You already know the popular book, started by a viral Kickstarter campaign, which went on to become a global phenomenon that literally turned the pink princess culture into a young girls’ feminist dream in one fell swoop. And now Rebel Girls, the global, multi-platform empowerment brand dedicated to helping raise the most inspired and confident global generation of girls, have released their newest volume in the New York Times bestselling series, titled ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic’.
Edited by award-winning journalist Lilly Workneh of Rebel Girls and #BlackGirlMagic originator CaShawn Thompson, ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic‘ celebrates the stories of Black women and girls across the globe. The women featured in the book represent over 30 countries and range from athlete Naomi Osaka and poet Amanda Gorman to singer Rosetta Tharpe and journalist Ida B. Wells.
“Rebel Girls is proud to bring the Black Girl Magic hashtag to life through authentic storytelling of inspiring innovators, creators, leaders and champions,” said Lilly Workneh.
“100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic is designed to acknowledge, applaud and amplify the incredible stories of Black women and girls from the past and present; and to celebrate Black Girl Magic around the world. Because if she can see it, she can be it.”
‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic‘ was created by Black women from cover-to-cover. Written by four Black women and illustrated by 60 Black women and non-binary artists, this book provides readers with interactive bonus activities and a space to write and illustrate their own stories.
The idea for this book stemmed from a viral hashtag that has had a massive impact on young Black girls around the world, used and continues to amplify the voices and stories of Black women and girls. D.C. native CaShawn Thompson created the hashtag. She coined the phrase in 2013, in response to hateful articles published online about black women, and to date it has been used millions of times.
Although it has been amplified by some major celebs since its inception, CaShawn has previously said in media interviews that the idea was to show everyday Black girls that their voices, lives and stories matter. Her involvement in the new Rebel Girls book is an extension of her original mission and movement, which is undoubtedly going to impact generations of readers.
“The #BlackGirlMagic hashtag has been used all over the world and I saw firsthand the inspiration and direct impact it has had on Black women everywhere,” said CaShawn Thompson.
“I’m so proud that Rebel Girls has used their platform to create a tangible representation of what the original #BlackGirlMagic hashtag means to me, and what it can inspire for Black girls everywhere.”
Rebel Girls also released today an audiobook accompaniment to ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic’. The audiobook is narrated by a stellar cast of Black women, including television personality Garcelle Beauvais; Tony® Award nominated actress Montego Glover (“Memphis”); model Philomena Kwao; actress Danielle Nicolet (“The Flash”); actress Lovie Simone (“Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” “Selah & The Spades”); and Emmy® Award winning actress Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”).
The brand’s flagship podcast will amplify seven of the awe-inspiring Black women featured in 100 Real-life Tales Of Black Girl Magic with extended audio stories. Released weekly through October 12, the series includes stories about Audre Lorde, Naomi Osaka, Octavia Butler, Poly Styrene, Rosetta Tharpe, Thokozile Muwamba, and Shirley Chisholm. The Celebrate Black Girl Magic episodes can be heard on all major podcast platforms and via Rebel Girls, Dream On app.
‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic’ is available at www.RebelGirls.com or at your favorite bookstore for purchase at $35 USD. The audiobook version of the volume is available for purchase on Audible and Kobo at $28 USD with a special packaged edition available exclusively on the Rebel Girls, Dream On app available in the Apple App Store.