Wednesday, November 16, 2016 / No comments

Black Girl Magic in the Social Media Age


by Jasmine-Kay Johnson

     “The most disrespected woman in America, is the black woman. The most [unprotected] person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America, is the black woman.” This line was spoken by the famous Malcolm X in 1962. Fast forward 54 years and this seems to still hold true.

     It’s 2016 and black women are still being limited to stereotypes and perceived as angry and “ghetto.” Often left to defend ourselves against ignorant comments and unfair treatment, being a black woman hasn’t been the easiest. However, the power of social media has sparked a change in conversation.  

     The social media age has allowed minorities to speak up more and more. One way black women have chosen to speak up is through Twitter. To the average person, turning to Twitter seems like a menial or childish thing to do. In all reality, it has made a much larger impact than expected. The accounts were created to promote positivity and growth within communities. They are teaching girls and women all over to embrace their skin, hair, body, attitudes and whatever else that makes them special. In a world where women are constantly judged and held to ridiculous standards, it’s refreshing to know there’s support out there, even if it is over a screen.

     Although many of the Twitter accounts are directed more towards African-American women, there are accounts out there for everyone. The plight of the black woman in America is also relevant to other women of color who are often ignored, stigmatized and underrepresented in various aspects of society. One account in particular covers the whole nine yards in terms of celebrating women of color. Beauty in Color (@POCBeauty) shares photos, historical knowledge, themed hashtags, and much more in order to show appreciation for people of color.

     Not only has the movement prospered over the internet, it has also become more apparent in television and music. So many people are becoming increasingly more vocal about this topic and want to make a difference. Even celebrities, both young and old, are speaking their minds. 17-year-old, Amandla Stenberg and 15-year-old, Willow Smith have played major roles in making the movement mainstream. 

     Whether you support the movement or not, I think we can all agree that it is important for people to empowering others in a world that constantly gives us reasons to lose hope. If you’re someone who finds self-love and embracement inspiring and want to get more involved with it, here’s a small list of accounts dedicated to the movement:

Beauty in Color- @PoCBeauty
Melanin Mamis- @melaninmamis
My Black Matters- @MyBlackMatters
BrownSugaBabe- @LegendaryRootz
Hands to the Sky- @TheMelaninPlug

There’s also one dedicated to men of color as well!
 men of color- @MenOfColour
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