on, but we wanted to know—what are some of your favorite and most fun ways to celebrate history month? Tell us in the comments and on social media.