#BlackLivesMatter. #BlackTransLivesMatter. #BlackWomenMatter. #BlackGirlMagic.
In the midst of living in a world where racism, sexism, genderism, cisgenderism, transphobia, and misogyny exist, Black women still find ways to sustain themselves. A lot of Black women are winning right now, persevering, graduating from college, getting Grammys and Oscars, putting out masterpiece albums, writing truths, righting wrongs, working to dismantle systems of oppression, etc. Sometimes that's all people see as magical but Black women are more than just their success, their talent, their beauty, their power, and their resilience.
All Black women have soul, and their soul is so often misunderstood. That is #BlackGirlMagic. The mere presence of Black women is resistance. That is #BlackGirlMagic. #BlackGirlMagic is celebrating the existence of Black women and respecting as well as understanding the intersectionality of their identities. #BlackGirlMagic can be ascribed to Black women by themselves or others but in essence it is supposed to be an endearing term that recognizes much more than outward appearances. Don't just ascribe #BlackGirlMagic to big fros, poppin' weaves, college graduates, and so many other things because the movement is bigger than that.
Also, know that by describing Black women as "magical", it does not mean that they are supernatural, superhuman, or superwomen. Despite the perseverance and resilience of Black women, they still can endure struggle, hardship, and they work their asses off. Don't forget that. Their issues still matter so don't ever think that just because they are "magical" means they got it all the way together and they don't deserve any support. More than just Black women should be supporting our Black women. Do your research.
Zayology needed to focus on Black women because they are sometimes forgotten, because they are going missing, because they are dying and no one seems to care. Zayology needed to focus on what makes Black women magical so that they have a moment to reflect on their awesomeness and so the world can see just how #BlackGirlMagic shows up in diverse ways. As the fiancée of the mastermind behind Zayology and a Black woman, I'll end by saying I am magical because my hair doesn't respect the system, I wake up everyday to do what I have to do even when there are forces telling me to give up, and I make "magic" through poetry.
Written By: VFJ
Video By: Zay