During the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards, actress Tika Sumpter expressed her opinions on Black Girl Magic and prefaced her statement with “we are not just one thing.” When asked what Black Girl Magic means to her, the Southside with You actress said, “Black Girl Magic Means 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.”

Amen to that. We love to see Black women smile in the face of adversity and make a way where there is none!

As for her next big role. “You get to see all of the conversations that might have taken place,” says Sumpter on what to expect from the Southside with You, a new film about Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s famous first date. “It’s a love story and I’m really excited for people to see it.”

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