October 4th, 2011

The Black Girl Project

Finding a good role model can be hard, especially when the media is full of less-than-flattering portrayals of people like yourself. For Black girls it can be especially tricky, almost as if there’s two strikes against them.

The Black Girl Project is a film all about identity. It’s a documentary by Aiesha Turman that asks nine Black girls between the ages of 18-21, all from different backgrounds and ethnicities, who they are. It sounds simple enough but it’s really amazing what kind of stories they have to tell, each story dispelling another negative image out there. But best of all, if you check out the website you can see that it’s become a lot more than a film—you can see on the Facebook page that BGP is laying the framework for a community of support. There’s also educational material coming soon, and a schedule of upcoming screenings of the film. It’s really amazing what can happen when somebody sees a problem and sets out to change it, one film at a time.