Three months ago, I judged a small bboy/bgirl battle in Japan. After the finals, the organizers asked the judges to give a special award to their favorite dancer, and to explain their choice to the audience.
I gave my "Kujo Award" to a young bgirl I'd never seen before. I explained that she was more powerful than many of the bboys she competed against, and that not only are bgirls the future of the dance, but Japanese bgirls in particular are at the forefront of this renaissance. I gave my award to @bgirl_ram in recognition of this, and because I could see them that she would be one of the bgirls moving the culture forward in the near future.
Fast forward to this week - Ram is not only the first bgirl to win an Olympic gold medal at the @youtholympics, but the first person from the hip hop and breaking community to win an Olympic gold medal, period - male or female. (Because, chronologically, the bgirls always compete before the bboys.) Not only that, she's the first person from our community to win two gold medals.
The vast majority of the coverage of the Youth Olympics I've seen on social media has been focused on the male competitors, with the bgirls mentioned as an afterthought, or not mentioned at all. Bumblebee and the other top bboys deserve their recognition and praise, of course. But let's not let the bgirls be overlooked, especially in light of what Ram has accomplished.
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