By Mayshad Mag
Mayshad Magazine is an advocacy platform for empowerment which mainly focuses on empowering women, raising awareness and exploring a contemporary lifestyle.
- Could you please introduce yourself ? What do you owe your success to ?
I am Blair Imani, founder of Equality for HER and dedicated advocate of black, LGBTQ, and Muslim liberation. I owe much of my success to the support I get from my community and the opportunities my parents provided for me. With my father, I was always learning about injustice and history. With my mother, I was always learning about self expression and the present. These paths of education have allowed me to better understand the world in which we live and have myself a path to navigate forward as I reached adulthood.
- What are your top priorities for the upcoming months ?
For the next few months I am focused on spending my time and energy on my very own organization, Equality for HER. I want to ensure that this nonprofit education platform is maximizing its potential. Thanks to the NBCUNIVERSAL Erase the Hate accelerator program, my team and I are finally able to carry out our mission of educated based empathy building at a larger scale. I am excited to see what comes next !
- How do you feel you’re making a difference today ? How would you like to make a difference in the near future ?
My ultimate goal in everything I do is to make the world a better place. One of the things I do on a constant basis is living my life openly and proudly as a black, bisexual, muslim woman and activist. I refuse to be anyone but myself and if I can empower others to live their truth by example, the hate and threats I receive are worth it. I’m also happy that I’m using Equality for HER as an educational platform so that more people have the context, language, and understanding to join in the various liberation movements.
- Could you describe a time where you managed a specific challenge and were proud of how you acted.
When I came out on national television as a bisexual muslim woman I received many death threats. Part of me wanted to take everything back and pretend that nothing happened. I wanted to fade away. Right around that time I received a message from an Gay Muslim man living in Egypt and he told me that seeing me on YouTube helped him cope with feeling “different.” Seeing how i had affected even one person’s life in a positive way made me I felt like it was all worth it. I want everyone to feel secure and confident in who they are and if I can help people feel that way by being who I am, it’s worth it — even when it puts me at risk.
- In your opinion, what changes need to be made in order to provoke the kindness, generosity and humanity in people ?
Education and cultural shifts must take place in order to provoke kindness generosity and empathy in people. That’s one of the primary mission of equality for her, my organization, to bring forward empathy and understanding through free online resources about various issues. Right now we have lesson plans on representation in media and gender diversity. With plans to bring forward many more resources before the end of the month and throughout 2018. I feel like if my organization can provide free resources then we are doing our part to advance these conversations and bring about more compassionate world.
Being a Mayshad Woman is a choice that women make to live stimulated lives with a positive philosophy based on gratitude, acceptance, accomplishment and human empowerment in order to be who they want to be. Mayshad Women handle different aspects of their lives with confidence and make sure to always stick to their values, in other words, to stay themselves. Mayshad Women are free spirits that design and drive their own lives while inspiring others to do the same.
Based on this description, how would you say that you relate to the Mayshad Woman Philosophy ? I try to embody what it means to be Mayshad Woman because everyday because I make sure that I’m living my values everyday. If my conduct does not match my beliefs then I am not living authentically. However, everyday people choose greed over generosity, corruption over ethics, or bias over compassion. Allah calls upon us to be loving, honest, and righteous, not just during Jummah or Ramadan but everyday and that’s the life for which I strive. This means that everyday I am fighting for justice, not just for me but also for my communities.