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Here's Why FLARE's Homepage Looked Different on Feb. 1

To mark the start of Black History Month, FLARE reaffirmed our commitment to producing diverse and representative content—*beyond* the next 28 days

The writers who will be featured on FLARE.com this month. From top left: Kirsten Azan, Chika Stacy Oriuwa, Sharine Taylor, Janaya Khan, Huda Hassan, Jay Pitter, Bee Quammie, Asha Bromfield and Sajae Elder

Writers whose work will be featured on FLARE this month. From top left: Kirsten Azan, Chika Stacy Oriuwa, Sharine Taylor, Janaya Khan, Huda Hassan, Jay Pitter, Bee Quammie, Asha Bromfield and Sajae Elder

You may have noticed something different about our homepage on the first day of February.

To mark the beginning of Black History Month, on Feb. 1 we exclusively featured content written by—or in celebration of—Black women on our homepage. These stories displayed were a combination of some of our strongest pieces from the past year and new pieces from writers who we are welcoming to the FLARE family. We’re gave our homepage this makeover both as a way of highlighting some of the fantastic Black writers we have had the privilege of working with—and to acknowledge that we still have a ways to go in increasing Black voices and stories.

We’re also launching a month-long essay series about the most pressing issues facing Black women today, as chosen and written by Black women. We kicked things off with a piece from Sharine Taylor on how she dials up—or down—her Blackness to fit in a world that wasn’t made for her. And later in the month, we’ll be running essays from Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder Janaya Khan and Riverdale’s Asha Bromfield, among many others. This series will be in addition to video and online content throughout the month aiming to raise the profile of Black celebrities, brands and issues.

While our homepage will not always solely feature content for and by Black women as it appeared on Feb. 1, we *are* committed to featuring more Black voices on our site and we are constantly working towards more inclusive coverage—a commitment that extends beyond this February. As one of Canada’s leading websites for millennial women, we understand that it is our responsibility to uplift voices that have not historically been granted the attention they deserve. There are more than one million Black Canadians in this nation and at FLARE, we are striving to create fashion, beauty, culture and entertainment content that reflects this diversity. We know we’re not there yet, but we are working to be better.

If you are a journalist with a story young Canadian women should know about, we want to hear from you. Pitch us at: editor@flare.com