I just recently let my domain, Blackgirlmystic.com expire. I bought it before I realized #Blackgirlmagic was a popular hashtag. I maintained ownership of the domain for a while because I thought, maybe I’ll get to capitalize on some of that, so-called, “Black girl Magic” with my “mystique” twist on the name.
Then I realized, I couldn’t be more wrong, so as difficult as it was for me to let my domain name go, I did.
Then I realized, it’s a cute saying, but when it comes down to it, Black girls do not possess any sort of magic.
People simply perceive us as magical for several reasons.
People perceive Black girls as magical because they can’t fathom overcoming as much as we have and still being successful in so many ways.
People perceive Black girls as magical because they simply can’t imagine not rolling over and crying for mercy to the heavens versus what we do, which is, every once in a while, we break down, but then we get still, we tap into our inner strength and we rise from the dust and ashes of the last failed attempt at whatever to make our mommas proud and continue on with the task at hand.
People perceive Black girls as magical because really, when it comes down to it, we shouldn’t even still be in existence after all the challenges we’ve had to face.
People perceive Black girls as magical because we put a smile on our face when we have tears, fury and despair lurking just below the surface, yet we power through just a few more hours to make sure we complete anything we start in a spirit of excellence.
People perceive Black girls as magical because when we set out to produce the first Get Elevated Women’s Conference in a bold attempt to bring together likeminded women-with no large financial sponsors, mind you-we didn’t quit when the going got rough, and seemingly insurmountable problems reared their ugly head. We put our head down and went to work finding solutions that allowed the inaugural Get Elevated Women’s Conference to continue on in the spirit of true excellence that spearheaded its existence.
People perceive Black girls as magical because somehow, someway, we manage to find hope and hold on to our faith when we’ve been let down far too many times.
People perceive Black girls as magical because we come from seemingly nowhere and make a business successful, we rally a great network of likeminded “Black girls” around us and establish fabulous companies, such as ColorComm that set out to inspire other acts of “magic” to carry the torch to the next level.
People perceive Black girls as magical because we care about our health, we care about our fitness and we want the same for other likeminded Black girls, so we open a studio called, ProFit and attract masses of beautiful Black women who want the same things we do and we, not only cheer one another on, we hold each other accountable.
People perceive Black girls as magical because there’s no possible way we could have actually earned that merit scholarship to an ivy league school or promotion at work.
People perceive Black girls as magical because after the business we co-founded, called Warm Spirit broke apart, we weren’t expected to find another way to continue the journey to empower other Black women with an even better company, called Soul Purpose that allowed even more Black girls to come together and create financial independence for themselves.
People perceive Black girls as magical because all too many times, we have to go it alone when we could use a helping hand that seems to be effortlessly extended to our white counterparts on a regular basis.
People perceive Black girls as magical because there’s no way an organization called, Six Brown Chicks should receive nationwide attention for their contributions to the community and their commitment to self-improvement and healing through the hard work of facing up to their hard truths.
People perceive Black girls as magical because there has never been a better time in history to be a Black girl who is associated with the first Black first lady of the United States of America, the most powerful country in the world, who is doing so many great things that she has already left an indelible mark in the history books with the work she’s done in the White House for the last two presidential terms.
People perceive Black gils as magical because…well, we just do what it takes to get the job done even when it looks, feels and seems like that will never be enough, simply because we are a Black girl.
When it comes down to it, do the attributes really seem magical or do they just seem unreasonable because we’re…Black girls?