Lindsey Day

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“Get busy. Not busy for busy sake—but do work that moves the needle.“

Words by Justice Nnnanna + Photos by Mark Clennon

Lindsey Day moves with pride and compassion in equal measure. A tenderness, authenticity, and EQ that feels fitting for the warm Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of CRWN Magazine. CRWN is a publication dedicated to natural hair, steeped in the mission of exploring the multifaceted experience of Black women, and setting the record straight. Misrepresentation, miseducation, there’s a lot Day feels compelled to address through CRWN. “I was supposed to be here.” the Californian native tells me when we meet. I believe her. Bringing progressive thinking to the forefront of her company, Day has used her community as the foundation to create a striking and resonate brand that’s growing rapidly.

For this ‘Thoughts Become Things’ series, could you share a positive thought that you often have and a negative thought you often have?

The negative is easy—“Who are you to do this.” The imposter syndrome. Which is a lingering thought that I’m finally overcoming. I think that is what stops a lot of creatives and entrepreneurs from walking in their purpose and doing what they are really here to do.

Positive thought is “Nobody is smarter than you.” The people who are running this world, the people who walk around with all of the audacity in the world, have much less intelligence than most. Operating not with a sense of arrogance, but with the assurance knowing you can figure it out—Google is a thing—and you can make things work.

How do you get over imposter syndrome?

When you learn how to eat what you kill—then what can anyone tell you? Get busy. Not busy for busy sake—but do work that moves the needle. Solve problems. Moving a needle in my business can be closing a deal, getting my receivables, getting those wins. You must be doing something right.

James Baldwin said, “People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” What history do you carry with you most as a contemporary creator?

100%. I was in Alabama for a family reunion. Learning about my great-great-great grandfather, who was not only captured at 12 in West Africa and brought to Jamestown, Virginia—after the slave trade was made illegal. He became one of the first black landowners in that area, and that history is fresh on my mind as I move, because I was just on that land for this family reunion. This history is in your blood, the mixing of your blood, the things that are carried their in. The fact that my grandmother carries all the eggs she’s ever going to carry, and same with your mother, that continuity is important and I carry it with me.

How do you navigate in spaces that don’t always feel supportive of you or in-line with your beliefs?

Try to leave. I’ve left a lot of those spaces. Or I’ve created my own spaces.

Greatest challenge and greatest benefit of being a minority in a creative industry?

Challenge is always underfunding for any black entrepreneur. Having to make funding from revenue, and building something out of thin air.

Benefit is the time we live in. I think this time is ready for what this generation has to say. There are more allies these days, there are definitely more tools—less barriers to entry. We can create things on our phones and bring them to market on platforms like Squarespace. I use Squarespace.

True or false?- “When they go low, we go high.”

Depends. It just depends on who and how low.

How do you use your community to move your goals forward?

Community is everything. It’s the support system. Building the community, creating the community you wish to see and want to support. There is no entrepreneurship or creative pursuit without the support of your community.

Imani Ellis