It’s Women’s History Month, and you know who deserves all the praise this month and beyond? The unsung, Black teenage heroines that we’ve come to know and love over the years. From Good Times’ Thelma played by the fabulously talented Bern Nadette Stanis, to Moesha, who was brought to life by the vocal bible herself, Brandy, these young women have played such a pivotal moment in all of our lives. Whether it’s reflecting the times through their fictional storylines or just making Black teenage girls feel seen and represented, we’ll always hold them close to our hearts. This current iteration of teenagers may have Euphoria’s Rue Bennett, but Black teenagehood didn’t begin with her, and it certainly won’t end there. 

Check out our list of five Black female teenager characters that we will always hold near and dear.