. For Black girls who ain’t carefree. Who got a chip on they shoulder. Who ain’t friendly. Who still sound like the block they from. Whose power is overwhelming. Who are called intimidating before they even have spoken. Who say “fuck these niggas” and mean it every time. Who need validation. Whose sadness is inconvenient. Whose depression goes unrecognized. Whose anxiety is mistaken for dramatic behavior. Who give until they run out because they grandmas did. Who don’t trust nobody because they mamas didn’t. Who do it themselves every time. I see y’all we valid.” - Miriam Harris. We ...
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RP: @art_of_elle ・・・ Remembering the life and greatness of the beautiful Minnie Riperton. Thank you, Uncle Dell for introducing me to one of soul music’s most unique and unforgettable voices. ☺️🙏🏾 Sending light and love to @princesstagramslam #tribute#minnieriperton
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We know you’re going through some things. We know the enemy has tried to come against you. We know you’re walking into this weekend tired and weary, BUT do not surrender. You’re next. Your time. Your blessing is coming. *** Pictured: Sharon from Virginia. She’s been going through some things but as you can see she’s handling it. 🙌🏾
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Thank God for Black men with strong backs and soft hearts, who hold up our families and communities. Today we see you and celebrate you. *** Pictured @brandoflows A yoga teacher from Washington DC who will be joining us in the mountains of Colorado for our annual #stressprotest this Labor Day Weekend. This is an epic weekend full of fun workshops, breathtaking hikes, intentional moments of joy, and fellowship with Black women from all over the country who are looking to recharge their mind, body and spirit. It’s a vacation like none other. The thing you need but didn’t even ...
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ABOLITIONIST noun ab•o•li•tion•its | a person who is about that business of total liberation and radical self-care. //The underground movement and “abolitionist” shirt at GirlTrek.org. (They won’t even see us coming.)
“and I really hope no white person ever has cause to write about me because they never understand Black love is Black wealth and they’ll probably talk about my hard childhood and never understand that all the while I was quite happy”. #nikkigiovanni#summerofselfcare * Repost @blvckvrchives
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We’d like to caption this picture, “Hi Hater” or “Stay Mad.” 🙌🏾 What y’all think? #serenawilliams#goat
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“We gone be alright.” This 4th of July message brought to you by @kendricklamar and the thousands of Black women walking with GirlTrek.
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Self-Care for Black women has nothing to do with bubble baths. …although we know how to draw the best baths. We know the salts in spring water. The blessings in oil. Herbs in the bags on our mothers’ hips. Whipped butters from healing villages north, south, and east of Tamale. You stole us because of our glistening skin. Our knowledge of the earth. We know that art. It hides in distant memory: deep joy, long walks, circular breaths, scalp massages, connection. But this summer, self-care requires resistance. It is a problem to solve together. A declaration ...
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Relax, release, recharge with GirlTrek! Enter to win an all-expense paid wellness trip this Labor Day weekend - for you and a sisterfriend! Promotion ends July 9th. We’re covering airfare, lodging, accommodations, ground transportation - all of it! This experience will change your LIFE!! Sign up at girltrekgiveaway.org to enter to win. You need it. She needs it. But, most importantly, ya’ll deserve it!! Want to better your chances? Have your friend sign up too! One entry per person. Don’t miss out!!! #freegiveaway#freevacation
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BREAKING NEWS: GirlTrek Launches Biggest Talent Search in History! GirlTrek is taking over 1,000 Black Neighborhoods this summer! We are looking for the Next Fannie Lou Hamer to help save Black women's lives. Learn more about how to volunteer as a Neighborhood Captain (link in bio) AND tag 3 women who stay ready. Apply by July 10 and put your names down in history at: http://bit.ly/GirlTrekLEAD #girltrek
Raise your glass — a toast, this first full day of summer, to all of us — to dewy days, salty skin, belly laughs and rhythmic resolve, right here and now, to connect with all things big. Here’s to soul swoons. ...and tender moments with The God of Small Things. To Love. All around. If you’re ready for the summer of a lifetime, say something. Mouth the words. Liberate your most seditious self. Unlock a “Cheers!” Y’all. Cause shiiiiit. This summer, GirlTrek will launch something new. A weekly study on self-care. One sizzling day at a time. Dumping all of ...
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Friday mood! Go after your joy this weekend. 🙌🏾
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#tbt to the Salt Flats of Bolivia. Reminiscing about this moment and plotting a summer schedule packed with adventure, jaw dropping surprises, lusty nights and deep, deep joy around every corner. What y’all planning? Tomorrow is Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year. An opportunity to ask yourself, how are you cultivating pleasure in your life and long-lasting experiences. Think about it now. Whoever said that Black girls lives have to be limited to happy hours with girlfriends and pre-packaged vacations where we only experience what the resorts offer, clearly needs to be checked! If you don’t have ...
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Shout out to the men who hold it down at home! Even 30-minutes a day of walking (necessary self-care) can be hard to fit in when you are balancing work and family. Many of us do it alone (bravo) but today we want to acknowledge the men behind the scenes who are there providing love and support, cheering us on when we need it, and of course - rubbing our tired feet after we've gotten our walk in. Women walking. Men supporting. Families healing. Love this recipe for success!
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Friday manifesto. Because we know somebodies old boo keeps trying to slide into their DM’s. “I will always want myself. Always. Darling, I wrote myself a love poem two nights ago. I don’t know where you get this from but I am whole; woman who grows flowers between her teeth. I tend to my garden. I dance myself out of pain. You think women like me crawl for pity? You ever seen the offspring of a lion eat grass? This wanting of myself gets stronger with age. I host myself to myself. I am whole.” @theijeoma
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All that’s left is for @ikimberlyelise and her mom to take the #girltrek pledge at GirlTrek.org and officially join the movement! Shoot your shot 2019: DM us and we’d love to get you and mom in superhero blue! Take a walk with us! We’re the largest health movement for Black women and girls. We use walking as that first practical step to living our healthiest, most fulfilled lives. ・・・ Evening walk with Mom❤️ 😊 #home
Strongholds are breaking. Walls are falling. Your life is generations of miracles. Be encouraged this morning sis. Keep going! We love you. 🙌🏾 “Mountains are moving. Strongholds are breaking. You caused mountains to fall with your power. Performed miracles. When our backs were against the wall and it looked as if were over, Lord, you made a way. And we’re standing here only because you made a way.” [Support this Black woman artist @wallflowermccoy and thank God for the voice and story of @travisgreenetv] #madeaway#girltrek
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“Tell the darkness I did not die.” @theijeoma 🙌🏾 * [An affirmation for myself and anyone else who needs it. -@vanessatreks]
How we’re moving into Wednesday to the tune of Queen Bey @beyonce #beforeiletgochallenge Did you know that one hour of dancing can burn 400 calories? 💃🏾🤸🏾♀️ Shout out to these GirlTrekkers in Concord, North Carolina #beychella
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TODAY: On this exact day, June 2, 1863, Harriet Tubman became the first woman in American history to lead a military raid. She defeated Confederate forces with armed resistance along the Combahee River in South Carolina to free 800 of our people - this very night - 156 years ago. Let’s celebrate! Repost if you want this story on every news channel. Tag someone who is carrying on her legacy of resistance. @blackpasthistory tells us the full story. On the night of June 2, three federal gunboats set sail from Beaufort, South Carolina up the Combahee ...
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Look. 🙌🏾 [Repost @dopestiffaccording2me]
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Just like the indoor plant collection at Grandma’s house but much more my style. What are you nurturing? What and who’s nurturing you? #selfcare#radicalselfcare • RP @blackgirlswithgardens
This Memorial Day Weekend, we went to Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery. Our mission? To serve Black women - the daughters of freedom fighters - who have directly carried the pain of America’s racism and trauma for generations. We did that. Yes. We even forged partnerships, scouted routes and auditioned BBQ pit crews for what will be an epic celebration in Selma next year. But the biggest secret, the clearest victory, the story that won’t be on the cover of any newspaper is that the entire weekend - from the town hall meeting to the grassroots organizing, door-to-door canvassing, the block ...
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“So what should be considered, as we proceed, is that this work did not begin with you. Our mothers' mothers and fathers' fathers planted seeds when we were but the faint notion of a dream in their minds. They hoped for a harvest, a legacy, a great work. So may your next step forward help us to connect the dots and see this picture of greatness. In fact, I hear God say that you are his workmanship...his masterpiece. Created for such a time as this - for great works.” - @briancourtneywilson [Photo: Gordon Parks @gordonparksfoundation RP: @united_photo]
Breaking news: 1 more stop has been added to the #roadtoselma tour: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama. Are you ready for a wellness revival and radical teach-in for the total liberation and healing for Black women and girls? Are you ready for an evening of Wonder of Women Storytelling, sweat, self-care and sisterhood? Are you ready to learn how to save your own life and mobilize your community to be a healthier place for all? This is for you! Saturday, May 25th 🔗in bio #girltrek
Ha! There is a choice Rick James quote that sums up how we stay acting in public. Oh, and I might’ve just sang This Little Light of Mine on @CNN 😂 Thank God if even one women sees it and is inspired to walk away from pain in the direction of her best life. So much love to @jewelisascribe for the candid pictures and for her calling to amplify the work of Black women. The story re-airs Thursday at 11 am ET on Thursday. More importantly, join us this Friday for a virtual town hall from Selma, Alabama. It starts ...
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We made it halfway through the work week. We are at the halfway point in the walking challenge. So close to wrapping up week 5! Give yourself a round of applause, a pat on the back we are halfway there sis! The halfway point can be so rewarding because you made it this far with only half to go. The halfway point can also be tough because all of the excitement has worn off. Don't stop! Keep going! You got this just 5 more weeks💪🏽 5 days a week 30 minutes a day for just 5 more weeks ...
Rest in power to Unita Blackwell (March 18, 1933 - May 13, 2019), the first black female mayor in the state of Mississippi and member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Blackwell served as a project director and field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), helping organize voter drives for Black people across Mississippi. For these efforts, she was jailed at least 70 times. She served as an adviser to Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. In 1976, Blackwell was elected mayor of Mayersville and held the position ...
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Self-care ...by any means necessary. RP: @lolalovesblkmktvintage Photo: Joseph Rodriguez, 1980
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RP • @fahamupecou A distant heart beats My first lullaby. I still can’t imagine its size. Unseen hands caress my first kicks and stretches. My first embrace. I still can’t measure their strength. A cocktail of milk and blood. My first meal. I still can’t fathom the sacrifice. From the shelter of her womb to depths of her soul. My first home. I can never measure this love. G O D (2016) HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY. (words... art: Fahamu Pecou)
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On Mother’s Day: “Somebody prayed for me. Had me on their mind. Took the time to pray for me.” Many of us are the result of someone’s prayers. Deep, profound, unwavering prayer. Today we would like to celebrate the women, our mamas, whose prayers made it possible for us to be here. We also acknowledge that while joyous for most of us, today is just as triggering for some. For those of you whose mothers are no longer here. For those of you who were not loved by your own mom. For those of you who haven given love to ...
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What’s your self-love language? RP • @shameproofparenting
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What our #foreverfirstlady says. RP • @michelleobama As we prepare for #mothersday on Sunday, I wanted to take a moment to shine a light on those women in our lives who may not be our mothers, but have nonetheless played an important role in nurturing us. I’ve been grateful to be surrounded by so many strong, intelligent, warm-hearted women who, along with my mother, have made me who I am. They include my soft-spoken grandmother LaVaughn, whose work managing a Bible book store showed me some of my first glimpses of a woman in charge. I sparred with my Aunt ...