Interrupting Your News Cycle To Highlight Black Girl Magic

We Are Highlighting All Our Black Girl Magic

Interrupting Your News Cycle To Highlight Black Girl Magic

Our greatness deserves to be applauded.

Published June 8th

Written by Tweety Elitou

Our greatness deserves to be applauded. Our actions need to be amplified. Our success should be shared! Most importantly, our voices demand to be heard! 

From breaking barriers in the entertainment industry to providing positivity to all, Black women continuously showcase their magical ability to shine. In fact, we have an entire hashtag dedicated to highlighting our daily splendor: #BlackGirlMagic.

Eager to shine the spotlight on our fellow sisters, we decided to pull out the confetti and celebrate some of the most memorable Black Girl Magic moments in recent months—in no particular order!

We promise you, each of these ladies deserves a thunderous round of applause.

  1. Michelle Obama Inspired Us All With Her Netflix Documentary.
    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MAY 11:  Former First Lady Michelle Obama attends 'Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama' at State Farm Arena on May 11, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

    Our forever FLOTUS, Michelle Obama is undoubtedly a symbol of #BlackGirlMagic! If you don't believe us, take a look at her highly recommended documentary on Neflix, Becoming. 

    Adapted from her successful 2018 memoir of the same name, Mrs. Obama successfully inspired the masses with details about her upbringing and the powerful relationship she shares with her presidential husband, Barack Obama.

  2. Wynta-Amor Rogers' voice echoed as she called for "Justice."

    Wynta-Amor Rogers may only be a 7-year-old, but she's already in action! Making her voice heard loud and clear at the 2020 #BLM  and Justice for George Floyd protests, the mother of the school-aged activist says her daughter insisted on marching for justice.

    “She wanted to come out, she wanted to make a difference and be heard," Lakyia Jackson told CBS New York. "I think that we all should encourage our kids to know what’s going on with the current events."

    March on, sistah!

  3. Rihanna Used her platform to push forward the #BLM movement.
    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Rihanna performs onstage during Savage X Fenty Show Presented By Amazon Prime Video - Show Sneak Peak at Barclays Center on September 10, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Presented by Amazon Prime Video )
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Presented by Amazon Prime Video)

    Rihanna is the G.O.A.T because she never misses an opportunity to use her voice and large social media presence to advocate for inclusivity, diversity, equality, and justice!

    If you don't believe us, take a look at her Instagram filled with numerous social justice posts, calls for donations, and more. In fact, the business mogul recently closed all of her businesses globally in support of #BlackoutTuesday.

    She is #BlackGirlMagic!

  4. Gianna Floyd Wants To Be A Doctor to “take care of people.”

    George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna Floyd is strong. While the world continues to mourn the senseless police killing of her father, the adorable young lady mustered up the courage to speak on live TV. 

    "I miss him," Gianna told Good Morning America on June 3 with her mom, Roxie Washington, by her side.

    RELATED | George Floyd’s 6-Year-Old Daughter Speaks Out: ‘I Miss Him’

    In the interview, we also learned that Gianna wants to be a doctor when she grows up because she wants to “take care of people.”

    We support you, little lady!

  5. Cyntoia Brown Began To Live Her Best Life After Being Released From Prison.
    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 11:  Author Cyntoia Brown Long signs copies her new book "Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System" at Clark Atlanta University on November 11, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

    After serving 15 years of a life sentence for killing a man who solicited her for underage sex, Cyntoia Brown-Long was finally granted clemency and began to live her best life. 

    RELATED | Cyntoia Brown Released From Prison After Spending 15 Years Behind Bars

    Upon her 2019 release, the 31-year-old tied the knot with Christian rapper J. Long, and she shared the details of their union in her much-anticipated book, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System. 

  6. The Success Of Marsai Martin’s Movie, ‘Little’ Earned Her The Title Of Hollywood’s “Youngest Executive Producer.”
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: Marsai Martin poses for a portrait at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
    (Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)

    At 14-year-old, Marsai Martin shattered glass ceilings by becoming Hollywood’s “Youngest Executive Producer” for her blockbuster film, Little. 

    RELATED | EXCLUSIVE: Marsai Martin Is Ready To Be The Youngest Billionaire In Hollywood, But First She's Got A New Role In STEM

    A huge success, the movie proudly grossed over $40.7 million in the United States. 

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the recipient of the 2019 BET Awards Young Star Award has another project up her sleeve—a new film comedy called, Queen.

    Wear that crown, lil sis!

  7. Lizzo Finally Got The Recognition She Deserved!
    BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 28: Lizzo attends the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 28, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    Although it took three years before her talent was recognized, Lizzo is having a serious moment despite admitting she once contemplated quitting music!

    In 2019, the professional singer/flutist topped the Billboard Music Charts for seven weeks straight with her self-assuring anthem, Truth Hurts— two years after its initial release. 

    RELATED | Lizzo Reveals Why She Nearly Quit Music After Releasing ‘Truth Hurts’

    Plus, there’s no denying that the curvaceous beauty inspires us all with her stunning body confidence and fashionable looks. 

    We see you, girl! 

  8. Beyoncé produced an anthem for “Brown Skin Girls.”
    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Beyonce Knowles-Carter attends the European Premiere of "The Lion King" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
    (Photo: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)

    Beyoncé lives to build up the self-esteem of “Brown Skin Girls.”

    Advocating for self-love and acceptance, the famous singer dropped her second collaboration with her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter to honor various skin tones in our community.

    The song, featuring Guyanese singer Saint Jhn and Nigerian singer Wizkid, was so influential that the #BrownSkinGirlChallenge was born. Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi also had the song in rotation every morning before her big day.

  9. Simone Biles Was Named ‘Female Olympic Athlete Of The Year' And Historically Had Two Moves Named After Her.
    13 October 2019, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart: Gymnastics: world championships, apparatus finals, women, balance beams. Simone Biles from the USA in action. Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa (Photo by Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images)
    (Photo: Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images)

    Record-setting gymnast, Simone Biles was awarded the Female Olympic Athlete of the Year by Team USA in 2019. We’re not surprised since the fitness powerhouse recently became the most decorated American female gymnast, earning a total of 27 gold medals.

    She also proved she is the GOAT by historically having two moves named in her honor, “The Biles” and “The Biles II.” You can’t beat that!

  10. Keshia Knight Pulliam and Arian Simone founded their 'Fearless Fund' for Black Women in business.
    (Photo: Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for BET, Prince Williams/FilmMagic)

    Sistahs are doing it for themselves! Actress and activist, Keshia Knight Pulliam and business partner, Arian Simone created the Fearless Fund— a venture capitalist initiative to help make Black women’s entrepreneurial dreams come true. 

    RELATED | Keisha Knight Pulliam Launches Venture Capital Fund For Black Women Alongside Black Girl Boss Author Arian Simone

    So far the pair have Ellis Island Ice Tea, EnrichHER, and 100 Black Angels Fund listed in their portfolio. We are sure that we can expect more Black excellence from these ladies in 2020! 

  11. Ava DuVernay brought attention to the 'Exonerated Five.'
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Antron McCay, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Ava DuVernay, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam attend the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    Ava DuVernay made a powerful statement by having Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, and Yusef Salaam as her dates to the 2019 Emmy Awards.

    The five men— known as the "Exonerated Five"— looked strong as they showed their support to the writer/director, who told their story in the limited-series Netflix original, When They See Us

    RELATED | Exonerated 5 Receive Standing Ovation At 2019 BET Awards

    Nominated for sixteen awards, the miniseries highlighted the lives of the young boys who were wrongly prosecuted in the 1989 rape and assault of a Central Park jogger. 

  12. Halima Aden Became The First Muslim To Wear A Hijab In Sports Illustrated.
    (Photo: Sports Illustrated)

    When Sports Illustrated dropped their Annual Swimsuit Edition earlier last year, it was a game-changing moment. In the magazine, Black Somali-American model Halima Aden broke barriers as the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab and burkini in the publication.

  13. Legendary Beauty Brands, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Black Opal Became Black-Owned!
    (Photos From Left To Right: Nathan Becker, Courtesy of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, Powell Photography)

    It was an iconic moment when makeup brand owners, Desiree Rogers and Cheryl Mayberry McKissack contacted the Johnson Publishing Company and successfully purchased the legendary cosmetics brand, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, which was founded in 1973. 

    RELATED | Boss Moves! Black Opal's New Owners Acquire Legacy Cosmetics Brand For Women Of Color, Fashion Fair

    This came a few months after the lovely ladies purchased the popular makeup brand BLK/OPL (formerly Black Opal), known for making makeup for women of color since 1994.

  14. Megan Thee Stallion Created An Entire Movement: ‘Hot Girl Summer!’
    ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 5: Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 at Cobb Energy Center on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

    Megan Thee Stallion set the internet ablaze by kickstarting an entire movement with her Hot Girl mentality. Throughout the summer of 2019, you couldn’t scroll through your timeline without seeing the hashtag #HotGirlSummer.

    RELATED | Megan Thee Stallion And Nicki Minaj’s ‘Hot Girl Summer’ Song Has The Internet Sweating Bullets

    In case you needed an explanation of what a “Hot Girl” is, the 5 '10 beauty explained on Twitter: “Being a Hot Girl is about being unapologetically YOU, having fun, being confident, living YOUR truth, being the life of the party, etc.” 

  15. Jordyn Woods Proved She Didn’t Need Any Handouts After Her ‘Red Table Talk’ Interview Sparked Business Success!
    BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 11: Jordyn Woods visits "Extra" at Burbank Studios on December 11, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

    Jordyn Woods had the biggest glo’ up! After her infamous departure from the KarJenner clan and an eye-opening interview on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk, the model kickstarted her career in successful collaborations. 

    RELATED | Jordyn Woods Makes More Business Moves After Being Excommunicated From Kylie And The Kardashian-Jenner Family

    From deals with brands like BooHoo to lanching her 2nd SecndNture collection, it’s no question Jordy proved she doesn’t need anyone’s handouts. 

  16. Meghan Markle Spoke Her Mind And Demanded Respect From British Tabloids.
    Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie, meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu (not pictured) at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
    (Photo: Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)

    The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle continues to add sparkle to the world. From giving birth to her first child with husband, Prince Harry, to dedicated huge amounts of time to charity work, our favorite royal is one to watch! 

    While unfortunately, she became a victim of bullying by British media outlets, we were proud that our sister spoke her piece and demanded respect.

  17. Tracee Ellis Ross Launched A Revolutionary Hair Care Line For Curls.
    LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 877 -- Pictured: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross on September 4, 2019 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
    (Photo: Lloyd Bishop/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

    Known for her curly tresses, it didn’t come as a surprise when Tracee Ellis Ross revealed the exciting news that she created a hair care line catering to girls with 3B-4C hair, called PATTERN

    RELATED | Black And Beautiful: Tracee Ellis Ross Releases Nude Photoshoot To Announce New Haircare Line “Pattern” For Girls With 3b to 4c Hair

    What has us clutching our pearls is the way the Black-ish star announced it—flaunting her fabulous curls in the nude! An entire mood.

  18. Tisha Campbell & Tichina Arnold Demanded Attention At The 2019 Soul Train Awards.
    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 17:  Tisha Campbell (L) and Tichina Arnold co-host the 2019 Soul Train Awards presented by BET at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for BET)
    (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for BET)

    Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold did not disappoint as the hosts of the 2019 Soul Train Awards. From vogue dancing in sexy skin-tight catsuits to leaving us laughing with their tongue-in-cheek comedy, the fabulous duo were hosts to remember. Dopeness!

  19. Mj Rodriguez Historically Landed Her First Beauty Campaign With Olay Body.
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 06: MJ Rodriguez attends the WSJ. Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards sponsored by Harry Winston and Rémy Martinat MOMA on November 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards )
    (Photo: Lars Niki/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards )

    Pose star, Mj Rodriguez was proudly named the first transwoman to secure a partnership with Olay Body. Showing off her flawless skin, the Black Latina served as one of the brand’s coveted ambassadors for their 14 Day Skin Transformation campaign. Serve, girl, serve! 

  20. Black Beauty Mogul, Supa Cent Broke Records By Selling $1.3M Of Merchandise— In One Hour!
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 11: Wuzzam Supa attends Beautycon Los Angeles 2019 Pink Carpet at Los Angeles Convention Center on August 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

    It’s without question, Reynell “Supa Cent” Steward is a social media genius. You may remember in 2018 during Cyber Monday, the 31-year-old entrepreneur made her-story when her beauty brand, The Crayon Casesold a whopping $1 million of products in 90 minutes

    RELATED | Exclusive: Beauty Boss Supa Cent Breaks Her Own Record By Making $1.3 Million In One Hour Selling Her Famous Palettes

    Well, that’s nothing compared to 2019 when Supa beat her record by making $1.37 million in just one hour. Slay, sis!

  21. And Last But Not Least, We Successfully Secured The Crowns Of All Major Pageants!
    Miss World 2019 Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh, Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris, Miss America Nia Franklin, and Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, and Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi.

(Photos: Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images, Gary Gershoff/Getty Images, Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
    (Photos: Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images, Gary Gershoff/Getty Images, Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

    For the first time in history, Black women secured all crowns in the mainstream pageant world—Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, Miss Teen USA 2019 Kaliegh Garris, Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, and Miss World 2019 Toni-Ann Singh! 

    RELATED | Queens And Their Crowns: The History Of Black Women Becoming Pageant Winners

    PATTAYA, THAILAND - 2019/03/08: Jazell Barbie Royale (C) of the US, the Miss International Queen 2019 seen receiving a kiss from finalists Kanwara Kaewjin (L) of Thailand and Yaya (R) of China  after winning the annual Miss International Queen 2019 transvestite contest in the beach resort town of Pattaya, Thailand. (Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
    (Photo: Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

    It’s also important to note that Jazell Barbie Royale from Jacksonville, FL, made history by being the first Black woman to earn the title, Miss International Queen at the international trans beauty pageant, based in Thailand. Do that, sis!

(Photo: GMA)

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