positive representation matters

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My brand is finally here!! I make art and apparel designed to celebrate, empower, and uplift women of color from all walks of life. Please help support my movement. Tell all your friends, tell them to tell their friends!! Help me share it with the world, we deserve to take up space, and be loved and celebrated everyday!! Shop here.

anonymous asked:

Well, fuck. I was thinking about writing a comic with a Hispanic/Latina protagonist, but she is a criminal..

Well, I think it’s fair to say there are Latinx criminals, just like there are white/black/etc,etc,etc. HOWEVER you would still be at a very big risk of making her fall into a very overused stereotype unless you gave well-rounded explanations behind her actions other than “being poor/a latina/gf with a drug dealer”.

I still think it’s so overused you could risk it being boring, and suggest you do your research before hand. Think of realistic reasons why this particular character would act like that, aside from her culture but never disregarding it. Think motivation. Backstory. Character traits, contradictions, irony, etc, etc, etc. Make them a human, not “a latina” and you might have a good starting point.

Love it! She has 6 pieces in the coffee shop me and my friend were at tonight! I love the black representation in all her work.

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The 2015 Viva la Femme Calendar will be released this summer!!! I’m so excited, it will be launched along with a bunch of other fun things. It’s dated from August 2014 to July 2015. Perfect for a fun summer, and back to school. As always, thank you for all your love and support for the Little Ms. Aprill brand. Keep up with me here on my blog, Facebook, and instagram for more details about release dates. I will be sure to keep you all posted–but here is a fun preview!! :)

These are now available!! Message me on my Facebook Art Page Here to order your very own!! They are $30. Please send me your shipping address and email address in your message, and I will send you an invoice for your order. The invoice will include the shipping cost, and all orders $50 or more - the SHIPPING IS FREE :) 

My dad is so cute right now he’s watching the super bowl and has told me for the past few weeks how cool it is that there’s a hispanic coach in the super bowl. He’s so happy that someone who looks like him is in that position. 

Representation matters guys.

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My brand is finally here!! I make art and apparel designed to celebrate, empower, and uplift women of color from all walks of life. Please support my movement. Help me share it with the world, we deserve to take up space, and be loved and celebrated everyday!! Shop here.

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My brand is finally here!! I make art and apparel designed to celebrate, empower, and uplift women of color from all walks of life. Please support my movement. Help me share it with the world, we deserve to take up space, and be loved and celebrated everyday!! Shop here.

Excited for summer and all of these new fresh ideas and projects!!

Here’s another fierce, fabulous, fly femme from my Viva La Femme series. Her name is KoKo. I will keep striving to celebrate women of color in the arts!

Thank you for all your support on my journey– it helps and means everything to me. – little ms. aprill

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Prints of my work are now here!!! These cuties are only 5x5" so they fit anywhere and everywhere. Hang them as a girl power garland, or tape them to your walls with decorative fun washi tape!! No frames needed!! Decorate your space, collect them all. Only $5 and SHIPPING IS FREE!!!

Visibility of Women of Color is Important!!!

If all of my followers donate $5 to my fundraiser, I will reach my $3,000 goal. Please donate, share, reblog, signal boost, and retweet my cause. I aim to show girls of color they matter, they shine, and they are loved!! I’m using my art to speak out and reach the masses to tell others positive representation matters. If you believe positive representation matters and is important for little girls and women of color alike to see, please donate and show your support!! I only have 17 days left to reach this big goal–but I can’t do it without YOUR support. 

We Deserve To Take Up Space

Every time I want to give up on my mission, my artwork, my goals… I have to remember to keep going, because we are worthy, we are magical, and we deserve to take up space. Instead of giving up, I made more social media outlets to get the word out there about my work. I’m on instagram and twitter now loves – I can be followed @littlemsaprill on both… I also added a perk to my fundraiser, if you contribute $50 or more. I will make you a one-of-a-kind “thank you” work of art to show my gratitude for all your support. I really appreciate all of you taking this journey with me. Together we can and will show the world, we deserve to take up space.

le sigh

Sometimes I wonder if my art would be more popular if I catered my work more towards the white aesthetic. If my works were more pale, white-washed, or white-passing like so many other works by artists that admire–I still just wish I saw a representation of myself and more poc in their work. Then I think how sad it is that I even have these thoughts…and that visibility for poc is even debated and or overlooked… We deserve to take up space.

Only 20 Days Left!!

Stressed… My Indiegogo Campaign has only 20 days left to raise $3,000. So far I’ve barely made over $200… and I’m stressing I won’t make the goal. But I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten thus far, it truly means a lot. Girls of color from all over the globe, deserve to be told they are beautiful, powerful, intelligent, talented beings–with so much worth, potential, and love. That’s why I make my work–to show the world positive representation of girls of color matters… A positive affirmation through the visual arts!! Whether I meet the goal or not, I’ll keep trying…because not enough people care…but I do. Visibility is important. And I want to show them not only are they visible…but they SHINE!!!