Black teen girls are the curators of culture

Black neighborhoods serve as the nuclei of our culture — especially any area where stylish Black teenagers convene. If you want to predict a trend years in advance, go where lipgloss application techniques are perfected before they hit TikTok and the next big female rap artist is selected way before you stumble upon whoever is trending. Ice Spice? Black teenage girls listened to her while you were still figuring out who Glorilla is. The makeup hack you’ll be swearing by six months in the future (slugging? Black girls have been dousing themselves in Vaseline for decades) was inspired by a Black girl’s beauty supply run before a blogger makes it go viral.

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