15 Celebs Who Know That Black Is Beautiful

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15 Celebs Who Know That Black Is Beautiful

Come through, magic!

Published January 23, 2017

These stars have no problem shouting what we already know: Being Black is lit!

  1. Amandla Stenberg

    bigger than you or me. discussions are healthy. ignorance is not. words by me

    A photo posted by amandla (@amandlastenberg) on

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12:  Actress Amandla Stenberg attends Stella McCartney Autumn 2016 Presentation at Amoeba Music on January 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  2. Viola Davis

    “The one thing I feel is lacking in Hollywood today is an understanding of the beauty, the power, the sexuality, the uniqueness, the humor of being a regular Black woman.” Essence

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13:  Actress Viola Davis attends the Entertainment Weekly & ABC Upfronts Party at Toro on May 13, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
    (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
  3. Kevin Hart
    PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22:  Actor/producer Kevin Hart, winner of the Entertainer of the Year Award poses for a portrait during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
    (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
  4. Tina Knowles Lawson

    It's such beauty in black people, and it really saddens me when we're not allowed to express that pride in being black, and that if you do, then it's considered anti-white. No! You just pro-black. And that's okay. The two don't go together. “Tina Taught Me” on “A Seat at the Table”

    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Tina Knowles attends the premiere of "Insecure" at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on October 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
  5. Solange

    “It’s just like reading a book—the record is very visual in itself. I wanted to express an almost stately look for black men and women, because I feel like historically we haven’t been put in the most regal or majestic context. I set out to create that in the album sonically, and I wanted that to carry through in the visuals as well. My husband, Alan, and I wanted to represent black sisterhood, strength, pride, and elevate the black man and all of his beauty and glory. This was our way of contributing to that narrative.” On “A Seat at the Table,” via Vogue

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07:  Solange Knowles attends 13th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 7, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
  6. Janelle Monáe

    “There are lots of beautiful young women of color out there who would look just as gorgeous or even more gorgeous on this cover and for you guys to see something in me—and for my story to connect in a way that you allowed me to tell and have this platform to tell my story to your readers, is just something I won’t take for granted.” In reference to her Essence cover

    ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 16:  Actress/singer Janelle Monae attends "Hidden Figures" advanced screening hosted by Janelle Monae & Pharrell Williams at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16 on November 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)
  7. Taraji P. Henson

    #TarajiPHenson wasn't here for it today 😩😩😩 #ClapBackSeason #ReadForFilth

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
  8. Kelly Rowland

    “So many makeup artists cover everything up. Let the skin tone shine through. There’s a reason why people are sitting in the sun, there’s a reason why people are injecting their lips. Our features are so beautiful, and we just don’t need to cover it up or enhance it even more, cause we already have it.... We invented the shit!” The Huffington Post

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Recording artist Kelly Rowland attends the 2nd Annual StyleMaker Awards hostd by Variety and WWD at Quixote Studios West Hollywood on November 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
  9. India.Arie

    “I wouldn’t want to be anything or anyone else…. I love everything about being a Black woman.” India.Arie at Essence Festival

    LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 06:  Singer/songwriter India.Arie attends the 2016 Soul Train Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
  10. Zendaya
    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07:  Zendaya attends 13th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 7, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
  11. Lupita Nyong’o

    “My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden, Oprah was telling me it wasn’t. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn’t help but bloom inside of me. When I saw Alek I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny. Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty, but around me the preference for light skin prevailed. To the beholders that I thought mattered, I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me, "You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you." And these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.” At Essence magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood event 

    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Honoree Lupita Nyong'o attends the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images )
    (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images )
  12. Beyoncé

    From the video to the lyrics, “Lemonade” is a literal love letter to the beauty and strength of Black women. 

    (Photo: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
  13. Dave Chappelle

    “A few weeks ago I went to the White House for a party. It was the first time I’ve been there in many years and it was very exciting. And BET sponsored the party, so everyone there was black. And it was beautiful.” On "Saturday Night Live”

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28:  Comedian Dave Chappelle attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  14. Yara Shahidi

    On generational beauty with her mother:

    MARINA DEL REY, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Actress Yara Shahidi attends the 1st annual Marie Claire Young Women's Honors at Marina del Rey Marriott on November 19, 2016 in Marina del Rey, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
  15. Misty Copeland

    “To have movements like Black Girl Magic, I think it couldn’t be more positive for a young Black girl to see that it’s okay to be yourself, it’s okay to not have to transform and look like what you may see on the cover of a lot of magazines. That you are beautiful, that it’s possible to succeed in any field that you want to, looking the way that you do. With your hair the way it is. I think all of that is so extremely important and something that I’m constantly celebrating.” In an interview with President Barack Obama

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12:  Misty Copeland attends 2016 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Written by Kenrya Rankin

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