Khadija Bilal

:: AGE

25

:: LOCATION

Los Angeles, California, USA

:: MEDIUM

My Blog, Instagram, and Tumblr

:: IDENTIFIES AS

I am Black, a Woman, a Muslim, a Feminist, and a revolutionary

As a womxn, why do you think it is important to create?

I believe that it is important to create because as a woman who is inherently marginalized it allows me to create a certain level of perspective that is not usually taken into account. My ability to create allows me to widen the scope of understanding regarding various topics, concepts, and issues.

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

My proudest moment as a creative would have to be deepening the understanding of my father and connecting with him through piece that I wrote for/about him.

How do you define love?

I define love as many things, a concept, a want, a need, a tool, but overall just an understanding and certain level of compassion that is/should be inherent in all of us.

Describe the space that you like to create in?

I like to create in silence, comfort and solitude. So essentially, my house, lol.

What do you like to listen to while you create?

I like to listen to music or a motivational podcast while creating. Music is just one of my favorite things, constantly inspiring new ideas for me and depending on the podcast, I’m just motivated to manifest those new ideas that come about.

What is your earliest memory of making art?

My earliest memory of making art would have to be drawing various pictures of my family.

Do you have any words of advice for young womxn/artist/creators out there?

I feel like I have so much advice now that I’m in the process of trying to manifest my career as a creative, lol. But I think the best advice I could give is know and take care of yourself. These concepts go hand in hand with moving smoothly and positively through life is what I’ve come to learn. You must know yourself, you have to take the time to get to know yourself, what you want, what you need, and who you are. You have to pay attention to how you feel and constantly be willing to grow and change to evolve into the best version of yourself. The expectation cannot be on others to know us better than we know ourselves. I always say no one knows you better you do, so you’ve got to make sure to learn yourself and check in as much as you possibly can. And taking care of yourself, only further attributes to building your overall sense of self.

What social issues do you care about most?

I care about any issue affecting marginalized groups, but I am most in alignment with Black Lives Matter.

What could you not live without?

Aside from the most serious things (God, my family, my friends, etc.), I’d have to say music, ice cream, cupcakes, and anything that allows me to write and express myself (i.e. my journals or the notepad on my phone).

How do you make time to create?

When I feel it I just do it, if it hits me I can’t wait, I have to do it immediately. So essentially, when and however I can, lol.

How does your mental health affect your work?

My mental health most definitely does, I’m most creative when I feel or am moved emotionally. That’s just I how I operate. If I can’t feel, I can’t authentically create.

Who are your influences/inspirations?

My family is my biggest influence and black women are my biggest inspiration

What message do you want to spread with your art?

Through my art, I want to spread the message of love, self-love without apology, sincerity, and authenticity.

We serendipitously came across Khadija while browsing Soundcloud. We found a recording of her poetry “I’m Here For You” that met our ears at a moment when our hearts needed it most. If you are looking for inspired insights to take care of your mind, heart and soul, check out her writings and photos on her blog The 90s Aesthetic or her Instagram @thepoetessdij. Khadija, we hope you continue spreading the message of love and self-love without apology.