Despite existing at the crossroads of at least two marginalized identities, black women have always been proud of who they were. Nowadays, we’re all familiar with the black girl magic movement. But this new kind of black girl stands on the shoulders of generations of strong black women who came before her. With that in mind, I thought I should share some of my favorite black queen quotes to inspire and empower you!
Throughout the centuries, black women have seen all sorts of misrepresentations and caricatures of themselves. From the mammy to the sexual siren and the welfare queen, most of those stereotypes have been incredibly harmful to the black community in general.
But black culture is nothing if not resilient, especially when black women decide to band together. So let’s see what other black queens have had to say about relying on your sisters, overcoming hardships, loving yourself, and being secure in your beauty.
28 Empowering Quotes that Showcase the Power of Black Women
Black Queen Quotes About Fighting Hatred With Self-Love
#1. “As a black woman, the decision to love yourself just as you are is a radical act. And I’m as radical as they come.” ― Bethanee Epifani J. Bryant
#2. “Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.” — Zora Neale Hurston
#3. “Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.” — Janelle Monae
#4. “I am dripping melanin and honey. I am black without apology.” — Upile Chisala
#5. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou
#6. “It was when I realized I needed to stop trying to be somebody else and be myself, I actually started to own, accept, and love what I had.” — Tracee Ellis Ross
#7. “I think I can inspire a lot of young women to be themselves and that is half the battle. Just be yourself; it’s the easiest thing to be. Black girls, we just on another level.” — Rihanna
#8. “I promise you won’t need anyone too long. One day, you will love yourself on your own, without the validation of sisters.” ― Raych Jackson
Black Queen Quotes About the Bond of Black Sisterhood
#9. “I wouldn’t be here without all of the black women around me. Put us together, and we can do anything.” — Misty Copeland
#10. “My grandmother and my two aunts were an exhibition in resilience and resourcefulness and black womanhood. They rarely talked about the unfairness of the world with the words that I use now with my social justice friends, words like intersectionality and equality, oppression, and discrimination. They didn’t discuss those things because they were too busy living it, navigating it, surviving it.” ― Janet Mock
#11. “I am a product of every other black woman before me who has done or said anything worthwhile. Recognizing that I am part of history is what allows me to soar.” — Oprah Winfrey
#12. “I think any black woman is a queen. It’s just, do you know it? Do you see it in yourself? Do you recognize it, do you abide by that, do you define yourself as that? Based on who we are and what we’ve been through and how we survive and where we stand, we are on a kind of sacred ground. We stand on the backs of our ancestors.” — Ava DuVernay
Black Queen Quotes About Shifting Beauty Ideals
#13. “Beauty is not just a white girl. It’s so many different flavors and shades.” — Queen Latifah
#14. “My blackness does not inhibit me from being beautiful and intelligent. In fact, it is the reason I am beautiful and intelligent. And you cannot stop me.” — Amandla Stenberg
#15. “Dipped in chocolate, bronzed in elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty. My Lord, she’s a black woman.” — Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan
#16. “I need to see my own beauty and to continue to be reminded that I am enough, that I am worthy of love without effort, that I am beautiful, that the texture of my hair and that the shape of my curves, the size of my lips, the color of my skin, and the feelings that I have are all worthy and okay.” — Tracee Ellis Ross
Black Queen Quotes About Hardship and Changing the World
#17. “As a black woman, I have no particular interest in maintaining the status quo. Why would I? The status quo is harmful; the status quo is significantly racist and sexist, and a whole bunch of other things that I think need to change.” — N. K. Jemisin
#18. “Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.” — Angela Davis
#19. “Black women are the strongest, most hardworking people on Earth.” — Dr. Dre
#20. “The black woman is the most unprotected, unloved woman on earth…she is the only flower on earth that grows unwatered. — Malcolm X
#21. “But what of black women? I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire.” — W.e.B. Du Bois
#22. “We are the women who marched from cotton fields into fields of medicine, entertainment, and the white house.” — Jada Pinkett Smith
#23. “Black girl magic is a rallying call of recognition. Embedded in the everyday is a magnificence that is so easy to miss because we’re so mired in the struggle and what society says we are.” — Ava Duvernay
Black Queen Quotes About Resilience and Pride
#24. “Black didn’t crack, but it did level up.” ― Claire Kann
#25. “We understand we are the backbone despite the backhand.” ― Mahogany L. Browne
#26. “I’m convinced that we black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.” — Janet Jackson
#27. “I’m a black woman every day, and I’m not confused about that. I’m not worried about that. I don’t need to have a discussion with you about how I feel as a black woman because I don’t feel disempowered as a black woman.” — Shonda Rhimes
#28. “I can’t believe my good fortune. I’m so grateful to be a black woman. I would be so jealous if I were anything else.” — Maya Angelou
As you can see, black women have had a crucial role in establishing our culture as it is. Once you scratch the surface of history, you’ll see them everywhere — and not as the mammies and sexual sirens. Instead, they are scientific innovators, entrepreneurs, musicians, authors, and poets.
In reality, black women can be motherly and sexy, strong and vulnerable, angry and hopeful. Sometimes, they are all of those things at the same time. Above all, a true black queen is proud of herself. Moreover, she uses her success to uplift and empower other women — especially her black sisters.
So if you ever find yourself lacking the inspiration to live your best life, I hope you’ll find it in the black queen quotes I’ve presented above.