Celebrating Black History Month with TyLynn Nguyen

February marks Black History Month in the US, which Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder and Executive Director, explains is an important celebration to “recognize Black Americans’ prolific contributions that had been ignored, dismissed or diminished in textbooks and popular culture" and to "highlight the pivotal role [Black Americans] play in the country’s advancement”.

Read Patrisse Cullors full article here to learn more about Black History Month >

We are honoured to discuss Black History Month with TyLynn Nguyen, a LA-based creative director, designer and mother who is also an advocate for Black social justice, using her platforms and influence to voice her experience and support racial equality and anti-racism.
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Hi TyLynn! Could you tell us a little bit about you, for those who don't know you yet?

Yes! I am a creative director and designer. I have a deep spiritual side that I like to share with my Instagram followers as well as fashion and my life.

You have been speaking up using your social media influence to support the Black Lives Matter movement - what does being an activist mean to you?

Well yes, because I am Black. America was built on the backs of Black people and I will live as an example of Black excellence to inspire other Black people to do the same. Being an activist means championing the equality of people and progress.

I honor and celebrate [Black History Month] by recognizing the people and ancestors who came before me and did what they did to get me here. I am proud of the resilience of Black people. May we continue to step into our greatness that is our birthright.

February is Black History Month in the US - how do you honour and celebrate it?

For me every month is Black History Month because I am Black. I honor and celebrate it by recognizing the people and ancestors who came before me and did what they did to get me here. I am proud of the resilience of Black people. May we continue to step into our greatness that is our birthright.

You are a mother of three adorable children - how do you talk to them about their heritage and how do you make sure they learn about Black History?

It’s a day to day curiosity my children have and because we are a family with a dynamic lineage it makes for grand and deep understanding that they are connected to others no matter what their race is.

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I will live as an example of Black excellence to inspire other Black people to do the same. Being an activist means championing the equality of people and progress.

Which resources - they may be websites, books, magazines, movies or podcasts - do you recommend to learn and understand more and educate oneself or others about US Black History?
I Am Not Your Negro and 13th Amendment are great documentaries to start.
Who are Black personalities you admire and who inspire you - in history as well as today?
Maya Angelou, Sade, Nina Simone and Tupac.
How can the Fashion and Beauty industry be more inclusive and have a positive impact on future generations?

I think there are great initiatives taking place at the moment that are helping push progress. The Black In Fashion Council and 15 Percent Pledge are all organizations fashion can learn from and figure out ways to be involved with.

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MEET TYLYNN:

Instagram: @tylynnnguyen
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/tylynnnguyen/featured



LEARN MORE ABOUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH:

Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Association for the Study of African American Life and History: https://asalh.org/
Black In Fashion Council: https://www.blackinfashioncouncil.com/
15 Percent Pledge: https://www.15percentpledge.org/
At DeMellier, we pledge to celebrate, value and foster diversity and inclusivity in everything we do and to keep learning and educating ourselves on these topics to continually support equality and anti-racism.

Thank you for reading!