Media Magician: Iman Milner | 30 Days Unchained: Day 16 Friday 25 January, 2013

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 15 – 1/25/13 | Inspiration: Iman Milner With a magic touch for media, Iman has pushed past the usual boundaries that the world has gotten so well used to. Iman Milner is the proud co-founder and contributor to EDGE Magazine, which showcases entrepreneurial and exciting youth who speak to our personal, […]

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 15 – 1/25/13 | Inspiration: Iman Milner

With a magic touch for media, Iman has pushed past the usual boundaries that the world has gotten so well used to. Iman Milner is the proud co-founder and contributor to EDGE Magazine, which showcases entrepreneurial and exciting youth who speak to our personal, cultural and pop interests on a deeper level. An actress, writer and editress, she stresses the importance of pushing the envelope as a woman of power and a woman of color, which she pulls off magnificently. 

With Live Unchained Iman shares her personal idea of “immortalizing beauty”: “Knowing that I am a part of such a wonderful race of women makes me feel beautiful every single day. Black women should know that no matter what happens and what’s the new trend, we are always the originals. Our lips, our bodies, our beauty, it’s timeless. We’ve never needed to change to conform to the standard because, believe it or not, we are the standard–always have been.” With such a resounding message, how could this not be the inspiration for today’s challenge?

Challenge (Find, Create, or Remix an Image that Answers the Question): What does “immortalizing beauty” mean to you?

Share your image(s) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained and use the hashtag #30unchained so we can shout you out! Be sure to follow us on FacebookPinterest and Twitter to keep up with the latest #30unchained news.

 

Iman Milner

 

LU: How did EDGE magazine come about? What’s the big picture for the project?

IM: Honestly, EDGE came about because I was tired of walking past magazine stands and not seeing women and men who looked like my friends and I. We’re all talented and beautiful and some of us are painters or dancers or actresses others own their own businesses or design clothes. So, why aren’t we applauded and honored?

I remember how important it was to get Essence every month and see beautiful women and men of color and read their stories. But I also remember feeling that it missed out on a large demographic of younger readers. After I left college I decided I would do something about it rather than complain about it. I went to my friends Ashley and Camara. I knew that Ashley wanted to be able to develop her style as a photographer and that Camara was looking to start something of her own and once they were on board, we just went to work.

My main focus was to show that we are more than sports and entertainment, even if that’s how we make our living. We all have stories and have overcome things and are inspiring and beautiful. Our men are intelligent and respectful. Our women are more than objects of lust and made for entertaining.

I wanted to show who we are as people. In all of our complexity and sometimes contradictions. I wanted to show my peers that if they can do it, we all can. We can be doctors, lawyers, athletes, art gallery owners, singers, models, businessmen and women…the possibilities are endless. I want EDGE to show people that.

10 years from now, I want my vision for EDGE to still be alive. I want people of all races to see themselves represented and honored. EDGE will be a household name in this country and abroad in 10 years. But overall, I want people to say that EDGE has inspired them to do more, want more and achieve more. I want that to be rich in our legacy.

LU: I also liked your idea of “immortalizing our beauty.”  What makes you feel beautiful?  

IM: There are a lot of things that make me feel beautiful. A nice haircut. A good mani and pedi. Little things like that. But the main thing that makes me feel beautiful is seeing other women of color whom I am close with and admire. We all have this confidence and beauty that is unmatched by any other women in this world. Our hair, our skin, our attitudes…we’re amazing. Knowing that I am a part of such a wonderful race of women makes me feel beautiful every single day.

Black women should know that no matter what happens and what’s the new trend, we are always the originals. Our lips, our bodies, our beauty, it’s timeless. We’ve never needed to change to conform to the standard because, believe it or not, we are the standard–always have been.

LU: What does living unchained mean to you?

It means not being afraid to be and do you. You only get one life, live it for yourself. If you have a dream or a passion, living unchained means that you’re not afraid to fight for that even when it seems impossible and people stop believing in you.

As an actress, I know how hard it can be to stick with it, to keep your heart and mind tied to your passion when you’re hearing more people say “no” than “yes” can be a challenge. But giving yourself the freedom to keep working and moving towards your goals, to find the love and respect you deserve and desire in this world and the power to truly be the change you wish to see in this world…that’s living an unchained life. Being fearless and confident in every new situation.

This interview is excerpted from a full feature with the artist. View the original article here.

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained is an interactive creative countdown to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration . Everyday for 30 days, we’ll share some of our most popular interviews with Live Unchained featured artists. They include women creatives of various disciplines from across the African diaspora. Her creative journey will be the inspiration for your challenge. To participate simply respond to the challenge question with images (not words). Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained so we can shout you out – it’s that simple. Learn more about 30 Days Unchained, including rules and prizes hereGet your daily challenge from Thursday, January 10th through the day of the big bash on Friday, February 8th at www.liveunchained.com.


Written by Kathryn Buford and Kheprisa Burrell

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