I can’t recall another period with such a wide-ranging mainstream presence as this Carefree Black Girl archetype. You may recognize it as Willow Smith rocking a pink Mohawk, Corinne Bailey Rae sauntering around Paris, Janelle Monáe serving android realness, and 100% of Solange Knowles’ life on Instagram.
I don’t know if any of these ladies would identify as such, but their influence is deeply felt and appreciated in CFBG spaces. They exhibit the qualities we all cherish to a wider audience that isn’t regularly exposed to the multitudes of black female creativity.
While the visual presence of Carefree Black Girls is exciting, some might wonder what would prompt such a hyper-specific expression. By putting the word “carefree” front and center, it’s making a statement that we don’t want to be solely defined by hardships and stereotypes so we can enjoy our lives as we please. Carefree should not be mistaken with careless. This particular audience is equally exposed to content exploring identity, culture, and history and its implications on them. There’s a clear reverence for the difficulties they might face but an equal focus on embracing the qualities that make them unique and beautiful. The idea also embodies not letting an outside gaze rule the way you express yourself.
Overall, I think Carefree Black Girl is a lovely and much-needed step in the right direction when it comes to exploring black identities. There may be concern that it lends itself to a passing trend or restrictive roles, but fear not. The absolute worst case scenario is that girls might start wearing floral headbands and feeling great about themselves. And, that sounds like a pretty magical prospect, if you ask me.
Alabama’s gotten me so upset Tennessee made me lose my rest And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddamn
Yes you lied to me all these years You told me to wash and clean my ears And talk real fine just like a lady And you’d stop calling me Sister Sadie
Oh but this whole country is full of lies You’re all gonna die and die like flies I don’t trust you any more You keep on saying “Go slow!” “Go slow!”
But that’s just the trouble “do it slow” Desegregation “do it slow” Mass participation “do it slow” Reunification “do it slow” Do things gradually “do it slow” But bring more tragedy “do it slow” Why don’t you see it Why don’t you feel it I don’t know I don’t know
You don’t have to live next to me Just give me my equality Everybody knows about Mississippi Everybody knows about Alabama
Mo'Ne Davis makes Little League World Series history in three-hit shutout
Mo'Ne Davis isn’t your typical youth baseball player. The 13-year-old became the first girl to toss a complete game shutout in a Little League World Series-clinching contest Sunday thanks to a three-hit, six-strikeout effort for the Taney (Pa.) Dragons in an 8-0 victory over Newark (Del.) National. Davis hit 70 mph on the radar gun and fooled boys her own age.
Davis told The Today Show she tried softball when she was younger but eventually switched to baseball. The right-hander’s talent has earned her the respect of her male peers. “I end up striking them out and I look at my teammates and they’re laughing,” Davis said. “So I just laugh with them.” She added her baseball dreams won’t end at the LLWS. “I’ll probably either be the first female in the MLB or in the NBA,“ said the pitcher.
She’ll be the 17th girl to play in the Little League World Series in 68 years. Taney’s first game in the LLWS is Friday at 3 p.m. against South Nashville, which is representing Tennessee.
Did y'all peep this flex though? Sorry Monica Wright McCall!!! Is there anything Black girls can’t do?!
Claudette Colvin was a 15-year-old student from Montgomery, Ala., when she refused to yield her bus seat to a white passenger. But she has been largely forgotten in civil rights history.
Amazing listen, yesterday marked the 55 year anniversary of Claudette Colvin’s legendary resistance on that Montgomery Bus. Just a reminder that young folk have always led resistance, and there were radical folk who will often go unnamed throughout history that we should be more intentional about honoring.
Etymology and technicalities understate the issue. The fact of the matter remains in my opinion Black women are invisible and generally undesirable until they decide to craft their own survival techniques, White women hop off of the what about me train, failing to fully comprehend the complexity of the space. No Black women didnt invent the term natural hair, but Black women are the ones who were literally “scientifically” deemed the most unattractive women just 2 years ago by a renowned Pyschology magazine. Couple that with the new army dresscode regulations on top of the all too familiar “your hair doesnt fit our dresscode ” articles that circulate and stories experienced by too many of us and it demonstrates the origin of the frustration.
Me, Unapproachable Black Chick responding to the comment Black women didn’t invent the term “natural hair”. To view the origin of debate check out My CurlyNikki Feature, Natural Hair, and Race: Can a White Girl be Part of the #NaturalHairMovement?