My 90's Ancestors
by Kirsten F
Growing up I always was in the presence of black girl magic on television. With shows like Moesha, Living Single, Girlfriends and many others I always knew what I wanted in a friend.
I always identified with the Sinclair’s, the Spirit’s and the Lynn’s of the group, the aloof but brilliant one.
I had women like Kadijah James to inspire me at a young age to create my own publication one day.
Women like Moesha who showed me that writing my thoughts was the best way for me to express myself. She also taught me that box braids and overalls is the perfect outfit.
I had the super fly gals like Regine who made me laugh because she reminded me of my mother, and they both taught me to never settle for less than what I deserved.
Regine also taught me that finding the perfect wig is like finding a soulmate.
I had the Hilary’s and the Ashley’s, preppy and cool. Who taught me that there is no such thing as whitewashed and I’m perfect how I am.
Kim Parker taught me that just because I’m a plus sized lady my confidence is there. Large and in charge was the way of life, and slay it as you go along.
Joan taught me that you can be successful and still find happiness in life, while Maya taught me to never let circumstances stop you from reaching your dreams.
Maxine Shaw taught me that opening my heart will always lead me in the right direction, and never hide my hilarious comments.
Susie taught me that my plaits on my head where cute and apart of my childhood. She also showed me that it’s cool to be well rounded even in Elementary School.
There were sister squads like Tia and Tamera who showed me that family is always going to be beside you. Even those who you didn’t meet until later on in life.
These women taught me how to be a friend, how to own my life and the path I go down. The showed me that as a black girl I too will find a family within my friends, love and affection, and still live my wildest dreams.
I grew up in the era of the laid back, cool black girl magic. The one’s with the dope haircuts, and tremendous style. The ones who had each others backs and never apologized for being themselves.
It’s because of them that my magic is as bright as it is, because they taught me how to use it.