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    Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 5:57pm
I don't know who this is but are any of you familiar with her?

Creator of For Brown Girls Blog Reportedly Commits Suicide at Age 22

Karyn Washington’s work in the black blogosphere encouraged a generation of women to love their natural selves and live their best lives.

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Karyn Washington, the 22-year-old founder of the For Brown Girls website, which sought to empower chocolate-complexioned black women, died on April 8, reportedly committing suicide, according to MadameNoire

Her passing is a devastating loss for legions of black women who went online to seek refuge in any one of Washington's many initiatives, including the #DarkSkinRedLip project, which knocked down beauty standards and encouraged black women to find and rock whatever shade of red lipstick that best suited them. 

Early reports suggest that Washington suffered from depression as she coped with the loss of her mother. 

Her supporters are expressing their condolences on Twitter and are beginning a conversation about the importance of addressing the issue of mental health in the black community. 


I have to share this sad news with my daughter who was so inspired by @KayFBG peace, prayer & blessings to the family of #KarynWashington


This shouldn't be just a shock & awe social media moment. Ask the "strongest" women in your life, are you OK? #KarynWashington


Let's use #KarynWashington passing as a chance to stop mental health stigma in the black community. Getting help doesn't make you weak.

RIP @KayFBG, Founder of @ForBrownGirls. May your life be a legacy and your works be our guide. #KarynWashington


Washington's friend LiaLia described what she will miss most about the young social entrepreneur:  

When I look at you I see a reflection of myself and most certainly that is why this hurts so badly. From now on I’ll forever remember your big beautiful smile, your charm, ambition, professionalism, entrepreneurship, confidence, humility, your drive, and your beautiful Brown Skin. That is what I’ll choose to remember...

Read more at Madame Noire.

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Lawd have mercy
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aw man 
having your mother pass that young can be tough

cute girl...im gonna do some research on her...



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Originally posted by herwoman herwoman wrote:

Lawd have mercy

Did you know of her? I think I'm familiar with the #darkskinredlips campaign. 
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oh goodness so sad
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Originally posted by liesnalibis liesnalibis wrote:

Originally posted by herwoman herwoman wrote:

Lawd have mercy


Did you know of her? I think I'm familiar with the #darkskinredlips campaign. 
I actually went to her FB page to see if she had made a post about Domin because I was looking to share on my page. She seems so strong that I wonder if it's suicide not saying that strong women don't commit suicide but if you look her up you will get what I'm saying.
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Didn't know her but this is very sad. So many people in distress, nowadays. Y'all be kind to each other.
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Another blog writer that had personal contact with her had some insight about Karyn's journey that was a little eerie but also beautiful in that it gave a true inside look at grief and depression. Conversations like this are so essential because so many people suffer alone in order to look strong.

http://gorgeousingrey.com/founder-of-for-brown-girls-karyn-washington-commits-suicide/


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