‘ESSENCE Black Girl Magic’ Episode 5: Teaching Self-Love and Acceptance

Newark, New Jersey, native A’Dorian Murray-Thomas is helping young Black girls who have lost everything understand just how powerful the art of self-love can be. Watch a trailer for episode five of our original docuseries, ESSENCE Black Girl Magic, directed by Lacey Schwartz and Mehret Mandefro, and keep an eye out for the full episode, coming soon!

ESSENCE.COM Aug, 23, 2016
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I notice young black girls now more than I ever did. I'm fearful for them as much as I am hopeful. The world ain't easy for a young black girl. She Wins Leadership Institute is a program I designed my sophomore year of college. For girls in my hometown of North New Jersey, who lost a parent or sibling to homicide. Like I did. My father was killed while leaving his store when I was seven. I wanted to make a program that would served girls who shared a story similar to my own and that would serve a direct need in our city. I wanted to give them something that I wished I had at that age. As everybody would say, I'm a nice person and I've really grown a lot and have realized that I can't let my anger get to the best of me, and accept the fact that my niece has been murdered. [CROSSTALK] The more you dedicate time to loving yourself, And surrounding yourselves by people who are encouraging you to do the same. There is no such thing as a barrier. [MUSIC]