The Most Inspirational Quotes From Female Celebrities Of Color This Year

When we look back at 2017, we are going to remember it as the year that women in pop culture spoke up. From demanding pay equity and more opportunities behind the camera, to speaking out against sexual assault, the women that we love to watch made their voices heard. There have been a lot of moments that were hard to hear, and hard to watch play out. But there were just as many moments that gave us hope and ignited us to action in the face of insurmountable bullshit.

Many of those moments came from women of color. Even though women of color still represent the most undervalued and often slighted minority in the entertainment industry, they are often the loudest champions for change, diversity, self-love, equality, and celebration. They left us some gems that need to be carried into 2018. At least a couple of them will be perfect on your vision board.

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“I’m rooting for everybody Black." -Issa Rae

The Insecure creator and star made it very clear who she was throwing her weight behind at this years Emmys. It had a ring to it and served as a reminder that we need to be supporting people of color.
“You can’t fuck with me if you wanted to…” -Cardi B

Cardi topped the Billboard charts with one of the catchiest tunes of the summer. But that doesn’t make the opening line less impactful. It’s the perfect self-affirmation.
“Our community of smart, powerful, insightful, fierce Black girls is a community that exists without definition and, therefore, without restriction. Black girls rock.” -Yara Shahidi

I don’t think this quote from Harvard-bound Shahidi at 2017 Black Girls Rock requires further explanation. I hope she repeats these words verbatim in her first social sciences course on campus.
“Being a Black woman is pretty lit right now.” -Gabby Sidibe

Sidibe told me this during an interview a few months ago. I’m not exactly sure where the lie is. If you find it, let me know.
“I choose my motherfucking self.” -Gabrielle Union

In her new memoir We’re Going To Need More Wine, Union describes arriving at a place of self-love and acceptance. She prioritized herself, and there isn’t a damn thing wrong with it.
“Reclaiming my time.” -Maxine Waters

Technically, Rep. Waters is a politician. But when she repeated this phrase during a House Financial Services Committee earlier this year, she became a celebrity. And the next time you consider entertaining a trash lover who doesn’t appreciate you, you should, too.
“Don’t touch my hair.” -Solange

This is the title of one of the singles on Solange’s A Seat At The Table album. But after photo editors at the London Evening Standard edited her Orion braid off the cover of the magazine in October, she said it again.
“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return.” -Rihanna

Bad Gal still knows how important it is to do good in the world. She let the criteria be known as she accepted the Humanitarian of the Year award at Harvard University. Get you a girl that can do both.
“My concern is humanity, and my superpower is fearlessness.” -DeWanda Wise

Nola Darling is a character on Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It that is bold enough to ask for what she wants and demands what she needs. Wise only plays Darling in the show, but she totally gets it in real life, too.
“I hope we can form a community where a woman can speak up about abuse and not suffer another abuse by not being believed and instead being ridiculed.” Lupita Nyong’o

In a revealing op-ed for the New York Times, Nyong’o became one of the many women to document alleged harassment by Harvey Weinstein. None of us should live with fear of not being believed.
“Every day you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world, because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren't in it.” - Lena Waithe

When she became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing this year, Waithe took her acceptance speech seriously. She spoke specifically to people on the margins to remind them how special they are.
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