I am a black girl. My skin is brown, my hair grows kinky,curly, nappy or whatever you want to call it and in every possible direction known to man. My skin is as brown as it decides to be but realize, it is not the only shade of brown that “black girls” come in. Growing up, you didn’t see too many representatives of girls like me on an everyday basis. Sure, every once in a while we had that one brown model pop up to make us feel good about ourselves but eventually, she would be whited-out, if you know what I mean. But it seems things are changing for the better, thanks to something called #blackgirlmagic.
So you don’t know what #blackgirlmagic is ? An article from huffingtonpost.com defines black girl magic as : “a term used to illustrate the universal awesomeness of black women. It’s about celebrating anything we deem particularly dope, inspiring, or mind-blowing about ourselves.” Black girl magic is waking up in the morning, taking a look at yourself in the mirror and knowing that you are special without anyone to validate tit for you.
Lately, the term #blackgirlmagic has been blowing up all over social media and I have to say, I love it. I love it because not too long ago, there was a major lack of lets say “up to date” black female role models in a number of industries. Yes, we have recognized black women such as Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth, but what about the black woman who are taking MAJOR steps in the simplest of forms? We have Karen Civil, female entrepreneur, Luptia N’Yongo, Academy Award winning actress and Jackie Aina, a well known beauty vlogger.
I view #blackgirlmagic as an extremely positive term that can help little girls growing up in societies where they feel they do not fit in. Knowing that there are others who are sharing feelings, thoughts and even experiences with you can make you feel just a little less alone in the world. There are some that would disagree. Elle.com posted an article that shared an opinion that disagreed with the ever growing black girl magic phrase. The writer states that by using the term “black girl magic” we are allowing people to think of black girls as being supernatural rather than human. My reply to that is this, Who wouldn’t want to be viewed as supernatural ?! Who would give up the chance for people to view that as someone with special powers limited to only a select few ? I wouldn’t. Besides that, what must be understood is that the term is just a figure of speech. It is one that gets the job done. A job that has been around yet no one has been brave enough to step up to the plate.
#blackgirlmagic is a movement that lets black girls KNOW that they ARE NOT inadequate as they were taught they are. They are important. They are brilliant. They are homemakers. They are survivors. They are artists. They are teachers. They are writers. They are creators. They are mothers. They are sisters. They are lovers and they are needed. They are needed in order to keep this train moving. No one should be made to feel they are not worth an opportunity because of the color of their skin or how they decide to wear their hair. Black girls have every right to and deserve to be honored. Black girl magic is appreciating black female excellence.
#blackgirlmagic has been a great influence from the moment of its inception until now. It shed light on role models that we would not have otherwise known existed otherwise. The spread of #blackgirlmagic has allowed girls to open their hearts and minds, giving them an opportunity to express their true selves. Since that time, we have seen a rise of support and and appreciate for one another in many aspects. It made us black girls realize that we need to look no further than the mirror to find community.
So you know what ? We are taking matters into our own hands. We have decided to do our own thing. Meaning, we have decided to feel bad for not being representations of ourselves. We can do it on our own. We realized that we are capable of having resources the same way our counterparts do, except that we have others helping us climb up that ladder. We have decided to let you know that you do not have to include us, but you will respect us and notice us for all our hard work. You will respect us because we work just as hard as anyone else.
#blackgirlmagic is so important in todays society and I truly hope it will not be just a phase. It exists everywhere you go, especially within you, black girl.