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16 of Our Favorite Posts from the First Ever #BlackOutDay

Avatar • Mar 8, 2015

On March 6 and 7, #BlackOutDay pretty much broke the Internet. Well, maybe not the whole internet, but definitely Tumblr and Twitter. Created by Tumblr users Y.R.N and nukirk, the objective was to change the narrative around black beauty and culture.

In a show of community and solidarity, for … 24 hours, we are exclusively posting and reblogging pics, gifs, videos, selfies, etc. of Black people. We want to show that Black History is happening today, right now. That we are all Black History.

Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram users were encouraged to share selfies, videos and gifs of themselves and others with the hashtag #BlackOutDay.
Take a look at some of our favorite posts from that day:

1. Important cultural information was shared. The Girl Scouts organization stood in solidarity of #BlackOutDay by coming through with a powerful historical photo.

2. Saheela Ibraheem, who was accepted to Harvard University at age 15, has been dubbed on of the world’s smartest teens.

3. This Ethiopian beauty shows off a gorgeous traditional style.

4. And this adorable girl was a favorite…

5. Some used the opportunity to highlight unconventional beauty, like this cutie with vitiligo.

6. And these sisters, one of whom has albinism…

7. Or this lady, with gorgeous freckles…

8. Some pictures were simply about ‘stuntin’ and slaying.. Like these

9. And these…

10. And these… #werk

11. #BlackOutDay was an opportunity to affirm our girls. Like this young lady who is teased at school simply for being black…

12. We were reminded that black truly does not crack… This man is 100 years old!!

13. Celebrities got in on it. Actor Orlando Jones was feeling emotional…

He even tweeted out a photo of him and his Dad! Awww!

14. Actress Zendaya Coleman rocked a dashiki with pride

#blackoutday #weareallbeautiful ???? A photo posted by Zendaya (@zendaya) on

15. Funny lady Jackee gave us a real nice flashback post. Is that the 227 set we see?

16. Understandably the day brought attention, and questions, from people of other races. They were reminded why movements like this are important…

What did you think of #BlackOutDay? Did you participate? Share some of your favorite #BlackOutDay posts with us below!

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Caty m
Caty m
5 years ago

I actually did I’m 17 & have a tumblr so I first heard about it on black tumblrs first attempt for the black out ( March 1st ) but it was late notice so we changed it. Now the big problem is other POC being upset about us “thinking we are better”. I do not think I’m better because I’m black. But I do know I’m a young black queen & I’m not about to downgrade myself because they are intimidated because blacks were able to get together & TRENDSET like we always do. It was great seeing all the… Read more »

Kristen
Kristen
5 years ago
Reply to  Caty m

I’m hoping that other POC will start their own movement.

nylse
5 years ago

i wasnt aware of it probably because i’m not on twitter; but these posts are quite inspirational.

Tasha
Tasha
5 years ago

It is a really empowering thing for black women and men to come together. We need this really after all that has been happening in the current events the past several months. It goes to show you we can band together to do anything.

good2bfree
good2bfree
5 years ago

That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Sally
Sally
5 years ago

Dashiki’s are gonna get pretty popular over summer now eh? :p

Adel
Adel
5 years ago

Ahhh, I’m crying. This was so epic, so sad I missed it. But from what I’ve seen it was beautiful. *can’t stop crying*

Dee
Dee
5 years ago

African people are amazing! 🙂

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