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When you hear the phrase “professional black girl” I am sure you are thinking of career oriented well accomplished academically astute women. However, the focus of Dr. Yaba Blay’s series is nothing of the sort. It’s a celebration of women who are professionals of black girl culture.
“When I say I am a professional black girl, I am announcing myself as someone that takes being a black girl very seriously. Like to professional levels. So whatever it means to be a black girl I am that” says Blay.
The series celebrates parts of culture that often get called “ghetto” or “ratchet”. Our hairstyles, style of dress, the way we do our makeup are deemed undesirable on us, but when other ethnic groups adopt it, it is seen as “trendy”. Sometimes our community plays a role into this by trying to distance ourselves.
Professional Black Girl celebrates the everyday culture of black women and wholeheartedly embraces it. Through short coffee talk conversations, women share what they love about black girl culture and what they feel makes them a professional black girl.
Dr. Blay says, “Professional Black Girl is a celebration of me. It’s a celebration of you. It’s a celebration of all your homegirls from elementary school through college to right now. Professional Black Girl is a celebration of US. “