In celebration of the greatness of Black girls all over, Essence launched their Black Girl Magic initiative, which consists of a six part docu-series that captures the stories and lifestyles of six young women from across the country who epitomize “Black Girl Magic.” During their annual Essence Festival in New Orleans, Essence screened an episode of the series directed by Nailah Jefferson.
Moderated by MTV’s Alesha Renee, the discussion covered the stepping stones that black women go through to achieve their goals. The episode focused on the story of a young girl from Louisiana, Berneisha Hooker.
Juggling an unsteady home life, high school and college courses, and graduating top five percent of her class, Berneisha is an aspiring artist and director. Through her craft, she developed an African American History Month platform at her school. She also wrote plays that focused on the plight of the black girl.
“She has a wisdom we don’t have,” said Jefferson, “we don’t know where she is going but we know she is going somewhere.”
After watching the episode, Berneisha left the audience with this: “I hope that people are motivated by the story. Whether you are on the top or the bottom, you can always be better.”
Check out the panel discussion below and visit Essence to watch the series.