Why #BlackOutDay Matters for Teens Like Me

#BlackOutDay is my new favorite holiday.

I've written a lot about how I have issues with seeing myself in the media and how I get emotional when I see beautiful black people. #BlackOutDay addresses all of that. It's a day for black people to share selfies on the Internet while recognizing and sharing our beauty.

According to the co-creator of the event, Tumblr user expect-the-greatest, it's about "celebrating the beauty of Blackness" -- something he describes as being of "the UTMOST importance. Luckily people wanted to get behind the idea, and @recklessthottie created the #Blackout tag."

These pictures reflect a small amount of the beautiful people that share selfies each #BlackOutDay, but I hope they inspire you the way they inspire me.

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