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We are sad to report that Karyn Washington, founder of “For Brown Girls” (FBG) and the  #DarkSkinRedLip Project has passed away from an apparent suicide. Washington, from the Baltimore area, received kudos from so many black women after launching the #darkskinredlip project after rapper, A$AP Rocky, said red lips on dark girls don’t mix.

Thousands of women posted photos of themselves proudly rocking their red lips.

Washington’s mission behind FBG was to celebrate the beauty of dark skin while combating 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.

A long-time friend of Washington’s wrote a heart-felt post for her:

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… because to be honest, I’m a bit angry with you. Indeed I’m being selfish, but my heart is devastated- yet, because I know a tad bit about what you were going through I can understand. I’m guilt tripping because I wish I could’ve been there for you a little bit more.  I’m so sorry, but I can’t help but to think that with just a little bit more time or a little less distance, proximity would’ve allowed me to make, maybe the slightest difference…. Forgive me!

Your MOTHER raised you so well. She’s been proud of you and I know she’s happy to have you by her side now. I’m so blessed to have met you and I’m so grateful that there is a God so merciful and graceful enough to supply us with what we need just when we need it- And so like I told you the last time we shared words, I love you, you’ve been in my prayers, and God is with you even in your darkest hour- and I’m most certain that He was last night. I’m glad you have found peace and happiness. You deserve it. God bless you, your family, and friends. You are Loved and Missed my beautiful brown girl extraordinaire! Thank you for being kind. Thank you for sharing your dream. Thank you for your courage and all the love you’ve poured out of your soul. Now you’ll receive divine restoration- 10 fold! (tears)

Although we didn’t personally know Washington, we stood behind her mission. May she rest in peace.

http://www.forbrowngirls.com

http://www.darkskinredlip.com

26 Comments

  1. Ms. Tolu

    It is important for us as a community to shed light on mental health. In her attempt to encourage and uplift other beautiful brown women and girls she too was fighting an intense battle. As a public health prevention strategist and adolescents life skills expert, my observation is mental health issues are complex in nature and stem from a lack of homeostasis. We must go back to the basics and support one another in obtaining complete balance in our everyday lives. Let us use this opportunity to lend a hand to our fellow sisters and brothers. To my dear Karyn, may your beautiful soul rest in perfect peace.

  2. Wanda

    Such a lovely young woman. May she rest in peace.

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