Yesterday, the Black Twitter community let the melanin flow through the celebration of #BlackOutDay. Whether it was a tweet from a college graduation or a simple tweet showing respect for the annual day, black Twitter was in full force.
Whether at work, school, or maybe even on public transportation, black people can often feel outnumbered, misrepresented, and/or misunderstood. When our favorite throwback R&B song comes on, we much too often fight that urge to bust out in song (since our fellow collegues are most likely unfamiliar with the classic tune). I mean..we don’t wanna get looked at crazy for knowing all the words to Candy Rain..
Rarely do we get a “black space” to just be 100 percent, unapologetically, us. Well, since it’s hard to find that physical space in our everyday lives, Twitter users created a digital space through #BlackOutDay on May 6th of last year.
“We’re asking black people to share pictures, videos and GIFs of themselves to celebrate our people coming from all different walks of life. It’s a celebration of black beauty and our individuality,” said YouTube personality Franchesca Ramsey in an ABC News interview.
To the Black Twitter community, this day is more than just a hashtag. It allows black people to show their accomplishments. To free themselves from the pessimistic stereotypes often shown on our nightly news stations.
“Unfortunately, in most popular media talking about black people and our bodies, it’s mostly of us breaking the law, being killed or mistreated,” Ramsey added. “So it’s nice to combat these negative images and stereotypes with positive representations of ourselves,” said Ramsey.
As a beauty team that stands behind diversity and self-expression, BeautyLynk is all for #BlackOutDay. On that note, check out some delightful beauties from yesterday’s festivities.
BeautyLynk Contributing Writer Amber Oates is a journalist passionate about all things fashion, beauty, and hair. The Boston resident never passes on a chance to travel anywhere and everywhere. Follow her on Twitter at @amberboates1.
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