by Tarana Burke

Professional Black Girls…

…tell a whole story or make a statement with just their eyes and a maybe a few syllables strung together.

Professional Black Girl1Sometimes we are too emotional (sad, happy, frustrated, annoyed…) to get the exact words together – but a good ‘hmph’ and an eyebrow raise will give you all of the information you need. (more…)

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“I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes saw me and said “Why not?” That’s what makes her a visionary. That’s what makes her iconic. I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement [less classically beautiful] my entire life. Being a dark-skinned black woman, you heard it from the womb. And “classically not beautiful” is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you. Now … it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now. It’s about teaching a culture how to treat you. Because at the end of the day, you define you.”

Viola Davis responds to being called ‘less classically beautiful’ by New York Times writer, Alessandra Stanley. 



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