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iamthenublack: Charla of What The Fresh

Yay, thenublack loves ladies who blog, and the duo at WhatTheFresh are no exception, I’m really excited to see what they’re going to be getting into in 2010.

“We are filmmakers, photographers, and entrepreneurs. We have a few friends who are extremely talented and so we realized that there are a lot of amazing artists out there who don’t get the shine they deserve so instead of complaining about it, we did something about it and that’s how What The Fresh came about…”

– Alexis Casson & Charla Harlow of WTF

Check them out

What The Fresh |  YouTube |  Vimeo | Twitter |  Facebook

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charh

introduce yourself

Charla Harlow I’m very assertive and passionate when it comes to my life and my goals. My daily growth means I try everyday to be a better daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, friend and lover. If I’m not growing, I’m dying. I’m learning to live life to the fullest and learning to “let go and let God.”

fav lyric from a song

I took my wildest dreams and then mapped ’em out.

Killer – Drake featuring Nippy Hussle

And why not? It’s very straightforward but so necessary. Nippy explains how he had to struggle and he had to do the work but in the end he got the results he wanted.  The whole song talks about getting what you want even if you have to do it on your own. You can’t keep talking about it, you have to actually do something or you’ll never get there. I feel like I’m at a place where I’m mapping out my dreams and putting in the hard work but I’m really close to getting to the next level.

who and what inspires you?

I’m inspired by anyone who comes from a place of struggle and oppression but still finds the strength to persevere. Black people always inspire me. I love all people but I’m hopelessly in love with Black people. There’s something in the way we laugh, move, cry and live that is very powerful and unique. Kids who have been raised by single mothers or grew up in broken homes inspire me. Single mothers inspire me. There’s something to be said about someone who makes something out of nothing. Black women inspire me. We’ve been cast as undesirables at times but something tells me that others see something in us that they want but could never have.

icons past & present

My mother, Diane Torrence, she’s the strongest person I know. I can talk to her about anything at anytime and I love her for that. My ancestors, whose faces I can’t see but whose voices are very clear. Recently I’ve been inspired by Michelle Obama. The fact that one of the most visible women in the world looks like family does something for Black women and our self-esteem. The world has to call her the First Lady; it makes me smile every time.

the nublack philosophy/mantra according to Charla Harlow

Rebuilding the link that has been broken but will soon connect us all. Not talking about it, being about it.