Big congratulations to Viola Davis for taking home the SAG award for winning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for ‘How to Get Away With Murder”. She’s also a winner for wearing her natural hair on Hollywood’s red carpet. Surrounded by other “Beautiful” people of Hollywood, she stood out. Wearing a formal white gown, her ebony skin glowing, and rockin’ a fro. Unapologetically. Black. In her acceptance speech, Davis let the world know that she is comfortable in her skin. I so appreciate her for that, and I am sure I’m not alone. With her speech and wrapped in all of her natural beauty; Davis serves as inspiration to Black girls everywhere. Her message: They are beautiful just as God made them. The same thing Davis thanked her fans for, is returned to her.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  Actress Viola Davis accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Hopefully, this inspiration will encourage black girls to reach farther and fly higher, uninhibited about the kink in their hair and the tone of their skin. Claiming our whole selves and claiming our beauty and strength, allows little girls to build the confidence needed in a still very racist world.

Don’t get it twisted, there are still far too many Black girls wishing for blonde hair that blows in the wind and skin that isn’t so dark. That needs to end. We lift them up by telling them they are beautiful and can achieve whatever it is they want in life. It helps better, if we lead by example by helping them to emulate the mothers, aunties, and other women who inform their lives.. My hope is that more moms will step away from the chemical treatments, and “show instead of tell” that there is nothing wrong with natural hair and loving the skin we’re born in.

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C. Imani Williams, is a freelance writer and social justice activist. She works to bring about awareness and positive change. Imani’s writing has appeared in Black Fem Lit Magazine, Alt. Variety, Teen Girl Talk Magazine, Diva Gossip, Hello Shopper, Geleyi and various other publications. Imani, holds an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction writing from Antioch University. The Detroit, Michigan native resides in So. California, where she greets the sun with a smile.

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