Amandla and Solange make Magic for Teen Vogue February Cover

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amandla-cover-07 Last night, Solange took to instagram to pen a beautifully empowering letter to fellow #CareFreeBlackGirl Amandla Stenberg. The sweet message to Amandla conveyed a recognition and affirmation her #BlackGirlMagic. We learned this morning, the conversation between these two fly girls will be the cover story for February's edition of Teen Vogue. As if Solange and Amandla weren't enough, Elaine Welteroth, Teen Vogue beauty and health director, edited the "kick-ass" interview. The two trailblazers share their love for Black hair, experiences of feeling as though they needed to alter themselves to be "more digestible", social media's role in changing representation of Black girls, #SquadGoals among other things. The cover story of a very honest conversation of loving and accepting Blackness, and Black girlhood in a mainstream media outlet is so necessary. We just imagine all the girls that will pick up this issue and be as enamoured as us. What a time to be alive!

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There's a secret language between black girls destined to move mountains and cross rivers when the world sometimes tells you to belong to the valleys that surround you.

You learn it very young, and it has no words, but you hear it and see it all around you. You sense it when you walk into rooms, your hair elevated with every exalted coil, your sway a little too swift, and your shoulders a little too proud. You feel it like a rhythm you can’t shake if you even dared to quiet the sounds around you. Amandla (@amandlastenberg) knows it all too well, "I think that when you’re a black girl and you grow up you internalize all these messages. Everywhere you look that tell you that you shouldn’t accept your hair, or your natural features, or that you shouldn’t have a voice, or that you aren’t smart. In terms of my evolution I think those internalized messages built up in my mind until I was given the tools to recognize the situation. And understand that no, there’s nothing wrong with me, these are just that these are just messages that we’re fed. I feel like the best way to deal with that has been just to be myself and connect with all these other black girls who are awakening and realizing that they’ve been trying to conform; and the only way to fight that is to be themselves on the most genuine level. "

So here we are, connecting as non conforming black gals. Connecting as girls who recognize the borders that have been built around us, but tearing them down while coloring outside every line. Connecting as lovers of wearing the color sienna orange. Connecting as two chicks exhausted by talking about our hair, although we of course know, it's bad ass. Connecting as humans who are both trying to figure out the mathematics of composer Steve Reich's - "Violin Phase ." Connecting as two descendants of powerful Queens, who roamed the journey before us, and we hold the most high.

I may not have felt prepared, but I sure as hell felt inspired, deeply moved by the honesty shared between us, and ready to take on the world sprinkling black girl magic in every crevice of the universe.
-Solange

Come soon ✨

There's a secret language between black girls destined to move mountains and cross rivers when the world sometimes tells you to belong to the valleys that surround you. You learn it very young, and it has no words, but you hear it and see it all around you. You sense it when you walk into rooms, your hair elevated with every exalted coil, your sway a little too swift, and your shoulders a little too proud. You feel it like a rhythm you can’t shake if you even dared to quiet the sounds around you. Amandla (@amandlastenberg) knows it all too well, "I think that when you’re a black girl and you grow up you internalize all these messages. Everywhere you look that tell you that you shouldn’t accept your hair, or your natural features, or that you shouldn’t have a voice, or that you aren’t smart. In terms of my evolution I think those internalized messages built up in my mind until I was given the tools to recognize the situation. And understand that no, there’s nothing wrong with me, these are just that these are just messages that we’re fed. I feel like the best way to deal with that has been just to be myself and connect with all these other black girls who are awakening and realizing that they’ve been trying to conform; and the only way to fight that is to be themselves on the most genuine level. " So here we are, connecting as non conforming black gals. Connecting as girls who recognize the borders that have been built around us, but tearing them down while coloring outside every line. Connecting as lovers of wearing the color sienna orange. Connecting as two chicks exhausted by talking about our hair, although we of course know, it's bad ass. Connecting as humans who are both trying to figure out the mathematics of composer Steve Reich's - "Violin Phase ". Connecting as two descendants of powerful Queens, who roamed the journey before us, and we hold the most high. I may not have felt prepared, but I sure as hell felt inspired, deeply moved by the honesty shared between us, and ready to take on the world sprinkling black girl magic in every crevice of the universe. -Solange Come soon ✨

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We can't wait to get our hands on the print! Check out the full piece here.


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