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Why We Can Never Stop Telling Our Black Girls They Are Beautiful

One year ago   |   By Essence

I typically fancy myself a non-crier. Crying is just not the way my mind and body respond to sweeping bouts of emotion. But tears rushed to my eyes as I watched a video of a little Black girl calling herself ugly. The young queen nonchalantly makes a comment that she's “so ugly” while she's getting her locs twisted in an Instagram live video. She begins to cry when an older queen stops her self-deprecating behavior to reinforce some self-love. It's heartbreaking. At 36-years-old it still triggers something in me that many young Black girls and women have to reckon with: we are told from...
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