The ‘Woman Crush Wednesday’ segment is something I’ve always wanted to do on #OTDHipHop but never made it consistent. The first homegirl I featured was my friend Tiana G, who was studying abroad in South Korea last year. The purpose of WCW on this blog is to showcase the strong and amazing women in my life and give them a platform to say what they want to say in a safe space. Also, as a female in the hip hop community myself, this is my way of giving women a platform to be themselves. Lastly, women inspire me in many ways and I hope by sharing some of their stories, I am able to help empower them and shed light on things they care about.
Jehzan: Your Instagram has certain rules, especially when it comes to "cyber-bullying" or disrespect. What inspires you to keep sharing your message via "provocative" or "sexual" photos despite the backlash from account users or the platform itself?
Ebone: I like the image of myself. I have always loved being sexy. I know that I am, I can't hide it on a bad day. Sexy is not a look or certain way of dressing. I just happen to like to be nude or dress proactively. I've become passionate of sharing that with other women because society has created a world that hates a confident, strong, and sexy woman who controls her own sexuality. Rape culture is a real thing and needs to be reversed.
Jehzan: Do you do other things in the community to promote your message?
Ebone: Currently I just speak to women and I’m very vocal with the women I come in contact with in life. In the near future, myself and an acquaintance along with other women in my community are planning to do outreach in schools for young women to help build self-confidence.
Jehzan: Aside from music, you and your wife actually run a business. How is the body/relaxation business going?
Ebone: It is going well actually. I am taking the business on the road this summer and will be selling body products on upcoming YDP's tour. And I’m excited to grow and expand. The cannabis side came from experimenting. I needed oils for myself and they worked so well I decided to sell them for a cheaper price than the cannabis clubs do.
You might've seen Ebone in my music video "Morning Vybez," which was directed & edited by her wife and my good friend YDP.
Shouts out to this week's #WomanCrushWednesday Ebone!!
I personally look forward to seeing how her message/movement grows in the near future, as well as all the work her and YDP put in with music and those awesome homemade body/relaxation products!
If anyone is interested in purchasing their bath bombs, you may follow Ebone via Instagram @iluvmyskin or contact her via email.
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