November 3rd, 2010

You’re Black is Beautiful: Embrace It!

It’s been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yet, for so long, the media has taught young black girls that in order to be beautiful, they must look like  Beyonce and Halle Berry.

Back in the days, black women wore their Afros proudly and their noses were the ones they were born with and the whole community embraced it. Now, those images have taken the back seat to plastic surgery, skin brighteners and long, flowing hair bought straight from the beauty supply store. Nonetheless, this imagery was recently challenged with hope that the next generation of black girls will embrace and love who they are.

NPR sited last week as the , “Best week Ever for young Black girls.” Sesame Street aired, “ I love My Hair,” where a young African American Muppet rocked a mini Afro danced and sang , “Don’t need a trip to the beauty shop because I love what I got.” This groundbreaking skit is the first one in history that addresses this issue and because of Sesame Streets vitality and influence, it will positively effect African American girls and challenge them to accept their beauty.

Another program that has a similar mission is Black Girls Rock. Their first annual Black Girls Rock awards ceremony was recently taped in New York city. This show started as a non profit by Beverly Bond that was created to empower, mentor and teach young black girls about the music industry. It was a reaction to a very limited image of black women in the media who were usually depicted as scantily clad music video vixens.

Bond’s ultimate goal is to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. After many years, she is able to do this on an even larger scale than she dreamed. In an effort to diversify their image, BET Networks collaborated with Bond to produce a one of a kind awards show created for black women and by black women . The show highlighted achievements of black women of all facets who have positively influenced black culture. Honorees included Missy Elliott, Ruby Dee, Raven-Symone, Keke Palmer, Iyanla Vanzant, Teresa Clarke, and Marcelite J. Harris. The audience was treated to a stellar performance of “I’m Every Woman,” featuring Ledisi, Marsha Ambrosius, and Kelly Price. With all of this girl power in the room, I’m sure there will be a lot more to give very soon.

Through these examples of positive black images in mainstream media, I challenge you to stand in front of your mirror and embrace who you are. You were created so wonderful and so unique that you are worthy of all the love in the world, but that love has to come from you first. India Arie coined it best in her song Video, “My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I’m loving what I see!”


Black Girls Rock’ will air on BET on November 7th at 8pm EST.

About the Author

Empress Varnado
Empress Varnado is a budding Public Relations and Marketing professional who fosters a fighting spirit and a drive to succeed. She lives by the motto; “I’ll Find A Way or Make One,” in which she uses her creativity, ambition and skills to accomplish her goals.



Gaga’s Plea to Obama

“Mother Monster” Lady Gaga attended a $35,800-per-couple fundraiser for President Barack Obama in northern California over the weekend. The 25-year-old Grammy winner didn’t sing, but she reportedly asked Obama a quest...
by Socialtik Mag


Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 Million To Newark Starts To Gain Some Traction

On their first day back at school today, the students of Newark, N.J., may be too focused on reconnecting with friends and meeting new teachers to notice, but a number of much bigger things have changed since they left for the ...
by Socialtik Mag


Philanthropy Gains Eager Followers in B-Schools

When Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen first started teaching a philanthropy course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2000, she quickly discovered she was a pioneer in the field. There were just a handful of case studies ...
by Socialtik Mag



MLK Gets Home on National Mall

On the 48th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, a towering memorial will honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a man of peace among the many monuments to wars and presidents in the nation’s capital....
by Socialtik Mag


How Culturally Relevant Is Your Content Strategy?

The new reality for brands is people are consuming and creating more content in more ways than ever before. Eric Schmidt said we now generate as much information every two days as was generated from the beginning of time to 200...
by Socialtik Mag



  1. Black Girls Do rock and I will be looking forward to watching the awards. We have to tell the life long story of the black woman and embrace her mind, body and soul.

  2. Brandon thank you for embracing women!

  3. Legg Mason is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchang the moment sweetie bracelets are extremely favorite; they can be a example of items of fun jewelry which might be expressed by brands renowned for quality

  4. Thank you for giving me the irth, looking forward to…….

  5. I would like to appreciate your hard work you did write this post, Thanks for sharing this valuable post.

  6. So nice, I like this site very much, there have a lot of interesting things, this website worth to collection.

  7. People can’t deny from its best quality and alluring looks along with its affordability.

  8. This is a really good read for me, Must admit that you are one of the best bloggers I ever saw.Thanks for posting this informative article.

  9. Shop discounted ford vcm ids, ford ids vcm, & more on bestobd2.fr.

  10. NPR sited last week as the , “Best week Ever for young Black girls.” Sesame Street aired, “ I love My Hair,” where a young African American Muppet rocked a mini Afro danced and sang , “Don’t need a trip to the beauty shop because I love what I got.

  11. When exploring some options there had been enough ways we might appreciate the colors around us if we still have not. – GE Pro Elite

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Twitter Users
Enter your personal information in the form or sign in with your Twitter account by clicking the button below.

thru 9/26 - Fall Sale. 30% Off select styles. Disc