Beauty

Black Girls Are Beautiful, We Must Teach Them This Every Day

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By April Taylor

In a recent Wellness & Empowerment article on Ebony.com, Daisy Jenkins discusses the role media and culture play in perpetuating demeaning stereotypes about black woman and girls and how people should choose to commit themselves to helping young black girls overcome these stereotypes.  From an early age, girls are taught that the culturally accepted standard of beauty is one of whiteness – of light skin, and long, flowing, straight hair.

Media perpetuates and deepens these stereotypes by overly sexualizing black women and by portraying them as needy, subservient, and destitute.  The fact that these stereotypes infiltrate the TV Shows, movies, and music videos that bombard children on a daily basis only serves to make it harder to counteract these stereotypes in a way that makes black girls feel empowered and strong in their own right without having to conform to the standards of whiteness that are peddled as the standard of legitimacy and beauty.

Something that is even more disconcerting than the media’s negative influence on young black girls self esteem is the fact that schools have recently joined with the media in making black girls feel as though blackness is a shameful thing by banning certain black hairstyles such as afros, afro puffs, and dreadlocks.

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115 Comments

  1. Charles E. Campbell

    August 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Shame on the media and schools! As a society we can and must do better. It starts with replacing poor leadership with good leadership.

  2. elrancho2

    August 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Not just girls, all black people are beautiful. Every man, woman and child. As a white man, I know that I can’t even begin to compete with the beauty found in people of African descent and it’s not just the physical beauty. What I do try to do do with my life is to cherish the beauty in others and learn from people who can teach me. That is why I live my life among people from different cultures.

  3. Rosalind Cox

    August 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Africans and people of African descent should embrace their beauty. Even people of European and Asian descent recognize our beauty – they are constantly emulating us. They want our sun-bronzed skin, our full lips, and our luscious behinds. Even our versatile hairstyles are copied: locks, braids/cornrows, crinkles, afros, etc. We need to remember that a woman can be beautiful with short or long hair and with straight or kinky/curly hair. Black women stay strong and healthy and informed. Stay active physically and in the community. We are the original woman – we are every woman. We’re nurturing the earth and raising the world. Peace and love to all sistahs.

  4. Barbara

    August 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    The older I get, the more racist I see the White Media has become in stereotyping Black people and pushing White Supremacy. It does affect our children, both male and female. We should pay just as much attention to how the Media affects our little boys too; you can see its effects with the young Rappers and their “light skinned good haired” women.

    Let’s remind them often that they are physically beautiful, without bragging. ALL people are beautiful. ALL people are descendants of African people. We are African people.

  5. jboogie

    August 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    It’s not only failure to the girls, but it’s failure to the young men. It’s distasteful how black media do the exact same thing as white media; indirectly insinuating that the young black male needs no conversation, but bashing and being use as a punching bag to build the self esteem of our young ladies. I look at the various programming in television, and how everything is created for the audiences of women. Now BET have had several rewarding shows promoting “Black Girls Rocks”, and they have not yet dedicated anything for young men to help motivate or reward their efforts; “Young King of Tomorrow”. Our sons need the same encouragement as our little girls, so please stop creating division and superiority, and start promoting, teaching and demonstrating equality. From a man; I tell all women we love, and appreciate you, and we need your support too

  6. Tim Williams

    August 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    It’s a damn shame girls are talked about more than boys. Blk woman are the reason our people are dying. Picking no good men, accepting subsidies to keep men out of ur lives, feminized boys to be gay are just a few! Y’all make me sick with that feminized bs empowerment while men are dying ur celebrating!

  7. Gregory

    August 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I absolutely agree ,however do we teach them they are beautiful with all the fake hair or without ,in my opinion that is an issue

  8. Arnett V Cooper

    August 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Jboogie you said it best of theTruth that Brothers & boys should be just as encouraged as well Sisters & girls People at BET OWN Aspire and TV One and even Centric networks should be aspired to come together I am talking about every day like making sure that not only that they have motivating programs for not only our youth but parents and grandparents every walks of life can and will be aspired to come together forget CNN or other racist media outlets that don’t even care but to exploit our young people and us parents until there is another tragic situation like Brother Michael Brown at least he is getting a lot of attention. We as people of Afrikan descent should uniting with each other and stop the madness of self hate and selling each other out for our enemy we should teach this to our children ourselves forget the white man and his god because we have our God to follow and should do so

  9. sawitcoming

    August 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    What we need is to create movies books, and magazines ourselves and stop relying on mainstream media to uplift and celebrate us. There is so much creativity in our community and money. How we channel these resources is key.

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