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Updated: May 9, 2021





"Up until five years ago, I’ve always had relaxers. And it was always damaged. I didn’t feel beautiful with my natural hair, but I didn’t feel good with my hair constantly falling out, breaking off. And I was just in a hard place where I just didn’t really feel beautiful either way. My aunt, she’s always been natural and she helped me actually with learning how to do wash and go’s, detangling my hair, growing out my natural hair, she’d braid my hair for me once every other month to help me grow out my hair. She just really fostered in me confidence and loving myself the way I was. I just didn’t really have any family members who had natural hair. Always told to straighten your hair, have relaxers, everybody had weaves. So, to have her there to help me in a time when I didn’t really know how to make myself feel beautiful meant a lot to me. And I’m natural now because of her."


Updated: May 9, 2021


"During my junior year of high school, my history teacher was the first Black teacher I had since I moved to a new district and there was a lot going on with Black Lives Matter and everything. I’m from the suburbs and it’s pretty conservative out there. There's a lot of isolation involved when things happen socially in the news and things like that. And she really stuck up for me. I’m involved a lot in my community and she helped me organize a bunch of different projects in my school that honestly wouldn’t have been passed without her help. We organized a Black Lives Matter mural that was going to be painted; it’s being painted post COVID. And also, a seminar on racial sensitivity at our school. It’s also targeted towards the parents. We’ve had a couple of racial incidents at our school that kind of got out of hand and made the news. We tried to better our school and she was very supportive of me academically and just honestly in my personal life. It’s nice to see Black women uplifting each other. We’re often pitted against each other. She was just a really strong role model to my family that I can depend on for any sort of advice or any support."

Updated: May 9, 2021


"She’s been very important to me, very important to everyone in my family. She raised my mom, who obviously raised me. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, that was probably one of the hardest things for my mom to deal with. So, just watching her deal with that, but also seeing how strong my grandma was through that was probably just something that I’ve taken with me into every trial that I’ve gone through. Just knowing that if she could get through that, makes me feel like I can get through anything."