Attia Taylor is a Brooklyn based writer, musician, and content producer. She is the founder and editor in chief of Womanly Magazine, a digital and print publication that circulates preventive-health information through art to women of color. Her work is rooted in social justice and health advocacy to bring inclusive and culturally relevant content to print and digital media.
What's your current theme song? If you have a reason, please share.
Becoming by Diana Gordon
What are you working on?
Womanly provides accessible preventive health information to women and non-binary people through creative experiences. We lift up narratives that are often neglected by the typical women’s media platform and redefine life-saving health information. Our subjects include discrimination in the health care system, intergenerational concerns, and physical and sexual health and expression.
Tell me about your journey to now. What impactful moments led you to your work?
Womanly has truly grown out of feelings of personally being misrepresented and underrepresented in print and digital media. Black and brown people have also been grossly overlooked and underserved in the healthcare system in the U.S. to date. Our work is a hopeful solution to fill a hole that goes very far back and runs incredibly deep. We're simply looking to start a movement toward helping women and non-binary people understand their personal health and how to live long and healthy lives aside from the prejudices or economic barriers that they face.
Who and/or what motivates your passion each day?
The people who inspire me the most are the women who raised me, the women who are incarcerated, the women who are disenfranchised, and every person who has been marginalized and mistreated in this world both past and present. Especially on the basis of race, country of origin, language, disability, or economic status. They are motivation for me to keep seeking justice and providing access for a more liberated world.
How do you define Radical Self Care?
Sleeping and taking the time I need to rest. No matter how much work I have on my plate or how many responsibilities I have. Sleep is where I find refuge. Rest is how I fight back.
What rituals do you have to help maintain homeostasis of mind, body, and spirit?
Therapy. I've been in therapy once a week for 45 minutes over the last 7 years. Therapy has completely transformed my life and helped me work through so much of the trauma that I carried around with me from a young age. I feel so grounded and grateful for the ability to be my raw true self in every sense of the word in a non-judgmental safe space. It keeps me whole.
How do you incorporate plants into your well being routine? How is the cannabis (THC, CBD, CBN, etc) a part of your plant ritual?
I use CBD before bed quite often to help me relax. I enjoy it as self-care.
Who would you like to experience an altered state (dream elevation + discussion) with and how would you achieve this flow state?
I’m in a psych-pop band and I like to share altered states with my bandmates. Before social distancing, we would gather together in Philly with our favorite foods, enjoy a nice treat, listen to obscure records, and watch a film on silent. It's our way of connecting with each other and elevating the thoughts and feelings we have about the world around us.
Love the phrase "slow down to speed up", what does that mean to you personally and within the present global pause?
To me it represents being able to see a bigger picture. Sometimes when I travel it allows me to zoom out a bit and look at my life from a different perspective. Living in NYC has made slowing down quite difficult over the past 8 years and we now have this strange opportunity to just sit and reflect. Aside from the incredible harm that is being done there is a little light in there.
What is the gift you bring to community?
Care and support.
What has been the most challenging for you during this time?
Seeing my friends. I thrive when I can have a communal meal with my friends. It has been hard being apart from that love and support but we're doing our best.
What made you become an advocate in the space and for the plant?
I believe that we all must have full control over our lives and our bodies. My job as an artist and a curator has been to help people learn and navigate what they need to live their best life and be as healthy as they can be. Everyone has their own way of relieving stress, relaxing, and making their days a little more comfortable. Life is all about exploring what brings you pleasure.