Quick Hit: #BlackGirlMagic

If you’re feeling like me, then the current news cycle is really testing your patience and well-being. With Trump supporters currently running a Twitter campaign to repeal women’s voting rights, I’ve been in serious need of some joy in my life. So here’s some #BlackGirlMagic to brighten up our day.

#WhatADoctorLooksLike: Last week in a Facebook post, Dr. Tamika Cross shared that while onboard a Delta flight she was prevented from trying to assist another passenger who was unresponsive. As she went to answer the call for physicians on board, a flight attendant stopped the OB-GYN saying that they were looking for “actual physicians or nurses.” In solidarity with Dr. Cross, Black women began the hashtag #WhatADoctorLooksLike to challenge the anti-Black racist notions of who looks like a doctor.

“Black women owe you nothing”: In the midst of Nate Parker’s controversy and the opening of Birth of a Nation, many people decided that Black feminists and their pettiness were to blame for the movies’ arguable box office flop. On his morning show News One Now, Roland Martin invited guests to discuss the matter, including digital strategist and founder/co-director of the startup digital organizing firm, BLACK, Amber J. Phillips. In this no holds barred discussion, Phillips not only held Martin accountable for the way he scapegoated Black women on social media, but also declared that Black women “don’t owe Nate Parker or his movie nothing!”, proving yet again that Black feminists are the G.O.A.T.

Drunk History & the Stonewall Riots: Last week, Comedy Central aired a new episode of their popular series Drunk History featuring the story of Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall Wall riots. The narration was given by drunk historian, Crissle West of The Read, who is no stranger to the show. The clip is not only narrated by  a Black, queer woman, but also features trans actresses, with Alexandra Grey playing Marsha P. Johnson and Trace Lysette as Sylvia Rivera. While the episode is hilarious, it is also a powerful and honest representation of the history of the Stonewall Riots. It’s a must-see for LGBT History Month!

Photo courtesy of Eli DeFaria via Unsplash.

Quita Tinsley is a fat, Black, queer femme that writes, organizes, and overall is working to build sustainable change in the South. She holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Sociology from Georgia State University, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from her alma mater. She is a member on the board of directors of Access Reproductive Care – Southeast, and is a former content creator for the The Body Is Not An Apology. As a femme, feminist, and queer Black woman, it is through her lived experiences and complex identities that Quita has come to believe in the power of storytelling and the validation of lived experiences.

Quita Tinsley is a fat, Black, queer femme that writes, organizes, and overall is working to build sustainable change in the South.

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