In celebration of Black History Month, NYLON is running a spotlight series called Black Girl Power... The Future Is Bright. Every day, phenomenal black women from different industries will be featured to tell their stories—revealing how they became who they are, showing what they have accomplished, and pinpointing how they navigated their careers. Black women deserve to be celebrated 365 days of the year, and we hope that this series will inspire everyone to believe in the power of #blackgirlmagic.
Maricia Josephs is a 23-year-old journalist, writer, and ASOS Student Insider. She's currently finishing up her last semester at Georgia State University while continuing to run her innovative and resourceful site Musings of Krav. Established in 2011, Josephs' blog is geared towards career-curious young women. (The title of it comes from an old nickname that Josephs was given based on her obsession with Lenny Kravitz.) Essentially, it's an amazing resource where readers can go to learn all about career how-to's.
"I decided to conceptualize a platform featuring specially curated interviews with professionals—mostly with women of color in fashion—career advice, and internships," she says. "But on Musings of Krav, we do it with 'style' and by that, I mean in a fresh, relatable, and fashion-forward way."
When Josephs was 16 years old, the first real interview she ever conducted was with Jessica Brown—better known as Angela and Vanessa Simmons' cousin on MTV's Daddy's Girls—when she was a guest at Josephs' high school (the Preparatory Academy for Writers in New York) for career day. "I somehow swindled my way into being her escort for the day, and I interviewed her as I walked her from class to class about her life and the show," she says.
Ever since then, Josephs hasn't stopped writing. We look forward to seeing where the talented blogger goes following graduation. In the meantime, gain some insight from her perspective in the interview, below.
How do you maneuver your industry as a black woman?
Could you describe a moment where you felt like you defied the odds or broke a barrier?
How did you grow into your black identity?
I didn't truly grow into my black identity until I moved to Atlanta and began my undergrad at an HBCU. I got an extensive and thorough lesson on black history and became acquainted with that piece of myself. I came to terms with what it means to be black in this world—a black woman, specifically. I finally experienced true black pride and gained a sense of it for myself. It was a shock to me how much I didn't know or understand beyond the watered-down textbook lessons I learned in my social studies classes over the years.
Growing up, where did you look for inspiration? Who or what inspires you now?