Celebrating #BlackGirlMagic

CaShawn Thompson popularized the hashtags #BlackGirlsAreMagic and #BlackGirlMagic in 2013. From the hashtags to apparel she creates a brand. To me, black girl magic is a rallying call of recognition for black women who are often marginalized. Embedded every day is a magnificence that is so easy to miss because we are so mired in the struggle and the opinions of others.

You can find the official #BlackGirlMagic on Twitter @TheBlkGrlMagic, Instagram @theblkgrlmagic, and Facebook Official: Black Girls Are Magic. Or just check out their website for blogs, updates and buy one of those cool #BlackGirlsAreMagic apparel.

The other day I posted a picture for #WCW on Instagram that stated, “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” One of my followers and clients, Dr. Nina French responded to the post by stating: “Dope idea. I might have to copy it.” I responded with ‘Please do. We have to encourage, inspire and acknowledge each other.’

Meet Yelitsa Jean-Charles and this is her TEDtalk as she talks about how #BlackGirlMagic can change the world.

Meet Yelitsa Jean-Charles, a successful black woman who realized how black women can encourage, inspire and acknowledge each other. While in college Yelitsa had to combat her own prejudices toward darker skin. She realized that the lack of positive black images in toys and the media shaped young black children. Thus, she launched Healthy Roots which is a toy company with a line of natural hair dolls and a book to teach young black girls about hair care.

This should not be just on Wednesday but every day. I am #BlackGirlMagic. I know so many women who are the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic. So I want to encourage, inspire and acknowledge other black women, too by showcasing the #BlackGirlMagic I know and inspire me.

Krystal ArmstrongThe first #BlackGirlMagic feature was Krystal Armstrong, make-up artist, herbalist, and natural product developer. Krystal is not only a fabulous make-up artist who accentuates your beauty. Not resting on her laurels Krystal started Andrelle’s Natural Skin Care line. Her products are great especially for black women of all shades.

Then I featured the LocStar, Glennisha Morgan who is a Detroit native. Glennisha writes about hip-hop and the women who are in hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism and her truth. She also created The Fembassy, the #1 source for women in hip-hop. Check out her website.

The next person up was LocStar Angelica Trumer. Angelica is a wealth management analyst as well as a certified financial planner. But her first love is dance (all styles but currently she is doing pole and West African. If you have questions about financial planning, please email her.

Additionally, I featured SisterSong executive director, Monica Raye Simpson. Monica is a Southern black queer who organizes extensively against human rights abuse, the prison industry, racism and systemic violence against Southern black women and LGBTQ people. If you want to know more about SisterSong, check out its website.

Every Wednesday I will feature someone I know who that is the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic. This week we will feature Dr. Nina French. If you would like to be featured on #WCW for being #BlackGirlMagic, email us at nolalocstar@gmail.com. Let’s continue to encourage, inspire and acknowledge each other.