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Solange Gives Black Girls The Power To Take Risks

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Solange Gives Black Girls The Power To Take Risks

It’s hard to be a Black woman in the world. We’re constantly sent messages and images that tell us that we aren’t enough. We are too dark, too big, too small, and somehow always just too much of the wrong things always. So when an artist that is unapologetically themselves chooses to celebrate what makes them different — including celebrating our Blackness and how we define womanhood — honoring them is the least we can do.
Today, with Solange Knowles’ 31st birthday underway, I am happy to celebrate her and the power she gives to Black girls everywhere to be unapologetically and boldly themselves.
Her mama, Tina Knowles, was among the first to wish her happy birthday and the traits of her daughter she chose to celebrate are exactly the things that make her so remarkable.
Under one post, she wrote, “I don’t know anyone who is as headstrong and determined to do it [their] way, no matter the consequences. I admire your courage, boldness, intelligence, beauty, refusal to conform to others definition of traditional beauty, your kindness, loyalty, love of family, great mom skills, fashion sense, work ethic, activism…” She then shared a story about how Solange’s individuality shone through way back when Solange was in the 6th grade when a teacher called her disruptive. Even then, she was as fearless as she is now.
To some, Solange was introduced to them by her older sister Beyoncé. But Solange is her own force to be reckoned with. She experimented with styles and musical tones through her previous…

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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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