We had the good fortune of connecting with Diamond’s Dosage and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diamond’s, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
For me, inspiration comes from the complexities of people and their experiences, personality, creations and philosophies. Listening to and observing people is where I draw in my inspiration to bring perspectives into reality. Why are we the way that we are? Why do we only see life from our own perspective? Why are we so self-righteous about our opinions? Why do labels, conflict, ego, ignorance inflate us? Discussing topics like mental health, misogyny, sex, and all things of the culture motivates me to learn and unlearn while educating those around me. I love understanding why people feel the way they feel. It feels like everyone is in their own movie with their own projections and perspectives; I love it. I just think humans are so intricate and we can learn a great deal from listening to people. Whether people project “positively” or “negatively”, there is a lot to learn. My true inspiration is the power of knowledge we can gain from just listening to people.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art has always been about progressiveness and shifting perspectives. Pushing new concepts and ideas forward while sharing my personal journey through my content. It’s so much truth in our personal and shared experiences. How we learn and maneuver through life is a story within its self. Personal development and cultural conversations are important to me because they aid us in growing. I think having a voice is one of the most important gifts that people as a whole can have and my voice happens to be raspy and animated lol, making it the best part of my brand. People tell me they can hear my voice in my writing. Accepting that I’m different with a powerful voice was not an easy journey, it came with fully accepting myself and my destiny. Everyone can’t have everything but I’m grateful to have such a unique voice that radiates through my words. Having women come to me and say I’ve helped them in any shape or from are my most proud moments. I think we can become so invested in validation that we lose sight of why we started our businesses or creative process and women reminding me what I meant or my content meant to them always assures me that I’m on the right path. Advocating for women has been a top priority for me, having women understanding their womanhood journey and who they are at their core. Women are always told to be one way and if you’re anything outside of that subservient box, you’re considered a wild woman (maybe even a wh*re) I’ve always wanted to push the agenda that women can maintain their own identities outside of men, children, and constantly catering and compromising. I’ll always stand on that. Women can become trapped in a role and never get to experience who they truly are. It’s just something I’m extremely passionate about, women having a voice and an identity. By the grace of God and supporters, I’ve been able to maintain my brand and stamp myself with avid supporters. I can’t thank people enough for the support, the re-posts, the commentary, the subscriptions, their presence at my events. I can’t thank the people who have supported me enough. I honestly had no clue where my brand came from. I started with an online blog, which transferred into events, a podcasts and meet some amazing people along the way. I’ve been granted with endless opportunities simply from getting started with one blog. I’ve faced challenged like any woman with a voice has. People who didn’t understand who I am or what I do tended to put labels on me and limits on my journey. But I’m still here and I thank every person who has ever had anything positive or negative to say about me, it truly helps me and my brand grow ten fold. Other challenges like the imposter syndrome impacted my journey. Suffering with the fact that I actually am valuable, I actually did sell out events, I actually do have people who love me and what I do. Stepping into my authentic self helped me realize that I deserve all things good and yes I am this person who is outspoken, creative, bold, and loving. I would love for people to understand themselves, their voice, and what value they bring to others around them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Chileeeee, i wanna go everywhere with good food, drinks, music, and people. That’s always a vibe. Chicago is my home and I’ll forever put us first in any category, especially FOOD. I love fine dining in the city. Dressing up, doing my makeup, and heading to a nice dinner with salmon, mashed potatoes, oysters, and a nice margarita is always a vibe. Me and my best friend would probably eat for that entire week and stay at a nice hotel downtown. A nice and relaxing week with some of the best food. Maple and Ash, Ocean Prime, Prime and Provisions are three of my favorite fine dining spots in Chicago.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely want to shout out the people who have supported and encouraged me along the way of my creative journey. So many black women and men have contributed to my progression and success as a creative. I can not begin to thank the numerous of people who have uplifted me, came to an event, shared my content, laughed at my jokes, or sent me love and admiration. I literally don’t have the words to thank every single person who has supported me, guided me, and held me accountable. Special thanks to my family, friends, Tye, and WhatsTheWordTv. I’m forever indebted to those who have shifted me and my work. I’m so Damn Grateful!
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