Directed by Laurie Thomas, episode one of ‘ESSENCE Black Girl Magic‘ features 18-year-old Sage Adams, a Brooklyn-based artist and activist who has chosen to use her talents and voice to make a difference. 

Throughout the eight-minute episode, we learn of Adams’ love affair with both art and activism and how she hopes to provide other young Black artists with a creative outlet. 

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“Most famous artists are old, dead, White guys,” Adams says. “While that might be great for some people, I’m not completely comfortable with having to look at that as inspiration all of the time.”

Prior to working on ‘ESSENCE Black Girl Magic,’ Thomas has screened her previous work at the Palm Springs International Shorts Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival and the Florida Film Festival, among others.  

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Watch the docuseries in its entirety above, and stay tuned for supplemental content from the first episode and about its dynamic director in the weeks ahead by visiting This will all lead up to the debut of episode two, featuring another inspirational Black girl and director, in April.

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