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Black Girl Magic! That’s what strong black women represent. We have a warm spirit and the unwavering ability to juggle and wear many hats. The plight of the black woman is like no other and has not been an easy one. Right now, we outnumber our male counterparts in earning college degrees and starting businesses. We know that ambition is expected and mandatory in order to live a successful life.

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We are the gatekeepers of the family and we make a way out of no way. We were taught to take the shackles off and achieve all of our goals and aspirations. We have the ability to cope and there is a quiet strength that embodies our soul. There are times that we may not be strong but we have to be. Many times we advocate and fight for our rights and beliefs because we have no one to fight for us. We are fearless when it comes to matters of the heart and the things we are passionate about. Many of us are fatherless daughters and are thankful for the strong black mothers who raised us to be independent and resilient.

We take care of everybody else but we should first take care of self especially in the areas of mental and physical health. Think positive thoughts and feelings and take care of your physical being by eating healthy, exercising, and having an annual physical. Depression is real and it is fine to seek professional help if you are experiencing the signs and symptoms. We have the pressures of being Superwomen while we raise children, work tirelessly in our jobs, and trying to find that balance to be happy while doing it all by ourselves. Our strength continues to be an inspiration to others because we possess a spiritual resiliency that allows us to walk by faith and not by sight.

It is crucial that we pass on our legacy by teaching our young black females the connections between the past, present, and future roles in our community as well as pave the way for them so the path will be a bit smoother. We must teach them to hone their talents and believe that all of their dreams can become a reality. Nowadays it seems that morals and values no longer exist but we must instill, teach, and model them for our young females. They also need to be equipped with the knowledge of how to respond to racism, sexism, and prejudice.

To my beautiful black sisters learn to love yourself first and then demand that others love you the way you want to be loved. Do not settle for crumbs when you are deserving of the whole cake.

Continue to move forward, shine, and persevere. Yes there are going to be times that you feel overwhelmed and want to give up but you have to press on because you are the pillar of strength in the face of weathering adversity. Be proud of who you are and never let anyone belittle or try to devalue you. You have got to know your self-worth. Know that you are smart, beautiful, and important and you should never apologize for your identity and what you represent. #Blackwomenareamazing