«You may write me down in history ; with your bitter, twisted lies ; You may trod me in the very dirt ; But, still, like dust, I’ll rise » Maya Angelou
“Black Girl Magic is a concept and movement originated by CaShawn Thompson in 2013 to, as Julee Wilson described it at The Huffington Post, “celebrate the beauty, power and resilience of black women.” Wilson offers the definition: “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.”
This is the definition of « Black girl magic » given by Wikipedia. The term that we’ve seen coming around often this past few years on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #blackgirlsmagic is for me source of encouragement and inspiration.
As black women in the modern society we have more than one reason to feel depreciated. Underrepresented in the medias, it was once hard for a little black girl to find a role model to look up to.
So long black women have been called ugly, too strong, too wild.
It made me so angry when one day I stumbled upon this racist rag called a study titled «Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women? » (yes it is a real study, you can click on the link if you have 5 minutes of your life to lose.)
Even on the highest spheres black women are subjects of racism, injures and mockery. The most recent examples are Meghan Markle an American actress dating Prince Harry facing the most repugnant comments because she is, or part of her is, black.
Or the still First lady of the US, Michelle Obama, called « an Ape in high heels » by a white woman official.
Most educated group in the US, fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the world, but yet always undervalued and victims of not only racism but also sexism.
And even if they’ve always been in the front line of every fight again racism (the civil rights, the black panthers, the black lives matter movement…), they are often castigated by their very own companions of struggles : the black men.
This is what I personally find the most hurtful. How many times while I was talking to a black man he felt obliged to justify his interracial dating choice (which I have no problem with) by attacking black women?
« I don’t date black girls, they are too uncivilized, always so angry »
In this section I will try as often as I can to portray a particularly inspiring black woman.
They are sources of motivations, and wisdom and influenced my life in so many levels. They taught me to love myself, to be passionate and to believe in me and in my dreams. They are the reason I’m feeling the courage to finally go public with this blog and share my writings to the world, in english, even if it is not my native language.
From Angela Davis, to Maya Angelou or Shonda Rhymes, all these women have something in common. They contribute to change the perception on black women and they are models and sources of inspiration for every young black girl.
I want to celebrate these women who are educated, gifted, wise, strong, resilient and always uplifting.
I want to be a voice for the longtime misread story of black women’s greatness.
To go further : here are 3 books on the subject I find the interesting or I just liked.
Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America by Charisse Jones & Kumea Shorter Gooden
Americanah by Chimamanda N’Gozi
And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
I want to know your opinion : What is Black Girl Magic for you? What are the most inspirational persons in your life? Who do you think I should portray? Leave a comment with your answers below.
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