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Black Girl Magic of the Week

Jealena Dillard


Black women are out in the world making history, again.  How about them Simone(s) in Rio?!?

Simone Manuel stunned the entire Olympic audience with her history making performance in the Women’s 100 Meter Freestyle event to become the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in swimming.  Not only did she the claim the gold medal in a tie with Canadian Penny Oleksiak, she set an Olympic record and an American record in the race.   At a time when black people weren’t allowed to swim in a public swimming pools, Dorothy Dandridge simply stuck her toes in the water and a hotel manager had the whole pool drained! SMH.  Manuel mentioned in an interview that her victory was extra special in light of the race issues currently plaguing the United States.  She states "this win hopefully brings hope and change to some issues that are going on. My color just comes with the territory." “Gliding through the water with unfettered determination and all the beauty inherited from generations past, Manuel reminded us that we have always been and always will be one of the most important ingredients in this jumbled American pie.” [cnn.comShe won two gold medals and two silver medals in Rio.  You rock Simone, congratulations for all of your successes.

Simone Biles is being called the greatest gymnast of all time. The 19-year old took home the gold medal in the Individual All-around event by more than two points ahead of her closest competitor. Biles doesn't compare herself to other athletes; she says "I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I'm the first Simone Biles.” To date, she has racked up a total of three gold medals in gymnastics with the opportunity to win even more gold in the 2016 Olympics.  Congrats Simone, on your accomplishments this far.  Millions of young girls are watching you and want to be like you when they grow up. It’s been said that "you can't be what you don't see'', you've given the people plenty to watch Miss Biles.  We love it!