Evelyn From the Internets is hands down my favorite youtuber, and if you haven't heard of her, you've honestly been missing out. Best known for her playful hair tutorials, Evelyn Ngugi is a self described "storyteller," with a natural ability to make me laugh my tail off and a rather average life for a twenty something. Her channel has shifted from a platform for natural hair exploration to a treasure trove for 'magical black girls,' with comedy, DIYs, vlogs, reviews of black girl beauty brands (#BGBB) and genuine depictions of what it means to be a black millennial in the south. She's also the co-creator of Austin While Black.
An Texan born to Kenyan parents, Evelyn handles her various identities with respect to each of them, while never failing to make me laugh. I don't think there are enough positive and realistic representations of black girls in our media, especially not black GRITS. However, creators like Evelyn are a great start—they circumvent traditional representations of black GRITS to create honest and original content. Evelyn calls her viewers 'internet cousins,' and she honestly does feel like that one older cousin you have who is both accessible and admirable. Part of Evelyn's charm lies in how relatable she is, especially to a GRIT like me. Her occasional vlogs feature Whole Foods runs, errands, hair cuts, and cooking, which makes her life seem a lot like my own.
I've decided to attach a few of my favorite videos in a little playlist so that you too can feel like a magical black girl during your lunch break. Make sure you're somewhere you can feel free to laugh out loud. You'll thank me later.