The richness of Black culture is derived from its people. No matter what corner of the world we call home, there’s a shared energy that connects us. It can be as subtle as a head nod exchanged between strangers passing in the street or using a raised fist to universally communicate solidarity. 

Our sense of community is founded on an innate understanding of how the world perceives us. Whether we identify as African-American, Caribbean, Afro-Latino, or other doesn’t matter because at the end of the day we are all Black. With that comes a sense of pride and power that we wear as a badge of honor. To be Black is to be at the forefront of culture, the center of cool, and wholly unlimited in our possibilities.  

This year, as part of Black History Month, we celebrate this diversity with 28 Things About Me, a four-part editorial series where members of our own community share their personal stories around Blackness. Here, Complex’s Senior Marketing Manager Ayanna Carter reveals how her Black girl magic is steeped in authenticity. 

Click here for Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4.