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Nadia Lopez

Principal @motthallbridges Humans of NY| TED Talks| Black Girls Rock| Brooklyn 100| Global Prize. Inquires contact Keith@freeintegrated.com

REAL TALK 🗣 I didn’t realize how exhausted I was until one of my staff members told me that I fell asleep and started snoring during our yoga session😴 To be really honest, these past couple of weeks I have been battling excruciating pain in my neck and back from injuries sustained after falling down a flight of steel steps and being thrown into a brick wall at a previous school. So every time it rains, gets extremely cold, or I get totally stressed out, the pain in my neck and back can be unbearable. (The details are in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ on Amazon)

Ironically, this week makes the  8th year since I was injured—days before my birthday. I remember crying in my office 😢asking God, “Why would you forsake me like this?” After fifteen minutes of silence, my cell phone rang📱 with ‘No Caller ID’ flashing on the screen. Usually I wouldn’t pick up, but this time it was different. ▫️
“Hello?”
“Is this Nadia Lopez?”
“Yes”
“This is the Office of Portfolio. Congratulations! You have been approved for a new middle school.” ▫️
I don’t know if the tears streaming down my face 😭was due to pain or the humility from God’s grace. But here I am managing the pain, leading a school and thoroughly exhausted. All of this while I patiently wait for Him to order my next steps 👣  I work in faith for my scholars and #teamMHBA to #BeGreat. [👀 my InstaStory 👆🏾] #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #TheCall #education #leadership #HerStory #Faith #Yoga

REAL TALK 🗣 I didn’t realize how exhausted I was until one of my staff members told me that I fell asleep and started snoring during our yoga session😴 To be really honest, these past couple of weeks I have been battling excruciating pain in my neck and back from injuries sustained after falling down a flight of steel steps and being thrown into a brick wall at a previous school. So every time it rains, gets extremely cold, or I get totally stressed out, the pain in my neck and back can be unbearable. (The details are in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ on Amazon) Ironically, this week makes the 8th year since I was injured—days before my birthday. I remember crying in my office asking God, “Why would you forsake me like this?” After fifteen minutes of silence, my cell phone rang with ‘No Caller ID’ flashing on the screen. Usually I wouldn’t pick up, but this time it was different. ️ “Hello?” “Is this Nadia Lopez?” “Yes” “This is the Office of Portfolio. Congratulations! You have been approved for a new middle school.” ️ I don’t know if the tears streaming down my face was due to pain or the humility from God’s grace. But here I am managing the pain, leading a school and thoroughly exhausted. All of this while I patiently wait for Him to order my next steps I work in faith for my scholars and #teamMHBA to #BeGreat . [ my InstaStory 🏾] #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #TheCall #education #leadership #HerStory #Faith #Yoga - 9 hours ago

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“Ms. Lopez, I just want to thank you for all that you for  me at Mott Hall. You created I MATTER and because of it, I’ve learned so much. I am working on the tech team at my high school and I’ll be working with Phil as his mentee to learn how to create videos for digital spaces. You made sure we could always succeed and I can’t thank you enough.” 🔳
Devon is such a remarkable young man, who was always inquisitive and willing to try things out, even if he had slight reservations. Two years ago he travels to Alaska, all expenses paid because he participated in the @bklyncombine @imatterinc mentoring program every Saturday during his middle school years. Today he stopped by not only thank me, but to talk to our current scholars about the importance of valuing a school like @motthallbridges. As he shared his transition to high school and how different the support has been, I couldn’t help but to be proud and get a bit emotional. It never ceases to amaze me how God steps in and sends a child with a message as a reminder that the weariness and feeling of defeat is not in vain.
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When folks only see the trouble in children, they fail to  recognize their true potential. Thank you Devon and countless other scholars who continue to come back to a school that continues to love and accept them 💜 #theLopezEffect #education #occupyschools #theCall #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Legacy

“Ms. Lopez, I just want to thank you for all that you for me at Mott Hall. You created I MATTER and because of it, I’ve learned so much. I am working on the tech team at my high school and I’ll be working with Phil as his mentee to learn how to create videos for digital spaces. You made sure we could always succeed and I can’t thank you enough.” Devon is such a remarkable young man, who was always inquisitive and willing to try things out, even if he had slight reservations. Two years ago he travels to Alaska, all expenses paid because he participated in the @bklyncombine @imatterinc mentoring program every Saturday during his middle school years. Today he stopped by not only thank me, but to talk to our current scholars about the importance of valuing a school like @motthallbridges. As he shared his transition to high school and how different the support has been, I couldn’t help but to be proud and get a bit emotional. It never ceases to amaze me how God steps in and sends a child with a message as a reminder that the weariness and feeling of defeat is not in vain. When folks only see the trouble in children, they fail to recognize their true potential. Thank you Devon and countless other scholars who continue to come back to a school that continues to love and accept them #theLopezEffect #education #occupyschools #theCall #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Legacy - 1 day ago

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“...it’s not normal for people to harm other people, we should never feel that it is, even though it’s happening around us.” -@_marlonpeterson @decarceratedpodcast 
Too often many of my  scholars believe that the sound of sirens, living in poverty, and going to prison is normal. It takes courageous and honest conversations with our scholars that not only acknowledges the violence they experience, but also to provide strategies to navigate these circumstances. Thank you Marlon for always supporting @motthallbridges! #theLopezEffect #IMATTERbecause #TheWritetoHeal #education #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #BePrecedential

“...it’s not normal for people to harm other people, we should never feel that it is, even though it’s happening around us.” -@_marlonpeterson @decarceratedpodcast Too often many of my scholars believe that the sound of sirens, living in poverty, and going to prison is normal. It takes courageous and honest conversations with our scholars that not only acknowledges the violence they experience, but also to provide strategies to navigate these circumstances. Thank you Marlon for always supporting @motthallbridges ! #theLopezEffect #IMATTERbecause #TheWritetoHeal #education #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #BePrecedential - 2 days ago

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When WE support each other, WE ALL WIN 💜🔁Repost @iamsabrinaabraham #theLopezEffect
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I met Nadia @thelopezeffect at her Book Signing for #TheBrigdetoBrilliance at @bklyncombine the Summer of 2016 when I moved back to New York. I remember telling her my goal of teaching Financial Literacy to our Community and she was very supportive. So much so she invited me to Digital Day @motthallbridges and allowed me to come back to her school and teach a few Financial sessions her staff and scholars. She also took Ari and I on her school’s trip to Harvard 💖 She not only came out to my first event but she also brought a friend!!! That’s love and support 🙌🏾 Thank you so much Nadia you don’t understand how much your kindness means to me!!! This lady is a HUGE deal but she took the time out to support da kid! ME! She’s truly one of my inspirations and an AMAAAAZING Black Woman that Rocks💃🏾You’ll always have my support. 🙏🏾Support her!!! Purchase her book and check out her TED talk on Education. 
We released the things we didn’t want from 2017 as well as the good we want to see in 2018💗💗💗💗

When WE support each other, WE ALL WIN 🔁Repost @iamsabrinaabraham #theLopezEffect ・・・ I met Nadia @thelopezeffect at her Book Signing for #TheBrigdetoBrilliance at @bklyncombine the Summer of 2016 when I moved back to New York. I remember telling her my goal of teaching Financial Literacy to our Community and she was very supportive. So much so she invited me to Digital Day @motthallbridges and allowed me to come back to her school and teach a few Financial sessions her staff and scholars. She also took Ari and I on her school’s trip to Harvard She not only came out to my first event but she also brought a friend!!! That’s love and support 🏾 Thank you so much Nadia you don’t understand how much your kindness means to me!!! This lady is a HUGE deal but she took the time out to support da kid! ME! She’s truly one of my inspirations and an AMAAAAZING Black Woman that Rocks🏾You’ll always have my support. 🏾Support her!!! Purchase her book and check out her TED talk on Education. We released the things we didn’t want from 2017 as well as the good we want to see in 2018 - 3 days ago

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“Ms. Lopez, can you post my journal entry? Somebody might need it.” -Azareya @motthallbridges [swipe👈🏾👀📝] #theLopezEffect #MHBADearDiary #theWritetoHeal #journal #write

“Ms. Lopez, can you post my journal entry? Somebody might need it.” -Azareya @motthallbridges [swipe🏾] #theLopezEffect #MHBADearDiary #theWritetoHeal #journal #write - 4 days ago

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Today we OFFICIALLY launched the “I MATTER because...” writing program ✍🏾@motthallbridges for our boys. Thank you @_marlonpeterson @beprecedential for sharing your story and being transparent about your life’s circumstances [Swipe 👈🏾👀]. We started this process in 2003 and continue on the journey of transforming lives of our youth. To everyone who donated the journals, you are contributing to the healing our scholars deserve🙌🏾. I truly appreciate your generosity and loving support 💜 #theLopezEffect #IMATTERbecause #OccupySchools #BePrecedential #IMATTER #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Journal #WriteToHeal #Write #Therapy

Today we OFFICIALLY launched the “I MATTER because...” writing program ✍🏾@motthallbridges for our boys. Thank you @_marlonpeterson @beprecedential for sharing your story and being transparent about your life’s circumstances [Swipe 🏾]. We started this process in 2003 and continue on the journey of transforming lives of our youth. To everyone who donated the journals, you are contributing to the healing our scholars deserve🏾. I truly appreciate your generosity and loving support #theLopezEffect #IMATTERbecause #OccupySchools #BePrecedential #IMATTER #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Journal #WriteToHeal #Write #Therapy - 4 days ago

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A couple of months ago I said that NBA player @ekpeudoh @utahjazz had officially joined #TeamMHBA! I am excited to share that we have launched the #EkpesJrBookClub @motthallbridges 📚 Our first book is “Kindred” by Octavia Butler, a sci-fi thriller that is engaging and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Our goal is cultivate a love for reading in a meaningful way that allows for a rich discussion beyond the classroom and around the world 🌎 Most importantly our scholars get to see an athlete who is truly invested in their achievement and wants to see them succeed. 
Thank you @cbssports for the nice write up [swipe 👈🏾 👀] #theLopezEffect #ekpeudoh #Read #occupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Kindred #MHBAReads #BookClub #Education #bookstagram

A couple of months ago I said that NBA player @ekpeudoh @utahjazz had officially joined #TeamMHBA ! I am excited to share that we have launched the #EkpesJrBookClub @motthallbridges Our first book is “Kindred” by Octavia Butler, a sci-fi thriller that is engaging and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Our goal is cultivate a love for reading in a meaningful way that allows for a rich discussion beyond the classroom and around the world 🌎 Most importantly our scholars get to see an athlete who is truly invested in their achievement and wants to see them succeed. Thank you @cbssports for the nice write up [swipe 🏾 ] #theLopezEffect #ekpeudoh #Read #occupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Kindred #MHBAReads #BookClub #Education #bookstagram - 5 days ago

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Five years ago, when Emely was in 7th grade she dealt with issues of depression and self-mutilation due to low self-esteem. After the guidance counselor, Mr. McLeod brought it to my attention, we spoken, then called mom and got her the help she needed. Through therapy, a loving school community, and parents who worked to build Emely’s confidence, she has blossomed like the rose tattooed covering the marks on her arm, into a remarkable young woman. Now a senior in HS, Emely joined me today for a InstaStory and FaceBook Live to share her experience and wisdom. We laughed, loved, and lived in this moment—just like old times [Swipe 👈🏾] 👀 the 🎥 FB Live link in bio
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The most important advice we shared:
1. Listen to young people and build relationships with them
2. Mental health is extremely important and not something you should be ashamed to seek.
3. Find your passion and the beauty in life.
4. Create safe spaces that inspire, empower, and offer unconditional love 💜

Thank you for tuning in 📺#theLopezEffect #theCall #OccupySchools #StandinyourTruth #WinningWisdomWednesday #BrownsvilleBrilliance

Five years ago, when Emely was in 7th grade she dealt with issues of depression and self-mutilation due to low self-esteem. After the guidance counselor, Mr. McLeod brought it to my attention, we spoken, then called mom and got her the help she needed. Through therapy, a loving school community, and parents who worked to build Emely’s confidence, she has blossomed like the rose tattooed covering the marks on her arm, into a remarkable young woman. Now a senior in HS, Emely joined me today for a InstaStory and FaceBook Live to share her experience and wisdom. We laughed, loved, and lived in this moment—just like old times [Swipe 🏾] the FB Live link in bio ️ The most important advice we shared: 1. Listen to young people and build relationships with them 2. Mental health is extremely important and not something you should be ashamed to seek. 3. Find your passion and the beauty in life. 4. Create safe spaces that inspire, empower, and offer unconditional love Thank you for tuning in #theLopezEffect #theCall #OccupySchools #StandinyourTruth #WinningWisdomWednesday #BrownsvilleBrilliance - 6 days ago

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DON’T MISS OUT on “The Call” live on InstaStory TODAY at 6PM. My featured guest will be Emely, a graduate of @motthallbridges who dealt with issues of self-esteem that lead to depression and self-mutilation during her middle school years. Now a senior in high school, she will share how caring educators saved her life and why children must be heard, not judged. 
#theLopezEffect #TheCall #OccupySchools #SheisMe #Education #Storyteller #InstaStory

DON’T MISS OUT on “The Call” live on InstaStory TODAY at 6PM. My featured guest will be Emely, a graduate of @motthallbridges who dealt with issues of self-esteem that lead to depression and self-mutilation during her middle school years. Now a senior in high school, she will share how caring educators saved her life and why children must be heard, not judged. #theLopezEffect #TheCall #OccupySchools #SheisMe #Education #Storyteller #InstaStory - 7 days ago

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At the age of eight, I was sexually abused for two years, not by a stranger, but a family member. When I finally told my parents I remember feeling confused, like I was the one to blame, and even ashamed. Recently during a classroom conversation one of my scholars said, “I don’t get it, if a person is abused, why can’t they just say something? That makes no sense to me”. This is what causes many victims to remain silent because of embarrassment, fear, and possibly being ostracized by others who question their experience. I can’t undo what has happened to me, which is why I recognize the impact of trauma and how it manifests itself throughout our classrooms, whether it be from adults or children. As a result:

1. @Motthallbridges behavior issues are handled on a case-by-case basis, which requires a lot of talking, interventions, and parental conferences before considering a disciplinary action. 
2. Mental health support is provided to staff members and scholars on a weekly basis, because in our community therapy is viewed as being “crazy”, instead of as an act of “healing”.
3. We are revamping our health education curriculum to include topics of sexual abuse and harassment because we must educate both MALES and FEMALES on the impact is has on the well-being of others. 
4. Parents need to let their children know that an abuser doesn’t have a specific gender, age, or race; they can be a family member, friend, or stranger. 
This morning I decided to share my story because this didn’t happen in the workplace, it took place in a scared space—my home. ◻️
There are a lot of individuals with a similar experience, but are silenced by shame, judgment, or threats. I want to let you know that being abused is not your fault, no one ever has the right to violate you, especially not your family. It’s not okay for anyone to tell the victim, “Get over it!” The process of healing isn’t pretty, I’ve dealt with plenty of setbacks, but making time to get to a place of wellness is necessary 💜 #theLopezEffect #theCall #HerStory #Survivor #MeToo

At the age of eight, I was sexually abused for two years, not by a stranger, but a family member. When I finally told my parents I remember feeling confused, like I was the one to blame, and even ashamed. Recently during a classroom conversation one of my scholars said, “I don’t get it, if a person is abused, why can’t they just say something? That makes no sense to me”. This is what causes many victims to remain silent because of embarrassment, fear, and possibly being ostracized by others who question their experience. I can’t undo what has happened to me, which is why I recognize the impact of trauma and how it manifests itself throughout our classrooms, whether it be from adults or children. As a result: 1. @Motthallbridges behavior issues are handled on a case-by-case basis, which requires a lot of talking, interventions, and parental conferences before considering a disciplinary action. 2. Mental health support is provided to staff members and scholars on a weekly basis, because in our community therapy is viewed as being “crazy”, instead of as an act of “healing”. 3. We are revamping our health education curriculum to include topics of sexual abuse and harassment because we must educate both MALES and FEMALES on the impact is has on the well-being of others. 4. Parents need to let their children know that an abuser doesn’t have a specific gender, age, or race; they can be a family member, friend, or stranger. This morning I decided to share my story because this didn’t happen in the workplace, it took place in a scared space—my home. ️ There are a lot of individuals with a similar experience, but are silenced by shame, judgment, or threats. I want to let you know that being abused is not your fault, no one ever has the right to violate you, especially not your family. It’s not okay for anyone to tell the victim, “Get over it!” The process of healing isn’t pretty, I’ve dealt with plenty of setbacks, but making time to get to a place of wellness is necessary #theLopezEffect #theCall #HerStory #Survivor #MeToo - 9 days ago

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IT’S OFFICIAL!!!! We started the #MHBADearDiary therapeutic sessions yesterday [Swipe 👈🏾] THANK YOU to everyone who contributed towards this needed initiative. Words cannot express how much it means to have people from near and far willing to help our @motthallbridges community💜 Not only have you invested in the healing of our children, but the adults, including myself. Every journal, pen, and personal note has been a beautiful gesture representing all the goodness that still exists in this world—you are the change and the hope in the darkness 💜
PS - Our boys will begin next week 💁🏾‍♂️📝 #theLopezEffect #WritetoHeal #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #HerStory #Journaling #Writing #therapy

IT’S OFFICIAL!!!! We started the #MHBADearDiary therapeutic sessions yesterday [Swipe 🏾] THANK YOU to everyone who contributed towards this needed initiative. Words cannot express how much it means to have people from near and far willing to help our @motthallbridges community Not only have you invested in the healing of our children, but the adults, including myself. Every journal, pen, and personal note has been a beautiful gesture representing all the goodness that still exists in this world—you are the change and the hope in the darkness PS - Our boys will begin next week 🏾‍♂️ #theLopezEffect #WritetoHeal #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #HerStory #Journaling #Writing #therapy - 11 days ago

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It is unfortunate that my scholar who is of Haitian descent, would ever have to feel like who she is or where is from can be disrespected. I have taught my scholars that they are exceptional and represent #BrownsvilleBrilliance despite what is said differently in the media. 
The way we combat hate and ignorance, is to educate our children on their history, culture and significance! I remind my scholars that they are the legacy of Kings and Queens that come from the continent of Africa 👸🏾🤴🏾🌍 and the Haitian Revolution was the most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere ✊🏾🇭🇹. Knowledge is power, therefore, WE must build through education, not only to remind ourselves, but teach the next generation that we are POWERFUL and a FORCE to be reckoned with!
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Shout out to my team for being leaders who continue to empower and inspire. 🇬🇭🇭🇹#theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #education #Africa #Haiti #Ghana #Empower #BlackHistory #KnowledgeisPower #TeachersMatter

It is unfortunate that my scholar who is of Haitian descent, would ever have to feel like who she is or where is from can be disrespected. I have taught my scholars that they are exceptional and represent #BrownsvilleBrilliance despite what is said differently in the media. The way we combat hate and ignorance, is to educate our children on their history, culture and significance! I remind my scholars that they are the legacy of Kings and Queens that come from the continent of Africa 🏾🤴🏾🌍 and the Haitian Revolution was the most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere 🏾🇭🇹. Knowledge is power, therefore, WE must build through education, not only to remind ourselves, but teach the next generation that we are POWERFUL and a FORCE to be reckoned with! ️ Shout out to my team for being leaders who continue to empower and inspire. 🇬🇭🇭🇹#theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #education #Africa #Haiti #Ghana #Empower #BlackHistory #KnowledgeisPower #TeachersMatter - 11 days ago

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Your gifts, passion, and conviction will place you in a class of your own. So don’t compromise who you are to fit in, get in, or settle for the things that can diminish your value💜 #theLopezEffect #Leadership #theCall #HerStory #Author #Speaker #Education #Inspire #WOTD

Your gifts, passion, and conviction will place you in a class of your own. So don’t compromise who you are to fit in, get in, or settle for the things that can diminish your value #theLopezEffect #Leadership #theCall #HerStory #Author #Speaker #Education #Inspire #WOTD - 12 days ago

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Sometimes you just need a word to get you through the day...grateful for this morning reminder 💜 #theLopezEffect #Faith #Inspiration #WOTD

Sometimes you just need a word to get you through the day...grateful for this morning reminder #theLopezEffect #Faith #Inspiration #WOTD - 13 days ago

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Long day...after 10pm, still here grinding, planning, learning because I opened a school to close a prison [Swipe 👈🏾] 💜💁🏾‍♀️ See my InstaStory Live 👀👆🏾#theLopezEffect #Leadership #BrownsvilleBrilliance #OccupySchools #Vision #education #HerStory #SchoolsNotPrison

Long day...after 10pm, still here grinding, planning, learning because I opened a school to close a prison [Swipe 🏾] 🏾‍♀️ See my InstaStory Live 🏾#theLopezEffect #Leadership #BrownsvilleBrilliance #OccupySchools #Vision #education #HerStory #SchoolsNotPrison - 13 days ago

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We LEAD with #MHBASwag 💜 #TheLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BeGreat #Education

We LEAD with #MHBASwag #TheLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BeGreat #Education - 15 days ago

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Note to Self 📝 #theLopezEffect #wordsofwisdom

Note to Self #theLopezEffect #wordsofwisdom - 16 days ago

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What happens when you get some SUPER FLY women together to share their journey, show unconditional love, and give some really sound advice? See for yourself 👀
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Thank you @michaelaangelad @eboneedavis @jasusade for being those aunties who show up to be a positive example for our young queens 👸🏾 Special thanks to @inhershoesblog for  sharing your vision for the film, “She Did That!” and creating a platform that celebrates #BlackGirlMagic🔮 
Follow @motthallbriges to see more features🎞 
This 🎥 @muceyyyy #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #SheisMe #ShareHer #IDefineMe #HerStory #BlackGirlsRock #Inspire #Empower #IamNotInvisible

What happens when you get some SUPER FLY women together to share their journey, show unconditional love, and give some really sound advice? See for yourself ️ Thank you @michaelaangelad @eboneedavis @jasusade for being those aunties who show up to be a positive example for our young queens 🏾 Special thanks to @inhershoesblog for sharing your vision for the film, “She Did That!” and creating a platform that celebrates #BlackGirlMagic Follow @motthallbriges to see more features🎞 This @muceyyyy #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #SheisMe #ShareHer #IDefineMe #HerStory #BlackGirlsRock #Inspire #Empower #IamNotInvisible - 17 days ago

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