Black girl magic is a concept coined by black millennial women to express a mutual recognition, understanding and love between black women that simultaneously combats the constant pushback, rejection and disregard from society. Instead of being vilified for our very being, black girl magic encourages us to celebrate our simplest actions and regard them as extraordinary.
If anyone is a testament to this idea, it’s Abbey Lincoln, an unapologetic black woman, activist and jazz singer who wrote of a similar idea in “Who Will Revere the Black Woman?” in 1966. But black girl magic isn’t the only ‘magic’ that Abbey Lincoln subscribed to. After touring across the motherland with South African singer Miriam Makeba, Abbey became drawn to the kind of magic that’s filled with spells, mysticism and the spirit realm of our ancestors.
And on the third night of the Women of the World, or WOW, festival, the nearly sold out crowd had the privilege to witness both forms of enchantment as three black women — Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Esperanza Spalding — took the stage together to pay tribute to the late singer at the Apollo Theatre on Saturday night (May 6).
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