Black Girl Magic is actually a concept and movement that was popularized by CaShawn Thompson in 2013. The concept was born as a way to “celebrate the beauty, power and resilience of black women”, as described by Julee Wilson from HuffPost, and to congratulate black women on their accomplishments. Referring to a speech made by Michelle Obama at the Black Girls Rock Awards, Thompson explains that black women around the world persevering despite adversity inspired her to spread the concept of Black Girl Magic.
The aim of Black Girl Magic Category on Dupe’s blog is in line with this. Dupe’s Blog Black Girl Magic attempts to celebrate the beauty, attractive features and strength of the black Woman. It also seeks to celebrate her ability to thrive against all odds but that’s not all.
We can do more! We can be much more! Starting from the little things we do to the really “big” things, we can attain excellence. We have the power to shake the universe from our little part or world.
Every Black Girl Magic interview on this blog is aimed at sharpening and perfecting a particular area of the Black Girl’s life. Remarkable women have come on here to share powerful knowledge on how to be a better woman through practical ways we all can relate to.
Women like Folorunsho Alakija, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Joyce Banda, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Ava Duvernay, Ayanna Howard, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Hadiyah-nicole Green, Marley Dias, Serena Williams, Yara Shahidi, Zim Ugochukwu, Sarah Jakes Roberts, and the list is endless have shown us that we (black women) are beyond just plain or ordinary hence the tag “BLACK GIRL MAGIC”.
Not “Magic” as in the use of rituals, sorcery or witchcraft but Magic as in being wonderful, amazing and of great value, capable of going beyond expectations and wildest imaginations. My desire is that every Black girl magic interview you read here makes you a better woman.
This movement is more than just a hashtag it has empowered many Black girls showing them they can do anything they put their minds to literally. Below are five Black women who exemplify Black Girl Magic.
Here are some of the women who have embraced it
- Yara Shahidi
Yara Shahidi is the beautiful actress, and model who plays on the two hit shows Black-ish and Grown-ish. At only seventeen years old, she already has a huge impact on young Black girls. She’s a social activist who was honored by the Young Women’s Leadership Network where she launched a mentoring program entitled “Yara’s Club.” She has also been recognized by the NAACP and spoken on many panels. She exhibits Black Girl Magic because not only does she take advantage of the platform that she’s given but uses it to spread positivity.
- Michelle Obama
The amazing Michelle Obama is the former first lady of the United States, and to some people, still the first lady of America. She has attempted to end child obesity in the U.S by targeting the unhealthy food options inside of schools nationwide. She also helped start the “Let Girls Learn” initiative which helps girls all around the world get an education. She’s also spoken at many panels and has motivated people to take action against the political and social issues we face today. Her dedication and drive to fight for the education rights of girls everywhere, makes her a key example of Black Girl Magic. Michelle reminds black women that we are capable of being posed, intelligent beings.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The wonderful Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian author who writes nonfiction, novels, and short stories. She has won multiple awards for her writings as well. Adichie constantly speaks out about her experience as an African woman in America and the literacy problems in Nigeria. She also has addressed the issue of lack of representation in literature for people of color in one of her Ted Talks. She possesses Black Girl Magic because she addresses the issues that people tend to ignore when it comes to literature, and she is also a very educated woman who prospers in her field.
- Ava DuVernay
Mrs. DuVernay is a screenwriter, producer, film director, film marketer, and a film distributor. She is the creator of the 2016 documentary entitled 13th, where she explores the clauses of the 13th amendment and how it affects the Black community. She exemplifies Black Girl Magic because not only does she create beautiful films and tv shows, she also addresses many issues within her art.
The magnificent Angela Rye is an attorney and the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies. She is also a liberal political commentator on CNN and an NPR political analyst. Angela Rye is not only an amazing commentator who takes nothing from anybody when it comes to the discussion of the black community, but she is also living proof that a Black woman can stand up for what she believes in without fear.