Black women’s empowerment is not a new movement. However, in recent years, it has gained even more traction. This is likely partly due to the powerful voices of black women who are using their platforms to uplift other black women.
Black girl magic is a term used to describe the power and beauty of black women. The term was created by CaShawn Thompson in 2013 and is often used to refer to the accomplishments of black women in the face of discrimination and negativity.
Some people have criticised the term, arguing that it is divisive and focuses too much on race. However, supporters of black girl magic argue that the term is necessary to celebrate black women’s unique beauty and power.
Black women empowerment is about lifting each other up and supporting each other through thick and thin. It’s about recognising the beauty and power of black sisterhood and using that power to create positive change.
In a society that frequently tells black women, they are not good enough, strong enough, or pretty enough, it can be challenging to maintain a positive self-image. This is especially true when the messages we receive from the media and other sources constantly tell us that we are not valued as individuals. However, there is power in numbers, and black women can find strength in sisterhood. Here are three ways to empower and uplift each other:
1. Speak positively about your sisters to others.
When you speak positively about your sisters to others, you reinforce the idea that they are valuable and worth celebrating. This can help your sisters feel appreciated and supported, which can empower them to be their best selves.
2. Offer practical and emotional support.
Women can offer each other practical and emotional support when needed. If your friend or sister is going through a tough time, you can offer her words of encouragement and practical assistance, such as helping her with grocery shopping or taking care of her children.
3. Celebrate each other’s accomplishments.
When sistas celebrate each other’s accomplishments, it helps to build each other up and reinforce the idea that they can achieve great things. Recognising and applauding each other’s achievements can help sistas feel supported and motivated to continue reaching their goals.
4. Offer a listening ear.
Sistas often know each other better than anyone else, and they can be a great source of comfort and support when one of them is going through a tough time. If your sista needs someone to talk to, be there for her and offer a listening ear. Let her know that you care about her and are there to support her.
5. Spend time together.
Spending time together is one of the simplest but most important things sistas can do for each other. Take advantage of opportunities to hang out and have fun together – go out for coffee, go on a walk, watch a movie, etc. Spending time together allows sistas to catch up on each other’s lives and build stronger relationships.
These are just a few ways black women can lift each other up. We can support each other in our professional and personal endeavours, stand up for each other when we experience discrimination, and celebrate each other’s accomplishments.
Ultimately, lifting each other up creates a community of sisters who care for and uplift one another. When we do this, we make life more beautiful for ourselves and the people around us.
So let’s start uplifting each other today. It’s time to show the world what sisterhood is all about!