By CHARREAH K. JACKSON via https://www.essence.com
It is the wedding of a generation and bride-to-be Meghan Markle has a lot in common with many Black women from our hustle to fighting stereotypes.
1. Salute to Our Mothers
Meghan was born in California to her mom Doria Ragland, who is African American and her dad, Thomas Ragland, who is white. After her parents divorced, she continued to split time between both. In her adult years her mom Doria has been by her side and was at the 2017 Invictus Games where Meghan Markle made her first public-appearance with then-boyfriend Prince Harry. Doria, with her gorgeous locs, is the epitome of a Black mom, supporting her daughter in everything from serving as her Girls Scout troop leader growing up to holding her down as she joins the royal family. She also is like a lot of our moms instilling the importance of education and getting her own graduate degree in social work later in life and now working as a yoga teacher. Namaste.
2. Lean on Your Squad
Our network is not just our net worth, but often lifesavers. And for Meghan, her network was the key to meeting her new husband, as a friend introduced her to Prince Harry. We may not have friends that introduced us to a royal (yet), but cultivating our circle has been essential to the survival of Black women in America.
3. Fight Stereotypes
In a world riff with sexism and racism, it can feel double-edged to be both Black and female. The light complexion of biracial Meghan Markle has not spared her from the Black woman’s experience of …