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10 Influential Women of Color Making History


It’s officially Women’s History Month, and we couldn't be more thrilled! At EDEN, we are all about women encouraging and supporting one another. With a team made up predominantly of women of color, we had to take this opportunity to celebrate a few of our sisters currently making history. Enjoy!     1. Essynce E. Moore   Miss Moore is the first black teen author to write three books being used by school districts across the country! Her series is entitled Middle School Chronicles, and includes the installments, 6th Grade Middle School Chronicles: Where No Secrets are Kept, 7th Grade Middle School Chronicles: “Oh Essynce, if only you could see the future…,” and 8th Grade Middle School Chronicles: The Year that Changed Everything. Her books can be purchased on Amazon.com.           2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez     Many are already familiar with Ocasio-Cortez, as she is now the youngest woman ever to serve in US Congress. She represents New York and has been holding her... MORE

28 Afros with Ziajah Nellom


My name is Ziajah Nellom of cupofZ.com and I’m the creator of 28 Afros, a month-long series dedicated to recreating iconic afros in celebration of Black History Month.    About 28 Afros   There’s no doubt that the afro hairstyle is multidimensional. Through the 28 Afros series, my goal was to showcase how intricate and versatile the hairstyle can be. I wanted to highlight shrinkage as well as stretched-to-full-capacity hair. I also wanted to display shapes and how the texture of an afro changes daily. It amazes me that we, as a people, still have such a hard time with something as simple as hair. Whether it be at home or in the workplace, it can be challenging for some people to feel comfortable wearing their hair in its natural state. When describing natural hair, I use words like intricate and multidimensional as a term of endearment, however, these same terms are used as synonyms for words like complex and difficult which are used in a derogatory manner. I believe that people ... MORE

Why We're Praising Black Panther


Marvel’s latest superhero film, Black Panther, was released this past Thursday...as if you didn’t already know. The hype surrounding the film even before its release was unreal. Once viewers actually got a chance to see it over President’s Day weekend, social media went wild, and with good reason.   Cast, Marvel Image   A film such as Black Panther represents a major milestone and achievement in the black community. Never before has there been a black film release to this caliber, from the budget, to the marketing coverage around it. Not only that, it’s been amazing seeing a nearly all-black cast, represented in an extremely positive light. No gangsters, no drop-outs, no drugs, no jail, no slavery, no mammy or overly-promiscuous female archetypes. Instead, we see respected kings, queens, princesses, warriors, spies and engineers, all in the beautiful setting of their very own homeland - Africa (in the country of Wakanda to be specific). Each of the characters are portrayed to be hi... MORE