A Novel Review on The Black Girl Magician by Kevin Katz
Black Girl Magic is an emerging trend that has been popularized by former celebrity fashion mogul, CaShawn Thompson. The concept has been born out as a means to “honor” Black women as defined by Julee Wilson, formerly from Humboldt University, where she is now a social media writer for several online publications. The inspiration for this concept came from a desire to honor beautiful women – especially black women – who have “earned” every right to be proud and self-confident of who they are. A similar theme has surfaced with regards to Senegalese culture.
According to African American cultural analyst, Dr. Ron Roth, author of the new book, The Black Man’s Guide To History: How the West Has Failed Our Minority Children, “It is important for African Americans to redefine what it means to be a black person. That does not necessarily mean that we should choose to go back to a bygone era when everybody was cuckoo. What I am suggesting is that in order for us to redefine our historical role in modern society, we need to come up with an appropriate term.” He continued, “I don’t think that the term black girl is necessarily derogatory…”
But is it? Is the term black women outdated? Does it embody feelings of inadequacy or inferiority? Dr. Roth thinks not… “I believe that the celebration of black women is absolutely essential to our culture and indeed to African Americans in particular. Because so many black women have accomplished so much, I believe it is our obligation to continue their legacies and move our nation forward.”
In other words, Dr. Roth says, “black girls are not a race. We are a culture.” Indeed, there are many cultures in the world, and sometimes, it is important to celebrate differences instead of focus on similarities. For example, cultures differ over religious beliefs and practices, gender roles and the like. A celebration of the differences and uniqueness of different cultures, such as the magical black woman, is necessary in order to diversify American culture, as well as to uplift black women throughout the nation.
When addressing issues of race and ethnicity, Dr. Roth has made comments that some may find to be controversial. However, in his book, he has addressed the same issues and more. In the past, he has written about the “special breed” of African-Americans that are different from everyone else, due to their heritage, their culture, their food, their clothes… And yet, he also includes white families who adopt black children and make them part of their family. So, he addresses issues of race and culture with equal parts wisdom and sensitivity.
The good thing about this book is that it talks about what African-American women have to deal with, which are everyday issues regarding the black family, the black woman, as well as issues that affect all women in general. In a nutshell, the author is saying that being a black woman is no longer an embarrassment or a stigma. The author contends that the black woman is now an ordinary human being just like any other woman.
In The Black Girl Magician, he shares his expertise about being a black woman, as well as sharing his expertise about being a human being, which is why he has two books out now: One is The Encyclopedia of the Supernatural Phenomenon, another is The Black Girl Magician.
In The Black Girl Magician, he addresses the issue of invisibility as it relates to being a black girl. He uses the metaphor of a magical black woman to explain how we can be invisible in this world as long as we choose to be. He explains that invisibility really does not matter because you are doing the right thing by doing the right thing. It also helps that you do not have to be physically thin to be a magical black woman; nor does it matter if you have long or short hair because “a ponytail makes you beautiful anyway.”
In the book, Mr. Katz has created two main characters: Lauren, who are from Louisiana, and Emmelie, who are from Maryland. Lauren runs a modeling agency, while Emmelie works with a clothing company. They meet each other and realize that they have something in common: Both of them are extremely beautiful women. From there, the author creates a couple of different scenarios where they must use their beauty to seduce each other. I must say that this was an interesting and thought-provoking novel that I really enjoyed.
Black Magic Girl
It’s a new year, it’s time to look back on the great year that has been Black Girl Magic. In 2021 it was featured in the Oprah Winfrey Show, which praised it for its message of unity and strength. The concept has been around longer than most people realize, but only now is it being brought to the forefront of the media spotlight. An African American woman created this concept and it is being used in schools across the country as a resource to help kids learn about diversity and positive action.
The first feature film that I saw about Beyonce Minaj, was called The Last Supper. It was an amazing film. It showcased Minaj at her greatest, which is quite a feat. She played the first character that was based after a historical mistress of Cleopatra, and she was amazing in the role. She brought a new face to the character of a seductive and powerful black woman.
After that, Beyonce went on to star in the wonderful biopic about Oprah’s daughter, Habitat. Another classy movie starring black women at the center of attention was Oprah’s own Lemonade Girls, where Lea Segal and Pinkneymouth played the roles of sisters. Then came the mega-hit The Butterfly Effect, with Charlize Theron as a single mom who raises her children alone while struggling to make ends meet.
Then of course there’s the chart-topping album, Born Rich, that Black Women have been waiting for. And just before that, they got another major smash with Serena Williams who came out on top of the charts with her own Born Rich album.
One of the best things that Landa has done in recent years is the role she played in the television show, Mommy. The show brought some much-needed attention to single black women, especially black girls that do not have a significant other to support them financially. Since then, Linda Chavers has been busy promoting more positive roles for black girls, including ones in the entertainment business.
In between the two of those projects, she produced an interesting documentary, What Happened To Your Family? which delved into the phenomenon of the country’s changing racial makeup. It was one of the year’s most talked-about films. The documentary also chronicled the rise of the YouTube phenomenon, with black women making a name for themselves by uploading their personal home videos to the site.
In an interesting move, Chavers recently launched her own line of lip products. It is actually the first time that an African-American woman has established herself as an artist selling products targeted specifically to black women. It was an interesting move, considering that Lipstick is probably the most commonly used product among black people. Hopefully, more black people will take notice of both of these stars and their efforts to break down stereotypes, including the enjoy dresses that inspired them.