Returning To The Root
I am Shydeia Caldwell, a 24-year-old Afro-Latino artist and I have been given the transformative invitation to relocate to Brooklyn, New York.
I recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in African American Studies. In 2015, I founded the collective Black Girl Magik (BGM). Black Girl Magik is a collective of artists, community organizers, and makers conjuring a transnational platform for women across the African diaspora. BGM has been recognized and supported by Brooklyn Museum, New Museum, Smith College, University of Connecticut, University of South Carolina, The Fashion Institute of Technology, The New School, and more.
Why I Need Your Support
I have the opportunity to move to Bedstuy, Brooklyn the first week of August and need the proper funds to make this move. The rent and deposit are due August 1, 2018 to secure my housing.
My mother is a single household and can't contribute the way she wishes. On the other hand, my father isn't active in my life to assist. Throughout my academic career, I have survived off merit-based scholarships, need-based grants and student loans in addition to traveling from SC to New York to continue the community foundation I started there. Since graduating, I have yet to secure feasible employment in South Carolina.
In recent events, my great-grandmother Ella Bell Caldwell (Also known as Nana) passed away and her passing opened up a lot for me personally. Nana is the root reason for why Black Girl Magik came into fruition. During my time interning in New York City (2015), I worked two fashion internships with little income. At that point, I was in my junior year at the University of South Carolina majoring in African American Studies and my Nana supported me on a fixed income. She encouraged me to remain steadfast and not to give up despite hardships. She was the sole reason why I was able to stay in New York all summer and create the first Black Girl Magik Meet-up in Prospect Park. I’ve been reflecting on these things since her passing and have realized the biggest thing of all: Life is too short to not follow your dreams.
I don't set goals, I set intentions. - Maryam Hasnaa
I would like to meet my intention by the end of August 2018. However, my current focus is to reach half of my intention in the first week of August. I can’t do this alone. Therefore, as the founder of BGM, I am looking to use my platform to bring awareness and funding towards my move to New York City. You supporting me is you investing in my purpose, which is Black Girl Magik.
For those asking for alternative means of donating please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclosure: I'm coming to New York with one bag because I sold/rid of almost everything.
First Month Rent -1,000 (Goal Met)
Rent Deposit -1,000 (Goal Met)
Airplane Ticket from CAE to JFK - 300 (Goal Met)
Moving/Shipping Cost - 200 (Goal UnMet)
Clothing (Esp for Interviews) - 200 (Goal UnMet)
Groceries for the first two months - 300 (Goal UnMet)
Furniture (Desk, Bed Frame, Mattress, Storage Piece) - 800 (Goal UnMet)
Household Goods - 60 (Goal UnMet)
The remainder of the budget will be used to keep ensure financial stability while I secure a full-time job.
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
I am reaching out to you, community! To help me manifest this. Any donation counts, whether it's in monetary funds or a simple intention for me to find my way.
I leave first week of August. I have less than two weeks to raise this money and I am hopeful!
Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU, all!
Black Girl Magik is purpose work. This hasn’t and never will be a trend for me, a hustle, or failed attempt. This is the real deal. BGM is from my heart. From my ancestors. Me continuing work that was done and unfinished in a past life. Work that will continue after I am no longer here. A LEGACY. BGM is for the black girls like me who didn’t “fit in” growing up, the black girls who feel they didn’t have a place, the black girls who want to feel free in being their complete selves.
This journey has been a shifting one. Who I was when I started BGM to where I am now is a different person. A better person, a loving person, a healthy person. I’m learning so much about myself through this passion and so much about others. Thank you for the support thus far and if my story resonates please continue to share my go fund me bit.ly/SupportBGM
Thank you, New York, and friends for helping me return to what has become a home, a solace, and a soul family for me.
Donations are still encouraged and welcomed. I have moved into my apartment but am currently in the process of furnituring it.
"Generational wealth disparity between people of color vs white people leaves a gaping hole in the opportunity to advance, prosper, find joy, and make true, lasting impact. Those of relatively more means and privilege - particularly white folks - are being called to redistribute the access money they can provide." - Rehes