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Quietly Subversive (and Cute!) Hashtag We All Need

Comedy writer Heben Nigatu created a fabulous hashtag exactly when we needed it: #carefreeblackkids. It's a simple idea with a powerful message and a collection of really cute photos.

desumama

Today is my niece's 6th birthday! I adore this girl and feel grateful to my SIL for allowing me to love on her and be apart of her life. Not only because growing up with close cousins is something I didn't have, but because it's another opportunity to ensure my multiracial children see the solidarity and honor I feel in being apart of it. #multiraciallegacy #carefreeblackkids2k16

Mom.me writer Claudya Martinez wrote about the hashtag on her website, saying "It has been incredibly hard to remain hopeful after the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers and then the horrible misguided shooting of police officers in Dallas. Our eyes and souls have been ambushed by horror. So, thank you, Heben Nigatu, for reminding us all that there is joy to be preserved, to be built upon, to be protected and grown."

Coming off a year of #OscarsSoWhite, and with a lack of diversity in Hollywood and media, something as simple as pictures of cute kids can be a huge wake-up call and will go far in counteracting negative stereotypes of people of colorโ€”including children.

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chef_oya

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #carefreeblackkids2k16 #blackgirlmagic

gifted_gifts

The girls decided to make watermelon Popsicles last night, watermelon, coconut water (from their aunt's coconut tree) and honey. Turned out pretty well. I did not help with anything! #giftedminority #blackfamily #natural #giftedandblack #blackmomsblog #kidskitchen #browngirlscook #coconutwater #carefreeblackkids2k16

kaylenmarkee

too sleepy to smile. my loves after a day at the park. #brothers #carefreeblackkids2k16 #futurelegends #gmp7s #twinning

majesticleatherco

Be unapologetically you. Visit us at www.etsy.com/shop/MajesticLeatherCo #unapologetic #MajesticLeatherCo #black #blacklivesmatter #blackpride #heritage #roots #natural #beauty #melanin #king #queen #africa #love #respect #pride #unity #tshirts #shirts #tees #blacklove #blackisbeautiful #blackgirlmagic #naturalgirlsrock #blackart #blackmen #blackwomen #blackkids #carefreeblackkids2k16

iyaoloja

Saturday morning with 33.33333% of my loves. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #carefreeblackkids2k16 #saturday #july #cousinslove #auntylove #babybjorn

layla.and.leonie

Crowned my princess. I know, mama has to work on my turban tying skills but I didn't expect her to stay still long enough to try! * * * * * * * * #turban #curlyhair #curls #mixed #mixedbabies #fashionminis #igkiddies #instatoddler #minilicious #blackisbeautiful #happy #portrait #cutekidsclub #ig_kids #princess #kidshair #carefreeblackkids2k16 #stylish_cubs #trendykiddies

Big kids too!

forcoloreddancers

Care free ๐Ÿ’œ #ForColoredDancers #ForBrownDancers #BlackDancersMatter #SayTheirNames #CareFreeBlackKids2k16

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