The story behind Black Girl in the CLE
Black Girl in the CLE was started in 2016 by Shana Black to provide a space for Black Women to learn about local events that were often not promoted by mainstream media.
Shana began to notice that many African American women were looking to leave Cleveland for places like Atlanta or New York because they felt that there was nothing for them to do socially. Generation X and older women were starting to believe that “all the cool hangout spots are gone” or that the cities nightlife was focused on attracting younger patrons.
As the Gen-Xers were becoming settled in their careers and looking at becoming empty-nesters, Shana began to wonder for herself and hear from others, what’s next? What does going out look like now that the kids are gone. Many women spoke to realizing that their friends were based on their children and felt like they didn’t have friends. Black women were saying that they didn’t think Cleveland was for them anymore and with that began to take a step back from being active in the city.
And with that, Black Girl in the CLE was created to re-engage the community and be a safe space for Black women.