Candice Marie Benbow is a theologian, essayist and creative who situates her work
at the intersections of beauty, faith, feminism and culture. Her work gives voice
to the shared experiences of healing and journeying toward wholeness.
In addition to her own blog, Candice’s words can be found at
ESSENCE Magazine, Glamour Magazine, VICE, Shondaland and MadameNoire.
In May 2016, following the release of Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade,
Candice created the #LemonadeSyllabus hashtag and social media campaign.
With contributions from over 70 Black women, Candice released the syllabus
as a free downloadable resource of over 250 works centered around the lives of
Black women. Within the first week, it was downloaded over 40,000 times
and has reached over 600,000 downloads. National and international libraries created
"Lemonade Stands" to highlight the books from the Syllabus that were available.
Universities in the United States and the UK have used the Lemonade Syllabus
to design new Black feminist and womanist thought courses and many women formed
book clubs to journey through the Syllabus together.
In 2015, she created Red Lip Theology, a womanist movement to encourage
women to embrace themselves as good creation.
Through Red Lip Theology, Candice merges theological ideals with
beauty industry participation to celebrate Black women’s creativity and spirituality.
Candice annually hosts a “Red Lip Revival”, using the hashtag #redliptheology,
where women are encouraged to pair a red lip selfie with inspirational words.
Candice also hosts the podcast, “Red Lip Theology with Candice Benbow”.
Candice is also Founder of Zion Hill Media Group, a media boutique
that produces messages of hope and healing across various platforms.
Zion Hill’s flagship projects include a women’s lifestyle site,
online courses and educational projects, and progressive faith based content.
Above everything, Candice is most proud of establishing The LouiseMarie Foundation.
Through a memorial scholarship named in honor of her mother,
the Foundation provides book stipends and certification exam scholarships to nursing students
at historically Black colleges and universities. The Foundation also awards micro grants
for community mental health projects and initiatives for
survivors and those living beyond grief and trauma.
A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Candice holds degrees from
Tennessee State University, North Carolina Central University and Duke Divinity School.