There has been so much Black Girl Magic at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The accomplishments that I have seen so far has mademe so proud and many other young boys and girls proud as well. This competition could not have come at a better time.

Before the Olympics began, there were horrible stories in the media that involvedatrocitiesagainst African-Americans that really had people of color and their allies marching through the streets chanting Black Lives Matter.

Since the opening day of the Olympics we have had Simone Biles (Gymnastics), Simone Manuel (Swimming), Gabby Douglas (Gymnastics), Laurie Hernandez (Gymnastics), Usain Bolt (Track and Field), Tori Bowie(Track and Field), Serena Williams (Tennis), and many more athletes of color.

It has been amazing to watch each athlete flip, run, and serve their way to into the record books. My heart has been heavy with emotion and seeing my people excel so greatly at their crafts give me hope for the future.

Soon after the first round of medals have been handed out we see little boys and girls holding their hands up to their Televisions saying they're next. This is what we need as a society, acknowledging and working to rectify the bad but using that as fuel to pursue our wildest passions and keep on uplifting the next generation.

Exposure is thekey!

We must grieve because that's inevitable but not to dwell. We must support each other's dreams and help push each other towards greatness.

The 'crabs in a barrel' mentality must stop and when those who make it "out" make an effort to give back to the community that made you the person you are today and show other young adults that they too can make it out. Seeing these Olympics this year made me think of others who are steadily working hard so they too can have their shot at the gold from all countries.

However, these Olympic athletes may argue that they did not sign up to be a beacon of hope for people to follow. They just honed their craft, and the right doors opened, and this is how they got here. Unfortunately, their new shiny medal comes with a new set of adorning young fans who now want to be a part of that sport because they have seen you in it.

If a child does not see themselves competing in a sport this may make them a bit taciturn when it comes to trying it out; it is an unfamiliar territory; a curtain that is taken down when they see someone who looks just like them on their television screen playinga sport. Ibtihaj Muhammad, a U.S. Olympian Fencer, gave inspiration to a young Muslim girl to aim for Olympic glory as well.

Thank you for the people of color who are representing the U.S. and their respective countries. You are amazing and thank you for being an inspiration to the next.

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