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I Be Black Girl: Empowering the community and weathering the pandemic

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I Be Black Girl: Empowering the community and weathering the pandemic

by Liam Al-Hindi via

In the middle of this pandemic, we’re all being told to stay at home, to distance ourselves, to isolate and shelter in place. And while this keeps us safe on an individual level, it leaves us vulnerable to becoming even more divided than we were before. What this means is that organizations that focus on community building have steep challenges to overcome.

One such organization, I Be Black Girl (IBBG), has not only adapted to the pandemic, but is trying to make the absolute best out of a horrible situation. IBBG is an Omaha-based collective focused on connecting and empowering black women and girls.

“If you identify as a black woman or girl, whatever that means…then you are a part of the collective,” said Ashlei Spivey, founder of IBBG. “We want to leverage all of the voices, experiences and narratives around being a black woman or girl to co-create the space that we have.”

Several weeks ago, Spivey hosted a Zoom conference to talk about the collective and its…

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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