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We all know the challenges facing black women and girls. From constantly being told that you are not pretty enough, smart enough, or worthy enough for love, a good life, and a job, to the constant jabs we take in the media, black women and girls are always under attack. For many of our little sisters, their lives aren’t easy and their positive role models are few. But thankfully, men and women are stepping up to fill the gaps and show young girls that they are worthy and capable of success.

One such group, the folks behind The Beautiful Project, has taken it upon themselves to help instill self-esteem in black girls through a 16-week program designed to affirm the creativity, beauty, and intelligence of black girls.

The Beautiful Project website explains:

“We use photography, interviews, and reflective workshops to create an opportunity for girls to confront positive and negative portrayals of Black girls and women and further define their personal definitions of what it means to be beautiful inside and out.”

The Beautiful Project’s mission vital and we commend them for giving back and supporting our youth.

Learn more about The Beautiful Project or donate to their cause, check out their website. 

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  • Toppin (Formerly Known As Just Sayin’)

    This is great but it’s sad that this type of thing is even necessary.

    I remember being a child (80’s baby) and I can honestly say I never had any real issues with my self-esteem. No one had to stand around telling me something I already felt about myself (i.e., I rock!). I don’t know what has happened in the last 15 years to make this type of thing necessary, but someone should study the problem.

    • Anon

      Rap music happened along with the erasure of black women who weren’t size 20+ in the media. Add in the complete dissolution of the black NUCLEAR family, public embrace of the underclass as our image, and the epic fail of the black community to build our own infrastructures, you get what is going on right now.

    • Toppin (Formerly Known As Just Sayin’)

      @Anon

      But rap music was around when I was coming to age. However, I never looked to those images and so-called artists for my validation.

    • 90until

      Rap music cant take the blame alone. We have to realize that rap music is a subculture and reflective of our larger culture. There are a multitude of issues and reasons why we must now reinforce how much black girls rock.

    • TypicalBlackWoman…

      I don’t even think that this is just a black thing. The cult of self-esteem is a recent phenomenon that has pervaded most of American society. I think today, we are just more willing to throw the word around, more so than before.

  • mommy to be honey b.

    I think from sometime after the 80’s till now, everything has been OVER Sexualized. Because of this, many women and little girls focus so much more on their outer beauty rather than their inner, to the point where they are spending rent money and even dying to look like a “video vixen”. Everything is anout competition, breast and ass, and it is very very sad. I am carrying my first child, my daughter and will teach her all the values morals and everything there is to know to be a productive woman in society. I just hope that things arent totally left field by the time she becomes of age -_-. Lord help us

  • entro

    @anon you are completely right on all points.Rap music and videos in its present form did not exist. In the eighties, there was not an embrace of the subculture that is now mainstream, in fact those people were considered a blight on our community and were looked upon with disdain. Since the beginning of desegregation we have neglected and dismissed the need for our own infrastructure, but more than that we still are seeking validation from outside of our community and not valuing and selling off our culture.
    I find it curious that the asian community has thrived in spite of being underepresented on TV and other media and facing discrimination(to a lesser extent than blacks) but still they have thrived, because they value their culture,they promote their traditions and understand the importance of building their community.