The past two weeks have been a whirlwind for gymnast Gabrielle Douglas. Sheâ€™s won two Olympic gold medals, received congratulatory calls and tweets from President Obama, BeyoncÃ© and Oprah, among others.
She has also had her face plastered on the Kelloggâ€™s Corn Flakes cereal box. Thereâ€™s little else the Virginia Beach native could ask for. By her side is her mom Natalie Hawkins, a single parent who raised Gabby and her three siblings with little money, but lots of resilience and faith in their dreams.
From the P&G U.S. Family Home in London, the winning duo spoke with ESSENCE.com about whatâ€™s next for Gabby, their reaction to the recent â€” and, might we add, ridiculous â€” hair controversy and Gabby’s message for little Black girls all over the world.