The Baltimore native was an advocate for female African Americans that needed encouragement and lacked self-love. During an interview in 2012 with Madame Noire Karyn said,
I would like for ‘FBG’ to be a catalyst for change encouraging self-love and instilling pride in one’s skin complexion. The movement’s goal will be for new generations of darker skinned girls to not even have one thought of wishing to be lighter, to never doubt their beauty. My hope is for this “issue” to eventually be nonexistent but it does start with us. I’m also hoping I can do my part and make a change to where, darker skinned girls know they are beautiful no matter what anyone says.Depression is something that is often overlooked in the African American community.We are taught to pray about everything and give it to God. If there is a point where you feel a sense of depression and hopelessness please talk to someone whether it be a close friend, family member, or a professional. Everyone needs an outlet. As friends and family members we should pay attention to signs of depression and help those in need. The mind is so powerful and can create an internal battle that no one knows you're dealing with or understand. Washington empowered countless women to love the skin they are in yet we didn't know she was dealing with her own battles. Be aware and pay attention to the ones you love. It may save a life.
Disclosed... sends heart felt condolences to Karyn's loved ones.