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Unapologetic. Ours. A publication from Medium for Black women.

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Black woman looking up against a teal background.
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As much as I love being called a “strong Black woman,” it also makes me cringe because so much of our strength is defined by the struggles and hardships we face rather than how we find healing and enjoying our daily state of being.


Softness in Black girls is both strength and rebellion

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I was not Black enough as a kid.


A Black woman standing in a dim parking garage with the light shining on her.
A Black woman standing in a dim parking garage with the light shining on her.
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To exist in this world being woman and Black is a masterful paradox. The dichotomy of womanhood and Blackness is unparalleled throughout humanity. To be woman and Black is to be the gravitational force that births inertia. We are that which keeps the Earth rotating. We are the world’s North Star. We are that which keeps families, communities, and society moving forward. We are the worlds muse. Yet, we are never recognized as such. We are never valued as such, and we are certainly never loved as such. We are invisible, like gravity. Our essence silently yet consistently doing what…

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