The People's Playlist: Vo. 26- Ashley Short

The People's Playlist: Vo. 26- Ashley Short


What’s good ya’ll!  My name is Ashley; most know me as “Ash” or by my Instagram handle/new alias, @thegranddamequeen. The most important thing you should know about me is that I live and breathe fashion, beauty, body positivity, and Black culture. I recently graduated from James Madison University with a degree in cultural communication and Africana studies. I’m currently pursuing my journalism, fashion, media, and branding dreams.

I am the Founder and Editor of which is a blog that promotes healthy and positive content for and about Black women and girls while also being a space to feel “normal” and vulnerable. The Black Sugah platform focuses on fashion, culture, beauty, music, spirituality, relationships, and sexuality through a Black woman’s lens. This online space acts as a foundation for my future plans to eventually make Black Sugah a printed publication. Growing up, I enjoyed publications such as Teen Vogue and Seventeen but I never saw myself on the covers and spreads of these magazines. I couldn’t relate to the articles and advice no matter how hard I tried. Yes, Ebony and Essence can be empowering and celebratory of Black women but their target audience has always been 30+, middle-class, heterosexual, etc., which pushes Black women who don’t quite fit those identities to the margins. Black Sugah aspires to be a home for every kind of #blackgirlmagic.

I am also the Modeling Director for Sistas Who Slay, Inc., a non-profit organization in Richmond that empowers and supports women within the beauty, fashion, branding, and modeling industry to be successful in their careers, and a freelance makeup artist under my business, Fly Gyal Beauty. I do a lot more than I mentioned but ya’ll get the point. I’m a woman who does everything and that’s how I like it. I’m always open to network and connect with other women for collaborations, partnering, or if you just need someone to talk to about life and goals. I’m your girl sis.

Below are a few songs that keep me motivated and make me feel like the Black Girl Boss I am. I can’t get through my day without music and these are the artists that help me feel the most connected to my culture, being strong-minded, my need to always be fly, and my “hustla” mentality.

I guess you can say it’s my mini women empowerment playlist, xoxo.

Okay ladies. Are you ready to get empowered? WE ARE! Let's jump in. The People's Playlist: Vo. 26- Ashley Short


  1. “Don’t Touch My Hair” - Solange

  2. “U.N.I.T.Y” - Queen Latifah

  3. “Level Up” - Ciara

  4. “On My Mind” - Jorja Smith, Preditah

  5. “Girls That Dance” - Masego

  6. “Upgrade U” - Beyoncé, Jay Z

  7. “I Like That” - Janelle Monáe

  8. “Fashion Week” (Feat. G-Eazy) - Wale

  9. “Blessings On Blessings” - OSHUN

  10. “I Do” (Feat. SZA) - Cardi B

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