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Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka Prove Black Girls Are Magic (but We Are Human Too)

Black girls are magic. But, we are human too. This past Tuesday morning, alongside my daughters, I watched Hoda Kotb tearfully break the news that Simone Biles was withdrawing from USA Olympics gymnastics team completion. My youngest daughters, ages 4 and 7, are gymnasts. We stand for Simone Biles. She is a leader both on and off the mat. I wept as along with Hoda, praying that Simone had not sustained a physical injury. 

As more information was released, we learned that Biles had withdrawn from competition in an effort to prioritize and preserve her mental health. At 24, Biles is the senior athlete on the USA Women’s gymnastics team and an international phenomenon. By all accounts, she is the greatest gymnast in our lifetime. During her

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