One mother-daughter combo is captivating hearts by pushing dress-up to new heights. Rosie White, six, is going viral and making the news for presenting the amazing stories of Black celebrities, thinkers, and history makers, all while wearing spot-on outfits fashioned by her mom Kenya White and adding her unique special touch of Black female magic.
You may have seen Rosie (@go rosie grow) emulating multi-award-winning actress Viola Davis recently, replete with her meme-worthy “grabbing of the bag look down” from “How to Get Away With Misdeeds.”
Where does Davis end and White begin, after all? Someone, somebody, award this kid an Emmy! Davis, too, had seen the video and had shared it.
So, for the time being, I’m confident that’s enough of an award. As Kenya explains in an interview with Scary Mommy, the idea for this collection of bizarre impressions occurred to her when Rosie was just three years old. Kenya realized that her daughter, Rosie, had totally recalled all of the material and could repeat what she had just read after she was handed a printout on Rosa Parks in preschool.
Kenya donned a homemade Rosa Parks outfit and her phone, instructing her daughter to “do it again!” Kenya was inspired. From then, it was a mix of history, art, and sheer delight. Since then, Rosie has made hundreds (yes, hundreds) of films showcasing notable Black individuals, and she has earned a lot of praise for her upbeat demeanor and God-given skill. According to Scary Mommy, Whoopi Goldberg delivered Erykah Badu a box of books, and Erykah Badu began following her.
Rosie’s impersonations of male characters are among my personal favorites. Because, well, it’s a bunch of young kids with false mustaches. That’s an unrivaled amount of adorableness. Her pop star and diva looks are equally impressive.
Rosie and Kenya are placing emphasis for Black History Month, producing a video every Monday and Thursday. Thursdays are dedicated to African-American innovators including Sarah Boone, who enhanced the ironing board, George Crum, who invented the potato chip, and Garret Morgan, who invented the traffic light.
Seriously, if this child does not pursue a career as an actor, I hope she pursues a career as a history teacher because I am gaining so much knowledge from her.
And having a good time doing it. Current occurrences, such as the wrongful exclusion of track star Sha’Carri Richardson from the Olympic Games, provide a lot of motivation.
Her inconspicuous tattoos! I’m at a loss… Rosie may occasionally dig into more important subjects, such as Breonna Taylor’s, but Kenya claims the tone is purposefully joyous. Kenya told Scary Mommy, “I heard about the negative of Black history when I was six years old.” “I didn’t want to educate her about the ugliness of African-American history.” It’s all positive right now.”
Yes, there is positivity. But there’s also motivation. Particularly to young Black females. The concept behind these films, Kenya told Good Morning America, is that “you can achieve anything you want.” You may be Kamala Harris or Michelle Obama, or you can be someone else entirely. Whatever your heart desires, whatever you want to accomplish, whether you’re an artist or a dancer, or if you’re interested in politics, just be the greatest version of yourself.”
GMA co-anchor Robin Robertson, for example, now has a “mini-me” due to Rosie. We’re all really interested to see what Rosie and Kenya come up with for Women’s History Month next month. Maybe Biden’s Supreme Court pick? We’ll have to wait and see what happens. Meanwhile, watching these videos is enough to make you “believe in magic in a young girl’s heart,” to quote The Lovin’ Spoonful.