Founded and helmed by Aiesha Turman,
we are an independently operated outfit whose goal is to explore Black
life in general and the lives of women and girls specifically, across
place, class, ethnicity, time and sexuality.
Super Hussy Media investigates what it is to Black and female in
all of its many facets. Black women come in every shade, economic and
social class and inhabit the spectrum of sexual orientations. Yet, what
we see of black women is that they are either hypersexual booty shakers,
deviants, unfit and uncaring mothers, superstar performers, or Oprah
(not that there is anything wrong with being Oprah, ahem.)
Our projects are intensely personal and through them, we hope to shed light on the contradictions, triumphs, perils, and beauty that is Black womanhood. Super Hussy Media is dedicated to exploring the everyday within the Diaspora.
Our exploration is through film, photography, the web, live events and the written word.
Oh, and about our name...
We've gotten a little bit of flack
from some well-meaning folks about the name Super Hussy. We’ve been told
that the word “hussy” reflects negatively on Black women given our
history in the US and elsewhere. We disagree, obviously. So why the name?
Here’s a little story from Aiesha:
For as long as I can recall, I have been fascinated by words. I was
taught to read very early and was blessed to grow up in a home full of
books. It amazes me how language changes, and how words on a page can
transform someone’s life. With that said, “hussy” was my maternal
grandmother’s favorite/only swear word. Regardless of your age, if you
pissed Nana off and you were a female, you were pretty much a hussy.
Now, after looking up the etymology of the word, I found out “hussy”
was derived from the German for housewife and began thinking about
how patriarchy (particularly the white supremacist brand) twists, labels
and misconstrues anything that does not fit into its neat little power
structure, Hussy became to be known as a wanton, lascivious, ruthless
and sexually promiscuous heathen.
Not so, says I. Language can be used to both uplift and nourish or
belittle and hurt. Any woman who goes against the grain and/or lives
lives by her own rules, not the ones forced upon her, has been labeled
something or other (bitch and whore come to mind) which seeks to
minimize who she is in the world.
If we learn to critically examine language and our attachment to
certain meanings, I bet a lot of us would be able to let get of some
antiquated/archaic beliefs attached to words.
The name Super Hussy, in many ways, honors not only my grandmother, but all the other women known and unknown.