Simone Lomack

Simone Lomack is currently a senior studying psychology at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to a full course load, Simone is also the founder of Root Talk Magazine [founded in 2018], an online publication dedicated to showcasing and empowering Black women. I feel so fortunate that I was able to have a conversation with Simone about the inspiration behind Root Talk and her plans for the future and am so excited to feature her on the blog today!

What was the inspiration behind Root Talk?
I think there was a point in time when I was on social media, Instagram specifically, and noticed there are a lot of big platforms that focus on the Black community, but they’re not about uplifting; they literally only focus on the negative stuff. I genuinely think the media is the most powerful thing in this world, so I was looking through the comments on a few of these platforms and I noticed that every single comment was negative. It was negativity all around and I realized that this is actually really damaging. So one day, I was like, I’m sick of this. So, I was thinking about a lot of the positive platforms that I would look to daily, and I would think about how those made me feel and I was like, you know what, I kind of want to make my own. Hopefully, Root Talk can make others feel the way I feel when I look at platforms like Essence or Hello Beautiful

What has been your biggest interview since launching Root Talk?
So in 2018, I feel like I started really strong just because when you first start a project, you’re like, go, go, go. So, I reached out to the costume designer of “Black Panther,” I think I had 100 followers at this time, and she let me interview her. So, we did a phone interview, and she was really nice and super attentive, so I’m really proud of that. 

What is the mission of Root Talk?
The mission is to impact Black women specifically, but not just Black women, women in general, in a positive way and hopefully put a spotlight on the positivity of it. I feel like positivity is needed now, more than ever. So, just really putting the capabilities that Black women — and all women — have on a pedestal.

What skills have you learned as a psychology major that have aided the success of your blog?
I think it’s just understanding people and understanding how to grasp their attention in the best way that I can. I think just the way that I interact and just being able to grasp their attention in a good way.

Photo from @roottalkmag on Instagram

How has public response been since launching your blog?
It’s been great. I’ve met a lot of great people that I’ve never met in person through it. I do have a solid following of supporters that have reached out to me and they uplift me and tell me that what I’m doing is making an impact on them. I’ve had people reach out and they were shocked because they thought that it was run by multiple people, but it’s just me. The response has been really good.

What are your long-term goals for Root Talk?
The goal would be for Root Talk to be my main focus in life. Hopefully it would be a pretty known platform and one that’s familiar to people. I would like to eventually dabble with merchandise and hopefully a physical publication of some sort whether that be an actual printed magazine or an Ebook. Eventually I would just like to expand it into a way bigger platform. 

Do you have any specific inspirations of women you look up to?
I love Isa Rae, she is honestly one of my biggest inspirations as a creative in general. She literally started off on YouTube making her own own show and eventually HBO picked it up, and it’s now an official show on HBO and it’s amazing. I really look up to her because not only is she building her own empire, but she’s also opening doors for Black creatives. 

What advice would you give to aspiring Black female creatives or entrepreneurs?
Just make sure you really take the step forth to make it happen. By that, I mean, bring it out into the universe, don’t hold it inside. Even if you take notes or just dabble your ideas down on paper, that’s better than not doing it at all. 

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As a senior studying magazine journalism at Ohio University and a passionate feminist, I created Freely Femme as a way to use my love for storytelling to highlight some of the most inspirational women in my personal life and beyond.

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