Let’s Talk Black Girl Magic
One of the main reasons why I love to watch shows that put black women in a light that we’re rarely seen in in real life is because I know the truth is about to be spoke. This is the reason I loved and appreciated shows like Girlfriends, Martin, A Different World and The Cosby Show growing up. Now it’s shows like Insecure, How To Get Away With Murder, Blackish and Being Mary Jane that inspire me to live to my full potential and understand that being black is never a set back. Anything you put your mind to you can definitely achieve. Yes, these shows are all fictional, but the women playing these roles have a purpose and a message to every little black girl out there.
Being a black women is a struggle all on it’s own with all the stereotypes we deal with along with the generalizing that happens as well. I appreciate women like Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Phylicia Rashad and Viola Davis for breaking those barriers for black women. I appreciate the message they put out when taking on a role and I appreciate those women for taking on the roles that others are scared to embrace.
In an episode of Being Mary Jane on this last season Union had a mouthful to say and I lived for every word that she spoke.
“Black women are crazy, black women are promiscuous, black women are angry, but have black men ever taken responsibility for driving us to that? We live in a society that treats us like we’re the bottom of the barrel when it comes to romance. Couple that with having to constantly prove ourselves as worthy enough. Be confident baby girl, but not intimidating. Be smart, but not emasculating. Never enough, but too much too damn much all at the same damn time. Men are encouraged to objectify our bodies, but the second we search for sexual satisfaction oh baby we are called whores.
Her co-star then stated, “you sound bitter.”
“And you sound like everybody else when they talk about black women. Nobody ever ask how or why. Why do they feel like this? How do black women get to this point,” stated Union.
I don’t know about you, but I had to replay that scene about 10 times because she didn’t miss a beat. Everything that needed to be said was said and the one line I continues to repeat was, “never enough, but too damn much.” That line spoke to me because I knew exactly what she was saying and hoe she felt as a black woman.
Being black is LIT to me. I embrace being black and what it means to be black. I honestly think we’re the cream of the crop. I love when I post something and hashtag #BlackGirlMagic or #MelaninPoppin
The one stereotype I love agreeing with about black women is that we are strong and if it’s one thing we know how to do it’s make it. To every black girl out there no matter what adversities you’re faced with in like know that you are worthy. Understand that you matter and you can do anything you put your mind to. The only think stopping you is you. Continue to be a black girl that rocks and don’t let anybody dim your light.
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My name is Miranda Brown. I am a proud Alumna of Tennessee State University class of 2016. I am from Franklin, TN a small town right outside of Nashville. I am very much so an introvert, but I do tend to sometimes come out of my shell as I'm known as the extra-dramatic friend. I love writing and blogging even more. My favorite quote is, "reality is wrong. dreams are real" - Tupac. I'm all about being positive and spreading good vibes.