I hope you all had a great weekend! I’ll keep it real. After the horrid events of last week and trying to work through all of my emotions regarding the state of my people, I spent the majority of the weekend just decompressing and channeling my energy into blogging. Sometimes you need an outlet to delve into that will push you forward. So I’m definitely ready to conquer this week and pray it is much better than the last.
I’m also still wrapping my head around the fact that the year is halfway over. It feels like Christmas was only yesterday. Where has the time gone? While I try to get my life together and take care of myself in the midst of the country’s tragedies, let’s get into a few black celebs doing the dang thang, shall we?
Mattel Honors Gabby Douglas With She-ro Barbie
Growing up as a super active little girl, I admired girls who ran track, did gymnastics, or played any kind of sports and looked like me. So when Gabby Douglas won Olympic gold four years ago, I was ecstatic. Now, not only is she going to represent the U.S. in Rio at the Olympics this summer, but she just debuted her new Barbie Shero doll! Talk about #blackgirlmagic.
She announced on twitter: “Excited to debut my @Barbie Shero doll! Let’s continue to break barriers & dream big, girls!” No word on when the doll will be available for purchase, but I’m definitely copping one and adding it to my collection, next to my Misty Copeland and Ava Duvernay Barbies. [Huffington Post]
Zendaya Is A Goddess on Essence’s August Issue
Have I mentioned how much I absolutely adore Zendaya? She’s right up there with Amandla Stenberg on the list of young ladies who are super woke, super conscious and proud of where they come from as well as super talented and beautiful.
Continuing her slayage, Zendaya looks ethereal on the August 2016 Global Issue of Essence Magazine wearing an off-the-shoulder flowing blouse and blue trousers. Inside the magazine, she talks about the importance of speaking up for yourself and your community. Love!
The new issue hits newsstands today. Will you be picking up a copy? [Essence]
Jaden Smith Silences the Haters in Nylon
I am all here for carefree black kids, doing what they want and not conforming to the limits society wants to place on them. And Jaden Smith is leading the pack. Inside the latest issue of Nylon Magazine, Jaden discusses all the backlash he faces for his style of dress and how he handles the criticism.
Get into a few excerpts below:
On how he’s maintained his level of confidence:
“You just have to believe in yourself, you know. The world is going to keep bashing me for whatever I do, and I’m going to keep not caring. I’m going to keep doing the same things—I’m going to keep doing more things.
On the influence he hopes to have on his young audience:
“I’m going to take most of the blows for my fellow MSFTS. So, you know, in five years when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won’t get beat up and kids won’t get mad at him. It just doesn’t matter. I’m taking the brunt of it so that later on, my kids and the next generations of kids will all think that certain things are normal that weren’t expected before my time.”
On what he’s learned from his parents, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith:
“The greatest lesson I’ve learned from my parents is to be myself, at all costs, no matter what anybody thinks.”
So wise beyond his years. Love it. [Nylon]
What stories featuring our celebrities have you been inspired by this week? Let me know in the comments!
Briea L. Curington