Empowering The Empowered

The Divine Feminine: Dakari Eli | @DakariEli

Dakari Eli is the host of The Bigger Picture Podcast and an advocate for multicultural feminism. She is one of the many outspoken voices within the African-American community and uses her platform to create discussions on a wide range of subjects with experts, celebrities, and community leaders.

Fearless and unfiltered, Dakari uses her voice to empower others while focusing on women issues in an informative and most entertaining way.

I sat down with Dakari as she speaks on her inspirations, issues with feminism and more.

How do you describe Dakari?
I am a mother, daughter, sister, friend, feminist, photographer, poet, writer, partner, and more. I am so many of these things at any given moment. I strive to be the best version of myself in all I do and whatever I do, I do it with love or not at all.

Who or what are your biggest inspirations?
There are too many people to name them all but I have the highest regard for Angela Davis, Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey. Beverly Bond and Michaela Angela Davis are among the most inspiring as well.

What led you to start in media?
I have known Be’n Original for the longest time, back before he became the renowned writer/brand consultant people know today – when he was just Ben (laughing). Over the years, we became the best of friends. He will say that he’s always believed in me, but I believe anyone who knows him, knows that you have earn his respect and support. I am a consummate professional and he has supported me every step of the way in good faith. They say luck is when preparation meets opportunity. I have been preparing for this my entire life, I show up and put in the work every single day. The decision to go into media was a fun one to say the least. Lol! It went from two friends chatting about EVERYTHING (BE’NORIGINAL and I) to two socially conscious individuals establishing a common purpose. We both saw that there was a need within our community for this type of informative entertainment, and we have fun doing it! More now than ever, people are searching for “The Truth” and we are willing to give it to them. The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, but with humor.

How did your show The Bigger Picture come about?
Ben and I have always had the most entertaining and intelligent conversations. I thought they would make for an amazing podcast. We talked about it but life kept getting in the way. A few years later, I hit him up and told him, we need to do it. One of the best decisions, we’ve made. I am happy it has been so well-received as we are really just being ourselves. Each episode is just a small glimpse of conversations we have nearly every single day.

What surprises you about your audience?
I think what surprised me the most is that they not only accept me for who I am, but love me for it. They allow me to be great as I am. I am humbled and gracious for their continued support.

You are highly involved in the feminist movement. What do you think are the misconceptions of feminism?
One of the biggest misconceptions is that being a feminist means that you have to hate men. This is not true at all. You can encourage and empower women without tearing men down in the process. That’s not to say we won’t hold our male counterparts accountable for bad behavior, but we will show them the fairness we are fighting for ourselves.

Do you believe that intersectionality and multiculturalism sometimes go unacknowledged in today’s generation of feminism?
I believe there is a lack of multicultural understanding in parts of the mainstream movement. Because they don’t share in our experiences of racial oppression and discrimination, a lot of our specific needs often are overlooked.

Tell us more about your upcoming makeup line.
It’s still in the planning phase. However, if MAC wants to cut a check, we will have plenty to discuss. What I can tell you is that it will be of the highest quality.

If you could turn back time and change one decision you’ve made in your career what would it be?
That’s a great question. I try not speak from place of regret because I am appreciative of the lessons I have learned along the way. Every choice I’ve made, good or bad, has brought me here. I am proud of who I’ve become. Mary Engelbreit once said, “Don’t look back. You’re not going that way.”

What advice would you give to a young woman looking to enter your field?
Surround yourself with people who support you. If they don’t support you, why have them around. Know when to let go and move on.

Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for this opportunity. I will always value your support and your allowing me to share myself with your readership. This is when it matters most.

You can catch The Bigger Picture Podcast with Dakari every Wednesday on Soundcloud.


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