Candice Marie Benbow is a writer and theologian.
She believes that, because we overcome by the words of our testimonies, it is important to lift the stories of women who find themselves hiding in plain sight. Through writing, Candice’s essays give voice to the shared experiences of heartbreak, grief and the journey towards wholeness and life.
Following the release of Jay Z’s thirteenth studio album, 4:44, Candice wrote “4:43”, chronicling the stories of women who are caught on the underside of the growth of men. It has been read over 300,000 times and over 100,000 times across social media platforms. In addition to her own blog, her work has appeared in Glamour, Essence, Ebony, The Root, Urban Cusp, Religion and Politics, For Harriet and Patheos.
As a public educator, Candice cares about bridging the gap between the academy and community through digital projects. In May 2016, following the release of Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade, Candice created the “Lemonade Syllabus”. With contributions from over 70 Black women, the syllabus is a free downloadable resource of over 250 works centered around the lives of Black women. In the first week, it was downloaded over 40,000 times and has reached over 600,000 downloads. In February 2017, Candice collaborated with the Elle.com Media Scholars, under the direction of Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, to create the “A Seat at the Table Syllabus” in response to Solange Knowles’ powerful album of the same name.
In 2015, she created “Red Lip Theology”, a womanist movement to encourage Black women to embrace their whole selves as good creation. With central themes of beauty, faith and feminism, “Red Lip Theology” focuses on the fullness of Black women’s lives and their capacity to manifest healing and transformation.
A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Candice is a graduate of Tennessee State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Africana Studies. She also holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.
A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Candice considers herself a displaced Southerner living in New Jersey.