I tuned in to the Emmy’s this past Sunday and quickly turned away. Like most awards ceremonies, the Emmy’s isn’t always very interesting. I like to watch to see who wins what, but without musical performances to break up the speeches, skits and antics of the host, it can drag on in certain parts.
But I kept coming back to see how the show was going, and I’m so glad I did. I saw Uzo Aduba make history by winning the same award for the same show but in two different categories. Her speech was wonderful. I was able to see Viola Davis also make history by becoming the first black woman to win the “Best Actress in a Drama” award and give that amazing speech with the cutaway of Kerry Washington smiling in the audience. I was also able to see the enthusiastic hug Taraji P. Henson gave Viola when she won. Then I saw the Apple Music commercial with Kerry Washington, Taraji and Mary J. Blige.
It was amazing!
I enjoyed seeing these beautiful black women being fabulous all over the Emmy’s. But then I got on social media the following day and saw that there was much more black girl magic than I’d seen.
I read this post written by another fabulous black woman Awesomely Luvvie titled, Regina, Uzo, Viola and The Blackest Emmy Awards Ever, and I couldn’t help but go
Because I was able to see that black girl magic had been liberally sprinkled all over the television and social media and I was here for all of it.
Then it occurred to me that there might be some negative reactions to all of this black girl magic. But it is so necessary and important especially in this time of #blacklivesmatter and more awareness being drawn to the empowerment of women.
Unfortunately black women are sometimes left out of those conversations. When you hear conversations about black lives mattering, you hear a lot of talk about the innocent black men that have been killed by members of law enforcement. You don’t hear as much talk about the innocent black women who have suffered the same fate.
When you jump into the conversation about women’s equality, you often see the messages being spread by white women. Whenever black women chime in and speak their truth, they’re often chastised by white women and told to “be nice”.
So black girl magic is necessary because black women need to be supported and appreciated. Our voices need to be heard, and we need to be celebrated. Seeing these black women openly celebrating each other and being celebrated by others warmed my heart so much.
Black women bring so much to the table, and we deserve to be loved on just like everyone else. And when we speak our truth, it doesn’t need to be silenced or “made nice”. It needs to be acknowledged.
I’m looking forward to more black girl magic being sprinkled all over the place. In fact, I plan on contributing to the glitter.