#IssaMovement Weekly Update

Hey! Here's your weekly look into all things DBG.

We've been in the kitchen cookin' with your pots, and here's what we've come up with this week!

With the views and representation of the current state of our country being so unfortunate, skewed and often times disheartening, we wonder, are there enough positive messages being shared? What narrative of America would you tell, that is honest, but not shallow?
Write a short essay that explains today’s world positively. Challenge yourself to include the less positive news and still conclude on a high note. You can highlight POC, Women, hip-hop culture, or anything else.
Submissions are due July 21, 2017
Email to: with the subject “This is MY America”
Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook @DearBlkGrl, and comment under this post “I’m BOLD!”
Two winners will receive a DBG T-shirt, a spotlight on our website and social media, and other DBG swag!

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I still get chills when I think about the fact that this whole thing started with some friends just texting. DBG has been up for less than a week and it has already grown exponentially more than I could have ever dreamed. 

But y'all, we can't stop now. We have big plans, big dreams. We're moving, and we want you to get on the train and grab a passenger or two to ride. 

The world has shown us over and over again that we are not worth the love, attention, security, or peace that white privilege affords others. But, I refuse to accept that. I refuse to accept pregnant mothers being killed when she called for protection. I refuse to accept seeing people on my Facebook Timeline say "Please don't riot" when another black man has been shot down. I refuse to accept the status quo. 

DBG is not here to solve those problems though. Sometimes, and it may sound selfish, sometimes we just need a place for us. We need a space to be real with ourselves and each other, we need a space to breathe. That's why DBG is here. 

Yes, we will talk about the rough times, because #staywoke. But, we also want you to feel free here - safe here. This virtual safe space is for Black Girls all over the world to find themselves, as many times as you need to. 

Dear Black Girl, the world is watching, but their stares can't stop you. 



Reaching My Destiny

I never thought I would actually do this, get this far. But it's happening. 

I'm following my dream. 

Dear Black Girl is my safe space, and I hope it is for you too. It took me many tries, many fails, and a few ups and downs. But, I'm making it. 

I do my best to journal everyday (thank God for iPhone alarms) and sometimes they're deep and thoughtful, other times they're just, blah. But, such is life. I'm learning how to trust myself, let God guide me, and put in the work that needs to be done. 

I have so many things I want to do, so many places to go, things to see, and I have to constantly remind myself that I deserve to be able to do it. That's the thing about us black girls, we doubt ourselves so much because everybody else does. But it's time out for that. I am going to love myself loudly and stop caring about what others think of me. My voice is valuable, and so is my presence, my time, and my energy. You can't have it if you can't handle it. 

It's my time, and it's yours too. Black Girl, let's do this!