Three little words

#BlackGirlMagic is part of a “secret language between black girls,” according to Solange Knowles

Actress Amandla Stenberg. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)

What, exactly, is #BlackGirlMagic?

The hashtag that has swept the internet has been described by Corinne Bailey Rae as “fun and sparkly… and not having your life defined by your blackness” while Solange Knowles said it was part of “the secret language between black girls,” according to an essay by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff in The Guardian. Amandla Stenberg, who plays Rue in The Hunger Games has been seen wearing a sweatshirt with the term emblazoned on it.

Brinkhurst-Cuff writes that #BlackGirlMagic is “a way of black women expressing our solidarity with each other” and it can be used to caption Instagram pictures, or Pinterest boards, or fan Tweets about black role models like Ava DuVernay. The three simple words are used to try and counter some of the negativity around black women in society, she writes, including stereotyping, colorism, misogyny, and outright racism. Black Girl Magic, she writes, connects women through the use of three simple words, and lifts them up to be respected and admired.

Read the full essay at The Guardian.

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