This is We See You Sis, an emotionally penetrating video series aimed at celebrating Black women who make an impact online, while digging deeper into their emotional health and well-being beyond their most “liked” posts.
There’s nothing like watching Black women celebrate each other online. While scrolling your feed, you may have seen it. An image of a Black woman, and underneath it, comments like: “Yasss pose! Ok braids! You better stand in the sun sis!”
Black women have this way of letting their friends, family and good sisters know that we see them. And being seen is one of the most important things to a Black woman, because Lord knows how often we’re erased. In celebrating Black women, sometimes in the midst of all the heart-eyed emojis, we may miss what’s beneath the surface–the emotions, the vulnerability, the real.
Media personality and influencer Scottie Beam made a huge splash online, especially as one-fourth of Revolt TV’s digital series, State of the Culture. Beam is a powerful voice for Black women, often defending them and speaking power behind their names. It’s that very reason that Beam is seen, both positively and negatively (because we all know what happens when someone defends Black women).
“I never knew there were so many people that would hate me supporting for embracing Black women. I didn’t know that I wasn’t allowed to make these comments, meaning if you’re pro and empower women, that means you’re anti-man and that’s a problem,” Beam told ESSENCE when we visited her on the set of State of the Culture.
Beam has always and will always defend Black women and women in general and for some, even for her co-hosts, Joe Budden and Remy Ma, that’s cause for debate, depending on the topic. Beam’s passion is Black women and music–not necessarily in that order, as they both rank high. And that’s the way she moves and what shapes her strong opinions.
So, does Beam see herself?
“I was taught to always humble myself. Sometimes I don’t think we give ourselves enough credit with what we do and I am the queen of that,” she said, reflecting on her lack of celebrating herself. “It’s important for me to build some type of path or door where people can feel seen because I know what that’s like to basically say, scream, and do all these things and still feel invisible.”
Beam uses her voice to stand for Black women in every facet of her career. As one-fifth of the Black Girl Podcast, Beam spreads the Black girl love through the airwaves too. Her genuine devotion to Blackness feels like a revolution. And this revolution will be shared on social media. Let’s face it, everything Beam touches turns to viral gold.
Have you ever listened to one of her playlists? #SundaysAtScotties shows off Beam’s musical prowess flawlessly and it’s one of the things she’s most passionate about. In fact, when Beam came to the ESSENCE office, it’s music and Black women that get her the most emotional.
At the end of the day, Beam’s main concern is making sure that her work is seen. Well, Scottie, we see you sis.