Editor’s Note: Tradition Issue

Dear Collective,

We have returned to our office in the cloud, with a new Issue! This issue we will survey the complexities of tradition. The ways it can liberate and inspire us as these practices keep our spirits in tune with our ancestors, while also being suffocating. Restricting the expansion of creativity that deviates from cultural norms. As always, we have gathered creatives and critical thinkers from an array of continents to contribute to our examination of tradition.

The Distinguished Diva collective has been busy scheming and scamming the system in efforts to dismantle patriarchy. In September we hosted a panel in collaboration with the New Museum’s conference IdeasCity, in NYC. Reclaiming Space: Alliance as Defiance was a space to discuss the importance of collective power of women of color in the arts. We talked funding, the myth of the almighty I, and how nobody can make it out here alone. We were joined by Hawa Jaan of Browntourage, Ja’Tovia Gary of The New Negress Film Society, Tsige Tafesse of the BUFU collective, and Creator of We Buy Gold, Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels. After an incredible gathering of minds and openness, we gathered for our inaugural S.H.E. brunch in Brooklyn. Over a dozen brown women cooking, caring and seeing one another.

Now we want to meet more and more women. We want to hear your stories and share them online, and encourage expansion within each of us. Distinguished Diva will be traveling to a different city every quarter and we hope to see you. Contact us if have a space in your city to host anything from discussions, salons, panels, brunch, and workshops. You can pitch us events and creative submissions at submit@distinguishedDiva.com. This is for us.


Much Love,



Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

danasia fantastic
21. October 2017 at 9:30

Oh man I wish I could have made your panel at IdeasCity. I no longer live in NYC, but next time I visit I’ll definitely check in and see what events you guys are having!

21. October 2017 at 17:17

What a great event.. are you coming to Nashville? I love meeting and connecting with other like minded women

22. October 2017 at 12:51

I love brunch but I especially love this concept of gathering together for the purpose of empowerment. How creative!

22. October 2017 at 14:00

Love this. Would like to participate in the next NY event.

ShaBree Henry
22. October 2017 at 20:34

You’re right sis. None f us can make it alone. We need each other, we need community. I love this idea.

22. October 2017 at 21:53

Awesome to see the work that you are doing with women. I know plenty of women that would love to get involved if you ever make it out to Chicago or Miami.

22. October 2017 at 22:30

This sounds great! Hopefully you can come to London soon!!!

23. October 2017 at 2:45

This sounds interesting. I’d love to know more about what workshops to host.

23. October 2017 at 5:36

I am thrilled to see that you are collaborating and bring women of color together. Also congrats on your travel plans.

Mimi Green
23. October 2017 at 12:42

This is a great idea. We have so many places here in the Washington DC area. Surely you can have one here.

23. October 2017 at 16:49

I want to do this with my friends in entrepreneurship in our town. So many great idea and being able to build a community of support is so necessary.

Kirstin Fuller
23. October 2017 at 19:05

Great event idea! Together we can definitely help each other build wonderful businesses and communities.

23. October 2017 at 19:13

This is a great idea. It would cool to have something in this part of the country. I’ll keep an eye out for future events in the midwest.

25. October 2017 at 7:07

This looks wonderful and I bet you that kitchen smelled divine. I think it so cool to get women together from different kinds of backgrounds to get a well rounded perspective on the world.

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