Take Up Your Pen

#dearblackgirl: You are meant to survive.

January 19, 2016

The world has been talking about #blackgirlmagic as of late in the media. Mainstream media, such as Teen Vogue and Elle Magazine are now beginning to realize the brilliance of Black women and girls. (If you haven’t checked out the beautiful exchange of words between Solange and Amandla via Teen Vogue, please do so.) In any case, we are grateful for rachael ranae derello for submitting a #dearblackgirl letter that perfectly embodies the essence of #blackgirlmagic. Thank you rachael, for taking up your pen!


dear black girl,

you will go through things in this life that might make you feel like you will break. when you get to that point, breathe and know that you are not alone. so many of us are here, rooting for you, loving you. don’t go so inward that no one can reach you. reach out to your loved ones and don’t feel ashamed to do so.

know that your ancestors are there. in the quiet, you will find them. in the wind at your back, you will find them. in your voice, be it frail or strong, you will find them.

they say that we were not meant to survive. i believe that you will do so much more than merely survive. i pray that you will thrive. that you will know without a doubt that you are cosmic perfection. your hair, your skin, your brilliance.

i pray that you bring your full self to everything that you do because every single part of you is welcome here. every single part of who you are in needed here. your magic. your anger. your laughter. your rhythm. your song. your shadows. your in(sight). your love. your prayer.

ase, ase, ase-o.

Post #13-RachaelRanaeDerellorachael ranae derello is a 35 years old mama, healer, and cultural organizer. hometown: nomadic

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