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It’s Lit: 49 Women on What They Love Most About Being Black

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It’s Lit: 49 Women on What They Love Most About Being Black


This Black History Month, POPSUGAR is disrupting some of the current narratives around women of color and putting more focus on how fantastic it is to be black, despite the daily challenges and struggles we face.

We’re thrilled to present these quotes from a group of truly amazing women who represent our many facets: trailblazing activists and entrepreneurs like Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors and Miss Jessie’s CEO Miko Branch; entertainment game changers like Pose star MJ Rodriguez, 2 Dope Queens royalty Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, and Power showrunner Courtney Kemp; political change-makers like San Francisco Mayor London Breed and US Senator Kamala Harris (the latter of whom is gearing up to bring her Black Girl Magic to the White House in 2020). Also featured are the badass black women at POPSUGAR — because if there’s one thing we love here, it’s being part of the conversation.

As you’ll see in these quotes, we are all different — no two black women look the same, act the same, or have the same experiences — yet we are all bonded by the invisible thread of our history. We hope that these 49 declarations of pride will

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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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