(The beautiful and talented Naomi Campbell in a 90’s photoshoot. The epitome of style and grace. Everything that a black woman embodies and then some.)
Good morning my beautiful people! I hope you are having a wonderful day! I am doing pretty good, but God has placed something on my heart that I would love to share with you all. Typically, I start my mornings off with watching some YouTube videos and I especially love celebrity interviews. I love to watch how some of my favorite celebrities think and their opinions on what is going on in pop culture and other interesting topics. I began to watch interviews that focus on the comedian and actress Mo’Nique. I remember like it was yesterday when she requested that people boycott Netflix due to their lowball offer of $500,000 to do a Netflix special along with other contractual obligations. However, her peers Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer received a major payout within the millions mark. When I first heard this story, I immediately recognized the racial and gender bias. Which brings me to the point of this blogpost. From my observations, black women are the most devalued people in the entire world. I say this not out of pity for my sisters, but out of reverence. Being raised by strong, beautiful, driven women has given me a perspective that I am honored to have. I see black women as miracles. I see black women as queens before it was trendy. I have never felt comfortable with referring to a black woman as a “bitch”, “ho” or “whore”. But, I did notice that many of my fellow black men would treat and speak of black women as either sexual objects or annoyances.
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BLACK WOMEN
Black women are not “too loud”. No, they are passionate about what they are speaking about, so they may raise the volume to get you to understand the gravity of the situation. Black women are not “anti-black men”. Black women are not supportive of toxic, insecure or stagnant black men. Not all black women wear weave. Actually, black women’s hair is the most versatile hair of all. They can wear curly or straight or no hair at all and just give you stellar bone structure. They can dye their hair or add extensions and they may want braids the next day. Black women try to elevate themselves constantly because they are the most ambitious people in the world. Not all black women are “against each other”. Seeing black women in sisterhood with one another is the most beautiful sight to see. I love to see black women compliment each other and enjoy each other’s company. It just makes my day to see black women in unison, because they may not even realize how beautiful and powerful they are in unison. This blogpost is a celebration and appreciation post of how dope black women are. In case no one has told you today: You are beautiful. I love everything about your skin from the tone to the texture. I adore your lip shape. Your nose is so gorgeous and bold. I love you the way you shine in the sunlight. You catch eyes in whatever room you enter. Pop culture would not exist without you. Fashion would not exist without you. Art would not exist without you. Science would not be as advanced without you (i.e. Henrietta Lacks aka HeLa cells). Math would not be as amazing without you (i.e. Katherine G. Johnson). This world would be so boring and lame without your presence. So, I just wanted to celebrate you in all of your dopeness. This blogpost does not do your contributions justice because you deserve a standing ovation. I urge my black brothers to be more empathetic, sensitive and appreciate of how tough and amazing black women are. Stand up for them if you see injustice occur. Use your privilege as a cis-gender man to speak up for black women and advocate for their struggles. Malcolm X stated in a speech, “The most disrespected woman in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” This was in 1962.
I just wanted to give all of my black women and young black girls a reminder of how special you are. The strength and grace you carry is unmatched. Also, black women do not have to be strong or fierce all the time. It’s cool to be an awkward black girl (shoutout to Issa Rae). It is cool to be a fashionable black girl (shoutout to Rihanna). It is cool to be a black girl. Cause black girls rock! That’s on Piru. That’s on that! That’s on periodt. Cuz issa hotgirl summer (shoutout to Megan LOL). But, I love you all dearly and I pray that you have a beautiful day! I pray more blessings come your way and may no f-boys come within your radius. Love you guys! Later!