8 Moving Quotes that Make Us Proud to Be Black Women
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The stars came out in droves to ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood event and sprinkled their wisdom all over us, to which we say, “Yaaaaas.”

Check out 8 of the most powerful words of wisdom from our red carpet. You will get your life for days! 

Angela Bassett on “making it” in Hollywood: “Just remain passionate about it. Don’t let that flame die out. Remain passionate. Stay positive. Speak positive. Believe, encourage, support. All of those things work. It can be easy to turn cynical in this profession. You have to find the good and praise it.”

Anika Noni Rose on supporting your sisters: “This is the time that we get to come and say thank you for what you’ve done.”

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Erica Campbell on #BlackGirlMagic: “It always includes the strength that you have to go shine in the face of adversity and the face of this industry that tells you that you’re not beautiful and you’re lacking something. Understanding who you are what you have: That’s Black girl magic.”

Tika Sumpter on the versatility of Black women: “We are not just one thing…We can do anything we want to do. We are natural born leaders, and we persevere through everything, and when somebody says, ‘No,’ we smile and keep it moving.”

Keke Palmer on Black history: “I get my strength from knowing where we have been…Some people can look at that as a negative, but to me, the history of Black people is the most beautiful and astonishing thing in the world. To see how far we’ve been and to see where we’re going is the magic of a Black woman.”

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Kelly Rowland on the allure of Black women: “When it comes to the sway of our hips or the way we speak, everything about us is Black girl magic!”

Nina Shaw on the power of ESSENCE: “I always say that ESSENCE was the first place that I felt I was a pretty Black girl.”

Jurnee Smollett-Bell on the importance of supporting one another: “A win for one is a win for all.”