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"Being Black is Lit:" Talking #BlackGirlMagic with the Melanin Goddess

Senegalese model Khoudia Diop opens up about the societal pressures of being a dark skin woman and how she has come to love her skin.

For black women, celebrating our beauty and relishing in our glorious melanin is an act of self-love, a well-deserved slap in the face to Eurocentric beauty ideals attempting to convince us that black skin—particularly dark skin—isn't beautiful.


We all know the deal: black women aren't beautiful in spite of our blackness, we are beautiful because of it. With her career as a model, Khoudia Diop (aka Melanin Goddess) has embodied this truth.

In the #BlackGirlMagic video below, we talk to the Melanin Goddess about how she learned to twirl on her haters and fully embrace her dark skin.

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Senegal Protests Result in First Confirmed Death

Several reports have confirmed that one protestor has been killed in demonstrations taking place in Senegal following opposition leader Ousmane Sonko's recent arrest.

At least one protester has been killed in the ongoing anti-government protests in Senegal, according to several reports. The protestor was killed during clashes with the police in Bignona, southern Casamance region, although the cause of death is still allegedly unknown and under investigation. The protests, which now enter into the third day today, are in response to the arrest of opposition figure, Ousmane Sonko, who was arrested for reportedly disturbing public order and participating in an unauthorised demonstration. His arrest comes ahead of a scheduled appearance at a Dakar court on a charge of rape.

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