Karyn Washington, the popular creator of For Brown Girls, a movement to uplift and empower brown-hued Black women, has died from an apparent suicide.
She was 22-years-old.
For Brown Girls‘ mission statement is as follows:
FBG was created to celebrate the beauty of dark skin while combatting colorism and promoting self love! FBG was created to celebrate darker shades of brown- to encourage those struggling with accepting having a darker skin complexion to love and embrace the skin they are in. However, women of all shades may take away from FBG the universal and essential message of self love and acceptance.
Washington also helmed of the #DarkSkinRedLip project. With the purpose of “breaking barriers and building confidence,” DSRL set out to shatter the myth perpetuated by rapper ASAP Rocky that dark-skinned women do not look beautiful wearing bright colors, particularly red lipstick.
Brown allegedly suffered with mental illness, including depression and social media reaction to her death was swift.
Read some of the condolences below:
Wow, RIP Karyn Washington. 22 yrs young. 💔 shocked
— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) April 11, 2014
My heart Morgan State student Karyn Washington, committed suicide this week. She was in pain, and who was there to help?
— Julianne Malveaux (@drjlastword) April 12, 2014
— The Dream Defenders (@Dreamdefenders) April 11, 2014
A moment of silence, please, for blogger/activist Karyn Washington. Rest in peace, sister. http://t.co/5gOY0Q0bu2
— Son of Baldwin (@SonofBaldwin) April 11, 2014
Aw, creator of FOR BROWN GIRLS commits suicide, only 22. Many brown girls & ladies saddened today, as well as others. http://t.co/texhaRSyH6
— Debon Grace (@MsDebGrace) April 13, 2014
“I wish someone had told Karyn Washington that she didn’t have to be strong.” – @gorgeousingrey
— Evette Dionne (@EvetteDionne) April 12, 2014
Karyn Washington story is so sad. Many that are strong for others often need someone to be strong for them.
— Saréya. (@SareyaNicole) April 12, 2014
To learn more about suicide and the state of mental health in the Black community, click the links below: