3 Black Girls Living Life On Their Own Terms (And Why You Should Follow Them)

Black girls really are magic and these 3 are proof positive of that. Watching them grow up and do amazing things makes us want to do better. If you have daughters or young girls in your life, hip them to the carefree, self-loving spirits of this group. We sure wish we had a few ounces of this magic growing up.


Marley Dias

 

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13-year-old Marley founded the #1000BlackGirlsBooks movement in 2016 to collect children’s books that feature black girls as lead characters. An avid reader, she got tired of not seeing herself represented in the dozens of books she’d read and chose to do something about it. Her movement gained national attention, making it easy to surpass her goal of collecting 1,000 books in donations.

Marley was featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 List and picked up a Smithsonian Magazine’s American Ingenuity Award. Most recently, Marley released her first book, “Marley Dias Gets It Done (And So Can You!)”.

In this accessible guide with an introduction by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Marley Dias explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good. Drawing from her experience, Marley shows kids how they can galvanize their strengths to make positive changes in their communities, while getting support from parents, teachers, and friends to turn dreams into reality. Focusing on the importance of literacy and diversity, Marley offers suggestions on book selection, and delivers hands-on strategies for becoming a lifelong reader.

Order a copy of Marley’s book for the wonderful girls and young ladies in your life.

 

Marsai Martin

 

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Best known for her role as Diane on Black-ish, Marsai Martin could easily be the little sister we’ve always wanted. She’s witty, smart, and knows exactly what she wants both on and off camera. The 13-year-old actress is slated to play in her first studio feature, Little, which is being produced by Will Packer Productions. The best part about this movie is that the whole thing was Marsai’s idea! That’s right, she developed the concept and is executive producing the project.

The Black-ish breakout is attached to star in the Universal comedy that centers on a woman who gets the chance to relive the carefree life as her younger self (Martin), when the pressures of adulthood become too much.

We are more than ready for this film! Congrats, lil’ sis.

 

Blue Ivy Carter

 

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Blue Ivy is only 5-years-old but in her short years, she’s taught us a thing or two about self-care and being carefree. Now, we know that it’ s easy to be carefree when your parents are sitting on a billion. But every time this little girl graces our screens – first as an infant on HBO’s Life Is But A Dream and again as a thriving toddler on Lemonade – she’s dancing and living her best life.

Her latest appearance at the Grammy’s was one to remember, reminding us that no matter where you are and who’s in the room, it’s okay to be yourself. (And being herself meant eating fruit snacks and sipping kiddie juice on the front row at a prestigious televised award ceremony)!

Based on her flawless freestyle on Jay-Z’s 4:44 album, it’s pretty obviously that Blue Ivy will do amazing things in the future. But for now, we’ll continue to enjoy watching her grow up and live life the way God intended- free.

 

Cited sources: 

https://www.amazon.com/Marley-Dias-Gets-Done-Can/dp/1338136895

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/black-ish-breakout-marsai-martin-star-little-will-packer-kenya-barris-1077902

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