The Urgent Need For A Wellness Industry Designed For & By Black Women

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The mainstream wellness industry as a whole has been dominated by white faces, and, according to THIS piece profiling Kim Knight and Shanelle McKenzie, founders of The Villij, an inclusive wellness community for women of color, the time for change is now. The reality that many Black women are feeling at the moment — barely sleeping and eating, their mental health taking a backseat to fighting the pandemic of anti-black racism — highlights the urgent need for a response from the wellness industry at large. As poet and activist Audre Lorde famously said: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

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