Faou Biera, Fashion & Afro Hair Artist and Multidisciplinary Creative
Jessey Voorn, MARRØN
Sioejeng Tsao, Illustrator & Educational Activist
Salim Abousallam, co-founder of Comfy Community
5 MINUTES WITH MARIE-ANNE & OBI, FOUNDERS OF THE QUICK + THE BRAVE
All our content revolves around four pillars: culture, inclusivity, sustainability and self-care. These topics resonate with us on a personal level. Through these, we tell lesser-heard stories from underrepresented groups including BIPOC and the LGBTQ+ community. It’s important to give underrepresented people space to craft their own narratives without minimising their experiences. On the flip side, it’s also important to create a safe space where white cis-hetero normative people can learn about other lived experiences in an intimate, celebratory way.
How has your community responded since your launch, and what do you hope to achieve with TQTB?
Overwhelmingly positive. Truth be told, when we first dropped Journal 001, there was a palpable quiet before the storm vibe that came about. It felt like a lot of people were getting to grips with what they were reading.
We set a high bar when it comes to substance, aesthetic and representation and those are things we refuse to compromise on. We set out to create something beautiful and aspirational that reflects the world we’d like to see.
How can we create a ‘new normal’ which prioritises inclusivity, sustainability and self-care?
‘Normal’ never worked for us. The systems that were in place pre-Covid have been put under a magnifying glass and everything is up for assessment. Ethics before ego… we need to re-think how all our systems work for a future that supports people of all backgrounds. An overall change in mindset with these values at the centre of everything can lead to a normal that’s safer for everyone.
If this video series says one thing to viewers, what do you hope that would be?
We hope that it inspires people who don’t typically get to see themselves reflected to imagine something aspirational for themselves. It takes a seed of an idea to spark something new in someone and imagine new possibilities beyond what society tells them they can be.
Representation matters so to see the BIPOC creatives in this series take up space, bring joy to others, educate, create communities, empower others to do the same… that drives us daily.