13 Viral Movements Created by Black Women

Lauren Porter Mar, 17, 2016

Some of the Internet’s most viral hashtags have been created by Black women. From #BlackGirlMagic to #OscarsSoWhite, each tag was used to raise awareness on issues like diversity, police brutality, and loving the skin we’re in. Here are 13 viral movements that have the brain power of Black women behind them.

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Some of the Internet's most viral hashtags have been created by Black women. From #BlackGirlMagic to #OscarsSoWhite, each tag was used to raise awareness on issues like diversity, police brutality, and loving the skin we're in. Here are 13 viral movements that have the brain power of Black women behind them.

2 of 14 Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

It's more than a hashtag, it's a movement...it's Black Lives Matter created by three Black women: Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors. The movement came to life after Mike Brown was shot in killed in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer. In the photo above, Edward Crawford throwsa tear gas canister fired by police who were trying to disperse protesters who reacted to the unjust killing.

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In 2014, 16-year-old girl Jada was raped while at a party and was subsequently mocked for her abuse on social media. The #IAmJada hashtag emerged as girls and women around the world stood with her sexual abuse victim as she bravely shared her story. 

4 of 14 Instagram.com/thepbg

CaShawn Thompson started the campaign "Black Girls are Magic" in late 2013  celebrate the beauty and power of Black women. YES!  

5 of 14 Instagram.com/reignofapril

After nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards lacked diversity, April Reign started the movement called #OscarsSoWhite. When the nominations were announced in 2016, the quality remained and the hashtag reemerged. 

6 of 14 Instagram.com/zebablay

The credit for starting this movement goes to Zeba Blay who first used the hashtag on Twitter in May 2013.

7 of 14 Instagram.com/JuleeWilson

ESSENCE.com Fashion editor Julee Wilson started #WombFire when she and her husband we're trying for a baby. The two now have a son, Orion, and he's so cute!! 

8 of 14 Instagram.com/zimism

Zim Ugochukwu is the founder and CEO of Travel Noire which is a digital publishing brand that creates compelling tools, resources and experiences to help Black travelers discover new international destinations.

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Twitter user, @Awkward_Duck, started the hashtag because well, being a Black girl is pretty lit. 

10 of 14 Instagram.com/FrosAndBeaus

Fros and Beaus was started by Joiya Cloud to celebrate Black men loving their ladies natural hair just as much as she does! 

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Alicia Daniella started the hashtag to combat the negative comments she received for the complexion of her skin. People soon started to share their stories of overcoming the negativity that targeted their melanin. 

12 of 14 Instagram.com/evierobie

Evita "Evie" Robinson created Nomadness Travel Tribe in 2011 for world travellers of color with an urban age. The invitation-only society allows for globetrotters to share tips, photos and engage in conversation with like-minded people who are on a quest to see the world. So dope! 

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You may not have known that the wildly popular phrase "On Fleek" was started by Peaches Monoree who posted a vine in 2014 and used the term to describe her eyebrows after getting them done! 

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Pretty Period was started by Dr. Yaba Blay who wanted to create a "visual tribute to Black skin [and] a visual testament to Black beauty."