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.
We promise you, each of these ladies deserves a thunderous round of applause.
On Tuesday (June 2), rising music execs Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas inspired the impactful “Blackout Tuesday” movement after encouraging the multibillion-dollar music industry pause for the cause: #TheShowMustBePaused.
Their mission? “To hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable,” it says on their website. “It is the obligation of these entities to protect and empower the Black communities that have made them disproportionately wealthy in ways that are measurable and transparent.”
Not only did the young New Yorkers create a virtual summit that drew in 1,500 attendees, but three major record labels — Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group — also called off their normal operations to host workshops and discussions for their employees.
Of course, that was only the tip of the iceberg as many other industries followed suit. Success!
Recently, the power duo spoke to Billboard about the inspiration behind the #TheShowMustBePaused movement, the outcome of the viral hashtag, and their next move. Read the full interview, here!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
At 14-year-old, Marsai Martin shattered glass ceilings by becoming Hollywood’s “Youngest Executive Producer” for her blockbuster film, Little.
A huge success, the movie proudly grossed over $40.7 million in the United States.
Wear that crown, lil sis!
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.
Plus, there’s no denying that the curvaceous beauty inspires us all with her stunning body confidence and fashionable looks.
We see you, girl!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 Case, sold a whopping $1 million of products in 90 minutes.
Well, that’s nothing compared to 2019 when Supa beat her record by making $1.37 million in just one hour. Slay, sis!
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!
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: Flo Ngala / Billboard)
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