September Is International Women’s Friendship Month: Here Are 9 Black Sisterfriends We’re Celebrating
Y’all know there’s a month, day or week for everything. And while quite a few of fun but pretty pointless, the month of September represents something we can definitely get behind. It’s International Women’s Friendship month. Now, areound here we’re all about Black women so we’re highlighting the Black celbrity female friendships that are the most beautiful and the most inspiring. Because Lord knows for as much as Black women rely on each other for support and strength there just aren’t enough examples of Black female friendships. Here are some of the ones we know are out there.
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Robyn Crawford and Whitney Houston
If you watched the Showtime documentary, you might have come to the conclusion, as I did, that Whitney and Robyn’s relationship was more than platonic. Still, it’s never been confirmed and the way Crawford conducted herself as Whitney’s confidant and friend, she’ll likely never speak on it. But when Houston passed away, Crawford came forward with something of a tribute to her friend.
“I have never spoken about her until now. And she knew I wouldn’t. She was a loyal friend, and she knew I was never going to be disloyal to her. I was never going to betray her. Now I can’t believe that I’m never going to hug her or hear her laughter again. I loved her laughter, and that’s what I miss most, that’s what I miss already.”
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Oprah and Gayle
Oprah and Gayle have been friends for over thirty years. While we’ve always known and seen their closeness, it wasn’t until her interview with Barbara Walters where Oprah broke it down so beautifully. “From the very first time we started our friendship, stayed up that first night and talked all night long, she’s always been happier for me and everything that’s ever happened to me than even I was..” When Walters asked Oprah to describe what Gayle means to her, she said, “She is the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. I don’t know a better person. The therapy that I didn’t have and the therapy that I don’t need is because of the thousands and thousands of hours on the phone with Gayle.”
You can watch the moment where Oprah shed tears in the video below.
Willow Smith and Amandla Stenberg
Sometimes you just know when someone is meant to be in your life. That was the feeling Willow Smith had when she first met Amandla Stenberg in 2012 at a birthday party Stenberg describes as “chock full of insecure 14-year-olds.” In an interview with Dazed she recalled that Willow introduced herself saying, ““Hi, I’m Willow. We should be friends.”
Stenberg says that, “A few years later, as we were sitting in her room giggling contagiously as we always do when we’re together, she told me through an abashed, wide, goofy smile that she had gone to the party as her badass alter ego.
Alter ego or not, I was immediately drawn to Willow’s magnetic and unapologetic energy. I recognised that she was confident in some way that I was struggling with in myself; she does not fit into the societally perpetuated construct of what it is to be a black kid in America. She is proud of her otherness, strikingly beautiful in her weirdness, and, through her very existence, deconstructs the acceptable mould that tells black kids to be less sensitive and more predictable.”
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Gabrielle Union and Essence Atkins
Being Black actresses in Hollywood, these two were bound to run into one another eventually. And they did so early in their careers. Union played Atkins’ best friend on the series “Smart Guy” and then the two worked together on the film Deliver Us From Eva. But more than just professional, the two are close. Atkins and her then-husband even served as officiants for Gabrielle Union and Dewyane Wade’s wedding. But they were rocking long before that. Atkins was around when Gabrielle was going through a pretty painful divorce. In 2013, she told The Washington Post, that Atkins was the one who helped pull her out of her funk.
“She has a knack for always sensing — wherever I am in the world — she has flown out of country to come get me. She was like, ‘You are not okay, are you?’ And I was like, ‘I’m fine.’ She said, ‘what is that echo?’ And I was under the bed…I literally could not get any lower than being under the bed with my animal.”
From there, Atkins hired personal trainer and life coach A.J. Johnson to help get her girl back on track.
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Kandi and Tiny
Kandi and Tiny have often said that they’re more like sisters than friends, so it only makes sense that when Tiny was asked which housewife would make the best president, she said Kandi’s name.
“So for President, I would vote for Kandi, of course. Because, hands down, I think she’s a real boss. She can hold her business down, her family, and friends. She’s a very hard worker and she will not stop until she gets things done. So, of course, I’m going for Kandi.”
In fact, it was Tiny who recommended Kandi for “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” when Tiny herself realized she couldn’t do it. That’s a good friend, one who helps to place opportunities in your life.
Kelly and Beyoncé
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When Kelly Rowland’s “Dirty Laundry” came out, people were happy to jump back into the old song and dance. Oh, the other members of Destiny’s Child are jealous of Beyoncé. In her interview with Kevin Frazier about the song and her friend’s reaction, Rowland said, “People wanted those stories for years and that’s just so sad on them. Because it’s not like that. And I just think it’s so sad that we live in a world where people don’t want to see women get along and encourage and empower each other. And that’s what we do for each other.”
Terry Lynn Ellis and Holly Robinson Peete
According to a letter she wrote about their friendship for Oprah.com, Holly Robinson Peete said that these two look-alike besties met on the set of “Hanging With Mr. Cooper” back in 1992. Terry was there with En Vogue to sing the show’s theme song along with Holly Robinson Peete. It was there that Robinson Peete said they “fell in love.”
She wrote that what sets Terry apart is her “disarming authentic spirit.”
“I just feel so okay about who I am around her. We allow each other to just be . She never judges, and she is my own personal “vault,” meaning I know there is nothing I could say to her that anyone else would ever hear from her lips. It’s the most comforting feeling ever, and I don’t have it with anybody else.”
Robinson Peete says she counts her Terry blessing every day.
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Sherri Shepherd and Niecy Nash
There’s nothing a like a friend that will hold you accountable. When Sherri Shepherd split from her husband Lamar Sally, everyone wanted to place at least some blame on Niecy Nash. After all, Shepherd met Sally at one of Nash’s matchmaking parties. But Nash wasn’t having it. She said that Sherri “was at a place to draw a specific energy to her. And that doesn’t have anything to do with me. I can have a matchmaking party, but I can’t tell you which man to pick…”
Still, with all of that being said, Nash said that “Sherri is my ride or die till the day I die,”
Solange and Janelle
Then there are some things that don’t need to be stated. But if they did, Janelle’s words (and her general giddiness) at Solange’s wedding and afterward, seem to explain it quite nicely. “what an honor it is to know these two. What an honor it was to experience their amazing Union. Love them with all my heart.”