Magazine article New Internationalist

Black Girl Magic

Magazine article New Internationalist

Black Girl Magic

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Black women have always galvanized social change: from the leaders of the Black Panther Party in the US during the civil rights movement, to iconic authors and artists who rejected societal norms, such as Nina Simone, Maya Angelou and bell hooks.

In 2013 the magic of black women, apparent for generations, became summed up in the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic. Popularized by blogger Cashawn Thompson, it has gained huge support around the world, including from influential figures such as the Obamas and Solange Knowles. Through Instagram captions, Twitter retweets and Tumblr threads, the hashtag has provided a tangible mantra for the newest wave of intersectional feminism.

This taste for celebration has been reflected in popular culture, such as the annual Black Girls Rock! Awards which honours women of colour in different fields, screened on the BET television channel. …

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