Why Black Girls Are From the Future

Writing at Clutch magazine, Evette Dionne traces the origins of the #BlackGirlsAreFromTheFuture hashtag and explains why it has caught on as a digital movement. 

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Clutch magazine's Evette Dionne traces the origins of the #BlackGirlsAreFromTheFuture hashtag and explains why it has caught on as a digital movement.

The hashtag garnered steam on Twitter and has since connected with black women on Tumblr and Facebook. The rapid growth of #BlackGirlsAreFromTheFuture is not coincidental because it easily connects to women within our community living the realities and complexities of blackness on a daily basis.

"When I think about being a Black girl from the future, my mind goes to the contradiction that many Black girls and women encounter which is that we are often simultaneously hyper visible and invisible at the same time," Jarmon writes. "This can be a very difficult mode of engagement in the world, because you know that you exist even if people see you and choose not to recognize you."

This is showcased in our often repressed sexual identities and even in our interactions with each other. Jarmon aims to capture the full scope of black women's realities within her work with a short documentary series as well as branded merchandise.

But the first point of entry is the hashtag, which allows black women to use digital media as a platform to define our lived experiences. 

Read Evette Dionne's entire piece at Clutch magazine.

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