Teyonah Parris, Yara Shahidi And Netta Elzie Cover ESSENCE’s ‘Black Girl Magic’ Issue
ESSENCE is paying tribute to three black women with a special edition of their February Black History month issue.
Teyonah Parris, Black-ish star Yara Shahidi and Black Lives Matter activist Johnetta “Netta” Elzie are covering the mag’s Black Girl Magic issue.
In a very special Black History Month issue, ESSENCE celebrates those shaping our future by highlighting the #BlackGirlMagic Class of 2016, featuring covers of Chi-raq’s Teyonah Parris, black-ish’s Yara Shahidi and social activist Johnetta “Netta” Elzie.
“Netta,” who was one of the prominent faces of the #Ferguson uprising, is joined by other activists (such as Jessica Byrd and Bree Newsome) in the “On Our Radar” list.
Other groups of young women ESSENCE salutes are emerging stars (like Zendaya and Aja Naomi King), athletes (we love you, Simone Biles!), tech stars, fashion and beauty mavens, as well as women of the arts.
“Being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a Black girl,” says 16-year-old Shahidi.
Netta also spoke out on her journey as an activity in the social media age.
On the criticism of “social media activism:”
“Every time I hear people say it, being shady, I remind everyone, you met me or you know me because I was on the ground and on social media at the same time. It’s not hard to do both. If people want to do one or the other, that’s fine. It’s not a competition. That’s one of the pettiest things people can say. Not everyone can go be in the street. For example, when Martese Johnson was brutalized by the police at UVA, I was not going to Virginia. I was already protesting in another state. It would cost me a lot of time [to get to Virginia]. I, literally, was like, what is the number to the school? I took a picture of his bloody face, posted the number on Twitter and was like, ‘Call UVA and demand to know why this happened to him.’ We flooded the freaking phone lines for maybe two or three days until they had to have a response. They had to give an answer on what happened to him. That was a way for everyone to participate from wherever they were.”
ESSENCE’s Black Girls Magic hits stands February 16.
Hit the flip for a look at her cover and more from the spread.