One of my biggest gripes with traditional calendars and planners is the absence of holidays and special events I actually care about—like Beyoncé’s birthday (September 4, in case you didn’t know) and the release date of B.A.P.S (March 28). Such is not the case with Patrice Cameau’s Black Girl Holidays calendar. It’s quite literally “365 days of Black magic” marked with all of the cultural moments we typically depend on social media to remind us of. To be honest, there are quite a few things I didn’t even know existed, like National Day of Unplugging (!) and Single Parents Day.
Besides the fact that this calendar is wholly funded, created, and designed by Black women, Cameau says it was vital for her to “share the experience of making this resource with other Black women business owners,” ensuring it creates convenience and celebrates representation.
“Black women continue to be severely underrepresented in management positions across all sectors, holding only 4 percent of management jobs compare to the 32 percent held by white women, according to 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,” she notes in a press release.
Additionally, Cameau cites a recent Forbes article that says Black women represent 42% of new women-owned businesses—three times their share of the female population—and 36% of all Black-owned employer businesses.
“That same article says research shows that due to COVID-19, most Black and women-led companies only have a few weeks to a month of cash flow.”
So while having this calendar certainly isn’t a magic pill for your publishing efforts, Black creatives will certainly have a leg up for creating unique content that reflects their cultural experience, while supporting the Black women who created this resource.
The calendar, available in print or PDF download, comes with space for writing affirmations, a vision board complete with nine categories (mental/physical health, financial/wealth, career, family, travel, love, home, hobbies, spiritual) incredibly detailed quarterly planning/brainstorming sheets, and beautiful illustrations to keep you inspired.
Most importantly, each month is stacked with notable birthdays, historical moments (like the swearing-in ceremony of Vice President Kamala Harris!), holidays, and other Black girl-centric events to keep on your radar. This includes the more popular moments, as well as contemporary ones that creatives will find especially gratifying to see. Purchase the Black Girl Holidays content calendar here.
This month, we’re hosting Winning Women, a weekly virtual celebration of groundbreaking Black female creators you know and love. Register for free admission.