“You are terrifying and strange and beautiful, something not everyone knows how to Love”
As a lover of all things written, I would be doing you all an injustice if I didn’t share my favorite #BlackGirlMagic writers. It’s the first day of #BlackHistoryMonth and I’m not letting any of it go to waste without shouting out the women who have been pulling our emotions out of our hearts and putting them on paper for decades. For this short list I had to dig deep, through writers in my day all the way to writers who paved the way; sprinkling magic from a pen and inspiring generations.
You can’t mention #BlackGIrlMagic without mentioning this queen. With famous publications like “I know why the Caged Bird Sings” and “Just give me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie”. Her magic reminded us that we have “gold mines at the meeting of our thighs”. Angelou was even the first African American woman to direct a major motion picture with “Down in the Delta” in 1998. Maya has dedicated her life and her work to not only education but to activism, by helping women find their worth and their voice. “Still I Rise” is one of the most famous poems by an African American woman to date and promotes self-love and #BlackGirlMagic like no other.
“Does it come as a surprise that I dance like I’ve got diamonds at the meeting of my thighs?”
Probably my favorite musician with a pen of all time. Warsan Shire, who became London’s first Young Poet Laureate in 2014 has appeared on contemporary works such as Beyonce’s Lemonade album and given us gems such as “For women who are difficult to love” and “Teaching my mother how to give birth” in 2011. Warsan, as a Somalian immigrant who was raised in Britain has become the current face of the immigration issues in our country and takes a stand for all women through her beautiful words. Her ability to paint pictures with her wand is unmatched and her ability to be raw and real makes her a #BlackGirlMagic magician through and through.
“You can’t make homes out of human beings, someone should have already told you that”
Taking a different, route Alex Elle found her fame encouraging young magicians to love themselves and love in their truths through Social Media. With an Instagram account of over 300,000 followers, Elle shares inspirational excepts from her books “Words from a wonderer” and “Love in My Language”. Not only does Alex Elle use her social media platform to showcase her writing but she uses it to showcase the inspiration behind her writing being her family, and her creations that she makes available on alexelle.com. Alex Elle is a queen in fostering her light and the light of thousands of young magicians by holding self-care and journaling workshops to teach men and women how to love themselves with their hearts, their minds and most importantly with their words.
“Be you, Love you. Always, Always”
My love for all things mental health awareness shows through in everything else from which I give value. Yrsa is a Jamaican and Nigerian writer who tackles difficult issues like mental health, love and self-awareness in her first ever collection of prose and poetry “Bone”. Being a contemporary artist Yrsa has a Soudcloud account full of her composed poetry and prose in case you prefer to wooed through sound. With the ability to illustrate the complex pictures of Love, Daley-Ward floated into the spotlight as someone young women can look towards to put their heartbreak and truelove into a single sentence. More than just a writer, Yrsa has become an advocate for the African American LGBT community publishing works of support such as “there are so many ways to be in love”. A true #BlackGirlMagic queen in her own right.
“and that’s how the lonely folk catch you-they know how to come dressed up in all the things you need”