Alicia Jamison:I think my voice is always changing. As we develop, we learn more things about ourselves and that comes through our art. When I wrote “Black Girl Magic,” I was getting more comfortable with being a Black woman. I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, so I didn’t have a lot of Black women around me, or Black people in general. So I didn’t understand my identity. I didn’t know what my role was in society. So when I wrote “Black Girl Magic,” I felt more confident in who I am.
But I wrote that a year ago, and I’m in college now. They say that these are the years that you find yourself, or at least start to. At that point I was comfortable being a Black woman, but now today I’m more comfortable being Alicia. Alicia is, yes, a Black woman, but also a student, also pre-med, also a trainer. She’s a lot more beyond her race and identity.
It’s really cool to be able to look back at what that piece meant to me then and what it means to me now.