Too often you hear the narrative that black women don’t support each other, especially when it comes time to pass the torch. Older women allegedly feel threatened by those coming behind them and rarely reach out to help younger women trying to forge their own path. This may be true for a select few, but there are many more stories of sisters embracing and encouraging each other along the way.

My career is a testament to editors using their power to give me opportunities and teach me to be a better writer. There are a few who took a chance on me, assigning me features for the first time and giving me priceless advice as I struggled to complete them to the best of my ability. I can’t think of those women without smiling and am forever indebted to them.

Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympics Gymnastics All-Around Champion, can say she has the support of her predecessor, Dominique Dawes. It’s hard to watch Dawes’ reaction to Gabby Douglas’ achievement and not be moved. Through tears, Dawes conveys how proud she is of Douglas’ record-breaking win. There’s no envy, no resentment, no spirit of competition. In fact, Dawes says she’s thankful she can finally go on her website and “take down the fact that [she] was the only African-American [gymnast] with a gold medal.” She also gives Douglas great advice for managing her newfound fame.

Watch the touching video below:

How has a sister helped you along or supported you in your career?


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  • This young woman is going to need a lot of prayer to stay humble, well-adjusted, and not letting fame and money change her into someone else.

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    I am so happy for them both because Domonique’s reaction is the highest example and standard for how overjoyed we all should be when another black woman succeeds. I have had the unfortunate experience of being labeled nonchalant and indifferent because I have not harbored feelings of envy when my female peers have acheived success and accomplished their goals. In fact, to the contrary, I have been deeply inspired and motivated by it and am very vocal about it to them. However, some people secretly want you to have feelings of envy. But, I am a firm believer that what God has for me is for me, so I can be absolutely proud of every accomplishment my sisters make because by seeing them it inspires me to achieve great things and it is said that a true believer wants for others what they want for themselves.

    I am so proud of Domonique and Gabby for being a real live example and representation for the true meaning of sisterhood. I love and admire them both.