If you are anything like me, you are probably still on a high from last night’s incredible “Black Girls Rock!” Awards on BET.  Auntie Maxine delivered a sermon-worthy speech, Solange reminded us to be comfortable in our flaws, Yara inspired all of us to celebrate what we are instead of what we are not, and Issa made us laugh about school fights and stupid boys.

It was great.

And while I have covered this carpet before, this year, I wanted to create content that would continue to inspire anyone who watches way after the show finished airing.

Two weeks ago, I rode past my middle elementary school and all of the emotions I had when I was an insecure little girl came back to me at once.  I remembered feeling out of place, and so worried about being “cool” or fitting in, all for nothing.  I am proud of who I am and who I am growing to be, so I have no regrets.  But, back then, it would have been nice to hear some words of encouragement to make me feel less self-conscious and more confident in who I was.  Instead of talking with the honorees and attendees about what they were wearing, we spoke about what they would have told themselves when they were younger.

And not so surprisingly, their words of advice could inspire us at any age.

Check it out and let me know what you think on Twitter, @GiaPeppers.


Major shout out to my sister Avery, aka @MsArtistry for the incredible camera work! And to my real life little sister Gretchen, @befiercebefab, for being my social media woman.

Continue rocking, black girls. <3

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Love, Always.