Fresh and soulful melodies
It’s not that common to listen to pop music and feel connected on a soul level with that beat. It can happen, but most of the times the genre itself provides fun, upbeat, catchy songs with no relevant lyrics nor remarkable content. Two sisters from Atlanta (GA), Chloe and Halle Bailey, found a way to mark a unique and fashionable voice in the music world – not only with their talent, but also through their looks, poise, and behavior. Just listen to their debut album “The Kids Are Alright”.
I can feel the #blackgirlmagic
Chloe and Halle, apart from being two good-looking princesses, are one of the best examples of #blackgirlmagic I could think of. I would include tons of other young and older women who I consider to be great examples of this social activism, but this Georgian duo is worth to be under the spotlight.
Chloe and Halle are two young African American girls who are starting to make appearances not only in music, – with their heartfelt and appealing tunes – but also in the fashion and tv world, – starring as Jazz and Sky in Grown-ish and being part of fashion events and shows like at the Dolce and Gabbana Runaway Debut. Their presence in the entertainment field has been an important milestone. They don’t represent the silly or chatty girls who are always chased by boys. They don’t act snobbish nor rude in front of others. They are the best representation of those educated, hard-working, and genuine young girls who hardly stand up or are showing off on screen. In a society where representation lacks of diversity, their presence is fundamental.
Chloe and Halle are magical black girls, who can be seen and perceived. Because black girls are not magical, they exist. And they do make credible magic, with their minds and creativity. That’s how I see the #blackgirlmagic power and that’s the reason why I still use it and believe in.
I’ll be bluntly honest: I am not black. I can’t define myself black just because my skin color is mixed. My upbringing didn’t have enough black culture, if not zero African-American culture. I was raised Italian-Brazilian, which in my case was a combination of Black-South American culture and White-Italian/caucasian culture: a great biracial heritage with both its downsize and privileges.
Where are you from? is still a difficult question to answer to. I say without hesitating that I’m Italian-Brazilian. If times allows me to speak more, I specify that statement by saying that I was born and raised in Italy, but my mom is Brazilian, so I have family and friends in both countries. It took me a long time to fully comprehend how to talk about my origins and how to correctly embrace them, but that’s a self-journey that every 20-something-years-old must go through: understanding who you are.
That kind of American Dream I wish to pursue
Because of my biracial identity, when I was younger I’ve always found struggles in looking up to some role models or feminine personalities who had my same looks. Sure, I’ve been growing up with tons of admirable figures, such as Audrey Hepburn, but finding someone who looked similar to me and was still alive at my same time has always been a challenge.
At the hairdressers and at home the only women I had the chance to look up to were my female relatives from Brazil, African- American Hollywood actresses, and some R&B artists from the States, UK, and some other parts of the world. No Italians were part of this parallel universe I was in. I remember flipping over the magazine pages of those American, British, French, and Brazilian publications and seeing represented women of color who had various looks, vivid makeup, solid bodies, and gorgeous smiles. That’s why when the right time showed up, I took a plane and moved to New York. I wanted to be in a place where I could see people who had a related look to mine and feel positive about it.
Did I find that? Yes, indeed I did. Did you learn something? Yes, I did. That was my initial American dream, but that wish now has become such a bigger desire to understand and dive in this cosmopolitan world by simply being who you are, no matter where you come from, have been raised, and where your last destination is. Also because, I’ve been finding out so much about America so far.
So yes, Chloe and Halle: I wish I had known you in my teen years, I would have felt more secure about myself. But hey, I’ve found you now, and I’m super excited for it!
the curly flower